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Harper Government Censors and Destroys Decades of Major Research Collections in the Sciences

posted Dec 13, 2013, 7:33 AM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated Dec 13, 2013, 7:33 AM ]
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Harper Government Censors and Destroys Decades of Major Research Collections in the Sciences

There are many ways of silencing scientific research and advancement, one of them is to destroy access to valuable research and information.

“Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which is closing five of its seven libraries, allowed scientists, consultants and members of the public to scavenge through what remained of Eric Marshall Library belonging to the Freshwater Institute at the University of Manitoba.” The collections which had been built since the 19th century were dispersed and irrevocably destroyed.

“It was a world class library with some of the finest environmental science and freshwater book collections in the world. It was certainly the best in Canada, but it’s no more,” said Burt Ayles, a 68-year-old retired research scientist and former regional director general for freshwaters in central Canada and the Arctic.

Established in 1973, when foreign governments hailed Canada as a world leader in freshwater science and protection, the library housed tens of thousands of reports, maps, charts and books, including material dating back to the 1880s. The library contained fishery reports on the decline of sturgeon fishing in Lake Winnipeg from the 1890s, said Ayles, and served as invaluable intellectual capital for public researchers at the Freshwater Institute and world famous Experimental Lakes Area.”

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