A message from Jeffrey Asher To Fathers for Life
7 December 2008
Thank you for your informative web site. You may find the data below useful. I have included source web sites.
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I propose another view of Canadian deaths, which are mourned only by monuments in the towns where they died. Please place these deaths in the context of 14 women killed by a psychopath, in the Montreal massacre, which never happened before or since. All men and women condemned that massacre.
The death toll of the men below remains ongoing. They die to provide their families with security and prosperity.
- 1873 Drummond Colliery Disaster, Westville – 60-70 deaths
- 1880 Ford Pit Explosion, Stellarton, – 50 deaths
- 1891 Springhill Mine Disaster, – 125 deaths
- 1914 Hillcrest Mine Disaster, Alberta – 189 men died.
- 1917 Dominion No. 12 Colliery Explosion, New Waterford, – 65 deaths
- 1918 Albion Mine Explosion, Stellarton – 88 deaths
- 1938 Sydney Mines cable break in mine shaft – 20 deaths
- 1956 Springhill Explosion – 39 deaths
- 1958 Springhill Bump – 75 deaths
- 1982 The Ocean Ranger drilling rig Grand Banks Newfoundland — 84 deaths. All drowned in freezing water.
- 1992 Westray Coal Mine Explosion, Nova Scotia – 26 deaths
Omitted from this toll is the annual murder toll of men, at least twice that of women.
In 2005, the count of deaths on the job was 1,097, a historic maximum. Few Canadians know that 97% of those deaths are men. That means 33 women and 1,064 men killed at work.
Men who died fighting to preserve Canadian democracy
- The Boer War – 261
- War World War I 64,944
- World War II 42,042
- The Korean War 516
- War in Afghanistan 100 and ongoing.
- Female battle deaths to date: 1.
From: Why I Wont Wear a White Ribbon
By Jeffrey Asher
Job-caused deaths amount to about 800 per year in Canada. 97% of those deaths are men. That is typical of industrial nations.
Workplace equity is not imposed for the hazardous occupations in the mining, oil, logging, transportation, and construction industries. Canadians grieved over the deaths of 26 miners in the Westray mine explosion of May 1992. Since Confederation, over 1200 miners died in the Maritimes mines, and many more of pulmonary suffocation and cancers. Few Canadians understand those tragedies as typical of centuries of work deaths.
Men commit their bodies and lives to compete for labour in the marketplace, as the irreplaceable financial support for their extended families. A man is still expected to preserve his wife and children from the insecurity and deprivations caused by poverty. The burdens on men of an erratic economy have rarely been examined by the media or social scientists. Husbands and fathers blame themselves for low income, job loss, bankruptcy, and family poverty….
Fathers loyalty and sense of duty to their families are paid for with their physical and mental health, and years cut off their lives….
Vancouver and many other cites commissioned monuments dedicated to: “…all the women who have been murdered by men.” What would be the public or legal reaction if those gender terms were replaced with a religious or racial slander?
No monument has been proposed for the devoted fathers and husbands who supported their families with work in mines, construction, as police officers, deep-sea fishermen or (mostly volunteer) firefighters. They risk their lives every day. Canadian soldiers stare death in the face as they remove land mines in the Balkans to save the lives of strangers, or rescue Afghanis from terrorists. They are heroes, and we owe them respect and honour.”
- Ocean Ranger
The ODECO Ocean Ranger was a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit that sank in Canadian waters on 15 February 1982. It was drilling an exploration well in the Grand Banks area, 166 miles east of St. John’s, Newfoundland with 84 crew members on board when it sank. There were no survivors of the accident. All drowned in freezing water….
Google search for “Ocean Ranger“
From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Alpha
Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform An explosion and resulting fire destroyed it on July 6, 1988, killing 167 men. [The 167 men who died were blasted, drowned and burned to death.] To date it is the world’s worst offshore oil disaster in terms both of lives lost and impact to industry. At the time of the disaster the platform accounted for around ten per cent of the oil and gas production from the North Sea.
