On behalf of myself, Sabrina and the real life Independents, we want to thank each and every one of you that attended and donated to our fundraiser. We are so happy to announce we raised MC$ 16,756. At the time of writing this (Saturday, August 12th), that amounts to just under one hundred Real Life Canadian Dollars!
A very special Thank You to Stassi Susanti and Lee Woods for all their continued support and hard work they put in to helping us with the very worthwhile causes we raise money for. We are very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you all again for all your generous donations.
Our next fundraiser is going be a tribute to ZZ Top. All proceeds are going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR TOP FUNDRAISERS:
Thanks Again, Everyone!
Toaster & Sabrina Dementos
"The Regional Municipality of Manitou has had slow but steady growth during the past six months and I decided it was time for us to revamp our advertising for the city" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism. "The first thing was to come out with new slogans to promote us grid-wide. These will replace our popular 'Less Lag More Living' one we have used for the last year".
The city has come out with two new slogans which will be displayed on promotional displays and signage throughout the Great Canadian Grid. Mr. Silversmith continued "The first, 'Where Avatars Are The Key' lends to the importance of avatars in the vibrant life and creativity of our community. To unlock all of the great places, services, merchant kiosks and stories of our little city avatars play a key role".
The next slogan refers to our extensive and continuously expanding roleplay history, Mr. Silversmith explains it more. "As part of the roleplay in Manitou I have written a sort of history book on how the various districts and services came about in the community. You can read about all of this on our Manitou Tourism website. It helps to add realism to my roleplay stories on Manitou by giving some of them a history to build from. I believe this is, at least until people read this article, unique to the Great Canadian Grid and we would like people to know that Manitou is more than just pixels on a screen but instead a living vibrant community with history, albeit a fictional one".
The new kiosks are designed to provide information and freebies to newcomers. "In the continued spirit of community and giving I wanted the new 'welcome wagon' kiosks to offer not only Manitou but helpful GCG landmarks and group information too. I have added some freebie furniture and things that can help newcomers to feel a bit more welcome in our grid" Mr. Silversmith said.
"The thing I have always loved about the Great Canadian Grid is you do not need the title of 'mentor' or 'helper' or whatever fancy egotistical name people think they need floating above their pixel heads to be a kind neighbour. True Canadians are not about the 'title' they are given but rather their spirit of community and sharing. I would never accept the 'title' given to me as the only reason to give new people helpful information like landmarks, group invites or freebies. Kindness is not measured by the hours between time card punches" Winter explained.
Winter continues, "you will never see Roddie Macchi, for example, storming around the grid and chat shouting 'I am the Grid Owner bow down to me for only I can give you everything you must have to live here!' the thought of it is so freaking hilarious because it is just not the spirit we have grown in GCG and certainly not how I know my friend Roddie to be. When someone asks for help in the Grid Chat it is the way of GCG'ers to do whatever is reasonable to help them. Simple as that, if anyone tells you differently they do not 'get' what GCG is all about".
The new kiosks have already been set up at GCG Marketplace II and the Meaford Market Mall, Meaford, GCG. The plan is to offer these kiosks at any location where Manitou can promote itself for little or no cost. Anyone who would like to promote Manitou and can provide affordable or free space for one of their new 148 prim kiosks please let Winter know.
During an interview earlier today Winter Silversmith CAO of Manitou Tourism responded to concerns raised that the Silversmith Estates Prim Bank may be facing a recession in Meaford. The rumours were circulating questioning a shortage in prims following the announcement that the three hundred prim ART WALL would be closing with only twenty-four hours notice.
"While I would like to talk about the new advertising campaign we're introducing it appears that I need to squash the latest fake news circulating the media lately" said Mr. Silversmith to reporters from the Corran Journal, KMTV-7 News and other local outlets late this afternoon.
"The Silversmith Estates is the corporation that owns Manitou Tourism and subsequently the Manitou regions. They usually have a hands-off approach to managing the regions and this case is no exception. I personally checked with the Bank earlier today concerning Meaford and they informed me that the region still has almost fifteen-hundred prims available. There is no risk to merchants of a prim shortage in the region. This is fake news and it needs to be stopped right now" he stated.
The Prim Bank is responsible for the management of prims on all of the Manitou regions and is a subsidiary of Silversmith Estates. The Prim Bank oversees a varied range from twenty-five-hundred to fifteen-thousand prims per region. When the available prims reach a "minimum" of one thousand the alert goes out to Manitou Tourism to 'cut back and conserve spending'. The conservation efforts can range from finding lower prim landscaping to the cut back and removal of high prim parks and structures.
Mr. Silversmith continued describing the new advertising campaign and ignoring additional questions concerning the reasoning behind the new park except to state that "the mall needs to remain fluid and change with the times and we have decided to take a new direction in some of the offerings available".
Get your leathers out for August 6th when a tribute to Motorhead rocks the GCG!!!! The party starts at Noon with some rocking riffs to get ya in the mood for the band when they take the stage at 1:00 PM GCG time.
••••• Come Early, Stay Late •••••
We have some great tunes for ya before and after the show!!!!
Please note that all proceeds from the event go to The Terry Fox Foundation of Canada For Cancer Research.
The Wailing Banshee tavern is now open in downtown Meaford. The small but well stocked pub is located next to the Winter Dominion Bank on Clipper Street. Stop in and see Molly for a pint of McMullen's Butterbeer or a delicious Irish coffee and watch the latest American fiction unfold on the flat screen. The tavern is open daily from noon until midnight.
