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The Merritt RCMP are asking for assistance in locating a missing Merritt Woman.

On May 12th at approximately 9:30 am the Merritt RCMP were made aware of a missing female from the Merritt area.  Lalie Honeywell a resident of Merritt was last seen at the Double D Motel (1502 Nicola Ave, Merritt B.C) in Merritt at approximately 6:00 pm the previous day.  The Merritt RCMP are utilizing RCMP Air Services and Nicola Valley S&R to aid their search efforts. 

Lalie Honeywell is 44 years old, 5'3 tall, weighs 150 lb's has short brown hair and brown eyes.  Missing was last seen wearing jeans, purple shirt and a pair of DC shoes.

If you have any information in relation to the whereabouts of the missing individual please call 911 or the Merritt RCMP (250-378-4262).


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The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and President Ken Tourand have released a statement regarding the upcoming semester and measures being taken to combat COVID-19;

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology students will have the opportunity to participate in socially distanced classroom spaces and/or virtual environments. President Ken Tourand stated, “the health and safety of our employees and students is the first priority. To support safe and healthy learning and working environments, NVIT has enhanced existing technologies and invested in new technology and training to ensure our faculty and staff have the tools and skills necessary to continue delivering quality Indigenous programming and services.”

NVIT faculty are preparing to teach in hybrid environments and student services is implementing and exploring virtual appointment bookings, tutoring services, and proctoring applications. NVIT is committed to delivering scheduled programming and student supports. This commitment necessitates equipping traditional classrooms with technology for hybrid learning while also ensuring access to support services. Through investment in technologies, learners will have access to the student services team, tutors, Elders, and counselling services. “Ideally, students and employees have the opportunity to engage, as per the official academic schedule, on-line or on-campus”, said Tourand. “I do hope the virtual opportunities encourage those Indigenous Grade-12 graduates across the Province to take advantage of NVIT’s Immediate Entry Bursary.” Indigenous grade 12 graduates who plan to immediately enter NVIT this Fall are eligible for a first-year tuition bursary whether they are studying virtually or at either of the Merritt or Burnaby campuses.

With a commitment to the safety and well-being of employees and students, NVIT continues to build a plan for returning to physical campus spaces. Institute plans for Fall 2020 include consideration for:

  • · Monitoring the health of employees and students with clear policies and procedures related to learner attendance policies and employee sick leave. Online reporting processes for employees and learners will be established.
  • · Use of physical barriers, directional signage and wayfinding to limit social interaction and virus contamination in physical spaces on campuses
  • · Procedures for cleaning and sterilization of “high touch” areas in the workplace throughout the day and availability of hand sanitizer stands at entrances.
  • · NVIT’s Elders’ Council will remain off-campus and provide virtual support. Employees and learners with underlying medical conditions and those over the age of 65 will be encouraged to learn and work in the virtual environment.
  • · Through the investment in technologies and training, NVIT will use on-line learning and support to balance social interaction for learning and development.
  • · Until further notice, NVIT employees will not resume work-related travel.


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The Federal Government has just announced a one-time, tax-free top-up payment for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seniors receiving old age security will receive a $300 payment. Those receiving guaranteed income supplements will receive $200.

The entire program is estimated to cost $2.5 billion and help support 6.7 million Canadian seniors.

More to come


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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 providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: May 9 to May 10, and May 10 to midday today.

"In the first reporting period through May 10, we had nine new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further 14 new cases.

"This represents 23 new cases since we reported on Saturday, for a total of 2,353 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 504 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,719 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 66 individuals are hospitalized, 18 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 873 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,118 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 130 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last two days, 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.

"We are pleased to announce that the outbreak at Bylands Nursery is now declared over.


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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 23 *Day 1-9, Day 2-14

Total Cases – 2,353 (2,330)

Patients in Hospital – 66 (69)

Patients in ICU – 18 (21)

Recovered – 1,719 (1,659)

New Deaths – 1

Totals Deaths – 130 (129)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 873 (871)

Fraser – 1,118 (1,098)

Island – 125 (125)

Interior – 180 (180)

Northern – 57 (56)

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The Interior Health Authority has not seen an increase in COVID-19 cases since Friday.

Yesterday the BC CDC was reporting 15 active cases of the novel coronavirus across the Interior, today that number has fallen to just 7, with 173 patients out of 180 cases fully recovered.

Two patients remain in hospital, with zero in the ICU.

With test positive cases remaining low across the province, Government officials are moving towards phase-2 of the reopening plan, expected to begin after the May long weekend.


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