ISN'T IT ironic?
We're sure Alanis Morrisette might have included Kamloops and the KGHM Ajax copper mine controversy in her popular song had it been on her radar at the time.
This, because a segment of the population has been pulling its hair out, warning of cataclysmic events should the mine project south of the city be approved.
Doctors, and academics, and others would flee the city they warn, which would be covered in mine dust, have nearby water systems contaminated and be threatened each day by the prospect of a tailings storage pond collapse that would wipe out the rest of us who have yet to grow an extra limb because of the proximity of the mine.
Despite this ongoing death star scenario some people have embraced, there seems to be a trend that suggests most people aren't buying into the fearmongering.
We say that because the Kamloops Thompson school district, city and provincial officials have all been reporting strong population growth, particularly on the south shore.
It's reached the point where there's a critical need for a replacement for South Kamloops Secondary, where Valleyview Secondary is at 130 per cent of capacity, and there's a need for an entirely new elementary school in Pine Valley.
The real estate board also reports Aberdeen and Sahali are almost always near or at the top of the monthly sales chart.
Maybe we're missing something, but isn't it ironic, that so many people regard the south shore of Kamloops as a good place to buy a home, and raise their kids despite all of the anti mine rhetoric!
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David Webb says:
September 27, 2016 10:56am
September 26, 2016 12:46pm
I laugh when these so called professionals threaten to flee Kamloops. Where will they go? Some other industry town needing a doctor or maybe a nice big smog polluted city like Vancouver or Toronto? Its really a pretty pathetic threat but hey whatever helps you sleep at night.
September 26, 2016 12:37pm
As Usual says:
September 26, 2016 12:22pm
September 26, 2016 12:20pm
September 26, 2016 12:51pm
September 26, 2016 10:27am
The evidence suggests the mine is not going to be developed anytime in the foreseeable future. They've been working on towards it for five years now, and are now going backwards. The Polish head office of KGHM is run by political appointees. They need dividends to fund Polish government operations. Ajax is nothing but an unending money drain. Copper has tanked. KGHM doesn't have the money to develop Ajax. After the new Polish government was elected and new management was placed in charge of KGHM the company sacked Gillespie along with many other staff members. The proposed low grade operation is too expensive and too risky, and will likely never be developed.
People have to go on living in Kamloops, and there are many positive developments coming, like The Reach at TRU.
Frank Price says:
September 26, 2016 09:45am
September 26, 2016 08:33am
Have you actually talked with these people, they are confident Kamloops is moving toward clean, sustainable industry, (see your own comments on TRU last week) not dirty unsustainable open pit mines. Ask your friends in Merritt how they feel about unsustainable resource based industry and ask them how they will replace those 200 high paying jobs, and ask them how they feel about the future real estate market as there is a rush to leave Merritt in pursuit of future employment.
September 26, 2016 07:42pm
September 27, 2016 11:27am
Lee Kenney says:
September 26, 2016 08:02am
Mark Gibson says:
September 26, 2016 07:41am
Pierre Filisetti says:
September 26, 2016 07:24am
James Graff says:
September 26, 2016 07:08am
Caroline king says:
September 26, 2016 06:34am
September 26, 2016 06:20am
Property sales/values are always supply and demand and "what you can get for your $." Yes, houses are selling in Aberdeen, but that doesn't prove what you think - ask an economist. The analysis would have to be much more sophisticated.
Sure some may people may embrace Ajax, but I doubt that's why they are moving here. Perhaps you should reflect on that. Why are people moving here now? What do they value about our city? Does our economy and community have tonnes of potential without Ajax? Why do they seem to favour the south shore?
I would wager that the reason we are growing is because this city is awesome and it is a great place to live without Ajax! Ajax would not enhance quality of life for most of us and would degrade it for some.
Much as you like to mock those with valid concerns, the concerns are real, science informed, and appropriate. Most of us are not "chicken littles" - but we know our city and quality of life is worth defending from a large open pit mine that is way too close for comfort. We are not desperate for growth at any cost. We have a beautiful city and the rest of the country/province may be noticing and responding to our great university, access to the outdoors, good jobs, rivers and somewhat affordable housing.