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As Waste Reduction Week moves along in the Thompson Nicola Regional District, spokesman Martin Dickson is hoping to have another clean up in the Nicola Valley.

Dickson says a Clean Up work bee last year in the Midday Valley Road area was a great success.

Waste Reduction Week is annual event held across the country.  Local participation has been encouraged by the TNRD.

A Merritt director with the BC Lung Association supports a decision by the Ontario Government to shoot down a recommendation to let landlords ban smoking in rental apartments.

Richie Gage says to impose such a ban would be hard to do.

However, Gage says it's a little different when it comes to smoking on apartment balconies.

Opposition politicians in Ontario argue that a ban on smoking in apartments would force people with mental health issues who are also addicted to tobacco out of their homes.

Initial charges have been laid against three suspects after a home invasion this week in Merritt.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt Detachment of the RCMP says 21 year old Andrew Owusus, 38 year old Frederick Agbefe and 20 year old Agazzy Haddish have each been charged with break, enter and commit, forcible confinement and assault.

All three will be back in court in Kamloops today to ask for release.

Dunsmore says further charges may be laid as the investigation continues.

The three men, all known to police and all from the Lower Mainland, were arrested after a chase on the Coquihalla Highway that ended when the suspect vehicle rammed a police cruiser and another police vehicle on Monday morning.

The City of Merritt is in the process of building what's known as the Southeast Reservoir, a project conceived about four years ago.

Mayor Susan Roline says under the terms of a "build Canada fund" grant it has to be complete by the end of March 2011.

Roline says that sector will help to serve the 286 Project, but there'll still be a need for another reservoir down the road when the development actually goes in.

The Mayor clarified that it's the water line going into the area at present, with no work at all being done on sewer lines.

Merritt's location is one of the contributing factors to a mounting concern over Lower Mainland gangs moving into the community. Merritt City Councilor Dave Baker feels the benefits that bring new business are the same that are attracting the gangs.

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