News

Information on what's happening at SUMA and in the municipal field.

Attend the Saskatchewan Smart Cities Event

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

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Register Now: Asset Management Training Tailored for Saskatchewan Municipalities

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

 

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Engaging Provincial Leadership Candidates

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…

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Asset Management Training Tailored for Saskatchewan Municipalities

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. 

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Starting Citizens on Patrol Programs

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
Saskatchewan RCMP
Phone: 306-780-3931
Cell: 306-216-8294

Pamphlet
Starting a program
Recruitment, meetings, patrol, recognition
Application process

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Provincial Caucus Committee on Crime Report and Recommendations

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…

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Third Mayors Summer School Kicked Off

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. 

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2017 Golf Tournament a Success!

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!

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SUMA and SARM Concerned About Bank and Credit Union Closures

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.”

For…

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The Benefits of SUMAdvantage

July 13, 2017

SUMAdvantage, our group purchasing program designed to help members save money was created to benefit all SUMA members and support the work SUMA does on behalf of its members. While we encourage inter-municipal cooperation between member municipalities, we want you to know about the many benefits received through utilizing the SUMAdvantage program.

  1. Your SUMA membership gives you access to SUMAdvantage, with no additional cost. In fact, vendors pay us a marketing fee, which helps support the work SUMA does all year long, on behalf of all our members, and helps keep your membership fees low.
  2. You get to be involved…

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