Not content with ordering the closure of 7 out 11 of the department of Fisheries and Oceans Libraries the Canadian government has now turned its eye to Agricultural Research. Last week much of the scientific research material housed at Lethbridge’s Agricultural and Agri-Food Research Centre was thrown in the dumpster.
“The loss of many decades worth of research findings will hamper Lethbridge scientists working on issues ranging from soil chemistry, bees and rangeland concerns, insect pests and greenhouse gases, along with studies on such key crops as canola, potatoes, wheat and beans.”
Why, you might ask?
“On the weekend, an Agriculture and Agri-Food media relations officer said the Harper government is “modernizing the delivery of library services” by making digital copies of what it considers important. It will keep “all materials of business value.”
This government is obsessed with everything serving the needs of business. The article goes on to say:
“But federal election candidate Cheryl Meheden, responding to the concerns of research scientists who contacted her after the dumping began, says much has already been lost.
As to making digital copies, she says, “That budget has been slashed by 50 per cent.”
Why they are destroying anything right now, when we are in the midst of an election campaign, is another question I would like to see answered.
Finally, I will let the venerable Raffi speak for me: