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Some of what the teachers are asking for are smaller class sizes, more one-on-one instruction for students and guaranteed levels of specialist teachers. School District 58 chairman Gordon Comeau said he’d like to see more specialists in the school system, but notes they do provide supports such as educational assistants. “There’ll never be enough money for public education because you can always make an argument you need more resources. I mean, that’s gone on [for] forever and a day,” Comeau said. “The ideal situation would be one teacher, one child, but you have to find the balance in which you can say that you’re being fair to the kids, you’re being fair to the parents and the public and you’re also being fair to the taxpayer and being responsible with the dollars that are available,” he said. The BCTF also wants more time to prepare lessons that engage diverse learning styles. Comeau said that would involve additional staffing and could be costly. Nicola Valley Teachers’ Union president Peter Vogt said they are looking for more prep time to deal with new issues surrounding how lesson plans are developed. Class size and composition (the number of students with special needs in a class) is arguably the biggest issue between the two sides.

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Rotating strikes initiated by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation have entered their second week as the union and B.C. Public Sector Employers Administration (BCPSEA) continue to butt heads over a new contract for teachers. School District 58 takes its second turn in the rotating strikes today. It was a cool and windy Thursday morning in Merritt the first time around the teachers of SD58 stood outside their schools rather than inside them teaching class. In groups located at each of Merritt’s six schools, teachers could be seen wearing signs, waving to passing cars, receiving a few honks in the process and talking with passersby that day. More of the same can be expected today. Central Elementary special education teacher Diane Clark said the teachers saw support from school support workers of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and from the general public on Thursday. Back on May 26, the BCPSEA responded to the strikes with a phased-in lockout. At the bargaining table, key issues that continue to divide the two sides are wages, classroom size and composition, and contract term. Clark told the Herald the main issues are class size and composition as opposed to wages. “We’re losing enough

Merritt Bench Elementary teachers Vince and Tanis Kanigan and Anita Sahota wave to a passing car during the one-day teacher strike on Thursday. Teachers across School District 58 will walk the picket line again today. Michael Potestio/Herald

pay with what’s going on with our days off and with the 10 per cent reduction ... that even a minimal wage increase is not going to make a difference, so it’s not about wages,” Clark said. The city’s leisure services department held a day camp on Thursday where 14 students from various elementary schools in town were looked after as the strike went on. The students, who ranged from ages five to 11, spent the day playing sports, games, making their own snacks and swimming at the aquatic centre. Day camp leader and

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substitute teacher Josée Warren said the city was providing a safe location for the students and making a tough situation a little easier. “I’m a teacher myself, so it’s a tough situation, it is a very tough situation. This is just our way of making a tough situation just a little bit easier on the families,” Warren said. Warren said the day camp is being held again today. On Monday, strikes occurred in 13 school districts across B.C., while another 15 districts are on strike today. No strikes are scheduled for tomorrow, but will

resume Thursday and Friday. BCTF and BCPSEA representatives were at the Labour Relations Board for a hearing last Thursday. They could find out tomorrow whether the government is allowed to reduce teachers’ salaries by 10 per cent and whether the lockout is valid. Their pay cut is said to amount to $1.2 million in savings per school day for the province. The strike action is said to save the province over $10 million per week. School District 58 chairman Gordon Comeau confirmed school districts will get a 20 per cent slice of the

money the government is saving from the teachers’ pay cuts. Comeau said that 20 per cent covers administrative costs associated with the reduced salary. “It would be nice if they allowed us to keep that money because it’d be money we could put into the classroom, but that traditionally has not happened and we didn’t expect it to happen this time either,” Comeau said. BCPSEA public administrator Michael Marchbank has said the lockout will end if the teachers cease their rotating strikes.

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INDUSTRY SUPPORT Mining company KGHM Ajax donated $5,000 to Merritt Secondary School to help with the purchase of a minibus. Merritt Secondary School principal Bill Lawrence said anyone with a Class 4 licence can drive it, which makes it convenient. The bus can hold up to 24 people.

Ajax community relations specialist Robin Bartlett told the Herald Ajax decided to make the donation to MSS because the company’s plan to build a mine near Kamloops will affect surrounding communities.

Lawrence said the school contacted Ajax about the donation and the bus will be used by School District 58 and MSS itself.

“We will have an effect and they will have an effect on us as well,” Bartlett said.

“I imagine it’s going to be a busy bus,” Lawrence said.

“Part of what we want to do is build Michael Potestio/Herald partnerships for sustainability,” she said.

