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Chapter 3

Mining and the Industrial Boom


From: Mining Country


This chapter discusses the peak of mining in Canada during the early 20th century. Topics discussed in this chapter include mining disasters that occurred during the early 20th century, the impact of mining on the environment in communities such as Sudburry and the spread of precious metal mining in Canada in the years leading up to the Second World War.



John Sandlos

JOHN SANDLOS is a professor of history at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a research focus on the history of abandoned mines in Northern Canada. He is the author of Hunters at the Margin and co-editor (with Arn Keeling) of Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, Memory. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Arn Keeling

ARN KEELING is a professor of geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research examines the environmental legacies of abandoned mines, mine closure and remediation, and the social issues surrounding environmental contamination and its effects on northern Indigenous communities. He co-directed the Toxic Legacies Project with John Sandlos, conducting community-engaged research on the history and legacy of Giant Mine. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.