Saturday, August 22, 2009
GM Trim Plant Rubble
Before moving south to Windsor, I remember the devastation that was the result of the closing of the MacMillan Bloedel Mill just west of North Bay, in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Hundreds of people were suddenly thrown out of work in this small northern town. It was indeed a harsh blow to the community and its economy. You don't expect to see that sort of thing happening, but it appears that with the global economy, such as it is, no one or no place is safe anymore from financial and economic ruin. Sometimes it takes decades or a lifetime to recover from the effects of such calamities. This photo that I took one morning when my friend Frank, and I were out and about after coffee, is proof of that. It is all that remains of the once mighty General Motors Trim plant here in Windsor, Ontario. Several thousand people were employed in this plant, and one has to wonder what became of them all. This photo shows just a small amount of the rubble, as to show it all, I would have had to be very high up in the air and shooting down with a wide angle lens. The shiny objects in the foreground are the Mercury vapor lights that used to illuminate around the plant at night. While shooting this photo, I couldn't help but think of the collapse of the cod fishery in my home province of Newfoundland. They are still reeling from the effects of that event. However, they moved on, and found other sources of wealth, namely oil, and are for the first time since joining Confederation, a HAVE province. Meanwhile, the economy of Ontario took such a nosedive that it for the first time ever has become a HAVE NOT province. A dramatic reversal of fortunes indeed for both provinces. The only thing that remains the same is change itself. It is unavoidable, and folks everywhere usually stand back, have a good hard look, and then get on with the business of rebuilding their lives and communities. There are already signs of improvement here in Windsor, and that is great to see.