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Issue No. 17-23

Nov 6, 2017
Congratulations SMA Winners!
Last week, the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMAs) announced this year's winners. The Selection Committee's chosen projects covered seven municipalities:

1st Place Downtown Market Square 
City of Swift Current
2nd Place Saskatchewan's Outback: Community Branding Campaign 
T own of Carrot River and RM of Moose Range
3rd Place  - Youth Committee 
Town of Kindersley
Regional Cooperation Award - Legacy Regional Protective Services 
RM of Wilton and the Towns of Lashburn and Marshall

Winning RMs will receive their awards at the SARM Midterm Convention this week. Winning urban municipalities will receive their award at Convention 2018. Thanks to our title sponsor, Affinity Credit Union, whose support is critical to this program.

Well done to all winning municipalities! Check out the SMA website   for more details.


Exclusive Member Webinar
Members are invited to join us from the comfort of your own office for a free one-hour presentation on November 28 at 10 a.m. This webinar will cover why and how wetlands are important in the Canadian prairies, and how wetland drainage affects Saskatchewan municipalities. Registration is now open.

Thanks to Dr. Pascal Badiou, Research Scientist at Ducks Unlimited Canada's Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, for preparing and delivering this presentation, exclusive to SUMA members. 


Last Chance for 2017 MLDP

You have until Friday, November 10 to register for the fall workshops from the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP). These workshops are a great way for new and experienced council members to strengthen local government leadership, and network with your peers. 

Sessions start on November 20, and are happening around the province. The all-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m., and your registration includes lunch and course materials. Check the MLDP website for the schedule and to register


Convention 2018:
Registration Now Open
Our online registration system for Convention 2018 launched today. Your municipality's main contact should have received an email earlier this morning inviting you to register. You need to use that email to access the registration website.

To make the process as smooth as possible, this document covers everything member municipalities need to know before you start registering delegates. Other details (including information for non-members) are available on the Registration page of our website.

The Agenda and Events page includes the brochure and agenda, and information on Convention 2018 social activities. Visit the Convention 2018 page on the SUMA website for all of the latest details.


We Want to Hear From You: Household Hazardous Waste
SUMA has been advocating for a province-wide recycling program for household hazardous waste since 2001. We are pleased to tell you that the provincial government is developing regulations to create a program, and this is our chance to share input. You can do that in three steps:
  1. Review the summary document.
  2. Complete the online survey by December 15.
  3. Let us know you responded.
If you are looking for other information before you complete the survey, you can review our solid waste policy, review the survey questions in advance, and contact Steven Dribnenki if you have any questions.


Step One to Save on Energy in Indoor Ice Rinks

Ice/curling rinks are now eligible to obtain a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score. It takes a lot of energy to create a maintain indoor ice surfaces, and this is a great first step to managing their energy use. Benchmarking with Portfolio Manager can help you set priorities for your rink. By measuring how your facility compares with other similar facilities across Canada, you will be able to identify poorly performing facilities, spot opportunities, and build a sound business case for targeted investments that will reduce energy costs. For more information on upcoming training and eligibility criteria, check out the Natural Resources Canada page on energy benchmarking for indoor ice rinks


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In This Issue


November 13: SUMA Office Closed
To observe the Remembrance Day statutory holiday, the SUMA office will be closed on Monday, November 13.


Kal Tire Savings for Personal Vehicles
Kal Tire is extending its SUMA member discount for personal use on passenger and light truck tires. Council members, employees, and immediate family members can now save on those new tires the family vehicle needs.  Find out how to take advantage of this pricing, plus the numerous  benefits of the VIP program.

Identify yourself as a SUMA VIP member along with account number  #001VK00234 when  contacting Kal Tire.

Visit  SUMAdvantage online  for a complete list of member programs or email  Lisa Rawlings  at SUMA with any questions.






Sander (When sold)

Find the latest listings by visiting the SUMA Classifieds  section of our website, under the Programs and Services tab.

Have a position to fill or an item to sell? Submit your ad  on our website.



Upcoming Deadlines

For a full listing of grants, check the   Grants   section of our website under the Resources tab.


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