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2016 Fall

Municipalities Today is a web-based newsletter published mid-month that lists deadlines, training opportunities, services and programs that may be of interest to municipal administrators in Saskatchewan.

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1. 2016 General Elections

2016 general elections are quickly approaching.

As the returning officer in your village, town, city or rural municipality, keep these key dates and activities in mind to prepare for Election Day Wednesday October 26, 2016:
  • Immediately:    Execute Form E – Oath, Affirmation or Declaration of Election Official
    Before starting any of the duties required for the election, the returning officer must complete Form E witnessed by a:
    • Notary Public;
    • Commissioner for Oaths; or
    • Justice of the Peace.
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016:  Post and Publish the Call for Nominations
    Calls for nominations are posted and published on or before September 6, 2016.  Nominations can be accepted from candidates at any time after the returning officer posts and publishes the call for nominations.
  • September and October: Appoint Other Election Officials
    Each polling place requires a deputy returning officer (DRO) and a poll clerk. The DRO and the poll clerk cannot be the same person. The returning officer may act as the DRO polls for an election in municipalities with:
    • a population of less than 200; or
    • only one polling place.
People appointed as election officials must also complete Form E (the oath) witnessed by the returning officer or a person authorized to administer oaths.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016:  Nomination Day
    You need to have the returning officer or a nomination officer present from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (including the lunch hour) to accept nominations on Nomination Day.  If there are not enough candidates to fill all offices, a call for further nominations should be made as soon as possible.  The second Nomination Day will be held on October 5, 2016.
  • Thursday, September 22, 2016:  Deadline to Withdraw Nomination
    A candidate may withdraw his or her nomination on or before 4 p.m. on September 22, 2016.

Remember to refer to the following documents to help you prepare for the upcoming municipal election:

If you have any questions about your local election, please call a municipal advisor at 306-787-2680.

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2. Fire Sprinkler Requirements in Alternative Family Care Homes

In response to concerns heard from the Alternative Family Care Homes (AFCH) sector, the Province requested its ministries participate in a review on this issue with AFCH operators and fire service representatives.  The review was to find a balance approach to fire safety in these types of care homes.

As a result of that review, a regulatory amendment modifying the National Building Code, 2010 was made for AFCH with five or fewer occupants-in-care.  The amendments take effect on September 1, 2016.  For more information, see the Building Standards Advisory concerning this change in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Publication Centre.

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3. Saskatchewan Municipal Awards - Don’t Forget to Nominate Your Municipality

Is your municipality doing something new, innovative, or ahead of the curve?   Are you working with your neighbouring municipalities?

Celebrate any successes, innovations, and excellence in your municipality through a nomination for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. Nominations for these awards are open until Friday, September 9, 2016.
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4. Regulatory Changes Concerning Farm Buildings

In the past, some municipalities asked how the National Building Code, 2010 (NBC) applied to farm buildings.

The municipalities considered the NBC exemption should apply only to small farm buildings owned and operated by families. However, these municipalities felt large farm buildings owned by corporate interests should follow the NBC since those buildings could be considered commercial operations.  

In June 2016, The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Regulations (the UBAS Regulations) were amended to clarify the term “commercial operations” within the farm building definition. A Building Standards Advisory concerning this change to the UBAS Regulations can be found in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Publication Centre.

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