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June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day when 14,000 Canadian soldiers stormed Juno Beach on France’s northern coast. Part of the largest seaborne invasion in history that included 142,000 British and American allies, D-Day marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War.

Tragically, more than 900 Canadians from communities across Canada died during the first five days of the Battle of Normandy — between June 6 and June 10, 1944.

To mark this important milestone in Canadian history and honour the fallen, the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s only Second World War museum located on Juno Beach itself, is sending personalized postcards to the current residents of hundreds of homes across Canada linked to the soldiers who died. The postcards include the name, rank, and age of the soldier linked to each address.

Q101 would love the opportunity to feature the stories of any WWII heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we all could live free. If you receive one of these postcards, please reach out to Q101 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Back in February of 2018 a deadly crash along the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt required 80 paramedics to respond. Of those 80, six where based locally out of the Merritt detachment, those men and women were honoured yesterday for going beyond the call of duty.

“Two buses, two semis and two vehicles were involved. 172 patients were assessed and 29 of them were transported to hospitals,” said Norene Parke. “I’m very proud of this team of amazing paramedics that made a difference in the lives of so many that night.”

The paramedics honoured were;

  • Tim Haveman
  • Cole Hoffman
  • Brandon Munroe
  • Paul Miller
  • Mae Webster
  • Brooklyn Falk


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Wildfire camp

(Recruits battle a blaze at the initial attack station)

The BC Wildfire Service is holding their third and final boot camp here in Merritt. The eight-day camp features 62 recruits that are put through their paces both in the field and in the classroom.

Wildfire guard

(Digging guard)

Q101 caught up with Nevada Buchanan, one of the recruits, after she had just dug a massive 100 metre plus guard.

“We’ve got two more stations. We’ve got our initial attack station which should be a lot of fun. We’re going to do a full simulation over there. Then we’re going to head over to this side and carry as many heavy things up that hillside as many times as we can,” said Buchanan.

Buchanan always loved the outdoors and felt the wildfire service was the right fit.

“I’ve been working in the bush doing various jobs. I really enjoy working outdoors in a physically demanding job and with really great teams of people,” said Buchanan. “Since being here and with the crews I’ve worked with in the past, I mean the people make it. You can be working the hardest job ever and be having a great time, suffering isn’t so bad when you’re with a group of people.”

“It’s also really rewarding work. I love the outdoors, I love playing outside and the forest and doing my part to help save it. That’s pretty cool in my mind,” said Buchanan.

The camp is run by Wildfire Technician Kyle Young, who spoke to his favourite part of boot camp.

“Having 75 strangers show up at camp and leave with lifelong friendships. It’s kind of neat for them to disperse after camp and then once they go to their first fire camp or get their first fire they come into an area and they’ll recognize people from boot camp,” said Young.


The camp tests the recruits both mentally and physically. A regular day for the recruits begins at 5:30, with exercise starting at 6:00.

“That’s kind of what boot camp is about, showing them that they can get further than they thought they could get. And that’s where the teamwork comes in, a group of people that are all coming together, they can push beyond what they thought they were as a group,” said Young.

“Our goal is to get everybody jobs, we only invite people on the amount of vacancies we have,” said Young.

When camp ends the recruits will be spread throughout BC to the various teams that need them, whether that be a full team that battles fires for weeks on end or an initial attack crew.


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Q101 has learned there was a serious accident on Highway 97C near Loon Lake this afternoon which resulted in one fatality.

The incident happened at approximately 12:30. 

Merritt Fire Rescue were first on the scene with the RCMP also being called to the accident site.

Few details have been released and Q101 will continue to follow the story.


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New funding is set to help the City attract more business to town. Currently on the city’s website there is a link to ‘Merritt’s Investment Ready Community Profile’. It’s a document that Will George explained holds a tonne of valuable information.

“It goes through an overview of the community, ranging from labour force to industrial and commercial land use, utilities. Here is a snapshot of Merritt and why we want your business to relocate or to expand in our community,” said George.

“This is quite a valuable tool that we us in Economic Development,” said George. “What it is, is a snapshot of the community that often times different investor, future business owners use.”

The only problem with the profile is that it’s four years old. In fact, one of the first pages is a letter from Mayor Neil Menard. Thanks to the grant the city finally has the funds to update it.

“It’s from 2015, so of course some of the information is outdated. We want to create one that will be released in 2020 with all the updated numbers, as well as the template we will be using can be tailored. So, as new developments happen and there are new types of business, we can tailor that and have quick information that goes back to individuals looking to relocate their business in Merritt,” said George.  

“Very valuable resource and will be even more when it’s updated,” concluded George.


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