Department of Fisheries and Oceans Libraries and Archives

A dumpster at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada library in Mont-Joli, Quebec in an image sent by a federal union official.
A dumpster at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada library in Mont-Joli, Quebec in an image sent by a federal union official. Source: Tyee.
The Question
Where’s the data? What was removed from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Libraries and Archives?
Background
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries contain one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences. Canada encompasses the world’s largest coastline and roughly 18 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater. Canadian scientists have been crucial in collecting information on these ecosystems for decades. Yet, the consolidation of the DFO Science Libraries from eleven locations to four by the former federal government has severely impeded access to information for fishery and ocean communities. According to investigative journalists, many collections such as the Maurice Lamontagne Institute Library in Mont-Joli, Quebec ended up in dumpsters while others, such as Winnipeg’s historic Freshwater Institute Library, were scavenged by citizens, scientists and local environmental consultants. Scientists report that yet others were burned or went to landfills. See below for more information.
Your Letter to Federal Ministers
Dear Ministers and Members of Parliament,

We value the long-term data generated by Department of Fisheries and Oceans researchers. We are concerned about the loss of that data in the recent consolidation of DFO Science Libraries. Despite an affirmation on the DFO library website, which states that, “There has been no change to the size or scope of the collection” post-consolidation, there are numerous, separate, and validated accounts of individuals simply taking valuable data and records from closing libraries.

What was taken out of these collections? The DFO has claimed that only “content not required to support the department’s mandate” was removed. Yet there is no indication of what that constitutes.

What it is the value of the loss of this data in financial terms? What are the costs to scientific and historical knowledge? A publicly available list of the removed data is necessary for full accountability in this consolidation effort.

I am writing this email as part of Write2Know (http://write2know.ca) a letter-writing campaign that aims to mobilize public awareness and inquiry into federal research programs. We want to let you know that we value federal research, and that our questions arise out of genuine concerns about the health and well-being of Canadians.

We remain concerned about the legacy of constraints on access to federal scientists and the results of their research, the elimination of essential research programs, and the closure of libraries and archives. These constraints and closures have impacted what Canadians can and cannot know about the health of their bodies, communities, and environments. We are hopeful that a new government will address our concerns.

I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

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Hon. Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

