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136 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE And of course a further sightseeing destination is back in Merritt: the courthouse designed and built in the same year as Nicola’s. The Merritt courthouse was subsequently expanded (so no longer has the symmetry of its Nicola counterpart) and continued to operate as a Provincial Court facility until 2002. In 2002, as part of a wider swath of courthouse closures in the province, courthouse operations ceased. The Merritt building presently— like the former courthouse in Kamloops and, of course, in Vancouver— houses an art gallery. ENDNOTES 1. “City Landmark up for Sale”, Merritt Herald (23 April 2003), online: <http://www.merrittherald. com/city-landmark-up-for-sale/>. 2. Edward Mills, The Early Court Houses of British Columbia (Parks Canada: Manuscript Report Number t t t t t 288, November 1977) at 80, 218. 3. “Merritt Courthouse – Merritt”, online: <http:// www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMN823_ Merritt_Courthouse_Merritt_BC>. 4. Mills, supra note 2 at 215, quoting from the Merritt Herald and Nicola Valley Advocate (6 February 1914). 5. Ibid. 6. “The Newsy Pars”, The Nicola Valley News (14 July 1916) at 4. 7. “By Auto to the Sunny Okanagan”, The Nicola Valley News (7 July 1916) at 2. 8. “The Newsy Pars”, The Nicola Valley News (3 December 1915) at 4. 9. Advertisement, The Nicola Valley News (14 July 1916) at 3. 10. Article, The Nicola Valley News (14 July 1916) at 4. Insects also seem to have targeted our animal friends, leading Merritt Mercantile Company prominently to advertise “Wilson’s Fly Repellant” (“Your cows will produce one third more milk if protected from flies in this manner”): Advertisement, The Nicola Valley News (14 July 1916) at 1. Of course, the indoors did not seem entirely safe either— another issue of this newspaper urged readers to fend off houseflies “as there is no more persistent carrier and distributor of disease”: News item, The Nicola Valley News (21 April 1916) at 4. 11. “Sunny Nicola”, The Nicola Valley News (14 July 1916) at 2. 12. Advertisement, The Nicola Valley News (14 July 1916) at 3. 13. Advertisement, The Nicola Valley News (22 September 1911) at 3. As an aside, F.A. Reid & Co’y asked in its advertisement: “What is the difference between custom tailoring and Fit-Reform garments? Nothing but imagination and a higher cost. Custom tailoring has not advanced a step in a generation. Ask your father or look at some of his old clothes.” 14. “Nicola War Hero Home Again”, The Nicola Valley News (21 April 1916) at 1; “Former Editor Killed in Action”, The Nicola Valley News (3 December 1915) at 1. 15. “Artillery & Saddle Horses Wanted”, The Nicola News (4 June 1915) at 2. 16. “Patriotic Garden Party at Nicola last Saturday”, The Nicola Valley News (11 August 1916) at 1. 17. BC Parks, “Monck Provincial Park”, online: <http:// www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ monck/>.


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