Boom Town Blues: Elliot Lake: Collapse and Revival in a Single-Industry Community

April 8, 2021
Boom Town Blues: Elliot Lake: Collapse and Revival in a Single-Industry Community

Boom Town Blues: Collapse and Revival in a Single-IndustryCommunity tells of the Northern Ontario city of Elliot Lake, oncethe uranium capital of the world, which was devastated by theclosing of the uranium mines operated by Denison and Rio Algom. Theclosures and mass layoffs were first announced in 1990 with thelayoffs occurring from then until June 1996.Throughout the periodafter the layoffs were announced, several major research projectswere undertaken. One, the Elliot Lake Tracking and AdjustmentStudy, follows approximately 1,000 of the laid-off miners and 530of their spouses through their adjustment processes. Another, theSeniors Needs Assessment, examines the human resource and serviceneeds of the increasing numbers of seniors moving to Elliot Lake aspart of the community's economic strategy. In addition to thesesocial scientific studies, several land and environmentalreclamation research projects have been undertaken.Boom Town Blues:Collapse and Revival in a Single-Industry Community tells thereader about the results of these studies and gives a variety ofcommunity-based perspectives on the Elliot Lake story. The bookhighlights the struggles and successes of families and of thecommunity as a whole.Boom Town Blues is about one community'sstruggle to survive, to shift its economic base from mining to onewhere retirement living for seniors, mine decommissioning, and acommunity-based research facility would be among several economicsurvival strategies. The book is of interest to readers throughoutNorthern Ontario and, indeed, wherever single-industry towns arethreatened by major shifting in their economic base and arestruggling to survive. The book also provides an excellent casestudy for teachers, students, policy makers, and politicians.