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90Diane Beckettottawa, OntarioMar 20, 2015
89Kelly FritschToronto, OntarioMar 20, 2015
88Paul FraserNew Waterford, Nova ScotiaMar 20, 2015
87Shawn MackinnonNew York, NYMar 19, 2015
86Bonnie NorthBarrie, OntarioMar 19, 2015
85Tanya DahmsRegina, SaskatchewanMar 19, 2015
84Megan StewartSt. John's, NLMar 19, 2015
83Mary McCartneyMar 19, 2015
82Lisa FredricksonVancouver, British ColumbiaMar 19, 2015
81Donna MartinLake Cowichan, British ColumbiaMar 19, 2015
80Robyn BrownFort Smith, NTMar 19, 2015
79Jody BerlandToronto, ONMar 18, 2015
78Aryn MartinCaledon, OntarioMar 18, 2015
77Benjamin MitchellHalifax, NSMar 18, 2015
76Peter HobbsToronto, OntarioMar 18, 2015
75Robert LovelessOttawa, OntarioMar 18, 2015
74Sandra WidmerToronto, OnMar 18, 2015
73Charlie MacLeodLaSalle, QuebecMar 18, 2015
72Nancy BiggsOrleans, OntarioMar 18, 2015
71Matthew FarishToronto, OntarioMar 18, 2015
70Peter C. van WyckMontreal, QuebecMar 18, 2015
69Berenicci HershornToronto, OntarioMar 18, 2015
68Edward NagyToronto, OntarioMar 18, 2015
67Heather DavisMar 18, 2015
66Julia Gruson-WoodToronto, OntarioMar 18, 2015
65Xan ChackoOakland, CAMar 18, 2015
64Arnold Amber, CJFE PresidentToronto, OntarioMar 18, 2015
63Breton LalamaToronto, ONMar 17, 2015
62Alice BuchananAlliston, OntarioMar 17, 2015
61Laura SnidermanMar 17, 2015
60Dr. Natalie LovelessEdmonton, AlbertaMar 17, 2015
59Sarah Calvertbarrie , ONMar 17, 2015
58Joshua WeinerMar 17, 2015
57Sue StaniforthNorth Saanich, BCMar 16, 2015
56Krista MaxwellToronto, OntarioMar 16, 2015
55Constance RussellThunder BayMar 16, 2015
54Tyler ArseneaultPort Coquitlam, British ColumbiaMar 16, 2015
53Ashley JohnsonToronto, OntarioMar 16, 2015
52Fran ThoburnBCMar 16, 2015
51Martin MyersToronto, OntarioMar 16, 2015
50Nicole MaunsellHalifax, NSMar 16, 2015
49N MAstoria, New YorkMar 16, 2015
48Freyda IsaacsToronto, OntarioMar 16, 2015
47Michael D. DewLangley, B.C.Mar 16, 2015
46june LarkinToronto, OntarioMar 16, 2015
45Marta BerbesKitchener, OntarioMar 16, 2015
44Alex MircicDorval, QuebecMar 16, 2015
43David HlynskyToronto, OntarioMar 15, 2015
42Sandra MooreMedicine Hat, AlbertaMar 15, 2015
41Alfredo ConversoCanora, SaskatchewanMar 15, 2015
40Sabrina ScottToronto, OntarioMar 15, 2015
39Susan Yeadon SmithHalifax, Nova ScotiaMar 15, 2015
38Jillian SmithMar 15, 2015
37Graham SmithMar 15, 2015
36Christianne StephensHamilton, OntarioMar 14, 2015
35Pamela SmithToronto, ONMar 14, 2015
34Madison ShanksOttawa, Onatrio Mar 14, 2015
33Ailsa CraigSt. John's, NLMar 14, 2015
32Michael Oman-ReaganMar 13, 2015
31Stuart BasdenToronto, OntarioMar 13, 2015
30Keith KingsburyMar 13, 2015
29Mailyn MarshallStratford, ONMar 13, 2015
28Michael ZrydToronto, OntarioMar 13, 2015
27carol farkastoronto, OntarioMar 13, 2015
26Bret HamptonKimberley, BCMar 13, 2015
25Dr. Gregory Lowan-TrudeauCalgary, ABMar 13, 2015
24Brian OwensSt Stephen, NBMar 13, 2015
23Sheila MoiniOttawa, OntarioMar 13, 2015
22Lisa HowseSaskatoon, SaskatchewanMar 13, 2015
21Troy OgdenRegina, SKMar 13, 2015
20Danielle CooperToronto, OntarioMar 13, 2015
19Max LiboironSt. John's , NewfoundlandMar 13, 2015
18Magdalena Kazubowski-HoustonToronto, ONMar 12, 2015
17Margrit EichlerToronto, OntarioMar 12, 2015
16Alison SymeToronto, OntarioMar 12, 2015
15Miguel Daraîche-LeblancMontréal, PQMar 12, 2015
14Charles MaurerToronto, ONMar 12, 2015
13Sara KomarniskyEdmonton, Alberta (AB)Mar 12, 2015
12Meghan Rose AllenSackville, New BrunswickMar 12, 2015
11Colette BelangerMar 11, 2015
10Chloe Shantz-HilkesToronto, OntarioMar 11, 2015
9Callum C. J. SutherlandTorontoMar 11, 2015
8Michael BrewerToronto, OnMar 11, 2015
7Ayelen LiberonaTorontoMar 11, 2015
6Katie KreloveToronto, OntarioMar 11, 2015
5Lauren SmithWhitby, OntarioMar 11, 2015
4Devon MollesonWhitby, OntarioMar 11, 2015
3Natasha MyersToronto, OntarioMar 11, 2015
2Samantha ReidOshawa, OntarioMar 11, 2015
1Gina MollesonSt. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorMar 11, 2015

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