NewPage Port Hawkesbury to close indefinitely – Nova Scotia. (If you click on the left link, the story opens in a new window)
This is indeed a sad story. Many people want the Nova Scotia government to intervene – which means dollars – to keep the operation “in operation”. This could mean locating a buyer, etc, paying for a marketing plan. Many people will be out of work.
Going beyond the sadness is that the reality is that the government is not always the answer. Companies fail every day, especially US companies more than ever.
The reality is that people will likely have to retrain and move to find work. This does not have to be all negative and self-defeating prospect. Many opportunities can be had through retraining or going elsewhere for work. Perhaps some can muster up some entrepreneurial spirit.
But if one looks at this situation or a similar one and waits for the government to make things right – they are giving over control of their lives to others. Never a good thing. I hope these workers will show their independence and not spend any time waiting around. This is a good example of showing resiliency to their children, families, and others. Rather than perpetuating a pattern that has existed in the region for a long time, starting a new one is the answer. Change is a reality. One can either become left behind or move with it, adapt, and not look back.