While tourism meetings between the City of Merritt and local players have been held this week, a number of concerns have been identified.
Merritt Mayor Susan Roline says she was surprised to see less has been done on the tourism plan than was expected over the past year.
Roline says the basis of the plan was to up BC's tourism profile as part of the Olympic commitment of the Provincial Government.
She says the plan did shed light on the different things that need to be done in the community to move towards being more tourism oriented, but says it's unfortunate the plan never advanced.
She says there are more meetings planned in order for council and the tourism committee to move ahead.
While the line ups are longer and the need is stronger, the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank is continuing to serve the community in a big way.
Food Bank Manager Karen Flick is holding an optimistic feeling that things will turn around.
Flick says the Christmas hamper campaign received good support from the community this year, with more than 300 recipients in the queue.
The Lower Nicola Band Council elected in October has been decimated by an Elder's Council decision to oust three councilors from the band.
Former Chief Arthur Dick tells Q-101 news that the Elder's Council has passed an order to remove Mary June Coutlee, Stuart Jackson and Robert Sterling from Council after an appeal was submitted recently, and replace them by the three candidates with the next highest vote count on October 2.
Otherwise, Dick says it will end up in the Federal Courts for an injunction until the decision has been reviewed.
Meanwhile, the next in line to take over the vacant positions on the Lower Nicola Band Council are David Clayton, Charlene Joe and Marcy Garcia.
The Shackan Band has elected its new council for the next term of office.
A familiar face has been elected Chief for the Band, as Percy Joe won out over Ruby Adams by a final vote count of 36 to 20.
Three people were vying for two councillor positions open on the Council.
Sharon John, with 42 votes, and Leonard Joe, with 36 votes, are in.
Lee Seymour registered a total of 28 votes in going down to defeat.
The new Council will have a meet and greet at Shackan this Thursday.
The political landscape in BC is changing rapidly with the resignation of BC's NDP leader Carole James.
John Winter, President of the BC Chamber of Commerce, says it's going to put the whole political landscape in disarray for the next three or four months.
Winter says Carole James is going to be missed by the Chamber and many others in BC.