TIMMINS – The closing of the Dome Mine underground operations at the end of December is but one chapter in the overall story that is Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM), according to Marc Lauzier.
As the mines general manager for PGM, Lauzier said it is not yet time to fully close the book on the Dome story, or the bigger story of PGM in the Porcupine Camp.
Lauzier was commenting Monday on the final shutdown of underground work at the historic Dome mine and what that operation has meant for the community over the past century.
“I think it has had an impact on the whole region,” said Lauzier. “The Dome has been open since 1910 I believe. I mean, that’s 107 years. How many communities can say they’ve had 107 years of active mine life from the same gold mine?”
Lauzier recalled that South Porcupine benefited significantly from being a gold mining town, just as the mine itself reaped the benefit of a loyal community. He said it was the same throughout the wider community.
“A lot of the initial infrastructure built in the early days was all because of mines like the Dome, the Mac and the Hollinger. And the Dome was obviously a big part of that,” said Lauzier.
He said the other thing about the Dome that stood out for him was the people. Lauzier said if there is to be a lasting legacy that defines the Dome years from now, it will be the people.
“First I have never worked in a mine that has fourth generation employees. We have people, their parents, their grandfathers and their great-grandfathers who all worked at the mine. That is itself is quite an accomplishment.”
He said he began working at the mine in the early 1990s and recalled hearing stories from employees who grew up living in the Dome or Dome-Ex townsite.
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