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On Dec 14, 2017, the Government of British Columbia Denied the Ajax Application

(The Narwhal, Dec 14, 2017) The proposed Ajax mine, a 1,700-hectare open-pit gold and copper mine near Kamloops, B.C., was denied a provincial environmental certificate from the B.C. government Thursday, Dec 14, 2017. Environment Minister George Heyman and Minister of Energy and Mines, Michelle Mungall, found the benefits of the 18-year project, which has received vocal opposition from local communities and First Nations, do not outweigh its significant, adverse effects. The mine’s proximity to Kamloops, adverse impacts on First Nations land uses, impacts on communities and property values, proximity to schools, affects on air quality were all considered in the decision, Heyman said.


 

On June 27, 2018, the Government of Canada also rejected the Ajax Application

(CBC News, June 27, 2018) The federal government has rejected the proposed Ajax open pit and copper mine project near Kamloops, B.C. In a statement released June 27, 2018 the government said the decision was made "because the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be justified in the circumstances." "Our Government has consistently said that decisions such as these must factor in both the economy and potential impacts to our environment," said Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard . "Our rigorous and cooperative environmental assessment process determined the environmental effects were simply too great, in particular, to the current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes by Indigenous peoples," said LeBlanc. In March 2017, the Stk'emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation rejected the mine, following a review, and the municipality of Kamloops came out against the project a few months later.

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