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Media releases from SUMA.

Public Safety on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Southeast Hometowns

Oct 1, 2018

Municipal leaders from 23 hometowns in southeast Saskatchewan gathered in Kipling September 27 to discuss the matters important to their communities. Topics relating to public safety dominated the conversation at the Southeast Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). See more in the full media release below. 

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Asset Management, Revenue Sharing on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Southwest Hometowns

Sep 28, 2018

Municipal leaders from 19 hometowns in southwest Saskatchewan gathered in Assiniboia September 26 to discuss the matters important to their communities. Topics of asset management and revenue sharing dominated the conversation at the Southwest Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). See more in the full media release below.

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Municipal Empowerment Tops FCM Board of Directors Agenda Attended by Saskatchewan Leaders

Sep 18, 2018

Municipal representatives from Saskatchewan joined fellow leaders from across the country in the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia, to discuss the goals and objectives of Canada’s municipalities for the year ahead. Representing Saskatchewan at the fall board meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) were Gordon Barnhart, President of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities…

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Municipal Leaders Head Back to School with SUMA

Aug 14, 2018

Elected officials from 30 Saskatchewan municipalities have headed back to school. From August 12-14, the municipal leaders were at the University of Regina filling their tool kits with new skills, knowledge, and confidence as they built networks with their peers around the province. This educational experience, tailored to the province’s municipal leaders, is hosted by the Saskatchewan…

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New Peer Network Launched for Municipal Leaders

Jul 3, 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…

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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,…

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Western Canadian Municipal Association (WCMA) meets in Regina

Apr 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…

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

Apr 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…

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2018-19 Budget Maintaining Support for Saskatchewan Hometowns

Apr 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…

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

Mar 1, 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…

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The Power of Hometowns on Display at SUMA Convention 2018

Jan 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…

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Media Representatives Invited to SUMA Convention 2018

Jan 5, 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…

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Saskatchewan Hometowns Welcome Provincial Strategy on Climate Change

Dec 5, 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,…

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SUMA Calls on the Saskatchewan Government to Implement Cannabis Legalization Strategy

Oct 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…

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SUMA Welcoming New CEO

Oct 2, 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…

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