The politicians closing science libraries across the country claim it will save more than $400,000 every year. Official party line says all material from these facilities will be “digitized,” but no one seems willing to admit where the material is now, what resources will be used to undertake that process, and where the material will be stored.
Scientists, learners and activists are calling on us to remind the government that this plan is not acceptable by signing this petition.
We’re talking about a lot of valuable information here – reports, books, entire collections of data are at stake. Libraries operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada and Health Canada have all been closed, and with them “irreplaceable scientific data” will soon be gone forever.
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