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They say misery love company and the good people of Wabush have more than enough Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to share what they are going through.

Residents of that western Labrador mining community were blindsided this week when owners of the operation announced they were idling the facility and sent employees home.

It may not have been as brutally sudden, but there are plenty of former workers in newsprint mills in Stephenville and Grand Falls-Windsor who know that empty feeling of having their well-paying jobs pulled out from in under them.

They were left to wonder too how they would manage to pay their mortgages, keeps the lights on and put food on the table.

The good news for workers in Wabush is that they all managed to endure and have made new lives for themselves.

Sure, many of them — maybe most — went through a period of upheaval and worry, but they have found new careers elsewhere.

Some put up with having to fly for hours on a plane and stay away from home for weeks on end.

Others just packed up and moved their families west to where the jobs are plentiful and the pay is better.

It isn’t home ... but it pays the bills.

The same will happen in Wabush. Some workers will be able to find jobs elsewhere in Labrador and stay right were they are.

Others will have to move to make a steady paycheque, and that will become easier.

History has shown, we Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are a resilient lot.

Geographic location: Wabush, Labrador, Stephenville

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