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With the sun setting earlier in the day, the Merritt Community Policing Office is looking to provide some safety tips for both pedestrians and drivers to avoid accidents.

“Nearly half, or 45% of all crashes with pedestrians happen between October and January,” began CPO Coordinator Marlene Jones.

Jones had a few simple tips for both drivers and those walking along the streets.

“Some tips for drivers are to focus on the road, we hear all about leave your phone alone. You have to be ready to yield to a pedestrian at an intersection and expect the unexpected,” said Jones.

“Some tips for pedestrians, don’t jaywalk because drivers aren’t expecting you there, make eye contact with the driver, never assume they see you. When your walking remove your headphones and take a break from your phone,” added Jones.

For further information contact the Community Policing Office or stop by their offices in Spirit Square.

 

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Councillor Mike Bhangu

With less than a week left before British Columbians head to the polls, candidates are beginning their final push to secure votes.

Independent in Fraser-Nicola, Mike Bhangu has recently released his platform for election.

While he won’t have a party backing his ideas, Bhangu is promising to be a vocal MLA and outlined some of his main priorities.

· A state-of-the-art drug rehabilitation facility in every community.
· A fully functioning hospital in Merritt, Hope, Ashcroft, and improved health facilities throughout the riding.
· A reduction in the small business tax load by 50%.
· A reduction in small business and residential rental costs.
· A $500 Monthly Provincial Bonus Subsidy to every retiree.
· A grant for every newlywed to start their future, which includes purchasing a home.

Bhangu was not available for further comment, however, Q101 will be speaking with all five local candidates this week in the lead up to Saturday’s vote.

 

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The NDP candidate for Stikine has come under fire recently for insensitive comments made towards a Haida candidate running for the BC Liberals. The comments were made at an all-candidates meeting, and heard over a ‘hot mic’.

This morning, Nathan Cullen apologized for his comments towards Roy Jones Jr. Cheexial, saying he has spoken with Roy.

NDP Leader John Horgan was in Merritt today and confirmed that he has not spoken with Cullen about his comments.

“I have not (spoken to Cullen),” began Horgan. “I just heard about it this morning, I know he has apologized and that’s as he should. Hot mics are hot mics, what you say privately is what you should say publicly. Nathan knows that, he’s a very experienced politician, I’ll let him speak for himself.”

Asked if he would like Cullen to speak with him about his comments and what they can mean to an Indigenous man, local candidate Aaron Sumexheltza stuck to his own campaign.

“I’m not actually familiar with what was said by Nathan, I’ve been focused on the campaign here in Fraser-Nicola and hearing what the issues are. We have seven more days until the election and I’m going to focus on that,” said Sumexheltza.

Q101 also had the opportunity to discuss forestry, the rural dividend grant, and bringing more health care services to Merritt with Horgan and those stories will be posted on Monday.

 

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After a brief COVID-19 hiatus, the ‘Week That Was’ returns highlighting some of the most interesting news stories of the week.

COVID-19 related stories will be mostly excluded from these articles (for the latest COVID-19 stats click here).

This week Merritt was talking about an overnight homicide, the possibility of delayed election results, a new residential development along Voght, and a COVID-19 case in the local school district.

Major Crimes Investigating Merritt Homicide

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has been deployed to Merritt BC to take carriage of an investigation into the homicide death of a man early Thursday morning.

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Mail-in Voting Could Delay Election Results

As of October 9, Elections BC announced that approximately 650,000 vote by mail packages had been requested for the upcoming provincial election.

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Residential Development Proceeds

Through a 5-2 vote, (Bhangu and White in opposition) Merritt City Council has approved amendments to the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Zoning bylaw, allowing a proposed residential development to proceed.

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SD58 Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

The local school district has announced that a member of their community has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 155 new cases, including nine epi-linked cases, for a total of 11,189 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 1,513 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,713 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 9,387 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Currently, 72 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 26 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,036 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,884 in the Fraser Health region, 240 in the Island Health region, 590 in the Interior Health region, 350 in the Northern Health region and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 251 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Kin Village has been declared over. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

"There has been one new community outbreak at the Tim Hortons in Merritt. There also continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities' websites.

 

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