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During the 1950s uranium boom, Gunnar Mines, the small northern town run by Ontario mining magnates Gilbert and Charles LaBine, helped fuel America’s Cold War atomic weapons production. Its residents—immigrants fleeing post-war Europe, job-seeking southerners, and the area’s First Nations and Métis—found adventure, romance, tragedy, and a freedom never again to be equalled. Meanwhile, lamps made of uranium drill core sat in their homes and their children played at the tailings pond. A portrait of a lost time in Canada’s history, Sun Dogs and Yellowcake brings the vibrant era to life.
Images of paintings by renowned artists Maurice Haycock and Hans Herold are included in the book. The cover image of sun dogs in a northern sky is by Robbie Craig.
Patricia Sandberg is a former securities lawyer who worked for mining companies with operations around the world. She lived at Gunnar and interviewed over a hundred former residents to write this book.