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Information event on Ajax project

Dr. Jill Calder of the Kamloops Physicians for a Healthy Environment speaks with Premier Christy Clark at a recent luncheon in Kamloops.

KAMLOOPS - A panel of locals who have been outspoken about the proposed Ajax Mine will speak at an information sessionTuesday night.

Dr. Jill Calder, Robert Schemenauer, Peter Tsigaris and Tony Brumell will make up the four-member panel discussing the proposed mine at a public forum.

Calder is one of the lead physicians behind Kamloops Physicians for a Healthy Environment while Schemenaur is a specialist in atmospheric physics. Tsigaris is an economist at Thompson Rivers University while Brumell previously worked in open pit mines.

Cindy Ross Friedman, a biological sciences professor at the university, will open the meeting and then each panelist will speak for 10 minutes and then there will be a question and answer period as well.

The session is being sponsored by Kamloops Area Preservation Association and the Downtown West End Resident’s Association. It is targeted at downtown residents who want more information on the ‘ill-conceived Ajax Mine,’ as their invitation calls it, though it is open to anyone.

The forum will take place at Desert Gardens from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed mine has been a hot button issue in Kamloops for some time now but with civic elections less than two weeks away there has been more focus on the project as groups push candidates to take a stance. Earlier this year KGHM changed the footprint of the mine site and while some residents applaud the effort the company has made to address their concerns, it has done little to placate groups such as the physicians or KAPA.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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