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This week, City Council will consider a motion to begin the process of developing a plan for the North Bench Lands.

The motion reads; Council direct staff to contract a consultant or consultant team to prepare a neighbourhood development plan for submission to the Province with a Crown Land Tenure Application, in advance of finalization of the 2020-2024 Financial Plan Bylaw.

The North Bench Lands is comprised of 358 acres of crown land, split between three parcels.

At this point, if approved, the motion would allow the consultant to draft a high-level plan that would be used in the crown tenure application.

The project can only proceed if the tenure application is approved, and the City obtains the North Bench Lands.

 

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roger sloan

Merritt’s own Roger Sloan had been struggling on the PGA tour to begin 2020 and even dating back to late 2019.

Before this weekend, Sloan’s last made cut was at the Bermuda Championship in early November, a tied for 41st finish.

This week Sloan battled back from a one-over-par opening round to make the cut for the first time in 2020. After an up and down weekend, Sloan finished tied for 60th place.

It’s been a tough season for the Merrittonian who has only made three cuts since September in 12 tournaments.

To date this season, Sloan has made $142,710 on tour and secured 67 FedEx Cup points placing him 178th in the World.

 

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Teck Resources announced yesterday that it was withdrawing the Frontier Oilsands Mine project from the regulatory review process.

Teck CEO and President Don Lindsay wrote the following to the Federal Minister of Environment on their decision to withdraw.

I am writing to advise that after careful consideration Teck has made the difficult decision to formally withdraw our regulatory application for the Frontier oil sands project from the federal environmental assessment process.

We are disappointed to have arrived at this point. Teck put forward a socially and environmentally responsible project that was industry-leading and had the potential to create significant economic benefits for Canadians. Frontier has unprecedented support from Indigenous communities and was deemed to be in the public interest by a joint federal-provincial review panel following weeks of public hearings and a lengthy regulatory process. Since the original application in 2011 we have, as others in the industry have done, continued to optimize the project to further confirm it is commercially viable.

As a result of the decision, Teck will write down the $1.13 billion carrying value of the Frontier Project.

Lindsay continued in his letter.

At Teck, we believe deeply in the need to address climate change and believe that Canada has an important role to play globally as a responsible supplier of natural resources. We support strong actions to enable the transition to a low carbon future. We are also strong supporters of Canada’s action on carbon pricing and other climate policies such as legislated caps for oil sands emissions.

The promise of Canada’s potential will not be realized until governments can reach an agreement around how climate policy considerations will be addressed in the context of future responsible energy sector development. Without clarity on this critical question, the situation that has faced Frontier will be faced by future projects and it will be very difficult to attract future investment, either domestic or foreign.

Teck Resources owns and operates the Highland Valley Copper Mine just outside of Merritt.

 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT HOCKEY CHAL

Over the weekend 14 hockey teams from around BC took to the ice at the NVMA vying for Law Enforcement Challenge Crown.

The yearly event in the Nicola Valley serves as a fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital. Last year they raised over $23,000, we’re still awaiting the final count for this weekend’s festivities.

What we do know is the team from the South Okanagan was victorious.

Team South Okanagan faced off against the Burnaby Pylons in the final Sunday afternoon, winning 9-2.

 

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WEATHER ALERT SNOW Coquiha

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt

Over the past 24 hours, about 20 cm has fallen and a further 2 to 4 cm is expected this morning.

An unstable airmass continues to produce heavy flurries over parts of the southern Highway passes this morning. The flurries will ease this morning as a ridge of high pressure develops over the province.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

 

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