Read the blogs written by Mayor Galina Durant.

UBCM-2016

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

On average, 423 Canadians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every week.  Colon cancer is easier to treat when found at an early stage. The most important risk factor is age. Of the cases of colon cancer, 94% are men and women aged 50 or older and it is recommended that this age group should be routinely screened. Screening is the best chance of detecting the early signs of this cancer. 

Learn more about colon cancer and screening for colon cancer at the links below:

About Cancer Screening | BC Cancer Agency
What is colorectal cancer? - Canadian Cancer Society
Colon Cancer Canada | We're behind your behind
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada - CCAC

Educate yourself on Local Government Grants

If you don’t know much about politics or your municipal government, but want to learn, please read my series on different Local government topics. A local government grant is a transfer of money from the Province of British Columbia to a municipality or regional district. The general definition of a grant is simply: a transfer of money from one organization to another. In the case of local governments, grants can be one of two types: conditional or unconditional. Conditional grants are monies transferred for a specific purpose that may not be used for any other project. Unconditional grants, on the other hand, can be used for any purpose the recipient sees fit. Unconditional Grant Programs Unconditional grants are provincial transfers that have either little or no restrictions on their use and are not typically related to any specific project or purpose. Read more...

Stewart Elementary School Future in your hands.

There are many opinions circulated around our community lately about purchasing the elementary school building. Previous Council has a vision for Community usage of this building and how it may benefit the community. The DOS will have a Public Forum on 5 March, 2016 from 10-12 pm in the Old Elementary School to share the conceptual design, provide the opportunity to inspect the building, put numbers together, ask questions, and help Council to shape a collective decision. I encourage all citizens to come and use this avenue for the healthy discussion and brainstorming. Read more:

BC Communities Tackle Radon Issue

This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George, took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes.  

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas can have serious health consequences if left to accumulate to unhealthy levels indoors.  The number one cause of lung cancer after smoking, radon gas is a known carcinogen that can make its way into any home, school or workplace where the building comes into contact with the soil. It is also Canadians’ leading cause of radiation exposure.

This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes.

“The first step was proclaiming November ‘Radon Aware Month,’” says Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “We then distributed 200 radon test kits to local residents and began to test all of our civic facilities. The City of Prince George also plans to collaborate with the BC Lung Association to determine how to educate residents on the importance of testing for radon when moving into a newly constructed home.”

Through these simple, but meaningful actions, the City of Prince George is educating residents, and potentially saving lives.

“I would encourage all BC local governments to learn about radon and its health risks, and to learn how to test for and to reduce radon levels,” says Mayor Hall.

The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Program has information and resources that can help. To learn more about radon you can visit their website or call 1.800.665.LUNG (5864).

Community Paramedicine Initiative.

Recently I was appointed as UBCM representative at the Provincial Advisory Committee for Community Paramedicine Initiative.

Starting this year people living in rural and remote communities like Stewart can look forward to a new kind of paramedic in their communities. Community paramedicine is a new addition to the primary care team that will, in rural communities, strengthen the primary care system. The new Community Paramedic Program will use the skills of paramedics in non-traditional ways. One of them is to assist seniors to stay in their home longer. That might be to assist those with chronic disease management and it could involve assistance with seniors in residential care which would help to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and Northern Health have selected the Village of Hazelton in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine as one of three communities for the launch of British Columbia’s first Community Paramedicine Initiative. The other communities are Chetwynd and Fort St. James.  I hope that Stewart would be one of the next chosen communities.

BC Emergency Health Service has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and the province’s Health Authorities to successfully launch this initiative, which will see at least 80 new full-time equivalents (FTEs) hired to support community paramedicine programs in rural and remote communities between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2019.

Budget-2015

District of Stewart Council started to work on Budget 2015.

