I support the city council’s decision this week to ask the Federal Government to complete a rigorous environmental review (the independent review panel) on the Ajax Mine project. However, I also feel some legitimate concerns have been raised around how this request may impact the current review, which is already underway. I think these concerns can be addressed. A rigorous review ensures that community interests are balanced with economic development to create a winning legacy for these types of projects. The critical aspect of this entire review process is to ensure that public trust is enhanced by the final decisions which are made.
At this time, I don't have a position for, or against, the proposed project. I’m seeking information which will help me to make an informed and intelligent decision about a project that could have far-reaching benefits and impacts on our community. I welcome your thoughts, please feel free to share yours on the proposal.