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The BCHL has announced that the 2020-21 season has been delayed.

The delayed start is as a result of the latest public health orders put in place by Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday.

The season is now set to begin on December 8, 2020, and the remainder of the preseason has been cancelled.

BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb stated that if the current restrictions are continued past their current end date of December 7, the league would look into beginning the season after the holidays.

Any players who leave their teams during this time will be required to isolate for 14 days upon their return.

A regular-season schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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The long-standing dispute between the Douglas Lake Cattle Company and the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club will add another chapter this week.

The Cattle Company is looking to convince the BC Court of Appeal to overturn a 2018 decision to allow access to two local lakes.

In December of 2018, the BC Supreme Court ruled that Minnie and Stoney Lake should be publicly accessible.

The ruling meant the Douglas Lake Cattle Company had to take down gates blocking access to both lakes.

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club was suing the Douglas Lake Cattle Company, alleging the company blocked off public access to Minnie and Stoney lake.

The Douglas Lake Cattle Company was claiming the lakes to be theirs, arguing they were man-made over many years.

The latest litigation is reported to be seeking no access to Stoney Lake and access to Minnie Lake only via Wasley Creek.

The case is scheduled to be heard over two days, beginning this morning at 10 am.


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Merritt’s Roger Sloan used a sizzling final round in Georgia to finish the RSM Classic in a tie for 23rd.

Sloan who struggled on Saturday shooting 1-over, bounced back on Sunday to shoot a 6-under 64 and finish the event at 11-under par.

The placement earned Sloan just shy of $56,000 and jumped the Merrittonian into the top-100 of the FedEx Cup Standing, now at 98. The top-125 at the end of the season earn their tour cards for next year, plus earn a berth in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

This weekend was the third straight tournament for Sloan, where the Canadian made the weekend and finished in the top 32.

He finished tied for 32nd at the Sanderson Farms Championship and tied for 16th at the Bermuda Championship before this weekend performance in Georgia.


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Back in June, School District 58 was forced to make the tough decision to cancel a planned field trip to Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckily, the parents helping to organize the trip for Princeton High School choose the maximum coverage and were able to recoup their costs.

That experience led the School Board to consider changes to the Field Trip Policy, and at the latest meeting, the policy was officially amended.

The Field Trip Policy now clearly states that all Out of Country field trips must have the maximum available policy coverage to be considered for approval by the Board of School District No. 58.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading across the globe, future out of country field trips have not been considered by the board in recent months.


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This week’s regular council meeting will remain in-person.

The fate of the meeting was put into question last week, following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement of new COVID-19 restrictions, including the cancellation of gatherings, even with less than 50 people.

Despite the new restrictions, Director of Corporate Services Greg Lowis confirmed that the meeting would be held in the Chambers at City Hall.

“The Government has subsequently issued guidance that (the new restrictions) don’t apply to things like formal meetings of things like councils. So we do intend to meet in-person in the council chamber on Tuesday,” said Lowis.

While the meeting will be held in-person, City Staff is strongly encouraging the public to watch the meeting online.


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