It is not too late to stop proposed Ajax mine
Re: Johanna Walters’ letter of Aug. 16 (‘Is it too late to stop Ajax from becoming a reality?’):
It’s certainly not too late to stop the proposed Ajax mine.
The community advisory group (CAG), a local umbrella organization, recently sent formal input on its concerns about the mine to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.
The CAG’s diligent and comprehensive work will be important in deciding whether or not the proposal goes ahead. However, it’s just as important for the general population of Kamloops and area to keep contacting their politicians and media about this key issue.
Several hundred people belong to the associations that compose the CAG. But, tens of thousands of people would be affected by the dusty, noisy, open-pit copper-gold mine planned for the south end of our beautiful city.
The mine would just be too close to too many people.
Ajax has the potential to produce big-time negative effects on our health, quality of life and environment.
Sure, the mine promises economic benefits. However, these could easily be outweighed by a decline in tourism and reduction in the number of people who choose to buy real estate, build homes, run businesses, attend university and retire in Kamloops.
Letters, postcards and e-mails to politicians such as Terry Lake, Kevin Krueger, Cathy McLeod, Michael de Jong, Peter Kent and Peter Milobar carry weight, especially since there’s a B.C. election coming next May.
Another way for ordinary citizens to make their voices heard is through petitions. The Kamloops Area Protection Association’s petition to the federal government is online at http://www.stopajaxmine.ca/ajax-mine-petition.