Local politicians and officials gathered in the Queen City last week for the latest SUMA (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Associaition) convention.
Premier Scott Moe, provincial ministers and others were in attendance during the four-day event. Yearly awards and calls for recognition were made at different points during the convention too.
Kindersley Mayor Rod Perkins was one local figure who made the trip down to Regina as a representative of Kindersley. He was joined by Chief Administrative Officer Bernie Morton, a couple members of town council, and administration staff.
For him, he felt it was a good experience. "It covered a lot of territory and we had pretty good representation from the provincial government," said Perkins. "We had a bear pit session with every cabinet minister. I felt it was quite good."
Many guests at the convention had an opportunity to hear from Scott Moe for the first time as Saskatchewan's premier. Moe delivered a speech to the crowd that involved his plan as premier and what is to come for the people of Saskatchewan.
Perkins had a chance to hear from Moe at the convention last week. Overall, he was impressed with the new premier:
When speaking to Perkins about the major takeaways from the latest convention, one matter he immediately brought up was the concerns with cannabis becoming legal later this year.
It was a heavy topic of discussion during the multi-day event as officials ask for more details from the provincial government.
The Town of Kindersley has even scheduled a town hall meeting at 7:00 PM on February 27th at the Kindersley Elk's Hall to offer a discussion platform for residents concerned with the current situation.
It also offers an opportunity for the municipal government to share the information they have received so far on the matter.
Despite considerable worry with the pot talk during the convention, there were many positives from the meeting.
The Town of Kindersley was given an award for their Youth Committee program as part of the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. Mayor Perkins and CAO Bernie Morton received the award from SUMA President Gordon Barnhart and Minister of Government Relations Warren Kaeding.
There was another person from the community who received an award for their work in Kindersley over two and a half decades.
Council recognized both awards at last night's town council meeting.