In January, a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada found the provincial government’s removal of class size and composition language from teachers’ contracts dating back to 2002 to be unconstitutional and ordered the government to pay the union $2 million. The government filed an appeal on the ruling, which will not be heard until the fall. Class size and composition will be a major hurdle to find a resolution to, Comeau told the Herald. In a past interview with the Herald, Vogt said he doesn’t think discussing issues of class size and composition is practical while they’re before the courts. Comeau said the impact of going back to the 2002 language would be small for SD58 because it has

maintained ratios of non-enrolment teachers from that year. “The impact in our district would be fairly small, but for some districts it would be very extensive,” Comeau said. In a press release, Vogt said there are a number of classes in SD58 with a high number of students with special needs.

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It’s a far cry from the country music Merritt might be known for, but for Juno award-winning hip-hop group Swollen Members, playing a concert in Merritt is another opportunity to connect with loyal fans. The group could earn new fans as well as it tours the province promoting its new album Brand New Day. “It’s definitely a reflection of where we’re at right now in our lives, individually, and where the entity of the group is. We’ve been making music together for a long time, so it’s a growing period always and it’s a learning curve,� Kiley Hendricks, better known by his stage name Prevail, said of the band’s new album. “You’re teaching and you’re learning about yourself and about the people in your group. It’s a relationship that’s personal, it’s business and creative so it can sometimes be a delicate balance. What we’ve found and the level that we’ve grown to is allowing ourselves to be who we are and we’re really trying to celebrate and highlight that.� Having worked together for over two decades in the music industry, Prevail and Vancouver MC Madchild and producer Rob the Viking have had to navigate

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many ups and downs. The group took a highly-publicized fouryear hiatus in the mid2000s as Madchild dealt with a prescription pill addiction. The title track off the new album, which hits shelves on June 17, is what Prevail described as a “breath of fresh air� on an album with the signature Swollen Members sound, which is full of cryptic lyrics, dark imagery and heavy production. The group reformed three years ago and has been back in the studio and on the road as much as before. Last year’s Beautiful

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Death Machine was the group’s highestcharting album debut to date, coming in at number three on the Canadian Albums Chart. Not only did the band bounce back with more records, but with the revived record label Battleaxe Records. “You learn how to do some things right but you usually learn those things by making some missteps and miscalculations, and that’s just the nature of business,� Prevail said on the phone from the road between Nevada and California before the group’s San Diego show on May

29. “But it’s the people who learn from those mistakes and have the foresight to be resilient — those are the people who really end up winning.� Resilient is one way to describe Swollen Members, which has worked to promote underground hip-hop since forming in 1992. The musicians’ work ethic is what’s earned the group its reputation and its fanbase, which they’re looking forward to connecting with in Merritt. “We pride ourselves on concentrating our energy on the live show, but we also look forward to having that

energy be reciprocated so we feed off the crowd as much as they feed off us. I think we really go the extra mile to make that connection with our listening audience to the point where we actually consider them family.� That “brand new day� attitude is also reflected in the group’s fan organization, Battleaxe Warriors and Dimes. “We’re as dedicated to them as they are to us,� Prevail said of the group’s loyal following. “Just believe in what you’re doing. You could be a tattoo artist, you could be someone who works a nine to five job,

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The members of the board of School District 31 passed a motion to proceed with the reorganization of the Grade 9 and 10 science programs at Merritt Secondary School into specialized five-month units from the present 10-month general courses. Eleanor Norgaard, the school board chairman, was concerned about an apparent conflict between the promotional policies in the report on the reorganization prepared for the board, and the ministry of educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promotional policy. She was concerned about the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In some cases, due to special problems and by consent of teachers involved, credit may be given for Grade 9/10 science if three of four courses are passed.â&#x20AC;?

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City OKs RCMP strategic priorities Baillie House has busiest first quarter to date Merritt RCMP detachment strategic priorities for 2014-15 Strategic planning is a process that projects and anticipates pressures and opportunities that will impact the Merritt detachment in the coming year. The strategic plan is reviewed annually, taking into consideration changes in client input, human resources, funding, community issues and trends with

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1. Police/ Community relations/ Visibility of police • Enhanced policing: bike patrols, foot patrols, speed watch • Media relations: proactive weekly media releases, Crime of the Week • Community Policing Office: utilizing local programs.

The City of Merritt will not be accepting online homeowner grants this year. Homeowner grants must be signed and submitted to city hall by mail, drop box or in person. We apologize for the inconvenience and promise to have the program back again next year. For your 2014 tax inquiries, please email the City of Merritt tax collector Ben Currie at bcurrie@merritt.ca

the goal of making Merritt a safe and secure community. Strategic planning allows our members and their supervisors to focus on key areas and improve the quality of service by concentrating on the issues that matter most to our clients. Our community priority issues and initiatives for the coming year are:

The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from May 27, 2014.

