Christian and Sinclair's win strengthens city's fight against Ajax

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 1, 2017 - 12:58pm

KAMLOOPS — City Councillor Tina Lange says Ken Christian and Kathy Sinclair's win in Saturday's by-election will strengthen the city's stance against the proposed Ajax Mine.

"The fact we had Christian elected by a landslide and Sinclair as the top council candidate and both of them publicly against having a mine that close to the city will hopefully send a strong message to Victoria."

Christian garnered almost 64 percent of the votes for Mayor.

Kathy Sinclair finished first with Ray Dhaliwal coming in second for city council.

While city council voted against the mine earlier this year, the decision lies with the provincial government.

The city is currently hosting a public input period on its website where residents can weigh in on the provincial and federal environmental assessment report released over the summer stating the Ajax mine won't have any significant environment impacts on the city.

The input session ends October 10.

"Unfortunately the new council won't be sitting around the table in time to send out their opinions on the public opinion for Ajax," said Lange. "Regardless of what happens, if the government approves Ajax then city council will be able to weigh in on conditions and certainly we will have a full council ready at the table."

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