Strolling with a skeptical biochemist
As a Canadian scientist, working in Europe and hoping to come home one day, stuff like this is really depressing.
Countries, provinces, cities (hey Toronto ?) tend to get the governments they deserve. Maybe TheOtherJim can confirm my impression that older and more sensible European states recognise and support academic endeavour for its own sake, not as an extension of business R & D. Like Jim I am sad for my country this Canada Day.