CBC News Deal launches 'fresh new chapter' in life of research station near Kenora in northwestern Ontario. Details here. Dear Larry, I’m delighted to share some good news with you! It was announced yesterday that a final agreement was made to transfer operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). We applaud the IISD and the Governments of Ontario and Manitoba for creating a new home for the ELA.