Ajax open house welcomed by TRU faculty moderators

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Frank Chiappetta presents his explanation of the blasting process to community members who attended the open house. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Frank Chiappetta presents his explanation of the blasting process to community members who attended the open house. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

KGHM Ajax rented out the Campus Activity Centre’s Grand Hall, a public venue at TRU, from Monday Sept. 9 to Thursday Sept. 12, for their community open house.

The event focused on informing community members how the KGHM team was going to evaluate environment, noise and health impacts from the mine and was presented by experts brought in by KGHM.

Monday’s open house began with KGHM’s vice-president environmental, Don Ferriter, informing those in attendance that the open house was hosted to explain parts of the environmental impact assessment, and that while it was still early in the process, they were there to share the information they had and gather feedback from the community.

Experts spoke about how they plan to assess, predict and minimize noise and impacts to the environment and health.

Lindsay Langill, dean of trades and technology, and Tom Dickinson, dean of science, served as moderators for the event.

Both said they happily accepted KGHM’s invitation to be moderators at the event.

“I have always seen our university as being an important resource in the community,” Dickinson said, calling the university a place “where open discussions can be had, even on controversial topics.”

“Greek universities were born in a democratic system,” Langill said, agreeing TRU is a good fit for such an event.

“I’d like to see as many people on our campus as possible,” said Dickinson.

“It would be very fair to say our university students benefit from industry in our community,” Langill said, noting that the same is true for the majority of students in many different programs on campus.

Langill also said the process of the open house was very positive. He was encouraged by the depth of questions and the tone of engagement.

When asked whether he would moderate an on-campus discussion for those opposing Ajax, Langill said “absolutely.”