For Immediate Release
SARM June Division 4 Meeting addresses key regional issues
Carbon tax, civic addressing and drainage were three key topics addressed at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) Division 4 meeting on June 14, 2018, in Kelvington. Every June meetings are held throughout the province to provide an opportunity for members to get a more in depth look at key issues affecting their division.
The Civic Address Registry program is a province-wide system to identify a human-occupied property and its unique access point, such as a driveway. The system, in addition to traditional methods, is used to help ensure dispatchers and emergency responders such as police, fire and ambulance can quickly find a home or business.
“Civic addressing is an essential tool to support emergency responders with limited local knowledge of the municipality,” said Ray Orb, SARM President.
Cynthia Mamer, Civic Addressing Administrator, Ministry of Government Relations, spoke with membership about utilizing the standardized civic addressing registry within their municipality.
SARM remains firmly opposed to the federal government’s threat of imposing a carbon tax. A carbon tax would have a detrimental effect to our province’s agricultural sector and rural Saskatchewan.
“SARM does not believe a federal carbon tax is the most effective policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or mitigating climate change,” stated Orb. SARM continues to support the province’s made-in-Saskatchewan plan to address the critical issue of climate change.
Todd MacKay, Prairie Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation reiterated to the membership their concerns about the negative impacts a carbon tax would have on the economy and the average income earner.
SARM members have passed a number of resolutions throughout the years on issues related to drainage and flooding. Most recently, in 2017, two resolutions were passed in opposition to Bill 44, the Water Security Agency Amendment Act. SARM has a representative on an advisory committee to the Water Security Agency to help guide policy work.
Clinton Molde, Executive Director, Integrated Water Services, Water Security Agency and Al Keller, Supervisor Northeast Regional Services, Water Security Agencyin, were attendance to speak about drainage issues in the province.
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