The Boreal Forest Network and the Council of Canadians are calling upon the Ontario and Manitoba governments to fund the Experimental Lakes Area.
Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)
Winnipeg – Scientists, activists, and concerned citizens alike are uniting to send a clear message to the Harper Government: it is time to stop the war on science. One of the most devastating losses to Canada’s science capacity is the defunding of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research center and the dismantling of its scientific team. The Coalition to Save ELA released a new video today about the Harper government’s war on science to urge Canadians to join the fight to defend public science and save Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area.
Ottawa – Yesterday, an article in iPolitics reported the federal government is in negotiations with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to sell off Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).
Last Friday, the Council of Canadians received a response from Fisheries and Oceans Canada denying their request to visit the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The response came just a day after the Council of Canadians released a poll indicating that 73% of Canadians opposed the funding cuts to the ELA, and that more specifically 60% of Conservatives opposed the cuts.
An Environics Research poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians shows that 60% of Conservative voters oppose the cancellation of federal funding for the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research centre. Overall, 73% of Canadians oppose the cutting of funding for the Experimental Lakes Area, with 42% strongly opposed to the cuts.
OTTAWA — The recent decision by the Government of Canada to terminate a world-class federal research program, the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), diminishes the government’s capacity to deal with issues of concern to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.