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SUMA Transitioning to SUMA

Jun 4, 2021

Following a vote of the membership, SUMA will be transitioning back to the name SUMA. “As a member-focused association, our members will always have the final say on important decisions,” said Mayor Rodger Hayward, President of SUMA. “We respect the decision that has been reached through an open and transparent membership vote.”   The membership vote was held…

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COVID-19 Resources for Municipalities

May 25, 2021

  SUMA has created a COVID-19 Update to help keep municipalities informed of provincial updates and new resources. If you or your municipality would like to receive weekly updates, email communications@suma.org.   The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenge to public health in our hometowns. Find information and resources below to help keep your residents safe. Click on a focus…

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SUMA Launches Podcast

May 12, 2021

In the office, at home, or on the go, listen to conversations on important municipal topics with SUMA's new podcast, MuniCast. New episodes will be released on the second Wednesday of each month. Find MuniCast on Spotify, Google, Apple, and all other major podcasting services. Our first episode, "Leading by Example with George Cuff" hit the airwaves May 12.    …

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SUMA Welcomes Federal Investments in Hometowns

Apr 21, 2021

SUMA welcomes the Government of Canada’s investments in hometowns through broadband and infrastructure funding, as announced in the 2021-22 federal budget  “Connectivity is at the forefront of our business and home lives,” said SUMA President Rodger Hayward. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being able to connect virtually. The additional $1…

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SUMA Appreciates Funding in 2021-22 Provincial Budget

Apr 6, 2021

As Saskatchewan continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, SUMA appreciates the stable funding for municipalities included in the 2021-22 provincial budget.   “Saskatchewan’s hometowns understand the difficulties of preparing a budget with limited resources,” said SUMA President Rodger Hayward. “We appreciate the province’s investments in municipalities,…

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SUMA Elects New President

Feb 9, 2021

SUMA delegates elected Naicam Mayor Rodger Hayward as their newest president. “It is an honour to be elected SUMA President,” said Hayward. “I look forward to continuing to work with SUMA’s Board of Directors as President, and our member municipalities, to ensure our hometowns have the resources we need. We are stronger when we work together.”

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SUMA launches new website

Dec 21, 2020

SUMA has launched a new website, which includes a brand new Member's Portal!  This portal is designed for member-only content, such as recordings of all SUMA webinars. Each of our member municipalities has been given a single login, associated with the primary contact email for your SUMA membership. Member municipalities are…

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CentralSource now powered by Kinetic GPO

Oct 20, 2020

CentralSource is transitioning its group purchasing to Kinetic GPO, a Canadian based group purchasing organization (GPO) with diverse contract offerings for Canada’s public sector. CentralSource, formerly SUMAdvantage, was created to harness the purchasing power of Saskatchewan’s hometowns. By joining forces with Kinetic GPO, the value for SUMA members is expanded to include: A…

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SUMA Calling for Municipal Support from Provincial Parties

Oct 14, 2020

Today SUMA reviewed the available election platforms issued by the registered political parties participating in the 2020 provincial election and was disappointed by the lack of support for Saskatchewan’s hometowns.   “SUMA reviewed the platforms that have been made available from several of the parties,” said Gordon Barnhart, President of SUMA. “We looked for…

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Convention 2021 is going VIRTUAL

Sep 10, 2020

The 116th Annual Convention will be held online February 7-10, 2021. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, SUMA's Convention Planning Committee made the decision to transition to a virtual event for 2021 to ensure that representatives from Saskatchewan’s hometowns can still come together in February to network, learn, and advocate for the betterment of Saskatchewan’s communities.…

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Federal Emergency Funding Crucial to Hometowns

Jun 4, 2020

While SUMA is appreciative of the federal government fast tracking federal gas tax funding, hometowns require additional emergency funding to continue providing the services that residents rely on daily. “The advance of the federal gas tax funding will help municipalities in the short-term,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “But as our hometowns are hard at work to support…

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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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