Survey of doctors on Ajax will not be on city website

A local survey of doctors’ attitudes toward the proposed Ajax mine won’t find a home on the City of Kamloops website.

The survey, conducted by three doctors at Royal Inland Hospital, showed 84 per cent of local physicians who responded are “concerned” about the potential health impacts of the proposed open-pit copper and gold mine.

Thirty six per cent of those who responded said they would “probably” or “definitely” relocate if the mine is approved by the province.

The survey was sent to 207 physicians in Kamloops, with 152 responding.

At the request of Alan Vukusic, one of the survey’s authors and RIH’s clinical-trauma director, city council agreed to forward the results of the questionnaire to the city’s MLAs and MP, as well as to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.

However, council has declined to post it on the city’s Ajax information page.

Coun. Nelly Dever said information on that page has been created by city staff, noting there is no proof the  doctors’ survey meets the same standards.



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