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RCMP investigating after early morning shooting in Merritt. 

Sgt Norm Fleming says officers responded to a call of shots fired near the the Sumac Gardens housing complex on Clapperton Ave around 4am this morning.

He says a 30-year-old resident, who was just retuning home from work, got into confrontation with a suspicious male and ended up being shot in the leg.

"A person sort of lingering around the entrance to the Sumac Gardens apartment complex. So, he challenged him, and he went over to talk to him. A car then pulled up, and there was an altercation at that point. And then it appears a shot was fired from the vehicle, which then left the scene immediately.”

Police are still piecing together the story, but at this time all the victim has been able to confirm is that his attackers were in a black car, with four doors, and that the shot came from the back seat.

The male shot is being treated at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre, but Fleming says his injury is not life threatening.

Fleming says there is no immediate cause for the public to be concerned, advising that the shooting is not believed to be random.

Anyone that may have more information about the incident is asked to call Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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TNRD officially joining Recycle BC.
21 of 25 directors voted in favour of the joining the non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper product recycling throughout the province yesterday.
Environmental Services director Jamie Vieira says the move will save the regional-district $600,000 a year.
"It means Recycle BC will cover all of the hauling cost of the in scope material, and all of the processing fees. So, that it a significant savings."
Joining Recycle BC will force the TNRD to change from mixed to source separate recycling, meaning residents will have to sort their recycling into six separate categories starting Sept 1st.
However, Recycle BC does not take industrial, commercial or institutional waste.
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Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce looking to right the ship in 2018.

After a year where two presidents stepped down, executive director Meagan Preston says the chamber is turning the page and getting back to the BC and Canadian Chamber of Commerce mandates, to better support businesses.

"There is not going to be any more division of the businesses uptown and downtown. In my mind those days are done. You're going to see guest speakers, more lunch and learns and other business development initiatives. You're also going to see more business after business events, and you're even going to see Super Host and Toast Masters coming back to Merritt. Those are some of the things you are going to start to see to really start focus on supporting businesses again."

Chandelle Agar, Kimberly Mclean and Brandy Sekhon were added as directors at last night's AGM, joining second term directors Louise Grenier, Tricia Graham, Manuel Olguin, Karen Bonneteau and Jasmine Kooner on the board.

Roles will be chosen at their first meeting in June.


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Tensions over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project are increasing with Alberta poised to pass its fuel restriction act and British Columbia saying it will head to court next week to kill the law. 
Attorney General David Eby says BC will file a lawsuit in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench that seeks to have the law declared unconstitutional.
"Unfortunately processes like this can take years if it goes all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada, which is why we wanted to start at the Supreme Court if we could. But, we're starting at the court where we can get the remedy we're seeking, which is to have this law struck as unconstitutional."
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is confident it has the rights under the Constitution to control the export of its resources.
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More than 1,300 litres of toxic liquids collected during the TNRD's Household Hazardous Waste Roundup in Merritt.
Environmental Services Technologist Cassandra Enns admitting it was quite the haul last Saturday at the Civic Centre, as more than 150 vehicles dropped off hazardous materials.
"We got 1,300 of toxic litres. We got 300L of corrosive liquids, 400L of flammable liquids, and 250L of old paint. And, then there was other stuff like contaminated oil, and anti-freeze."
In addition to the liquids, Enns says nearly 1,100kg of toxic materials were collected at the annual event which aims to keep hazardous materials from entering landfills or being dumped down the drain.
Enns says most of what was collected last weekend can be dropped off at the Lower Nicola Eco-Depot, providing it is in its original packaging.
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