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

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!

Request for Proposal:  Website Design

POSTED: October 17, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is soliciting proposals to create a captivating, user-friendly website that showcases tourism opportunities of the region.  For more information click on this link:  RDKS Request for Proposals

Public & Technical Advisory Committee:  Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: October 12, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is providing an opportunity for the public to participate in this committee - for more information see the attachment.

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.

2018 Christmas Card Competition

POSTED: October 23, 2018

Calling all local artists and photographers!  You are invited to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office by 4:30pm on Friday, November 9th.
For more details, please read the Christmas Card Competition link.

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