Heat wave pushes Metro Vancouver to ‘unprecedented’ early season water use

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In the aftermath of a deadly heat wave that has overwhelmed emergency services and appears to have claimed scores of lives, Metro Vancouver has another dire warning: Conserve water before it’s quickly depleted. 

On Sunday, June 27, water consumption hit near-record levels after residents cranked open taps and hoses to release 1.79 billion litres from local reservoirs. That’s just shy of the all-time daily record of nearly two billion litres set in 2009. 

“It’s unprecedented to see such high water demand so early in the summer,” says Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s water committee, in a written statement. 

The regional body is calling on residents to curb plans to water lawns and wash cars during the heat wave so that there is enough drinking water for the rest of the summer season. …

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Metro Vancouver’s water use nears record high, conservation urged

Voice Online

After daily water consumption reached near-record levels over the weekend, Metro Vancouver is reminding residents and businesses to conserve treated drinking water for essential uses.

Daily water consumption hit 1.79 billion litres on June 27, just shy of the all-time high set in 2009, when the region used almost two billion litres on a single summer day. …

“It’s unprecedented to see such high water demand so early in the summer,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Water Committee, on Wednesday. “We’re asking all residents and businesses to reduce their discretionary water use — such as watering lawns and washing cars — during the heat wave so that we may ensure an ample supply of drinking water for the rest of the season.”

As of June 29, the total supply storage in Metro Vancouver’s drinking water reservoirs is within the normal range, however, with continued hot and dry weather in the forecast, unchecked demand for water will quickly deplete the region’s storage reserves. …

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Video: Coastal Wolf Pack asks Richmondites to learn about Indigenous history on Canada Day

Richmond News

For members of Tsatsu Stalqayu — Coastal Wolf Pack — Canada Day this year will not be a celebration; rather, it’s a time for education and mourning.

The Coast Salish Indigenous group that performs traditional songs and dances in their regalia will be part of Richmond’s virtual Canada Day events this Thursday. …

But Brodie said he’s hoping to meet in the near future with the chief of the Musqueam Indian Band for discussions about a variety of issues, possibly the lawsuit as well.

“My ambition is we can talk it out,” he said. “I would like a fuller relationship (with the Musqueam).”

He sees this meeting as a “first step” in building that stronger relationship. …

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Metro Vancouver heatwave leads to near-record water consumption

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On Sunday, when temperatures climbed into the 40s, daily consumption in the region hit 1.79 billion litres. That’s close to the all-time high of two billion litres consumed in one day back in 2009.

Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Water Committee, says it’s unprecedented to see such high water demand this early in the summer.

Reservoir levels are still in good shape, but Metro Vancouver is worried about the months ahead, given more hot and dry weather in the forecast.

“We’re asking all residents and businesses to reduce their discretionary water use — such as watering lawns and washing cars — during the heatwave so that we may ensure an ample supply of drinking water for the rest of the season,” Brodie said. …

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Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation to conduct meetings digitally into 2022

Surrey Now-Leader

The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has decided to conduct its meetings digitally into the new year with a “hybrid” approach that would include some in-person meetings that “should be able to begin as early as toward the end of October,” executive director Mike Buda said Thursday.

“At the end of the year we can revisit it,” he said.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said while “everybody, I think, is kind-of anxious to get back to what we figure is normal but we couldn’t go too quickly so a hybrid approach, video conference to the end of the year.” …

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Major Highway 99 improvements planned in anticipation of Massey replacement

Journal of Commerce

Officials are planning corridor improvements to ease traffic congestion and support transit.

Improvements will include a new Steveston interchange, additional bus-on-shoulder lanes, a new bus-only connection at Bridgeport Road and upgraded cycling infrastructure, all in advance of the George Massey Tunnel replacement. …

“These improvements are a great start at making travel safer and easier for people coming in and out of our city,” said Malcolm Brodie, mayor of Richmond. “I now look forward to support from the federal government for a new tunnel replacement so that this important corridor and our region’s worst traffic bottleneck can finally be addressed.”

Government has completed its review of the business case for the new crossing to replace the George Massey Tunnel. Discussions are ongoing with the federal government on cost sharing for this project. Details will be announced when those discussions have been completed. …

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Metro Vancouver applauds affirmation of Municipal Finance Authority of B.C.’s AAA credit rating

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METRO Vancouver on Tuesday congratulated the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia (MFA) for receiving affirmation of its AAA credit rating from major credit-rating agencies Fitch RatingsStandard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service.

“I am very proud of the work the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia does to maintain its high credit ratings and ensure the right financial tools are available at the lowest possible cost to support B.C.’s local governments,” said Director Malcolm Brodie, the authority’s Chair.

The MFA is the exclusive lender of long-term debt to B.C. municipalities, who borrow through their respective regional districts, which in turn borrow from the authority. Metro Vancouver and its member jurisdictions make up almost 50 per cent of the authority’s financial position. The MFA also provides loans to regional hospital districts, and has provided loans in the past to TransLink. …

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New Steveston interchange, Highway 99 improvements announced

Richmond News

A request for proposals to turn the Steveston overpass from two lanes to five will go out this fall with an anticipated completion date of 2025.

Furthermore, according to a provincial announcement Tuesday on “safety and mobility” improvements, tenders for transit and cycling upgrades at Bridgeport Road and Highway 17A will go out this week and work is expected to start this fall. …

“These improvements are a great start at making travel safer and easier for people coming in and out of our city,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a statement. “I now look forward to support from the federal government for a new tunnel replacement so that this important corridor and our region’s worst traffic bottleneck can finally be addressed.”

According to the ministry, the new Steveston overpass will have two eastbound lanes and three westbound lanes, including a left turn lane to southbound Highway 99. A new Steveston interchange will also improve access to transit stops and pedestrian and cycling connections across Highway 99. …

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Richmond property given another month for cleanup

Richmond News

After “substantial” progress was done to clean up a residential property in the South Arm area, Richmond city council gave the owner another month to finish cleaning it.

The owner’s son, Edward Wong, appealed an order to clean up the property or have it cleaned up by the city. He told the Richmond News he was “determined” to clean it up. …

“You made some suggestion on what you’re going to do between now and (July 19), and my hope is that the kind of progress we’ve seen in the last 10 days is mirrored in the progress in the next few weeks,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie told Wong at the meeting.

“I promise I’ll work very hard,” Wong told council after the decision was made. …

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