Probing Nova Scotia’s 1992 Westray coal mine disaster
On May 8, 1992, twenty-six men went underground to work the night shift at the Westray coal mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. They never came back. The massive explosion that claimed their lives the next morning sent shock waves across North America and around the world.
Calculated Risk is the only comprehensive account of the worst mine disaster in modern Canadian history. It recounts the stories of the miners who died and the families they left behind, as well as the corporate and political machinations behind the development of the ill-fated mine. The product of two years of research and featuring exclusive interviews with key figures in the tragedy, the book exposes the safety lapses, political intrigues, and business decisions that culminated in disaster.
Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy
(Nimbus Publishing, 1994)
By Dean Jobb
In September 2011 J-Source (the Canadian Journalism Project) selected Calculated Risk as one of the Top 27 books every journalism student should read — a list that includes classics such as Capote’s In Cold Blood and Woodward and Bernstein’s All the President’s Men.
Winner of the City of Dartmouth Book Award, runner up for the National Business Book Award and shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
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