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Page 45 - "Parade of Concern" for Sydney Steel

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1991/8/1 (252 reads)

es developed as well then as we do now.... (Do you mean one-horse, or do you mean one-industry?) Oh, okay--one industry. (Is that what you mean?) Yes. (That we were dependent.) Oh, yeah, much more so then than now. As dependent as we are now on the steel plant, it was much more so in 1967. Much more so. You know, you have Point Edward, and you have the Industrial Park, and you have the Coast Guard Col? lege, you have a developed college out the highway out there--the University Col? lege of Cape Breton. You have more nursing homes-- the hospitals are bigger and better, and the new one coming. You have many more developed services now in Cape Breton County than you did in 1967. Well, I suppose that is common to any part of Canada. But that was the fact. (But had the steel plant failed then, the prospects of any of this other coming....) Would have been very slim. Oh, well, at least on a reduced basis--much reduced ba? sis. Including the College. (Including the population.) Sure. Oh, absolutely. There was a heavy out-migration in the '50s and '60s, in Cape Breton County. Then it sort of slowed. It's picking up speed again.... See, when I went to school--my last days going to school in New Waterford. there were three mines operating: 16, 18, and 12. Sixteen and 12 were the large ones. And I suppose there must have been 24 to 35 hun? dred men working in the coal mines. That had all disappeared (by '67). I can remem- ber--I used to be embarrassed--and I'd get angry with some of the government people we often worked with in Extension, working in New Waterford. And the main street is Piummer Avenue. And they used to refer to it as "Plywood Avenue," because it was all boarded up. Because people were moving.... So you could see a similar pattern happen? ing in Sydney. With coal and steel gone-- both of them--well, what was left in in? dustrial Cape Breton? Nothing but the ser- SIMEON'S II Family Restaurant 427 Grand Lake Road, Sydney 562-0251 We Feature: • Full Course Meals • Fresh Seafood • Steaks • Chops • Ethnic Dishes • Homemade Pies Baked Fresh Daily Come in! We would love to serve you! SIMEON'S Restaurant & Tiffany Dining Room FULLY LICENSED Piummer Ave., New Waterford 862-8090 • 862-8093 We feature the same great food as Simeon's II & we have large Banquet Facilities & Lounge -(' ? UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF CAPE BRETON PRESS New this year from the press. THE ISLAND Teri new studies on the history of Cape Breton Island ranging from the North Atlantic world of the 18th century to the political and economic troubles of the 20th century. PIETY AND POLITICS An examination of the life of Antigonish Diocese Bishop Cameron by historian Ray MacLean. JOURNEY THROUGH A CAPE BRETON COUNTY Judge Arthur Stone's explorations of Richmond County's Heritage. The U.C.C.B. has a significant catalogue of Cape Breton Books and Music Recordings. To receive a free catalogue write to: University College of Cape Breton Press, P.O. Box 5300, Sydney, Nova Scotia BIP 6L2 or Phone (902) 539-5300 Ext. 604.
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