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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2012, 04:46:02 PM »
A good recent blog post by a librarian:

http://michaelridley.ca/2012/06/national-librarian/


ETA: Another about LAC by same blogger:


http://michaelridley.ca/2012/05/lac-a-modest-proposal/
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2012, 08:17:34 PM »
Thanks for those links, Holly. Just started reading the LAC one.
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2012, 02:30:13 PM »
I'm going to add stuff about Parks Canada archaeology cuts to this thread, since they are also about our history:

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...The cuts to Parks Canada archaeology may also be contextualized in regard to what is becoming the increasingly obvious attempt by the Canadian government to re-imagine, re-make, and re-create, a new image or mythology about Canada’s past. Over the past few years the government has been exhibiting a tendency to do a make-over of Canadian history, downplaying First Nations heritage and Canadians as peace-keepers, and re-focusing on Canada as a military power. Thus, less money for archaeology and more to celebrate war...

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2012/06/06/parks-canada-archaeology-being-decimated/


The above link mentions this blog post by Tim Rast which has much great detail about the cuts' effects in each place, plus links to a bunch of articles about it:

http://elfshotgallery.blogspot.ca/2012/05/summary-of-archaeology-cuts-to-parks.html

Tim Rast tweets also: https://twitter.com/#!/elfshotgallery
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2012, 03:27:28 PM »
More BS, warehousing history:   

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Moving+historic+artifacts+Quebec+stupid+insensitive/6787257/story.html


ETA: While Jackboot Jason and the Cons promote this crap. I hoped it might be legitimate when it started but it looks more like a Sun News product:

http://www.dorchesterreview.ca/The_Dorchester_Review/Home.html
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2012, 06:56:12 PM »
Jack Granatstein on effects of cuts to LAC:

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...A national library is by definition national, the repository of the nation’s past and its treasures. It makes available the record of triumphs and failures, of glories and disasters, the sources for literature and history now and forever. But in Canada, for fear that the government be seen as elitist and Ottawa-centric, LAC’s priceless collection is to be broken up and dispersed...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/who-will-preserve-the-past-for-future-generations/article4249438/


ETA more: the Chief Librarian and Archivist (who is not a real librarian or archivist but a Harper appointee) broke the law by refusing to provide budget information to PBO Page (along with a bunch more deputy ministers):

http://bibliocracy-now.tumblr.com/post/25382730245/memorandum-opinion-daniel-caron-guilty-of-breaking-the

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/18/tories-have-violated-law-by-failing-to-disclose-budget-cut-information-lawyer/

http://www.scribd.com/doc/97428935/PBO-Legal-Opinion-on-Budget-2012-details
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 07:53:23 PM »
I like Jack Granatstein - I met him at York University a couple of times to get some help on doing my father's bio - which I later gave up on - Jack Granatstein had worked with my dad on at least one book on Canada's military history. Instead of finishing the book, I gave everything to the National Archives to let researchers have access to it all - including some negative comments on offciers in WWII who abused their powers.
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2012, 08:16:49 PM »
Gutting our National Parks - specific effects of the cuts by a former Deputy Minister of Environment Canada:


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Gutting+parks+ability+conserve+nature/6834148/story.html
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2012, 08:48:33 PM »
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2012, 09:41:00 PM »
On LAC:

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...1. We keep track of the Man. One of the primary roles of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), as well as provincial, territorial and municipal government archives, is to ensure the transparency and accountability of our elected officials and their decisions... 

http://cultmontreal.com/2012/08/five-reasons-why-canadians-should-save-the-archives/


A blogger introducing the protest letter below:

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...their hybrid approach - stark, irrefutable evidence-based criticism coloured by a palpable sense of revulsion and outrage - is dear to my heart...

http://bibliocracy-now.tumblr.com/post/29412197964/bibliographical-society-of-canada-letter-on-lac-cuts

http://www.bsc-sbc.ca/en/letter.pdf


And in local bad news, The Glenbow Museum which includes the Library and Archives is cutting staff; some people are blaming the management:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/08/15/calgary-glenbow-museum-layoffs.html

http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/news-views/news/the-struggles-of-the-glenbow-9474/

The Alberta government from Klein on has not provided as much support as it should.
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Re: Save Library and Archives Canada; also Parks Canada cuts
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2012, 10:06:30 PM »
Including here blogposts about the Harper Conservatives selling off PFRA pastures (community pastures), with Sask gov't collusion - another part of our heritage (and this Trevor Herriot blog looks good):

http://trevorherriot.blogspot.ca/2012/07/privatizing-last-of-prairie-commons.html

http://trevorherriot.blogspot.ca/2012/08/saskatchewan-government-announces-plan.html

PFRA pastures were part of how we came back from the drought of the 1930s; James Gray told that story in Men Against the Desert.
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« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2012, 07:42:28 PM »
More by the literary tourist about LAC:

http://literarytourist.com/2012/08/no-library-and-archives-no-identity/

http://literarytourist.com/2012/08/parliament-fails-country-if-it-fails-to-review-recent-crippling-cuts-to-library-and-archives-canada/

http://literarytourist.com/2012/08/how-to-really-save-libraries-and-archives-canada/


ETA: also a campaign to save a DFO library:

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...Fisheries and Oceans Canada is planning to close two of its five regional offices, seven of its 11 libraries and some Coast Guard stations. A total of 1,072 layoff notices went out across the country...


http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/08/27/nb-library-dfo-911.html
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