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A man from Kamloops has died after a head-on collision on Hwy 5A

Kamloops RCMP Cpl Jodie Shelkie says the fatal collision near Campbell Creek Rd occurred around 6pm.

"The driver of a northbound motorcycle lost control, crossed the centre line and hit an oncoming car. The 63-year-old male from Kamloops succumbed to his injuries on route to the hospital."

The fatal crash, which closed the highway in both directions for several hours, continues to be investigated.

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Life threatening injuries for one person following a serious crash yesterday on Hwy 5A.

The accident, in which a motorcycle is believed to have struck another vehicle, occurred last night around 6pm near Campbell Creek Rd.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with what have been described at life threatening injuries.

No word on their condition yet this morning.

The crash closed the highway between Kamloops and Merritt in both directions until roughly 11pm.

 

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City of Merritt still in the dark on the extent of its power to veto business licenses for prospective recreational marijuana dispensaries.

While the province will have a vetting process, director of corporate services Sean Smith says the city will have the final say on whether to issue a license.

However, it's not clear what reasons they may be able to use not to, or when the rules will be issued.

"The discretion of a local government to provide a recommendation is limited by the draft of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act. And it says accompanying regulations, which will be released at a later date will further specify the criteria that must be considered by local governments when determining whether or not to make a recommendation to the licensing act regulation."

The City of Merritt is in the process of amending its bylaw to support the sale of recreational cannabis, and Mayor and Council have expressed interest in capping the number of dispensaries eligible to operate.

 

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Students from all five Nicola Valley bands set to graduate from NVIT this spring.
 
President Ken Tourand says students from 17 different programs will be apart of today's ceremony.
 
"140 students are graduating with a credential. And, we anticipate that approximately 100 to 110 will be crossing the stage at Thursday's graduation ceremony in Merritt."
 
Tourand says the future of the school, especially in the Nicola Valley, remains bright. 
 
"NVIT continues to grow, we've seen capital expansion, program expansion, and student numbers are also great this year. So, things are going really well."
 
Today's ceremony at the Merritt Civic Centre begins at 2pm.
 
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BC's Premier believes Ottawa and Alberta are taking unprecedented actions to support Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. 

John Horgan can't believe the federal government would consider using tax dollars to support the pipeline.

"The federal government is announcing it will spend public dollars to shore up a private company that knew the risks of proceeding with their project when they signed on. I made it abundantly clear it is not in our best interest to put at risk our marine economy, or marine environment."

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government will provide "indemnity" to help ease the political risks for any investors to ensure the $7.4-billion project can proceed.

Meanwhile, Alberta has passed legislation giving the province's energy minister the power to cut off gasoline shipments to BC..

 
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