Ph.D. Student Diane Orihel (Biological Sciences) in the Guardian

In advance of a planned rally of Canadian scientists in Ottawa tomorrow, Canadian scientists are making international news. The UK’s Guardian quotes the University of Victoria’s Andrew Weaver, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis, on the massive cuts in Stephen Harper’s budget to scientific projects and organizations including the Experimental Lakes Area:

“[Harper’s cutting of] is not about saving money. It’s about imposing ideology,” he said. “What’s happening here is that the government has an ideological agenda to develop the Canadian economy based on the extraction of oil out of the Alberta tar sands as quickly as possible and sell it as fast as it can, come hell and high water, and eliminate any barriers that stand in their way.”

Remarks by the University of Alberta’s Ph.D. student Diane Orihel (Biological Sciences) also feature. Noting that “the cuts that seem to have galvanised the protests on Tuesday was the government’s decision to shut down the Experimental Lakes Area in March 2013,” the Guardian cites Orihel on the impetus behind tomorrow’s planned rally:

“It’s a culmination of all of the cuts to government science and environment,” said Diane Orihel, a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, leading the campaign to save the labs. “The ELA is one small little morsel in a much broader problem.” But she added: “We are starting to see momentum.”

Read the full article by the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/09/canada-stephen-harper-revolt-scientists?newsfeed=true.

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