Corridor trying to sort out implications of Liberal cuts 

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"That is a lot of revenue that the local governments are entitled to that and they are not getting it because the system doesn’t work for them."

Nebbeling said the government’s decision to shut down the Squamish court house was also influenced by a bill for at least $4 million to upgrade the building.

"Considering the caseload it is not an acceptable expenditure," he said.

While no conservation officers are being cut at this time from the Squamish office their mandate has changed slightly.

They will no longer respond to "low-risk human wildlife conflicts." So anyone with a bear in the backyard or up a tree is likely on their own.

Nebbeling has met with the Minister of Human Resources, Murray Coell, over concerns about how people in the corridor will cope with the closing of the Income Assistance office.

"I had a meeting with the minister... speaking specifically about this because I think closing Squamish as an office, which had a caseload far below the average made some sense. But at the same time I wanted the minister to be aware that this office provides services for agencies far beyond Squamish and all the way to Anderson Lake," said Nebbeling.

A 1-800 number may be put in place to help those who have been using services about to be axed, said Nebbeling.

There is even some discussion about making bus passes available for those who need to travel to the Lower Mainland.

"It is my hope that somehow a contact will be created so that people can actually get bus passes to get to the city because a lot of these people do not even have the bus fare, I know that," said Nebbeling.

"I would be very concerned if the ability for people to get where they need to go in a humane way is not available. I don’t want a person, man or woman, to stand along the highway hoping for a lift on a cold winter day.

"I will be watching. I find it very important."

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