I attended an information meeting on Sept. 10 about the proposed Ajax mine.
There were no more than 50 people present.
According to reports on the news media, there were not more than 60 present at a meeting the day before.
The media called it apathy, considering this is a city of approximately 90,000 people.
There were many pertinent questions asked by those who attended.
The answers were often ambiguous, granted there is an environmental study ongoing at this time.
I do wonder, however, how clear the answers will be when the studies are finally complete in a year’s time.
As a community, we must be informed by both KGHM and environmental scientists in order to make a decision ourselves.
One of the main concerns is the very close proximity of the open-pit mine to our city, which is in a valley very prone to temperature inversions — especially during the
In that cloud and air we breathe, there will be particulate matter (dust) containing chemicals and lung irritants, many of which will be potentially carcinogenic.
In turn, these contaminants will eventually enter our soil and water.
Come on Kamloops!
Our city — the Tournament Capital of Canada — is just now developing into a sports centre and a desirable place to live and visit.
Please, take the time to learn about the long-term impact this mine will have on our beautiful valley and its people.