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Upper Nicola Band to meet with Kinder Morgan next week to discuss concerns with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The band has already filed an application challenging the federal government's approval of the expansion in federal court over the consultation process.

Chief Harvey McLeod says they felt their concerns surrounding the construction of the pipeline have not been properly heard.

"That was the major issue right from day one, to setup the Crown consultation process. But, that process was handed to the National Energy Board. We've been struggling and dialoging about setting up a meeting to have direct dialogue with the Crown, and that didn't happen till late in the process."

The Upper Nicola Band's federal challenge is one of two from area bands, with the Coldwater Indian Band also filing an application over dangers the route poses to their drinking water.

Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is scheduled to begin in September.

If you're going to use area trails, the Merritt Mountain Biking Association asks that you do so with a level of respect.

"Some of the concerns recently reflect the fact the Merritt Mountain Biking Association has a signed management agreement with the province. Along with it comes obligations and responsibilities for the trails we build and maintain. And some feel the actions of others, fall on the shoulders of the club."

While they still don't technically have jurisdiction over the trails, director Shawn O'Flaherty is making the request after somebody riding a dirt bike caused extensive damage to the Tom Lacey Trail over the weekend.

"If all the user groups recognize the impact they have on the environment, and took more of a leadership role in stewardship of the land, there would just be more harmony up there on the trails."

O'Flaherty says hand built trails, like the Tom Lacey Trail, are more susceptible because damage can alter the design to shed moisture and cause pooling, which causes more damage and ultimately makes the trails less safe.

MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola watching closely as the Liberal government tables their second budget today.

"Members of the Liberal government that campaigned on a promise to run modest, annual deficit and then return to a balanced budget in 2019, all did so with a sincere belief these promises were both true and accurate."

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Dan Albas fears the Turdeau government will be desperate to find new cash, after their spending ballooned their projected deficit to nearly $30 billion dollars.

"How much has been spent in this last year alone? We don't know. Was it 50% above their election promise? 100%? Double or triple? Or, somewhere in between?"

Today's budget is expected to focus on the social policies central to the Liberal governments agenda; from skills and job training, to child care to affordable housing.

Lodges at Sun Peaks getting a multi-million-dollar upgrade.

Chief Marketing Officer Aidan Kelly says, the resort will spend more than $3million to expand the Sunburst and Bento lodges by up to 50%.

"We have had a couple of really strong years at Sun Peaks and we think its timing is right to help elevate the guest experience. A couple of these major food and beverage projects is the way to do it. So, the Sunburst Lodge is our signature on-mountain lodge and we can definitely use an increase in capacity there."

Mayor Al Raine calls it very exciting news.

"Over the past few years, businesses have gotten busier and busier. The restaurant facilities on the mountain have fallen a bit behind and we weren't able to look after all the customers so this improvement will do a lot for the people who want to eat on the mountain."

Construction is expected to start in May and be complete by the beginning of next year's ski season.

A retired Kamloops physician's wife has written BC's Health minister and staff at Royal Inland Hospital over the "unconscionable" death of her husband at the hospital's ER.

In the letter, Dr. Janice Joneja says on Sunday March 12th her husband was experiencing severe chest pains and clear signs of a heart attack so they rushed to Royal Inland's ER.

When they arrived, she says her husband, Dr. Rajinder Joneja, gave the nurse a clear and concise medical history and then he was given two aspirin with no water and sent to the waiting room.

Within five minutes she said he went into cardiac arrest and after she alerted hospital staff she held her husband as he drew his last breath.

Janice Joneja says no one regardless of their position should ever die in such a traumatic, public, and obviously avoidable circumstance.

She says it is indefensible her husband, who served his patients and Royal Inland Hospital with distinction, was consigned to the waiting room to die.

She says the fact her husband was not transferred immediately to a bed or a trauma room speaks to the inadequacy of abilities of the triage nurse on shift.

Janice Joneja is urging immediate steps be taken at Royal Inland Hospital to make sure other families are spared such an agonising experience.

Interior Health was responded by stating an investigation into the incident in question will take place.

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