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University of Western Ontario’s Archives and Research Collections Centre. The HDM is a massive temperature and humidity controlled storage room that houses part of the Archives vast collection.
University of Western Ontario’s Archives and Research Collections Centre. The HDM is a massive temperature and humidity controlled storage room that houses part of the Archives vast collection.
(Michael-John Idzerda for The Globe and Mail)

Historian saves thousands of Environment Canada files at risk of government purge

A thousand old boxes stuffed with pages of hand-scrawled numbers are taking up space in the basement of an Environment Canada research building and could easily have become part of a government purge.

But environmental historian Alan MacEachern, who recognized that their content is priceless, has hatched a plan to save it. Inside the containers are observations from thousands of weather stations across Canada dating back to 1840 – data that could be used to chart changes in the climate of this country since decades before Confederation.