The problem with infrastructure without operations: Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

The National Post reported yesterday on the paradoxical and supremely frustrating approach of funding infrastructure while cutting support for people to use it, citing the example of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. The CNSC received a much-needed infusion of funds to update the facilities, to the tune of $11 million, but rather than having their $80,000 operating grant from NSERC elevated to $120,000 as requested in light of rising needs, they had it cut totally.

As someone who has conducted research at Churchill (and will be working there again this summer), this is an example that is especially close to home.