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Agriculture and Environment Committee

The Ag and Environment Committee was created to focus exclusively on agricultural and environmental issues of importance to rural municipalities and producers. Agriculture has always been a top priority for SARM. Environmental issues facing rural municipalities are increasing in variety, frequency and severity.

Committee Members: Ray Orb (Chair), Bill Huber, Norm Nordgulen, Larry Grant, Harvey Malanowich, Judy Harwood

Agriculture policy files:

  • Ag Plastics Recycling
  • SK Crop Insurance
  • Canada Grains Council
  • Canada Grains Commission
  • Clubroot
  • Growing Forward II/Ag Policy Frameworks
  • Country of Origin Labelling
  • Crop Logistics Working Group
  • Indian Head Tree Nursery
  • Ag Health and Safety Network
  • Bison Fencing
  • Malignant Catarrhal Fever
  • Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
  • Weed Management
  • Rail Level of Service/Grain Transportation
  • The Provincial Lands Act
  • PFRA Pastures
  • Forage Insurance Review
  • Temporary Foreign Workers
  • Carbon Pricing
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Sask Pastures (SPP)

Environment policy files:

  • Scrap Tires
  • Hunting and Wildlife
  • Trespassing
  • Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • WHPA Lands
  • Species at Risk (SARA)
  • South of Divide Project (SODCAP)
  • Navigable Waters
  • Wild Boar
  • Environmental Code
  • Chronic Wasting Disease
  • Gun Registry
  • Solid Waste Management
    • Landfills
    • Illegal Dumping
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Multi-Material Recycling Program
    • MMRP Advisory Committee
    • Climate Change

Water and Drainage:

  • Water Management Planning and Drainage Strategies (C&Ds, Watersheds)
  • Waste Water Disposal and Treatment
  • POE/POU
  • Raw Water Pipeline Hookups
  • Quill Lakes

Infrastructure and Development Committee

The Infrastructure and Development Committee was created in response to the increasing financial and logistical pressure of economic growth on rural municipalities, including the maintenance and enhancement of the rural road network.

Committee Members: Bill Huber (Chair), Larry Grant, Harvey Malanowich, Darwin Whitfield, Guy Lagrandeur

Economy:

  • Surface Rights
  • Overweight Permitting Process
  • Automated Routing System
  • Pipelines
  • Alternative Energy (i.e. wind)
  • Tendering and Procurement
  • NWTPA
  • Well Drilling Licenses and Fees
  • Scope of Review/Review of Industry Financial Contributions
  • CETA
  • TPP

Infrastructure:

  • Rail Safety and Grade Crossings
  • TMS Pilots
  • Highway Compensation and Diversions
  • Traffic Safety
  • Highway Transfer of Responsibility
  • Building Inspections
  • Environmental Assessments (pipelines)
  • Long-term Infrastructure Committee
  • Asset Management (Gas Tax, SARM, FCM)
  • Road Maintenance Agreements
  • Public-Private Infrastructure Program (PIPP)
  • Got Gravel
  • Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance/Call Before You Dig/Sask 1st Call, MHI

SaskPower & SaskEnergy:

  • Line Relocates
  • Crown Utility Crossings
  • SaskPower Bill Payments
  • SaskEnergy Regulations 

SaskTel:

  • Broadband and Cell Service 

Municipal Governance Committee

The governance issues facing rural municipalities are increasing in variety, frequency and severity.  The Municipal Governance Committee was created to focus exclusively on intergovernmental affairs of importance to rural municipalities.

Committee Members: Bill Huber (Chair), Norm Nordgulen, Judy Harwood, Darwin Whitfield, Guy Lagrandeur

First Nations:

  • Metis and Northern Affairs
  • FSIN
  • Office of the Treaty Commissioners
  • TLE and Specific Claims Agreements
  • Related Board, Staff and RM Learning Opportunities
  • Roads Thru First Nations
  • Relationship Building/Reconciliation

Municipal Governance:

  • Municipalities Act & Regulations
  • Consultation Protocol Agreement
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Property Taxation
  • Education Taxation
  • Annexation
  • Amalgamation/Transformational Change 

Municipal Funding:

  • Revenue Sharing
  • Gas Tax
  • Building Canada Fund
  • Communities in Transition/Strategic Initiatives
  • Municipal Financing Tools and Infrastructure Bank
  • SaskPower Grants in Lieu 

Planning:

  • SK Municipal Board (SMB)
  • Subdivision Regulations
  • Sub-Classing
  • The Planning and Development Act
  • Statements of Provincial Interest
  • Municipal Bylaws

Community and Enforcement Services:

  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Rural Policing (RCMP Issues i.e. unionization, services)
  • Special Constables/CSOP
  • SK Asst. of Municipal Enforcement Officers Training and Standards Committee (SAMEO)
  • Fine Revenue
  • Civic Addressing
  • Marijuana Legislation 

Emergency Services:

  • PDAP
  • Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements
  • National Disaster Mitigation Program
  • Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program
  • Mutual Aid Agreements

Labour Relations and Workplace Safety:

  • OH&S i.e. Snow Removal Checklist
  • WCB
  • Labour Legislation