Paying for Our Cities, free events hosted by Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver logo - colour- illustrator filePaying for Our Cities, free events hosted by Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver is hosting numerous free events on “Paying for Our Cities“.

Sustainability Community Breakfast
To register for the below breakfast, please visit http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/breakfasts/Pages/default.aspx

April 11, 2013
7:30am-9:30am
BCIT 555 Seymour Street

Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues
To register for the below dialogues, please visit http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/dialogues/Pages/default.aspx

April 9, 2013
11:30am-2:00pm
(lunch from 11:30am – 12:00pm)
Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

April 10, 2013
3:30pm-6:00pm
(light refreshments from 3:30pm – 4:00pm)
Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club
7778 152nd Street, Surrey

April 16, 2013
11:30am-2:00pm
(lunch from 11:30pm-12:00pm)
Eagles Hall
170 West 3rd, North Vancouver

April 17, 2013
3:30pm-6:00pm (light refreshments from 3:30pm – 4:00pm)
Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre
405 North Road, Coquitlam

By most accounts the Metro Vancouver region is in an enviable position renowned for its livability, natural beauty and pursuit of a sustainable future. Yet, the pressure to compete in a global economy combined with a growing population, expanding cities, and aging infrastructure is creating significant regional challenges for local governments and citizens. Services that keep people healthy, safe and active every day such as transit systems, parks, playgrounds, clean drinking water, recycling services, garbage disposal and waste reduction are costly. They need infrastructure that must be maintained, renewed and replaced over time. But who pays and how? Are increases in property taxes, user fees or government transfers in the form of grants the answer, and if so, what is the role of different levels of government in easing the burden on citizens? Are there other roles to be played by businesses? What might be the full range of financing and design strategies that can keep our region healthy, safe, livable and sustainable?

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