2. Crime reduction • Prolific Offender Program: curfew checks, targeting frequent offenders • Domestic Violence Unit: mandatory training, dedicated resources • In-house training: statements. 3. Substance abuse • Youth initiatives: expand youth intervention programs • Licensed premise checks • Engaging First Nations communities. Each one of these initiatives has one or more work action plans in place to ensure that our employees are fully engaged in policing activities targeting our community priorities.

The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from May 27, 2014. Merritt Visitor Information Centre at the Baillie House The first quarter of 2014 saw a 25.7 per cent increase in visitors to the Baillie property. The total number of visitors over this period was 2,429, making this our busiest first quarter to date. Eighty per cent of the visitors were from B.C. Year to year, British Columbians always make up the majority of visitors to the Baillie property. The Nicola Valley Heritage Society has paid for an arbourist to assess the large tree in the centre of the Baillie property. The tree

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is considered a low risk and should continue to be safe for at least 10 more years. Visitors from Alberta (14 per cent), the rest of Canada (two per cent), Asia/ Australia (two per cent), the U.S. (one per cent) and Europe (one per cent) made up the balance of people stopping at our site. We have noticed a slight increase in Asian visitors from bus tours. It appears that a few more Asian visitors can speak English and so they are willing to explore more after eating their meal. Most people were only in town for a few hours (59 per cent). Our friendly staff and

volunteers provided a warm welcome to try and entice visitors to stop in downtown Merritt when they are in the area in the future. The length of stay for the remainder of the visitors was broken down as follows: one night (25 per cent), two

nights (15 per cent), and more than two nights (one per cent). In 2013, most visitors again only stayed a few hours (70 per cent) or one night (21 per cent). Seven per cent stayed for two nights and two per cent stayed for three or more nights.

Mayor’s DROP IN SESSION WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Community Room Downstairs at City Hall.

Come down and meet the Mayor. This is your opportunity to bring forth ideas on how we can make Merritt a better place to live and do business, ask questions about something you don’t understand or if something has transpired that you have not received a proper resolution with.

SANITARY SEWER FLUSHING The City of Merritt Public Works Department would like to remind residents that it is that time of year again for our annual maintenance program for sewer flushing and camera work. We apologize for any inconvenience and your patience is greatly appreciated. If you have had any problems with your toilet bubbling up in the past it is recommended that you place a towel or saran wrap over your bowl and put the lid down. Also, if you experience any foul smelling odour it is advised to run a little water through the household’s sinks and bathtubs. This is scheduled to begin on April 14 and run until about May 30th approximately.

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Hand watering of plants using a hand held hose with a working springloaded shut-off nozzle or a hand held container is permitted anytime. Please clip-out and keep on your refrigerator to remind of regulations!

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Insults fly, farmland bill passes By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS tfletcher@blackpress.ca

VICTORIA – The B.C. legislature adjourned for the summer Thursday with opposition MLAs battling to the end against legislation to divide the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones. The government used its majority to cut off debate and pass the bill, despite days of demands to withdraw it and complete promised consultation with farmers around the province. “You’re all a bunch of corrupt liars,” shouted NDP agriculture critic Nicholas Simons, before storming out of the chamber as the opposition’s time ran out. Simons returned to withdraw his comments so he could vote against the legislation. Independent MLAs Andrew Weaver and Vikki Huntington joined NDP critics in denouncing the move to ease restrictions on secondary farmland uses in the North, Kootenay and Cariboo zones. Another target of criticism was the move to formalize the six local Agricul-

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tural Land Commission panels to make decisions on exclusions and permitted uses. Columbia RiverRevelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald accused the government of adding social and economic considerations to farmland as a pretext to undermine the commission’s independence. “We are talking about important agricultural areas that will now be open to exclusions, that decision being made by a bunch of B.C. Liberal political

hacks on criteria that are totally nebulous – to the extent that there’s even a provision to add whatever else the cabinet wants to add,” Macdonald said. “It could be economic. It could be social. It could be anything.” Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick pointed to amendments made to the bill in response to criticism that emphasize that the ALC is independent and its top priority remains to preserve productive farmland.

Letnick used the example of a Peace River region farmer who was prevented from parking gas industry trucks on his land during winter to earn extra money. “We as a government believe that there’s an opportunity in some parts of the province where there is less pressure on agricultural land to give farmers some freedom in making sure they can be successful on that land,” Letnick said. NDP leader John

Cyclist stable after shooting on Highway 1 RCMP in Lytton are investigating a shooting near Spences Bridge that left a 59-year-old cyclist from Burnaby in hospital. The man was participating in the two-day, 600-kilometre Cache Creek 600 cycling event when he was shot on Highway 1 just south of Spences Bridge around 1 a.m. on June 1. The man suffered serious but non-lifethreatening injuries. He is in stable condition in hospital. Police are saying the incident doesn’t appear to be targeted. Police say an unknown suspect fled the scene in a pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477).

