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The president of the Nicola Valley Teachers Union says Education Minister George Abbott's threat of legislation to force teachers to stop their job action is fear mongering at it's worst.

Loch Eddy says it's something that started in 2002 when Christie Clark was Education Minister.

Eddy says the contracts and the negotiations that have taken place have not been productive.

He says B-C-P-C is asking teachers to make concessions that would take teachers backwards and would be bad for students and everyone else concerned.

He says crowded classrooms and resources retored for special needs students to 2002 levels are not yet on the agenda and that's something teachers want.

He says teachers are communicating with parents and are continuing with extra curricular acivities in the classrooms.

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Nomination papers are trickling in to Merritt City Hall for the positions of mayor, six city councilors and, three school trustees.

As of yesterday afternoon Chief Election Officer Carole Fraser says five papers had been returned -- all for the position of councilor.

Candidates filing papers include Clara Norgaard, Harry Kroeker, Dave Baker, Jack Polmans and Mike Goetz.

Fraser says more papers have been picked up over the past few days, with the deadline set for October 14 to have all papers returned.

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The Merritt Centennials look to snap their four game winless skid tonight as they visit Westside.

The Cents are 2-7-0-and-1 in their last ten road games against the Warriors.

Merritt has posted just one win in six games to start the season. Westside is 4-and-2 in the early going.

Our Q101 broadcast starts tonight with the pre-game show at 6:30 and the opening faceoff is at 7 o'clock.

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One person was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns after a fire at a Merritt residence Wednesday. 

Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson says the call came in during the noon hour to the 1900 block of Houston Street.

The cause of the fire is deemed to be the misuse of smoking materials.

The misuse of smoking materials is one of the more common causes of fire in North America and will be a topic of discussion next week when the Merritt Fire Department observes Fire Prevention week.

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There's been a political shake up on the Lower Nicola Band Council after the suspension of the Chief and one of his Councillors.

Band Councillor Molly Toodlican says Chief Victor York and Councillor Harold Joe were suspended 30 days as of September 26 for alleged violations of band policy, but she's hoping they'll come back to the table and start meeting with the elected council.

The alleged violations include the attempted dismissal of Lower Nicola interim executive director Arnie Narcisse, who has three months remaining on his current contract.

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