The Harper-led government announced last week that it would be closing seven of the 11 Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries by 2015 as part of federal spending cuts. Although 30,000 departmental publications have been digitised, scientists and campaigners fear that valuable scientific content would be lost forever.
Some feel that the cuts are a result of the government’s pursuit of oil and gas resources such as the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and resource development in oil sands of Alberta, which has sparked opposition from environmentalists as well as Canada's First Nations.
The Stream reported on Alberta's oil sands in 2013:
- Clay Jarvis writes in:
In addition, over 2,000 federal scientists and researchers have been laid off over the past five years and hundreds of research programmes, such as those focused on ozone depletion and climate change, have either lost their funding or been shut down. More over, scientists still working for the government are not allowed to discuss their research publicly without prior federal approval.