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As the election campaign comes to a close, Q101 will be speaking once again with all five candidates in Fraser-Nicola for some final thoughts on the race, how the COVID-19 protocols affected campaigning, and their confidence heading into Saturday. 

Aaron Sumexheltza is running under the NDP banner in Fraser-Nicola. Sumexheltza previously served as Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band. 

With 24 hours left in the campaign, Sumexheltza joined Q101 to provide some final thoughts and his level of confidence heading into Saturday evening.

“The campaign is going quite well. We’ve been engaging the best we can, are we’re going to keep working hard these last couple of days,” began Sumexheltza.

Constituents have been telling Sumexheltza that they’re looking for stability in the upcoming vote.

“I’ve been hearing much about health care and I’ve also been hearing from community members about wanting to continue to have some stability as we move through the pandemic, continued investment in healthcare. I’ve been hearing about how people are happy with John Horgan and how the government has done through the pandemic,” said Sumexheltza.

Sumexheltza didn’t want to look ahead to Saturday night quite yet.

“I’m not focussed on what is going to happen, I’m just focused on working really really hard, and we’ll see what happens on Saturday night,” said Sumexheltza.

Sumexheltza shared these final thoughts with the voters in Fraser-Nicola.

“The NDP, we’ve accomplished a lot over the past three and a half years but there is much more work to do. I believe that we need to continue focusing on health care, taking care of our seniors, and creating new opportunities for people throughout the riding,” concluded Sumexheltza.

The full NDP platform can be seen here.

Election day is Saturday, voting will take place at the Civic Centre in Merritt from 8-8.

 

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Councillor Mike Bhangu

As the election campaign comes to a close, Q101 will be speaking once again with all five candidates in Fraser-Nicola for some final thoughts on the race, how the COVID-19 protocols affected campaigning, and their confidence heading into Saturday. 

Mike Bhangu is one of two independent’s running for MLA in Fraser-Nicola. Bhangu currently serves as a City Councillor in Merritt.

Bhangu has been running a one-man-show campaign through the riding hoping to stir up support and joined Q101 ahead of election day to share some final thoughts, and what he’s been hearing from the voters. 

“It’s been quite the experience running a campaign on my own. It’s been a challenge, but I think I rose to the occasion,” began Bhangu. “It's clear that my ideas obviously threaten these political parties or some political party supporters would not have attacked me the way they did.”

As for what he has been hearing from residents, Bhangu says people are happy for a different option.

“The majority of them agree, our communities are regressing, our communities require help and healing. The political parties come by, they offer crumbs with one hand, and then they reach into our pockets with the other. We all feel this, we all feel this is something wrong. People are extremely happy that they have an option, an option that is willing to speak the truth,” said Bhangu.

Confidence wise Bhangu feels he could surprise some people when the ballots are counted.

“I think I can win this. If the support that I have garnered makes it to the polls I honestly think I can win this. I will be very close, it will be very tight, but if the support I’ve seen, the support that has reached out to me, if they make it to the polls we got this,” stated Bhangu. 

The City Councillor shared a final message ahead of tomorrow’s vote. 

“We’ve done the same thing over and over and over again every election. We’ve gravitated to these big political parties, what has it done for us? Our communities they require healing, the political parties are not listening, if they were our communities would not be regressing. This election lets try something different, lets send a message to Victoria,” concluded Bhangu. 

Bhangu’s platform can be seen here

Election day is Saturday, voting will take place at the Civic Centre in Merritt from 8-8.

 

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TNRD

The TNRD is offering Merrittonians to clean out their cupboards and garages this weekend during their annual hazardous waste roundup.

Household hazardous waste is any waste from your home that is considered to be dangerous or which you have reason to believe could be hazardous. Commonly accepted examples of hazardous waste includes paint, batteries, oil, antifreeze, flammables, poisons, corrosives, adhesives, grease/tar, gasoline/kerosene, pesticides, fertilizers, devices containing mercury, and pool or lab chemicals.

The event in Merritt will be held at the Baillie House parking lot from 10-2 on Saturday. The event is usually held in the Spring but was cancelled this year during the first wave of COVID-19.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place to protect against the spread of the virus during the free event.

 

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WEATHER ALERT SNOW Coquiha

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt
  • Coquihalla Highway - Merritt to Kamloops
  • Okanagan Connector - Merritt to Kelowna

Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

A low pressure system off Vancouver Island will move into Washington State this evening. Snow will begin early this morning and taper to flurries this evening.

Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm can be expected by this evening in Similkameen and on travellers routes including the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector and Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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bc news

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy 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 274 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 12,331 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 1,920 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 4,425 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 10,114 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Currently, 71 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 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 4,260 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 6,725 in the Fraser Health region, 249 in the Island Health region, 644 in the Interior Health region, 365 in the Northern Health region and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 256 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UPDATE on IH numbers:

  • · Twelve additional COVID-19 cases were reported in Interior Health overnight, bringing the total in IH since the start of the pandemic to 644
  • · 57 cases are active and on isolation
  • · Two people are in hospital. One person is in ICU

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 274 *Record daily high

Total Cases – 12,331 (12,057)

Active Cases – 1,920 (1,766)

Patients in Hospital – 71 (70)

Patients in ICU – 24 (21)

Recovered – 10,114 (9,993)

New Deaths – 0

Totals Deaths – 256 (256)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 4,260 (4,215)

Fraser – 6,726 (6,517)

Island – 249 (244)

Interior – 644 (632)

Northern – 365 (361)

Outside Canada – 88 (88)

More to come.

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