Lake plans fall meet with KAPA
A few days after anti-Ajax protesters from the Kamloops Area Preservation Association (KAPA) lined the street outside his North Shore constituency office, Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake has agreed to meet with the group.
On the day of the protest, Aug. 6, Lake told KTW he didn’t want to meet with KAPA en masse “and have the same conversation over and over again.”
KAPA members have already met with Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart and were working on a meeting with Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone.
Now, Lake said he’s willing to meet the group in the company of his fellow Kamloops MLA.
“We’re working with Todd’s office to try and set something up so we can do one session with the group, with both of us there hearing the same thing at the same time.” Lake told KTW.
“That will probably be in September some time, given the way the timetable is shaping up.”
The reversal comes after a KAPA member disputed Lake’s claim he had already met with her on the mine.
KAPA secretary Fawn Knox said while she met with Lake in June, she did not do so as a representative of the anti-Ajax mine association.
“I was there as a complete citizen,” said Knox, who set up a meeting with Lake to discuss changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve.
“I’m sure I did say on the ALR, they’re working on getting the grasslands out of the ALR for the mine, and I might have said something like that, but we went off-topic on a whole bunch of things,” she said.
“We talked about education because he knew I was a teacher and the strike was going on.”
A few weeks after her meeting, Knox sent Lake’s office a letter from KAPA requesting a meeting with the group on KGHM’s proposed copper and gold mine south of Aberdeen.
The request was turned down.
“Unfortunately, MLA Lake will not be accepting the offer to meet with KAPA at this time,” wrote Lake’s constituency assistant Kirsty Morris in an email forwarded to KTW.
“MLA Lake has consistently not met with people on this issue over the past few years and believes that we must allow the formal process run its course.”
KAPA members say they want to meet with Lake before KGHM submits an application for environmental review to the province’s environmental-assessment office because it believes there are flaws in the assessment process.
Knox believes Lake may have gotten mixed up.
“I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because it was two weeks apart,” she said.
“But, I was just mad about what they’re doing to farmers.”
Lake said the proposed mine was one of the subjects touched on during Knox’s appointment with him.
Knox said she’s looking forward to KAPA’s meeting with Lake.
“That’s all we wanted,” she said.