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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 three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from June 12 to June 13, we had 14 new cases. In the second reporting period from June 13 to June 14, we had 16 cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further six new cases.

"This represents 36 new cases since we reported on Friday, for a total of 2,745 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 182 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,395 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 13 individuals are hospitalized, four 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 934 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,420 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 health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at South Granville Park Lodge has been declared over. In total, four long-term care or assisted-living facilities continue to have active outbreaks.

"There have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak associated with the Kearl Lake industrial site in Alberta has also been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the five ongoing community outbreaks.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 36 Day 1- 14, Day 2 – 16, Day 3 – 6

Total Cases – 2, (2,709)

Active Cases - 182 (187)

Patients in Hospital – 13 (12)

Patients in ICU – 4 (3)

Recovered – 2,395 (2,354)

New Deaths – 0

Totals Deaths – 168 (168)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 934 (922)

Fraser – 1,420 (1,396)

Island – 130 (130)

Interior – 196 (196) *Error during the press conference

Northern – 65 (65)

More to come.

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Dan Albas HOC

For the past number of weeks, the Federal Conservatives have been calling for the resumption of normal activities in the House of Commons.

Local MP Dan Albas recently spoke with Q101 about the calls to return to the House to hold the governing Liberals to account.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Singh and Mr. Trudeau have basically shut down the ability of the House of Commons to be able to put forward an opposition day motion, to be able to force the government take a stand on an issue and declare where it’s going to go, to be able to hold an emergency debate,” said Albas.

“To me, it’s unconscionable that we aren’t sitting in the regular format but we’re still having members of parliament in Ottawa debating in a glorified committee,” added Albas.

The Conservatives have been steadfast on the issue but have yet to receive the necessary support from other parties.

“We want a full parliament. We believe that with the amount of money that is being spent by Mr. Trudeau, announcements that come out, that there should be more oversight and accountability by this Government,” said Albas.

“Remember, it was only last October that Canadians said no one party gets a majority, you guys have to work together,” added Albas.

This Wednesday the Liberal Government will be presented a new spending bill to the limited house to continue relief effort for those affected by COVID-19.

 

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2nd Ave

This week an interesting motion will be in front of Council as they debate removing a 110-year-old road dedication.

Since its dedication, believed to be in 1910, the portion of Second Avenue has never opened to traffic.

“Since there is no indication Second Avenue was ever opened in this location, and it certainly does not currently exist, there is no reason to believe it needs to be closed. As such, Second Avenue only needs to have its dedication removed,” said Sean Smith.

The reason behind removing the dedication circles back to the flood mitigation work being conducted along the Nicola River.

“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,” added Smith.

The City can’t give a road, however, after removing the dedication the City will be able to transfer the land to the homeowner for allowing the work along the river to proceed.

The motion will be debated this week during the regular council meeting, beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday.

 

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( Local runner Darius Sam hugs his mom Danielle immediately after his 100-mile run for charity at approximately 5:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Sam overcame wet weather, blisters, cramping and a quick hospital visit for exhaustion before completing his journey in front of family and friends while raising over $35,000. Photo Courtesy: Roger White)

It was a fundraiser that captivated a community and caught the attention of the entire province; and for good reason. Darius Sam, a former troubled teen who turned his life around when he became clean and sober, wanted to give back to his community so he and his friends and supporters launched a campaign to raise money for the local area Food Bank by running a marathon.

The 19-year-old athlete began his 100-mile journey Saturday at 12 p.m. hoping to run from the Nicola Lake Boat Dock to Spences Bridge then return to Nicola Lake all within a 24-hour span while raising much needed funds for the Nicola Valley Food Bank Society.

While he did not reach his destination within his desired time frame; Darius was able to overcome several obstacles such as wet weather, cramping, blisters and an unexpected trip by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for exhaustion.

"The toughest thing about this run was certainly the physical aspect," said Sam after accepting congratulations from the close to 100 wellwishers at the finish line. "The mental aspect helped to allieviate the soreness but in the end, I have never experienced pain like that before."

In late May,Sam approached the Nicola Valley Food Bank with a concept for a fundraiser for what he thought would be "able to get $1000" in pledges. 

At presstime (7:30 p.m. Sunday night)  his Go Fund Me Page raised $34,400.  

"I really am at a loss for words right now. It has been fun watching the total climb each day," Sam noted. "I had so much support from everyone and I'll never be able to thank everyone."

Darius Sam's mom Danielle McDougall, told Q101 News, it had been emotional in the days leading up to the event.

"He was definitely in the zone.," McDougall said proudly. " He and his friends had a plan and they were determined to carry it out."

To add to the excitement of the day, it was also announced that Hilda Rose would match dollar-for-dollar what was raised during the campaign up to $35,500 in honor of her late husband Guy Rose and his friend Dennis Sam. (No relation).

"It's been about a year now since my dad (Guy Rose) past away and my mom (Hilda) wanted to do something to honor his memory," Steve Rose, oldest son of family said. "When she read about what Darius was doing, she thought that it would be perfect to pay tribute to dad and his best friend Dennis Sam."

Nicola Valley Food Bank Chair Roger White expressed his deepest admiration for Sam and his fundraising campaign.

"This has been the perfect story that has been allowed us to think about hope, caring and volunteering rather than what we see and hear on the news lately," White stated. "To see a young man turn his life around and then think of giving back to his community is amazing; he may not be wearing a cape or spinning a web but he (Darius) is certainly a hero in my books."

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(A Proud Day. Dad Joseph McDougall (left) Drius Sam (Center) and mom Danielle McDougall (right) embrace after the long trek that raised over $35,000 and was matched by a local family bringing the donation well over $70,000 to he N.V. Food Bank.)

While he says it may take him some time to comprehend his accomplishment, Darius is quick to point to his supporters as the reason he kept going.

"The real heroes are the people who supported me and stood behind me to give me that push when I needed it." he smiled. "All I had to do was run."

The final numbers will not be for a day or two as more pledges continue to arrive.

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 announcing 16 new cases who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 2,709 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 187 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,354 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 12 individuals are hospitalized, three 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 922 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,396 in the Fraser Health region, 130 in the Island Health region, 196 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region. This includes a data correction of one less case in the Northern Health region.

"There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 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 health-care facility outbreaks. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities continue to have active outbreaks.

"There have been no new community outbreaks and public health teams continue to provide support for the six ongoing community outbreaks.

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