The Judge Advocate General of the Manitou Armed Forces has opened new law offices in downtown Manitou. The building has been constructed on the former site of the Elk Bones Tavern that was destroyed by fire earlier this week. The new JAG offices are the legal department representing naval, ground and air members in our armed services.
The Manitou Armed Services Naval division have submitted a proposal for the construction of a naval yard if and when land becomes available. The construction calls for a marina, docks, warehouses and housing for personnel. The project is expected to take a week to complete at a cost of 10,000 prims and MC$5,000. "Unfortunately there is not enough land available at the present time to construct this new base which would bring much needed tax revenue into the community" said Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Alberta of the Manitou Armed Services. The military, in a joint effort with Emergency Services, Police, Fire and Manitou Tourism constructed the Emergency Operations Centre in Midland earlier this summer. "When the project has been approved will be constructing an air strip near the Emergency Operations Centre for military aircraft visiting from other regions" he said.
The historic Elk Bones Tavern is no more. Manitou Emergency Services Fire Department responded to an early morning alarm at the two storey structure in downtown Manitou. Upon arriving on the scene Fire Chief Red E'Lite assessed that the fire was too involved to stop. Fire crews worked aggressively to control the fire and limit it to the tavern structure.
Louis deVanner, an emigrant from Rotterdam, Netherlands, built the Elk Bones Tavern in 1854 in south-east Northgate Village near the harbour. It received Historical Landmark designation in 2016. The Tavern building has been unoccupied since summer after a challenging economy closed its doors and the business had been placed on the market.
"The structure could not be spared" Chief E'Lite told the Corran Journal "we believe it may have been arson as electrical services were disconnected in the building while unoccupied". When asked what will become of the land made available by the fire Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism said "we had planned to build a courthouse in Manitou, it is likely this will now be the location for it".
The fire brings the debate over emergency services available to the forefront again. Earlier this year it was reported that the city decided to spend additional funds it received through various tax programs on the renumeration of the city parcels. Critics presented the need for increased fire services in the city and implied that a disaster was imminent. "We are quite capable of fighting fires in our community" Chief E'Lite stated "we have fire hydrants, access to abundant water sources and helicopters in our arsenal for fighting fires."
Council will meet to discuss fire services and the construction of a new courthouse on the site of the former tavern. Clean up of the site will begin once fire services has completed its investigation.
Visitors to the Corran Journal Head Office in Manitou will get a surprise when they arrive. Today the Corran Journal announced the closure of its office in Manitou and its move of all operations to their former satellite office in GCG Communications region.
"We decided that the new office in the CSun region best serves our needs. To bring additional commercial services to Manitou we closed our offices there and leased the land to Chen's Supermarket" said Winter Silversmith, CAO Manitou Tourism and Editor of the Corran Journal. Chen's first store is located and will continue operations in Cedar Point, Kingfisher Bay, GCG. This second location will offer more frozen foods due to the seasonal access to metaworld markets via the GCG Ocean. The store is being stocked this week and should be open by the start of next week.
Excavation of a historic settlement in Manitou was halted this week due to deteriorating weather conditions. The skeleton was discovered earlier this year after heavy summer rains exposed part of the subterranean soil to the elements. Read more here.
"The early onset of winter has halted excavation of the archaeological site on Manitou region until spring" said Wesley Ferguson spokesperson for the University of Western Metaversia. When asked when the project will continue Wesley said "We had hoped to complete the project before winter but the snowfall arrived several weeks earlier than expected. We have protected the exposed site from the weather and we will continue the dig in April".
Public voting begins tomorrow in Manitou's first annual 'At Home in Gingerbread' prim building contest.
Entrants were required to build a prim and sculpty gingerbread-themed house not exceeding 300 prims. No mesh was allowed and only low script use permitted.
Voting boxes will be placed one next to each build late tonight for the public to begin voting. You may vote for more than one build. Basically the public is voting on theme, creativity, quality of build and overall appeal of the build. Public votes, combined with judging by Manitou Tourism will result in a winner.
There are 6 entrants. While assigned location numbers, as noted below, these names are not in any particular order of placement in judging.
1. Jug Runner
3. InsideoutJim Umaga
5. John Sheppard
7. Doctor Song
8. Lynnestra Parker
10. Shirah Bare
Manitou Tourism has already judged the builds by several criteria, public voting will be factored into these results. The specifics of what Manitou Tourism looked for will not be made public in the spirit of fairness before, during and after voting. This is a contest of creativity not point making.
First place will receive MC$2,000
Second place MC$1,000
Third place MC$750
Fourth place MC$500
Fifth place MC$250
Sixth place MC$100
Public voting will begin officially on November 24th and end on November 30th at 11:59pm. Any votes made on the 23rd after the placement of vote boxes later tonight will be counted.
Visitors are welcome any time on the commercial region. The Exhibition Area is located central-east on Meaford region in the Regional Municipality of Manitou (Manitou continent) in the Great Canadian Grid. Just look for the signage or Notices inworld for a landmark.
It was originally planned to be a community college but after careful consideration of the work involved in such a venture Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith has decided to change the intention of the new building in Manitou.
