‘Tragedy of pollution’: Award-winning article details how gov’t, miners wrought harm on Sudbury’s landscape – by Staff (Sudbury Star – July 26, 2019)


A scholarly article exploring the “tragedy of pollution in Sudbury” has earned its authors an award from the Ontario Historical Society.

The 2018 Riddell Award, acknowledging the best work on a subject of Ontario history in a given year, was recently presented to Mark Kuhlberg and Scott Miller for their article Protection to Sulphite Smoke Tortfeasors: The Tragedy of Pollution in Sudbury, Ontario, the World’s Nickel Capital, 1884-1927, which appeared in The Canadian Historical Review in June 2018.

A tortfeasor, by the way, is someone who commits a wrongful act, in this case applied to the mining companies that spread harmful emissions, but only because, as the article contends, it was permitted by provincial lawmakers at the time.

The article is a “powerful indictment of the Ontario government a century ago,” the historical society said in a release, showing how “the government bowed to the will of nickel-mining companies, allowing them to pollute excessively and unnecessarily so that the Sudbury area’s natural environment was destroyed.”

The article also demonstrates how “the government encouraged farmer-settlers to take up land in the area when officials knew the smelter emissions would prevent success,” the historical society said.

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