Media releases from SUMA.

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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SUMA Welcoming New CEO

October 02, 2017

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Gordon Barnhart announced today that Jean-Marc Nadeau has been named SUMA’s new Chief Executive Officer.

“Jean-Marc is bringing a strong background of leadership and excellence to SUMA,” said President Barnhart. “His experience in policing, municipal administration, and strategic planning are sure to be assets for us, and the SUMA Board and staff look forward to working with Jean-Marc.”

Naudeau has more than 20 years’ experience with the RCMP across five provinces, and has been the city manager for Portage La Prairie, Manitoba since 2012.

“I’m very excited by the opportunity to work with President Barnhart, the rest of the SUMA Board of Directors, and the dedicated staff at SUMA,” said Nadeau. “I look forward to joining the SUMA team and getting out there to meet the members of the Association, listen to their challenges, and learn about their best practices.”  

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Training Partnership to Build Capacity in Saskatchewan Communities

September 19, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and Southeast College are pleased to be partnering to offer Municipal Management Essentials (MME). This management training program is targeted to meet the needs of employees and elected officials in Saskatchewan hometowns.

The workshops include topics such as time management, organizational skills, communicating effectively, conflict management, safety planning and general leadership skills. Workshops are offered in conjunction with SUMA conventions and around the province to ensure as many SUMA members as possible can take in this opportunity.

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SUMA and MCoS Encourage Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Through Toolkit

August 28, 2017

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) are encouraging Saskatchewan hometowns to commit to the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) | #WelcomeHome150 initiative. To support the initiative, the two organizations are drawing attention to a toolkit designed specifically for Saskatchewan communities.

“Our hometowns are where the people of Saskatchewan come together — to live, work, and play,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “These hubs of activity are where various groups and types of people can build connections, making their communities stronger and more vibrant. This toolkit helps our hometowns facilitate those connections, making our hometowns beacons of welcome and inclusivity — SUMA encourages all our members to make the most of this resource.”

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Mayors Summer School with SUMA

August 21, 2017

Mayors and deputy mayors from more than 40 Saskatchewan hometowns are spending August 20–22 on the University of Regina campus filling their tool kit with new skills, knowledge, and confidence as they build networks with their peers around the province. The one-of-a-kind experience is put on by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) as part of our core function to build capacity for members. This is the third Mayors Summer School, but the first one since last fall’s municipal elections.

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SUMA Reacts to Premier Wall’s Retirement Announcement

August 10, 2017

In response today’s announcement that Premier Brad Wall will retire from Saskatchewan politics, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) thanks him for his years of service, and looks forward to continued work with the provincial government.

“As a non-partisan organization, SUMA has had the pleasure of working with many premiers since our inception more than a century ago,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “We appreciate Premier Wall’s engagement with our organization during his time in Saskatchewan politics. SUMA will continue to work on behalf of Saskatchewan’s hometowns with his successor and all those who follow.”

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SUMA and SARM Respond to Bank and Credit Union Closures in Saskatchewan

July 14, 2017

The spate of recent bank and credit union closures in hometowns across Saskatchewan is raising concern for both the associations representing municipalities in the province. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) want to ensure residents have access to banking close to home.

“SUMA believes in the importance of access to financial services for local governments, businesses, and residents in Saskatchewan’s hometowns,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “While we understand the financial industry needs to adjust to a changing landscape and an increase in online banking, we are concerned about these closures.”

Businesses owners and residents of rural and small-town Saskatchewan rely on convenient access to banking. The loss of banks and credit unions affects their ability to conduct business, and is compounded by the potential to lose business when locals are travelling to another community to do their banking. Farmers and ranchers rely on closer contact with loan officers within their local bank.

“SARM too understands the importance of financial services for local business and residents in rural Saskatchewan,” stressed Ray Orb, President of SARM. “Although we understand the trend toward online and mobile banking, rural broadband connectivity and reliability continues to be an issue for rural Saskatchewan, and the closure of rural banks across the province is cause for concern.”

At minimum, SUMA hopes these financial institutions will consider providing the full suite of services available at the counter through ATMs. This would allow everyday banking to continue in Saskatchewan’s hometowns, and provide access to more residents, businesses, and local governments.

Both associations recognize the important role the bank and credit union plays in rural and small-town Saskatchewan, and hope RBC, TD, CIBC and Credit Unions will reconsider their decision. They welcome the opportunity to discuss solutions for residents, business owners, and local governments across our province.

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