Holiday motorists traveling tonight will want to use caution on the highways as a weather system to pass by the region tonight and into the evening hours.
Andrew Stewart of Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB) says these conditions should break up around midnight tonight. The snow levels will remain rather high and affect the higher elevation routes being Highway 97C towards the Pennask Summit and Hwy 5 towards the snowshed hill. Stewart added the snow will be wet and slushy and advised motorists to drive to road conditions.
The areas affected are:
Stewart said motorists should be prepared to see YRB forces on the highways tonight.
" Our plow trucks will be out removing snow and restoring traction as well as putting out chemicals to help prevent icy conditions," he noted. " When flashing lights are on, our trucks are in “Winter Work Mode” and require extra room to perform their necessary duties."
He cautioned travelers to never pass a plow truck on the right and keep in mind that road conditions in front of the plow truck will be worse than behind it.
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As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Province of B-C is reporting another day of triple-digit COVID-19 number on Friday, however, the numbers here in the Interior Health Region have inched up slightly.
A memo from the office of Provincial Health Officier Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that 119 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there are 1,406 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Sixty-eight of those patients are being treated in hospital, including 19 in intensive care.
In the Interior Health Region, there were two new cases reported on Friday bringing the number of cases to the area which includes Merritt and area to 559 since the pandemic began.
Officials with Interior Health noted that there are 18 cases active and in isolation and one person remains in hospital.
Meanwhile Susan Brown, President, and CEO of Interior Health is asking residents of the region to watch their holiday weekend celebrations this year.
" As we approach another long weekend, our celebrations must look different this year and the best way to show thanks is through protecting the ones we love from COVID-19," Brown said. " If you do gather with others, keep your groups small, sit apart from one another, don’t share food or drinks, and absolutely stay home if you feel sick."
Interior Health also reported noted there are 18 cases active and in isolation and one person remains in hospital.
COVID Cases by the numbers:
New Cases – 119 plus four epi-linked cases
Total Cases – 10,185 (10,066)
Active Cases – 1406 (1394)
Monitored Patients -3180** No change
Patients in Hospital – 68 (76)
Patients in ICU – 19 (17)
Recovered – 8502 (8398)
New Deaths – 0
Totals Deaths – 245 ** No change
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 3728 (3693)
Fraser – 5253 (5174
Island – 225 (223)
Interior – 559 (557)
Northern –331 (330)
Outside Canada – 89
More to come
If you haven't started thinking about the Christmas holidays just yet, some at Canada Post are encouraging you to do so.
Officials at the Crown Corporation are hoping Canadians begin shopping for Christmas early to make sure their gifts are delivered on time.
A sharp jump in parcel deliveries has occurred since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic started and Canada Post is expecting that to continue into the holiday season.
Dinai Arnold, lead hand at Canada Post in Merritt told Q101 News the volume of parcels that her location has seen since the pandemic began has been at Christmas levels.
"We have seen a Christmas type rush since about March when the pandemic first hit and it's really continued all year," Arnold said. "The volume has been steady the last few months however I can't tell if it's parcel due to COVID or Christmas."
Canada Post says it is scaling up its operations but warns a traditional holiday parcel surge could overwhelm its capacity to make timely deliveries.
Arnold, said discussions with staff on what this holiday season will look like at their branch are on-going.
"We (Canada Post Merritt) have already begun planning to be open on Saturday so that we can relieve the extra volume of parcels we are expecting," she added. "We want to make sure we can accommodate those who can not make into the office between 8:30 and 5 p.m."
Traditionally in December, 1.7 million packages are delivered daily by Canada Post; however, officials feel that number could surge even more with COVID-19 restricting family visits and get-togethers during Christmas.
(TEN THOUSAND AND COUNTING: Dr. Bonnie Henry (above) addresses reporters on Thursday with the latest pandemic numbers. Photo: Youtube)
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in B-C has now topped 10-thousand.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 110 new cases Thursday -- raising the total so far to ten-thousand-and-66, including one-thousand-394 infections that remain active.
Henry said that there are 1,394 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,139 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 8,398 people who tested positive have recovered.
Henry has also reported one new death -- pushing that total to 245.
Here in the Interior Health Region, there were no new cases reported on Thursday. Since the pandemic began 557 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the region which encompasses Merritt and area. There are also 23 cases active and in isolation, while one person remains in hospital.
By the numbers
New Cases – 110 + one epi-linked case
Total Cases – 10,066 (9956)
Active Cases – 1394 (1387)
Patients in Hospital – 76 (71)
Patients in ICU – 17 (15)
Recovered – 8398 (8296)
New Deaths – 1
Totals Deaths – 245 (244)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 3693 (3644)
Fraser – 5174 (5119)
Island – 223 (222)
Interior – 557 (557)
Northern –330 (325)
Outside Canada – 89
More to come.
(STIRRING IT UP: If the Federal Liberals have their way plastic utensils, and stir sticks as seen here could be eliminated by 2021. Photo: Roger White)
It was an announcement that many had hoped would come.
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says Canadians need plastics, but there has to be a better way to keep them out of landfills.
Wilkinson announced Wednesday that Canada is banning six hard-to-recycle, single-use plastic items by the end of 2021.
He says the proposed ban on plastic straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, carry-out bags, cutlery, dishes, and takeout containers is just one part of a zero-plastic waste strategy.
Andrew Roebelen, Waste Reduction Coordinator with the TNRD welcomed the news.
"It's certainly a win," said Roebelen. "I think they picked six-items that can easily be replaced with other options that are available."
Wilkinson added that the government intends to standardize the production of other plastics to make them easier to recycle, as well as create a market for recycled plastic by requiring most plastic packaging to include recycled material.
Roebelen explained that many municipalities have tried to ban items such as carry-out bags before but to no avail.
"Having the federal government onside will certainly give some teeth to the getting these products eliminated," he added. "These regulations will now be nationwide which puts everyone on the same page."
The Federal government says on average Canadians throw away three million tonnes of plastic waste a year, however, only nine percent of that gets recycled and about one-third of the plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-lived products and packaging.
More to come