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Last night Merritt City Council voted 7-0 in favour of applying for a grant through the UBCM poverty reduction planning and action program.

The Province’s TogetherBC: British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy set targets to reduce the overall poverty rate in BC by at least 25%, and the child poverty rate by at least 50%, by 2024.

The intent of the Poverty Reduction Planning & Action program is to support local governments in reducing poverty at the local level and to support the Province’s poverty reduction strategy.

The City of Merritt would qualify for funding under Stream 1 Poverty Reduction Plans & Assessments, which includes adding a poverty reduction lens to existing plans or policies, such as an Official Community Plan. The maximum funding under Stream 1 is $25,000.

City Staff also proposed two poverty reduction workshops.

 

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Last night, Merritt City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of updating the Official Community Plan (OCP).

The motion that was passed reads; Council direct staff to prepare a request for proposals to contract a consultant or consultant team to conduct the OCP update and develop terms of reference for the project.

Manager of Planning and Development Don McArthur spoke to the next steps for the project.

“We intend to release the request for proposal for bid in March, with the goal of selecting the consultant in April,” said McArthur.

The public will have a chance to have their voices heard throughout the process.

“We’re hoping to begin the engagement process in June and that will run throughout the summer and into the fall. There may also be an additional component of engagement in the Spring when the draft bylaw is ready,” added McArthur.

While the exact timeline for the update will be affecting by the consultant hired, City Staff is hoping to bring forward the updated OCP for adoption by Council in the Summer of 2021.

The current OCP can be found here; https://www.merritt.ca/city-services/planning-development

 

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Pink Shirt Day

Today is Pink Shirt Day across Canada.

The movement that started in Nova Scotia back in 2007 has grown to a World-wide day to address bullying in schools, workplaces, homes and online.

The day began when two students in Nova Scotia wore pink shirts to support a fellow student who was being bullied and now according to their website, support for Pink Shirt day reached 180 countries last year.

SD-58 Assistant Superintendent Jameel Aziz discussed what some of the local students will be up to today.

“There will be students down there at Spirit Square, publicly engaging with random acts of kindness and giving out a whole variety of things to connect with the greater community,” said Aziz.

“Even in the Provincial anti-bullying commercials, they’re really extending it more to random acts of kindness, so it’s not just the focus on bullying, although that is still the focus. How do we go out into the community and think about being kind and good to one and other, I think that will be clearly illustrated by our students,” added Aziz.

The students from around the district will be down at the square between 11-12.

 

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The RCMP is correcting a report related to the vehicle incident between Merritt and Kamloops on Highway 5A over the weekend.

“It was previously reported that all three occupants of the vehicle succumbed to their injuries. After further confirmation from health officials, one of the children (age five years old) is in grave condition in hospital in Vancouver,” read the news release.

The RCMP will not be providing further details on the medical status of the child out of respect for the family.

 

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Curling Club

This evening the Merritt Curling Club will be presenting to City Council regarding their roof issues.

The City owns the land the rinks sits own, the Club owns the building.

According to documents provided, the club has spent $25,000 in the past 15 years on roof repairs, and the roof is still currently leaking.

The club will be presenting a trio of options to Council, ranging to value from $300,000 to $125,000.

Also, on the agenda tonight is a notice of motion from Councillor Travis Fehr regarding vetting options for committee members, a presentation on the Official Community Plan, and the North Bench Lands Development Plan.

Council begins this evening at 7 pm in the Chambers and City Hall.

 

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