There is a change to a department name in the Regional Municipality of Manitou, GCG. The recently created Manitou Police Services has now been renamed to Manitou Department of Public Safety. This department will oversee all domestic safety and security in the community.
The Manitou Fire and Rescue Services remain another department of the municipality and are not affected by this change.
Residents and visitors to the Regional Municipality of Manitou, GCG will notice new speed limit signs have been placed on the new streets in Manitou, Midland and Meaford. Manitou is a Canadian community and the signs are in kilometres per hour. For our American residents and visitors that is about seventeen miles per hour. The fines for going over thirty kilometres per hour start at MC$190 for ten kilometres (six miles per hour) per hour over the posted limit.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou has commenced a multi-prim project to bring improved emergency services to the residents and services of Midland and Manitou regions. The expanded road network will connect the street in South Promenade (Meaford) with the Harbour District in Midland.
"There are a few logistical issues we must contend with" said Bill D'Rite Foreman Manitou Public Utilities (which includes Roads and Sidewalks). "There is a one way street in Meaford, running west to east. Vehicles will be allowed to travel in both directions on the new road, the lane widths are reduced in Manitou due to the terrain and existing homes" he said.
"We are trying to provide these new services with minimal disruption to the lives of our residents by expanding the existing sidewalks and paving over them with the new roads" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal "the biggest challenge will be down in Manitou where sidewalks were constructed according to the existing terrain and not the shortest most direct route." The expansion includes the construction of a new fire station in Midland near the former site of the two stores that burned down earlier this week. "We are doing what we can to prevent disasters in our community" Winter concluded.
The new road network expansion is expected to be completed by the end of this week at a cost of one thousand prims.
The Corran Journal has closed its branch office in the GCG Communications region. "We had decided earlier this week to keep a branch office there after we moved our head office to Meaford. Yesterday, however, information came to my desk that convinced me to close the location" said Winter Silversmith Editor Corran Journal.
The Corran Journal has returned to its home in the Regional Municipality of Manitou. Mr. Silversmith continued "we have two floors now instead of three and the building is far more accessible than the one we were in on GCG Communications. I still think the concept of a media region is a great idea for anyone who can not afford their own region for their media business."
The GCG Pulse has an office on the GCG Communications region. "We are discussing the future of that office. We do all of our work for the calendar off world through website submissions and email. Maxwell and me both have our own offices on our own regions" Winter said. The GCG Pulse would like to reiterate that no decision has yet been made to close the office on the GCG Communications region at this time.
The Corran Journal head office is located in South Block 2, South Promenade, Meaford Market Mall, Meaford, GCG. CURL: https://gcg/region/Meaford/192/76/22/
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix. Great Canadian Grid members and Hypergrid visitors displayed a lot of love at the Jimi Hendrix Experience tribute show on March 26, 2017, the pyrotechnics and stage complimented an amazing performance by the late Jimi Hendrix presented by The Independents.
Rocking tunes warmed up to a crowd of fifteen people at noon with some roasting psychedelia to get them in the mood. The audience had swelled to about thirty-two after just thirty minutes on stage and maintained that amount for the rest of the event.
Jimi Hendrix (Toaster Dementros), Noel Redding (Sabrina Dementros) and Mitch Mitchell on drums took the stage just after one in the afternoon and the concert lasted until two thirty. "There was far out music, crazy lights and even a bear, I had an awesome time" said Winter Silversmith who attended the event for the Corran Journal. The event was presented live on the Great Canadian Grid video stream.
"James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as 'arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music'" source: Wikipedia
The Fundraiser had accumulated MC$ 40,371 by 2:30pm (at today's PPR that is approximately $150 Canadian) with donations from several organizations inworld including the GCG Staff MC$5,000 , Corran Journal MC$2,500 , Manitou Tourism MC$2,500 , and Club Max MC$1,500. The remaining MC$28,891 was donated by the members of the very generous audience.
"The Oakville Independents" presented this Jimi Hendrix Experience Fundraiser For Cancer and all proceeds from the event go to The Terry Fox Foundation of Canada For Cancer Research. The Dementros family organized this great event as part of The Independents Community Outreach Volunteer Group in real life. Visit www.theindependents.ca for more information about this amazing group of volunteers who work hard for a better community.
Article information provided by The Independents and Wikipedia, compiled and written by Winter Silversmith, all photos are copyright Winter Silversmith.
Manitou Fire Crews that responded to the structural fire on Sawney Close today were hampered by a lack of accessibility to the site and services. "This city is like a giant matchbox" said one individual who requested to not be identified "we have no roads so the fire trucks can not get to most of the homes here".
When asked about the access to fire services in Manitou Fire Chief Red E'Lite had this to say "well, it is true we don't have roads to get fire trucks down but the city has a lot of fire hydrants we just have to work harder to get to them on foot".
