Manitou Wind Services has commenced construction on the new independent power grid for the municipality. The new wind power network will cost the community approximately MC$2,000 when completed and power all five regions with clean renewable energy.
Manitou Council announced this week the development of electrical power within the town. The community drew power from a nearby city at great expense, the new system will be wholly independent and supply only the regional municipality of Manitou regions. "The large pylon towers will only be constructed in Muskoka and part of Midland regions" said Mayor Silversmith "these are necessary to deliver the power to distribution substations that will go up across the continent." The cost will be absorbed by Manitou Tourism, including underground services, substations, wind turbines and electrical pylons.
The new system uses technology from Brunel Communications, Steam Isles and Manitou Public Utilities. The new company will have an office in the Public Utilities building located in Midland.
The Municipality of Manitou council met last night and passed several controversial development plans.
The first was the covenant removal of a big box store located near the Sunset Ballroom. The merchant had exceeded the thirty day inactivity rule (by ten days) and was evicted. The large store, one of the original builds from Studio City Manitou, was removed and replaced a residence.
The second, and already begun with the park seating in the foreground, is the introduction of electric lighting to our streets. The council has decided that all torch-like lighting will be replaced this week with the new electric lamp posts. The drawback of this new technology will be grid and region restarts which may require the lamps to be touched back on, an additional chore for our public utilities department. The new lighting bylaw will not be enforced in the historic Manitou Harbour District or near the Massey Estate site.
Third, council looked at the recent issue with Greeters scripts in our mall. A recent addition to the Covenant is being tested this week. The problem scripts were addressed with the owner and they are looking into alternatives. If the alternatives are also an issue it will become necessary to ban automatic greeter scripts in the Manitou Market mall. Council did not make a decision on the banning on scripts, it will be addressed next month.
Council has voted to support the development of a new power plant on Manitou, while the final location has not been approved the preferred site is believed to be somewhere on Muskoka region. This controversial development will advance technology on Manitou. The Historical Society has expressed concern that such a development will put historical landmarks, such as the Harbour District, at risk, choosing further development over history. The Municipality stated that all efforts are being made to preserve and protect historical landmarks on Manitou.
Council defeated the following motions:
1) create a Manitou Market Mall group and move all merchants over from Studio City Manitou group,
2) pave the walkways in Manitou Market
Council tabled the following motions to future meetings:
1) vote on development plans for the Silversmith Farm
First with $ 5.00 regions. First with Canadian currency, through Podex, in a virtual world. And now, first to set a region cap on a virtual grid. Roddie Macchi, owner of the Great Canadian Grid, announced this week that the grid will set an individually owned region cap of 1,000. We asked Roddie about the new region cap and about the Great Canadian Grid (GCG).
Winter Silversmith: Why did you decide to set a cap on the region counts?
Roddie Macchi: The reason why is because it is a lot for one guy <laughing> Now, mind you I have a great team, and thank god, but to look after every region and everyone’s issues with regions and helping everyone as well for each region your day goes from five hours a day to twelve hours a day.
Winter: This started out more as a hobby for you didn’t it, your grid is now one of the fastest growing grids in OpenSim. Did you ever think you would be running a business instead of just a hobby grid?
Roddie: The biggest reason for the cap, well, I could just hire more help and keep going I guess. In the beginning I said to myself “Hey you know what?’ I ran a lot of grids going back to Sims Online Days when I was the largest EA land mass to running the largest Recreational Canadian Group in SecondLife. I know I would be great at running a grid!” and along came GCG.
Winter: This is more of fun for you than it is a business isn’t it, running the GCG grid?
Roddie: It’s what I love to do. I love looking after others and helping others. I’m good at it, probably because I love people.
Winter: What about the future, will the business aspect of things force you to change to become more like the larger grids that are more interested in money than fun?
Roddie: If I get to the point, where most do when they get big, and become ‘just that grid owner’ that no one ever sees or hears from much, or has to always ask the middle guy or submit tickets all the time… then the whole concept of why I decided to make the GCG becomes the norm, stale, live every other ‘business’ grid.
Winter: What keeps your view on things so positive and refreshing compared to other grids?
Roddie: I don’t go to other grids, nor do I go on their forums. I keep to myself and look after my grid and our residents, everyone on my grid is like family to me. Why would I want to go anywhere else?
Winter: <laughing> Are you asking me?
Roddie: Sure, what do you think about the GCG?
Winter: I love it, I’ve built my life here. I rarely ever go to SecondLife, maybe once a month, and it’s been ages since I went to another OpenSim grid. It’s a community, full of friends and neighbours, just like Canada.
Roddie: Exactly, we have a very tight community here that look out for one another and it’s amazing.
