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Merritt Country music artist enjoying some streaming success.

Bobby Garcia's single, "Not My Fault, Not My Problem" is currently the number-one country music song in BC, and number-four in Canada, on the streaming site www.numberonemusic.com.

Garcia excited when he got the news last week.

"An email popped up on my phone saying I was number-one in all of BC. I was like wow, and immediately checked it out and it was true. So, I was like this is amazing, this is awesome."

"Not My Fault, Not My Problem" reached number-one in BC after 39 weeks on the site's charts.

You can have a listen to it at, www.numberonemusic.com/charts?song_id=534008&genre_id=20&geo=local&country_id=38&state_id=54&pos=1&songs_total=55&page=1.

 

Tourism Ambassadors will be guiding visitors around Merritt again this summer.

"The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce have two, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame will have one, again."

City of Merritt manager of economic development and tourism Will George confirms an application to the Canada Summer Jobs program was successful, and the ambassadors will be on the job from June 27th to Sept 2nd.

"It's a link between the other tourism information locations we have. They'll be working up on De Wolf Way again, and at the Hall of Fame, to help tourists navigate throughout town."

Last summer, the first for the program, the three Merritt Tourism Ambassadors were responsible for 2,048 recorded interactions with visitors.

Canadian indie film shot in Merritt and the TNRD this past summer debuting in China.

'Juggernaut', the story about two brothers and their mother's suicide, debuts tomorrow at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Producer Mathew Cervi says along with parts of the movie being shot at Merritt's Elks Lodge, with several area residents serving as extras, scenes were also filmed in the Ashcroft and Kamloops areas.

"It depends on your story, and what you're looking for. But, it was great for us. We had tons of support form the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, and of course you get that tax credit, which is a bonus."

A release date in Canada has not been set.

The 'Juggernaut' trailer can be viewed at, www.juggernautthefilm.com/trailer-2.

BC Liberals promising to raise welfare rates in this week's throne speech, despite their expected fall in confidence vote later this month.

After hearing from voters during last months election, Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell it was clear they wanted government to pay more attention to social programs.

"And, we heard from people that they wanted to see more changes."

BC's welfare rate currently sits at $610/month.

An increase would be the first in more than a decade.

 

Fortis BC is keeping its Natural Gas rates in place.

Following the quarterly review at the BC Utilities Commission, Fortis BC spokesperson Diana Sorace says weather, supply and demand, and economic conditions remain right to keep the current rates in place with no increase.

As for the future, she says its positive but difficult to speculate on.

"It's hard to predict at this time. We do review public gas rates every three months for the BCUC. But, natural gas right now is at its lowest commodity rate in the last 10-years. And, the trend currently seems to be maintaining right now."

For most of the province including the interior and the lower mainland will remain at $2.050 cents per gigajoule.

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