As announced by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission September 10th, 2020, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (JPBG) has submitted an application to purchase the operations of CKMQ 101.1FM from Merritt Broadcasting Ltd.
Seeing this as an exciting opportunity to bring even more programming and multi-media opportunities to the Nicola Valley radio market, Merritt Broadcasting owner Elizabeth Laird made a local announcement earlier where the Laird family stated they feel they have made the best choice for Merritt’s radio legacy, staying strong during these changing times.
“Its an emotional decision and we feel in addition to greater technology resources for listeners and the announcers at CKMQ, Pattison is our preference of any potential broadcast company to continue this legacy. After all, they've known the Nicola Valley market directly through radio and TV service to the area for over 35 years. Pattison is also keeping CKMQ operations and announcers right here in the Nicola Valley, where local studios have been located since 1970”.
"It’s very important for us to feel confident that the level of service, local news, and local broadcast hours are maintained and even enhanced with new regional capabilities; which Pattison Broadcast has demonstrated by their commitment to other markets the size of Merritt. We see a very bright future continuing our traditions of dedication to the business community, listeners, and charitable organizations that we have worked side by side with for over 25 years.”
The announcement coincides with the 50th anniversary of radio in the Nicola Valley with Q101 beginning a promotion celebrating the 1970 launch of CJNL, Merritt’s first local radio station, and the Laird’s family investment beginning in 1994, which led to CKMQ FM launching in 2009.
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group operates 47 radio stations, 3 TV stations, and multiple digital news platforms successfully in many similar markets across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
“Local radio has a solid foundation in the Nicola Valley and we’re very proud of the Merritt Broadcasting legacy continuing under new leadership. We are pleased that Jim Pattison Broadcast Group will continue our commitment to community service as we have created for over 25 years”.
Drought conditions are affecting many streams and rivers across the southern half of the province, resulting in very low water flows, particularly in the south Okanagan and Vancouver Island regions.
The Coldwater River watershed here in Merritt is at Drought Level 4 (extremely dry) and Eastern Vancouver Island is at Drought Level 3 (very dry).
Drought condition maps throughout B.C. can be accessed at the provincial drought portal.
Water conservation is everyone's responsibility. Maximum water conservation is being urged for all areas where low flows are approaching a critical environmental flow threshold for ecosystems and fish. Residential, agricultural and industrial water users in areas affected by drought should observe all water conservation bylaws, watering restrictions and advice from their local government, irrigation district or water utility.
General water conservation tips:
* Limit outdoor watering.
* Do not water during the heat of the day or when it is windy.
* Consider planting drought-tolerant vegetation.
* Take shorter showers.
* Do not leave taps running.
* Install water-efficient showerheads, taps and toilets.
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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 announcing 139 new cases, for a total of 6,830 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 1,412 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,109 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 5,190 people who tested positive have recovered.
"Currently, 42 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 14 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,343 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,551 in the Fraser Health region, 187 in the Island Health region, 462 in the Interior Health region, 203 in the Northern Health region and 84 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 213 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 13 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
"There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
New Cases – 139
Total Cases – 6,830 (6,691)
Active Cases – 1,412 (1,378)
Patients in Hospital – 42 (37)
Patients in ICU – 14 (15)
Recovered – 5,190 (5,086)
New Deaths – 0
Totals Deaths – 213 (213)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 2,343 (2,285)
Fraser – 3,551 (3,482)
Island – 187 (185)
Interior – 462 (462)
Northern – 203 (193)
Outside Canada – 84 (84)
More to come.
The BC Liberals have made several changes to their lineup of critics and local MLA Jackie Tegart is receiving a new role.
Along with her job as Liberal Party Caucus Chair, the Fraser-Nicola MLA will now be responsible for scrutinizing the Economic Development, Competitiveness, Trade, & Technology file with a focus on Regional Economic Development & Small Business.
Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the changes are being made to continue to hold the NDP to account and respond to the challenges of COVID-19.
“Our province has been facing the realities and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for six months now, and the NDP has yet to put forward any sort of plan to restart our struggling economy or help British Columbians who are suffering right now,” said Wilkinson. “Our team will continue to keep pressure on the government to act on the best ideas and solutions to help make an immediate difference in people's lives as they continue to deal with the pandemic. With a renewed focus on jobs, the economy, child care, housing, education, and mental health and addictions, the BC Liberals are going to be focused hard on the issues that matter most to British Columbians right now.”
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After missing out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Merritt’s Roger Sloan was relegated to the couch for the final three weeks of the PGA Season, finishing 169th in the standings.
Sloan was however able to retain his tour card due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of multiple tournaments in the spring.
Today, the new season begins with the Safeway Open, site of Sloan’s best finish last season.
Last year Sloan posted a T13 performance to begin his up and down season with saw the Merrittonian miss the majority of weekend cuts.
Sloan did look strong in his final event, three weeks ago, shooting an opening-round 8-under for a share of the first-round lead. From there Sloan would play near par golf and end the weekend in 31st at 9-under.
Sloan will be tasked with making the top-125 in the FedEx Cup standings to retain his tour card for next season and the work begins today.
Sloan is scheduled to tee off at 12:20 pm.
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