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Mining, yes. Ajax? Plenty of concern

A recent survey shows many residents have concerns over the proposed Ajax mine.


KAMLOOPS – The results will only be shared Sunday at an annual general meeting of the Kamloops Voters Society but the president is pleased with the number of people who took part in a recent online survey and variability in the responses.

“We have good numbers and very interesting variability,” Brad Harrison says. “We'll go through all that at the meeting.”

More than 2,800 people took part in the survey, which ran over a one-week period earlier this month. Harrison says they are still crunching some of the demographic numbers but early on, the results show nearly 90 per cent support mining but many of those people have concerns over the project and around 60 per cent are in favour of a referendum.

Despite these strong reactions most of the questions resulted in a fairly even split among respondents, he says.

“One of the strongest questions was about whether to have a referendum, around 60 per cent are in favour of having one,” Harrison says. “But a lot of stuff was closer to 50-50.”

The full results will be shared at the society meeting Sunday afternoon at the Thompson Rivers University Clocktower. The results will then be posted online the following morning with more details on the demographics.

To contact a reporter for this story, email, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.


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