Con­cern for coal com­mu­ni­ties

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail Cody Borek sub­mit­ted

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.

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