They represent opposing sides of the debate, but Mario Ficarini and Verdell Jessup plan to bear olive branches when they take their views into the street on Saturday.
Jessup is the organizer of an anti-Ajax rally, which is expected to attract people from all over, including Ficarini, a miner from Prince George.
Ficarini won't be shouting any protest slogans. He grew up in Kamloops and wants to ensure that the pro-mine camp has a voice as well.
"I respect the anti side's thoughts and beliefs," he said. "I don't think it's going to affect the quality of life, but let's get all the studies done before people start pounding their chests."
A Steelworker, he commutes long distances north to work. He sees Ajax not only an opportunity to return to Kamloops, but as a means to avoid long hours on the road. He is not alone.
"I worked with 15 different guys who each day had to travel 1,000 kilometres to go to work because we were based in Kamloops," he said.
Ficarini trusts that provincial standards are strict enough and that KGHM International will be required to mine responsibly.
"If they don't meet it, they won't get the permit."
As a blaster, he thinks concerns about air-blast and vibration are overblown.
"We've had a lot of blasting going on the city of Kamloops," that hasn't caused disruption or damage. The Pineview Valley subdivision is built on blast rock from the original mine, he noted. He blasted on the Summit connector project.
"We had shots with over 10 tonnes of explosives. Houses were less than 500 metres away. There was no danger, no complaints."
Jessup is a trauma counsellor who sees a parallel in the community with the kind of issues she deals with among her clients.
"Society is being potentially traumatized by what's coming," she said. "It's tearing apart families and businesses are afraid to speak out."
Her work takes her around the province with Vancouver as a base. She was considering relocating to Kamloops, but felt otherwise after speaking with a dozen friends here.
"I own a house here, I have amazing friends here, but it's really hard to say I'm going to live here with a mining proposal looming."
She said the tone around the room was, "Where are we going to move if the mine starts up?"
"I don't want to have to move. This is what I'm fighting for.
"This is a space where everyone is welcome and I hope those who are for the mine are also there," she added. "I think we need to create a dialogue so that I can understand why they're fighting for it."
The rally is set for noon at 330 Seymour St.