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New memoir looks into the Westray coal mine disaster

By Neil Moss      

Also, MP Tony Clement joins outsiders row, and Conservative Senator Claude Carignan was recently honoured for his work safeguarding journalism.

The Westray mining disaster led to the death of 26 miners. The memorial, pictured, is in New Glasgow, N.S., approximately where 11 trapped bodies remain below ground. Photograph courtesy of Widimedia Commons

In the early hours of May 9, 1992, a methane explosion erupted in the Westray coal mine in Plymouth, N.S., killing 26 miners working underground, and 26 years later, a new memoir by Vernon Theriault looks at the disaster and the aftermath.

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