I managed to carve out 20 minutes on Sept. 12 to attend the rally at TRU in support of citizens concerned about the proposed Ajax mine.
In the brief time I was there, I managed to find myself with a microphone in front of me and a radio reporter asking me some questions.
That scenario requires a 30-second response and it’s never easy to collect yourself and speak from a thoughtful place.
The reporter began by asking me why I was there and my response was that I had come to support the anti-Ajax rally or something to that effect.
What I would like to have said is that I had come to support the continued development of Kamloops as a vibrant, healthy, diverse community. I had come to support the vision that we adopted a number of years ago to promote Kamloops as the Tournament Capital of Canada. I had come to support a community that promotes Communities in Bloom, public produce, market gardens and cherishes our rivers and lakes and takes pride in our success in attracting a thriving tourism industry, a vibrant university and business innovation.
I am having difficulty understanding how a community that so passionately rallied to stop a proposed cogeneration plant and fought to protect Riverside Park from a parkade appears to have so little concern about a project of this magnitude.
No matter what benefits the mine will bring to this community, we have to pay attention to the reality of the ways in which this community will change and the risks we will assume.
We cannot have the economic benefits that many anticipate the mine will bring without a price to our environment, lifestyle and health.
Do we really need researched statistics to refute the common-sense reality that zero harm is not possible?
There appears to be a common reactionary attitude that people who are against this mine oppose mining. We have lived for decades with mining as one of our major industries.
The value of this resource industry is not the issue.
What is unacceptable to me and I think to most in opposition to the project is the size and the proximity to our city. The complacency in this community is disturbing to me, but I do find hope in the fact that diverse groups have organized in
We not only have the Kamloops Area Preservation Association (KAPA), but also Doctors for a Healthy Environment and Mothers For Clean Air.