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.

 The convention provides an opportunity for local governments across the province to debate, discuss and share ideas to help grow their communities and build a more prosperous future for all British Columbians.

District of Stewart Mayor Durant and Councillors Goulet, Lynn, and Rowe returned from the Union of BC Municipalities conference having secured support for resolutions on a selling a land for economically depressed communities below market value for their economic development. The major topic of discussion with our Ministries’ meetings was a Flood mitigation report and what we can do to reduce the flood risk for our town.

The District of Stewart requests assistance from the Ministry in the following points:

•          to further address the Flood Mitigation Report from NW Hydraulic Consultants that highlights the rise in the groundwater table through town and a decline in the effectiveness of the dike;

•          raising of Highway 37A due to drastically high levels and close proximity of the Bear River to the highway near Stewart, replacement of the culverts near Rainy Creeks, and replacement/improvement of the Bridge 1 (Bear River);

•          requesting the Ministry’s support and also inquiring if there is a grant available for repairing of the Dike Road;

 

We stressed out the Province’s low-level of funding support for flood prevention initiative and emergency preparedness.

Other important issues have being discussed are local infrastructure, the great needs for additional funding to local governments, children and youth programs funding, and reduction of the red-tapes for economic development.  We also supported Regional District advocacy to build new Memorial Hospital in Terrace and Resource Sharing Alliance initiative. MLA D. Donaldson attended some of our meetings to support our requests.

The Minister Fassbender announced that the District of Stewart is receiving a grant for Water System Infrastructure and water reservoir study. This study will be a base for multi-millions dollars grant application for our water system for future Mayor and Council.

The weeklong conference brings together municipal councils and regional district boards from local governments around the province to network, develop policy for advocating to the provincial government, meet with a variety of cabinet ministers and opposition critics, and attend workshops. This is a list of workshops and clinics from UBCM-2016 we attended:

Climate Action: Responsibilities, Opportunities and Solutions

Forest Policy Decision-Making: The Case for Greater Community Consultation

BC Mayors' Caucus

Reducing Liability Exposure for Local Governments

Small Talk Forum

BC Local Government's $200 Billion Infrastructure Challenge

Soil Movement: Contamination and Invasive Species

Collective Bargaining: The Cost of Safety

The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Panel on Strong Communities

Building a Healthier Stewart:  Survey

POSTED: June 14, 2019

The District would like to hear from community members about what makes Stewart healthy.
Please take a moment to answer 3 simple questions on the attached link.

Northwest & Prince George Fire Centre Status Reports

POSTED: June 10, 2019

Status Reports as of June 6, 2019 have been attached below for information:
PGFC Status Update
NWFC Fire Status Report
Information Bulletin

Keeping Wildlife Wild and Communities Safe

POSTED: June 4, 2019

This is an interactive website preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions

Invitation to participate in the Patient Partner Steering Committee

POSTED: May 23, 2019

This committee will guide a study called "Optimizing Patient Experience in Medical Travel" - if you are interested in participating, please click on the invitation letter from Denise Jaworsky & Dave Sohi for details and contact info.

Emergency Preparedness Week

POSTED: May 9, 2019

Watch for your Household Emergency Plan booklet in your mail

CMSD82 News Release:  Jocelynn Drew, Bear Valley School Principal Appointment

POSTED: May 7, 2019

Please see the attached News Release from Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 announcing the appointment of Jocelynn Drew as the School Principal at Bear Valley School. 

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