Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/367/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassC472060CBF1D470DB0BA520151602099"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. If you enjoy reading the Metro Vancouver Update, share it with a friend, and welcome them to subscribe <a href="/events/sri-mailing-lists/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <span lang="EN-US">here</span></a>. </p><p>In this issue, we visit the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Open House, the first of what will be an annual event. We also learn about the Emotive campaign, where you can try out an electric vehicle and have all your questions answered by enthusiastic owners.</p> <p>Smell wood smoke in your neighbourhood? Find out about the region's air quality health index. And if you're renovating, we have an update on how we're managing the challenge of the safe recycling and disposal of gypsum. </p><p>And, finally, whether you shop ahead or wait until the 23rd of December, our Create Memories Not Garbage campaign offers over 50 helpful tips to celebrate sustainably and keep you on the nice list.</p><p> <em>Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.</em> </p></div>Read more...Welcome0 0

 

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Create Memories Not Garbagehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/368/Create Memories Not GarbageCreate Memories Not Garbage<div class="ExternalClass4835867C9DC84EC0AEE8EF2F89E32CBA"><p>​Whether you shop ahead, or wait until the 23rd, the Create Memories Not Garbage campaign is full of great gift and decorating ideas to keep you on the nice list. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-cmng.jpgRead more...cmngFull
Used gypsum pilot programhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/369/Used gypsum pilot programUsed gypsum pilot program<div class="ExternalClass6AF9E200BCA1489698717B105C2A4E4E"><p>​Some materials, like gypsum, are more complicated to recycle or dispose of safely than others. This pilot program offers one solution on what to do with used gypsum.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-gypsum.jpgRead more...gypsumFull
Emotive Campaign wraps up third seasonhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/370/Emotive Campaign wraps up third seasonEmotive Campaign wraps up third season<div class="ExternalClassF50F58E9BD684F8BBCFD401DFBC768C5"><p>​Thinking about an electric vehicle for your next car? This brilliant campaign gives you the opportunity to try one out, and talk one-on-one to real electric vehicle owners about their experiences. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-emotive.jpgRead more...emotiveFullThe Emotive Ambassadors team celebrates another successful campaign.
Improvements to the Air Quality Health Indexhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/371/Improvements to the Air Quality Health IndexImprovements to the Air Quality Health Index<div class="ExternalClass102BF1A1B4104A4A916DDD2DFA8D4AB2"><p>​Air quality is often in the world news because it can be a real health risk to residents. What's our air quality like? Very good. Find out more with the Air Quality Health Index.  </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-airqualityindex.jpgRead more...airqualityFullExample of information available on AQHI web site, captured in late November 2016. The image shows the AQHI zones in our region as blue, corresponding to a low health risk.
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Annual Consultation Eventhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/372/Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Annual Consultation EventLower Seymour Conservation Reserve Annual Consultation Event<div class="ExternalClass7A11530E614045A7917246BA30104518"><p>​We held our first annual consultation event this fall, and many neighbouring residents and LSCR users came out to talk about their interests such as trails, facilities and stewardship opportunities. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-LSCR.jpgRead more...lscrFull
New pump station coming to Sapperton, New Westminster http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/373/New pump station coming to Sapperton, New WestminsterNew pump station coming to Sapperton, New Westminster <div class="ExternalClass2EA9D9CF405142A79E8F288EEF7CEB10"><p>​A few years from now you might ride your bike down to Sapperton Landing and marvel at the clever way this piece of land is used. Offering both public access to the riverside, and a brand new liquid waste pump station, we can protect the environment, while creating a great public space. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-sapperton.jpgRead more...sappertonFull
Wastewater pump station power back-up initiativehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/374/Wastewater pump station power back-up initiativeWastewater pump station power back-up initiative<div class="ExternalClass5DEBE0D807584059962DBD0628576FAE"><p>​In a power outage, we usually think about finding flashlights and drum up ideas for a cold supper. But Metro Vancouver's engineers think about how their facilities will operate. In this case, find out about some of our key liquid waste pump stations. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue26-WasterwaterPumpStationPowerBackup.jpgRead more...wastewaterFull

 

 

