Media releases from SUMA.

New Peer Network Launched for Municipal Leaders

July 03, 2018

Saskatchewan’s local leaders now have a Municipal Peer Network to help them resolve conflict or complex issues.

The new network connects municipal administrators and elected officials with highly-experienced peers, who can provide guidance, coaching, and advice to help resolve issues locally, use best governance practices, better understand their roles and responsibilities, along with other related matters.

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Towns, Villages, and Northern Municipalities Gather for Sector Meeting

May 10, 2018

More than 100 representatives from Saskatchewan towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities met in Regina today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) sector meeting.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to come together with other municipal officials from similar-sized communities,” said Mike Strachan, Vice-President of Villages, Resort Villages, and Northern Municipalities.

“These meetings allow us to talk about the issues that our hometowns are facing,” said Vice-President of Towns Rodger Hayward. “They are also an opportunity to share our successes. Innovation is budding in our communities, and we have a lot of knowledge to share with one another.”

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Western Canadian Municipal Association (WCMA) meets in Regina

April 27, 2018

Today, leaders of municipal associations from Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba met in Regina to discuss topics of common concern for the prairie provinces.

The annual Western Canadian Municipal Association meeting brought together elected officials and staff from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA).

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SUMA, SARM, and FCM unveil Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

April 16, 2018

As the date for cannabis legalization approaches, Saskatchewan municipalities are taking a big step forward in their preparation to keep citizens safe and well-served from day one. Following months of collaboration with a technical advisory group and legal experts, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and provincial and territorial counterparts from across Canada, have launched the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization.

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2018-19 Budget Maintaining Support for Saskatchewan Hometowns

April 10, 2018

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is relieved to see that today’s provincial budget is maintaining support for Saskatchewan hometowns.

In today’s budget, the provincial government is reinstating the SaskEnergy municipal surcharge to 109 of our municipalities who saw it cut last year. The surcharge will also be extended to all Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages.

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SGI dropping non-productive call rate to compensate hometown fire departments

March 01, 2018

Today, SGI will stop using the non-productive call rate for time spent by fire departments responding to motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) on provincial highways.

Saskatchewan’s fire departments will now be compensated at a rate of $913 for every hour spent at a collision in 2018, rather than having their time potentially classified at the lower, non-productive rate of $549 per hour. The change will result in approximately $510,000 more in reimbursement for Saskatchewan’s fire departments in the first year alone.

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The Power of Hometowns on Display at SUMA Convention 2018

January 30, 2018

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is hosting its 113th Annual Convention from February 4 to 7. Nearly 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities will come together in Regina for Convention 2018.

The annual convention is a great chance to highlight the exciting things happening in Saskatchewan hometowns. SUMA members get to bring their challenges and successes forward to each other, the provincial government, and the media. This is a chance to learn about the innovative projects happening all around the province and celebrate the dedication of municipal officials. 

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Media Representatives Invited to SUMA Convention 2018

January 05, 2018

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) invites all members of the media to attend the 113th Annual SUMA Convention, The Power of Hometowns, February 4–7, 2018 at the Queensbury Convention Centre, in Regina. Hometowns are the economic drivers of Saskatchewan, and home to almost 80 per cent of the population. When SUMA and our members work together for a common goal, we can have a very powerful voice. Hometowns are the heart of our province, and Convention is a perfect opportunity to connect.

SUMA asks all media outlets planning to attend Convention 2018 to complete an Online Media Accreditation Form for each individual by Monday, January 22, 2018. When you arrive at Convention, visit the registration desk to get your name tag and media kit.

Media accreditation helps SUMA better understand the needs of the media attending Convention, and helps us share information with you in an efficient manner. It also helps delegates feel comfortable interacting with the media, making it a better experience for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there.

Convention Agenda at a Glance
Urban Voice Magazine – The Power of Hometowns Issue

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Saskatchewan Hometowns Welcome Provincial Strategy on Climate Change

December 05, 2017

Saskatchewan hometowns, as represented by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), resolved earlier this year to lead on carbon reduction strategies. SUMA and our members welcome the Government of Saskatchewan’s strategy on climate change, released this week.

“At Convention 2017, our members clearly acknowledged the leadership role of Saskatchewan towns, cities, villages, and northern communities,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “SUMA members play a vital role in climate change adaptation, from resilient infrastructure to energy efficiency, and finding innovations to green our municipal operations.”

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SUMA Calls on the Saskatchewan Government to Implement Cannabis Legalization Strategy

October 31, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on the provincial government to begin consulting on a cannabis legalization strategy, and provide a legislative framework for Saskatchewan hometowns to build on.

Our hometowns will be on the front lines of controlling cannabis production, sales, and consumption in Saskatchewan.

“Municipalities have to worry about where they will allow cannabis producers and retailers to set up shop, and how we will enforce bylaws on buildings, production, and consumption,” said SUMA President, Gordon Barnhart. “We can’t even begin some of that work until we know what kind of regulatory system the province will put in place.”

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