Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 50 Employees Laid off at Minto Mine in Central Yukon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Than 50 Employees Laid off at Minto Mine in Central Yukon

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Dozens of employees laid off at Yukon mine

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WHITEHORSE - A company operating an open pit copper mine in central Yukon has laid off the majority of its crew.

About 58 employees working at the Minto Mine were notified of the impending layoffs on Sept. 22, said Jennifer Byram, vice-president of Pelly Construction Ltd. The cuts were completed over the weekend.

"I personally called them and told them," she said. "It's really tough. It's hard to lay off people."

The Whitehorse-based construction company will keep six employees on site.

While the layoffs were difficult, Byram said they didn't come as a surprise because Capstone Mining (TSX:CS), which owns the site, has been holding regular town hall meetings keeping staff up to date.

Ron Light, Minto Mine's general manager, said there is a chance Pelly employees could return to the site to strip and mine the next open pit as early as January, pending a decision by Capstone Mining. …

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