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Work will soon be starting on the City of Merritt’s most expensive capital project of 2020. Phase one of the Voght Street project has been budgeted at $3 million.

This week, CAO Scott Hildebrand announced that the contract had been awarded and work is expected to begin in a few week's time.

“I was happy to sign off on the contract this week. We are under budget right now,” said Hildebrand. “They’ll be starting right towards the end of May or early June.”

The massive project is scheduled to take all Summer and into the Fall to complete.

“It comes with its challenges. There are certainly going to be traffic disruptions, there’s going to be a lot of congestion on Voght Street,” added Hildebrand. “There are also going to be different detours.”

Phase one of the project focuses on the area around the Voght Street corner. City Council did approve funding for the planning stages of phase two this year, which would run further up the hill.

 

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Update-

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are reporting 15 new cases, for a total of 2,392 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 372 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,885 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 58 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 878 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,149 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 58 in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 135 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of this individual, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"There have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 15 facilities and four acute-care units have active cases. The outbreak has now been declared over at the MSA rehab acute-care unit in the Fraser Health region.

"Public health teams are continuing to provide support for community outbreaks in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"We are transitioning into Phase 2 of BC's Restart Plan slowly, with careful thought and consideration. While many of us would look to plan our summer activities well in advance, this year, with the risks of COVID-19 around us, we need to take things week by week.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 15

Total Cases – 2,392 (2,376)

Patients in Hospital – 58 (59)

Patients in ICU – 12 (14)

Recovered – 1,885 (1,859)

New Deaths – 3

Totals Deaths – 135 (132)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 878 (877)

Fraser – 1,149 (1,137)

Island – 126 (125)

Interior – 181 (180)

Northern – 58 (57)

More to come.

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Honeywell

RCMP renew their appeal for information surrounding the disappearance of Lalie Honeywell, calling for anyone with dash cameras to review their footage for the missing woman.

On May 12, 2020 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a report of a missing Merritt woman. Lalie Honeywell was last seen on May 11, 2020 at the Double D Inn located at in the 1500-block of Nicola Avenue in Merritt at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Items believed to belong to Honeywell were located near Nicola Avenue in the vicinity of the Nicola River Bridge. The location of the belongings prompted a search of the Nicola River by Nicola Valley Search and Rescue (SAR), who were supported from the air by Kelowna RCMP Air Services.

"The search of the high waters of the Nicola River has now been completed, with negative results, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District MRO. Although search and rescue personnel are no longer scouring the area, the RCMP continues its search for Lalie and its investigation into her disappearance."

"At this time, investigators are urging motorists who travelled in the area of the Nicola River Bridge, along Nicola Avenue, any time after 5 p.m. on Monday May 11 to review their footage for any signs of Ms. Honeywell", adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Lalie Honeywell is described as an Indigenous woman, 44-years-old, 5 ft 3 in tall, weighs approximately 150 lbs, with short brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans, a purple shirt and a pair of DC brand shoes.

If you have any information in relation to the current whereabouts of Lalie Honeywell please call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

 

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SD58 BLUE

Recently, Education Minister Rob Fleming outlined a five-stage plan to slowly return to in-class learning across BC. The province is currently in stage four, and Fleming said he hoped to move to stage three, part-time in-class learning, by June.

Last night, SD58 Superintendent Steve McNiven made a presentation to the school board regarding the next steps in bringing local students back into classrooms.

“We have asked our teachers, educational assistants, first nation support workers, and strong start coordinators to return to work starting (today), in preparation for a partial return to face-to-face learning starting June 1,” said McNiven.

The District is still working out, in partnership with the Ministry, the exact plan for how often students will be school under stage three.

“We’re not 100 per cent sure it’s going to look like 50 per cent for K-5, 20 per cent for 6 or 7, those are some of the target areas that we’re going to be talking with our staff about,” added McNiven.

The District will be sending a plan to the Ministry in the coming weeks outlining the exact amount that students will be in schools.

It should be noted that the Ministry of Education has stated that parents can choose to keep their kids at home come June 1, online education will still be utilized moving forward.

During the pandemic, the schools have been providing limited in-class instruction to students of essential workers. McNiven also mentioned that the district is planning to expand its essential service worker spaces next week to 60-90 seats to accommodate phase two of BC’s reopening plan.

 

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- Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are reporting 16 new cases, for a total of 2,376 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 385 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,859 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 59 individuals are hospitalized, 14 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 877 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,137 in the Fraser Health region, 125 in the Island Health region, 180 in the Interior Health region and 57 in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 132 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of this individual, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"There have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 15 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 16

Total Cases – 2,376 (2,360)

Patients in Hospital – 59 (63)

Patients in ICU – 14 (16)

Recovered – 1,859 (1,832)

New Deaths – 1

Totals Deaths – 132 (131)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 877 (874)

Fraser – 1,137 (1,124)

Island – 125 (125)

Interior – 180 (180)

Northern – 57 (57)

More to come.

 

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