Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/422/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass1C763C5EDFE44316A894D5A56EA48FBA"><p>​Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update newsletter, March edition. It's been a hectic month, with several crucial announcements, such as funding for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as continued efforts aimed at making Metro Vancouver a more livable region.</p><p>Homelessness remains in the forefront, with volunteers scouring the streets and shelters last month as part of the regional Homeless Count (preliminary numbers are expected in April). We also launched our Regional Parks passports as part of our 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration, so hope you can head out to one of 18 celebratory events being held at parks across the region. </p><p>This edition also includes updates on Metro Vancouver's ecological restoration team, Census population data, and the exciting news that a music video performed in the underground Break Head Tank at the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant is nominated for a Juno on April 2. </p><p>The Metro Vancouver Update brings 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"> here</a>. </p><p> <em> </em></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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New Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant gets fundinghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/423/New Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant gets fundingNew Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant gets funding<div class="ExternalClassE53F55DE03E54D368E520E37DF403CF1"><p>​The federal and provincial governments announced this month they would provide up to $405 million in joint funding toward construction of the $700-million new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-lgswwtp.jpgRead more...lgswwtpFull
Metro Vancouver grows by 150,000 residentshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/424/Metro Vancouver grows by 150,000 residentsMetro Vancouver grows by 150,000 residents<div class="ExternalClass061FD34B622E419F971F4C177A9FCC8C"><p>​An estimated 150,000 residents moved to Metro Vancouver in the past five years, boosting the regional population to 2.4 million from 2.3 million in 2011, according to latest Census data.<br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-census.jpgRead more...censusFull
Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel in operationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/425/Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel in operationPort Mann Water Supply Tunnel in operation<div class="ExternalClass9A964841A16F4179804F185ED317CDDB"><p>​Metro Vancouver's $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean water to residents south of the Fraser. The Port Mann connection is a key link between Metro Vancouver's watersheds and the communities south of the Fraser.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-tunnel.jpgRead more...portmannFull
Local Government Matters: Candidates questionedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/426/Local Government Matters: Candidates questionedLocal Government Matters: Candidates questioned<div class="ExternalClass2CB7B74F44754A26AD65107281F5F61E"><p>​Metro Vancouver has asked British Columbia's four largest political parties to publicly clarify their platforms on critical issues facing the region, including affordable housing, transit and protecting the environment.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-lgm.jpgRead more...lgmFull
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks celebrate 50 yearshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/427/Metro Vancouver Regional Parks celebrate 50 yearsMetro Vancouver Regional Parks celebrate 50 years<div class="ExternalClass67E7C893EF204A74ACB9D8605B9B320C"><p>​Metro Vancouver launched its year-long 50th celebration of its Regional Parks system with a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of its Regional Parks Passport at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on March 15.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-parks.jpgRead more...parksFull
A Profile of First Nations in Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/428/A Profile of First Nations in Metro VancouverA Profile of First Nations in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass81B511D9C7234E09933BC464AC756AD7"><p>​Metro Vancouver released its 2017 edition of <em>Metro Vancouver's Profile of First Nations with Interests in the Region</em>, which profiles the 11 First Nations within Metro Vancouver, including demographic data, contact information, and maps of First Nation communities.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-firstnations.jpgRead more...firstnationsFull
Music performance in Break Head Tank up for Junohttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/429/Music performance in Break Head Tank up for JunoMusic performance in Break Head Tank up for Juno<div class="ExternalClass69BF88AA612F407E9520EC728E2A62E6"><p>​Local composer Jordan Nobles' musical work, <em>Immersio</em>n, which was recorded in the Break Head Tank at the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Project, has been nominated as 'Classical Composition of the Year' for the 2017 Juno Awards, which air on April 2. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-breakheadtank.jpgRead more...junoFull
Ecological Restoration Team cleans up Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/430/Ecological Restoration Team cleans up Regional ParksEcological Restoration Team cleans up Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassF3EA2B78F8384E369B55626253FB8000"><p>​Metro Vancouver's ecological restoration team has grown to more than 1,180 volunteers since it was created in 2013. The team has removed more than 175 tonnes of invasive plants and planted 56,000 native plants in regional parks.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-parkrestoration.jpgRead more...ecologicalFullPlanting at Aldergrove Regional Park
Volunteers count homeless in Metro Vancouver http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/431/Volunteers count homeless in Metro VancouverVolunteers count homeless in Metro Vancouver <div class="ExternalClass296966BB7A04407D97C960FD1D8225E0"><p>​More than 1,200 volunteers braved the snow and cold on March 7-8 to visit Metro Vancouver's shelters, walk the streets and trawl the local waterways to get a better gauge of how many people are homeless across the region. Preliminary numbers are expected to be released next month.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-homelessness.jpgRead more...homelessFull
Growing Green in Metro Vancouver http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/432/Growing Green in Metro VancouverGrowing Green in Metro Vancouver <div class="ExternalClass92205A13247B4B1F9E19E2F30CC556CC"><p>​Metro Vancouver staged the first-ever Growing Green Forum in collaboration with UBC Botanical Garden on March 4 to support sustainable horticulture practices in our region. The event drew 75 representatives from a broad spectrum of the horticulture industry. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-growingreen.jpgRead more...growgreenFull

