Doctors hoping post-mortem tests on the brain of Ty Pozzobon will shed light on a chronic brain condition.
The family of the late Merritt bullrider donated his brain to science after the 25-year-old committed suicide in January.
Now, Dr Dirk Keene with the University of Washington confirms that tests show Pozzobon had chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.
He says little is known about the disease.
"This gives us the opportunity to understand what is the disease pathology like, and how we can find a way to diagnose this when people are alive. Then we could figure out what causes it, how it can be prevented, and maybe even identify people that are more susceptible to it."
Keene says more testing will be done on Pozzobon's brain tissue and the results are expected to ultimately help neurologists understand CTE, which was his family's wish.
City of Merritt making pitch to the province to keep visitor services at Exit 286.
Councillor Mike Goetz says no promises were made by the Minister of Citizens' Services Jinny Sims during their meeting at last month's UBCM convention, but he believes she understands the concern surrounding the Merritt Visitor Centre closing in January.
"She's willing to come up and have a look, and that's hopefully where some of our questions will be answered. Again, we're dealing with people who are not aware of what happens in this end of the world. The world for most people down on the coast stops at Hope, and doesn't really go past that. But, she was quite aware of the fact we are passionate about keeping the Exit 286 visitor centre open, and keeping it viable."
More than 114,000 people stopped at the Merritt Visitor Centre in 2016, which is set to close permanently January 12th.
Following that, at least initially, visitor services for the City of Merritt will be run out of the Baillie House.
BC School Trustees Association asking the government not to publicly publish the results of the Foundation Skills Assessment.
BCSTA President, and School District 58 trustee Gordan Swan says the test works to measure the public system as a whole, but was never designed to measure individual schools for the purpose of ranking schools.
"We know that children in care of the ministry of Children and families don't do as well in school. Giving them a test that may rank them doesn't help them in that regard. Giving them additional supports to help them achieve and getting to the root cause would be much more productive. There's some unnecessary damage to schools when you start ranking them."
Swan says the test doesn't measure things like induvial progress, and the Fraser Institute's school ranking based on FSA results does not accurately reflect student performance.
The FSA test, which is taken by all grade four and seven students in the province, measures reading, writing and math skills.
The announcement today regarding Ty Pozzobon was long suspected by his family, who after he took his own life back in January, donated his brain to the University of Washington School of Medicine Neuropathology Core in Seattle.
Researchers at the facility have now confirmed Pozzobon suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
His family issued the following statement in response.
"The Pozzobon Family would like to thank the team at the University of Washington School of Medicine for their time and care during this process. The results that they have provided can only help others and that is the family’s wish and goal. Ty’s passing has brought so much sorrow and pain to all, we hope everyone, specifically athletes understand that we need to educate each other with regards to head injuries, both short and long-term impacts. Ty’s family believes not to stop doing what you are passionate about but do it in a smarter way, and listen to both what the medical professionals tell you and what your body and mind are telling you."
Pozzobon is the first ever pro rodeo bullrider diagnosed with CTE.