"Having been in the mining business since 1957 and still in it, I remain disgusted with those that dump on our industry as a dirty business and thus dump on any attempt to preserve that which displays our industry’s history, warts and all," wrote John Pursel of Tiroch Equipment in Wasaga Beach, Ont.
"As the chap from Teck [George Hope] wrote, [the Britannia mill] is THE MILL. It caused the communities around it to exist.
"I worked at Steep Rock from 1960 to 1965. My wife and I returned in 1995. All is gone, yet this site was the greatest excavation undertaken in Canada. More rock was removed than in building the Panama Canal. Now it is signed as a dangerous site. Such a pity is that!" he concluded.