The Thompson Nicola Regional District held their elections for Chair and Vice-Chair at their most recent meeting.
While both positions were contested, the incumbents were voted back in.
The role of Chair will again be filled by Director Ken Gillis, who beat out Director Sally Watson for the position.
“This is the first vote of confidence I’ve received because this is the first time anyone has run against me. It’s gratifying and thank you ever so much. I do want to congratulate Director Watson for putting her name forward and thank her for doing so,” said Gillis.
Vice-chair will remain Director Bill Kershaw who defeated Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell in the vote.
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After a brief COVID-19 hiatus, the ‘Week That Was’ returns highlighting some of the most interesting news stories of the week.
COVID-19 related stories will be mostly excluded from these articles (for the latest COVID-19 stats click here).
This week Merritt was talking about new COVID-19 restrictions implemented, relief cheques for British Columbians, Christopherson’s challenge, and the Theatre Society.
Dr. Bonnie Henry and public health officials in BC have released several new public health orders.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Henry announced public health orders within the Fraser and Vancouver Coast regions, today those orders have been extended by two weeks, until midnight on December 7th, and will apply to the entire province.
A key promise of the BC NDP’s election platform was a COVID-19 relief benefit payment to all families and individuals across the province.
In any year other than 2020, the final week of November holds a special role in Merritt, it’s Country Christmas Week. Sadly, due to COVID-19, the committee behind the holiday event was forced to cancel the celebration earlier this year.
For the past decade the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society has been working towards the single end goal of having a community theatre built in the City of Merritt.
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 516 new cases of COVID-19, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 25,474 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 7,122 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 227 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 57 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Currently, 10,002 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 17,477 people who tested positive have recovered.
"We have had 148 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 294 in the Fraser Health region, 17 in the Island Health region, 31 in the Interior Health region, 25 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 331 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have three new health-care facility outbreaks at Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre, Discovery Harbour Care and Youville Residence. There have been no new community outbreaks.
Sixteen people have been arrested and cannabis and cannabis growing equipment have been seized as a result of a search warrant executed yesterday by Merritt Mounties.
On November 19, 2020, Merritt RCMP executed a Cannabis Act search warrant on a rural property in the Merritt area. A large commercial building was located with approximately 800 cannabis plants at various stages of growth. Sixteen people were located inside of the building.
The RCMP has seized the plants and associated grow equipment. The sixteen people, all with ties to the BC Lower Mainland, were released at the scene and charges are pending.
"This number of cannabis plants would equate to one cannabis cigarette for every person living in the community of Kelowna. This operation would produce that amount at least 3 times per year," states Cpl. Derrick Francis of the Merritt RCMP. "The impact of that amount of cannabis not ending up on the streets of our community or any other community is immeasurable."
“It is important to note, monies earned on these operations are seldom reported and therefore the regional district and municipal taxes are not collected. Allowing the owners to earn a living in these areas but not contribute to the local funding of schools, medical services or infrastructure,” added the RCMP.
Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Major Steph Drouin states, "I, and all the officers from the Merritt RCMP are committed to identifying and bringing to justice those who are responsible for all facets of drug trafficking in our community, from those illegally cultivating large scale cannabis operations, to the street level dial-a-dopers, no one will be overlooked in our enforcement and disruption efforts."
Merrittonians should be aware that Blair Street will be closed this morning between Nicola and Granite to allow for a sewer line tie in to be completed.
Temporary Road Closure Notice – Nov. 20th
Blair Street Between Nicola Avenue and Granite Avenue
Friday, November 20th from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Due to a Sewer Line Tie In
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