LETTER – Nothing has changed; the answer to the Ajax mine is still ‘No’

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Oh, no! Say it isn’t so. Was that a nightmare I had about the Ajax mine rearing its ugly head again?

KGHM and Abacus may think they can convince us that with the current economy their offer of jobs will change our minds. No, no, a thousand times no.

Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) rejected the open-pit mine proposal in 2017, and Rosanne Casimir says her community has no plans to change its mind on the project.” (“Casimir on Ajax Mine Project revival: ‘It’s always been no.’” CFJC Today, Sep 3, 2020)

The Government of B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office rejected the proposal in December 2017 because of its adverse impacts to Indigenous heritage and traditional land uses, social and economic valued components, to human well-being, air quality, grasslands and eco-systems (“AJAX – B.C. ministers decide not to issue permit for open-pit mine proposal.” Armchair Mayor, Dec. 14, 2017) 

In June 2018 the federal government formally rejected the proposed Ajax open pit mine project near Kamloops as it would likely cause significant adverse environmental effects. (

In 2017 Kamloops city council voted to oppose Ajax, despite the negotiated $3.8 million annual benefit from the company if Ajax was approved.

Nothing has changed since the decisions of three years ago, least of all Kamloops’ majority public sentiment.

I suggest KGHM and Abacus tell Michal Wypych, their new project superintendent, to save his energy and his boss’ money renting an office in our community, and leave Kamloops in peace and good health.

Get out of Dodge, KGHM!



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4 Comments on LETTER – Nothing has changed; the answer to the Ajax mine is still ‘No’

  1. Tony Brumell // September 7, 2020 at 2:24 PM // Reply

    Actually we can’t say nothing has changed. In fact the price of gold and siver has increased 30 % and the price of copper Is still not anywhere near break even if it is still rising. The thing is ,and KGHM doesn’t seem to understand that the mine rejection had nothing to do with the value of the minerals .It had to do with the environmental,health,and social costs of the Project. Those issues have not changed and may have become eve more accute.
    Even if KGHM comes in with a 50 % smaller “targeted ” application the outsides costs and impacts to the Kamloops area will still be untennable. And the groups involved (thanks for not mentioning KAPA ) Mel are still around and just as committed to stopping this fiasco.Remember that the folks at Prosperity fought their fight for 24 years. If we need to we will fight to the end.
    Mr Wypych may not understand our resolve and that this particular “BOAT” is still sinking.

  2. Bob Boonstra // September 6, 2020 at 5:36 PM // Reply

    Nothing has changed. Goose Lake road (still public and open) is where it has always been. Peterson Creek headwaters remain along with the riparian areas associated with this drainage. The ranchers still run their cattle and operations nearby, and historical occupation and use of the land is still of interest to Indigenous groups in the area. Air movement patterns remain as they were as do concerns over air quality and water quality moving towards populated areas from any industrial activity here. No… and again… no.

  3. Bill Hadgkiss // September 6, 2020 at 5:07 PM // Reply

    YES, I second the motion. The answer to their 18,000 pages is our two letter word, NO.

  4. Ian MacKenzie // September 6, 2020 at 9:04 AM // Reply

    AGREEEEEED, Trish!

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