At the End of the Shift


Mining has played a formative role in the history of Northern Ontario. It has been one of the key generators of wealth in the area since the mid-19th century, and is also responsible for much of the urban development of Ontario’s northland. The twelve papers published here came out of the second annual confernce of Northern Ontario research and development held in 1990. The papers are grouped into four sections, the early years; the era of government intervention; the present and finally the future and what can be done to maintain the commnities.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Canadian Journal of Urban Research

About the Authors

Matt Bray

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Matt Bray

Matt Bray works at Laurentian University and is active in the Institute of Northern Ontario Development and Research. In addition to becoming director of that organization, Matt Bray is an associate professor of history and was editor of A-Vast and Magnificent Land


Ashley Thomson

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Ashley Thomson

Ashley Thomson, B.Ed, M.A., M.L.S., a faculty member in the J.N. Desmarais Library at Laurentian University of Sudbury, is the author/editor of six books including the Directory of Canadian Private Residential Schools (1986), of which this is a major revision. In 1998, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations presented Mr. Thomson with its award for being the most outstanding academic librarian in Ontario.