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Statement from the Executive Committee Regarding Amalgamation

May 11, 2020

During an interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, which resulted in an article published May 8, 2020, President Gordon Barnhart expressed opinions regarding municipal restructuring. The opinions expressed in the article were strictly his own and do not represent the opinions of the SUMA Board of Directors or the direction of the organization. See the full statement from the SUMA Executive…

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Answering Your Rebranding Questions

Feb 17, 2020

  At the 115th Annual Convention in February, the SUMA (SUMA) announced it is changing its name to SUMA. We know you have questions, so we've done our best to answer them below. Why is SUMA rebranding? SUMA has struggled for years with recognition by other orders of government, the media, and the public. Under Saskatchewan legislation, any gathering of…

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Local Government Week Being Recognized in Saskatchewan

Nov 12, 2019

Treaty 4 Territory, Regina, Sask.– To raise awareness and engagement in local democracy, Local Government Week has again been officially proclaimed in the province of Saskatchewan, at the joint request of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MN-S), the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan School Boards…

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Changes to Cannabis Retailing Place Further Responsibility on Saskatchewan’s Hometowns

Oct 31, 2019

The SUMA (SUMA) continues to call on the provincial government to share a portion of cannabis excise tax revenues as Saskatchewan moves to an open-market system for cannabis retail permits. “Saskatchewan’s hometowns are on the front lines of cannabis legalization, responsible for developing and enforcing rules around cannabis production, sales, and consumption,” said SUMA…

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City Mayors Talk Upcoming Elections at Semi-Annual Caucus

Oct 17, 2019

City mayors and managers are meeting in Regina today for the SUMA (SUMA) City Mayors’ Caucus to discuss issues important to the province’s largest municipalities. “Cities carry a great deal of responsibility in Saskatchewan,” said Mayor Fraser Tolmie, chair of the City Mayors’ Caucus and Mayor of Moose Jaw. “The City Mayors’ Caucus is a forum where we…

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Changes to Net Metering Program Impact Green Energy Efforts of Saskatchewan Hometowns

Oct 17, 2019

The SUMA (SUMA) is concerned that changes to Saskatchewan’s net metering program will impact hometowns building resilience to climate change through alternative energy sources. Saskatchewan’s net metering program will be reactivated on November 1. However, unlike the previous program, there will be no rebate for equipment or installation costs, and excess power will be credited at…

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Public Safety on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s East Central Hometowns

Oct 9, 2019

Municipal leaders from 17 hometowns in east central Saskatchewan are gathered in Yorkton today to discuss the matters important to their hometowns. Topics relating to public safety, including rail safety, are being discussed at the East Central Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). The meeting included a presentation by Marc Brazeau, President of the Railway Association of Canada. See…

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Energy Management on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Southeast Hometowns

Oct 8, 2019

Municipal leaders from 17 hometowns in southeast Saskatchewan are gathered in Whitewood today to discuss the matters important to their communities. Energy management is one of the topics on the agenda at the Southeast Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). See more in the full media release.

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Inter-municipal Cooperation on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Southwest Communities

Oct 7, 2019

Municipal leaders from 23 communities in southwest Saskatchewan are gathered in Shaunavon today to discuss the matters important to their communities. Inter-municipal cooperation is one of the topics on the agenda at the Southwest Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). See more in the full media release. 

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Emergency Preparedness on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s West Central Hometowns

Oct 4, 2019

Municipal leaders from 12 hometowns in west central Saskatchewan are gathered in Eston today to discuss matters important to their communities. Emergency preparedness is one of the topics of conversation at the West Central Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). See more in the full media release.

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Asset and Energy Management on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Northwest Hometowns

Oct 3, 2019

Municipal leaders from 18 hometowns in northwest Saskatchewan are gathered in Duck Lake today to discuss matters important to their communities. Asset and energy management are two topics of conversation at the Northwest Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). See more in the full media release. 

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Council Parity on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Northeast Hometowns

Oct 2, 2019

Municipal leaders from 20 hometowns in northeast Saskatchewan are gathered in Melfort today to discuss matters important to their communities. Parity at the council table is one of the topics at the Northeast Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). See more in the full media release. 

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Council Parity on the Agenda for Hometowns in Central Saskatchewan

Oct 1, 2019

Municipal leaders from nine hometowns in central Saskatchewan are gathered in Wadena today to discuss issues important to their communities. Parity at the council table is one of the discussions at the Central Regional Meeting hosted by the SUMA (SUMA). See more in the full media release. 

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Applications Open for the Landfill Environmental Site Assessment Program

Sep 30, 2019

The funding program designed to support municipalities conducting Environmental Site Assessments for closed or closing landfills is now accepting applications. The Landfill Environmental Site Assessment (LESA) Program, a partnership between SUMA and the Ministry of Environment, is accepting applications from urban, rural, and northern municipalities in Saskatchewan who have applied to the…

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SUMA, SARM Launch Harassment Prevention Policy Template for Municipalities

Sep 24, 2019

All employers have a moral and legislative obligation to provide a harassment free workplace. The SUMA (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) are launching a harassment prevention policy template to help municipalities respond to harassment in the workplace.  “The template is a tool for municipalities to ensure harassment is dealt with appropriately and…

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