January 14, 2019
Share Your Feedback on Public Libraries

The Government of Saskatchewan is looking for your feedback on the future of public libraries in the province.

In the fall of 2018, the provincial government engaged with key stakeholders about the future of libraries in Saskatchewan. From these sessions the Report of Saskatchewan Public Libraries Engagement was created.

A public survey is now gathering information on the themes expressed in the report. Share your opinion by taking the survey before January 25 .
Time is Running Out to Register for Convention 2019

Convention 2019 is less than a month away. Don't forget to register so you can take in your choice of education and breakout sessions, network, influence SUMA's advocacy efforts, and so much more. Learn more about the value of Convention.

SUMA launched registration for Convention 2019 in November. The main email contact for your municipality should have received an updated email inviting you to register. If you did not receive it, be sure to check your junk mail folder. Not there? Email  registration@suma.org.
Don't Miss the SUMA Webinar: How to Make Tax Collection Less Taxing

If your municipality is struggling with a complex tax enforcement issue, don't miss the SUMA webinar How to Make Tax Collection Less Taxing. In this webinar, lawyers Kim Anderson, QC, and James Steele will talk about how to collect on hard cases and options beyond The Tax Enforcement Act .

This webinar is happening January 22 at 10 a.m. See the event listing for more information and to register.
Innovation Challenge:
Waste Management

Saskatchewan does not have a reporting mechanism for waste generated, diverted, or disposed of in the province. To support the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy, it's important to understand the volume of waste generated and where it ends up.

If you have an idea on how to solve this challenge using existing or new technology, you're invited to submit an expression of interest for Innovation Saskatchewan's Innovation Challenge . Want to learn more? Innovation Challenge information sessions are being held in Saskatoon on January 15 and Regina on January 17 .
Convention 2019: Shuttle Schedules

Shuttle schedules are now available on the Convention 2019 page of our website. If you are booked into a hotel where shuttle service is provided, look for the SUMA signs in your hotel lobby for the shuttle stop location and approximate departure times. The hotel should also provide you with a copy when you check in. There will be a listing in the TCU Place Lobby for end-of-day departures.
Convention 2019: SaskPower Sponsored Session

This is a period of unprecedented change in the electricity industry. At Convention 2019, Saskpower will present its vision of a cleaner energy future that meets growing demands and customer expectations. After a short presentation, SaskPower officials will be available to answer questions and discuss issues of concern to municipal leaders. Take in this SaskPower Sponsored Session at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, February 3 .
Convention 2019: Resolutions

Prepare for the resolutions session at Convention 2019 by reviewing the resolutions package which includes the process for the session at Convention. This process allows us to make the most of our time on the Convention floor.

The package is available under Resolutions on the Convention 2019 page of our website.
Convention 2019: Early-Bird Draw Winner

A big thank you to all delegates who registered before the December 18, 2018 early-bird deadline. All those delegates were entered into a draw to win a complimentary Convention registration.
Congratulations to Angela Jordan from the Village of Pleasantdale!
Capacity Building:
Last Chance for MLDP Registrations
The Saturday before Convention 2019 is a perfect time to take in a Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) module. Five sessions are available, and the registration deadline is this Friday, January 18 .

  • Strategic and Financial Planning for Municipalities
  • Municipal Economic Development Fundamentals
  • Human Resources in the Municipal Workplace
  • Public Relations and Communications for Municipalities
  • Community and Land-Use Planning
Capacity Building: WHMIS and Leadership Training During Convention

During Convention 2019, SUMA, in partnership with Southeast College, is offering WHMIS and supervisory skills training for municipal employees.

WHMIS 2015
Location: Centennial Hall C, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK.
Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuition: $50 (Discounted rate for SUMA members)
Materials: $12

Registration closes January 28 .

Municipal Management Essentials - Supervisory Skills
Location: Sandman Hotel & Suites, 310 Circle Drive, Saskatoon, SK
Date: February 5 and 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $425.00

Register by January 22.

For more information and to register , contact the Southeast College at 1-866-999-7372 or email registration@southeastcollege.org.
Convention 2019: Show Off Your Community

Submit your community photos to communications@suma.org by January 16 and we will showcase the photos at the Convention 2019 Welcome Reception.
Upcoming Events
Did you know:
At the Convention 2019 Welcome Reception you have a chance to win a trip for two !

Plus you have the opportunity to network with SUMA Board members and your fellow peers in a casual setting while enjoying appetizer stations and a cash bar.

Classifieds and Grants

Positions Available:

  • Resort Village of Manitou Beach: Foreman (When filled)

For Sale:

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

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

Upcoming Deadlines:

For a full listing of grants, check the Grants section of our website under the Resources tab.
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ACEC-SK Presents a Full Day Municipal Sustainability Conference
Date: January 24, 2019
Location: Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon

There have been a lot of recent workshops about asset management. The approach to this conference is different. You will learn from real world Saskatchewan experiences, rather than just a "how-to" road map.

Early-bird pricing in effect for SUMA Members.

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