The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce has a new look board of directors following the elections at last week's A-G-M.
President: Jen Eaton
Vice-President: Julie Van Koll
Secretary: Etelka Gillespie
Treasurer: Norm Abrams
Directors At Large: Diane Lavoie, Tod Dean, Shelly Neville
One of the first actions under the new executive is an all candidates forum for the May 2 Federal Election. It's on Wednesday, April 20 at the N-V-I-T Lecture Theatre, between 7 and 9 pm.
A fifth candidate has thrown his hat into the ring for the upcoming May 2 Federal Election in Okanagan Coquihalla.
The race to replace Conservative Stockwell Day as the Member of Parliament for in Ottawa has its first declared independent candidate, although Sean Upshaw doesn't consider himself to be an independent.
Upshaw says he considers himself to be an “Independent Conservative”.
Upshaw belongs to a trio of Conservative party members who have claimed that the process to nominate Dan Albas as the Conservative candidate to replace Stockwell Day suffered from serious flaws.
Already in the race are Summerland resident David Finnis running for the New Democrats, former Summerland resident Dan Bouchard running for the Greens, Ashcroft resident John Kidder running for the Liberals and Penticton entrepreneur Dan Albas running for the federal Conservatives.
The Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A says it's unbelievable a Merritt man who murdered his three children three years ago will be allowed to have escorted leaves from his psychiatric hospital.
Harry Lali says residents are upset over the B-C Review Board's decision to allow Allan Schoenborn to go out into the community only a year after a trial that found him not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.
The Review Board says Schoenborn should be allowed community visits while under escort because he presents no danger to the general public.
Merritt's Mayor is questioning a decision by the B-C Review Board to allow convicted child killer Allan Schoenborn to apply for day trips into the community from a Port Coquitlam psychiatric facility.
Mayor Susan Roline questions "why" and doesn't expect that Schoeborn would come back to Merritt.
Schoenborn murdered his three children in their Dianmondvale trailer home in the Spring of 2008.
The man convicted of killing his children in Merritt can now apply to make trips into the community while he's being held in a psychiatric facility.
The BC Review Board has decided Allan Schoenborn can apply for escorted day passes in the community.
He was found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder for the first degree murder of his three children.
Schoenborn asked for the passes at a hearing yesterday.
He'll continue to be held at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.
The Board has also ordered Schoenborn not use drugs or alcohol and must have no direct or indirect contact with his former wife Darcie Clark.
(With files from the Corus Radio Network)