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Why Inco Must Be Nationalized – (Maclean’s Magazine – July 19, 1982)

I wrote the following piece for Maclean’s Magazine back in 1982. Impossible to read now without a strong pang of irony. Note how I foresaw the rise of state-owned mining companies in the Third World even as I predicted the eventual decline of a privately-owned Inco.

You have to wonder: would a nationalized Inco have eventually bought out a publicly-owned CRVD Vale, instead of the other way around?

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Books · Mining · The Raids

Union raids the subject of author Mick Lowe’s 5th book

By Heidi Ulrichsen (@heidi_ulrichsen)

Mick Lowe said his disability was actually a benefit when it came to writing his soon-to-be published novel, “The Raids.”

The book is set in 1963, during a particularly violent time in Sudbury’s history — the Steelworkers’ raids on the then-powerful Mine Mill union.

“The Raids,” (Baraka Books, $20), is due to be officially released May 15. The book will be available at Chapters and online at Amazon.

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Books · Mining · The Raids

“The Raids” in bookstores May 15th

The Nickel Range Trilogy – Volume 1

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It’s spring, 1963 in the “Nickel Capital of the World.” Nineteen-year-old Jake McCool is about to undergo a rite of passage—his first shift underground in a hard rock mine.  But the Cold War is at its height, and Jake is also about to become a reluctant participant in a bitter inter-union battle fuelled by the global struggle between two ideologies in the wake of the Second World War.  So is his girlfriend, Jo Ann Winters.  Together the couple will be swept up in a web of intrigue; at its centre is a terrible secret that will haunt their relationship for the rest of their lives, as their hometown becomes not only one of the world’s greatest hard rock mining centres, but also the epicenter of the Cold War in North America.

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