AJAX – ‘Respectful and informative’ town hall meeting hoped for on mine

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City Hall is hoping a town hall meeting to hear results from a consultants’ report on the Ajax mine proposal will be a polite one.

“The City thanks the public in advance for maintaining a respectful and informative meeting,” said the City in a news release. “Council asks that the public refrain from offering comments or opinions during the question period.”

The town hall meeting for SLR Consulting Ltd. (SLR) and Interior Health (IH) to present the results of their independent reviews of Ajax will take place at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre at 1250 Rogers Way, 6-10 p.m., on Monday, June 19, 2017. It will also be streamed live on the City’s website for those who are unable to attend in person.

The meeting will begin with a short presentation from Interior Health, including medical health officer Dr. Kamran Golmohammadi, and Ivor Norlin, manager of infrastructure programs, Health Protection. This will be followed by a presentation by SLR, which was hired by the City to perform an independent review of the application.

The last hour of the meeting will be opened up to the public to seek clarification from SLR’s consultant and IH on their presentations. Members of the public who wish to speak will be allocated three minutes each to put forward their questions.

At a June 22, 2017, special council meeting, council will ask questions of the SLR representatives. On July 17, council will vote on its response to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office regarding the proposed mine. The public will not be able to ask questions at either of those subsequent meetings.


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5 Comments on AJAX – ‘Respectful and informative’ town hall meeting hoped for on mine

  1. tony brumell // June 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM // Reply

    As a person who has worked i n open pit across Canada over the years I can unequivocally say that while some of the bells and whistles are new ,minning in general is little changed .Drill ,blast ,transport, crush and concentrate and waste .The basics are the same and most of the environmental impacts are the same.
    When I critisize a statement from a proponent I will always tell why and back it up with personal experience.No one will discuss their reasons for wanting the project and even try to give a cogent argument to defend their reasoning.I have asked many times to hold a public debate on this project and have been turned down every time.If this project is so great what are you afraid of ?
    I have tried to get proponents just to define the word “ore” and not one has been able or willing to the present time there is NO ORE on the Ajax property.

  2. Ken McClelland // June 6, 2017 at 8:35 AM // Reply

    Good luck with that. There has been a lot of unnecessary rudeness on both sides of the debate, no room for compromise. I see no reason why it would stop now, as through-out the eternity of this issue, both sides have quickly and consistently rejected the other’s opinions and ideas out-of-hand, as though they are barely worth a moment’s thought. This is a hallmark of our winner-take-all society. There is such a preponderance of biased research available on the web these days that you can find material to support your position with minimal effort. We have seen plenty of evidence of that during this process. Finding unbiased peer-reviewed material, however, takes longer and requires more effort, effort that many are not prepared to make. Mining is done much differently now than it was fifty years ago. Technology is available now to measure contaminants that did not exist fifty years ago. These are changes that need to be taken into account. One thing that has changed little is that many people still want to have the same social and economic opportunities that their forebears had, and those opportunities are now being eroded by creeping NIMBY-ism and an attitude of “I have mine, I’m not sharing, you will have to find your’s elsewhere.” It seems an odd, selfish, and sad quirk of human nature that once people have their little piece of paradise, they often don’t want anybody else to be able to share in the experience.

    • One large part of the discourse over KAM as nothing to do with mining per se.
      Kamloops is a city still in search of an identity, a well-defined identity.
      Personally I see such a large project on the very edge of the city as a large hindrance to said identity search.
      The legacy of KAM, especially the negative parts (see tailing pond for example) will last for generations. There will be no lake, there will be no lake front properties ever coming available for sale!

      • tony brumell // June 6, 2017 at 3:20 PM //

        A huge open pit mine on the edge of the city would certainly identify us as “that mining town” in southern BC..Not something I look forward to.

    • Hi Ken,

      I don’t think this is an issue where compromise is possible or even desirable. It is rather black and white – a mine will be built or it won’t be. All shades of grey would include a mine being built so compromise isn’t really realistic.

      It is not an unreasonable position to not want the mine to be built, nor should it be dismissed as “NIMBYism.” There are many valid concerns about this project.

      The proponent is most definitely dug-in, likely more than any opponent. There is no way that KGHM will acknowledge all the risks to the community and decide to walk away. By the same token, you should not expect homeowners, citizens, asthma sufferers, health professionals or other thoughtful concerned Kamloopsians to welcome the mine as there is no way to neutralize the risk and uncertainty.

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