HALIFAX - The University of Calgary Posse now occupying Ottawa appears mystified as to why tiny Halifax has any research facilities at all - let alone as much as it currently does have.
"What on God's green Earth can Halifax do in the way of research that couldn't be done better,quicker and cheaper in Calgary or Edmonton's fine facilities " is their plaint.
Well the port of Halifax could start by pointing out how well equipped it is - by nature, not by man - to investigate the woefully under-researched 75% of the blue Earth's surface that is NOT bone-dry prairie soil but rather is wet ocean, lake, river and ice cap.
This year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of THE BEDFORD INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY, much better known as simply BIO and it is here in Halifax for that very simple reason.
Halifax has long considered itself and advertised itself as the Gateway into Canada, a mere whistle stop on the road to somewhere else more important - like the Golden West.
But it could - it should - tout its considerable charms as the gateway out - out into the oceans of the world.
The problem with most Albertans, like most Afghans, is that they are physically and mentally land-locked and simply don't get out as much as they should.
Whatever the faults of the Atlantic Canadians living in five out of ten of Canada's provinces - and they are many - being provincially minded isn't one of them.
Is there ANY science news to review in Atlantic Canada ?
You betcha ....