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


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


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



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


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


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



SARM notes

Delegates keep status quo A call to eliminate the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ midterm convention was defeated during last week’s annual meeting in Regina. The debate arises perennially. The RM of Benson, which raised the issue this year, said the midterm meeting held in November is a waste of money. Adding an extra day […] Read more