The Ontario provincial government has stepped in to keep open the Experimental Lakes Area. The freshwater research facility located in northern Ontario was closed in March by the government of Canada, despite protests from scientists.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the government of Ontario will provide support to keep ELA running this year and in the future, as it works to transfer the facility to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a United Nations think-tank based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“We have had many conversations with members of the public and our scientific and academic communities who want to see the Experimental Lakes Area stay open,” Wynne said in a statement. But the statement did not elaborate on how much money the government has designated for operations, if the facility will be fully operational this summer, or the fate of the long-term climate dataset the facility has kept up for 45 years. Meanwhile, the federal government released its own statement today noting that it “has been leading negotiations with third parties.”
“We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached and we welcome Ontario’s willingness to play an active role,” reads the statement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.