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Mother, father and son among hundreds laid off in Tumbler Ridge

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The Wolverine coal mine in Tumbler Ridge employed over 400 people (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

Two weeks ago, Monica Jeffrey, her husband, and her son all had jobs at the Wolverine coal mine in Tumbler Ridge. 

Today they are among nearly seven hundred people laid off because of Walter Energy's decision to shut down its Wolverine mine in Tumbler Ridge, as well as the Brazion mine in nearby Chetwynd.

Jeffrey says news of the lay-offs came without warning, and that because the lay-offs are temporary, the company does not have to pay severance for up to two years.

Tumbler Ridge is a coal mining town and Jeffery says with few other opportunities, panic has set in. 

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