ROUNDABOUT COMMUNICATIONS | KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
For Immediate Release
April 3, 2011
Nearly 75% of Kamloops Opposes Ajax Mine
59% believe City Council should stop Ajax.
- From March 16 - 20, 2013 Roundabout Communications launched a web and social media basedsurvey asking the citizens of Kamloops, British Columbia their opinions on the proposed Ajax Mine development just south of the city. Various methods were used to attract respondents including embedding the survey onRoundabout Communications' Facebook page, links on Twitter, ads on Google and Facebook. The survey wasalso embedded on CBC Kamloops web page.The survey garnered 505 respondents after removing the multiple responses from the same IP address andweighting the sample, the final outcome is 414 respondents for a Margin of Error of +/- 4.8% . Subsets of thesurvey may have larger margins of error due to smaller samples.The survey shows that opposition to the Ajax Mine development is strong in Kamloops. Nearly 75% of thosesurveyed oppose the mine and would vote against it, if a referendum were held. 54% support a referendum withonly 27% opposing it. While 59% agreed that Kamloops City Council should use every resource available to stopthe Ajax Mine development, only 23% opposed Council's intervention.Nearly 62% of respondents felt that the possible health risks from the Ajax Mine outweighed the any economicbenefit from the project with 22% disagreeing with them. Only 18% expressed any form a trust in theEnvironmental Assessment (EA) being run by the current BC Liberal government. While 59% stated their moderate to strong distrust for the EA. Lastly, 27% felt the recent layoffs at the Domtar Pulp Mill in Kamloopsmade approval of the Ajax Mine proposal even more important. However, 54% of participants did not agree withthat statement.Roundabout Communications owner Chad Moats stated ,“The results of this survey show two camps on either end of the spectrum with very little room for compromise or discussion in the middle.” He continued,” With nearlythree-quarters of Kamloops residents opposing the Ajax Mine, even with approval from the Environmental Assessment Panel. KGHM is in tough in Kamloops.”
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-- 30 --For Further Information Contact:Chad Moats, 250-377-5821 or 250-376-6186