Walk-in ser­vices end­ing at En­vi­ron­ment Of­fices in Shau­navon, Leader and Maple Creek

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

Walk-in ser­vices at the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment Field of­fices in Shau­navon, Leader and Maple Creek will no longer be of­fered ef­fec­tive May 14.

The three South­west lo­ca­tions were among 19 min­istry field of­fices where front counter ser­vices are be­ing dis­con­tin­ued. The ser­vice re­duc­tion will im­pact 16 part-time and three full-time staff. Ten of the im­pacted of­fices are cur­rently only open two days a week.

In mak­ing the change, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment noted the 19 im­pacted of­fices only ac­counted for two per cent of the 409,000 hunt­ing and an­gling li­cences sold in the prov­ince.

Con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers will re­main work­ing at the of­fices im­pacted by the re­duc­tions.

The lone South­west lo­ca­tion with front counter ser­vice is now Swift Cur­rent, and af­ter Oc­to­ber 1 there will be 10 re­main­ing lo­ca­tions prov­ince wide down from their cur­rent list of 29 of­fices.

The Saskatchew­an Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion has ex­pressed their con­cern over the clo­sures.

“For many com­mu­ni­ties, these of­fices are the only point of con­tact be­tween the pub­lic and min­istry staff,” Saskatchew­an Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Dar­rell Crabbe stated in a press re­lease.

“Over 70,000 hun­ters and 250,000 an­glers en­joy our nat­u­ral re­sources each year, and gen­er­ate over $600,000,000 an­nu­ally. The ma­jor­ity of this money flows to the ru­ral sec­tors of our prov­ince. These Cus­tomer Ser­vice Rep­re­sen­ta­tives are an in­te­gral part of that sup­port in­fra­struc­ture.”

Crabbe added “if the Min­istry were to re­con­sider their po­si­tion to pro­vide free li­cences to var­i­ous de­mo­graphic groups, rev­enue gen­er­ated would eas­ily cover costs to op­er­ate of­fices and re­tain these po­si­tions. Rev­enue may even be enough to pro­vide fund­ing for ad­di­tional con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers, im­prov­ing en­force­ment and com­pli­ance for our wildlife re­sources, as well as de­liver sup­port for the ru­ral crime ini­tia­tive.”

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