Workplace illness put financial strain on local family

WILNO – After having just attended their mother’s funeral on April 28, the Shulist family made their way to Shrine Hill to remember their father, the late Joseph Shulist.

That evening, the annual National Day of Mourning ceremony took place in Wilno. Bob Shulist, speaking on behalf of his siblings, was invited to lay some flowers on behalf of his father and all others who died, were injured, or became sick on the job.

Bob is the son of Lolly, who passed away Sunday, April 24.

“I believe Lolly attended every National Day of Mourning here on Shrine Hill,” Bob told the crowd gathered at the monument. “This year is no exception, as I know she is with us in spirit.”

Lolly attended to honour her husband, Joseph Shulist.

“My mom asked me, when the time was right, to speak about the compensation issues she had to deal with following my dad’s death,” Bob said.

He explained that in 1953, the United States Atomic Energy Commission agreed to purchase all the uranium Canada could produce on a special price contract.

New mines were given an income tax exemption period for the first three years of operation, a depletion allowance for the ore being removed from the ground and deductions for the expenses incurred for prospecting and developing ore bodies.

These provisions, along with various other subsidies, made it possible for producers to consider developing lower grade uranium ore bodies, especially those in areas more accessible to the industrial heartland of Canada. 

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