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EDITORIAL – A humble proposal for a new version of council’s letter on Ajax

An Armchair Mayor editorial by Mel Rothenburger:

Here’s what the letter from Kamloops City council on Ajax SHOULD say:

July 17, 2017

Tracy James, Project Assessment Manager, BC Environmental Assessment Office
Kevin Inouye, Project Manager, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Hon. Jordan Sturdy, BC Minister of Environment
Hon. Catherin McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change

RE: Proposed Ajax Mine Project – City of Kamloops Council Decision

City Council wishes to express their unequivocal opposition to the proposed KGHM Ajax Mine project (the Project). In considering their decision, Council has taken into account the results of SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.’s (SLR’s) technical review of the Application and supporting documents, the Pipsell Report and SSN Panel Recommendations Report of Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN), the dozens of concerned citizens’ groups opposing the mine, as well as feedback from Kamloops residents and businesses. Our position is absolute and unconditional.

There are no conditions, compensation agreements, monitoring or management programs that could make this project acceptable. Risks with respect to air quality, water quality, terrestrial environment, aquatic environment, acoustics and vibration, dark sky, socio-economics, accidents and malfunctions, and transportation are too high to even consider such a project in such close proximity to a major population centre and the surrounding rural region.

It’s our view that the many negatives associated with this project will significantly outweigh the limited benefits, including associated jobs. There are simply no assessments, remedies or mitigations that can satisfy the many health, environmental and other concerns associated with the Ajax project.

It’s our duty to protect the best interests of our citizens of today, as well as future generations. Thank you for your consideration of Council’s resolute opposition to the proposed Ajax Mine.

Yours truly,

City Council of Kamloops

Cc: Cathy McLeod, MP Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

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7 Comments on EDITORIAL – A humble proposal for a new version of council’s letter on Ajax

  1. Brock Nanson // July 17, 2017 at 9:25 AM // Reply

    Yes, absolutely right!

  2. Will this ever end, I am so sick of the endless anti Ajax columns. Find something else to hang your hat on.

  3. Excellent letter.

  4. Yes, exactly. Short, fluent, unequivocal.

  5. Cindy Ross Friedman // July 17, 2017 at 6:43 AM // Reply

    You sure you don’t want to give one more go as Mayor? That is the leadership I know I feel is needed: decisive, honest, and forward-thinking. For what it is worth, I could have written the exact same letter…

  6. You almost captured it all, include a sentence covering the negative impact on residential real estate which has been in place well before the commencement of a reopening of Ajax and I think you will have the perfect response.
    Thank you for all your efforts and clear thinking.

  7. No, wrong, the council is to convey the wishes of the majority of their constituents. The environmental assessment is for those qualified at the appropriate government levels.

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