I have been invited for lunch today by the manager of the Kamloops pulp mill, Eric Ashby. I'm looking forward to a good, wide ranging discussion.
My old friend Barry Baker goes after me a little bit in his blog post about my vote on the mill's emissions permit extension. I hope he had a chance to read my clarifications. His blog, "Right Up Your Alley", is shaping up to be an interesting place for a fresh Kamloops perspective.
I attended the labour council meeting on Tuesday evening and I got some pretty strong questions from members of the Communication Energy and Papersworker local that represent the workers at the mill. Should have expected these, but was taken a little aback. I clarified again my position that I would not like to see the mill shut down. I simply want the mill to be held accountable for their environmental and health impacts and the commitments made to mitgate those. I am not sure my clarifications resonated at all. There was a bit of emotion in the room.