The CAO of Manitou Tourism Winter Silversmith was not available for comment. The issue of substandard fire services has been brought before municipal council in the past and at that time Mr. Silversmith stated that a major overhaul would be required to construct more roads throughout the city "it would cut into residential parcels and cost thousands of prims it's not just an overnight fix".
The fire on Sawney Close destroyed a cafe and bookstore, it was brought under control in about one hour. The area remains closed including the nearby Manitou Archives of the Avatar building while fire and police services are on scene investigating the cause. Fire Services Chief Red E'Lite stated that the concerns over fire services accessibility will be brought before council later this month.
Today's meet and greet known as the Gathering drew another crowd to the Great Canadian Grid Cabin region. The get together, which does not follow a set format like a meeting, is an opportunity for GCG members and hypergridders to hang out and talk or text about the issues of the day.
Today we talked about audio books, griefers, viewer tech, OpenSim development and the gray hairs on someone's butt. A lot of the conversation is voice but we did manage to catch a few quotes in local chat that summarize today's gathering. The Gathering had approximately twenty people in attendance including Roddie Macchi (grid owner), Winter and Maxwell (GCG Pulse), cookie cresci (GCG Support), and many others. Thanks to everyone for coming out today for the two and a half hour chat session.
Shawnesy: books better then movies always
Tigerkitti: I don't mind MadJack but yeah, is rootbeer alcohol real beer?
Maxwell: girls no fighting for me
Anna: i won't fight a vampire :)
Tigerkitti: Never say "bite me" to a vampire
Tigerkitti looks down. "ummm I don't have the parts to be BatMAN"
Anna: Not everyone can buy a cheeseburger every other day :)
Sorrell: love McDonald's dollar menu myself
Tigerkitti: OH Roddie, wanna take that beer out of my fist?
Winter: Leisure Suit Winter! :D
Winter: ADOPT A GRIEFER
Lynnestra pats Kotu on the head.
Winter: if you want to kill off some community leaders and take over GCG... now's the time
Sorrell: and the kangaroos bit the dust
Winter: not the God not the God <whacks your head>
Anna: Roddie only offer to dye your butt hair..lol
The next Gathering will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 9:00 am at the GCG Cabin region HOWEVER GCG Staff members please note that the GCG Staff meeting will be held at 10:00 am on another region. Hopefully you can make it to both gatherings. All times are in GCG/PDT format.
The Corran Journal is moving again, this time to the Meaford Market Mall. "We have a great building available in the South Promenade so we will be moving our head office there" Winter Silversmith Editor Corran Journal said.
The Corran Journal recently moved its head office from Midland to the GCG Communications region. The current office on the GCG Communications region is located near the new #myGCG Bus Station on Maple Street. Mr. Silversmith continued "We have a lot of prims available on the regions Manitou Tourism manages in Manitou so we're seriously questioning our need for two offices at this time". The Corran Journal will keep its office on GCG Communications for now as a satellite office. "We will be removing some of the furniture and replacing it with boards displaying various stories and statistics" Winter said.
The Corran Journal Head office was originally located on Meaford region in a small two storey office the same type of build as the GCG Hunt office once used. When the mall renovated the first time, to the medieval format, it moved to a formerly residential building on Midland across from the Manitou Archives of the Avatar. It was soon demolished and replaced with the new Chen's Supermarket which resulted in all operations being moved to the GCG Communications region where it has a three storey building on Maple Street. It is now moving the head office to a building on Meaford again.
The statistics are still being compiled for yesterdays views of the Corran Journal website. As you may have since learned we featured the first ever St. Patricks Day Parade in the Great Canadian Grid in an article on March 17, 2017. Here is the raw data according to our monitors.
Google Analytics states that 417 Views occurred on the website yesterday, that puts it in the #2 most viewed day in Corran Journal history (since November 14, 2014). The record views was set on August 13, 2015 at 510 views in a single day. In perspective the website has received 24,750 views according to Google since November 14, 2017 and the 3 days surrounding the Christmas Spectacular 2015 say 185 views.
Weebly, where the site is hosted, stated this morning that the "Weekly Stats" views is 2,448. Now, this does take into account the entire week however it displays 1,079 views for yesterday. Both stats are records when it comes to Weebly stats of the website. We normally see an average around 1,050 to 1,150 views in a week and the most was 1,612 on March 15, 2017.
GCG Pulse, also hosted on Weebly, is showing strong numbers for this week, right now it stands at 648. We just set a record in the last weeks over 400 so this breaks it again.
"It was a beautiful green Irish madness" said Anna Wright one of the volunteers at the first annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade to be held in the Great Canadian Grid. "
The parade route started in front of the #myGCG Bus Terminal on west Maple Street then proceeded east down Maple to Pine Street. It turned south down Pine to continue all the way to the end at the front doors of the Canadian Sun building on the GCG Communications region. Kandie Mann was the Master of Ceremonies and rode on a horse to the Canadian Sun stage area. The thirteen float parade was led by Cookie Cresci and Shayna Wuluff riding their horses.
