Kamloops Voters Society, a group keen on boosting civic engagement, launches an online survey Monday morning about the proposed Ajax mine.
The survey, which can be filled out at the society's website, kamloopsvoterssociety.ca, runs until Oct. 14. Only one response per city household is allowed.
Society president Brad Harrison said the group wants to remain neutral on the mine issue. While they can't afford a scientific survey, board members are hoping for widespread participation.
"We're hoping to get in the thousands of responses," Harrison said. "Given that this isn't a true random survey, we're hoping that the numbers will give us more substantive information."
The survey aims to garner insight from city residents on a broad range of topics surrounding the mine proposal. These include consideration of net economic benefits, environmental factors, impact on tourism and whether City council should be more engaged on the proposal.
Twenty questions in the survey take about five minutes to complete. The society hopes all residents participate.
"The KVS believes in maintaining a high quality of life in Kamloops through promoting civic engagement, transparency, the wise use of taxpayer dollars and earlier, effective participation in civic decision-making."
Harrison said they will be approaching business and community groups in hopes of encouraging responses. They also plan to have a neighbourhood breakdown of results.
"We have a fairly complex survey tool."
Results of the online survey will be announced at the society's annual general meeting on Oct. 20, 2 p.m., at the TRU Alumni Theatre. They will also be released to the media and posted at the society's website.
It's by no means the first survey of residents on the mine proposal. An independent poll commissioned by The Daily News and held in conjunction with the spring election indicated majority support for the mine while suggesting that about one-quarter of residents were undecided.
A few weeks earlier, a smaller, online survey by a Kamloops firm indicated that three out of four residents would oppose the mine, although the polling methodology was questioned by an expert.