April 28, 2014 5:15 pm

New Saskatchewan ombudsman says she’s watching for fairness

New Saskatchewan ombudsman Mary McFadyen says she's watching for fairness in growing province.

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REGINA – Saskatchewan’s new ombudsman says she wants to make sure fairness doesn’t take a back seat as the province grows.

Mary McFadyen says in her annual report released Monday that she plans to keep an eye on the way the province is providing services to an increasing population.

McFadyen says she plans to do this by watching how government offices serve the public and address concerns.

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“Many people, like me, we’ve come to Saskatchewan and it’s a big influx on the services that government provides,” McFadyen said Monday at the legislature.

“So it’s important that the government steps up to the plate and is able to provide services to the growth in population and meet those demands.”

The report highlights several examples, including that of a couple who discovered more than a dozen of their seven-metre-tall Siberian elm trees had been cut down to a metre by SaskPower.

An employee had mistakenly gone to the wrong address to chop the trees.

SaskPower initially said the couple would not be compensated, but the ombudsman’s office says it worked with the utility and the Environment Ministry to resolve the matter.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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