Google search: Miners Canada Disaster
- Men in the Mines: A History of Mining Activity in Nova Scotia, 1720-1992
Disasters in the Mines
The miner’s life has always been a dark, dangerous and precarious one, carried out in the earth’s margins and depths, usually far underground and in the case of Nova Scotia’s coal mines, frequently in dank subterranean tunnels stretching for kilometres out beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Sweat from the miner’s brow has often been mingled with blood on the coal or gold.
Miners live with death as a constant threat, and are frequently the victims of underground tragedies dust explosions, falling coal and rock, asphyxiation from gas; still others drown, are caught in machinery, or are run over by coal cars. Above ground, coal miners die from silicosis, black lung and other related diseases caused by breathing coal dust, while gold miners fall victim to silicosis as well, and sometimes to arsenic poisoning.
Over nearly three centuries of mining activity in Nova Scotia, countless numbers of miners and quarrymen have been killed in disasters large and small. Major coal-mining catastrophes in the last 130 years include:
- Drummond Colliery Disaster, Westville, 1873 (60-70 deaths)
- Foord Pit Explosion, Stellarton, 1880 (50 deaths)
- Springhill Mine Disaster, 1891 (125 deaths)
- Dominion No. 12 Colliery Explosion, New Waterford, 1917 (65 deaths)
- Albion Mine Explosion, Stellarton, 1918 (88 deaths) cable break in mine shaft
- Sydney Mines, 1938 (20 deaths)
- Springhill Explosion, 1956 (39 deaths)
- Springhill Bump, 1958 (74 or 75 deaths)
- Westray Coal Mine Explosion, Plymouth, 1992 (26 deaths)
while the most memorable gold-mining accident is the Moose River Mine Disaster of 1936….
Hillcrest Mine Disaster – Centennial Commemoration 19 June 1914
The worst coal mining disaster in Canada occurred in Hillcrest, Alberta, on Friday June 19, 1914. A total of 189 men died.
Springhill Mine Disasters
Springhill’s first mining disaster, the 1891 Fire, occurred at approximately 12:30pm AST on Saturday, February 21, 1891 a fire caused by accumulated coal dust swept through both shafts killing 125 miners and injuring dozens more.
The 1956 Explosion occurred on November 1, 1956 The resulting explosion blew up the slope to the surface where the additional oxygen created a massive blast which leveled the bankhead on the surface –
In a show of heroics, Draegermen (rescue miners) and barefaced miners (no breathing equipment) entered the 6,100 foot deep shaft of No. 4 to aid their co-workers. In total 88 miners were rescued, but 39 were killed in the explosion. Media coverage of the 1956 explosion was largely overshadowed by the Soviet invasion of Hungary on October 24, 1956. However, Canadian and local media did offer extensive coverage of the
The 1958 Bump which occurred on October 23, 1958 was the most severe “bump”, or underground earthquake, in North American mining history and devastated the people of Springhill with the casualties it took, and devastated the town: the mines had been the town’s economic lifeblood, and were never reopened following the disaster.
Of the 174 miners in No. 2 colliery at the time of the bump, 74 were killed and 100 trapped but eventually rescued.
I have not included disability, maiming or death toll of men who risk their lives daily as: construction & demolition workers, roofers, fire fighters, police, prison guards, truck drivers, farmers, loggers, power machine operators, radioactive industries, meat processing, heavy industry, soldiers.
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Comment by F4L:
Professor Jeffrey Asher was the first Canadian lecturer (at Dawson College, Montreal) who offered a men’s studies course. He was also the first to be forced to leave employment by his school (in the year 2000) for the “crime” of teaching it.
- Men’s studies’ professor leaves job, citing feminist putsch
Dawson College Administration had cancelled his courses and reassigned him 2 1/2 months ago, by Neil Seeman, National Post, August 16, 2000
- FEMINISM CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM
Jeffrey Asher transcripts from CKNW Radio Interview – Aug 23 2000
Comments and links to articles related to the issues brought up by Jeffrey Asher:
- During the preceding century about 100,000 men died in mining disasters and mining accidents throughout the world.
- Average life expectancies, by sex, various countries in the world
- US Job fatalities for selected occupations: Police, protective services, guards, firefighting
- Death by Numbers
- Gamil Gharbi (a.k.a. Marc Lepine) and propaganda, December 6, 2008, by Walter Schneider.
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