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CEO of company that ran Westray works in Ontario

The man who headed the company that owned the Westray mine in Nova Scotia is still actively involved in mining. The company that Clifford Frame works for says there is no problem with his involvement in mining in Ontario.

The man who headed the company that owned the Westray mine in Nova Scotia is still actively involved in mining. The company that Clifford Frame works for says there is no problem with his involvement in mining in Ontario.

Frame was the CEO of Curragh Resources. It was at that company's Westray mine where 26 miners died 10 years ago Thursday. He was never prosecuted for any thing related to what was one of the worst mining disasters in Canadian history. Nor did he appear before the inquiry looking into the Westray mine tragedy.

Instead, he seemed to fade into the background of Canada's mining industry. But now on the 10th anniversary of the Westray explosion Frame's name is in the news again.

He's a director with Pan American Resources. It owns a zinc mine in south western Ontario and a 50 per cent stake in a mine in Nova Scotia near Halifax.

The NDP opposition in Nova Scotia says after what happened at Westray, Frame shouldn't be allowed to back into the mining business.

But Frame's boss says that's nonsense. Tom Griffis is the chair of Pan American, He says everyone feels badly for what happened at Westray. But he added it was an accident, and it shouldn't stop Frame from making a living.

The United Steelworkers Union says not much can be done to prevent Frame from working in the mining industry.

But the union's president Lawrence McBrearty says there's still reason for concern.

"I'm sure that the miners in Ontario are going to be very skeptical and very concerned about what's going to be going on in the future."

McBrearty says he wants new laws in Canada that would prevent company officials and directors from working again in the industry if they're associated with a disaster such as Westray.