Thirty vacant positions for Social Services in northern Saskatchewan has the Advocate for Children and Youth Corey O’Soup reminding the government of who they are supposed to be helping.
O’Soup says we need to remember those in the north are some of the most vulnerable people we have, and that if we invest in them, the benefits outweigh the costs.
He adds as much as the added workers from the south have been a huge help to address the gap in service, a long term solution needs to be implemented because busing up workers every so often isn’t sustainable.
O’Soup says the safety and well-being of children is compromised when there are too few staff.
He hopes this is one area the government won’t look at for cuts in order to deal with its $1 billion deficit, but he knows the north is usually one of the first places to feel the impact.