News

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

SUMA CEO Retiring This Fall

June 26, 2017

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Gordon Barnhart announced today that Laurent Mougeot is stepping down after 12 years as SUMA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mougeot’s last day will be September 22, 2017. A search for SUMA’s new CEO will start in the coming weeks.

“Laurent has been a strong leader on the local government scene,” said Barnhart. “He has been an invaluable advisor and a good friend to many in the municipal world — in Canada and abroad. A true career civil servant, Laurent has worked with northern communities, rural municipalities, and the entire urban sector. I expect that he…

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Connect with Environmental Experts to Take Action on Climate Change

June 14, 2017

Members passed a resolution at Convention 2017 that urban municipalities take a leadership role in adopting carbon reduction strategies, and a new initative from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Government of Canada can help you make that happen. Your municipality now has the chance to connect with an environmetal expert through FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

Regional climate advisors will support a number of activities, including:

  • developing greenhouse gas emissions inventories and local action plans;
  • helping set greenhouse gas emissions targets; identifying and applying for project funding;
  • network building; and
  • providing access to peer learning opportunities. 

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Past President Button Receives Roll of Honour

June 05, 2017

Congratulations to Past President Debra Button! She received the Roll of Honour at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference last week. Past President Button joins more than 100 other recipients over more than 30 years who have a proven record of sustained exceptional service to municipal government in Canada and to the goals and objectives of the FCM, and who have served FCM with distinction. 

During her time as Mayor of Weyburn, Debra Button was actively involved with SUMA through the City Mayors’ Caucus; her involvement brought valuable insight to that sector. She was also involved at the federal level…

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Town and Village Sector Meeting Underway in Saskatoon

May 25, 2017

As part of a very busy week, SUMA staff and Board members are in Saskatoon for the annual stand-alone sector meeting. This year, towns and villages were both invited to attend, and we're happy to see more than 100 attendees join us from 55 member municipalities. More details on the meeting are available in the media release and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

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Municipal Leadership Development Program Facilitators

May 24, 2017

The Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is accepting requests for proposals to facilitate two of the MLDP modules:

The MLDP is a series of workshops developed exclusively for elected and appointed municipal leaders in Saskatchewan. If you or anyone you know is interested in facilitating one of these two modules, check out the details at the links above and get your application in by the June 14 deadline.

 

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Budget Reaction Continues for SUMA

April 10, 2017

The days since the March 22 release of the provincial budget have been busy for SUMA. The best place to find the latest details on how the 2017-18 budget hurts hometowns is on the hub page we created specifically for this issue. There you will find our communication with members, media releases, links to our social media accounts, what our members and the media are saying, and resources that will help you have your voice heard on this budget. 

As the voice of urban Saskatchewan, SUMA will promote, protect, and defend our members' interests in the wake of a…

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SUMA’s Reaction to The 2017-18 Provincial Budget

March 23, 2017

Yesterday, the Government of Saskatchewan released its latest budget. Among other things, the budget held the line on municipal revenue sharing, raised the provincial sales tax percentage and removed exemptions, cut provincial funding for libraries and urban parks, and will move to cut the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) and shift payments from Crown corporations to the provincial general revenue fund instead of municipalities. You can read SUMA's response to the budget in our media release, and our policy position on the STC.

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Estevan Mercury Editorial: Leave Municipalities’ Money Alone

February 16, 2017

This week, the Estevan Mercury published an editorial defending the current revenue sharing forumula. You can read the full editorial on their website.

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SUMA Grateful for Federal GTF Funding for 120 Urban Projects in 2016

January 05, 2017

Project plans for 2016 show the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) supported 120 local roads and bridges projects in Saskatchewan's urban municipalities. On behalf of members, SUMA expressed gratitude today for the "predictable, long-term, indexed funding" our members receive thanks to the GTF. SUMA thanks the Government of Canada for their commitment to Saskatchewan hometowns.

More details on the projects the federal GTF helped make possible are available on the Government of Canada website.

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Municipal Management Essentials Training

December 28, 2016

SUMA is excited to partner with our friends at SARM and the Southeast College to offer Municipal Management Essentials training to members. This training is intended to supplement training available through the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and help municipalities build skills and capacity for administrative staff and foremen (though council members are welcome to attend, as many of the workshops will also apply to them). We encourage you to find out more about Investing in People to Create a Stronger Municipality, and check out the training schedule for more information on upcoming schedules.

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