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British Columbians who don't identify as male or female can now select an "X" on their I.D.

The third option can now be used on driver's licenses, identity cards, birth certificates and BC Service Cards.

The NDP announced the change last summer, following suit with several provinces across the country.

The provincial government says it's also working toward a non-medical model of gender identification to advance inclusivity.

To change a gender designation on an identity document, people born in BC must submit several documents to the Vital Statistics Agency, including a physician or psychologist’s confirmation form.

Once complete, the agency will issue a new birth certificate that can be used to change other identification cards.

Those born outside of BC can only change their BC-issued I.Ds, which excludes birth certificates.

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UPDATE 03/11/18 10AM: Melissa has been located.
 
RCMP are asking the public's assistance for any information regarding a missing 33 year-old female from Merritt. 
 
Melissa Hillis was last seen on October 31st in Merritt. 
 
She is failing to respond on social media and had no known contact with friends and family.
  
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP 250-378-4262 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 
 
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Mayor-elect hoping to establish a Youth Council in the City of Merritt.
 
It may be a cliché but Linda Brown says youth are the future, and should be provided the opportunity to take more of an active role in how the city operates.
 
"The goal is to engage youth and to get them more interested in Council, their city and their environment. And, to be a mentor to some of the younger ones who are also interested."
 
Brown points to both Elijah Mack and Emma Martin as examples for the need to get more youth involved.
 
The two twenty-something candidates narrowly missed out on a spot on the City of Merritt's new Council in last month's election, and both campaigned on getting youth more involved.
 
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Local postal workers are no longer working overtime.
 
Still unable to come to an agreement with Canada Post, CUP-W Local 758 Vice President Patricia Nauss says postal workers in Merritt, and across the country are now refusing to work overtime.
 
"They want us to work the overtime because of the backlog created by the rotating strikes. Each time a city goes on strike then they have double the mail, and they are expecting, or forcing the carriers to go out and do overtime. They are telling us we can't refuse it."
 
 
Money, health, and safety among the major contract items needing to be resolved before the union will agree to a new contract.
 
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Interior Health is eliminating steps to make it less intrusive to get tested for HIV.
 
Manager of Harm Reduction and Health Outreach Maja Karlsson says patients no longer need to see a physician first; they can simply fill out a requisition on their own and take it to the lab at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre.
 
Early diagnosis is vital for treatment, but she says one in four people living with HIV, don't know it.
 
"We know that many people are interested in knowing what their status is, whether they are a perceived risk or not. And, having to go to a doctor, or another health provider to get a requisition for it is sometimes a barrier that people don't end up pursuing because it can be a pain. This way they can avoid that part."
 
Patients who request a test will be provided with information about the test and the follow-up process for both negative and positive results, which will be provided two weeks after the test occurs.
 
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