JUST LIKE THAT, Ajax is back in the news.
Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp. announced this week that KGHM, its senior partner in Ajax, has hired a new superintendent “whose duties will initially be focused on First Nations, community and government engagement in order to advance the project towards a potential resubmission of the environmental application.”
It made a tempting offer to City council last time for a “community compensation” deal, spread donations around town, staged a big rally of supporters at Sandman Centre, produced a video and other promotional materials and got involved in the 2014 civic election by circulating a list of candidates and their positions on the project.
It even offered $5,000 to the Kamloops Area Preservation Association, a major opponent. KAPA turned it down.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.