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The new BC Liberal Caucus has elected Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond as the Official Opposition’s interim leader until a leadership competition can be held.

“I appreciate the confidence and trust my colleagues have placed in me as we work together to hold John Horgan and the NDP government to account in the coming months,” said Bond. “I want to thank Andrew Wilkinson for his service as leader over the past several years and I look forward to continuing to work with him and our entire team of new and returning MLAs to present a positive vision for this province.”

The BC Liberal Caucus also appointed Stephanie Cadieux as their new Caucus Chair.

“As the Interim Leader of the Official Opposition, it’s now my duty to ensure that the voices of British Columbians from all across the province are heard by John Horgan and his NDP government. We will hold them to account for the decisions that impact us all,” added Bond. “In the coming days, I’ll be meeting with caucus members, appointing a leadership team, and assigning MLA critic portfolios. We have an excellent team of MLAs ready to get to work on behalf of their constituents and all British Columbians. We look forward to having the opportunity to return to the Legislature as soon as that is possible.”

The BC Liberal MLAs will be officially sworn in on November 27, 2020 and the BC Legislature is currently scheduled to return for a brief legislative session starting on December 7, 2020.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest COVID-19 figures in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 1,933 *Day 1-713 , Day 2-626 , Day 3-594

Total Cases – 27,407 (25,474)

Active Cases – 7,360 (7,122)

Patients in Hospital – 277 (227)

Patients in ICU – 59 (57)

New Deaths – 17

Totals Deaths – 348 (331)

Health region breakdown of new cases

Vancouver Coastal – +414

Fraser – +1,304

Island – +48

Interior – +104

Northern – +61

Outside Canada – +2

More to come.

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The BCHL has announced that the 2020-21 season has been delayed.

The delayed start is as a result of the latest public health orders put in place by Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday.

The season is now set to begin on December 8, 2020, and the remainder of the preseason has been cancelled.

BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb stated that if the current restrictions are continued past their current end date of December 7, the league would look into beginning the season after the holidays.

Any players who leave their teams during this time will be required to isolate for 14 days upon their return.

A regular-season schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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The long-standing dispute between the Douglas Lake Cattle Company and the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club will add another chapter this week.

The Cattle Company is looking to convince the BC Court of Appeal to overturn a 2018 decision to allow access to two local lakes.

In December of 2018, the BC Supreme Court ruled that Minnie and Stoney Lake should be publicly accessible.

The ruling meant the Douglas Lake Cattle Company had to take down gates blocking access to both lakes.

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club was suing the Douglas Lake Cattle Company, alleging the company blocked off public access to Minnie and Stoney lake.

The Douglas Lake Cattle Company was claiming the lakes to be theirs, arguing they were man-made over many years.

The latest litigation is reported to be seeking no access to Stoney Lake and access to Minnie Lake only via Wasley Creek.

The case is scheduled to be heard over two days, beginning this morning at 10 am.


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Merritt’s Roger Sloan used a sizzling final round in Georgia to finish the RSM Classic in a tie for 23rd.

Sloan who struggled on Saturday shooting 1-over, bounced back on Sunday to shoot a 6-under 64 and finish the event at 11-under par.

The placement earned Sloan just shy of $56,000 and jumped the Merrittonian into the top-100 of the FedEx Cup Standing, now at 98. The top-125 at the end of the season earn their tour cards for next year, plus earn a berth in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

This weekend was the third straight tournament for Sloan, where the Canadian made the weekend and finished in the top 32.

He finished tied for 32nd at the Sanderson Farms Championship and tied for 16th at the Bermuda Championship before this weekend performance in Georgia.


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