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. (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/federal-government-rejects-ajax-mine-proposal-1.4725543)
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!