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After a brief COVID-19 hiatus, the ‘Week That Was’ returns highlighting some of the most interesting news stories of the week.

COVID-19 related stories will be mostly excluded from these articles (for the latest COVID-19 stats click here).

This week Merritt was talking about yet another Trans Mountain appeal, a high-performance sports car crash on the Coquihalla, and Merritt investigating a symbol of diversity and inclusion.

Coldwater Band Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision

“We are disappointed, but not surprised”, says Chief Lee Spahan. “We knew the chances of the SCC granting leave were slim, given the momentum of the project and the Federal Court’s finding that protection of our water can still take place in future routing decisions, but we felt we had to use every tool available to us.”

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Mounties Looking for Witnesses to Coquihalla Collision

Early findings suggest that the green 2015 McLaren 650S was northbound along the highway when the driver suddenly lost control, made contact with the rear of a commercial transport vehicle, spun out, and rolled multiple times into the centre median of the roadway.

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Motion Passes to Investigate a Symbol of Diversity and Inclusion

“This motion was born of pride month, which I believe was the past month of June, and everything that is going on with race relations globally,” said Fehr. “It seems like the timing is perfect for this type of discussion and hopefully we’ll see some positive results.”

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 13 new cases, for a total of 2,947 cases in British Columbia. Six cases previously reported have removed from the total, as they were identified as residents of another province and will be reported in their home province. This change is consistent with regular protocol.

"There are 162 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,608 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 19 individuals are hospitalized, two of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 995 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,553 in the Fraser Health region, 132 in the Island Health region, 202 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 177 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Langley Lodge has been declared over. In total, three long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

"While cases continue to occur in B.C., there are no active community outbreaks.

"We encourage British Columbians to show compassion and care to those around us. This is our opportunity to demonstrate how we can all stay safe this summer.

 

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This week, Coun. Mike Bhangu made a notice of motion to have a new mural painted in the City of Merritt.

“I’d like to motion that the City of Merritt work with the current economic initiates and create a culture and diversification mural highlighting the immigrant cultures that helped build Merritt,” said Bhangu.

The motion included the note of having it painted on a City facility or on a movable frame.

Bhangu mentioned the motion fitting into the Council’s priority of downtown beautification.

As per procedure, the motion will return at the next meeting for a full debate from Council.

 

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Merritt Flourish Under the Sun

This week a motion from Travis Fehr came forward for debate regarding an investigation into the creation of a symbol of diversity and inclusion for the City of Merritt.

“This motion was born of pride month, which I believe was the past month of June, and everything that is going on with race relations globally,” said Fehr. “It seems like the timing is perfect for this type of discussion and hopefully we’ll see some positive results.”

“Something that shows and illustrates the willingness of Merritt to be inclusive and celebrate diversity. That could be something like a visual symbol and possibly accompanied by a statement and that could be made public in a variety of ways from letterhead to murals to crosswalks,” added Fehr.

Coun. Mike Bhangu also suggested the idea of promoting more holidays celebrated by the different cultures in Merritt.

“I like the idea, but I don’t want it to dominate or replace the symbols that we have that represent Merritt,” said Bhangu.

Council voted unanimously to have staff prepare a report which will be presented to Council and the public at an upcoming meeting.

 

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Here is the latest list of cancellations and postponements as of  6:00 a.m.on Friday July 3, 2020.

If your group or organizations is beginning to reschedule events in the upcoming weeks, please message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 250-378-6133.

 

  • Nicola Valley Fall Fair has been POSTPONED for this year. See you in 2021.
  • Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo has been POSTPONED until 2021.
  • Garlic Fest in Lower Nicola Sept 26-27 CANCELLED
  • Rockin' River Music Fest CANCELLED 
  • Bass Coast Music Fest has been POSTPONED to July 2021.
  • Friday night bingo for Nicola Valley Food Bank held at the Elks Hall CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Merritt minor softball and softball BC has CANCELLED all practices and events. 
  • Wednesday afternoon bingo at the Elks Hall  has been CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • The ICS Teen Centre will remain CLOSED until further notice.
  • All  services for Crossroads Community Church have been CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • All services for Trinity United Church are CANCELLED until further notice
  • All services at the Free Evangelical Church have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Merritt Sikh Society Programs CANCELLED until further notice
  • Activities such as potlucks, luncheons and more at the Merritt Senior Centre have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • FIERCE Merritt LGBTQ2+will  again be CANCELLING meetings until further notice.
  • Merritt Girl Guides in person meetings CANCELLED until further notice.
  •  City Of Merritt Recreational Facilities CLOSED including Merritt Civic Centre, Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, TNRD Merritt Library, and the Nicola Valley Courthouse Art Gallery.
  • Royal Canadian Legion is CLOSED until further notice.
  • All programming with SCHSS has been SUSPENDED until further notice. 
  • Nicola Valley Museum and Archives CLOSED until further notice.
  • Old Time Fiddlers meetings and workshops CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • Nicola Valley Community Band Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Vintage Car Club CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Community Choir Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Nicola Naturalist Society Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Quilters Guild Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Shriners Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Navy League of Canada CANCELLED until further notice
  • Bee Keeper Society meetings CANCELLED until further notice 

        If you have cancelled events to add to the list or you are rescheduling your events, email Michael Reeve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Roger White/Tyler Cronsilver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-378-6133

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