04 Aug '11, 1pm

Canadian Government Fires Environment Ministry Scientists and Meteorologists, Hires Oil Lobbyists

Image credit Edward Burtynsky on the Alberta Tar Sands I just love the juxtaposition of these two stories in today's newspapers; in The Star, we learn that the Environment Ministry is cutting 700 Meteorologists, scientists, chemists and engineers, or about 11% of the workforce. "I think it speaks volumes about this government's priority as it relates to the environment," says Bill Pynn of the Union of Environment Workers. According to the Star: The job losses will badly hurt the ability of the science-based department to do its job on issues such as climate change, monitoring water and air quality and wildlife species. ". [says another union leader:] I just don't think the department can continue to do its science with that magnitude of cuts." Meanwhile, from the Guardian , we learn that when it comes to lobbyists, they're hiring: The Canadian government has been accused o...

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