Ontario Regional Police responded to a call in remote Mattawa Bay from a distraught parent who insisted that they send an officer up to speak to her son. When officers arrived the boy, Bobby, 13 of Toronto, Ontario described a rather unbelievable story to Travis Steel lead investigator on the call.
"I was playing over near the big turbine back over there" he pointed. "I was just throwing pebbles at some turtle on the beach, not trying to hurt it or nothing, just playing with it you know, when I saw a huge silver ball come right up out of the lake". The boy's mother, Mary, did not witness the event but stated she did hear "a strange swooshing sound coming from the area where her son had been playing". She described it further to the Corran Journal. "It sounded like you know when water shoots up in one of those fountains and comes crashing down all at once, that but a lot louder. I was afraid for my son's safety so I ran up there and he told me what he saw. Of course I grabbed my phone and called the cops right away".
The incident is not the first one reported to police in the area this year. Several reports of "large silver balls" and "giant black triangles" have been viewed hovering or flying near the northern shore of the peninsula out above the lake. "We really do not have any explanation for the sightings at this time" stated a representative of the Ontario Regional Police. "All officers can do is take the reports and hope that a logical explanation presents itself soon" they concluded.
Mattawa Bay is home to the Silversmith estate, Mr. Silversmith is a councillor for the Town of Manitou and owner of the Corran Journal. "I have not witnessed any strange events near my home, I kind of wish I would though. We could really use some concrete video evidence to bring more tourism dollars to our region" he said when asked about the incidents.
The good news is the GCG went back online on September 10 after being down approximately eleven days for a database backup.
The bad news is the return was followed by an announcement by grid owner Roddie Macchi that region rates will increase on January 1, 2018. The increase affects those loyal region owners who were grandfathered in at the start-up rate of $5 per region years ago. Unfortunately this delivers yet another blow to future stability of Manitou.
As you read this month Manitou is cutting back to 4 regions in April 2018 to save $15 Canadian per month in tiers. "My real life job situation is not as lucrative income wise as it was a year ago and when you have to decide between money for entertainment or money for car insurance some tough sacrifices have to be made" said Winter Silversmith, CEO of Silversmith Estates the RP parent corporation that owns all of the Manitou regions.
The new rate increases lead to the decision to close an additional three regions on January 1, 2018. "The good news is that our pre-payment will be applied to a new single twenty-thousand prim region and Manitou in some form will live on... the bad news is seven of the eight Manitou regions will close as a result of the increased rates" Winter explained to the Corran Journal this evening.
Mr. Silversmith was asked for his opinion about the increased tier rate, he reiterated the statement he had made in his notecard issued to the new Manitou region group members late Friday night. "Like I said some people might be upset about the changes coming in the next few months but in the end GCG is a business not a hobby and they have bills to pay like everyone else."
The Corran Journal obtained a copy of the notecard that Winter Silversmith issued to friends and renters of the Manitou regions late Friday night, the document in its entirety is included below. Various communications by Roddie Macchi, grid owner, including the GCG Forums, stated the rate increases were the result of the need for improved programming and continued support. Those interested in knowing the specific reasons for the rate increases are welcome to contact the Great Canadian Grid for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friends, Neighbours and Supporters of Manitou,
First, I want to give you a little backstory on myself and my regions.
I have been in GCG for over 3 years now, and owned regions almost since the first week I was here. I just checked, my avatar was created September 9, 2014. I’ve been “inworld” though since December 2008 in that “other grid”.
A wee jump ahead now…
In 2016, I was still working in a retail store as a Manager and making a decent salary. I have been in GCG for a few years now and was fortunate enough to take advantage of the original $5 per region rates. It’s been a great 3 years and in that time Manitou has grown and flourished to 8 regions.
I have pre-paid my regions a year in advance during the past two years because GCG is my home. I think I go to SL maybe once per year and I hate it. I don’t go to any other OpenSim regions except when I Hypergrid and I do not like doing that at all. I might bitch now and again about how things are in GCG but it’s because I care so much about my community, my friends and my home.
Well, as you may have heard the recession finally hit Alberta last year and in 2017 I lost my management position and job. I looked for 2 months and after not finding work I moved back to Ontario, unemployed and costing about $3,500 to move back I had to make some tough decisions concerning my entertainment budget.
I ended up getting a job in June 2017 but it was paying far less than I was making before in Alberta. I decided that in April 2018, when my regions tiers came up for renewal that I would cut 4 regions from my budget. This would reduce my monthly bill of $33+tx to $18+tx.
I wrote in the Corran Journal a few weeks back that I was going to make the transition to 4 regions in March 2018. My renters and others found out one day, however, rather suddenly that I decided to expedite my plans and turn the 4 regions into greenspaces now focusing all my attention on the remaining 4 regions.
