News

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

New Board Prepares to Meet

March 13, 2013

This Friday, the SUMA Board of Directors will meet for the first time since the new Board has been in place. The Board now includes:

President: Mayor Debra Button
Vice-President of Cities: Mayor Malcolm Eaton
Vice-President of Towns: Mayor Rodger Hayward
Vice-President of Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities: Mayor Barry Gunther
Executive Member Saskatoon/Regina: Councillor Darren Hill
Director - Northern Region: Mayor Bruce Fidler
Director - Northwest Region: Mayor Ben Buhler
Director - Northeast Region: Councillor Glenn George
Director - West Central Region: Mayor Al Heron
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Provincial Government Holds The Line On Education Property Tax

March 06, 2013

Today, Premier Wall announced that the overal amount of education property tax levied in Saskatchewan will remain steady in 2013. This means that the education tax rates in next week's budget will be reduced "significantly" in light of the increased value of property across the province.

Though the total tax amount will remain steady, taxes for some property owners will change, depending on whether their assessment went up more or less than average.

The full release is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

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Saskatchewan Cities Driving Growth

February 25, 2013

According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatoon and Regina will be the fastest growing metropolitan growth, not just in Saskatchewan, but across the country. The best news: it's not just a "boom"

The report says the leading city, Saskatoon, should expect Real GDP growth of 3.7 per cent as the construction and services sectors "thrive." Regina's GDP forecase comes in a close second at 3.5 per cent, "building futher on three exceptionally strong years."

Read more on this story in the Leader-Post.

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SUMA Advocacy Funding

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:

  • SUMA needs to be extremely transparent with members about how this money will be used and what objectives will be achieved with the funding.
  • Members need to be able to see progress and there needs to be measurable performance indicators.
  • SUMA needs to regularly report to members with…

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Winter Roof Collapse Hazard-SUMAssure Risk Control Bulletin

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 saudette@suma.org. Please be sure to include your full name and the name of your municipality.

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SUMA Excited for the Next Step Toward Recycling Program

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.

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Investing in Infrastructure Good for the Economy: Canada West Foundation

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…

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SUMA Executive Election: Platform Documents Available

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.

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Inter-Connections Available Again

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.

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Proposed New Federal Ridings Presented in the House of Commons

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.

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