Following a public hearing which saw nobody speak, and City Staff confirming that now other correspondence had been received regarding the proposed bylaw, City Council moved forward with removing the cap of retail cannabis locations.
During legalization, the City of Merritt drafted a bylaw to cover the emerging retail sector including the self-imposed cap of four cannabis stores in town.
The cap was removed by a 6-1 vote, Councillor Melvina White was in opposition. No councillor addressed the motion at yesterday's meeting.
It was noted by staff that although the cap was removed, restrictions are still in place for the distance the stores must be from another cannabis store, from parks, schools, playgrounds, and more. Thus limiting the possible locations around the City.
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The Province of BC and the Solicitor General Mike Farnworth have extended the state of emergency and implemented new fines for those refusing to wear a mask in public spaces.
Anyone without a mask in an indoor public place or who refuses to comply with the direction of an enforcement officer, including the direction to leave the space, or who responds with abusive or belligerent behaviour, may be subject to a $230 fine.
"Education is key, which is why we're having businesses review their plans and getting the word out to communities in several languages," Farnworth said. "Businesses should provide signage on the mandatory mask policy and inform customers about the requirement. Of course, despite any range of efforts, some people will break the rules knowing full well what they're doing. These measures give police and other enforcement officials the tools to intervene with and penalize problematic individuals and groups."
To report non-emergency contraventions of this mask order, people are asked to contact their local government's bylaw office. Local bylaw officers can help follow-up on concerns and engage police departments and WorkSafe BC as necessary. If they are unable to reach a local bylaw office, they can contact their local police department's non-emergency line. Police may be called if someone has become threatening or abusive in response to a request to put on a mask.
This ministerial order on masks ensures a co-ordinated response to COVID-19. Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in many indoor public settings. These include:
* malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
* liquor and drug stores;
* airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
* restaurants, pubs and bars;
* places of public worship;
* on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
* common areas of office buildings, court houses, hospitals and hotels;
* common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity; and
* common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.
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At 1:55 p.m. today, a test of B.C.'s wireless alerting system will be conducted as part of the national Alert Ready system to improve public safety in the event of emergency.
This is part of a biannual test of the national Alert Ready system, which was launched in B.C. on April 6, 2018. This testing is designed to assess the system's readiness for an actual emergency and identify any adjustments that need to be made. A scheduled test in May 2020 was cancelled across Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the test, an alert will be broadcast on radio and television stations, as well as on compatible wireless devices.
* To receive alerts, mobile phones must be connected to a cellular network, be alert compatible, be within the alert area and have up-to-date cellular software. Alerts will be broadcast automatically at no cost to the user.
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UPDATE on IH numbers:
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are reporting 941 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 28,348 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 7,732 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 284 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 61 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Currently, 10,283 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 19,605 people who tested positive have recovered.
"Since we last reported, we have had 174 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 678 in the Fraser Health region, 11 in the Island Health region, 49 in the Interior Health region, 29 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
"There have been 10 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 358 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province and that needs to happen now. That is why we have paused all gatherings, events and indoor group fitness activities.
"That is also why everyone, young and old, needs to pause their social interactions and increase their layers of protection and stay within their local communities as much as possible.
From the BC CDC;
941 new cases *Daily record
49 new cases in the Interior
284 in hospital
61 in ICU
10 new deaths
Still waiting for a statement from Dr. Henry
Yellowhead Road and Bridge is expecting a weather system to come in Tuesday afternoon/evening, November 24, 2020 and into the overnight hours. Heaviest snowfall expected for the Coquihalla Summit (South). Precipitation will be heaviest between 4-8pm and tapers off around midnight with a few stray flurries after.
Snowfall will be service area wide on the freeways, so please drive to conditions. Plow trucks will be out removing snow and restoring traction as well as putting out chemicals to help prevent icy conditions. When flashing lights are on, our trucks are in “Winter Work Mode” and require extra room to perform their necessary duties. Remember to never pass a plow truck on the right and road conditions in front of the plow truck will be worse than behind it.