EDITORIAL – City Hall is mad as hell

Acting Mayor Arjun Singh (left), Councillors Denis Walsh, Dieter Dudy, Tina Lange. (Image: CFJC Today)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

AN EXCITING THING happened in Kamloops City council chambers yesterday.

After years of being oh-so-properly-neutral on Ajax, both the council and the staff that council employs stood up on their hind legs and, in unison, called BS. Together, they spoke up for Kamloops and I felt proud just watching it unfold.

The federal-provincial process that was supposed to balance the environment, economic growth and the best interests of the community has been shown — in dramatic fashion — to be almost laughable deficient.


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8 Comments on EDITORIAL – City Hall is mad as hell

  1. I would just like to throw a rock into the pool and cause a ripple effect. I agree totally with Kamloops City Council as to their feelings about the city being slighted by the EAO. My thought is that the city should never have accepted the deal for $80 million and then came and said we don’t the project in our area. Secondly, while council may be voicing the opinion of a goodly proportion of the city’s population, you are not speaking for the percentage of the population that is in favor of the project, are you? In regards to referendums etc. Surely the city could have come up with a survey concerning opinions about Ajax and placed in the city web site for the citizens to answer. So what if you did not get a large number of people completing the survey, at least the opportunity would have there for people to respond to it, if they so wished.

  2. MP Cathy McLeod, MLA’s Todd Stone & Peter Milobar, Provincial NDP, show some guts, stand up and be counted along with Kamloops City Council and force the rejection of AJAX once and for all

  3. Nancy Haggerty // August 16, 2017 at 1:46 PM // Reply

    I love the city of Kamloops. It is beautiful here. I moved here from Surrey in 2003 and would never go back. The people for the mine are trying to tell us it won’t have any effect on our air quality. After being socked in with smoke this last few weeks, do they not see the air pollution gets stuck in this valley. That is exactly what will happen with the pollution from the mine. The dust particles will be stuck in our beautiful valley and we will all suffer. Thanks Council and Staff for agreeing with we the people!

  4. Pierre Filisetti // August 16, 2017 at 8:43 AM // Reply

    An editorial with an attitude!
    A council with an attitude!
    Staff with a pulse!
    I want to hug you all today!

    • Unfortunately you would not reach the young people too…need to be online too. the mine would never even get near to one hour of the smoke pollution.

  5. Bill Hadgkiss // August 16, 2017 at 7:46 AM // Reply

    THANK YOU CITY….And in June 2012 this was available……”Hence, in my professional opinion, the proposed Ajax Kamloops open-pit mine is ill-conceived and poorly situated, and therefore unsafe, and would represent, if enacted, a serious public health hazard for the city and the peoples of Kamloops”…….to invoke a section of the BC Public Health Act to declare the project a health hazard and order it “to stop the review process for the proposal and remove it from further consideration.”
    From: Dr. Peter Barss, IHA. To: Dr. Perry Kendall, BC Chief Medical Health Officer.

    • Cindy Ross Friedman // August 16, 2017 at 12:08 PM // Reply

      Indeed. I have been mad as hell for five years over the proposed Ajax mine. If my main goal were not an all-consuming desire to Stop Ajax by convincing the Ministers that urban mining is sheer lunacy, I would be calling for the termination of the BCEAO employees involved in this biased, insulting debacle.

    • Jerome Farrell // August 16, 2017 at 5:14 PM // Reply

      Yes indeed If the Liberal Government had taken Dr Barss’ advice in the first
      place much money and time would
      not have been wasted.
      This is the best news since the SSN
      announced their position

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