-en­coun­ter­ing dif­fi­culty find­ing build­ing for of­fice

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min­istries. “…Their pro­gramme in that area was very weak,” he said, be­fore adding that the for­mer gov­ern­ment was in­stead pre­pared to rent from peo­ple it was friendly with.

Heath-Rete­myer added that the agency has to pay com­pet­i­tive rates. “With the com­ing oil boom, there are a num­ber of com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als who are

com­ing and ask­ing for space and we are re­quired to com­pete with them for the same space. So you do the due dili­gence to en­sure that you aren’t pay­ing more per square footage than av­er­age,” he said, be­fore adding that the fig­ure that was ap­proved was just an av­er­age.

“We are now faced with the fact that as much as you are anx­ious when you are go­ing to rent a build­ing, there are all kinds of con­sid­er­a­tions that you have to em­ploy, es­pe­cially in the case of SARA. We have to be a lot more care­ful than other agen­cies. An agency that may go and rent a build­ing …and based on what they are re­quired to do, it may not raise an is­sue. If we are rent­ing build­ings which are some­times ques­tion­able, then we will have to an­swer some ques­tions,” he added.

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