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Feds sink key science program

By: Mary Agnes Welch

Layoffs at Winnipeg’s federal fisheries office will gut environmental monitoring and kill one of the most unique and successful water research projects in the world.

At least 27 biologists, chemists and other scientists received notice Thursday their jobs are among 400 positions being eliminated across the country at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

In addition to the scientists at the Fisheries’ Freshwater Institute at the University of Manitoba, 13 support staff received layoff notices Thursday.

Among the most heartbreaking cuts for scientists is the Experimental Lakes Area, a 44-year-old program covering 58 small lakes near Kenora, Ont., that scientists use to conduct real-world experiments on entire ecosystems.

"The department will no longer conduct research that requires whole lake or whole ecosystem manipulation. As such the research program at the Experimental Lakes Area will be ceased and the facility will be closed," a DFO spokeswoman wrote in an email.

Research done there has dramatically altered environmental policy across North America, leading to changes in hydro development, a ban on phosphorus in dish soap and action on acid rain.

Over the decades, scientists from around the world have dumped acid, toxic metals, synthetic hormones and other pollutants into the 58 small, remote lakes. The researchers have used the lakes, as one scientist once put it, “the way medical researchers use white mice.”

For years, it’s been the site of groundbreaking experiments on nutrients and algae blooms, the kind that stifle Lake Winnipeg every summer.

Fisheries scientists who work on the lakes are barred from speaking to the media, but one independent researcher called the decision to kill the ELA “a travesty.”

"This isn’t a Canadian jewel. It truly is an international jewel," said University of Alberta biologist Vincent St. Louis, who began his career as an undergraduate at the ELA and just returned from a research visit two weeks ago.

"Everyone in Canada should value the research being done at the experimental lakes regardless of political tendency, because everyone values clean drinking water, nice lakes to swim in, fishing."

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ryking:

“This week’s ‘Climate Change: Fact or Fraud’ discussion has been postponed due to the flooding, the sudden blizzard, the firestorm, the tornado warnings, and the hail the size of coconuts.”
(Via “In Coverage of Extreme Weather, Media Downplay Climate Change.”)

ryking:

“This week’s ‘Climate Change: Fact or Fraud’ discussion has been postponed due to the flooding, the sudden blizzard, the firestorm, the tornado warnings, and the hail the size of coconuts.”

(Via “In Coverage of Extreme Weather, Media Downplay Climate Change.”)

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cognitivedissonance:

Video of veterans being arrested at #OccupyBoston for surrounding the camp.

This is America, folks.

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motherjones:

Cops watching a man drown because they can no longer afford water-rescue training? Actually happening. That’s just what happens when one political party openly declares it wants to shrink the size of government until its small enough to drown in a bath tub. Our November/December cover story is up, and it’s a must-read.

motherjones:

Cops watching a man drown because they can no longer afford water-rescue training? Actually happening. That’s just what happens when one political party openly declares it wants to shrink the size of government until its small enough to drown in a bath tub. Our November/December cover story is up, and it’s a must-read.

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Given the choice between Rush and the rack, most people would choose the rack … it causes less long-term damage.
Jon Turley, commenting on a case in which a woman was arrested in Texas and “forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh.”  She is suing the county and the sheriff who arrested her on a host of claims. (via letterstomycountry)
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letterstomycountry:

leftliberty:

NHS cuts protesters occupy Westminster Bridge - in pictures

More than 2,000 protesters blocked Westminster Bridge in London to protest against the government’s planned shakeup of the NHS

You know, if socialized medicine is really as bad as critics claim it is, why would anyone, much less thousands of people, actively protest against cutting it?  The horror stories that folks on the Right tell about Britain’s NHS make it seem completely indefensible.  Yet here are thousands of people who live under it and are actively campaigning to defend it.

(Source: Guardian)

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