Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/470/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClassDC41AE26F9EF4C868BD9C36FBC5CD837"><p>With warmer temperatures finally starting to sweep across Metro Vancouver, we are keeping a closer eye on air quality, as well as preparing for the potential threat of wildfires, which pose a significant risk to our vast and largely forested lands across the region. </p><p>At the same time, we are busy developing a strategy to manage abandoned waste that is being dumped in our streets and alleyways, taking the initial steps to upgrade the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant to secondary treatment and considering how the Province's Energy Step Code will assist in bringing in measures to make all new buildings in the region "net zero energy ready" by 2032.</p><p>On the lighter side, the Grouse Grind Trail has officially opened for the summer as the flagship trail in Grouse Mountain Regional Park -- the 24th park in Metro Vancouver's portfolio -- and there are still a lot of events slated at our other parks as part of our 50th anniversary. Come out and join us at one of our celebratory park events or drop by to see us across the region at various events talking about our Love Food Hate Waste campaign. </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">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...welcomeWelcome0 0

 

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Air quality continues to improve across Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/471/Air quality continues to improve across Metro VancouverAir quality continues to improve across Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass85E39FB1080E426188AB128E6B9895BA"><p>​Residents and visitors across Metro Vancouver continue to enjoy good air quality, despite the increasing population, according to the region's annual <a href="/services/air-quality/AirQualityPublications/CaringfortheAir2017.pdf" target="_blank">Caring for the Air 2017 report</a>. The report provides updates and information on progress made in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and air contaminants in the Metro Vancouver region.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/CaringForTheAir2017.jpgRead more...aqFull
Metro Vancouver raises issue of illegal dumping at RCBC conferencehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/472/Metro Vancouver raises issue of illegal dumping at RCBC conferenceMetro Vancouver raises issue of illegal dumping at RCBC conference<div class="ExternalClass113B10CABA3F4C4EA8C4769B657BE48A"><p>​Metro Vancouver, along with the City of Surrey, recently raised the problem of illegal dumping – and the measures being taken to address it -- at the Recycling Council of B.C.'s Zero Waste Conference on June 21. Illegally dumped waste, such as furniture, mattresses and demolition materials, is collectively costing the region $2.5 million per year to manage.<br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-RCBC-conference.jpgRead more...rcbcFull
Grouse Grind Trail officially open for the seasonhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/473/Grouse Grind Trail officially open for the seasonGrouse Grind Trail officially open for the season<div class="ExternalClass005621E9BF094EB38F90FA59FAA082F8"><p>​The Grouse Grind Trail officially opened for the season in mid-June, with Metro Vancouver hailing it as the "flagship trail" in its newest regional park. The Grouse Grind required extensive safety maintenance, including rock scaling, danger tree removal, step repair and safety netting replacement, following an unusually cold and wet winter. The trail will be open daily from 6:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-GrouseGrind.jpgRead more...grouseFull
Metro Vancouver prepares for wildfire riskhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/474/Metro Vancouver prepares for wildfire riskMetro Vancouver prepares for wildfire risk<div class="ExternalClassA3A498DCE22C4B47BC03828B12431069"><p>​Metro Vancouver staff are prepping gear and running bi-weekly drills to prepare for the summer fire season, Forest fires can pose a significant risk to Metro Vancouver, which manages lands that are vast, largely forested, and susceptible to fire from lightning or preventable human causes. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-WildFirePrep.jpgRead more...wildfireFull
BC Energy Step Code to reduce future building energy consumptionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/475/BC Energy Step Code to reduce future building energy consumptionBC Energy Step Code to reduce future building energy consumption<div class="ExternalClass98524BE9AC424611823EA966135E55D5"><p>​The B.C. Government in April adopted the BC Energy Step Code, which will set out a path to make all new buildings "net zero energy ready" by 2032. Residential and commercial buildings currently generate about a third of the region's greenhouse gas emissions. A net zero energy building produces as much energy as it consumes over a year, as it is designed to minimize energy use and have its low energy needs supplied by renewable energy created by the energy systems of the building.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-BCEnergy.jpgRead more...bcenergyFull
Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study laudedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/476/Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study laudedHousing and Transportation Cost Burden Study lauded<div class="ExternalClassD88B3B4B354E4269A6BAAC6F442EF6FA"><p>​Metro Vancouver has been recognized by the Planning Institute of British Columbia for its Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study, which quantifies transportation costs and combines them with housing costs to provide a more complete picture of affordability for working households. The study received a Gold award for Excellence in Planning: Research and New Directions in Planning.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-CostBurdenStudy.jpgRead more...costburdenFull
Regional Prosperity Initiative advancing economic prosperityhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/477/Regional Prosperity Initiative advancing economic prosperityRegional Prosperity Initiative advancing economic prosperity<div class="ExternalClassD186CC3DF71743118BB303290D3A8317"><p>​Metro Vancouver is engaging with important partners to develop a collaborative approach to advance the economic prosperity, livability and sustainability of our region. A proposal for this independent organization will be discussed at the second Regional Prosperity Forum on September 15th.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-RPI.jpgRead more...prosperityFull
Beat the summer heat in a regional parkhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/478/Beat the summer heat in a regional parkBeat the summer heat in a regional park<div class="ExternalClassDAFED64770C24D0ABB3C8F11E67873D2"><p>​Whether you want to wander through the intertidal zone at a beach or stroll along forested trails, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks offers the perfect summer escape – a place where you can dive into nature or learn more about it.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-RegionalParks.jpgRead more...parksFullWilderness at your Doorstep draws nature enthusiasts as they head out to the backcountry at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
Saving energy at Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Planthttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/479/Saving energy at Iona Island Wastewater Treatment PlantSaving energy at Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant<div class="ExternalClass448A20F02A0443EFAE4C575F15584D45"><p>​The new Iona Island Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will be operating by 2030, will be designed for energy efficiency. In the meantime, staff continue to find ways to reduce energy consumption in the existing plant.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-Iona.jpgRead more...ionaFull
New guidelines to improve stormwater managementhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/480/New guidelines to improve stormwater managementNew guidelines to improve stormwater management<div class="ExternalClass3C182CD602FC4A5FA638120BB2604BBA"><p>New guidelines developed by Metro Vancouver and its members aim to improve how stormwater is managed in residential areas across the region. The guidelines encourage the use of features – such as absorbent landscaping and detention tanks - that allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground instead of being channeled into storm sewers.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-stormwatermanagement.jpgRead more...stormwaterFull
Metro Vancouver’s 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference set for Novemberhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/481/Metro Vancouver’s 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference set for NovemberMetro Vancouver’s 7th Annual Zero Waste Conference set for November<div class="ExternalClass8AEDDAEC2F924D20AF54F6B17EE65751"><p>​Registration is open for Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference on November 1, which brings together innovative leaders and thinkers who are working towards a future without waste. Eliminating waste and creating value are essential pillars in a new way of doing business and developing policy - a new norm of addressing waste in every facet of our lives. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-zwc.jpgRead more...zwcFull
Love Food Hate Waste offers food for thought http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/483/Love Food Hate Waste offers food for thoughtLove Food Hate Waste offers food for thought <div class="ExternalClass54304B210C74435CB5D09B3358EA0C07"><p>​<a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Love Food Hate Waste</a>, Metro Vancouver's food waste reduction campaign, will once again host face-to-face outreach at community events and farmer's markets throughout the region this summer. Representatives will share key messages about the issues around food waste, particularly the role that consumers play in reducing avoidable waste and how doing so can save them money. <br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-Asparagus.jpgRead more...lfhwFullFind simple tips to avoid food waste and save money at Love Food Hate Waste events this summer