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Populists wielding pitchforks By Gwynne Dyer gwynnedyer.com

“There is no doubt that many populist, Euroskeptic and even nationalistic parties are entering the European Parliament,” said the German Foreign Minister, FrankWalter Steinmeier, after all the votes in last Sunday’s election for the European Union’s parliament had been counted. He did not say that the barbarian hordes were at the EU’s gates — but he probably thought it. London Mayor Boris Johnson made the same observation rather more colourfully in the Daily Telegraph on Monday: “From Dublin to Lublin, from Portugal to Pomerania, the pitchfork-wielding populists are converging on . . . Brussels — drunk on local hooch and chanting nationalist slogans and preparing to give the federalist machinery a good old kicking with their authentically folkloric clogs.” There is truth in what he says. It is true the EU’s parliamentary elections last Sunday produced a large assortment of nationalists, neo-fascists and hard leftists who are united in their dislike for the EU. Together they will account for almost a third of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs), a situation that was unimaginable only five years ago. However, it is not true this bloc of rejectionist MEPs will paralyze the EU. One reason is that mainstream centre-right and centre-left blocs of MEPs still have a majority in the parliament.

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ever experienced, then think again. No wonder that quote, from Edmonton East MP Peter Goldring, was echoed by Canadians around the country last week after Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing visited Ottawa. Ewing’s visit was intended to bolster economic and trade ties, and of course it got people all excited to talk about the prospect of making the chain of North Atlantic islands Canada’s 11th province. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird shut down the idea by telling reporters in Ottawa that Canada is not in the business of annexing British Isles.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was going for popularity points with his tweet to Prime Minister Stephen Harper stating that if the PM doesn’t want Turks and Caicos as the 11th province, he’ll invite it to become part of Canada by joining Saskatchewan. The union of the small but strong tourism-based economy in Turks and Caicos with a much more diverse and politically powerful country has obvious advantages for the islanders, but Canada could benefit from the union too. Imagine all the money Canadian snowbirds would end up spending in Canada if they were to visit the tropical 11th prov-

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ince instead of, say, Mexico or Jamaica? Travel there would be a breeze without any need for currency exchanges and unexpected hassles you can sometimes encounter when you go to a foreign country. Of course, the idea of joining the countries because they share a background as British colonies is fraught with its own issues. Is it in the best interest to re-colonize Turks and Caicos by annexing it, or does that perpetuate issues with colonization? Does a former colony do any good by perpetuating that practice? Alas, that last bit is nothing more than rhetori-

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cal question as Turks and Caicos becoming Canada’s 11th province remains just a daydream, at least in my mind. I am part of what I imagine to be a very large group of people who doubt it will ever happen. Although the complications of creating an 11th province or a fourth territory are not technically insurmountable, practically speaking, they seem that way to the casual observer. For now, I suppose we’ll have to keep venturing beyond the borders of our northern country to access sand and sun in the dead of winter and keep giving our hard-earned Canadian money away.

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YOUR OPINION Boat theft latest in spree Caffeine fix for a good cause Dear Editor,

I live on Silverthrone Crescent in Kamloops and recently we have a rash of break-ins. Two months ago, my husband’s work truck was broken into. His work computer and Christmas gift (camera) were stolen. The truck was locked and under a light. The thieves knew to break the back windows. It was targeted. Our neighbour’s son’s truck was broken into as well about two weeks ago. Just two days ago, my other neighbour’s car was broken into. There was nothing to steal there so no losses, but the thieves are getting very bold. Since moving to this address five years ago from Prince George, my husband’s work truck has been broken into twice, my black truck twice and now the boat was stolen, with

the trailer and motor from under our cherry tree. Other neighbours have had items stolen. One time, a neighbour had to make a quick dash to the store. When he came back, his power washer was gone. The icing on the cake is the fact that the thieves are so brazen now. They stole our boat. They backed up over the sidewalk, cut the lock, hooked up the boat and drove off with it. They would have had to have an SUV or truck with a hitch in order to do this. This requires planning and forethought — not random at all. The RCMP were understaffed and could not come to the house when called upon to do so. That’s understandable. My husband is an ex-RCMP officer. My husband went down finally and we were able to file the report.

