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Roger Sloan is set to tee-off this morning in a PGA Tour event for the first time in months.

This weekend the Merrittonian is in South Carolina for the RBC Heritage.

Sloan has not competed since the Tour was suspended after round one of the Player’s Championship back in March.

Before the season was delayed by COVID-19, Sloan had been struggling on Tour, making only one cut this calendar year, coming at the Puerto Rico Open where he finished T-60.

Over the past few months, Sloan has been spending his time with his growing family, having recently welcomed his second child.

Sloan officially begins his return to action at 5:46 am. Fellow Canadians Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Hadwin, Cory Conners, and David Hearn are also in the field this weekend.


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During the summer of 2019, the Coldwater River experienced some of the most severe drought in the province. That led City Officials to implement strict watering restrictions for much of July and August.

“The short of it is that especially in 2019 it became apparent that we don’t have a perfect understanding of how the groundwater relationship works between the Nicola and Coldwater Rivers. Being able to better study and understand that relationship will help particularly with drought, but it may have some impact for flood as well,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

The stated goal of the project is as follows;

The overall purpose of this project is to build on recent work to continue our understanding of the interaction between the Nicola and Coldwater Rivers and the underlying groundwater system, and how pumping from wells impacts adjacent rivers.

The motion was passed by a unanimous vote and will see Council award the Fraser Basin Council with $25,000 from Gas Tax reserves to complete the work. The City’s funds are being matched by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource.


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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 19 new COVID-19 confirmed positive cases, for a total of 2,775 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 185 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,422 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 11 individuals are hospitalized, five 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 946 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,438 in the Fraser Health region, 130 in the Island Health region, 196 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 168 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 community outbreaks and the outbreak at the Oppenheimer Group produce distributor has now been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the four ongoing community locations.

"There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks, at the Mission Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home in Abbotsford. The outbreak at Tabor Home and at the Maple Hill long-term care facility announced yesterday are connected to the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital.

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British Columbians are invited to share their feedback as the Province continues to build a strong economic recovery that works for people.

"The pandemic has been challenging, but our province has already accomplished so much in this fight, thanks to British Columbians. We are at our best when we work together, and that's how we're going to move forward," Premier John Horgan said.

"Throughout the pandemic we've been meeting with businesses, labour, First Nations, not-for-profits and more to get their perspective. We've heard lots of good ideas, and we are taking action. We want to hear directly from British Columbians to make sure the recovery works for them."

Building B.C.'s Recovery, Together describes the values the government considers foundational for economic policy-making in the months ahead. It also details the economic effects that COVID-19 has had on B.C., in particular the job losses, and how those losses have been felt across different communities. Nearly half of all jobs lost due to COVID-19 have been in accommodations, food services and retail. Women, young adults and low-wage workers have all experienced relatively greater job losses.

"The recovery is going to be a tough task, and we need to be open to new ideas and new approaches. At the same time, core B.C. values like equity, taking care of each other, sustainability and reconciliation have not changed," said Carole James, Minister of Finance. "In practice, those values will take the form of more good-paying jobs, advancing reconciliation and meeting climate goals, and growing an innovative, resilient economy that works for people."

There are three main ways for people to share their ideas, experiences and priorities:

* An online survey is the fastest and easiest way to provide answers to some important questions and give advice. Visit:

* Respond to the paper, Building B.C.'s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say, which was released on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Ideas and responses can be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

* Participate in virtual town halls. British Columbians can learn more about the virtual town halls here:

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2nd Ave

Approximately 110 years ago a portion of Second Avenue was dedicated, but according to record was never actually built. Last night the non-existent road had its dedication removed clearing the path for flood work along the Nicola River to continue.

“The City of Merritt has experienced flooding in recent years and is seeking to raise and armour the Voght Street corner to mitigate flood risk in that area. As this project will extend into what is currently river on the Voght Street side, a portion of the property at 2675 Garcia Street (the other side of the Nicola River from Voght Street) needs to be converted into river channel, to ensure sufficient river width and no net loss of fish habitat,” wrote Deputy Corporate Officer Greg Lowis.

To allow the work to continue the property owners have agreed to give up a portion of their land along the river in exchange for the former Second Avenue land.

“The owners of 2675 Garcia Street have indicated a willingness to engage in a land swap at no cost, where they give up the land necessary to do the work to protect the City (which would become part of the riverbed, owned by the Province), in exchange for a 0.249-hectare parcel of land adjacent to their lot which is currently dedicated as Second Avenue,” added Lowis.

Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication removal.


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