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The 24th annual Nicola Valley Junior Native Hockey Tournament opens this morning at 10 o'clock.

More than 20 teams are signed up for the tournament, including six local clubs.

Games are at both the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and the Shulus Arena today through Sunday.

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Former Merritt Centennials forward Wade MacLeod scored the first pro goal of his career as Springfield lost to Connecticut 3-2 in A-H-L action last night.

MacLeod signed a pro tryout contract with Springfield on Monday.

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The Merritt Midget Rep Centennials are moving on to the semifinals at the Provincials in Cranbrook after West Vancouver smoked Smithers 8-4 last night.

With the West Van win, Merritt finishes second in its group and will play Sooke tonight at 8 o'clock.

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The President of the Treasury says action to bring on an election by Canada's opposition parties is bizarre.

Stockwell Day says he can't figure out why they want to force an election on a budget that he says has widespread support.

Day, the M-P for Okanagan-Coquihalla, is one of three M-P's from B-C not seeking re-election.

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The Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A says there's good harmony within party ranks as the leadership campaign continues.

Harry Lali, who withdrew from the leadership race and is supporting party leadership hopeful John Horgan, says everyone is on side.

Lali says he feels Horgan will do well in the leadership vote on April 17.

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