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The author Patricia Sandberg discusses her new book Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines—A Canadian Story (Crackingstone Press, 2016), with Joseph Planta.

Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines—A Canadian Story by Patricia Sandberg (Crackingstone Press, 2016).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

A new book that’s generously illustrated and meticulously researched is Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines—A Canadian Story. Its author Patricia Sandberg joins me now, and we’ll talk about this remarkable place just south of the Northwest Territories on the Northern Saskatchewan shores of Lake Athabasca. In the 1930s it was discovered that there was radium in the north. And by the Cold War, radium’s by-product uranium is highly coveted in the arms race build up. When uranium deposits were discovered along the shores of Lake Athabasca, a town springs up, and Patricia’s family is among those who make home there. The book tells us of the people who live there, the sort of stuff they get up to, and the many memories and stories from her own mother, as well as the over 100 people Patricia interviewed in the course of writing this book. Patricia Sandberg was born in southern Saskatchewan and grew up in Gunnar Mines. She is a volunteer, environmentalist, and a former mining and securities lawyer. She lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she joins me from today. There is an event for the book Wednesday, 02 November 2016 at the YWCA at 535 Hornby Street, here in Vancouver. That’s at 6pm. The website for more is at www.patriciasandberg.com. The book is published by Crackingstone Press. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Patricia Sandberg; Ms. Sandberg, good morning.