More people have already died of a drug overdose in BC this year than all of 2016.
The BC Coroners Service reports that 1013 people are believed to have died from illicit drug overdose this year, which is enough to set a new annual record for the province.
In response, spokesperson Andy Watson says a contaminated drug supply is continuing to put drug users at risk.
"This isn't just a problem that's happening in high risk areas. This is a problem that's happening at private homes, it's happening in hotel rooms, and it's affecting all walks of life. And I think the message is no drug supply is safe."
A record five fatal drug overdoses have occurred in Merritt this year, after four in 2016.
City of Merritt not interested in bypassing grant-in aid process for the Nicola Valley Arts Council.
The Nicola Valley Arts Council was requesting to become an annual line item in the city's budget, in order to increase their financial security, and eliminate the need to submit a grant-in aid application every year.
That request was denied at Tuesday's regular meeting, with Mayor Neil Menard explaining that its a slippery slope.
"We tried it before, and we found it's very dangerous for us to do that. Take the rodeo association for example, they come to us every year, so why can't they do the same thing, or any other organization for that matter. I think having them apply for the funds annually is good for us. It allows us to hear exactly what is happening with the organizations."
The Nicola Valley Arts Council were seeking between $10,000 and $12,000 annually, which would then be matched by the BC Arts Council.