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Timmins history: The legacy of the 1928 Hollinger Mine fire is sad and good

This week, we wrap up our look at the Hollinger Mine fire of 1928, during our local history feature.

We’ve already heard from museum director-curator Karen Bachmann about the 39 miners who died underground… and how unions used the disaster to emphasize the need for on-the-job safety and rescue.

Now she tells us that both a Royal Commission and a coroner’s inquest found the company negligent.

“They were fined, and then there was a whole series of new measures that were put in. And there was a mine rescue station built in Timmins, and that’s when mine rescue really started, was from that disaster.”

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Those measures were adopted by the mining industry across Canada.

“There’s a lot of sad legacy out of the Hollinger disaster,” Bachmann observes, ”but there’s also a lot of really good things that came out of it, in the sense that the mine safety became a priority and health and safety became a priority.”

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