May 20, 2022

Canadian History, Heritage at Risk from Cuts to Libraries and Archives Canada, Say Academics

Update (11/22/12): Here’s a new web campaign from the CAUT: Canada’s Past Matters

From The Ottawa Post:

York University professor Craig Heron told Postmedia News the Conservatives are “bleeding Canadian history dry” with cuts to Libraries and Archives Canada outlined in the 2012 budget. He is among the growing number of academics denouncing the spending cuts.

Representatives from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) will be on Parliament Hill Thursday to unveil a campaign aimed at restoring funding to archives across the country.


About 20 per cent of the 500 workers at Archives and Libraries Canada will lose their jobs under the Tories’ budget cuts. The layoffs will also close libraries at the immigration, transport and public works departments.

“Expertise is being lost, longtime knowledgeable workers are being pushed out the door and it’ll be much harder for Canada to record and write its history,” said Public Service Alliance of Canada president Doug Marshal.

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See Also: Save Library and Archives Canada
This campaign is organized by Canadian Association of University Teachers

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