WelcomeWelcome2018-07-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#76d09df2-5a56-4714-9d4a-56a599fd2fd4;L0|#076d09df2-5a56-4714-9d4a-56a599fd2fd4|Issue 45;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassE3D8A89980A04D5DB48C8BCA5F62BE89"><p>Welcome to summer: it's getting hot out there and everybody's heading for the beaches to cool off – even the bears. With so much activity outdoors, black bears are becoming more prevalent in our regional parks, and even stealing food from picnic baskets, so make sure you're bear aware out there, especially since we're seeing an increase in the number of people visits year over year.</p><p>Speaking of food, the National Zero Waste Council launched the national Love Food Hate Waste Canada campaign, with three simultaneous events in Metro Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Metro Vancouver is proud to be a founding member of the campaign - we hope this campaign will help educate Canadians to reduce food waste, which in turn will save them money and reduce harmful greenhouse gases across the region.</p><p>Metro Vancouver is already taking action to reduce GHGs and managed to balance our carbon footprint in 2017 with two projects -- a landfill gas capture optimization project at the Coquitlam Landfill and an "avoided forest conversion" project at Kanaka Creek Regional Park. A small step, but we're making progress.</p><p>Our second Metro Vancouver Update – delivered directly to your home - should have hit your mailboxes last month. This special spring newsletter edition is full of great information on the Metro Vancouver budget and some of the projects we are working on over the next few years, such as water and sewer infrastructure.</p><p>In other news, we provided an extreme makeover to our Minato West Housing site in Richmond and participated in B.C.'s largest National Indigenous Peoples Day at Trout Lake in Vancouver, which will help us to strengthen our ties with the region's First Nations. We're also working to try and stem the spread of a new Japanese beetle, which is wreaking major havoc in the City of Vancouver.</p><p>And as always, we're plugging away on preparations for our Zero Waste conference in November! Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you in September.</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