Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update2016-12-16T08:00:00ZGP0|#77c8bf31-ba4e-4420-81d0-cfb64b6f8744;L0|#077c8bf31-ba4e-4420-81d0-cfb64b6f8744|Issue 27;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassB4D6D4843E3643A0AEA3777C41668365"><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">here</a>. </p><p>In this final edition of 2016, we look back on some key initiatives including progress on a Regional Prosperity Initiative, support for the National Zero Waste Council's launch of its National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, the 2016 Zero Waste Conference and the launch of a Regional Homelessness Task Force. </p><p>You'll also find an inspiring youth leadership program, some great gift ideas, and visit some of our favourite chums - the salmon that is - returning to some of our local waterways in record numbers.</p><p>Find the holidays hectic? Go for a walk in one of our regional parks. Dress warmly, and throw a few marshmallows in your flask of hot chocolate. </p><p>Whether you deck the halls, or just look forward to some quiet time, we wish you a warm holiday season and a peaceful new year.</p><p> </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>0