Canada: Fisheries Library Merger Draws Fire in Quebec, French-Specific Library is One of Six Closing
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will close most of its nine libraries across the country and split their collections between just two — in Sidney, B.C., and at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth.
A third Library in Ottawa will be reduced in size but retain a physical location.
At the same time, the federal department is digitizing its collection to make it available online.
That isn’t good enough for Quebec New Democrat Guy Caron, whose riding of Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques is losing a French-specific library.
Caron denounced the closure in the House of Commons on Monday as “ideological cuts” by the Conservatives, who he said are trying to “destroy our scientific institutions.”
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