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Recreational cannabis dispensary being considered by the City of Merritt.
 
The Quilchena Cannabis Company is looking to operate a dispensary at 1937 Quilchena Ave.
 
While the company has yet to be issued the necessary license by the province, Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith says Mayor and Council also have to decide whether they want to issue a recommendation.
 
If Mayor and Council decide to make a recommendation at tonight's regular meeting, public consultation will then be required.
 
"The province has forwarded us an application with the caveat that they have not yet completed their financial integrity, and other checks they are going to be doing."
 
The location in question is zoned C2, which Smith confirms is zoned for a recreational cannabis dispensary.
 
Smith says the application from the Quilchena Cannabis Company is currently the only one received from a company looking to operate a dispensary within city limits.
 
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New highway cameras installed in the Southern Interior.

Web Services Manager with the Ministry of Transportation Gord Smith says five new cameras that can be accessed through www.DriveBC.ca have been installed along the Coquihalla and Okanagan Connector in time for the winter driving season.

The first highway cameras were installed 15-years ago, and now there are over 80 across the province.

"The public love them and we realize that. So, we have started a regular installation schedule across the ministry, and they have proven to be very popular in all the locations."

Smith says the new cameras are an upgrade from those previously used and should be more reliable during the winter months.

 

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Mail service is expected to resume in Merritt today.
 
Postal workers in Merritt were on the picket lines last Thursday and Friday, as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers continue to negotiate a new contract with Canada Post.
 
Local 758 President Patricia Nauss says the job action is not just about wages, but also about working conditions. 
 
"Right now, we're being forced to work overtime, up to 12 hours a day delivering mail into the night. For us, that's a major health and safety thing, you can't work forced overtime every day."
 
Rotating strikes by CUP-W workers began across Canada back on Oct 22nd.
 
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Members of the Conayt Friendship Centre are marching in the City of Merritt today to help spread awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

To help mark National Addictions Awareness Week alcohol and drug counsellor Richard Jackson Jr says they will be walking as a group from the friendship centre to Spirit Square this morning.

He says the goal is to let people that are struggling know there is help for them, should they want it.

"We are going to have discussions on the serious effects that alcohol and drugs have had on our community in recent years. I've been doing this for 26-years, and there are no changes in the alcohol or drugs, just the faces. And, bringing awareness is what the march is all about."

The march begins this morning at 9am.

 
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Postal workers in Merritt continue to strike.
 
The strike that began locally yesterday is part of a series of rotating strikes being staged by CUP-W members across the country, as their contract dispute with Canada Post continues.
 
Local 758 CUP-W President Patricia Nauss says the labour dispute is not just about wages but also working conditions with forced overtime and high injury rates.
 
"Workers in both Merritt and Kamloops are on the picket lines again today. In Merritt, they are expected to be set up starting around 10am."
 
Meanwhile, Canada Post and the union are in day two of a scheduled four days of mediated talks to reach a deal. 
 
The rotating strikes across the country began on Oct 22nd.
 
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