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As the local school district approaches its 2021 budget deliberations, slated to begin in April, the funding model remains a question mark.

The Province has been working towards a new funding model for schools across BC, the new model has not been finalized and SD 58 Treasurer Barbara Ross is yet to see it.

“We’ll be receiving our funding for 2021 by mid-March, possibly under the new funding formula,” said Ross. “So, our job between now and then is to know exactly where our money is going and exactly where we want our money to go.”

A public budget presentation will be made to interested stakeholders in the MerrittBoard office, on April 2. Representatives from school PACs, DPAC, teacher and support staff Unions, Principals, and members of the public are invited to attend this meeting to review provincial funding, District projections for enrollment and funding, as well as provide more specific information regarding the District’s annual budget.

Ross also mentioned a recent funding announcement for the current school year.

“The Ministry made funding announcements in December. No surprises there except we’re getting $25,000 more than expected. It’s subject to February and May counts,” added Ross.

 

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TMEP Pipe2

Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about Teck Resources venturing into the solar energy game, the cold weather shelter dealing with the extreme cold, and BC defeated by the Supreme Court.

Teck Resources Purchases SunMine

The resource giant, which has projects and operations in Canada, the States, Chile, and Peru, has now purchased SunMine from the City of Kimberly.

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Shelter Prepared for Extreme Cold

As the mercury dips into the negative twenties across the Nicola Valley, the cold weather shelter is prepared for those in need.

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Supreme Court Rejects BC’s Trans Mountain Appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an appeal from the BC Government to regulate what can flow through the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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airport

In the City’s continued effort to improve the Merritt Airport, an Airport Committee was established in late December.

Now the City is hoping to fill the available positions on the committee and get down to work.

The City of Merritt is seeking interested persons to sit on the new Merritt Airport Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to advise and make recommendations to Council on matters related to the Merritt airport. The committee will facilitate participation from local government, city staff, business and community members in matters associated with the development of the Merritt Airport and the surrounding area.

Applications will be accepted until the end of January. The first meeting will be held in February.

More details can be found on the City’s website.

 

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Vaping

With youth vaping rates still on the rise, the local school district has been debating what rules and procedures should be in place for students.

Currently, the province doesn’t have any over-arching procedures for schools and school districts to follow, but SD58 Assistant Superintendent Jameel Aziz has been working to change that.

“I hope to have something that I’ll be calling recommended procedures for you at the next meeting in February, giving us a place to start,” said Aziz.

Some of the main questions being investigated are, the age to begin the education phase, a standardized place to access resources for parents and students, and what to do about off property vaping.

Aziz also mentioned that SD23 is now confiscating vaping devices that are seen on school property and then hand them over to the RCMP.

Currently, schools across this district and much of the province are simply falling back onto their codes of conduct to regulate the vaping issue.

 

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snow

Despite the heavy snow that has been blanketing the Nicola Valley for the past few weeks, it seems Merrittonains and their shovels have been up to the task.

The City of Merritt’s Communication Manager Will George discussed the calls coming into bylaw services.

“We haven’t received any influx of complaints, it’s business as usual,” said George.

“We would like to remind people that it’s 24-hours for residential, for clearing in front of their property, and by 10 a.m. following a snowfall for commercial, so clearing of the sidewalks,” added George.

Relief from the cold weather is on the way for Merritt, with overnight lows at minus 4 for the start of next week. Snow, however, is still in the forecast with flurries possibly on the way for Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.

 

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