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In the hopes of having staff remove themselves further from policy decisions that are the responsibility of the elected council, the way debate happens at City Hall is being altered.

CAO Sean Smith addressed the new procedure for council debate on agenda items.

“One of the things that we are really mindful of this that council has full control over policy decisions and that staff has responsibility for the operational decisions,” said Smith. “We see this as a natural move to help the meetings run smoother.”

“It clarifies that it’s the council that sits in the debate, not staff,” added Mayor Linda Brown. “That’s key.”

Smith outlined the new order of events;

- Item is introduced by the Mayor
- A staff report is provided
- Council asks all questions of staff
- A motion is presented to Council (At this point staff backs away)
- Council debates the motion (no more questions of staff at this point)
- A vote is held on the motion

Smith did say questions could still be asked of staff during the debate stage under certain circumstances.

 

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Jonah Timms

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. 

Jonah Timms is representing the Green Party in Fraser-Nicola for the upcoming vote.

Timms joined Q101 to speak to the final days of the campaign for his team.

“The last few days have been pretty busy. We’re working on getting out to people in the last week, making sure that they are voting. Calling our supporters and getting out into the communities like Merritt to do some sign waves. Meeting people, still hearing concerns.”

As it is Timms’ first election, the COVID-19 protocols didn’t feel weird or different.

“As a younger person, I feel like I took to it pretty well. Certainly, with COVID most of my interactions with family and friends nowadays are online. So, doing stuff online and posting pictures and making sure we’re doing stuff safely, I feel like I adapted well to it. But this is also my first campaign, so I don’t know anything different. It would have been nice to go door to door and get those larger groups, but we want to keep everyone safe.”

The biggest issue Timms heard from the constituents was area specific.

“We’re a big riding and I feel like in certain areas of the riding I hear about different stuff. In and around Cache Creek and Clinton I hear a lot about internet connectivity. Down in Hope, I hear more about homelessness and mental health. But throughout the riding, I hear about forestry concerns and resource jobs as well as hearing that our seniors and elders are able to stay in our communities in a safe and affordable manner.

Confidence wise, Timms is feeling good ahead of Saturday’s vote.

“I’m feeling really good. I have talked to a lot of people here and I’ve spoken to a lot of people who initially said I’m not going to vote Green because you’re against forestry jobs or resource extraction. I follow up by saying that the Greens are really dedicated to ensuring that they are managed more sustainably and better than they are right now so our jobs can truly be sustainable. I feel like a lot of people in the riding are a little hesitant to vote green at first but once they learn what our policies and platform is, they feel a lot more confident in voting for us.”  

Timms had this final message for the people of Fraser-Nicola.

“I’ve spent the last month talking to folks all across the riding, getting to know their concerns and issues, and getting to see their communities. I’m really excited to hear those and act on behalf of everyone in Fraser-Nicola when I get elected and go to Victoria. Certainly, the Greens are the only party who are dedicated to listening to experts and ensuring that our resources are managed sustainably. We want to end fossil fuel subsidies and invest those into social programs for the benefit of everyone in BC. As your Green MLA, I will fight every day, to ensure that the lives of everybody in the riding improves in such a way that we can have communities that are vibrant and have people that live in our towns be able to raise a family and age in our communities safely and affordably.”

Full Green Platform here.

Election day is Saturday, voting will take place at the Civic Centre in Merritt from 8-8.

 

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Adamson

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. 

Dennis Adamson was the last of the five candidates to join the race for Fraser-Nicola. The former VP of the Fraser-Nicola NDP riding association resigned that position following the appointment of Aaron Sumexheltza and choose to run as an independent.

Adamson joined Q101 to address how the final days of the campaign have been for his camp.

“It's been really good. I’ve been talking to a lot of people and a lot of people are tired of the parties, they just find they do nothing. I’m getting some support, I’m really happy.”

Adamson also addressed the unusual nature of this election cycle and campaigning virtually.

“With COVID it makes it really hard to knock doors, which is something I love. Then you get to talk to the people directly and hear their concerns, it’s the human touch, I really like that. I find that when I talk to people their direct, they tell you what the problem is.”

COVID-19 remained the biggest issue Adamson heard from constituents.

“It’s a very frightening thing. A lot of people I talked to were mad at John Horgan for putting us into this situation for his ego.”

While the results could likely be delayed for two weeks after election day, Adamson is confident heading into Saturday.

“I’m feeling good. I know the NDP must be scared because they keep bringing people like John Horgan up to support their candidate. I have a lot of support, I think people are just tired of the parties and they want someone that is going to fight for them, rural BC and small towns.”

Adamson had this final message for the voters in Fraser-Nicola.

“The reason I’m running is that I believe the party system is broken. The three political parties in BC only care about the rich and powerful corporations’ interests. I want to be the voice for small town and rural BC. The issues important to the people of Fraser-Nicola such as jobs and economic development, small business survival, fighting climate change, health care, affordability, transportation infrastructure, and indigenous issues. I can do that best as an independent candidate who works free of the strict control of political parties. I believe as an independent candidate I can work harder for the constituents and represent true democracy.”

Election day is Saturday, voting will take place at the Civic Centre in Merritt from 8-8.

 

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Murray Church

Twenty-one months after the Murray Church was burnt down, a groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled to begin the rebuild.

On January 11, 2019, the Murray Church was burnt to the ground in an alleged case of arson.

Since then the community has been attempting to raise the funds needed to rebuild what was the oldest building in the Nicola Valley.

Jack Polmans joined Q101 to share his excitement for the big day on Sunday.

“At 1:30 pm, on the site, we will be having a sod-turning ceremony,” said Polmans. “We’ve raised the funds, at least to get a good start on it and we will be starting construction in the next few weeks.”

“Break ground, put up the outside, and then stop for the winter and carry on in the Spring,” is the plan said Polmans.

Anybody hoping to witness the ceremony is asked to remain in their own COVID-19 circles, remain six feet apart, and wear masks.

 

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WEATHER ALERT SNOWFALL

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Nicola

More early season snowfall expected on Friday as Arctic air arrives. Below seasonal temperatures to continue through the weekend.

A low-pressure system will pass just off Vancouver Island Friday morning and move onto the Washington coast late in the day. Meanwhile, modified Arctic air will advance southward through the B.C. interior. By Friday afternoon, the Arctic front is expected to reach Kamloops and pile up against the east side of the Rockies.

With a somewhat cool airmass already in place, widespread snow is expected from the Chilcotin and 100 MIle area to the Fraser Canyon and eastward to the Kootenays. Snow may become mixed with rain over southern and eastern portions of this area. Currently, forecast snowfall amounts may range from about 5 to 15 cm.

The system will move out of the province on Saturday but Arctic air will make its way through the rest of the southern interior. Temperatures of 10 degrees below seasonal normals are expected.

 

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