The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 119: Love me or hate me – The Margaret Kent (Peggy Witte) story, part 3

Excerpts from a magazine and newspaper article on Peggy Witte, head of Royal Oak Mines, in the 1990s. Credit: Margaret Kent archives.Excerpts from magazine and newspaper articles on Peggy Witte, head of Royal Oak Mines, in the 1990s. Credit: Margaret Kent archives.

Part 3: Some people love me and some people hate me.

 

Maclean's magazine cover from September 1994.

Maclean’s magazine cover from September 1994.

“I’d been burned. You wake up and you don’t have a friend in the world. You don’t have anyone who will come in and save you.”
Margaret Kent

We conclude our exclusive, in-depth interview with Stratabound Minerals chairman Margaret “Peggy” Kent, carried out by Northern Miner senior staff writer Trish Saywell on the sidelines of the PDAC convention in Toronto earlier this year.

Peggy deals head on with questions about the most contentious episode of her career: her and her management’s handling in the 1990s of Royal Oak Mines’ problematic Giant gold mine in Yellowknife, N.W.T., which was plagued with labour, financial and environmental difficulties — culminating in 1992 in the shocking murder by a striking miner of nine replacement workers and union members who had crossed the picket line to return to work.

Trish Saywell

On a lighter note, Trish unearths some personal details about Peggy’s family and exercise regimen, and the interview wraps up with discussion of Peggy’s experiences as a female executive in a male-dominated industry.

 

RELATED LINKS:

The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 117: Love me or hate me – The Margaret Kent (Peggy Witte) story, part 1

The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 118: Love me or hate me – The Margaret Kent (Peggy Witte) story, part 2

Canadian Encyclopedia: The Giant Mine Murders

 

This podcast is sponsored by the Yukon Mining Alliance (www.yukonminingalliance.ca) and the Grosso Group (www.grossogroup.com).

 

 

Audio Editorial Assistant: Liam Zisman

Music Credits:

“Miami Nights – Main Theme” and “Andrea’s Theme” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

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1 Comment on "The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 119: Love me or hate me – The Margaret Kent (Peggy Witte) story, part 3"

  1. Claude Belanger | September 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm | Reply

    As I listen to part 3 of the podcast interviewing Margaret Kent, I reminisce about listening to news about the strike and the taking of those lives, all over Union desire to be in control, I remember my days working In the mines and the challenges women like Margaret endured.
    Today, those challenges remain in some form or another. Margaret is definitely someone I would have enjoyed working for. i look forward to following her through her journeys in the field of exploration. What a great lady!

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