Information on what's happening at SUMA and in the municipal field.
February 21, 2013
At the SUMA convention this year, delegates had the chance to provide feedback to Board members on the proposal to increase membership fees to create a dedicated pool of funding to advance SUMA’s advocacy work.
Feedback from members was generally very supportive. However, several key messages were received by SUMA:
February 15, 2013
SUMAssure, Saskatchewan's first home-grown insurance reciprocal, provides benefits to subscribers on top of the low premiums. Risk management information is regularly provided to subscribers; the most recent bulletin was on the risk of roof collapse due to snow buildup.
This bulletin is a sample of the risk management information provided to SUMAssure subscribers. For more information on SUMAssure, contact Group Benefits Manager, Shauna Audette, at 306-525-4393 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your full name and the name of your municipality.
February 11, 2013
The Ministry of Environment announced today that the Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) regulations were approved last week. Urban governments have been waiting for this since 2005, when the MMRP was first advocated by SUMA. For the last eight years, SUMA worked with industry, the ministry and other stakeholders to develop the draft regulations.
For more information, read the full media release from SUMA. The Ministry of Environment issued this release.
February 07, 2013
The latest research from the Canada West Foundation concludes that Canada’s governments should maintain a high level of investment in public infrastructure because it is a key driver of economic productivity.At the Intersection: The Case for Sustained and Strategic Public Infrastructure Investment, is based on more than 200 studies and shows a strong link between public infrastructure investment and long-term economic growth.
The report has been endorsed by the Municipal Infrastructure Forum - which was established by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and partners with groups with a stake in infrastructure - and includes…
February 01, 2013
SUMA has platform documents available for all candidates currently running for positions on the SUMA Executive Committee. See the list of candidates and their platforms on the Executive Elections page.
Elections for SUMA President, Vice-President of Towns, and Vice-President of Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities will take place at Convention 2013 in Saskatoon.
January 31, 2013
The Municipal Capacity Development Program (MCDP) has released a new issue of its newsletter, Inter-Connections. The January 2013 issue includes articles on transitioning inter-municipal success into regional planning, a recap of November's MCDP Inter-Municipal Conference, opportunities to get grants and funding, and more.
You can read the newsletter on the MCDP website.
January 29, 2013
SUMA is pleased to see that the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan has proposed the creation of urban only ridings in the cities of Saskatoon and Regina. SUMA made a formal submission to the commission arguing for the urban only ridings based on a growing population and the unique issues that face Saskatchewan’s two largest cities. A portion of SUMA’s submission was included in the final report as supporting evidence for their final proposal.
Read the full Commission's Report.
January 29, 2013
SGI presented SUMA, SARM, The Saskatchewan Fire Chiefs Association and The Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association with the 2013 rates for Fire Suppression and Vehicle Extrication. Effective January 1, 2013 the hourly rate for a productive call is $839 and the hourly rate for a non-productive call is $503.
The increase is based on the Saskatchewan Consumer Price Index of 1.6% for 2012. Last year's rates were $825 and $496, respectively.
January 28, 2013
Through the Community Rink Affordability Grant, the Government of Saskatchewan paid out more than $1.6 million dollars to 387 communities for 554 facilities across Saskatchewan. The grant paid $2,500 per ice service to help fund operating costs and minor capital upgrades.
See the full news release for more information, and a list of grant recipients.
January 24, 2013
A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the "underinvestment in infrasturucture is not a crisis but a chronic problem in Canada." The study calls for another $300 billion over the next 10 years - on top of current spending - to return infrastructure spending to historic levels. The centre says investment declined from the 1950s until stimulus programs were introduced in the mid-2000s.
The study, by research associate Hugh Mackenzie, suggests the federal government has moved responsibility for infrastructure spending to municipalities, and that the underinvestment has cost $145 billion in missing…