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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 13

Total Cases – 3,128 (3,115)

Active Cases - 209 (208)

Patients in Hospital – 14 (14)

Patients in ICU – 5 (5)

Recovered – 2,730 (2,718)

New Deaths – 0

Totals Deaths – 189 (189)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 1,015 (1,012)

Fraser – 1,649 (1,643)

Island – 135 (135)

Interior – 212 (209)

Northern – 65 (65)

Outside Canada – 52 (51)

More to come.

 

 

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karlson RMCP

The Merritt RCMP is looking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted man.

“Ronald Gerald James Karlson, 31, of Merritt is currently Wanted in relation to fourteen different Criminal charges including Robbery, Assault with weapon, Theft of motor vehicle and Flight from police,” said Cpl. Brock Hedrick.

If you have information in relation to the whereabouts of Karlson please contact 911 or the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can also contact Crime Stoppers.

 

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The COVID-19 pandemic will mark British Columbians' lifetimes in ways never thought possible, and the Province is investing in people, businesses, and communities to see them through the pandemic and build back better.

"B.C. has made extraordinary investments in people and businesses through B.C.'s COVID-19 Action Plan and we will continue to provide the supports people need as the pandemic and the economic impacts evolve," said Carole James, Minister of Finance.

The B.C. government has released an economic and fiscal update for 2020-21 to provide a summary of COVID-19 investments to date, as well as a scenario of revenue and deficit projections.

Government has supported people and businesses with $6.26 billion in COVID-19 supports to date. That includes the $5 billion in supplementary spending for B.C.'s COVID-19 Action Plan supports, such as workers benefits, rent supplements, income, and disability assistance supports, and economic recovery funding. These are in addition to $1.26 billion in other tax and relief measures for people and businesses, including the one-time increase to the climate action tax credit and property tax reductions for businesses.

With the pandemic response for British Columbians, and a significant revenue decline due to the pandemic, the Province's total operating deficit for 2020-21 could be $12.5 billion, based on projections developed by the Ministry of Finance.

Prior to the pandemic, the government was forecasting a $227 million dollar surplus.

The full report can be seen here - (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/finances/reports/quarterly-reports)

 

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Merritt Flourish Under the Sun

Recently, Merritt City Council made a few changes to the Fees and Charges Bylaw with regard to the cemetery and the new columbarium.

“On October 9, 2018, Council adopted a new Cemetery Bylaw and a Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw, which was necessary to facilitate the installation of a new columbarium at the Pine Ridge Cemetery. The fees set out in the Fees and Charges Bylaw were only estimates, as the columbarium had not yet been ordered and specific costs were not known,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

The City built the columbarium for just over $34,000 and plans to recoup those costs through the sale of the first 50 per cent of the niches.

Prices will depend on location within the columbarium and whether the deceased was a resident.

“Since all cemetery costs not covered by fees are borne by City taxpayers generally, staff recommends that Council implement the proposed 20% premium for non-residents,” added Smith.

 

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Bass Coast

It wasn’t a Bass Coast weekend like any before it.

While COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the normal festivities in the Nicola Valley, as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

So, instead of hosting thousands of festival-goers, the party moved online with the Pixel Virtual Festival. The fest was an encapsulation of a normal Bass Coast weekend with DJ sets, workshops, and more, all being offered for free online.

Part of this year’s fest was an opportunity for those participating to donate to the BC Civil Liberties Association.

“They’re one of the oldest and most active human rights organizations in Canada. Their mandate is to promote, defend, sustain, and extend human liberties in the US and Canada,” said co-founder Liz Thomson.

The tally is now in and Bass Coast 2020 was able to raise $2645.

 

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