shit, it sucks working in the public sector: i work for UBC at VGH and the boss has just announced all non-essential staff can leave now.
if anyone's looking for a job, you could do worse than to check out UBC (approx 15,000 employees):
the Research Technician postions are often not what they seem. read the job descriptions. i'm a RT, but i don't handle lab rats, or test tubes, just computers and people (similar in many ways). and you can also take the 'Qualifications Required' with a large dose of salt - just apply anyway.