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Issue No. 18-01

January 2, 2018
2018 Membership Due This Month

It's been about a month since we sent members all the information you need to renew your membership for 2018. Please be sure to have your payment and updated information to us by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. We wouldn't want you to miss out on any membership benefits!

Renewing your membership for another year gives you access to group benefits, SUMAssure, and SUMAdvantage to help you save money. It also supports our advocacy and capacity-building work. We appreciate your support all year long. 


New LA FOIP Now in Effect
Proclaimed amendments to The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP) are effective as of January 1, 2018. Some of the amendments include requiring local authorities to help applicants get information and a duty to protect personal information, extending LA FOIP to include police services, increasing the penalties for offences, and creating a new offence for snooping.
For more information on municipal duties with access to information, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website or the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner website. You may also want to attend the Shining a Light on Open and Transparent Government education session at Convention 2018.  


Convention 2018: Get Your Tickets to the President's Banquet
Tickets are sold out for the Welcome Reception at the new Mosaic Stadium, but you can still get tickets for the President's Banquet and Awards Ceremony for just $60 per person!

Get the details on the Agenda and Events section of the Convention 2018 page on our website. Tickets are going fast! Get them today through the online registration system. 


Convention 2018: Meet With President Barnhart
SUMA President Gordon Barnhart will be available during Convention to meet with members to discuss council governance or SUMA issues. Time is available Sunday, February 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please email Heather Vanderaa  to book one of the five spots available.


Capacity Building: Foreman Training/Tradeshow Admission
As part of Southeast College's Municipal Management Essentials training program (developed in partnership with SUMA), foreman training is available in Regina at the same time as Convention 2018
This is a great chance to build employee skill and capacity, and give your foreman the chance to attend SUMA's Municipal Marketplace Tradeshow for free. 

Get all the details on these workshops, including price, locations, and registration details. Secure your spot soon, as space is limited. To get your foreman free admittance to the tradeshow, email registration@suma.org or call 306-525-4379. 


Convention 2018: Municipal Marketplace Tradeshow

The Municipal Marketplace Tradeshow is held in conjunction with SUMA's annual convention, and is open to convention delegates and municipal employees in the new International Trade Centre (ITC). 

This is the first year for the tradeshow in ITC. It is about the same distance as the past tradeshow venue. You can get there on foot, with your own mobility aid, or in a wheelchair available on-site. 

Be sure to make the most of the time set aside for delegates to visit the exhibitors, and encourage your municipal employees to register ahead of time as a tradeshow observer. You can email SUMA or call 306-525-4379 to register tradeshow observers. The employee will need to visit the registration desk at Queensbury to get a badge for access.

While you are there, be sure to visit our SUMA and SUMAssure booths to learn about all the services that we offer including education, group purchasing, group benefits, municipal insurance, and so much more!


Convention 2018: Resolutions

Get prepared for the resolutions session at Convention 2018 by reviewing the package emailed to you last month, including the process for the session at Convention. This process allows us to make the most of our time on the Convention floor.

Remember, you won't receive a physical copy in the mail, but the package is available under Resolutions on the Convention 2018 page of our website.


Capacity Building: Pre-Convention MLDP Sessions

Register now for a Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) course happening before the SUMA and SARM conventions. Each of the five day-long workshops is offered the day before the conventions open in Regina:
This is the perfect chance to work toward your MLDP certificate while making the most of a trip to Regina for Convention 2018. 
In This Issue


Staying Onside of CTFA
T o make sure you comply with the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CTFA), municipalities need to declare their intent to participate in a buying group, such as SUMAdvantage. We've provided easy instructions to help you create and post your municipality's declaration. 

You only need to do this once a year to cover all SUMAdvantage programs, and the process is simple and quick. Just get out your municipal letterhead and go!

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




SPRA: CEO (January 22)


Backhoe (January 15)

HME Pumper Firetruck (January 22)

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.


Convention 2018: Early-Bird Draw Winner
A big thank you to all our delegates who registered before the December 21, 2017 early-bird deadline. All those delegates were entered into a draw to win a complimentary Convention registration. We drew a name last week, and congratulations to Marilyn Bodner from the Town of Lanigan! 

We look forward to seeing delegates, early bird or otherwise, in Regina next month.


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