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The Price of Gold: Film Screening and Discussion

Trent University Library & Archives and the Department of Sociology present:

The Price of Gold: A film on the history & environmental impact of the Deloro Mine

Followed by a discussion with special guest:

Heather Hawthorne

Producer of the documentary

Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Moderator: Roy T. Bowles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Trent University

This event is open to the public. All are welcome. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

7:00 pm

Bata Library Film Theatre, Room 103

Trent University

From its place in the Madoc Gold Rush, to its innovations in creating and producing metals and alloys, Deloro, in Hastings County, played a key role in the history of mining and industry in Canada as:

  • one of the first gold mines in Ontario;
  • the first commercial producer of arsenic in North America;
  • the main refining site for silver/cobalt ores from Cobalt, Ontario;
  • the world’s first commercial producer of cobalt metal and a leading producer of stellite

But the mine’s success came with costs to worker health and the environment. Today, the government of Ontario is leading the cleanup of the abandoned mining, refining and manufacturing site.

This documentary explores the fascinating history of the Deloro mine site, along with the complex environmental legacy, and the cleanup led by the Ontario government.