A notable event occurred in Townsite last Friday (February 4) as the last crew of workers left the Catalyst Paper Tis'kwat mill, formally marking the ultimate closure of the vast human enterprise that once formed the community of Powell River as we know it.
A couple of friends and I went to the main gate to attend that moment, to honour it. It was the last light of the day, cracks of sunset colours still striped the sky and the lights of the mill looked especially bright. A poignant silence hung, still haunted by the rumble of those rarely stopped grinders, boilers and machines that so many lived to work by or reluctantly heard (and smelled) as they tried to sleep.
Source: The Peak
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