Experimental Lakes Area Closure a Financial Blunder, Say Greens
| Grandview: The Green Party of Canada calls on the |
federal government to keep the Experimental Lakes
Area (ELA) research station open. Closure of ELA will
cost Canadian tax payers $50 million to decommission
the site while keeping it open would only be $2 million
a year. “Do the math,” says Kate Storey, of the Dauphin
Swan River Marquette Green Party. “This attack on
science is a financial blunder.”
Giving no reasons, the Harper government terminated
funding to the facility, forcing it to close this March.
Concerned citizens have suggested that the closure is
a vendetta against environmentalists. Research coming
out of the experimental lakes could be inconvenient to
those wishing to ignore the effects of toxins on the water
and on the health of Canadians.
The Experimental Lakes station has operated as a unique,
world-renowned centre for freshwater research in
northwestern Ontario for about half-a-century. Studies
done there have resulted in strategies to combat acid rain,
climate change, algae blooms, mercury poisoning and
nutrient buildup in lakes such as Erie and Winnipeg.
The science could be used to move industry to become
more environmentally responsible.
The ELA cost relatively little to maintain. Scientists could
bring in specific funding for their experiments and be
asked for rent, potentially making it self-funding. The
scientific activity is also an economic boon to the local economy. However, even scientists with funding to offer
are no longer being allowed to work there. Thousands
of people have signed petitions to keep it open and various
groups have offered to buy the facility, but the Harper
government is deaf to common sense.
Storey is particularly appalled at the actions of the local
Dauphin MP. “Mr Sopuck ran a campaign on his "green credentials" and commitment to science.
Yet, on March 20th, he voted with his Conservative
colleagues to defeat an Opposition motion calling for
continued funding to keep the ELA open until another
operator could be found. "Why would anyone with even
a small bit of environmental or economic common sense
agree to close such a valuable scientific facility?"
The ELA was a help to ordinary Canadians because it
provided the science needed to keep our drinking
water clean. Canada’s pre-eminent water scientist
David Schindler recently called the government’s
action “sheer stupidity.”
CONTACT: Kate Storey 204-546-2099 or
Green Party Demands Action On GE foods
Are you eating untested genetically engineered foods?
If you buy anything from a typical grocery store, the answer is yes.
Unfortunately, avoiding them is almost impossible since the labeling of GE ingredients is not required by law and is entirely voluntary.
Health Canada has never conducted independent research into the safety of GE foods, relying solely on information provided by the companies making the products.
In fact, despite being on shelves since 1996, genetically engineered foods have never been subjected to any long-term testing to review potential health hazards, including antibiotic resistance, toxicity, or allergic reactions. Genetically engineered crops also pose serious threats to the health of natural ecosystems and organic agriculture.
Elizabeth May has been fighting for transparency in food labeling, and to stop GE foods being sold in Canada.
The Green Party will continue to speak out to demand:
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Shadow Cabinet Critic for Agriculture
Green Party of Canada