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Chase should not purse silver at any cost
I know a secret.
Only 35 minutes from Kamloops lies a charming village on a pristine lake.
I am fortunate to say that, as of last October, it has become my home and my town.
Over the course of the last 11 months, my partner and I have shared this secret with assorted friends and family — and virtually every one of them is making plans to also make this their home.
We’ve met many other newcomers who believe, as we do, this truly is paradise!
I recently attended a town hall meeting at which the pros and cons of a pellet plant were being discussed.
I regret that, as a newcomer, I believed I should be there to listen only.
As a result, I failed to speak up for my wonderful Village of Chase.
Many good observations were made — the population has been a stable 2,500 for the past 10 years, properties are selling well and, with the exception of train traffic, our air and noise quality are good.
It bothers me tremendously that the proximity of this proposal to our water and our citizens would place industry and its attendant pollutants, noise, odours and carcinogens just meters from Chase Creek and residential neighbourhoods.
An observation was made during the meeting that the smell of the proposed enterprise is “the smell of money.”
I would suggest that, if that smell is at all similar to the smell of a pulp mill, we should not be interested at all in selling paradise for a little bag of silver.