I have to add my thoughts after reading the recent letters regarding the Kamloops Area Preservation Association rally at TRU on Sept. 12 and the handful of people who also attended in support of the Ajax mine project.
First, I would like to focus on some of the quotes in the papers and recent letters: I am not old — I am in my 40s. The ages of the approximately 200 people who attended this rally encompassed both young and old.
I am not “almost dead” neither am I retired. I also don’t have “too much time on my hands.” I work full time but took the time during my lunch to attend the rally.
In regards to the TRU students who intended to interrupt the KAPA rally, I was within 20 feet of them as they drove up in their Hummer. For anyone to put any merit into what these people say evidences that you were not at this rally.
After driving directly into the crowd, they turned up their music, yelled ridiculous statements such as “Jesus loves Ajax” and “Shut up – you’re stupid” and finally, “There won’t be any pollution with the mine.”
I actually commented to these young people that they were discrediting their cause by being disrespectful to the people who were speaking. They soon lost interest and moved on.
If these young people are the future of our country, I shudder to think what our city, province and country will look like. They have no concern at all with the environment — only with obtaining a high-paying job. They somehow believe that since they are going to school, they are entitled to make a lot of money.
Finally, I would like to address KGHM, the company proposing the Ajax mine. I have done my research. This company has a long list of environment infractions and fines around the world.
From the first publication it made available in Kamloops, its facts were vague or incorrect. Although it says it wants to educate people about mining and make the process transparent, the local KGHM representatives continually refuse to answer many direct questions (like the possibility of a smelter) or provide information requested by our City council.
Don’t be fooled with the dollars they spend with their various sponsorships and alleged community support and involvement. These dollars are spent to simply buy the public’s approval.
It saddens me that the possibility of this mine has divided our city. I think we live in a great area that has many opportunities for people to work and play. Like KAPA, I don’t necessarily oppose mining but oppose a mine this close to Kamloops. My health and the health of every resident of Kamloops is far more important than any industry or job.
Lac le Jeune