Hidden English History in the Saguenay, Part 5: Arvida

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Arvida native Terry Loucks, beside an exhibit on Alcan employees in front of Arvida’s pre-amalgamation City Hall, describes working conditions for rank-and-file Alcan employees.

In front of the modernist pre-amalgamation City Hall of Arvida, in the Saguenay, the memorial to the town’s fallen Royal Canadian Air Force members takes the form of a large aluminum wheel. The vast Rio Tinto-Alcan smelter complex still leaves its ponderous handprint on the town of 12,000 people, today merged with the City of Saguenay.