Check It Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/376/Check It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClass50E4D021676341D2AB323F84E20E7FE9"><p>​Need some fresh air? The fall and winter version of the <a href="/events/check-it-out/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter50&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Check- it- Out</a> activity guide is full of events, programs and activities to connect you with nature in your local regional parks. Winter birding walks, nesting box workshops and Christmas carols in an old park lodge. There’s something for everyone.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Television Showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/377/Metro Vancouver Television ShowsMetro Vancouver Television Shows<div class="ExternalClassDC19548F4C144F54AEDCF336F0EF06F6"><table width="100%" style="background:none;border:0px currentcolor;"><tbody style="background:none;"><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:130px;" /> </td><td><p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Close-Up</a></strong> shows how municipalities and community groups are promoting sustainability and shared regional goals. New videos are posted each month.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-nv-rec-centre.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/5214981444001" target="_blank">North Vancouver District Recreation Centre Upgrade</a></strong>: Up to 80% fewer ghg emissions are expected from a new heat exchange system, weatherstripping and LED lights at Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre. </p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-poco-housing.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/5186418102001" target="_blank">Port Coquitlam Housing Options</a></strong>: Port Coquitlam hits ‘refresh’ with a conversation about housing choicess and downtown/commercial lands - all good examples of how Port Coquitlam urban planning supports regional goals.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-waterfront-welcome.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/5228647540001" target="_blank">Waterfront Welcome</a></strong>: Another great public destination is underway in Metro Vancouver – the public waterfront at Lonsdale in City of North Vancouver.</p> <br> <br> </td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/TSRLogo.jpg" alt="" style="width:130px;" /> </td><td><p> <strong> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region" target="_blank">The Sustainable Region</a></strong>: During the holiday season, family traditions are made and shared. The Flame series showcases some of Metro Vancouver’s best storytellers sharing tales that meld humour, pathos, and wisdom to create poignant slices of life with universal appeal.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-charlie-demers.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3909389397001" target="_blank">Charlie Demers, The Flame 2014</a></strong>: Charlie and his wife were expecting a baby and a quiet Christmas, but the baby had other plans.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-emelia-symington-fedy.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/2000738142001" target="_blank">Emelia Symington-Fedy, The Flame 2012</a></strong>: Spending the holidays with former cannibals in Vanauatu in the South Pacific provides Emilia with one of the most memorable (and embarrassing) stories of her life.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-beverley-elliott.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/1314788893001" target="_blank">Beverley Elliott, The Flame 2012</a></strong>: A cash-strapped mom discovers that the best Christmas gift is her time, and a letter from Santa.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"> <img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/video-raugi-yu.jpg" alt="" style="padding:5px 10px 5px 5px;width:130px;" /> </td><td style="vertical-align:top;"><p> <strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/4620515803001" target="_blank">Raugi Yu, The Flame 2015</a></strong>: Raugi begs his mom to buy a Christmas tree so they can celebrate a Buddhist Christmas.</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>Read more...tvSummaryBottom
Fast Facts on wood smokehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-26/378/Fast Facts on wood smokeFast Facts on wood smoke<div class="ExternalClass1EC8DD3FF9E44F2181BE90DAB19C650F"><ul><li>Residential wood smoke is the leading source of fine particulate matter (PM<sub>2.5</sub>) emissions in Metro Vancouver, contributing approximately one-quarter of PM<sub>2.5</sub> emissions.</li><li>Wood smoke can be hazardous to human health, increasing the risk of heart and lung diseases such as asthma and emphysema, and susceptibility to illness.</li><li>Surveys suggest there are 25,000 uncertified wood burning appliances and 135,000 fireplaces in Metro Vancouver.</li><li>Consider replacing your old wood stove or fireplace with something cleaner, such as a certified model or natural gas insert. Rebates of $250 are available for eligible units through Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/air-quality/projects-initiatives/Pages/wood-stove-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">Wood Stove Exchange Program</a>.</li><li>Since the Wood Stove Exchange Program began, Metro Vancouver has completed nearly 400 exchanges, resulting in cleaner air for residents in neighbourhoods where those exchanges occurred.</li><li>Metro Vancouver issues air quality bulletins when elevated levels of PM<sub>2.5</sub> occur in localized areas during the winter months, as a result of residential wood burning and other burning activities. The bulletins offer information to the public about how to reduce their emissions.</li><li>For more information, see our <a href="/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/PermitRegulationEnforcementPublications/WoodSmokeAwarenessBrochure.pdf" target="_blank">Wood Smoke Awareness brochure</a> or this <a href="/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/air-quality/factors/residential-wood-smoke/" target="_blank">video</a></li></ul></div>Read more...factsSummaryBottom