"It would be far too much work co-ordinating schedules and finding such a limited spectrum of activities involving the arts and literature" Winter said in a press conference this morning. "I have decided that this building will now best serve the interests of the Great Canadian Grid as an archive of avatar information. We will store notecards full of text concerning everything from roleplay, to avatar rights, to every day life in the GCG. This will be a source for everyone to visit, take all the free information available, and perhaps even contribute." The Archive, currently managed by Winter Silversmith, is inviting any and all members of the Great Canadian Grid to contribute notecards of information. The Archives already contain RolePlays from theRiverLands and several versions of the Declaration of Avatar Rights, all information free and contained in copy-able bookcases. "The bookcases containing information are slightly taller than the empty ones, this will become less notable as we fill all of the cases with information" explained Winter.
The new Manitou Archives of the Avatar is located at 9 Sawney Close, Midland region in Manitou, GCG. It is still building the archives, a project that will never end, and will be open to the public by the end of day November 21st. Contributions can be made inworld only to Winter Silversmith via notecard.
"Information will be organized loosely on the Dewey Decimal System and your notecard name has to be as detailed as possible. Do not send me a notecard with the name like 'all about me' and expect it to end up in the archives. You need to give it a name like, for example, 'biography of Winter Silversmith November 18 2016'. The information is already public and free, this gives everyone a place to research your roleplay, your business, or whatever, it's an archive of our existence in the metaverse" said Winter.
Lloydminster Abbey, built in 1874, is under threat of closure following the death of Abbot Alexander earlier this autumn. The Abbey, located at 3 Teasag Trail, has been spared from development only because of its historical significance and active use as a refuge for those wanting relief from the perils of everyday life for a while.
"While the building and grounds will remain intact the Regional Municipality of Manitou will buy the parcel and covert the Abbey into a residential home." Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith said Wednesday evening. The Abbey received historical designation this summer, whoever moves in will not be permitted to change the structure or the grounds. "The cemetery will be moved to another location before we rent out the building" Winter said.
Anyone interested in living in the Abbey should contact Winter Silversmith inworld, as with all other rentals you are not permitted to have a home or region anywhere else in GCG when you rent from Manitou.
Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith announced today that the Covenant will be updated once again in Manitou. "We are adopting more of a roleplay of a small town" he said "with the Covenant to be re-written to appear like a set of by-laws instead of rules".
In this change Manitou Tourism will be approaching the residents and shop owners in Manitou for "public opinion" involving what changes they would like to see take place around the continent of Manitou. "It will be a more democratic process that will look to the people for suggestions on how Manitou can improve to serve the needs of many". Winter continued, "We will seek opinion on things like transportation, zoning, development and various bylaws that impact our citizens". Ultimately as region owner Winter Silversmith will have the final say and ability to veto any ideas but this change reflects more of a democratic approach and is truly Canadian.
Wikipedia defines "A warming center is a short-term emergency shelter that operates when temperatures or a combination of precipitation, wind chill, wind and temperature become dangerously inclement. Their paramount purpose is the prevention of death and injury from exposure to the elements." And a "Homeless shelters are a type of homeless service agency which provide temporary residence for homeless individuals and families. Shelters exist to provide clients with safety and protection from exposure to the weather while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact on the community."
Neither cold weather nor homelessness exist in the Great Canadian Grid but Winter Silversmith has gained a reputation lately for bringing the realities of the RealLife World into the Virtual World.
First with the largest Memorial region in GCG that is open to all residents free of charge to remember loved ones either virtual or reallife. And next a fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fire Appeal contributing over $250 Canadian to the campaign. Now Manitou Tourism is honoured to open the first "Community Shelter and Warming Center" in Downtown Manitou and bring the reality of Canada's over 35,000 homeless to light in our virtual utopia with another campaign.
We'd like to take a moment to share this article with you written by Globe & Mail Public Health Reporter Andre Picard "Canada experiencing alarming growth in child homelessness". Please take a moment to read the article, visit the shelter in Manitou and maybe donate some $Maples to our latest fundraising campaign. This is a problem that is not going to go away overnight. The Safe Harbour Society's mission is "To provide spaces of welcome and connection for our guests, our organization and our community."
Please donate to Winter Silversmith's fundraising campaign for Safe Harbour Society of Red Deer, Alberta (Emergency Shelter - Sponsor A Bed) by tipping whatever $Maples you can to the box located outside the shelter in Meaford region of Manitou.
Winter Silversmith (aka Kevin M. Klerks) will match all $Maples contributions up to a value of $125 Canadian for a total donation of $250 Canadian, the campaign will end November 30th or when the goal is reached whichever comes first. This means an inworld campaign seeking MC$22,500 in tips.
As with the Alberta Fire Appeal campaign a list of contributors and copy of the receipt of personal donation will be published here in the Corran Journal. Thank you in advance from Winter Silversmith and Manitou Tourism.
At Home In Gingerbread Building Contest
Manitou Tourism announced a special Christmas Holiday Contest today. "At Home in Gingerbread" is a contest open to all Great Canadian Grid registered members (one entry per human for a total of 10 entrants only). The building contest will ask registered contestants to build a gingerbread house out of prims.
Sounds okay, but what's it worth to me? It's Manitou Tourism so you know it's gonna be big! How big? Well now...
The First place winner will receive MC$ 2,000!! There will be MC$ 5,000 in prizes awarded in total, all qualified entrants will receive a prize!
Read the details of the contest at the link below.
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