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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.

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After a brief COVID-19 hiatus, the ‘Week That Was’ returns highlighting some of the most interesting news stories of the week.

COVID-19 related stories will be mostly excluded from these articles (for the latest COVID-19 stats click here).

This week Merritt was talking about yet another Trans Mountain appeal, a high-performance sports car crash on the Coquihalla, and Merritt investigating a symbol of diversity and inclusion.

Coldwater Band Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision

“We are disappointed, but not surprised”, says Chief Lee Spahan. “We knew the chances of the SCC granting leave were slim, given the momentum of the project and the Federal Court’s finding that protection of our water can still take place in future routing decisions, but we felt we had to use every tool available to us.”

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Mounties Looking for Witnesses to Coquihalla Collision

Early findings suggest that the green 2015 McLaren 650S was northbound along the highway when the driver suddenly lost control, made contact with the rear of a commercial transport vehicle, spun out, and rolled multiple times into the centre median of the roadway.

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Motion Passes to Investigate a Symbol of Diversity and Inclusion

“This motion was born of pride month, which I believe was the past month of June, and everything that is going on with race relations globally,” said Fehr. “It seems like the timing is perfect for this type of discussion and hopefully we’ll see some positive results.”

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 13 new cases, for a total of 2,947 cases in British Columbia. Six cases previously reported have removed from the total, as they were identified as residents of another province and will be reported in their home province. This change is consistent with regular protocol.

"There are 162 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,608 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 19 individuals are hospitalized, two of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 995 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,553 in the Fraser Health region, 132 in the Island Health region, 202 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 177 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Langley Lodge has been declared over. In total, three long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

"While cases continue to occur in B.C., there are no active community outbreaks.

"We encourage British Columbians to show compassion and care to those around us. This is our opportunity to demonstrate how we can all stay safe this summer.

 

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This week, Coun. Mike Bhangu made a notice of motion to have a new mural painted in the City of Merritt.

“I’d like to motion that the City of Merritt work with the current economic initiates and create a culture and diversification mural highlighting the immigrant cultures that helped build Merritt,” said Bhangu.

The motion included the note of having it painted on a City facility or on a movable frame.

Bhangu mentioned the motion fitting into the Council’s priority of downtown beautification.

As per procedure, the motion will return at the next meeting for a full debate from Council.

 

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This week a motion from Travis Fehr came forward for debate regarding an investigation into the creation of a symbol of diversity and inclusion for the City of Merritt.

“This motion was born of pride month, which I believe was the past month of June, and everything that is going on with race relations globally,” said Fehr. “It seems like the timing is perfect for this type of discussion and hopefully we’ll see some positive results.”

“Something that shows and illustrates the willingness of Merritt to be inclusive and celebrate diversity. That could be something like a visual symbol and possibly accompanied by a statement and that could be made public in a variety of ways from letterhead to murals to crosswalks,” added Fehr.

Coun. Mike Bhangu also suggested the idea of promoting more holidays celebrated by the different cultures in Merritt.

“I like the idea, but I don’t want it to dominate or replace the symbols that we have that represent Merritt,” said Bhangu.

Council voted unanimously to have staff prepare a report which will be presented to Council and the public at an upcoming meeting.

 

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