PETERS – The death of Ajax hyperbole

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WITH THE DEMISE of the Ajax project will come the death of a peculiar breed of rheotrical device Kamloops residents have adopted over the past few years.

I call it ‘Ajax hyperbole,’ and its speakers should qualify as bilingual.

Whether you supported or opposed the mine, chances are you picked it up.

Anti-Ajax folks would commit to one extreme when speaking of the perceived ills of the project.

They would talk about how it will destroy our landscape, poison our water, and cause toxic dust to fall from the heavens for 20 years.

Ajax supporters would employ the same language talking about the mine’s benefits.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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2 Comments on PETERS – The death of Ajax hyperbole

  1. Although I agree with you JP when you write “…Unlike CFJC – too timid and politically connected to BC Liberals to take a stand…” Mr. Peters wrote an op-piece a while back expressing his opinion against Ajax. Nevertheless this latest op-piece is a bit lame in my opinion also.

  2. Why are you saying this? Did you read the Minister’s statement of reasons for denying the permit? His reason echo practically word for word the concerns expressed by Kamloops Physicians and others in disagreement. The statement lined up with concerns I heard over the past several years. Why would you create this false equivalence of hyperbole by “both sides”.

    Further, for the people strongly advocating for the mine, it would have brought a $60 million annual payroll to mine workers. How many of those workers would live here is unknown. The impacts of other “plusses” are hard to measure before they happen, and there were mitigating circumstances for each of the “plusses” – but I don’t think it’s a fair characterisation to dismiss either side so offhandedly.

    Unlike CFJC – too timid and politically connected to BC Liberals to take a stand – people said their opinion and stood behind their words. They – both sides of the issue – should be applauded for participating in democracy the way it was intended: with interest, passion – and PEACEFUL disagreement. Your dismissal of them is an equal dismissal of the democratic process.

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