Sun Dogs and Yellowcake

Gunnar Mines - A Canadian Story

“The story of Canada and of mining and the people who built both.… Sun Dogs and Yellowcake reminds us that mining is forever etched onto the Canadian soul.” —SIRI C. GENIK, Principal of BRIDGE©, Risk and CSR strategist to extractive and infrastructure industries

Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-9952023-0-6
Publisher: Crackingstone Press
Publication Date: Sept. 9, 2016
Available In: Softcover, print version only
Dimensions: 7.9″ high by 8.5″ wide
Maps: 3, in colour
Pages: 258
Photographs: 177, many in colour

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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.