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The pressure is on for those in the Nicola Valley banking on one of the Food Bank Christmas Hampers this year.

Linda Monkman, of the Food Bank's Christmas Hamper headquarters, says registration forms for the hampers have to be returned by no later than 4 o'clock this Friday afternoon.

The number of hampers being prepared this year is expected to increase from about 230 last year to over 300 this year.

For more information, call 250-378-5827.

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Between a Committee of the Whole meeting of Council and their regular Council meeting tonight, Council will hear from a number of people and groups.

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says it starts with the Committee of the Whole meeting at 6 o'clock tonight.

The meetings, as always, are open to the general public and are in City Hall Council Chambers.

Again, the Committee of the Whole is underway at 6 o'clock, the regular meeting of council at 7 o'clock.

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Community Futures is negotiating with the City of Merritt to renew a five year agreement to provide economic services to the City.

CF General Manager and CEO Patrick Lindsay says they will meet Council tonight in a Committee of the Whole at 6 o'clock.

Council has been paying $120,000 a year with CF's share between $45,000 and $50,000 a year.

Lindsay says if the City wants CF to continue with the contract, it'll have to pay the entire funding amount.

The current contract expires December 31.

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Fraser-Nicola New Democrat MLA Harry Lali says he and other MLAs are disappointed and feel a sense of betrayal for being singled out as dissidents for refusing to wear yellow scarves of support for Leader Carole James.

Most members of the provincial council wore the scarves at last weekend's meeting to show support for James.

Lali says the 13 caucus members have been ''outed'' and New Democrat supporters should be worried that about 40 per cent of caucus members who don't support their leader.

Lali says he's also unhappy with the NDP's provincial council decision not to hold a leadership convention next year.

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The Merritt Community Cinema steering committee is working on it's business plan to establish a four plex theatre in Merritt.

Kurt Christopherson says all the information found so far is going into the plan.

Christopherson says once they have the business plan developed, and it's on it's way now, then they will go to the public regarding financial support.

The group is hoping to meet with City Council again.

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