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Fraser-Nicola MLA believes delaying construction of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will only cost money, and jobs.
 
Jackie Tegart says the $7.4-billion expansion has already met the conditions of both the federal and previous BC Liberal governments, and delaying the start of construction, or blocking the project all together would send a dangerous message to industry not only in BC, but across the world.
 
"As we look at what is happening at the province right now in regard to forestry, with all the fires, and devastation they have caused, these jobs are going to be as important as ever. Kinder Morgan met the criteria, and certainly the conditions set forward by the former government. I'm hopeful saner minds will prevail, and we'll be looking at job creation particularly in the Merritt area."
 
Last week, Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman said the province would seek intervenor status in ongoing First Nations litigation over the project, and that no construction could occur on Crown land without improved First Nations consultation.
 
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Gold exploration commencing in the Spences Bridge Gold Belt.
 
Westhaven Ventures Inc announcing that exploration has begun at its Shovelnose gold property, located within the prospective Spences Bridge Gold Belt, approximately 30km south of Merritt.
 
Geological mapping, prospecting and soil sampling have begun to follow-up previously defined gold in soil anomalies lying east and southeast of a cluster of known showings that includes the previously drilled Tower and Alpine zones.
 
It has been determined that the southern portion of the Alpine Zone consists of a +135-metre thick southeast dipping gold bearing silicified rhyolite tuff, extending downward from bedrock surface.
 
Management now intends to test for a potentially higher-grade feeder zone at depth by conducting a deep-penetrating geophysics survey and follow-up drilling.  
 
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Drought Level continues to climb in Nicola Valley.

"It's now official, the province has us at Drought Level 3 on both the Coldwater and Nicola River."

Despite the rain this weekend, Senior Water Authorization Specialist for the Cascades District Patrick Farmer says conditions are still getting worse, and the voluntary 30% reduction put in place this week for all water license holders and users of the Coldwater River, could change to mandatory soon.

"As both rivers continue to drop, we will be keeping an eye on how much an effect the voluntary action is helping us. But, if it keeps dropping, and we get to Drought Level 4, the province will need to take further action."

Temperatures are expected to be cooler the next week in the Merritt area, but with no precipitation in the 7-day forecast, the drought level is not expected to improve.

 

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Upper Nicola Band issuing Algae Advisory for Douglas Lake.

Chief Harvey McLeod says fish carcasses found along Douglas Lake, and the Nicola River are likely the result of an algae bloom.

"We just noticed that the other day. We are now working with the First Nations Health Authority and some biologists to get an idea of what is happening up at Douglas Lake."

While the investigation in ongoing, McLeod says its important people, and their pets avoid algae blooms, and if contact is made with them, to wash the area with tap water as soon as possible.

 

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Serious changes are coming to ICBC, as the new NDP government reviews the crown corporation's troubled finances. 
 
BC's Attorney General David Eby says one of the main principles guiding the review is fairness; Good drivers should pay less, while bad drivers increasing costs should pay more. 
 
Eby says on top of targeting bad drivers, other avenues of change will be explored. 
 
"I've struck a senior team of deputy ministers, and experts in the area of road safety and insurance to advise us of the best route forward to get costs under control. We have we will not have the 25 to 30% rate increase as was projected, and that means serious changes for the corporation."
 
According to Eby, road safety options and ICBC's own administration are also under the microscope.
 
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