 

 

Check it Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/433/Check it Out!Check it Out!<div class="ExternalClass16C49D99BCA54CDFAA5424B12196E1E4"><p>The <a href="/events/check-it-out/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Check it Out!</a> program guide has great events and activities for you and your family to learn about, connect with and enjoy nature in regional parks. The Spring edition is out now, full of events Celebrating 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.​</p><p> </p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver television showshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/434/Metro Vancouver television showsMetro Vancouver television shows<div class="ExternalClassA12B93EEEA8D4390B32E9DE9223217A6"><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/TSRLogo.jpg" alt="" /></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"><p><strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region?utm_source=newsletter54&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">The Sustainable Region TV</a></strong> series examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment and delivers vital services to residents of our region. </p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region/5370098816001?utm_source=newsletter54&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/tsr-pumpstation.jpg" alt="" style="width:130px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"><strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region/217249115" target="_blank">Barnston Maple Ridge Pump Station</a></strong>: The new Barnston Maple Ridge Pump Station was built to help meet the drinking water requirements of Maple Ridge, Langley and Surrey for years to come. We look back at the project, which had been in the works since the late 1980s. The active planning and construction took nearly seven years and it was officially commissioned June 2016.</td></tr><tr><td style="width:140px;vertical-align:top;"><img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/metrocloseup-logo.jpg" alt="" style="width:130px;" /></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"><p><strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up?utm_source=newsletter54&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" 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;"><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/5352272807001?utm_source=newsletter54&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><img src="/Includes/ChairUpdate/images/mvcu-homelessness.jpg" alt="" style="width:130px;" /></a></td><td style="color:#ffffff;vertical-align:top;"><strong><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/219984056" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Close Up</a></strong>: This episode of MVCU looks at addressing homelessness in the region, public input on land use in Port Moody, and Toque Tuesday at Surrey City Hall.</td></tr></tbody></table></div>Read more...tvSummaryBottom
Events Around Our Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-30/435/Events Around Our RegionEvents Around Our Region<div class="ExternalClass0EE17D18008D4C319B42AB7F2E978092"><p><strong>Vancouver Real Estate Forum</strong><br> <em>Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, 1055 Canada Place</em></p><p>The 23rd Annual Vancouver Real Estate Forum will focus on issues and trends facing developers, asset managers, institutions, brokers, and investors who own, manage and finance commercial, industrial, retail and multi-unit residential properties in this market. Mike Clay, Chair, Metro Vancouver Housing Committee and Mayor, City of Port Moody will be on a panel that will explore the links between growth, development and infrastructure, with a particular focus on what the Metro Vancouver region might look like in the next 5 - 10 years, and what are the biggest challenges facing real estate investment and development.</p><p>Saturday, April 11, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.realestateforums.com/vancouverref/program/2017-program/" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p><p> </p><p><strong>Housing Forum 2017: The Missing Middle</strong><br> <em>Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel - Regency Ballroom, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver</em></p><p>Housing Forum 2017 will focus on addressing affordability, in order to keep our region livable and economically competitive. This forum will also feature the release of a new Greater Vancouver Board of Trade housing report, which outlines the need to increase supply through density and diverse housing options, also known as "The Missing Middle." Participating on the YIMBY panel will be Mike Clay, Chair, Metro Vancouver Housing Committee and Mayor, City of Port Moody.</p><p>Tuesday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.</p><p><a href="https://www.boardoftrade.com/events/individual-events/949-6137" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p></div>Read more...eventsSummaryBottom