Last year, the Canadian federal government announced that it would halt funding to the Experimental Lakes Area on the Ontario/Manitoba border. The ELA was used as a living laboratory by scientists studying a variety of environmental issues, including acid rain and phosphates since the 1960's.
The government had shut things down so abruptly that Scientists who had ongoing experiments in the area found themselves suddenly cut off from their work.
Fortunately, the governments of Ontario and Manitoba have stepped in to fund the facility. Ontario has committed to providing $2 million a year to the International Institute for Sustainable Development to keep the facility open. Manitoba has pledged $900 000 over 6 years (as part of a larger grant to the IISD) as well.
So relieved that the facility has been saved, but I am still concerned about the federal government's over all anti-science stance. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/30/sci…