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The Merritt Centennials did the expected at the BCHL trade deadline and acquired a defenceman.

20-year-old blueliner JP Witkop was picked up from Grande Prairie of the AJHL for future considerations.

The 6-foot-1, 195 lb. defenceman, who's from Fairport, New York, had three assists in 21 games with the Storm this season. He's not expected to make his Cents debut until Saturday's game at home against Westside.

Prince George was the most active team at the trade deadline, making five moves. The Spruce Kings sent forward RJay Berra and defenceman Derek Henderson to Grande Prairie for forward Dustin Beristo and defenceman Ben Woodley.

PG also dealt defenceman Justin Fillion to Victoria for for defenceman Dylan Nowakowski, who was then traded along with blueliner Mike Puddifant to Alberni Valley for defenceman Ryan Renz. Renz was then flipped to Vernon for forward Todd Skirving and future considerations.

The Spruce Kings also moved forward Nic Desousa to Trail for futures while picking up defenceman Sam Waterfield from Dawson Creek of the NAHL for future considerations.

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The doors for Merritt's Shelter From The Storm open again for at least tonight due to an Extreme Weather Alert called yesterday.

Shelter coordinator Jody Loewen says the shelter opens again at 8 o'clock tonight.

Loewen has called an Extreme Weather Warning for tonight as the temperature is expected to drop below minus 8.

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An email reminder that cell phone numbers are about to go public is making the rounds again.

Shawn Hall of Telus says it's nothing to become alarmed about.

Hall says there's no fear that telemarketers will have cell phone numbers and people receiving the emails should delete them and not forward them.

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Even after postponing the last regular meeting of City Council, tonight's agenda is not a heavy one.

Deputy City Clerk Carole Fraser says it's basically two meetings in one, with no delegations or unfinished business for council to consider.

Fraser says the Financial Services Manager's report for adoption is the last order of business on the agenda.

Other than that there's a number of items under information.

The meeting gets underway at 7 o'clock in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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The New Democrat leadership hopeful from the Fraser-Nicola riding doesn't believe weighted membership votes will influence who wins the leadership nod.

Harry Lali says his Indian heritage doesn't give him a weighted vote.

Lali, one of three people seeking to replace Carole James as leader of the BC NDP, says it did happen in the 2000 nomination.

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