The National Research Council, the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development and active since 1916, is facing severe cuts in its operations. The NRC’s total budget stood at $881,137,581 in the last fiscal year; in 2011-12, it will be reduced to $690,836,000. “If you have a rocket scientist going out the door, you can’t replace that person with an insect scientist,” said Gary Corbett, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. “It’s a pretty specialized field and that’s the part the government doesn’t appear to understand. What effect this may have on the NRC’s presence in St. John’s is unknown.