The Harper Government has decided to shutter the Biosphere Museum, a Montreal institution that for the past 15 years has focused on major environmental issues, including those related to Canadian ecosystems. A major part of its cultural and educational activities will shortly be coming to an end. Twenty-five employees are affected.
But guess what: Montrealers aren’t having a bar of it. The Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (Quebec Science Communicators Association) is launching a campaign to keep the Biosphere open. The Biosphere is in fact housed in the United States’ iconic pavilion for Expo 67, so the initiative has a heritage aspect as well.
City Hall, in fact, offers hope for the Biosphere. The Federal Government is tied to the City by a lease agreement that it’s currently trying to modify. According to the information made available to the ACS, the Mayor could refuse the requested modifications that were outlined last week. The two parties apparently met earlier this week to discuss the proposal. The future of the Biosphere is therefore in the hands of the City.
The ACS invites the friends of the Biosphere to send postcards either electronically, or better still, via the post, to the City of Montreal.
Visit the ACS’ website for more information!
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