Local Government Matters in this Year’s Provincial Election

Metro Vancouver is calling on BC’s four largest political parties to publicly clarify their platforms on critical issues facing the region, including affordable housing, transit and protecting the environment, as well as how they intend to work with the regional government on funding major capital projects.

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Homelessness: We can’t afford to ignore it

On February 27, 2017 Metro Vancouver’s Regional Homelessness Task Force released its position paper: Addressing Homelessness in the Metro Vancouver Region with new research findings and recommendations. The report finds a number of disturbing trends that show a homelessness crisis is affecting all corners of the Lower Mainland.

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February Episode of The Sustainable Region Profiles Local Innovators in Waste Reduction

Waste is one of the pressing issues of our time. And while recycling and composting efforts keep some materials out of our landfills, reducing waste also means going deeper, examining every part of the product life cycle, from raw materials to opportunities for re-use before disposal.  Continue reading

Netherlands’ Building Innovation Captures Imaginations at 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference

At the 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, keynote speaker Owen Zachariasse profiled his company’s Park 20|20 development; with its closed loop energy and water systems, human-centered design, and innovative construction. An condensed version of his presentation aired in Metro Vancouver as the first episode of the 2017 season of The Sustainable Region

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Reconciliation in the Region

There’s a growing awareness of the effects of Indian Residential schools and that knowledge is being shared though words, actions, and art.

Several individuals line up to wash their bodies with a smudge of smoke. They are preparing to go on a walk that is only a few blocks long through East Vancouver, but in fact is part of a much longer road. It is Orange Shirt Day, one of several events emphasizing the memory and effects of Canadian Residential Schools on indigenous people.

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Salmon in the Brunette Basin

At the east end of Burnaby Lake, Metro Vancouver Senior Engineer Ed Von Euw stands on the small dam that divides the lake from the Brunette River as he points to salmon in swirling water near an opening in the dam. “They make their way up the fish ladder where rock clusters have been placed. It creates a series of pools so they can step up (to the dam),” he explains.

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