Because of weather, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has postponed its free annual Household Hazardous Waste Round-up events in Merritt by one week:
This is your chance to clear out all those old cleaners, chemicals, and unknown products from the garage or under your sink.
Household hazardous waste is any waste from your home that is considered to be dangerous or which you have reason to believe could be hazardous. Commonly accepted examples of hazardous waste include paint, batteries, oil, antifreeze, flammables, poisons, corrosives, adhesives, grease/tar, gasoline/kerosene, pesticides, fertilizers, devices containing mercury, and pool or lab chemicals.
This event will comply with all BC public health authority guidelines to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. For more information, please call 1-877-377-2596 or visit www.tnrd/news.
UPDATE on IH numbers:
*Provincial numbers have NOT been released yet by public health officials.
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Elections BC has outlined its procedures for the counting process ahead of the general election.
While the initial count will occur as usual on election night after 8 pm upon the closure of polls, the final count could likely be delayed.
The final count, which included the mail-in ballots usually takes three days to complete and can not begin until 13 days after the election.
Elections BC did note that the final count could take longer than the usual three days due to the immense number of mail-in ballots and could begin even later than the usual 13 days.
Due to different electoral districts having differing amounts of mail-in ballots, Elections BC may use a staggered start to the final count.
Advance poll numbers for Fraser-Nicola has now been finalized with 6,344 votes being cast in the riding over the week of early polls. That represents approximately 24% of eligible voters in the riding already casting their ballot.
Elections BC also confirmed that 2,509 mail-in ballots have been requested in Fraser-Nicola, however, no data is available for how many have been returned. Overall, 478,900 mail-in ballots have been returned to Elections BC across the province.
Q101 will be live with election coverage following the close of polls tomorrow night with Roger White and Michael Reeve covering the early results.
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The special weather statement in effect for Merritt has been upgraded to a full snowfall warning.
Environment Canada is now warning of 10-15 cm of snow.
Snowfall warning in effect for:
Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.
A low pressure system moving southeast across Vancouver Island has spread snow into the southern interior this morning. The snow will continue all day giving accumulations up to 15 cm over elevations just above valley bottom. Accumulations will be 10 cm or less at valley bottom due to temperatures being just above freezing.
Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
More to come
As the election campaign comes to a close, Q101 will be speaking once again with all five candidates in Fraser-Nicola for some final thoughts on the race, how the COVID-19 protocols affected campaigning, and their confidence heading into Saturday.
Jackie Tegart is the BC Liberal Candidate and incumbent in Fraser-Nicola. Tegart has served as the MLA for the past seven years.
Tegart joined Q101 to discuss how her campaign has been, her confidence heading into Saturday, and a final message for voters in the riding.
“It’s been busy. We’re putting everything we can into these last few days. We never take a vote for granted, so our team is committed to getting all the work done and we’ll see what happens on Saturday,” said Tegart.
COVID-19 dominated a lot of conversation throughout the campaign said Tegart.
“People are very concerned about COVID and the impact of COVID and the fact that if we don’t have a good recovery plan we are really in trouble as a province. Very much recognition of the fact that the support programs that we saw throughout the Summer won’t be there. They’re concerned about what their communities are going to look like as small businesses are looking at a long and bleak winter. They’re looking for the party that has the best plan to bring us back and I’m happy to share the recovery plan in the BC Liberal platform,” said Tegart.
Tegart knows well how tight the race in Fraser-Nicola has been in years past.
“Our riding has always been a tight one. We go out and we do our best in every community that we represent. I would say that we’ve done the work, I’ve been the MLA for seven years and I’ve worked closely with all of our communities, we’ve delivered a lot of projects. We’ve done the work and hopefully, that’s recognized on Saturday,” said Tegart.
The incumbent shared a final message with the voters ahead of election day.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to represent Fraser-Nicola for the last seven years, and I hope people will give me the support I need to do the next four. It’s an incredibly important election for British Columbia. The pandemic has sent our economy into a tailspin and I believe the BC Liberals are the best party to bring us out of this. So, I look forward to your support, I look forward to the results. I want to thank the other candidates for putting their names forward, I think it’s important that people have a choice,” concluded Tegart.
The full BC Liberal platform can be seen here.
Election day is Saturday, voting will take place at the Civic Centre in Merritt from 8-8.
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