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The Conservative government cut more than 700 Environment Canada employees in order to rein in spending to eliminate a $32 billion deficit.  The cuts represent 11 per cent of the workforce at Environment Canada and includes meteorologists, scientists, chemists and engineers.  Attrition will cover many of the losses, while others affected will get help to transition to new jobs. The list of those affected includes two biologists, seven chemists, 45 computer scientists, 37 engineers, 19 meteorologists and 92 physical scientists. (The Star, 8/3/2011)