Welcome to Metro Vancouver Updatehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/101/Welcome to Metro Vancouver UpdateWelcome to Metro Vancouver Update<div class="ExternalClassE1F1202AB18D492F8A5F2BBF54594055"><p><strong>​A Message from 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>For the past month, in Special Editions of <a href="http://metrovancouverblog.org/2015/04/02/chair-update-choosing-how-to-grow/" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver’s Blog</a>, I have highlighted 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://metrovancouvervideos.org/2015/03/18/chair-update-decisions-today-for-tomorrows-livable-region/" target="_blank">first editions</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.<br></p></div>Welcome1.00000000000000 1

 

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Seymour-Capilano Twin Tunnels Commissioning http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/102/Seymour-Capilano Twin Tunnels CommissioningSeymour-Capilano Twin Tunnels Commissioning <div class="ExternalClass4DCDE8D1FF3643C2A29B04CC6E3B0112"><p>​For over a decade, Metro Vancouver has been developing some of the highest-quality<a href="/services/water/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> drinking water facilities and infrastructure </a>in North America on the North Shore area of our region. A major milestone was recently reached. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-seymourcap.jpgRead more...WaterFull
Stormwater Management http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/103/Stormwater ManagementStormwater Management <div class="ExternalClass201DCEB3A3954AB390BE5DE608DB7A4E"><p>The provincial Minister of Environment’s approval of our<a href="/services/liquid-waste/plans-reports/management-plans/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan</a> requires that Metro Vancouver assist <a href="/boards/membership/board-members/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">member municipalities </a>to develop a coordinated program to monitor <a href="/services/liquid-waste/drainage/stormwater-management/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">stormwater</a>, and to regularly assess and report on the implementation and effectiveness of their respective Integrated Stormwater Management Plans. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-stormwater.jpgRead more...Liquid WasteFull
Spring Flowers @ Metro Vancouver Housinghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/104/Spring Flowers @ Metro Vancouver HousingSpring Flowers @ Metro Vancouver Housing<div class="ExternalClass1FFD9A0CCB5F4FF4AD3FC77A08E70685"><p>Residents at some <a href="/services/housing/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation</a> complexes are ardent gardeners, and Metro Vancouver is helping with spring blooms.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-springflowers.jpgRead more...HousingFull
Metro Vancouver Housing: Reduce, Reuse, Recyclehttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/105/Metro Vancouver Housing: Reduce, Reuse, RecycleMetro Vancouver Housing: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle<div class="ExternalClassF5629044C0AF406ABB51363EDEEEFCE2"><p>Like many landlords, the <a href="/services/housing/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation</a> incurs unbudgeted costs to haul away illegally dumped garbage beside or in garbage bins at our 49 complexes throughout the region. Working with tenants, we have found some solutions for this issue.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-reducereuserecycle.jpgRead more...Solid WasteFull
Toxic Air Pollutants in Our Region http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/106/Toxic Air Pollutants in Our RegionToxic Air Pollutants in Our Region <div class="ExternalClass3082143443204A218D9940140DA30AA9"><p>​A new Metro Vancouver study has confirmed that diesel particulate matter (DPM) remains the key driver of health risk from toxic air pollutants in our region. Risk assessments for metropolitan regions similar to Metro Vancouver (i.e., Seattle, Portland, San Francisco) have found similar results. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-toxicpollutants.jpgRead more...Air QualityFull
Map of the Month: Shaping Growth and Investing in Transit for a Livable Regionhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/107/Map of the Month: Shaping Growth and Investing in Transit for a Livable RegionMap of the Month: Shaping Growth and Investing in Transit for a Livable Region<div class="ExternalClass5E5D0B57BEB34E4F8FC06081C362BA1D"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy, <a href="/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future</a>, represents the collective vision for how our region will accommodate the one million people and over 500,000 new jobs that are expected in the region in the next 25 years. Our latest Map of the Month shows how we must plan for growth and invest in transit.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-mapofthemonth.jpgRead more...Regional PlanningFull

 

 

