Atlantic

The Mining Days

The Mining Days - Poster

The Mining Days

Year: 2016
Genre: Lifestyle

More than two centuries of Canadian history from the coal mines of Cape Breton. It is a story of resilience put to test, human exploitation, courage and friendship born in the deeps. With surprising historical twists and Cape Breton humor it takes you from the moment coal was first discovered on the island to the modern days when the industry seemed to be gone forever.

Episodes

Episode 1: Six Miles Below The Ocean Floor

Some of the most terrifying disasters happened in the latter part of the 20th century. With almost no safety regulations until the 50`s men were not safe. Some mines ran as deep as six miles down the ocean, some were only 30 inches high. It is comradery and humor that kept them going. And today the miners are sharing their stories.

Episode 2: The Beginning

The French were the first to stumble upon the deposits of coal in Cape Breton. When British took over all the mines belonged to the Crown. But not for long. Given as a gift to one of the dukes, the mines with the miners were sold to the jewelry company to cover Duke`s debts, thus starting the long era of the Company Houses, known for its slavery conditions and the child labor.

Episode 3: The Labour Struggles

The period between the two world wars saw the biggest uprising of the socialist movement in the region. The first unions were formed and they quickly gained power. Miners were dying not only in the mines, but during the strikes. It took many lives for the system to change. But even after the Company Houses were gone, the miners were still hungry and underpaid.

Episode 4: Untold Stories

Coal mining was one of the most dangerous jobs on earth. It impacted not only miners, but their families. Many brave women raised big families all by themselves after losing their husbands in the mines. The miners` recollections of the disaster of 1979 in Glace Bay help reconstruct the grim reality of the mining industry.

You Might Also Like

Love is Color Blind

Can interracial couples thrive? Specifically, what about chinese-caucasian couples? Love is Color Blind sets up to explore the many shades of inter-cultural love! 

Quebec World Heritage City

With its fortification walls, narrow winding streets and a wealth of architecture, spanning four centuries, Quebec is unlike any other city in North America. It was the first town on the continent to be named a World Heritage City by UNESCO. In this series: Quebec World Heritage City, we will explore the hidden corners of Old Quebec, and discover that this remarkable French-speaking city also has an impressive, and inspiring, English heritage.

Creatorland

Follow the extraordinary journey of creators, entrepreneurs and innovators in and around Ottawa as they explore the driving factors behind why they do what they do, share unfiltered narratives about their challenges, and as they describe the impact they hope to leave in the world. 

Lovers and Fighters

When artists face adverse circumstances and unusual challenges, they do not shy away, but instead pursue their passions with more gusto and determination. Step inside the lives of these passionate individuals and understand their unique and thought provoking artistic endeavors that they have relentlessly pursued for your viewing pleasure.

Atlantic Architecture

Atlantic Architecture highlights regional diversity in a way that is unique to the rest of Canada. With freeze thaw cycles, snow, wind and vast spaces, architects need to consider climate and the environment when designing buildings in this region. Learn what makes Atlantic Canadian Architecture powerful. Explore how architects are using Atlantic Canada as a springboard to International recognition.

Images Studio Tour

Every fall thousands of visitors flock to the Images Studio Tour in Simcoe County where artists showcase their works of art in their own studios. Meet some of the talented artists, and go behind the scenes in their workshop to see how they create their art pieces.

Barrie Fit

Join your host Carole on a tour of healthy food stores and alternative health and wellness facilities around Barrie and Simcoe County.

Noongom

Noongom (Algonquin for "today") highlights the impact that a new generation of Aboriginal Peoples are making on the National Capital Region. Host Gabrielle Fayant showcases the work and creativity of Ottawa’s local Aboriginal youth, offering a fresh perspective that’s filled with humour and history. From large celebrations to homelessness, Noongom explores different cultures and stereotypes head-on to help people better understand what it means to be Aboriginal in Ottawa today.

DIY Mom

Watch DIY Mom Rebekah Higgs as she turns her brand new house into beautiful loving home for her daughter Lennon. Part home reno show, part family comedy, DIY Mom invites you over for some helpful design tips, hilarious first-home-moments, and a storybook ending you’ll never forget.  

Capital Style Files

Ottawa is enjoying a major make-over. High-end shopping and eye-catching fashion are now staples on busy street corners and evening galas. Katrina Turnbull takes you to exclusive events and talks to some of the most head-turning trend setters in the city.  

Street Spirits

Street Spirits is an urban docu-series that explores untold stories of vice, culture and humanity in Hamilton.

Homestead City

When people think of homesteading, they imagine a much earlier time of pioneers doing hard labour. But homesteading is not what it used to be, and is alive and well in Toronto. With a modern twist, see how your neighbours are homesteading.