With today’s economics and lack of local jobs, the opposition to the development of Ajax mine baffles me. We, as a community, have already diverted an astounding amount of industries that have wanted to develop within our community but were sent on their way.
Our local politicians tax us and have a lack of interest in developing our community to better compete in today’s market. We have been given a huge opportunity to bring in a development that will create jobs and create a tax structure for where we live and work.
The handful of ill-informed or blatant nay-sayers, do these people even know where the mine will be located?
If anybody is interested at how far from our back door this is, take a drive up the Coquihalla to Inks Lake Road, turn left. It’s farther out than most people imagine.
These people worried about it creating dust or noise from blasting should also consider the billions of dollars of spinoff that would contribute to jobs for their sons or daughters or neighbours that are on hard times fighting to keep their houses in Sahali and Aberdeen.
I’m confident most of these people would put up with a little inconvenience of noise for the duration of the mine site. This mine will not be there forever!
With Domtar laying off people and complaining of taxes being so high, I’m sure it, Tolko and other large industries in the area would be grateful having another tax influx such as Ajax to help with the burden if it helped decrease their share of taxes.
The president of the Steelworkers local at Highland Valley Copper has now come out against the mine.
I can only think that it’s because it’s a non-union proposal.
As a tradesman of 30 years in the industry — I’m a welder, millwright and electrician — it isn’t as easy to acquire a local job as some portray. I was fortunate enough to be part of the development of New Gold for three years.
As all the construction is coming to an end, I know that for me and many others in my position, the transition to Ajax would be a godsend.
I believe as a community we should embrace this gift of employment with open arms and mind. Don’t be too hasty in pushing these jobs elsewhere, like has happened in the past.
These opportunities don’t happen every day and don’t last
I look forward to people’s thoughts on the matter, good or bad. But let’s be productive in our thinking.