Anti-Ajax rally draws attention from trades students

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Protesters rally near the Campus Activity Centre on Sept. 12, 2013. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Protesters rally near the Campus Activity Centre on Sept. 12, 2013. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Kamloops Area Preservation Association (KAPA) held a rally at TRU on Sept. 12 at the front of the Campus Activity Centre in response to the KGHM Ajax open house series, which had been taking place in the building throughout the week.

The rally brought forth environmental concerns, health concerns and speculation that a smelter is something KGHM will consider in the future.

Approximately 200 people showed up throughout the event, including a dozen trades students, some of whom appeared in a hummer covered with “I Support Ajax” stickers.

“People in my course need jobs,” said Eric Hughes, an apprentice in TRU’s heavy duty mechanics course and an Ajax supporter. “They don’t want to have to go up north, away from their families. We need to open opportunities for people here.”

There were several anti-Ajax chants at the rally, including a creative take on a classic, “Hit the road Ajax, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more!”

The rally was peaceful with only a few heated debates among individuals.
Cynthia Ross Freeman, a co-organizer for the rally, said the turnout was excellent and that KAPA’s goal for the day was accomplished.