The District’s budget is more than just a piece of paper – it determines what level of service we provide for everything from recreation programs to road maintenance and more. It also determines what you see on your tax bill.  I would like to see active public participation during our budget discussions which are open for public. Make sure to have your say and learn more about how your taxes are spent and the exciting projects planned for 2015. Your feedback guides our decision-making at budget time and throughout the year. Managing your taxes is our most important job, and in 2015 we’ll be looking for ways we can further improve our budgeting and how we plan for our long-term infrastructure needs.

The next Budget meeting is March 9th, 2015

Stewart Remembers

As we approach Remembrance Day we honour and remember the service and sacrifice of more than one and a half million Canadians. We honour those who lost their lives in service and our veterans who so bravely served. This is also a time to pay tribute to the important and on-going role of those who serve our country through military service today. On the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th hour, we in Stewart join more than 2,000 cities towns and villages across Canada at memorials. In this time of remembrance we say thank you to our veterans, to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to our active service men and women. It is hoped that by remembering, we will do all we can to strive for peace.

In Gratitude of Silence

By: Debbie Holick

Silent now the soldiers sleep, their tales long laid to rest.

I knew them not yet still I weep and place a poppy o'er my breast.

They were husbands, brothers, fathers, sons; so valiantly they fought.

On shores stained red,on hands and knees; it was our freedom that they sought.

Couageously they stood their ground but freedom carries a cost.

Thousands of men were wounded and countless lives were lost.

So in gratitude of silence and all those who have served, sleep now, you have earned it.

Your peace is well deserved.

 

The Remembrance Day service is always held on November 11, at 11 a.m., at the Cenotaph.

Stewart people respectfully remember warrant officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

Canada has lost two members of its armed forces in a matter of days. Stewart people respectfully remember warrant officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. The loss of these men's lives are a reminder to all Canadians that our armed forces are made up of brave men and women who give their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom in this great nation, that our country blessed by love, diversity and peace. Our deepest condolences to the families of two brave Canadian soldiers, they may be gone but Canada will always remain strong and free.

Mayor Durant attended Mayors Caucus in Whistler

On 22 September, 2014 Mayor Durant attended the 6th Mayors Caucus in Whistler. There are four main recurring topics at the caucus meetings and this time the mayors agreed to form sub-committees on each to push their agendas forward and find strength in having a common voice.

Mayor Durant attended the UBCM Executive and its sub-committees in Richmond on July 16-18.

Mayor Durant attended the UBCM Executive and its sub-committees in Richmond on July 16-18. The annual July meeting marks the Secretariat's report out on a number of year end matters, including adoption of year-end financial statements and adoption of the preliminary budget and work plan for 2014-2015. Executive also reviewed 159 member resolutions submitted for consideration at the 2014 Convention.

High-speed Internet and Cell service in Stewart: updates

July 2, 2014 Mayor Durant again reaching out to Network BC regarding the need for cellular telephone and high-speed Internet in the District of Stewart.  The discussion provided insight into the major challenges, issues and the current state of extending telecommunications services in rural B.C. 

Following are the notes from the conference call on July 2, 2014.

Teacher strike

I want to express my support to Teachers BC on their right to strike to get a fair deal and better supports for students.

Report on Mayor’s Trip to China

 This trip was an opportunity for the District of Stewart to promote our community to China, learn about Great United Petroleum Holding Co., Ltd and foster further economic ties. Stewart has a vibrant local economy that is diverse and growing. It is important that we continue to nurture international relationships that bring investment, spur local growth and success, and enhance cultural development.

Mayor’s visit to China

With Council’ support I accepted an invitation from Chairman Jialong Gong of the Great United Petroleum Holding Co., Ltd (GUPC) to visit China from May 12 to May 18.  GUPC has set up a Joint Venture named Canada Stewart Energy Group Limited with Northwest World Energy Services Ltd., based in Stewart, BC. 

UBCM Executive meeting highlights

Mayor Durant attended UBCM Executive meeting in Victoria , April 2-5, 2014. With over 20 provincial government meetings, UBCM Executive members were kept busy over April 2-4 in Victoria. The spring meeting provided an excellent opportunity to undertake extensive government outreach on UBCM's policy priority - the Strong Fiscal Futures report that was adopted at the 2013 Convention.

