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

Urban Voice Correction

June 10, 2013

The summer edition of Urban Voice includes an article exploring P3s in Saskatchewan. The Consulting Engineers of Saskatchewan wish to clarify their position. They are not against P3s. They encourage local governments to take a critical look at each project, to ensure they are making the best choice for those projects.

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Learn to Adapt Infrastructure for Severe Weather and a Changing Climate

May 27, 2013

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Canadian Standards Association have created a course to help municipal staff and service providers strengthen asset management, and adapt critical infrastructure to severe weather and a changing climate. 

Your $99 registration includes:
  • 60 days of online access (expect to spend about eight hours to complete the course); and
  • a comprehensive resource kit, including risk assessment templates and industry references on a full range of climate change hazards.
You will learn how to:
  • assess your community's vulnerability to a changing climate;
  • evaluate the specific risks…

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New Website to Keep Up on MMRP

May 22, 2013

Multi-Material Stewardship Western has set up a website covering the creation of the program to manage household waste packaging and paper in Saskatchewan. We often refer to this program as the Multi-Material Recycling Program, or MMRP. 

The site includes information for several groups who will be affected by the MMRP, including municipalities. It also includes information about consultations, and ways to contact the group with questions or comments. The site will be updated with more information and details as they become available.

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$700,000 for Community Airports

May 09, 2013

SUMA has long advocated for sustainable funding for community airports. In 2010, the SUMA Board of Directors endorsed a policy advocating for additional funding for airport infrastructure in southern Saskatchewan. The Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program has since received a much-needed boost to continue building links among Saskatchewan and national and international markets.

In its seventh year, CAP will provide $700,000 to 15 community aiports.
  • Esterhazy, $50,890 for a beacon, windsock and runway crack sealing;
  • Humboldt, $63,980 for runway and taxiway crack repair, taxiway seal and apron reconstruction, engineering draining and grading plan;
  • Kindersley,…

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Humboldt Hosts Hot Topic Infrastructure Conference

May 07, 2013

The first-ever Municipal Infrastructure Conference in Saskatchewan was hosted by the City of Humboldt last month. The conference focussed specifically on infrastructure in smaller municipalities across the province. 

Atendees had the chance to learn, network, and come up with some of their own solutions to problems faced in growing communities. Minister of Government Relations, Jim Reiter, was the keynot speaker, and brought a message of the importance of working together.

"Co-operation and collaboration of both provincial and municipal (government) levels will be critical in sustaining and responding to our growing infrastructure needs," he…

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Cheveldayoff Urges Mitigation Projects "as soon as possible"

April 29, 2013

As of last week, more than $1.6 million has been set aside through the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. More than 300 clients will receive funding to mitigate flood damage across the province.

In a press release, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, Ken Cheveldayoff had this to say: "With runoff anticipated to be in full swing within the week, I encourage anyone who feels a mitigation project, temporary or permanent will help to protect them against imminent flooding contact the Water Security Agency as soon as possible."

More information…

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Province-wide Household Hazardous Waste Management Program Coming

April 23, 2013

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC) and the Ministry of Environment are beginning a new partnership. Together, they will create a province-wide program to collect and dipose of household hazardous waste. The program was announced last week at the SWRC Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards cermony.

The SWRC will get $20,000 from the Ministry to begin consulting with industry and stakeholders over the summer and fall. A final report with recommendations on program structure and governance is expected early next year.

More information is available in the Ministry's press release.

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Confused About the Code?

April 19, 2013

After hearing concerns about the proposed Environmental Code at the SUMA and SARM conventions, the Ministry of Environment created some documents to help clear some of the confusion. Here are comparisons of the current requirements to the proposed requirements under the code on three issues:

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$1 Million for Recycling in 2013-2014

April 16, 2013

The provincial government has extended funding for the Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program for paper and cardboard into the 2013-14 year. The new year will begin on May 1, 2013. 
“SUMA is proud to again partner with the government to continue this essential program. Along with our members, we appreciate the province’s continued commitment to helping urban governments sustain their recycling infrastructure programs in this critical time before the implementation of the multi-material recycling program,” said Mayor Debra Button, SUMA President.
More than 120 participating municipalities have benefitted from the Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program since…

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Retailers Now Accepting Scrap Tires From Residents

April 11, 2013

As part of their efforts to remove and recycle all scrap tires in Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) has introduced the Return to Retailer (R2R) Program. R2R allows Saskatchewan residents to drop off a maximum of ten (10) rimless scrap tires at select tire retailers during business hours free of charge, even if the tires were not originally purchased at that location. 

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity at drop-off locations in Assiniboia, Canora, Kindersley, Melville, Rosetown, Swift Current, Yorkton and Regina. The program will expand to even more communities in 2014 and…

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