Council contingent to book mine road trip

By James Peters
March 16, 2016 - 7:20am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops council has decided to send a delegation on a road trip to Timmins, Ontario and Malartic, Quebec.

Those cities both have open pit mines situated nearby, and are seen as somewhat similar scenarios to what Kamloops might see if the KGHM-Ajax mine is built.

Ken Christian was the lone dissenting voice, saying a city contingent could travel near or far, but the studies specific to this community will give council far more information.

"Why don't we go to Chile? I understand there's a problem in Chile," questioned Christian. "I understand that there's a problem in Poland."

"I don't think that's really the way that this city is going to get a better assessment of this mine, by having persons such as ourselves make those kinds of treks."

Other councillors, such as Tina Lange, said seeing the communities with their own eyes would tell them far more than theoretical studies ever could.

"I would suggest that a trip to this mine where we can actually see it and talk to the citizens in that community, and have a look at the impact of that mine and how that would apply to Kamloops, would be the best use of education dollars that we can get," said Lange.

Kamloops RCMP investigating suspicious incident