WelcomeWelcome2017-09-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#910cbf3d-ad4b-48c1-8bf2-299ca0587371;L0|#0910cbf3d-ad4b-48c1-8bf2-299ca0587371|Issue 35;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<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>0