Bear Aware

Bear Aware

Protect your home and your neighbourhood.

  • Lock it up -- secure your garbage and your kitchen waste in either a wildlife-resistant enclosure (e.g. garage or shed) or by using a Bear Aware™  approved wildlife resistant lock
  • Set it out -- set out your carts at the curb no later than 8:00 am on collection day (Wednesday is residential pick-up)
  • Use bear proof dumpsters -- these bear-proof dumpsters are for wet and animal attractant waste only such as garbage, food packaging with food still on/in it, sugary liquids, fruits & vegetable residue, and all edible items. Do not use any of the District’s dumpsters for recycling of empty cans, bottles, newspapers, magazines, or for rags, dry packaging, construction debris, household junk, or any trash that is not an animal attractant.

Secure your garbage!

  • Bears attracted to neighborhoods by garbage become problems for you, your neighbours (including kids!), and, eventually, for conservation officers and police.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your garbage away from bears.

Protect all of your neighbours--including bears--by keeping trash and other attractants away from bears.

Our carelessness is creating “problem bears”.
Bears have a keen sense of smell, and garbage or other food sources could easily attract a bear to your neighbourhood.  Once bears become used to eating garbage and other un-natural foods, they tend to stay close to communities where they can find easy sources of food.

Destroying Bears or Moving Them is Not The Answer
Each year, about 950 Black Bears and 50 grizzlies have to be destroyed to protect the public.

As more people — and more garbage — move into traditional bear habitat, more bears are becoming garbage-conditioned, and have to be destroyed.  It’s a terrible waste of life. It’s also costly: the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks’ Conservation Officer Service spends about $1 million a year dealing with bear/people conflicts.

Bears which are causing problems are sometimes moved, or “translocated”, especially females with cubs, grizzlies, or bears which are not yet garbage-conditioned.  About 150 bears are translocated each year, but it doesn’t always work. Bears will travel hundreds of kilometers to return to known food sources. Other bears are chased from their new surroundings by resident bears, are killed by dominant bears, or starve to death.
For more information on being Bear Aware™, visit www.bearaware.bc.ca. For more tips on Bear Safety visit the BC Parks website.

Quick Links
Bear Aware BC
BC Parks - Bears

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Request for Proposal:  Website Design

POSTED: October 17, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is soliciting proposals to create a captivating, user-friendly website that showcases tourism opportunities of the region.  For more information click on this link:  RDKS Request for Proposals

Public & Technical Advisory Committee:  Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: October 12, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is providing an opportunity for the public to participate in this committee - for more information see the attachment.

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

POSTED: August 15, 2018

Please see the News Release from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General-Emergency Management BC regarding the Province's response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

2018 Christmas Card Competition

POSTED: October 23, 2018

Calling all local artists and photographers!  You are invited to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office by 4:30pm on Friday, November 9th.
For more details, please read the Christmas Card Competition link.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation