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 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