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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 31 *Day 1-9, Day 2-15, Day 3-7

Total Cases – 2,978 (2,947)

Active Cases – 166 (162)

Patients in Hospital – 16 (19)

Patients in ICU – 4 (2)

Recovered – 2,629 (2,608)

New Deaths – 6

Totals Deaths – 183 (177)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 1,008 (995)

Fraser – 1,570 (1,553)

Island – 132 (132)

Interior – 203 (202)

Northern – 65 (65)

More to come.

 

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Covid-19 has claimed yet another event in the Nicola Valley; the 2020 Country Christmas celebrations.

The annual event scheduled for the last week in November, has been the unofficial launch of the Christmas season in the Nicola Valley which included a craft and bake show, dance recital, Christmas concert and a giant Christmas Light-Up Parade.

In a statement released from the Country Christmas committee on Sunday, the board cited the health and welfare of festival and parade goers as the primary reason for the cancellation of the annual event. 

"We (the Committee) are very disappointed we are unable to hold this event," the statement read."However we know that it is the right decision based on the information we have now."

Q101 will have more details on this developing story Tuesday morning with Roger White and Michael Reeve and an interview with Carrie Ware  the Merritt Country Christmas Light-Up Parade co-ordinator.

More to come

 

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Francis Cops for Kids

The City of Merritt and the local RCMP Detachment will once again be represented at this year’s Cops for Kids ride as Cpl. Derrick Francis is set to pedal for the third time in the event.

Recently, Cpl. Francis joined Q101 to discuss his upcoming 1000 km trek around the Interior.

“We had another member from Merritt, Jon Puterbough, who was participating at the time and he told me what a positive experience it was for him and some of the families they were able to meet,” began Francis. “So, I decided to buy a used bike and do it for myself and hopefully I can do it for a long time to come.”

Since 2001, the charity has raised over $5.5 million for families across the Interior.

“All the funds stay in the Interior of British Columbia. So, families in the Interior can apply for these funds when they’re facing health challenges with a child. A number of the funds are used for some of the things the medical services don’t provide like travel expenses, accommodation, lost wages in order to keep to family together during the challenging times,” added Francis.

As of July 6, Francis has raised $793 of his $2,500 goal with just over three months left before the ride begins on September 11.

More information on the ride can be found – https://www.copsforkids.org/the-ride/

To donate directly to Cpl. Francis - https://trellis.org/derrick-francis-2020-cops-for-kids-ride

 

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Merritt Flourish Under the Sun

The City of Merritt is in the midst of a massive overhaul of the zoning bylaw. Last week, the newly formed document was presented to the City Council for debate on first and second reading.

If passed, city staff would then schedule a public hearing, however, the Council felt more consultation was needed before the public hearing.  

“I think this document is immensely important. I would like (the public) to have the opportunity to look at this document and question it,” said Coun. Kurt Christopherson.

The statement from Christopherson was backed by the rest of the table with Council passing a resolution to hold two open house style sessions before the document heads to a public hearing.

Those wishing to have their voices heard can also provide input and ask questions through email with staff.

The dates of the open houses have not been set.

For additional information on the zoning bylaw visit https://www.merritt.ca/agendas-minutes/ and click on the agenda for Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The zoning bylaw information runs from page 16 – 226.

 

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 NICOLA BANDS

The provincial government is providing nearly $14 million in grants for over 150 projects to support economic development and recreational opportunities for British Columbians in rural communities throughout the province.

"As someone who lives in a rural community, I know that rural B.C. is the backbone of our economy," said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development. "The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every region of our province, and I'm glad our government is providing these one-time grants to lend extra help to people, communities, and economies in rural B.C."

The grants include approximately $5 million for 39 trail and recreation projects and almost $9 million for 114 projects that support rural community development.

Locally, the City of Merritt is receiving $100,000, but the local First Nation Bands are also set to receive a grant.

The five local first nation communities form Spayum Holdings and the company is set to receive $28,000. The funds will be to assist in the completion of a zoning amendment for Spayum-owned lands to allow it to begin land development and create a revenue stream with a modular home subdivision.

More to come

 

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