Tim Brodt, councillor in the RM of Edenwold, said that municipality was one of the first to hire a CSO and is pleased with the result. | Screencap via sarm.ca

Community safety officers in short supply in Sask.

Saskatchewan’s community safety officer program is an option for municipalities looking for bylaw enforcement and low-risk policing needs, but only about 30 officers have been hired since the program’s rollout five years ago. Daryl Chernook, program manager for the province’s corrections and policing ministry, said CSOs can be another presence in rural areas to help […] Read more

The Saskatchewan government says it's willing to look at current trespass laws that put the onus on landowners to post their land to keep others out. | File photo

Sask. considers reviewing trespass laws

The Saskatchewan government says it’s willing to look at current trespass laws that put the onus on landowners to post their land to keep others out. “Maybe it should be the other way around,” said Justice Minister Don Morgan after a bear pit session during the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention. “I think […] Read more

RCMP assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki said he hopes the new Protection and Response Team will reduce response times in rural areas.  |  Karen Briere photo

RCMP tells SARM delegates not to take on criminals

Rural property crime has dropped by 10 percent this year, according to Saskatchewan RCMP, but that doesn’t give Herb Axten much comfort. The reeve of the Rural Municipality of Surprise Valley lives 110 kilometres away from the nearest RCMP detachment in Weyburn, Sask. He put assistant RCMP commissioner Curtis Zablocki on the spot at last […] Read more


At least 10 resolutions discussed at the convention were related to rural safety, crime prevention, rural policing and protection of private property.
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Sask. farmers fight to protect property

More cops, more cameras or more common sense? What’s the best way to fight crime in rural Saskatchewan? Questions related to rural crime generated plenty of discussion during the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ annual convention in Saskatoon last week, and some controversy as well. SARM is one of the best barometers of public sentiment […] Read more

Farmer-friendly programs like the Farm Fuel Tax Rebate and PST exemptions on farm inputs could be targeted in an effort to balance the Sask. provincial budget. | File photo

Sask. farmers eye next week’s provincial budget

It remains to be seen how Saskatchewan farmers and rural municipalities will be affected by government efforts to balance the provincial budget. But delegates who attended the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ annual convention in Saskatoon this week were bracing themselves for the worst. In a March 15 interview, SARM president Ray Orb said he […] Read more


Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall delivered a mostly positive economic message March 14 to delegates attending the 112th annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities in Saskatoon. | File photo

Sask. premier asks RMs to watch their costs

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall delivered a mostly positive economic message March 14 to delegates attending the 112th annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities in Saskatoon. But he also stressed the need for RMs to cut costs, scrutinize expenditures and look for ways to deliver services more efficiently. “We are hoping that all […] Read more

SARM in brief

Grain bag disposal, wild boar elimination and the health of first responders were all issues brought to the forefront at last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention. Eric Gray from the RM of Indian Head raised the grain bag issue, saying too few farmers practise diligence and proper disposal. “It seems to me, […] Read more

Sask. RMs want more money for infrastructure

Flooding aftermath | Rural municipalities are considering public-private funding model to address infrastructure shortfall

Representatives of Saskatchewan’s rural municipalities recently passed a resolution asking the provincial government to increase its funding caps on infrastructure. The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, which met in Saskatoon Nov. 13-14, wants the annual cap for road and bridge construction maintenance increased to $1 million from $750,000. Ongoing wet years and excessive rainfall are […] Read more


Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said that public input is important when designing future legislation to improve grain transportation.  |  William DeKay photo

SARM delegates give rail service wish list to Ritz

About 1,000 delegates to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities have advice for the federal transport and agriculture ministers as they develop grain transportation legislation. A 10-point resolution passed on the last day of the annual convention in Regina suggests amendments to Bill C-52 that the delegates believe would help alleviate rail congestion. The federal […] Read more

Canada’s transportation system should be considered an essential service, says Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall.  |  File photo

Premier wants ‘lifeblood of this economy’ to stay on track

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall suggested last week that Canada’s transportation infrastructure should be an essential service under federal legislation. He told the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention that it’s at least worth having a conversation about the idea, when so much of the country’s economy relies on exports. “That transportation system is the […] Read more