The quiet cuts


Environment Canada is due to shed somewhere between 300 and 700 jobs.

He said the department was eliminating 300 positions, rather than the more than 700 positions cited by the unions. Attrition will cover many of the losses, while others affected will get help to transition to new jobs.

“While difficult, this decision will allow our government to continue to invest in clear air and a healthier environment for Canadians,” Morris said, adding that the department has no fewer employees than when the Tories took office in 2006.

The list of those affected includes two biologists, seven chemists, 45 computer scientists, 37 engineers, 19 meteorologists and 92 physical scientists.


The quiet cuts

  1. There go the scientists again.

    How about cancelling the planes instead?

  2. Ha, ha – the Harper Haters will explode with this one.  Notice the unions wailing ‘the sky is falling’.  They will spin it for all it’s worth.

    “The cuts represent 11 per cent of the workforce at Environment Canada, calling into question the department’s ability to carry on its mandate, said Bill Pynn, national president of the Union of Environment Workers, which represents 476 of the affected workers. ”

    “It’s certainly a sad day,” said Gary Corbett, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, which represents 227 of the affected workers.”

    • It doesn’t need to be spun, it’s simply a stupid thing to do

      • You should be happy Emily – we are going global, lol!!  The workers are being replaced with ‘technology’.  JVs with other countries to monitor a global problem makes more sense than having government paid researches duplicated in numerous countries.

        “NASA’s Aquarius instrument will measure the concentration of dissolved salt at the sea surface. The amount of brine in the ocean remains mostly unchanged, but salt levels in the uppermost layer vary around the globe.

        NASA will produce monthly maps detailing changes in salt levels over three years. Scientists hope the data will help them better predict future climate change and short-term climate phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina.
         NASA’s Aquarius satellite, shown in this artist’s concept, will measure the concentration of dissolved salt at the sea surface. NASA/Reuter
        NASA’s Aquarius satellite, shown in this artist’s concept, will measure the concentration of dissolved salt at the sea surface. NASA/Reuter
        Besides Aquarius, seven other instruments will collect environmental data including a camera that will make images of volcanic eruptions, wildfires and nighttime light.

        The $400 million mission is a joint venture between NASA and Argentina’s space agency CONAE. Other countries participating in the project include Brazil, Canada, France and Italy.”


        • There are lots of environmental satellites like that; I don’t know why you’re so fond of this one.

          And no, it doesn’t replace the people being let go.

  3. Country is bankrupt, not paying our bills, and yet here are unions whinging about how mean society is – unions and their typical sociopathic reactions. 

    In case left wing types have not noticed, there is financial crisis affecting world at moment and it has to do with debt. Canadian Government does not want to bankrupt country so it is not actually a bad thing there are fewer charlatans working as public employees now. 


    The European sovereign-debt crisis placed new strains on the Continent’s banks on Wednesday amid signs that some lenders are finding it harder and more expensive to fund themselves


    British regulators are pushing U.K. banks to publicly reveal more information about their exposures to troubled European countries such as Belgium, a sign of how concerns about the euro zone are spreading beyond southern Europe.

    The graph shows lending between banks in different countries. It looks like a web made by an insane spider, which is precisely the point: Banks in the U.S. and Europe are connected by a dense web of interbank lending.


    • a)  Canada is not remotely close to bankruptcy

      b)  Workers who band together to protect their livelihoods are not remotely sociopaths

      c)  I see you’re once again anti-science

      d) Everyone on the planet is aware there’s a global financial crisis. It’s been around for some years now.

    • Canada’s bankrupt? Really?

      Perhaps you should remember which board you’re trolling on.

      • Hear, hear.   It`s idiotic to claim that Canada is “bankrupt“

        • Should I have said Ontario is bankrupt and will bring down rest of Canada soon enough?

          Canadians have enormous amounts of private and public debt, raising costs and declining population. Maybe Canada not bankrupt yet, technically, but we will be soon enough if we don’t so something about debt and expenses. 


          Lost in the political drama over the 2011 federal budget was a spending line item that starkly illustrates the fiscal squeeze posed by the aging population — an issue yet to be addressed during the 41st election campaign. As laid out in the budget, government spending on elderly benefits is set to surge 30% from …. 


          Household debt in Canada reached a record $1.41-trillion in December. If that was spread among all Canadians, each person would carry more than $41,740 in outstanding debt – an amount 2.5 times greater than 1989 after adjusting for inflation and population growth, according to a report by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada

          Nat Post:

          “The province of Ontario owes $237 billion. It added nearly $20 billion to that debt during the current fiscal year alone. By the time the provincial budget returns to balance six years from now, the debt will have risen to as high as $275 billion. 

          That will be about half of what Ottawa owes by that time and Ontario has only 40% of the national population, meaning the province will have a higher per capita than even the profligate federal government.”


          • Ontario is not bankrupt, either. It needs to close its fiscal gap, sure.

        • Say CR, slightly off-topic, but worth a cameo.

          Did you happen to read Stephen Gordon’s latest post on G&M’s Economy Lab (preceded by a blog on WCI)?

          It is generally understood that sustained economic growth depends ultimately on sustained growth in productivity, so Canada’s low levels of productivity and weak rates of productivity growth have worried economists for decades. Like so many results in economics, the relationship is one that holds when everything else is kept constant.

          Forget productivity, our incomes are rising
          …But there is an important case in which a fall in productivity will increase incomes, and recent Canadian experience appears to be consistent with this exception. Our preoccupation with productivity may be misplaced.


          Now, where have we seen this argument before? How about here, for one example, in the comments:

          So much for the previous opinions of “expert” economists, and their obsession with CIT cuts in an effort to increase productivity. How many SG blogs and tweets have we seen on this topic?


          • Dot, do you have an email address I could send stuff to?


          • sirspamalot1989 at gmail.com

            I don’t use this much – I will give you a better email if you can answer a skill testing question that only you or older Macleans commenters may know…

  4. “While difficult, this decision will allow our government to
    continue to invest in clear air and a healthier environment for

    Did the sentence continue “…without all those pesky scientists around prattling on about whether or not our investments are actually achieving the results we want them to”???

  5. On the up side perhaps there will be an opportunity for retraining
    as prison guards ?

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