Province Announces Four Year Terms

If legislation announced 25th of February, 2014 is passed, local government elected officials will be committing to a four-year term in the elections November 15, 2014.

Local girl gets another shot at the Provincials

Bailey Kasum of Stewart, BC and her team the 'Terrace Keremode Midget Rep girls', will be heading to Salmon Arm to play in the Provincials after winning 2 out of 3 games in Smithers this weekend. The first game score was 3-2 with Bailey scoring the 1st and 3rd goal. The second game score was 4-0 with Bailey scoring the 1st goal of the game.

Two years ago, Bailey and her team brought home the Silver medal and last year they won GOLD. Now they get another chance to do it all again.

Congratulations Bailey and good luck on your Provincial Journey once again!

Budget-2014

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business' fourth annual BC Municipal Spending Watch reveals a new ranking system and a worsening picture of local government spending.

UBCM November Executive Meeting Highlights

November 20-22  Mayor Durant attended UBCM meeting in Vancouver.

We remember

Remembrance Day gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that people around the world enjoy the many freedoms we have today. 

Small Town Love - Buy Local

District Council voted to express interest in Northern Development Program “Small Town Love – Buy Local” for the 2014 or 2015 calendar year.

Healthy Stewart

Connecting to the community through healthy living.

Stewart is celebrating Small Business Day

District of Stewart is supporting a proclamation of Small Business Day on Friday, October 25th - the end of Canada's Small Business Week.

Bear Valley School:Terry Fox Challenge

Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox.

 

 

Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more: Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:
Over thirty years ago Terry Fox was inspired by the courage of cancer patients, many of them young children, to run his Marathon of Hope. The legacy of Terry Fox continues to resonate with Canadians and today, through the Terry Fox Challenge, Bear Valley Students are keeping the legacy left by Terry Fox. Read more:

 

KSM Project Site Tour

September 03, 2013 Mayor  visited KSM (Searbridge) project with Brian Downie (Terrace Councillor), Elizabeth Miller (Seabridge), Taylor Bachrach (Smithers Mayor) and Bill Goodacre (Smithers Councillor).

UBCM: Highlights of the July 18-19 Executive Meeting

Mayor Durant attended the UBCM Executive meeting in Richmond on July 18-19.  Highlights included a presentation from the Select Committee on Local Government Finance on its work to date; adoption of the preliminary budget for 2013-2014; a review of the impact of UBCM's Election Advocacy Strategy; a delegation from the Chair of the BC Passenger Transportation Board; and consideration of 156 member resolutions submitted for consideration to the 2013 Convention. 

Annual Performance Review By Taxpayers/Residents

Please take an opportunity to complete our survey

More and more volunteers are stepping in to keep our streets free from litter.

Litter is not just an eyesore; it is also a hazard to the environment. 

MAYORS CONCLUDE TWO DAYS OF MEETINGS IN PRINCE GEORGE

Prince George, BC: Mayors from across BC have concluded two days of successful meetings...

UBCM 2013 Election Platform

As the voice of local government in BC, UBCM has developed the platform “Building Tomorrow Together” for the 2013 provincial election.

Letter From the Mayor

Port Ground Lease Agreement Signed

Welcome to the new-look District of Stewart website!

After months of hard work, we are proud to share our new and improved website with you.

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

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!

Spring Clean Up Week

POSTED: April 21, 2017

The annual Spring Clean-up Week will be May 8 - 12!
Please see the attached public notice for all of the details

2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan

POSTED: April 21, 2017

The District of Stewart Council invites public comment on Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 908, 2017.
For more information click on this link:  Public Notice

Special Event Insurance in Municipal Owned Buildings and Parks

POSTED: April 13, 2017

If you are planning an event in a municipal owned building or park and require insurance, for your convenience the District has attached a link for easy access to quotes and payment: CLICK HERE

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

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: August 2, 2016

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