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is a small mining
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community located in Quebec
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. Its population (as of 2006) is 812.
The mining operation in the town was comparatively large, starting with mining the raw ore and finishing with an end product of pure copper anode. In the 1970s, the mining operation in Murdochville was large enough to support a population of 5000 inhabitants. A number of large union
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battles in Murdochville also helped lay the groundwork for ideas that still exist today. Workers in Murdochville fought for their rights in 1957, which led to the adoption of several new laws protecting the rights of unionized workers in Quebec.
The mine closed in 1999, leaving the town to fight for survival. After several close calls, the small town has decided to fight back, in an effort to reverse the economic uncertainty that has befallen the town. This has included the creation of several large wind turbine
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projects, along with the diversification of the local economy, with emphasis on tourism (such as skiing in the winter months).