Winter: We talk a lot about community and the generous spirit in GCG, can you give me an example of this for our readers?
Roddie: Yes. I’ve helped my real life sister get onto the grid and as we were logging in, well, no one knew who she was or that I was standing right beside her. In a matter of thirty minutes she was greeted with open arms by a dozen people, given a free home to live in, free furniture and landmarks. It was amazing to see, but not unexpected, we’re just ‘that’ close a community. I was still practically in tears, though, to see how people were on my own grid and how very proud I was to see that happen.
Winter: That’s great, I’ve seen this happen many times myself in the GCG, someone says ‘Hi’ in the grid chat and is immediately welcomed by several people online. And when someone asks for help, unlike some other grids, they aren’t told to get out of the chat and join another group, no, instead they are greeted, given free items, landmarks, everything to help them feel a part of the GCG from Day 0.
Roddie: Yes, we are a great family grid indeed.
Winter: What happens when the regions reach 1,000 and the cap is in place?
Roddie: A lot of people who own land will be renting parcels and structures. If anyone decides they no longer want to own their region here, then people who want to purchase a region will be able to provided they are on our waiting list. You can expect because of our popularity that the waiting list will be long so please have patience you won’t be forgotten. They will, however, be a cap on the waiting list, as well, so that someone doesn’t try to monopolize on the idea and buy up a bunch of land to rent out. Each person on the waiting list will only be able to purchase two regions per avi and then we go to the next avi on the waiting list.
Winter: There was concern expressed that a cap on regions might have a detrimental effect on parcel rental prices, a lot of regions currently offer free housing. If parcel prices become unreasonable, like a larger grid we know of, what will you do to prevent price gouging?
Roddie: I don’t think, given our community, that price gouging will ever become a problem here, if it does then I will address it.
Winter: I read recently that you might have to raise the rates of existing regions if the population or inventory increased placing more demand on the servers?
Roddie: No, that information was incorrect. I have never raised the rates on grandfathered regions and I have no intention of ever doing so. As old $5 regions close, new $25 regions are created, the cycle pays for itself as the grid evolves.
Winter: Thank you for answering some questions for me today, is there anything else you would like to add?
Roddie: Yes, our grid will still take on new members, and be connected to hypergrid, and do everything it is right now. I feel this will not affect the economy at all since the hypergrid is very much open and people can still purchase stuff here. And we love Kitely, with their ‘direct to grid’ delivery system the hypergrid has made it very much a great way to find that one grid you can call home, live on it, and shop anywhere and everywhere.
Winter: Thank you, have a great day Roddie.
Roddie: You too, and I hope to bump into all of you one day on the GCG, it really is the friendliest grid in the metaverse!
Manitou Tourism has invited Manitou Market Mall merchants to "Spring into Easter" with their latest decorating contest. The Tourism group sponsored a similar contest about a month ago and MC$2,250 in prizes were awarded to the best decorating efforts.
The "Spring into Easter" decorating contest will follow the same rules and offer the same great prizes:
First place MC$ 1,000
Second place MC$ 750
Third place MC$ 500
Contest ends: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Manitou Tourism is proud to support the GCG Hunts in 2016! We are thrilled that the Easter Hunt will commence from the GCG Hunt Information Centre located in beautiful downtown Manitou, March 14th.
Calculated on number of members in each club group, here are your TOP 10 GCG Clubs as of March 6, 2016.
1. Po Monkey Blues 315
2. Hot Rods 50s Diner 276
3. The Club House 188
4. Cajun Country 93
5. Marina Bay Jazz Club 85
6. Roundup Country 54
7. Black Pearl Club 44
8. Cowboys & Angels Country 32
9. Cellar Jazz Club Vancouver 28
10. Club Lakeview 28
If you are missing from our Top Ten list it is because your club was too hard to locate. Use your Classified ads and Picks more effectively!
An early morning fire has destroyed the historic Silversmith Farm in the RP inclusion zone of Manitou. The fire broke out just after nine this morning and it is believed to have started when sparks escaped from the fireplace igniting nearby textiles.
The Silversmith Farm has played a significant role in theRiverLands medieval RP lately after Winter Silversmith inherited the farm from his late brother Helmut. The farm house was in excellent condition and used by Winter during RolePlay.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou has been attempting to develop the land, during the past few months, as residential housing. The court recently blocked the development plan citing "historical landmark" reasons. The historic nature of the property includes the nearby barn and bridges so the fire does not affect the courts ruling.
Winter Silversmith spoke with the Corran Journal at the conclusion of the blaze and stated that there will be no plans to rebuild the cottage due to the historical designation of the parcel. "The fire will be fit in to the existing RolePlay in the next couple days" he said.
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