Welcomehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/549/WelcomeWelcome<div class="ExternalClass04DD0B70201D40D5B74BD14185354EED"><p>Welcome to our December Update – the last of 2017. It's been a busy few weeks wrapping up important business before we head into the holiday season. </p><p>One of the significant milestones on our to-do list was reaching an agreement with the City of Abbotsford to amend parkland interests regarding our regional parks in that city.  We believe this deal will bode well for the citizens of the City of Abbotsford, FVRD and MVRD, as it will allow us to put more money into new park acquisitions and upgrade others, including Aldergrove Regional Park, which is slated to be spruced up with family-friendly features.</p><p>In other business, we held a workshop on a pilot we are conducting on Canada's first National Industrial Symbiosis Program, have taken steps to encourage more affordable rental housing near transit stops and approved a new Generator Levy and Commercial Hauler Licensing that is designed to ensure all waste generators in the region contribute to the costs of the region's transfer station network.</p><p>We're supporting the Coffee Cup Revolution, which raises awareness on reducing the use of disposable cups, and are ramping up our Christmas campaign. So when you're trying to find that perfect gift, remember: Create Memories Not Garbage.</p><p>Happy holidays!</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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Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford reach parks agreementhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/550/Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford reach parks agreementMetro Vancouver and Abbotsford reach parks agreement<div class="ExternalClassA89EA67E65F041B69902F34D82B63CE5"><p>Metro Vancouver has reached an agreement with the City of Abbotsford, which enables the City to withdraw from Metro Vancouver’s regional parks function. Once approved, the City of Abbotsford will no longer participate in or financially contribute to parks within Metro Vancouver and can allocate resources to parks within its own municipality and region.</p><br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-abbotsfordparks.jpgRead more...Full
Coffee Cup Revolution percolating in Metro Vancouverhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/551/Coffee Cup Revolution percolating in Metro VancouverCoffee Cup Revolution percolating in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass61E663EFBB574778AFEAD29B4A677F73"><p>​Metro Vancouver will contribute $18,000 over the next three years to support the Coffee Cup Revolution, an annual event that raises awareness on reducing the use of disposable items such as to-go coffee cups. <br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-coffeecups.jpgRead more...Full
Transit-oriented affordable housing promotedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/552/Transit-oriented affordable housing promotedTransit-oriented affordable housing promoted<div class="ExternalClassE4D5729EA85B40768DA92DFA84C352E8"><p>​Metro Vancouver will encourage local, provincial and federal stakeholders to pursue more affordable rental housing near transit stops to meet a growing demand for low-income households across the region.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-transit.jpgRead more...Full
New features for families at Aldergrove Regional Parkhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/553/New features for families at Aldergrove Regional ParkNew features for families at Aldergrove Regional Park<div class="ExternalClass8AD4DCC74C734A849B7064C22480C4AF"><p>​Plans are in the works to spruce up the main day use area at Aldergrove Regional Park, with a children’s nature discovery area, interpretive trail and shallow wetland to provide more opportunities for people to experience, enjoy, and connect with nature.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-aldergrove.jpgRead more...Full
National Industrial Symbiosis Program launchedhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/554/National Industrial Symbiosis Program launchedNational Industrial Symbiosis Program launched<div class="ExternalClass1695385EFAF44D93A82AE1E39A81FB71"><p>​Metro Vancouver has partnered with the Light House Sustainable Building Centre to pilot Canada's first National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP). Industrial symbioses can transform wastes from one business into higher value inputs for another business, such as using shredded tires as a building material for a new road.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-symbiosis.jpgRead more...Full
New Generator Levy, hauler licensing moves forwardhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/555/New Generator Levy, hauler licensing moves forwardNew Generator Levy, hauler licensing moves forward<div class="ExternalClass6DBC044824F242DA83B086A8FDE19001"><p>​Metro Vancouver is proceeding with a Generator Levy and is proposing Commercial Waste Hauler Licensing to ensure all waste generators in the region contribute to the fixed costs of the region’s transfer station network, while reducing waste and boosting recycling in multi-family and commercial/institutional buildings.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-generatorlevy.jpgRead more...Full
North Shore Cultural Mapping Project scores fundinghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/556/North Shore Cultural Mapping Project scores fundingNorth Shore Cultural Mapping Project scores funding<div class="ExternalClass8E08E37BF71C49DA8A9B968660AAFD9A"><p>​The North Vancouver Community Arts Council has been awarded $421,000 in federal funding for its <a href="http://www.nsnews.com/community/cultural-asset-project-aims-to-put-north-shore-on-the-map-1.23101068" target="_blank">North Shore Cultural Mapping Project</a>. The collaborative project brings together the three North Shore municipalities and the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-northshore.jpgRead more...Full
New Sapperton Pump Station breaks groundhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/557/New Sapperton Pump Station breaks groundNew Sapperton Pump Station breaks ground<div class="ExternalClassA69D87C548404E0B8D669098D44BDF3C"><p>​Work is underway to build a new Sapperton Liquid Waste pump station to serve the region’s growing population. <span lang="EN-US">The $82-million project will replace the existing pump station, which </span>is the region's largest and is a critical component of the liquid waste system, sending about one-third of the incoming flow to the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-sapperton.jpgRead more...Full
Create Memories Not Garbage this holiday seasonhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/558/Create Memories Not Garbage this holiday seasonCreate Memories Not Garbage this holiday season<div class="ExternalClass98B1E6D4AA384CA68B82E039B87F9F59"><p>​In mid-November, Metro Vancouver launched its 7th annual Create Memories, Not Garbage campaign, which aims to reduce awareness of the unnecessary waste created during the holidays. New this year is a Merry Memory Maker App, which helps gift givers by suggesting experience-based or long-lasting gift ideas within any price range. The app inspires people to try something different this holiday season, and makes it easier to create memories, not garbage.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue37-cmng.jpgRead more...Full
Westburnco Pump Station critical piece of water supply systemhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/559/Westburnco Pump Station critical piece of water supply systemWestburnco Pump Station critical piece of water supply system<div class="ExternalClassF7D4FDF1F56A4F4F9C43A459EB993B7B"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s water transmission system – a network of pipelines, pump stations and reservoirs - is designed to optimize the use of three source lakes: Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam. Westburnco Pump Station No. 1 and 2, located in New Westminster, are critical components of the system’s Westerly Transfer, a part of the transmission system built in the late 1980s-early 1990s that runs from the Coquitlam source to the Little Mountain Reservoir in the City of Vancouver.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-westburnco.jpgRead more...Full
Zero Waste Conference 2017 Overviewhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/560/Zero Waste Conference 2017 OverviewZero Waste Conference 2017 Overview<div class="ExternalClass1DC68F6DD9C343E29C65010D410B8018"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Metro Vancouver held its 7th annual Zero Waste Conference on Nov 1. Global leaders in government and industry were represented, both attending and presenting to share new perspectives on eliminating waste and creating value through the circular economy.</span><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue37-zwc.jpgRead more...Full

 

 

Check it Out!http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/561/Check it Out!Check it Out!<div class="ExternalClassC409A734E5A14C2DBDC0957475956ACB"><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.<br></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom
Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parkshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-38/562/Celebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional ParksCelebrate 50 Years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass841BB872E947496A89BA682B812C3C73"><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/" 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><br></p></div>Read more...SummaryBottom