 

 

Check It Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/484/Check It Out!Check It Out!<div class="ExternalClass951A4F6281914B218B1EAC90BAFB4009"><p>​With summer comes longer days, lake swimming, backyard barbeques and the arrival of the summer edition of <a href="/events/check-it-out/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter42&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks' Program Guide – Check it Out!</a> The newest edition is jam-packed with events and programs to connect you with nature in your local regional parks during our 50th anniversary year.</p></div>Read more...cioSummaryBottom
Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/485/Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional ParksCelebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass59FB33A53FC4497CAC3A0273CAA28DF9"><p>Get your passport and start exploring. Download the FREE MV Passport app or pick-up a paper copy.</p><p>Collect stamps at each of the 18 participating regional parks.</p><p>Earn rewards. Win prizes! Shop our collection of commemorative T-shirts, hoodies & more. </p><p>A portion of proceeds goes to <a href="http://www.pacificparklands.com/">Pacific Parklands Foundation</a>, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver's regional parks.</p><p><a href="/services/parks/celebrate-parks/Pages/default.aspx">Find out more.</a></p></div>Read more...parks50SummaryBottom
The Sustainable Region - Launch of Regional Parks 50th Anniversary Celebrationhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/486/The Sustainable Region - Launch of Regional Parks 50th Anniversary CelebrationThe Sustainable Region - Launch of Regional Parks 50th Anniversary Celebration<div class="ExternalClass545ABB6826F34F7C9C2FD51BC460C810"><p>​Metro Vancouver kicked off the regional parks system's 50th anniversary at Burnaby Lake Regional Park, followed by commemorative events throughout the year to showcase the 14,500-hectare network of parks and greenways.</p><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region/222229989" target="_blank">Watch the video</a></p></div>Read more...tsrSummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Close Uphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/487/Metro Vancouver Close UpMetro Vancouver Close Up<div class="ExternalClass5B9F6A2CE28041B6BC3DFA3C15BED797"><p>​This episode of Metro Vancouver Close Up features the City of Richmond Public Works Open House, a look at EV chargers in condo buildings, and back to Richmond to see how Barn Owl nest boxes have been integrated into the design of the Alexandra District Energy Utility building.</p><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/221032101">Watch the video</a> </p></div>Read more...mvcuSummaryBottom
Events around the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-33/488/Events around the regionEvents around the region<div class="ExternalClass6AC5C5B22A424FF19EA6D8B455500C09"><p> <strong>Metro Vancouver's Watershed Tours</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver offers tours of our protected watersheds every summer to help people discover these pristine valleys firsthand. Join us and register for an engaging and scenic guided tour.</p><p> <a target="_blank" href="/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx">Information and registration</a><strong></strong></p><p> <strong></strong> </p><p> <strong>Canada Day </strong> <br> <em>Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver</em></p><p>Enjoy celebrations throughout the region to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, including fireworks, parades and live entertainment. </p><p>July 1</p><p> </p><p> <strong>Emotive Summer Event Listing</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver will be presenting <a href="http://www.emotivebc.ca/" target="_blank"> <em>Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience</em></a>, a campaign raising awareness of electric vehicles, at events throughout the region this summer. Drop by one of the following events to sit in an EV, and meet an EV owner who can share stories of what it's like to drive electric. Did you know British Columbia has the highest EV ownership per capita in the country?</p><p>Here are some events next month:</p><p>July 1, Canada Day, <a href="https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Festivals-and-Events/Canada-Day.html" target="_blank">Burnaby</a><br>July 8-9, <a href="http://www.carnavaldelsol.ca/" target="_blank">Carnaval del Sol</a><br> July 15, <a href="https://veva.ca/electrafest-2017/" target="_blank">Electrafest</a><br> July 22, <a href="http://www.uptownlive.ca/" target="_blank">Uptown Live</a><br> July 23, <a href="http://www.portmoodyribfest.ca/" target="_blank">Rib Fest</a> </p><p>For updates on Emotive events, join our Facebook group at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/emotivebc" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/emotivebc</a><strong></strong></p><p> <strong></strong> </p><p> <strong>Aldergrove Fair Days</strong><br><em>Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, Aldergrove</em></p><p>Show'n'shine, parade, midway rides and more at the 105th annual Aldergrove Fair Days. Bring your water bottle for refills at the Water Wagon.</p><p>Friday to Sunday, July 14 - 16</p><p> <a href="http://aldergrovefair.ca/" target="_blank">More information</a><strong></strong></p><p> <strong></strong> </p><p> <strong>Fun City Festival</strong><br><em>Lower Lonsdale, City of North Vancouver</em></p><p>The City of North Vancouver's Slide the City returns along with Car Free Day, turning Lower Lonsdale into a pedestrian and slider zone filled with vendors, food trucks, live music and entertainment. Bring your water bottle for refills at the Water Wagon. </p><p>Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, August 13</p><p> <a href="http://www.cnv.org/parks-recreation-and-culture/signature-events/fun-city-festival" target="_blank">Slide the City tickets and more information</a><strong></strong></p><p> <strong></strong> </p><p> <strong>Music in the Park</strong><br><em>Capilano River Regional Park, District of North Vancouver</em></p><p>Bring a picnic and enjoy live music, art demonstrations and an art gallery set against the stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Reservoir at Capilano River Regional Park. Free. Drop in. Registration not required. All ages.</p><p>Monday, September 7, 12-5pm</p><p> <a href="/events/calendar/north-van-west-van/661/music-in-the-park" target="_blank">More information</a></p></div>Read more...eventsSummaryBottom