Thursday April 24, 2014

More councillors should take stand on Ajax

The Kamloops and District Labour Council recently resolved to call on the City councillors and mayor to take a formal stand on the Ajax mine proposal.

They should know that our labour council publicly and formally declared in 2011 that it was opposed to the mine. That position was taken after much discussion and polling of our membership. The labour council represents roughly 10,000 unionized members from Valemount to Merritt, and from Lillooet to Chase. Most of our members live within the city limits of Kamloops.

At that time, it was evident that the KGHM corporation, at best, had not conducted an adequate amount of research to ensure it could conduct its business without bringing significant risk to the inhabitants of our city.

At worst, it was apparent that the company had done significant research and determined it was in its best interest to not disclose such information as it would surely doom the project.

Surely we all understand there is more to sitting on City council than simply discussing zoning, parking and bylaw issues. There is an expectation that council will take a leadership role on issues of import to our community.

We recognize that councillors Donovan Cavers and Tina Lange have publicly stated they are opposed to the Ajax proposal; we appreciate their candour and leadership on the matter.

We ask that the remaining members of council take a formal and public position on the Ajax mine proposal.

PETER KEREK, president

Kamloops and District Labour Council

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