Concern for coal communities
A group of elected officials from South Central Alberta came together to discuss the future of the coal industry in rural communities.
Cody Borek organized the meeting that includes federal, provincial and municipal representation. They met in Stettler on July 19.
I think with an issue of this importance, people need to work together to see what solutions we can come up with because these two mines employ people from so many different communities. To have these leave, how will we keep the people in the area employed?”
“The way it started was that (Robin Campbell) the president of the Coal Association of Canada had a meeting in Castor that I went to. It hit home because I live in Castor and see how much it is affecting our area. With Castor being central to Forestburg and Hanna, where there are the Sheerness and the Paint Earth mines, which are supposed to be phased out, I know a lot of people who are going to be losing their jobs,” said Borek.
“It is really hitting our communities hard, because not only are those people going to be losing their jobs and move, all of their
(l-r) MLA Rick Strankman, Cody Borek and MP Kevin Sorenson at a meeting with elected officials discussing options for the future of the coal industry in rural Alberta.