• End is near for B.C. medical premiums

    Break of $900 a year for average working couple, other taxes going up. The B.C. government takes its first step toward eliminating Medical Services Plan premiums on Jan. 1, slashing single adult rates by half and eliminating...

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  • Dry Gulch bridge reopened to traffic

    The Coquihalla Highway’s Dry Gulch bridge has reopened this month as expected. After undergoing resurfacing and structural work over the summer for the first time since being constructed more than 30 years ago, all lanes of traffic...

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  • Fundraising for theatre on hold

    The Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society (NVCTS) is no longer actively fundraising as it attempts to figure out the status of their application to the province’s Rural Dividend Fund (RDF). “I want an answer to the grant...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • NDP’s Adrian Dix tackles seniors’ residential care gap

    Nine of 10 seniors’ homes don’t meet provincial standard. The NDP minister says the need is across the province, with baby boomers reaching retirement age and moving to B.C., people living longer and a residential care system...

    • Posted 3 months ago
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  • Minister hoping to make connections in the Nicola Valley

      B.C.’s Minister of Citizen Services Jinny Sims was in Merritt last week to talk about continuing to improve Internet connectivity for the Lower Nicola Band (LNIB). The provincial government is interested in ensuring better access to...

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  • Cannabis regulations a budding discussion for city council

    With the federal government set to legalize marijuana next summer, one Merritt city councillor says the provincial government needs to lead the way on regulations before municipalities can act. Coun. Dave Baker wants to see a specific...

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  • NDP adds $52 for disability transportation

    Monthly payment can be used for transit, rides from friend. The B.C. government has announced an additional $52-a-month transportation supplement for people receiving provincial disability income assistance, following a divisive debate about bus passes before the spring...

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  • B.C. NDP to consult public on how legal pot is sold

    By: Cam Fortems (Kamloops This Week) The NDP has pledged a five-week consultation period to come up with a made-in-B.C. model to sell retail marijuana in this province. Attorney General Mike Farnworth told reporters Monday that system...

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  • ALR reforms ahead for NDP

    Getting rid of the two-zone Agricultural Land Reserve is just one of the changes in the works for the NDP government, along with serving B.C. produce in hospitals and restoring a provincewide Buy B.C. marketing program. The...

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  • More money for education in B.C. NDP throne speech

    Premier John Horgan’s government is moving ahead with increased education funding and additional child-care spaces, announced in a throne speech Friday that previews a range of measures based on B.C. NDP election promises. Measures promised in the...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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