Social Planning

Social Planning

Learn how social planning's playing an important role in creating a healthy, vibrant and socially sustainable community.

Social Planning is about building a strong and healthy community.  Unlike other forms of town planning that focus on the physical or environmental characteristics of a town, social planning focuses on the people.

Social Planning plays a key role in facilitating collaborative approaches to complex social issues and cuts across many different community plans and strategies, like Parks and Recreation and Stewart Public Library.

We're currently focused on few issues:

  1. Children and Youth
  2. Child Poverty Reduction Pilot Project
  3. Healthy Community

Children and Youth

Our goal is to:

  • Increase opportunities for children and youth to meaningfully engage in civic issues and contribute to the community.
  • Create vibrant public spaces that promote social connections and play.
  • Increase young people's interaction with access to nature.

Council focuses and program areas:

  1. Engagement – Providing opportunities for children and youth to participate in and contribute to civic life.
  2. Physical Environment – A natural and built environment that supports the healthy development of children and youth.
  3. Civic Services – Recreation, library and cultural services that are framed around the developmental needs of children and youth.

Child Poverty Reduction Pilot Project

The Ministry of Children and Family Development appointed seven community poverty strategy consultants to forge partnerships with local governments, community organizations and local businesses. The consultants will co-ordinate and lead community teams in developing action plans that address the needs of families living in poverty. The strategies will optimize existing resources and will initially focus on families with children living in poverty. They will be guided by feedback from town hall meetings, community discussions and conversations with low-income families and individuals vulnerable to poverty. Key to developing successful strategies is recognition that each community has distinctive needs and resources.

Healthy Community

The District of Stewart is participated in a Healthy Community Development project.

Healthy Community Development is a small program within the Population Health Department at Northern Heath.

Healthy Community Development is based on the idea that if we can help people stay healthy and out of the health care system it will it save tax payer dollars in a time when money is tight but the health needs and age of our populations are increasing. This will contribute to a more sustainable health care system.  More important than the dollars we could save, though, are the “other” costs associated with ill-health.  People who are sick lose a lot – mobility, independence, income, self-esteem and quality and quantity of life.  Their family and friends worry about them and miss having them actively participating in life's activities and events. The spirit and soul of our families and communities are diminished.

In the North, with our smaller and scattered communities, these social costs have an even greater impact because we are all so closely connected to each other. The early and avoidable death of a valued community member will impact the whole community, because everybody knows each other. We have a connectedness to one another that heightens grief and loss. Because we have smaller populations, the loss of one community member can be the loss of a valuable library of memories, skills and history.

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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!

Notice from BC Hydro:  Wildfire Assistance

POSTED: August 21, 2018

Please see the attached notice from BC Hydro with information for customers affected by the wildfires.

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.

Notice of Road Closure

POSTED: August 10, 2018

Please see the attached Public Notice Bulletin regarding the closure of the section of road between 1st Avenue and the south entrance to the Dike Road.

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