“Last Ditch” Effort Made to Avoid Environment Cuts

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 13:00



A number of conservation groups are planning to hold town hall meetings in northern communities about the pending closure of their Environment offices.


The groups include the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Canadian Parks and Wildnerness Society.


The move follows what society spokesman Alan Appleby calls a “disappointing” meeting earlier this week with Environment Minister David Forbes.


Forbes met with representatives of 6 groups in what was considered a “last ditch” attempt to avert the looming layoffs of conservation officers and other Environment staff in the North.


Appleby says they couldn’t make any headway with the minister at all.


Appleby says Monday’s meeting confirmed for him that Saskatchewan Environment put little thought into these cuts.


Saskatchewan Environment is cutting 31 positions across northern Saskatchewan.