Lack of teachers on call becoming problematic for School District 58.
Superintendent Stephen McNiven admitting the lack of T.O.C's has already had a negative impact within the district.
"There has been two, or three days we've struggled. One day in particular, when we had a couple of events going on. But, fortunately none beyond that."
The district continues to work to fill vacancies, but with shortages in other districts around the province, it is proving a challenging task.
"We seem to bring one or two on, and then at the same time lose one or two. It's a constant back and forth right now."
The shortage of T.O.C's across the province comes after as many as 3,500 new positions were created this fall to satisfy the Supreme Court of Canada decision that reinstated standards on class size and composition.
Merritt masseur facing sexual assault charges.
RCMP Cpl Dan Moskaluk says, 55-year-old Michael Albert Jolly, the operator of A&M Holistic Wellness, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault stemming from alleged incidents that occurred in September and October, involving four separate victims.
The names of the victims are being withheld due to a court ordered publication ban.
"In cases of this nature, first and foremost we are concerned about community safety. This is a business that has been operating this year, and we do need to fully establish whether we have other victims that have been reluctant to come forward at this time. Or, if there is other information that can advance the investigation."
Jolly, who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 2014, is scheduled to appear in court in Merritt Dec 19th.