It was already happening in 2008. The stories were leaking out, slowly, but steadily. This letter’s author, Naomi, has courage to come out with this letter and I hope people take the time to read it.
It’s more than the environment, it’s Canada’s culture, history, education, immigration, the very fabric of what has come to define Canadian values - those things that made this country a beacon for so many for so long. But let’s face it, when people think about Canada, it’s our environment and our environment-related activities that come to mind, from our resources, to our parks, to our sports. When I think of Canada, the Tar Sands are not what I want to picture, but are becoming an embarrassment on a global level. Arctic sea ice depletion might make international shipping easier, but it spells disaster on a massive environmental scale. Oil pipelines running through extremely sensitive ecosystems to feed the needs of other countries at the expense of ours is short sighted. Repealing controls on resource gathering and manufacturing industries leaves me nervous. And it should make you nervous, too.
Sometimes the “bottom line” isn’t the best interest and sometimes investment and profit aren’t about money.
Excerpted from Naomi’s letter:
During one of my contracts, I was manager of a large, public database set. Contact information for all database managers was available for anyone. I knew what was going on with the information and could answer questions immediately and personally. During this time, I noticed that the media team started asking me “What would I say” to certain questions. I answered unwittingly. After a certain period of time, I noticed that all contact information had been removed from the internet –eliminating the opportunity for a citizen to inquire directly about these public data sets without contacting the media team. The Conservatives effectively removed another board from the bridge between science and the public, and I had inadvertently helped.
Since then, the Conservative government has been laying off thousands and thousands of full-fledged scientific employees that have been performing research for decades at Environment Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Parks Canada (e.g. http://tinyurl.com/8xtkaro , http://tinyurl.com/7gvzc7r, http://tinyurl.com/clgn97u ), shutting down entire divisions and radically decimating environmental protection and stewardship in a matter of a couple years.