"I believe it might be the very first parade of its kind in the OpenSim but certainly the first of its kind here on the Great Canadian Grid" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism. "I've personally never heard of a parade like this before".
"Anna Wright coordinated all of the parade float entries this morning and the event started on time without delay thanks to her devotion to the event. Thanks to dawn lectar who helped in recruiting many of the floats in this years' parade. I can't thank Anna and dawn and the other volunteers enough they all did an awesome job." said Marianna Monentes, Parade Organizer and Publisher Canadian Sun.
The parade was quite the event and it involved bringing together over a dozen people wearing their floats to walk down two streets on a single region past approximately twenty spectators. "What awesome creators and creations, it was well thought out" said cookie cresci, GCG Support team member.
"Parade was well worth a European late nighter to see great show" said Doctor Song when asked about the festivities. Sorrel Fang, and Kamira Sirnah volunteered to take photos for the Canadian Sun, Winter Silversmith took photos for the Corran Journal.
For anyone else who might be planning a parade on their grid here are a few of the minor issues that were reported. They might sound like negatives to some but if you want to hold an event like this we think it's helpful to hear the good and the bad. "There was a bit of lag felt during the parade and at the end and a couple people experienced crashes" Mr. Silversmith of the GCG Pulse said. He continued "we removed one laggy script we found on the region and a lot of people voluntarily removed their AO's which helped a great deal with quickly reducing lag. The parade had a bit of a traffic jam in a couple places but this will be fixed next year with a longer route than the three hundred metres available this year. They couldn't have known that this time being the first ever parade". Mr. Silversmith reiterated that "Roddie Macchi was very supportive of this event and he did advance thousands of extra prims to the region which definitely helped".
A number of comments heard at the conclusion of the parade included "great job", "lots of fun" and "can't wait until next year's parade" to mention but a few. It is quite clear that parades are a very popular idea and should happen much more often in the Great Canadian Grid. "It took a lot of hard work and dedication to have such a successful event. I think that Marianna Monentes and Anna Wright deserve a lot of credit but definitely all of their team of volunteers were needed for this event to go so smoothly for the first time ever" Mr. Silversmith added.
There is a contest on for visitors to vote for their favourite float or floats. All of the floats are now on display in front of the Canadian Sun building each with a vote box in front of them. The open voting starts today and will conclude at 5:00pm GCG time on March 24, 2017 at which time the votes will be tabulated. All Great Canadian Grid members are encouraged to stop by the GCG Communications region and participate in the voting.
The participants in the first annual Great Canadian Grid Saint Patrick's Day Parade presented by the Canadian Sun magazine were as follows (avatar / float name):
Tigerkitti Eberdene / Lucky Leprechauns,
Sabrina and Toaster Dementros of The Independents a Real Life,
Osana Kiya / Rainbow Riches,
Anna Wright / Canadian Sun Float created by Reyn Softly,
Anna Wright / Paddy Wagon created by Anna Wright,
Shawnessy Ettenmoore / Luck O The Irish,
Maximus Lear / Kiss My Blarney Stone,
Lynnestra Parker / Let's Go To The Beach,
Sandy Caunter / St. Patty Dogs,
Drew Harcourt / Musical Leprechauns,
shirah bare / Luck o The Irish float, a float all about fun,
ray noob / St. Patrick,
Eagle Wolf / Dawn's Homestead-Free Living-All Welcome created by dawn lectar.
March 17. 2017 6:00 pm
A little late addition... I asked Roddie Macchi GCG grid owner for a comment and I didn't receive it in time because I was offline, here's what he had to say...
"Just that I was amazed at how much detail was involved, and how much work was done for this...from the signs to the floats to even the commentary...so very well done."
so, there's another pat on the back to all the volunteers!
Manitou Tourism is pleased to announce the addition of the South Town Market to the South Promenade in Meaford Market Mall. The new store offers furniture, appliances and much more for the home and office all for free. Upstairs there are over a dozen free faux people to copy and use on your regions for effect. Check back daily as the selection continues to grow and all one hundred percent free to copy and share. The South Town Market is located next door to the second location of Chen's Supermarket which opened last week.
Mountain Fuels Incorporated has opened a second location in Manitou. The Mountain Fuels Gas & Go has adopted the new design to exclude the service bays and expand their selection. The new location will be open in Meaford before renovations have been completed on the Mud River location. The second location is in the South Promenade District right down the street from the Transit Station.
Much More Books Limited has opened a second location in the city of Manitou. The new store is located in the South Promenade, Meaford Market Mall, across from the South Town Market. Both locations offer a wide selection of used books for all genres.
Corran Journal Stats
Most views in a day
August 13, 2015 - 510
March 17, 2017 - 417
Dec 14, 2014 - 400
26,952 since Nov 14/14
We are a roleplay publication featuring activities in the Manitou, GCG regions and beyond.
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)