Check It Outhttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/108/Check It OutCheck It Out<div class="ExternalClass9A1021AE9105459F9BDE5012626D421A"><p>​The spring edition of<a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/CIO-Spring2015.pdf" target="_blank"> Check It Out </a>is now available.</p><p>Register for programs or drop in to events that Metro Vancouver offers throughout the region.<br></p></div>Check It OutSummaryBottom
Upcoming Eventshttp://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/109/Upcoming EventsUpcoming Events<div class="ExternalClass59EC19B42FE44C608DB3443E6EF74EFA"><p>​<strong>Metro Vancouver’s Television Programs: The Sustainable Region & Metro Vancouver Close Up</strong> </p><p>The Sustainable Region TV series examines how Metro Vancouver manages growth, protects the environment, and delivers vital services to residents of our region. Learn how major capital projects move from concept to reality, the environmental challenges we face, and the many programs offered in <a href="/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks</a>.</p><p>This month, Metro Vancouver Close Up looks at:</p><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/4093699175001" target="_blank">Maple Ridge LEED Buildings</a>: Fighting fires takes a lot of water, but operations at this Maple Ridge fire hall certainly don't! See how the newly rebuilt fire hall, as well as the Maple Ridge SPCA building, use a variety of innovations to keep water and energy use as low as possible.</p><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/4093699177001" target="_blank">Generous Burnaby Man Remembers Regional Parks</a>: Metro Vancouver received a significant financial bequest from the estate of a Metro Vancouver resident, earmarked to support the Regional Parks system. Find out who made this generous donation and how it will be spent.</p><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/4093699176001" target="_blank">Green Collar Career Conference – Doing Good & Making Money</a>: Metro Vancouver students recently learned that personal prosperity and a commitment to sustainability are absolutely compatible. Learn why students from across our region spent their Saturday exploring opportunities in the green economy. </p><p>These programs air back to back on Shaw TV4, Delta Cable 4 and Novus TV4 at these times:</p><p>Shaw TV 4: Wed 7:30pm; Sat 12:30pm; Mon 3:30pm; Tues 11pm<br>NVTV4: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sat at 9am & 3:30pm<br>Delta TV: Sun/Mon at 8am & 2pm; Mon-Fri at 11:30am</p><p>And they are always available <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">online</a>.</p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong>Sustainability Community Breakfast</strong></p><p><strong>Emergency Management in Our Region</strong></p><p>May 20, 7:30-9 am, <a href="http://www.reservation-desk.com/hotel/181613/?CID=PPC_bing_B-Hotels+-+E_1525592047_+Executive%2520+Airport%2520+Plaza%2520+hotel%2520+Richmond_b&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=+Executive%2520+Airport%2520+Plaza%2520+hotel%2520+Richmond&utm_content=1525592047&utm_campaign=Hotels+-+E&mkwid=6240g1Fu_dc&pcrid=1525592047&muid=d6711522-1db7-40de-9305-cde2ec98a8a2" target="_blank">Executive Airport Plaza Hotel</a>, 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond <br>  <br>May 27, 7:30-9 am, <a href="http://www.bcit.ca/about/downtown.shtml" target="_blank">BCIT Downtown</a>, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver  </p><p>June 4, 7:30-9 am,<a href="http://anvilcentre.com/" target="_blank"> Anvil Centre</a>, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster</p><p><strong>Speakers:</strong></p><ul><li>Heather Lyle, Partnership Manager, Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management; Director, Integrated Public Safety, Emergency Management BC</li><li>Dorit Mason, Director, North Shore Emergency Management Office</li><li>Rob Nicholls, Division Manager, Corporate Safety, Metro Vancouver </li></ul><p><a href="/events/community-breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Information & Registration</a></p></div>EventsSummaryBottom
Did You Know?http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/issue-8/110/Did You Know?Did You Know?<div class="ExternalClassB4E723D741C244BA8D0E540DB1C77F35"><ul><li>​If you’ve been strolling through many of our <a href="/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Parks</a>, you’ve seen Oemleria cerasifromis (Indian Plum) starting to flower. This native shrub is the first deciduous plant whose leaves emerge in spring, winning the race to capture sunlight before other plants block it. Great strategy when you live underneath the canopy of taller deciduous shrubs and trees! Look for clusters of small white flowers that droop at the end of the branch. These first blooms are food for early emerging pollinators that need nectar and pollen to sustain them before other flowers bloom.  </li></ul></div><p> </p><ul><li>Studies have determined that much of the food found in Metro Vancouver residential garbage was never even used. And, food waste in the garbage creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The environmental consequences are not just limited to food rotting in landfills, however, as the resources required to grow, package, and transport that food are also wasted. Find out about <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">recycling food waste</a>.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Although Metro Vancouver has among the best recycling rates in North America, every year about 1.33 million tonnes of waste is NOT recycled. If this garbage was piled up and not compacted it would fill a hockey rink to a height of about five kilometres. <br></li></ul>Did You KnowSummaryBottom