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The National Energy Board has less than six-months to redo its environmental review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The federal cabinet has ordered the National Energy Board to return with a new recommendation within 22 weeks on whether the pipeline expansion should proceed after taking a look at the environmental impact of having more than three dozen oil tankers shipping diluted bitumen through the Burrard Inlet every month.

The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval the NEB and the cabinet gave the project in 2016, citing improper consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of review of the marine shipping issue.

Several Indigenous communities, environment groups and the BC government are concerned about the higher risk of oil spills if an expanded pipeline increases oil tanker traffic from five per month to 35.

 

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Another bus service is looking to fill the void.

Canadas largest privately-owned transportation company, the Pacific Western Transportation Group, wants to offer service from Kamloops once Greyhound ceases western operations on Oct 31st.

Director of Business Development John Stepovy says an application has been made to the BC government.

The regional service would offer three routes, Kamloops to Vancouver, Kamloops to Kelowna and Kelowna to Vancouver, running twice a day.

All the routes would include stops in Merritt.

"We've always been people focused. We don't do freight, we focus on the public. We take into account when people like to travel, and we don’t have overnight trips. We do our best to travel during regular daylight hours."

The new service is called Ebus, which is currently operating out of Alberta.

Another bus service, Merritt Bus Services Ltd, has also applied to operate in the region.

 

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City of Merritt Council candidate looking to help those that have helped her get to where she is today.
 
Suzanne Saumure has been a resident of the city for 30-years.
 
The care attendant, and former nurse is a past student body President at NVIT, and lists revitalizing the downtown core and fighting for fairness and equality for all residents as her main priorities if elected.
 
"Thirty-years ago the downtown core was alive and full of shops. No there's nothing, and we're like a ghost town. Merritt needs some help. And, I'm here to help pick us up by our boot straps and get us moving forward again."
 
Saumure is one of 11 candidates vying for six council positions in the City of Merritt on Oct 20th.
 
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Long time Lower Nicola resident looking to represent constituents in TNRD Area M. 
 
Linda Murray's connection to the Nicola Valley goes back hundreds of years.
 
"Many of my pioneer and First Nations ancestors helped build Area M. A look at the electoral map for Area M is just full of my family history. And, with that love of the valley and my government experience, I thin k I would make a great Director for Area M."
 
Murray lists improving emergency management services, access to clean water, improving waste management and managing wild salmon among her priorities if elected.
 
A former assistant to MLA Jim Rabbitt, she and former Merritt Mayor David Laird are the two candidates vying to be the next director of Area M.
 
The 2018 Municipal Election is Oct 20th.
 
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The search for a small plane and two passengers missing between Chilliwack and Edmonton has been called off.
 
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre issued a statement yesterday afternoon that the case has been transferred to the RCMP.
 
Royal Canadian Air Force and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association have flown 320 hours in challenging weather conditions and covered more than 14,000 square kilometres over the past seven days.
 
The search focused around the flight plan of the missing white Van RV-6A aircraft, with rescue crews focused on the Highway 5 corridor, and eventually the area between Clearwater and Valemount. 
 
In taking over the investigation, the RCMP are now treating it like a missing persons case.
 
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