I strongly believe that ELA is one of (if not the most) important freshwater research facilities in the world. This website also thinks so.
Certain people (who shall remain nameless) tried shutting it down by not funding projects that may or may not show the human impacts on our beloved freshwater lakes. Rick Mercer recently made a funny (yet not so funny) joke about how much Harper likes DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) scientists.
Mercer also made a Rant about science in Canada (always worth a watch)
Back to ELA. I think this image properly represents ELA. There have been many ground-breaking papers in almost all scopes of aquatic ecosystems coming out of ELA that, unfortunately, show the negative (but supported) impacts of humans on these ecosystems. My assigned reading is from ELA and there were plenty of other papers I could have picked that looked at all aspects of the ecosystem.
In the end, my point is that the option shouldn’t be science OR politics. It should be politics AND science (the possibility of this remains to be seen). In the meantime, here is a list of well-done cartoons addressing the issue. THIS ONE AND THIS ONE AND THIS ONE AND THIS FINAL ONE.