EDITORIAL – There’s no more time to delay Ajax decision

KAMLOOPS CITY council candidate Kevin Krueger wants to know why council is in a rush to make a decision on whether it supports the proposed Ajax mine.

The Ajax question has been hanging over Kamloops for the past six years — it’s hardly been a rushed process. Krueger need only look at the calendar for the answer to why time is of the essence.

On March 18, 2016, SLR Consulting presented council with its preliminary findings, raising many questions and highlighting numerous deficiencies in the 18,000-page application submitted by KGHM and its consultants.

On May 4 last year, KGHM Ajax asked for a suspension in the process so it could answer further questions about the project, including from First Nations.

On March 4 this year, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) announced its opposition to the mine.

On March 30 this year, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office announced that the suspension was over and the 180-day provincial review would resume, with additional time to allow for more public comment on the joint assessment report and draft conditions.

The provincial application review phase is now expected to conclude in late September, says the EAO.

The final SLR report is awaiting an unveiling in front of City council and the public, on the City’s website and at a town hall meeting. Then, council will discuss it, and on July 17, council will make its decision.

A couple of other dates of interest. On July 26, 2011, Joel Neustaeter, a constituency office assistant to then-MLA Krueger, wrote to Aberdeen residents Jill and Shaun Walton that “God hid them (minerals) where he put them, and once people have invested the risk capital to find and claim the needle in the haystack, they have the moral and legal right to determine whether those minerals can be safely and economically drawn from the subsurface.”

Despite his assistant’s views on digging rocks out the ground wherever God put them, Krueger didn’t commit one way or the other. In October 2012, he posted an open letter to Ajax in which he urged an end to “the uncertainty, fear, anxiety and acrimony,” and told KGHM it must answer “legitimate concerns.”

Now, here’s the point — the by-election is likely to be set for late September. We’re out of time.

The facts are in. If anything, the council vote should be held sooner, before the ranks are reduced by resignations. Time to end the uncertainty, fear, anxiety and acrimony. Time for politicians to say where they stand on those legitimate concerns.







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7 Comments on EDITORIAL – There’s no more time to delay Ajax decision

  1. ajaxtoobigtooclose // June 6, 2017 at 2:03 PM // Reply

    “God hid them (minerals) where he put them, and once people have invested the risk capital to find and claim the needle in the haystack, they have the moral and legal right to determine whether those minerals can be safely and economically drawn from the subsurface.”

    That is so offensive it’s hilarious…. a moral right to mine wherever…..
    It speaks to the mentality of the pro-mine crowd, which is that they have a divine right, invested in them by god, to extract ore wherever the heck they find it, and that right supersedes the rights and well-being of the people who are living where the ore is found.

    Kreuger and his cronies would have the city wait to express an opinion until after the mine is approved. Clearly, their only intention is to remove all obstacles to mine development, while professing to be open-minded and science-based.

    The BC Mineral Act is an archaic 19th century anomaly. The Act wasn’t created by god, it was a product of mammon, lust for gold, and the colonial government’s urge to rip the resources out of the country.

    Times have changed, the country has been settled and developed. Millions of people live here. The BC Mineral Act and the people supporting the mine proposal are based on a mentality that is about 150 years out of date.

    The pro-miner’s self-righteous belief that they have a moral divine right to mine, overriding the rights of others, is in fact actually symptomatic of pathological greed.

  2. tony brumell // June 6, 2017 at 12:56 PM // Reply

    If god put it there,let her remove.Not KGHM

  3. Jerome Farrell // June 6, 2017 at 10:08 AM // Reply

    We need a Council with wisdom and Honesty
    Our Previous Mayor was unwilling to state his position on th mine because
    it would jeopardize his next career
    Ken Christian despite his Public Health
    background is ? Pro mine
    It is refreshing that Cynthia Ross Friedman has stated her stance right from the get go ,
    Despite the fact that Provincial and Federal approval of this ill conceived
    Project is paramount,a unanimous No
    from a united Council coupled with SSN ‘s condemnation should prevent
    it from being forced down our throats!

  4. I will be so glad when the results are in one way or the other so we can finally stop hearing/reading about it

    • tony brumell // June 6, 2017 at 12:53 PM // Reply

      If this monstrosity goes ahead you will never stop hearing about it .At least not in our lifetime or for seven generations after.And your children will suffer the consequences.Good luck with that…

  5. EXEGESIS: critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture: the task of biblical exegesis|a close explanation of the plot.
    That was quite an assumption made in 2011 by Mr. Krueger’s assistant. One could ask if it is God’s will that school kids be exposed to airborne dust and particulate matter (perhaps even asbestos) from an open pit mine built so close to schools.
    A lot of things in life can be “supported” by a passage from the Bible if a person wants to dig deeply enough.
    A few years ago there was a joke that read something to the effect that a guy (call him ‘Jim’) knew a friend of his who was having an affair with another guy’s wife. Jim had been tempted to become involved with a woman who had seemed to become interested in him. But, the circumstances were the same; Jim was married and the woman was married to another guy.
    Jim wanted to find an answer somewhere in the Bible to support what he wanted to do.
    “Then go and do likewise” came to mind ……….. (Jesus’ words from Luke’s gospel & the story of the Good Samaritan)
    Of course, it had absolutely nothing to do with having an affair or doing what your friend was doing already.
    It would be just as foolish to think that it is God’s will that circumstances lined up in a way that would allow City council to vote “No” to the Ajax proposal.
    You are right on this one, Mel. The time has come.

  6. Nothing like having a capable writer on your side…but we know darn well truthfulness does not sit well with certain people.

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