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Kanigan Pommel

Currently in Ottawa gymnasts from around the country have gathered for the 2019 Canadian Championships. Among those competing is Merritt’s own Drew Kanigan.

Drew is competing in the 16-17 year old junior competition and yesterday was the all-around competition.

Out of the 18 athletes in the field, Drew placed sixth in the all-around portion of the competition.

Apparatus results –

Floor – 12.450 – T9th

Pommel – 12.450 – 5th

Rings – 12.350 – 6th

Vault – 11.550 – 17th

Parallel Bars – 12.800 – 3rd

High Bar – 12.850 – 4th

All-Around – 74.450 – 6th

The competition isn’t over for Drew yet as today (Sunday) he will compete in the individual apparatus finals.


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Pride Stickers

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 personal favourite story of the week.

This week the word around town was no provincial funding for flood mitigation, graduation rates continuing to climb and the Mayor and Arts Council teaming up to hold a gala this fall.

Merritt Not Receiving Provincial Funding for Flood Mitigation

Not on the list of recipients was the City of Merritt. Q101 spoke with Director of Finance Sheila Thiessen who mentioned over 6 million dollars was asked for by local communities with only around 3 million in the pot to be distributed.

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Graduation Rates Continue to Climb in SD58

Raising graduation rates has been a key initiative for School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen for a number of years now.

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Gala for the Arts in the Works

Mayor Linda A. Brown has encouraged the Nicola Valley Arts Council to plan a Mayor’s Gala for the Arts to showcase our local talent and raise funds for our arts-based organizations.

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This week instead of a personal favourite, ill showcase the work of one of our interns whose internship at the station recently ended with Sidney Parker’s piece on the new LGBTQ2+ club starting up in Merritt.

Merritt is Welcoming a New LGBTQ2+ Club

The end of this month will usher in a new era for Merritt with the inaugural meeting of a new LGBTQ2+ club, Fierce Merritt. Q101 had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the man behind the group, three-year resident of Merritt, Hugo “Hugo-a-go-go” McPherson-Ashmore. Hugo was a club promoter in Los Angeles for 25 years and retired when he moved back to Canada. I asked him if he was here when a high school LGBTQ2+ alliance group proposed, and was denied a rainbow crosswalk to City Council in March of last year.

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sd58 office

Recently the School District and the local First Nation Bands have been working towards a new Local Education Agreement. SD 58 Superintendent Stephen McNiven spoke with Q101 about their continued effort to create programs that benefit the students.

“Presently we have three different Local Education Agreements and our hope is to bring those under one education agreement for all five of our bands,” said McNiven. “The fact that we continue to meet and work in that direction is a positive thing.”

Recent Indigenous graduation numbers show the continued success of what can happen when all parties start pulling the rope in the same direction.

“We have closed the gap last year and our hope is to have that happen again,” said McNiven. “(Indigenous graduation rates) which are substantively higher than the Provincial average and we’re very proud of that.”

McNiven also spoke to another document he credits with improving opportunities for students across the district.

“I would speak to two documents, one is the Local Education Agreement and then also our Aboriginal Education enhancement Agreement,” said McNiven. “Both those documents outline the work we’re doing around culture and language, wellbeing, self-worth and identity, and academic success, and all four of those things have to work together in order to provide an opportunity for our students. When I look at what’s going on in our district, we should be very proud of the work we’re doing in the area of Aboriginal education and the type of impact it’s having on our students.”


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Ashcroft ER

 Ashcroft and area residents are advised that, due to unexpected and temporary limited staffing availability, the emergency department (ED) at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre will be closed overnight from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 26. The site will re-open Sunday at 8 a.m. for regular services.

Interior Health regrets this closure and reminds residents to take note of the following if they require care while the emergency department is closed:

  • In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Visit the emergency department at one of the following facilities:
    • Royal Inland Hospital – 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops
    • Lillooet Hospital – 951 Murray Street, Lillooet
    • Nicola Valley Hospital - 3451 Voght Street, Merritt
  • Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (24 hour service) if you are unsure of your need to seek emergency care.

Ashcroft ED services normally operate on weekends only, from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 8 a.m.


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It’s going to be a busy week for the Tourism Department here in Merritt next week, with tourism week, bike to work or school week and access awareness day all on the docket.

Q101 spoke with Merritt Economic Development and Tourism Manager Will George about the week ahead.

“The National Tourism week is happening May 26th to June 2nd. With Tourism Merritt here, we will be releasing a new tourism video, we have a photo contest going on and we’ll also being putting out those posting for the summer students,” said George. “As well as continue to update the information that we have on the Tourism Merritt website as well as the social media accounts, increase the number of visitors we have coming to the community and enhance their experience. Having tourism week next week fits nicely with this tourism strategy the Canadian Government just put out.”

“We have lots of initiatives going on next week to celebrate National Tourism Week. And on June 2nd we’ll have Access Awareness Day,” said George.

“In celebration of Access Awareness Day, we look at some examples in the community. If people haven’t had an opportunity to go down to the CPO (Community Policing Office) building in spirit square, we have a new ramp in here. As well there is a new ramp at the Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House. It’s excellent to be able to have those in our community when last year we didn’t.”

“It’s just something for people to celebrate and to think about how we can make our community for accessible for everyone in our community,” concluded George.


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