TIMMINS – The mayor of Kamloops, along with a delegation of councillors from that B.C. community, were in Timmins this past weekend to meet with their counterparts at the local city hall and to take a tour of the Hollinger open pit mine on Saturday.
The City of Kamloops is currently considering whether or not to approve a proposal from KGHM for a new copper and gold mine located 1.7 kilometres outside of their city. The mayor and councillors came to Timmins so they could see how the city deals with having an active gold mine right next to its downtown.
Timmins Mayor Steve Black said he and the local council were happy to meet with the delegation from Kamloops and to help them arrange a tour of the Hollinger facility with Goldcorp.Representatives from both municipalities met on Saturday for a few hours to discuss the ups and downs of being a community with an active mining operation so close by.
“This was about them having a chance to ask questions and get answers about their concerns. I think these two projects are slightly different though. Ours had a lot of interaction, site plan agreements and best management plans with the city because of how close it is to our community and residences and businesses downtown,” said Black. “If our mine had been located 1.7 kilometres away from the nearest residence, we probably wouldn’t have done half the things we have with Goldcorp.
That distance has not stopped the proposed Ajax Mine, as the project is known, from being controversial inside Kamloops. A recently formed anti-mine community group known as Code Blue staged a protest on Sunday morning by having about 150 people bicycle through the mine site.
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