Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/509/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass7105712B3FBC42B7B71EF603A52344BC"><p>Welcome back! The air is finally starting to clear after the smoke from the recent B.C. wildfires led to deteriorating air quality and an unprecedented 19 days under advisory. </p><p>We pretty much raced out of the gate this month, with consultations on our DCC proposal and securing top keynote speakers for our Zero Waste Conference, which is being held on Nov. 1. The final homeless count numbers are out, confirming the crisis we’re facing in Metro Vancouver and the need for more affordable housing across the region. </p><p>We awarded several regional cultural grants to organizations across the region, while launching a corporate campaign to educate the public on the costs of dumping grease in the sewer system. We are also continuing with night events in our regional parks, with our Flashlight Mysteries – a tour of Surrey Bend Regional Park – on October 14. The event is part of our Regional Parks’ 50th anniversary celebration so come out and explore the trails at the night and learn about our nocturnal inhabitants. Hope to see you there!</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>Read more...Welcome0 0

 

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Air quality levels unprecedented across Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/510/Air quality levels unprecedented across Metro VancouverAir quality levels unprecedented across Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass5631BBDF67C947F9B53AD3E7E5DB5D07"><p>Metro Vancouver faced one of its worst summers in terms of air quality in 2017, as heavy smoke from the wildfires raging in B.C. and the northwest U.S. drifted across the region. Five air quality advisories were issued this summer, with an unprecedented 19 days under advisory. The longest advisory period was from August 1-12, with elevated levels of fine particulate matter and intermittent spikes of high ground-level ozone.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-aq.jpgRead more...FullSmoke over Metro Vancouver (Credit: NASA’s Terra satellite)
Homeless numbers continue to surge across the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/511/Homeless numbers continue to surge across the regionHomeless numbers continue to surge across the region<div class="ExternalClassB035BE9414A1459ABCA68683C67EE7C4"><p>​Metro Vancouver's affordability crisis is having a marked effect on homelessness across the region, with half the region's homeless population saying they had lived here for 10 years or more before finding themselves living on the streets or in shelters, according to a final report of the 2017 Homeless Count The high cost of rent, followed by lack of income and the inability to find suitable housing was cited by about 50 per cent of 3,605 homeless surveyed in the count, conducted overnight on March 7 and 8. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-homelesscount.jpgRead more...Full
A future without waste – conference boosts circular economyhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/512/A future without waste – conference boosts circular economyA future without waste – conference boosts circular economy<div class="ExternalClassA5EB658E997C4777B5D4F4677B13AFC3"><p>​Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman will be the keynote speaker at this year's Zero Waste Conference on Nov. 1 in Vancouver.  This year's conference will present important insights into how we adapt and set the course for a circular economy in Canada, and will feature five key areas of innovation: <em>plastics, textiles, food, circular cities and business innovation. </em>Tristam Stuart, a National Geographic "emerging explore," and founder of Toast Ale -- a beer made using fresh, surplus bread – will be the afternoon keynote speaker at the conference.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-zwc.jpgRead more...Full
A night to remember at Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/513/A night to remember at Metro Vancouver Regional ParksA night to remember at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassD5867A45439B4EEB85CD7BED566C624A"><p>​Metro Vancouver Regional Parks offers visitors an exciting experience: to walk their favourite trails after dark. The next nocturnal event, <em>Flashlight Mysteries,</em> is slated for Saturday, October 14, at Surrey Bend Regional Park. Created as part of our 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary celebration, <em>Flashlight Mysteries </em>offers a free, safe opportunity for all ages to explore the park after dark and learn about the local wildlife. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-parks.jpgRead more...FullPark Interpretation Specialist Vanessa Lee shares the wonders of frogs with children at the annual Starry Night event at Deas Island Regional Park in Delta.
Metro Vancouver tackles grease, ‘fatbergs’ in sewer systemhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/514/Metro Vancouver tackles grease, ‘fatbergs’ in sewer systemMetro Vancouver tackles grease, ‘fatbergs’ in sewer system<div class="ExternalClass2C99671043E14C95A2697507FD3DB471"><p>​Metro Vancouver is asking residents to put cooking grease in their green bins instead of down the drains as part of its "Wipe It, Green Bin It" campaign, this Thanksgiving.  A small amount of cooking grease down the drain can result in 'fatbergs' – giants blobs of grease, wipes and other 'unflushables' – that block sewers and sewage overflows into homes, businesses and the environment. As a region, Metro Vancouver spends $2 million every year to deal with grease issues in its wastewater system.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-wipeit-greenbinit.jpgRead more...Full
Regional grants showcase ‘cultural mosaic’ across Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/521/Regional grants showcase ‘cultural mosaic’ across Metro VancouverRegional grants showcase ‘cultural mosaic’ across Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass5F7C18C0A8B64AB7BD3FF5E06D887031"><p>Metro Vancouver awarded $110,000 in Regional Project Grants this year to more than 30 arts and culture organizations across the region. The grants are aimed at helping organizations produce new cultural programs, reach new audiences, and cover staffing and administrative needs, up to a maximum of $10,000. The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Richmond Gateway Theatre Society, Langley Community Chorus, Peninsula Productions Society and Port Moody Ecological Society were the among the grant recipients.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-culture.jpgRead more...FullVancouver Metropolitan Orchestra is among 30 organizations to receive a grant from Metro Vancouver
Review of Development Cost Charge Program winds downhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/515/Review of Development Cost Charge Program winds downReview of Development Cost Charge Program winds down<div class="ExternalClass684A8FC6D15C4EB89C437B33C57D54AD"><p>​Metro Vancouver will wrap up the public consultations next month on its proposed Development Cost Charge (DCC) program rate changes, which are aimed at expanding liquid waste infrastructure to serve the growing population. Two consultations are slated for Fraser (North) on Monday, October 2 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and Lulu on October 3 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond. A webinar is also scheduled for October 4.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue35-lulu.jpgRead more...FullLulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

