Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update2015-03-27T07:00:00ZGP0|#2873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c;L0|#02873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c|Issue 7;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass37AC61D0A464495EBA59583ABD076DE9"><p>Welcome to the Metro Vancouver Update, bringing you news and information from around the region. This month we highlight: a major bequest for our Regional Parks, information on returning unused medications to pharmacies, updates on disposal bans, our waste-to-energy facility, a sewage pump station, regional maps as well as information on Metro Vancouver TV programs and events, and a special message from our Board Chair Greg Moore.</p><p>Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans and delivers services throughout the region. Our core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment, and solid waste management – garbage and recycling. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system, and provides affordable housing. Metro Vancouver is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.</p><p> <a name="Shaping Our Future"></a><strong>A Message from Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore</strong><br><strong>Shaping Our Future: Decisions Today for Tomorrow's Livable Region</strong></p><p>In the next 25 years, our region is expected to grow by one million people and 500,000 new jobs.</p><p>Transportation is vital in our region, and expanding and supporting an efficient transportation system to connect our communities will benefit residents and business.</p><p>Over the next six weeks in a Special Edition Metro Vancouver Blog, I will highlight examples that illustrate the connection between investing in transit and achieving the goals laid out in Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">regional growth strategy</a>. You can read the <a href="http://metrovancouverblog.org/2015/03/18/chair-update-decisions-today-for-tomorrows-livable-region/" target="_blank">first edition</a>, subscribe to the blog to read the next installments, and leave comments about these critical issues for our region today and in the future. </p></div>