The bottom line is simply that as a citizen of Kamloops, I do not want the Ajax mine or any other mine situated in or around Kamloops.
I am not waiting for the facts. I do not want the surrounding landscape horribly scarred, the trees and grasslands uprooted or the birds, animals and reptiles forced out or annihilated.
Kamloops is promoted as a Tournament Capital and tourist destination. It is bad enough that we have to contend with the stink of Domtar. Please do not add another abomination to the mix. One less copper-gold mine in the world means nothing.
The Japanese have a term “shinrin yokin.” It means “forest bathing.” It is prescribed by doctors to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. So, make the time, unplug the kids, leave your boom boxes, ATVs, rifles and beer cans behind. Try walking through nature in silence. It is your natural home. It will welcome and heal you. This is the real “gold mine.”