Information on what's happening at SUMA and in the municipal field.
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.
See more in our full media…
January 30, 2018
If you are calling the SUMA office — or anyone in it — do not be fooled by the "This number is no longer in service" message! Our phone system is currently down, but our provider is working on restoring service. We are still receiving emails if you need to contact us.
December 05, 2017
The Canadian Smart Cities Challenge kicked off last week, but don't let the name fool you — it's open to all SUMA members. In fact, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is hosting a regional event next Monday, December 11, and you can attend in person or by teleconference.
Space for the event is limited, so register now to save your spot. You'll get to hear an overview of the challenge, including the process, and have a chance to ask questions. You can also get more details on the challenge on the Impact Canada website.
November 27, 2017
As we told you last month, Asset Management Saskatchewan is designing and delivering local training to municipalities, thanks to funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Registration is now open for webinars, which begin this Thursday, November 30. So far, webinars are planned through mid-April. They will also start offering in-person workshops around the province in February 2018. Get all the details on upcoming training opportunities on their website.
November 22, 2017
Saskatchewan is experiencing a rare phenomenon, with the two main provincial political parties both undergoing a leadership race. In these exceptional circumstances, SUMA took the opportunity to ask leadership candidates about several issues that are important to Saskatchewan hometowns. In late October, we wrote to the declared candidates for the Saskatchewan Party and Saskatchewan NDP, asking for their responses by November 17. (Another candidate entered the race in November, and while we sent the same letter, it had a later deadline.)
As of November 22, we have received responses from five of the eight candidates. This grid includes a summary of the…
October 03, 2017
Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for asset management training programs across Canada. Asset Management Saskatchewan is one of the 22 organizations that will receive funding to design and delivery local training to municipalities. Details on training sessions, dates, and locations will come out later this fall; SUMA will share information with members on our website and through Urban Update, so be sure you're signed up to get the latest information.
September 21, 2017
Interest in Citizens on Patrol Programs in Saskatchewan has been growing. Any individual or group can consider establishing a local group. If someone in your municipality is interested in starting a local program, you can check out the documents below, and contact:
Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky
Crime Prevention/ Crime Reduction
August 24, 2017
On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the province released the Caucus Committee on Crime report and recommendations to reduce crime in small urban and rural Saskatchewan. SUMA was pleased to be a part of the consultations for the CRC report, and it appears the committee considered our members' concerns.
We applaud the move toward proactive programming, such as mental health and addictions treatment, and school liaison officers. These efforts can help in the long term to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents.
However, we remain concerned that the re-purposing of ministry-funded positions in municipal police…
August 21, 2017
Yesterday, SUMA kicked off our third Mayors Summer School, the first program of its kind in Canada. Mayors and deputy mayors from more than 40 member municipalities (including President Barnhart) will be on campus at the University of Regina taking in education tailor-made for Saskatchewan mayors. Watch our Twitter feed for sneak peeks at the action, and see the media release for more details on the event.
July 20, 2017
Thank you to the Town of Rosthern for hosting the 29th Annual SUMA Golf Tournament!
It was another great golf tournament starting on Thursday, July 13 with dinner and hypnotist Corrie J. with a DJ to finish off the night. Two communities stepped up to host the 2018 and 2019 golf tournaments: The Town of Hudson Bay invites you to attend the tournament in 2018 and the Town of Spiritwood in 2019. Friday morning started with breakfast, followed by 75 golfers teeing off at Valley Regional Park Golf Course.
Check out the action (including trophy winners) on our Facebook album!