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City councillor's press releases about Ajax causing aggravation on council

August 17, 2016 - 2:46 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops city council has come under fire for sending a letter to the Premier Christy Clark calling on her to suspend the proposed Ajax Mine process and suggesting he may take legal action to stop it.

Coun. Ken Christian says while Coun. Denis Walsh has the right to send letters to the Premier, Christian is critical of the public way he went about it.

Walsh sent out a press release last week which included a copy of the letter.

“I think when you send it and you sign it Denis Walsh, City Councillor, you imply you are representing the City of Kamloops,” he says.

Christian says that representation is problematic because council has no set position on the proposed mine and councillors have an obligation to broadly represent the position council takes.

Mayor Peter Milobar says if Walsh wants to talk about the mine he would like to see the topic brought up at the council table.

“I don’t know what we’re supposed to as a council when people issue press releases and we as a council don’t have a conversation about it,” he says. “If he wants to have a council conversation about it he’s welcome to talk about things at the council table.”

Walsh has had a long standing objection to the mine, which was part of his platform during the last municipal election. Milobar says the news Walsh is against the mine isn’t new. The recent release Walsh sent sent to the media was his second this summer about Ajax.

Milobar and Christian have not stated if they support the proposed mine on Kamloops’s southwest border.

The mine's environmental application is temporarily suspended.

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