The Lucky Dragon Northern Chinese Cuisine restaurant and take-out franchise has opened a new location in Mud River, GCG. The restaurant is located at 28800 Mud River Road, next to the Manitou Tourism Community Arena, and offers patrons authentic Chinese delicacies with new world flair.
"The new restaurant is part of the Manitou Tourism's commitment to offering an expanded selection of services to Manitou residents and visitors by encouraging development in all sectors" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal following the grand opening ceremonies.
The Luxe Hair Salon franchise has opened a new location in Midland, GCG at 2 Amber Way Commons plaza. The salon offers a selection of over seventy-five quality freebie hair choices from FleepGrid and OSGrid with full CC 4.0 permissions. The Luxe Hair Salon has locations across the Great Canadian Grid including the former Cedar Point (Kingfisher Bay). If you are new to the grid or the metaverse and looking for affordable decent looking hair you have come to the right place. Luxe Hair Salon of Midland, GCG.
Work has been completed on the new roadway linking downtown Meaford, GCG with the Midland, GCG district.
The construction of the two lane road included a new vehicle / pedestrian bridge over the river, a new bus terminal in Massey, GCG, and crosswalk near the landing point in Meaford, GCG. A storage building was removed in the harbour district to allow for additional parking. The street, proposed to run past the heli-pad in the above photo, instead went into the harbour district to allow for more efficient flow of traffic.
The new route includes the construction of a new mid-city bus terminal. The new terminal, along with being an evacuation muster point, will provide limited bus services to Midland, Manitou and Massey, GCG. New bus stop signs will be placed throughout the affected regions by the end of the week and a listing of stops posted in both the Massey and Meaford, GCG terminals.
The new roadway has not been named yet and additional signage needs to be posted. A representative for Manitou, GCG stated that the downtown Meaford, GCG streets have been named and everything will be properly signed as soon as possible. The roadway and related work has cost the city over two hundred prims, a cost that will be shared with Meaford, Massey and Midland, GCG.
Manitou Tourism continues to negotiate with the Memorial Park for the construction of a road "the Minesing connection" along the channel and through the park to Massey, GCG. Memorial Park committee members have argued that the new road coined as the " 'road to nowhere' is not needed as part of the Nuclear Emergency Response Plan since Mud River Parkway leads north from the plant area along the waterway and would evacuate anyone in Mud River, GCG more efficiently". The Regional Municipality of Manitou city council with vote on the proposal for the Minesing connection road at their regular meeting later this week.
Nuclear power in Manitou has come under scrutiny again this time by the Canadian Atomic Energy Review Board. The latest review has found profound deficiencies in the community's nuclear emergency response plan. "It has a failing grade when it comes to community safety" stated Newton Winterfall commissioner for the CAERB.
In 2013 the Government passed a long list of regulations for nuclear plants to meet by 2017 including those recently brought online. The regulations include community emergency preparedness and evacuation plans in the event of a nuclear incident.
The plant installed emergency alert sirens in 2016, in coordination with a national program for emergency preparedness, and air quality / radiation detection stations are located within one region radius of the plant. The stations detect any elevated levels of radiation that may occur due to incident or accident at the plant. "It is the early warning system to the community that something has gone wrong" Mr. Winterfall said "the problem is that once the alert has gone out the procedures that are supposed to happen next are not in place". The CAERB released its most recent report to the Province of Alberta, the controlling investors of the nuclear plant, the Manitou city council office and the office of Manitou Tourism and called for immediate action to be taken to upgrade plans for city preparedness and response.
According to the regulations the nuclear facility, in coordination with the nearby communities, should be prepared to respond to radiation exposure to the general public and be prepared to evacuate the area within 0.25 acres (about five regions). "The community roadways are not adequately linked to allow for continuous flow out of the inclusion zone. There are no muster points, such as a community pavilion or centre, for residents to gather to be transported safely out of the inclusion zone" the report stated concerning the Mud River plant.
Following a three hour call between Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith and representatives of Mud River Power the city and nuclear plant have agreed to split the costs on the construction of several new roads and community pavilions in the Regional Municipality of Manitou. "We will begin construction of the upgrades this week starting with a new roadway linking downtown Meaford to Massey and Midland districts" Mr. Silversmith told the Corran Journal late Wednesday morning.
The new roadways and buildings are expected to cost over one thousand prims which will be split between all regions. "We may have to put a road down through the Memorial Park" Winter added "to connect Mud River to the Harbour district and provide an additional evacuation option for workers in the Mud River district".
Construction has started in Meaford and planners are deciding how to best build a road past the entry landing point for the region without unnecessary risk to pedestrians. "We will have to install special crosswalks and lighting to increase safety" said Bill D'Rite Manager for the Manitou Public Utilities Commission that mandates traffic signals and roadway lighting in addition to contracting services for the construction of roadways and sidewalks in the community.
The Province has ordered that all upgrades be completed in the community by August 15, 2017. When asked Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith stated that "there should be no problem complying with their recommendations by the due date... of course we can not control the weather".
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Donations to Fundraisers 2017:
Hendrix tribute concert
Terry Fox Foundation MC$2,500 (plus MC$2,500 Manitou Tourism)
Rush tribute concert for Kidney foundation, MC$2,500 (plus MC$2,500 Manitou Tourism)
Kevin M. Klerks, Editor
(aka Winter Silversmith)