The problem is, Chuck (my husband) priced out the boat and it is $16,000 to replace. All our tackle, life jackets including for our dogs, fishing rods, etc. were taken. Our insurance deductible is $1,000 and we might be able to get $5,000. I purchased the boat two years ago for much less but it is the feeling I have of not being safe that upsets me most, and the boat has sentimental value. We are not wealthy and I cashed in my RRSP to purchase the boat. I got a steal of a deal (pun intended) and now someone else is benefiting from it. The RCMP said that prolific offenders do this sort of thing. They target areas of town like Aberdeen or Valleyview then come back to Sahali, but up until now nothing of great value was taken. Chuck and Mellany McKenzie Kamloops

Tim Hortons Camp Day takes place tomorrow, with the proceeds from coffee sales from the full 24 hours donated to the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation camps. The annual event takes place at restaurants around the country and last year, over $11.8 million was raised for the camps. The Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation runs six camps, which more than 17,000 children will attend at no cost to them. Familiar faces of community members will be pouring coffee and greeting customers during Camp Day.

Economic revival won’t save the union From Page 6 They will probably create a grand coalition that makes all the key decisions behind closed doors, then rams them through with little real debate. (Of course, this will further alienate the millions who voted for anti-EU candidates.) Some, like the National Front in France and the United Kingdom Independence Party, want their countries to leave the EU. Others, like the far-left Syriza Party in Greece, just want to get rid of the common currency — the euro — and end the EU’s policy of enforced austerity. The Alternative for Germany wants to keep the euro but allow the Mediterranean countries to leave it. Jobbik in Hungary and

the Danish People’s Party are viciously anti-immigrant. Germany’s National Democratic Party and Golden Dawn in Greece are neoNazi. There is a fringe party for every taste. The most important reason, however, is that the European Parliament has little authority over the bureaucrats who carry out EU policy and zero over the national governments that actually decide on the policies. The parliament was created to add a dollop of democracy to the process, but it simply cannot paralyze the EU. Yet, this election has been a great shock because it has revealed a vast reservoir of hostility to the EU among the populations of half its member states, including

some of the biggest ones. In France, the anti-EU National Front got more votes than either of the mainstream parties — the Gaullists and the Socialists. In Britain, the United Kingdom Independence Party beat both the Conservatives and Labour. Precisely because the European Parliament has so little real power, however, this was a cost-free protest vote. At least half the people who backed the National Front and UKIP in the EU election will probably go back to voting for the established parties when the next national elections are held in France and Britain, because the outcome of those elections will matter to them. Nevertheless, it was a very loud protest and it has badly shaken the European

elites who took it for granted that progress towards a more united Europe was inevitable. What they now have to figure out is whether this was just a cry of rage and pain caused by six years of economic crisis and falling living standards, or whether it really is a protest against any further expansion of the “European project” — indeed, even a demand to roll it back. If the EU’s current unpopularity is mainly due to a poor economy, then a few years of economic growth and rising incomes should make it go away. Most of the national economies in the EU will grow at least a bit this year and, as the economic situation improves, the anger should subside. But, what if the whole

notion of an ever-more united Europe is being rejected by the very people who were supposed to benefit from it? As in many other parts of the world, the widening gulf between the few rich and the many whose living standards are stagnant or falling has created an incipient revolt against globalization — and the EU’s centralizing tendencies are widely seen as part of that problem. Renewed economic growth will not cure the EU’s malaise if the wealth does not trickle down to the majority. In that case, there may ultimately have to be a retreat to a much looser form of European union. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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Dance classes to resume in September Registration open now; teacher’s return to Canada OK’d By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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Classes at the Love to Dance Academy in Merritt are expected to resume in September after former instructor Lizette Nel returns to Merritt. Nel will be back at the studio at the Olde Courthouse to resume classes on Sept. 2, 2014, a press release from the Merritt Dance Society states. She was forced to leave Canada in April after a bureaucratic delay in the application process for a Labour Market Opinion, which she needed to renew her Canadian work permit. Because of an investigation into Nel’s salary by one federal department, the application to renew her permit was delayed beyond the point she was legally able to stay in Canada. Back in her native South Africa, Nel continued to work on the case and received her positive LMO just hours after landing in South Africa. She applied for her Canadian work permit and was told it would take three or four months to process. The permit was issued on May 20 — about two weeks after she applied for it, the release states. In the meantime, while she is still in South Africa, Nel is upgrading her Royal Academy of Dance Grade 4 and 5 syllabi. She and her husband Herman are making arrangements to return to Merritt after the completion of her last course at the end of July. Registration forms, schedules and information are available through the Merritt Dance Society. For more information, contact society present Selena Voigt at selenavoigt@gmail.com.

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