WelcomeWelcome2017-04-27T07:00:00ZGP0|#ad5ec508-afdc-4c33-bc6a-878b23de7ea8;L0|#0ad5ec508-afdc-4c33-bc6a-878b23de7ea8|Issue 31;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass049A409B06A34E2391435C615E5CC597"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update newsletter, April edition. It's been a busy month: we awarded a contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant – the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant from this point forward – and are opening a new 75-hectare regional park on the southern slope of Grouse Mountain - all as we continue to celebrate our Regional Parks' 50th anniversary.</p><p>We've also got our first inkling of the 2017 Homeless Count numbers, which show we are indeed facing a crisis in Metro Vancouver. Since the last count in 2014, there's been a 30 per cent rise in the number of people living in shelters or on the streets.</p><p>On the education and behaviour change front, we launched our Unflushables campaign, aimed at keeping unwanted items out of the municipal sewers, while it seems more people are getting revved up about electric cars.</p><p>And it seems spring is here. But despite the wet start to the season, don't forget we are launching our lawn watering restrictions on May 15. When in doubt, remember the drought, and conserve water.</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> </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