 

 

Check It Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/516/Check It Out!Check It Out!<div class="ExternalClass415CB8AF34C84FEFA650992A3D8C202A"><p>​With fall comes country fairs, salmon migrations and the arrival of the fall/winter edition of <a href="/events/check-it-out/Pages/default.aspx" 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...SummaryBottom
Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/517/Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional ParksCelebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass59FB33A53FC4497CAC3A0273CAA28DF9"><p> <span aria-hidden="true"></span>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/" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">Find out more.</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
The Sustainable Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/518/The Sustainable RegionThe Sustainable Region<div class="ExternalClass63F6FD8543BF414988E2A305DB73B5E7"><p> <a href="https://vimeo.com/230070643" target="_blank"><strong>​Building the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel</strong></a></p><p>A new underground water tunnel connects North Shore reservoirs to communities south of the Fraser. Learn how this ambitious project has improved our drinking water delivery now and into the future.</p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Metro Vancouver Close Uphttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/519/Metro Vancouver Close UpMetro Vancouver Close Up<div class="ExternalClassBE5077595A514B239982F83D5451CCBF"><p> <a href="https://vimeo.com/229346152" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">​July2017 episode</span></a><span lang="EN-US"> </span>features:</p><p> <strong>Pitt Meadows Environmental Lens</strong> - The City of Pitt Meadows has hired its first Environmental Stewardship Officer who will work closely with developers, community groups, residents and government agencies to provide information and interpretations of applicable bylaws, policies and programs related to land development projects and municipal environment services.</p><p> <strong>West Vancouver Waste Student Video Contest</strong> – Lights, camera, action on waste in West Vancouver with more than 40 student entries in the District's video contest, "Our Waste. Our Responsibility," featuring cash prizes from a waste industry association.</p> </div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Events around the regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-35/520/Events around the regionEvents around the region<div class="ExternalClass7719C83EE4E64A5780B940279B1815EF"><p> <strong>Sustainability Community Breakfast - Regional Growth Trends and Strategies: Interpreting the 2016 Census – How Are We Doing, Where Are We Going?</strong></p><p>Recently released results from the 2016 Census provide a benchmark for measuring and interpreting how growth is shaping our region. Join us to hear panelists from Metro Vancouver, member municipalities and the private sector discuss how growth trends and our policies may shape the region over the next 10, 25 or 50 years.</p><p>Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 - 9am<br><em>Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley</em></p><p>Thursday, October 5, 7:30 - 9am <br> <em>Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier - 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver</em></p><p> <a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">More information</a></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Metro Vancouver Development Cost Charge Program Public Consultation</strong></p><p>Metro Vancouver will hold the last of its lunchtime public consultations in October to present and discuss its proposed DCC program rate changes. These sessions are open to the public, although they will be tailored to the development community and elected officials/municipal staff.</p><p>Monday, October 2, 11:30am – 1:30pm<br><em> Anvil Centre </em>– <em>777 Columbia Street,</em><em> New Westminster</em></p><p>Tuesday, October 3, 11:30am – 1:30pm<br><em> Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond – 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond</em> </p><p> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/consultations/development-cost-charge-program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">More information</a></p><p> </p><p> <strong>Metro Vancouver's 7</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Zero Waste Conference</strong><br><strong> </strong> <em>Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver</em></p><p>Network with leaders from across the country and the globe, contribute your ideas, and join a national conversation on how to eliminate waste and create value by transitioning to a circular economy.</p><p>Wednesday, November 1, 7:30am – 6:30pm</p><p> <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/Pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">Information and registration</a></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom