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

The Power of Hometowns on Display at SUMA Convention 2018

Jan 30, 2018

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is hosting its 113th Annual Convention from February 4 to 7. Nearly 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities will come together in Regina for Convention 2018. The annual convention is a great chance to highlight the exciting things happening in Saskatchewan hometowns. SUMA members…

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SUMA Phones Down

Jan 30, 2018

If you are calling the SUMA office — or anyone in it — do not be fooled by the "This number is no longer in service" message! Our phone system is currently down, but our provider is working on restoring service. We are still receiving emails if you need to contact us.

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Attend the Saskatchewan Smart Cities Event

Dec 5, 2017

The Canadian Smart Cities Challenge kicked off last week, but don't let the name fool you — it's open to all SUMA members. In fact, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is hosting a regional event next Monday, December 11, and you can attend in person or by teleconference.  Space for the event is limited, so register now to save your spot. You'll get…

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Register Now: Asset Management Training Tailored for Saskatchewan Municipalities

Nov 27, 2017

As we told you last month, Asset Management Saskatchewan is designing and delivering local training to municipalities, thanks to funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Registration is now open for webinars, which begin this Thursday, November 30. So far, webinars are planned through mid-April. They will also start offering in-person workshops around the province…

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Engaging Provincial Leadership Candidates

Nov 22, 2017

Saskatchewan is experiencing a rare phenomenon, with the two main provincial political parties both undergoing a leadership race. In these exceptional circumstances, SUMA took the opportunity to ask leadership candidates about several issues that are important to Saskatchewan hometowns. In late October, we wrote to the declared candidates for the Saskatchewan Party and Saskatchewan…

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Asset Management Training Tailored for Saskatchewan Municipalities

Oct 3, 2017

Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for asset management training programs across Canada. Asset Management Saskatchewan is one of the 22 organizations that will receive funding to design and delivery local training to municipalities. Details on training sessions, dates, and locations will come out later this fall; SUMA will share information with members on…

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Starting Citizens on Patrol Programs

Sep 21, 2017

Interest in Citizens on Patrol Programs in Saskatchewan has been growing. Any individual or group can consider establishing a local group. If someone in your municipality is interested in starting a local program, you can check out the documents below, and contact: Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky Crime Prevention/ Crime Reduction Saskatchewan RCMP Phone: 306-780-3931 Cell: 306-216-8294…

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Provincial Caucus Committee on Crime Report and Recommendations

Aug 24, 2017

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the province released the Caucus Committee on Crime report and recommendations to reduce crime in small urban and rural Saskatchewan. SUMA was pleased to be a part of the consultations for the CRC report, and it appears the committee considered our members' concerns.  We applaud the move toward proactive programming, such as mental health and addictions…

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Third Mayors Summer School Kicked Off

Aug 21, 2017

Yesterday, SUMA kicked off our third Mayors Summer School, the first program of its kind in Canada. Mayors and deputy mayors from more than 40 member municipalities (including President Barnhart) will be on campus at the University of Regina taking in education tailor-made for Saskatchewan mayors. Watch our Twitter feed for sneak peeks at the action, and see the media release for more details on…

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2017 Golf Tournament a Success!

Jul 20, 2017

Thank you to the Town of Rosthern for hosting the 29th Annual SUMA Golf Tournament! It was another great golf tournament starting on Thursday, July 13 with dinner and hypnotist Corrie J. with a DJ to finish off the night. Two communities stepped up to host the 2018 and 2019 golf tournaments: The Town of Hudson Bay invites you to attend the tournament in 2018 and the Town of…

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SUMA and SARM Concerned About Bank and Credit Union Closures

Jul 14, 2017

The spate of recent bank and credit union closures in hometowns across Saskatchewan is raising concern for both the associations representing municipalities in the province. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) want to ensure residents have access to banking close to home. “SUMA believes in the importance…

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The Benefits of SUMAdvantage

Jul 13, 2017

SUMAdvantage, our group purchasing program designed to help members save money was created to benefit all SUMA members and support the work SUMA does on behalf of its members. While we encourage inter-municipal cooperation between member municipalities, we want you to know about the many benefits received through utilizing the SUMAdvantage program. Your SUMA membership gives you access to…

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SUMA CEO Retiring This Fall

Jun 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…

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Connect with Environmental Experts to Take Action on Climate Change

Jun 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…

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Past President Button Receives Roll of Honour

Jun 5, 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…

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