At the End of the Shift offers important new perspectives on the single-industry town phenomenon in the provincial North...[it] reveals the importance of linking past, present, and future in an attempt to understand the nature and impact of single-industry towns in the Canadian North.
(Ken Coates Northern Review (UNBC)
At the End of the Shift gives quite an insight into the minds and single-industry towns of Northern Ontario... Geologists, miners, and the like would appreciate how mining played such an important role in the life of Northern Ontario and how mining will continue to play an important role to the future.
(Ruth Bowiec Daily Miner and News
At the End of the Shift provides a perspective on these towns that many in our region will find interesting.
(Prince George Citizen
Editors Matt Bray and Ashley Thomson have done a fine job organizing the material to cover the early years when the mining industry helped to develop the region and concluding with the present challenges facing communities such as Kirkland Lake, Temagami, and Elliot Lake.
(Elliot Lake - Focus on the Future
)At the End of the Shift
is recommended reading as it provides a useful stimulus to discussion of both the questions that it does address and those it does not. (Kerry Abel Labour/Le Travail
Brays essay [A Company and a Community
], examining the relationship between the Canadian Copper Company and Sudbury was most interesting and fun. It is a well-researched and nicely-written piece which reminds us of the continuing importance of historical personalities in the development of communities. (D. Detomasi Canadian Journal of Urban Research
About the Author
Matt Bray and Ashley Thomson are both at Laurentian University and active in the Institute of Northern Ontario Research and Development. Matt Bray is an associate professor of history and was co-editor of A Vast and Magnificent Land. Ashley Thomson is an associate librarian and was co-editor of A Bibliography of Ontario History, 1976-86. In 1990, Bray and Thomson edited Temagami: A Debate on Wilderness.