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New petition wants provincial candidates to take a stance on Kamloops air quality

The site of the proposed Ajax Mine.
January 27, 2017 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - While the official process may be stalled right now, one of the groups against the proposed Ajax Mine has started a new petition, this time targetting the local candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

Kamloops Moms for Clean Air have created an online petition asking whoever is elected as an MLA for Kamloops to ‘defend our airshed.’ The petition went live on Jan. 25.

The petition doesn’t single out any one MLA candidate in the two provincial ridings around Kamloops, instead it asks for a commitment from all of them. The plan is for the signatures to be presented to the candidates at an event at Thompson Rivers University Feb. 10, according to a Facebook post.

The petition web page doesn’t specifically mention the proposed mine on the city’s southwest border, but Kamloops Moms for Clean Air has regularly spoken out against the mining project with concerns about its impact on air quality.

The Ajax Mine environmental assessment has been temporarily suspended by federal and provincial government agencies overseeing it, as the proponent of the mine, KGHM Ajax, collects more information. Once the assessment is restarted, the agencies will report to ministers at both levels of government, who will make the decision to approve or reject the proposal.

For more about the Ajax Mine, click here.

For more about the upcoming provincial election, click here.

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