Canada: NOVA SCOTIA: The Greener Grass

For 18 years Raymond Cameron, 39, had dug coal in Cape Breton's pits. Last February, along with 13,000 other Maritime miners, he went on strike for more pay. Out of the 99-day strike, the miners got a basic $1-a-day pay boost, bringing the day's average to $12. But Miner Cameron was not satisfied with working conditions.

He had heard of greener pastures in Alberta, where the coal mines needed men. One day last month, with five fellow miners, he piled into a prewar Ford and headed west.

Nine days later, the six reached...

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