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Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about vaping in schools, backyard campfires, and a possible rezoning application on Pine Street.

Zero Tolerance Vaping in SD 58?

While this represents the first confirmed case in Canada, the issue south of the border has led to six deaths and over 300 cases of severe breathing illnesses.

School District 58 is looking at possibly combating the problem and Trustee Brian Jepsen proposed a hardline stance.

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Backyard Fires Officially Permitted in Merritt

Yesterday evening, City Council unanimously passed a motion to adopt changes to the Fire Safety Regulations Bylaw to allow for small backyard fires.

However, before anybody can start roasting marshmallows and hotdogs in their backyard, you’ll need a permit from the City.

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Possible OCP Amendment for 1330 Pine Street Moves Forward

Despite opposition from the audience at last night’s regular council meeting, a possible OCP (official community plan) amendment for 1330 Pine Street has moved forward by a 4-3 vote.

In support were Councillors Tony Luck, Melvina White, Travis Fehr, and Mayor Linda Brown. Mike Bhangu, Adam Etchart, and Kurt Christopherson were the three councillors in opposition.

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My favourite story of the week was a chance to sit down with the longest-tenured Merritt Centennial.

Five Good Minutes with Rylan Van Unen

Last year it was Mike and Rylan playing together, Mike has gone of the NCAA and in his place has come younger brother, Josh, for the Van Unen’s Cents hockey is a family affair.

“It’s really nice, you know you have somebody you can hang out with, or whatever you need. It’s good to have someone around,” said Rylan.

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