Environmental science book burning in Canada
This is a follow up a to a recent Page I posted.
Last chapter for many Environment Canada libraries
Cuts to the federal science library programs have been underway for years but concern and controversy has grown as the books have been cleared off the shelves, with excess and outdated material landing in dumpsters. Peter Wells, an ocean pollution expert at Dalhousie University in Halifax, describes the closing of the DFO libraries as a “national tragedy.” And recent reports have likened it to burning books.
The Harper government continues to decimate environmental science capabilities and research. It appears they’re not only defunding research capabilities and firing scientists, their actions are causing the loss and destruction of scientific data already acquired.
A government spokesperson has said this is about efficiency, saving money, and digitization. Right.
I can’t help but wonder about the rationalizations and worldview of Harper and his acolytes. It’s obvious that environmental research is not only unimportant it is doubleplusungood.