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

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 read more click heading)
 

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!

National Missing Children’s Month & Missing Children’s Day

POSTED: May 15, 2017

Council of the District of Stewart, at the regular meeting of May 8, 2017 made a motion to proclaim May as National Missing Chiildren's month, and May 25th as National Missing Children's Day.

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

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

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