I must apologize once again for the over 10 people who got evicted. I just needed to make the change. The ideas for the new town were piling up in my brain and driving me crazy with anticipation. Anyone who has designed and built their own regions and put their heart and soul into them will understand what I mean.
I had just started to build the new “Town of Manitou” when the grid went down for 10 days. Well, here it is a week later and I’m almost done the new build.
And then Roddie announced the rates would be increasing for GCG. The resulting increase would cost me $5 more per region for 3 of the 4 “remaining” regions I had planned to keep in April 2018.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to put $15 per month more into the 3 regions that would be affected. After all my plan was to save $15 a month not move it into other regions.
The result is this.
In December, I will begin dismantling the “new” Town of Manitou. Yes, the one I just built and had a select few of you moved into this past week.
January 1, 2018 all the regions, as they exist now, will close.
I plan to obtain one – 20,000 prim region for $10+tx per month under the new rate plan with all the bells and whistles of the “new coding” Roddie mentioned in his notice.
The good news is this new rate plan and my changes will end up saving me $23 a month, which is great because my income is about half what it was in 2016 and it’s very hard to make ends meet without spending $350+ a year on one game.
I now spend over half my working hours paying for gas and food to work my new job. It’s one of those weird catch 22 situations eh. You need work to buy gas and food but then you need more gas and food when you are working. Ah well it’s still good to have a job these days.
The bad news is that there is going to be a dramatic scale back of my roleplay town to a single region. Yes, one region. It will have a couple shops and residences. I do not have a plan laid out yet. I just don’t want to think about all my hard work being ripped to shreds in a few months.
I know a lot of people are probably upset at Roddie right now for raising rates. I am not upset at the raising of rates. It had to come sooner or later, but, like everyone I'm sure, we all hoped it would be later than sooner. It's just the cost of doing business and in the end GCG is a business.
I do know that I’ll probably end up evicting even more of my friends just because of the reduction of space available. To be honest I DO NOT KNOW. I will wait until December to decide what the new “whatever” will look like.
In the meantime, I will strive to carry out an interesting roleplay in the new “Town of Manitou” for the next 3 months.
Please follow the Corran Journal at www.corranjournal.ca for the latest RP story in our quaint little fictional Ontario, Canada town www.manitoutourism.ca I might keep that name Manitou Tourism even though the region will change, it could be a private company that was just hired to promote the new single region community. We shall see.
Thank you again all of you for your continued support and loyalty to me, the Corran Journal and Manitou. You do not know how much I truly appreciate it.
Winter Silversmith email@example.com
(RL: Kevin M. Klerks www.kevinmklerks.ca)
Welcome to the new Corran Journal as we wait patiently for the Great Canadian Grid to come back online. Past articles posted in the Corran Journal are available under the CJ ARTICLES menu located in the top right of this page.
The Great Canadian Grid has been offline since August 31, 2017 performing backups on their data. They will hopefully be back online within the next two weeks depending on what Hurricane Irma does to Florida (home of the servers for the GCG).
Shortly before the grid went offline we began construction of the new Manitou regions. In spring of 2018 four of the regions will be cancelled, Meaford, Massey, Minesing, and Mud River due to financial constraints. This left Manitou, Midland, Muskoka and Mattawa Bay to be the new Manitou.
I decided to completely re-terraform the entire town and scale it back from the city it had become into what you might call a "rural" community. Assuming nothing bad has happened in the interim, the regions have adopted a peninsula design with a single highway running up along the shoreline connecting all four regions. The regions that will be cancelled have been converted into lake (water) with a sprinkling of islands to make it easier to delete them next year.
There will be shops and services along the highway and up to ten homes scattered throughout the four regions. While many of them will be roleplay in design I have invited three of our previous merchants to set-up in the new town - Anna Wright (Chinook), Toaster Dementos (Independents), Couture Chapeau.
The roleplay portion of the community includes a gas station with convenience store, Chinese food restaurant, Police station, a small boat launch with dock, and possibly one or two other businesses. The residential units will be 'tiny/miniature homes' and eight former residents have been selected to move to the new town if they so desire.
The website will be completely remodelled once I am able to get inworld and take photos. The history and the city design are gone, the new Town of Manitou is a humble community of approximately twenty-five to thirty avatar and role-play residents. It is so small they do not even have their own fire station because they can not afford a truck. Community services such as these are provided by a roleplay community down the highway to the south.
Once the grid is back online it will take approximately a week to complete all of the changes to Manitou. Thank you for your patience.
CAO, Town of Manitou, GCG
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