Senior officials from the CFB Northland administration are remaining tight lipped after reports leaked earlier today of an American MQ-9 Predator drone that has gone missing over the Regional Municipality of Manitou."We received a call to expect American military aircraft to arrive at the re-commissioned airstrip located at the Emergency Operations Centre in Midland. We did not know why they were coming until after they had landed and spoken with our CAO Mr. Silversmith" Paul Skies of the Manitou Air Traffic Control Centre told the Corran Journal.
A military response team from Northland spent the entire afternoon and evening searching the Manitou regions to no avail. One unnamed member of the team stated they believe the "aircraft may have crashed into the ocean" but that is, as yet, unconfirmed.
"It is not like you can tuck one of these babies under your arm and walk out with it" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism this afternoon during an emergency press conference "we are talking an armed military aircraft the size of a station wagon". Mr. Silversmith and council are demanding answers from the Canadian Forces who had, just this week, decommissioned the base on Manitou. "What we want to know is why the military has these things flying around up there still without telling us and an American drone at that" said Jonathon Steel, Sergeant at the Department of Public Safety "now all we need is one of these dang things crashing in downtown Meaford".
The international incident only adds fuel to the latest debate between domestic services and the Canadian military concerning the strategic position of the Manitou regions. "We have a city sized budget and all the resources we need to do our jobs we don't need the military telling us what to do and we sure as heck do not need any of their drones spying on us" said Chief Red D'Lite of Manitou Fire and Rescue Services.
A representative from CFB Northland stated that drones both Canadian and American fly over the regions frequently and are not monitoring homeland terrain except for training maneuvers and training exercises.
Council has approved the construction of the first of three RP condominium towers that will forever change the Manitou, GCG landscape. The new towers will stand at seven storeys each and include underground parking.
"They will be constructed near current roadways and should have a nominal footprint on the region" said the construction foreman for Empire Condominiums. "We are growing into a city more and more each day" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism "and with growth comes the need for additional housing and services".
The first tower has been constructed in the North Promenade district of the Meaford Market Mall, Meaford, GCG. A second tower has been proposed for Mud River, GCG and the third tower might be built in Midland, GCG. The towers will be constructed within the next week at a cost of over 120 prims.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou has started to bring accessibility awareness to the Great Canadian Grid. They have constructed new wheelchair permit parking spaces and the new rental station pictured above. If you click on the rental station you receive a non-scripted wheelchair. "We hope in the future to have a scripted wheelchair available for free" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism said "but for now it is the awareness we want to bring to the grid".
Critics have questioned the creation of wheelchairs and other mobility devices in the metaverse "why have a wheelchair when you can fly?" one person asked a while back in SL. "It is about bringing awareness of all of the faces of our community to light. It is no different than creating a dark skinned avatar or one wearing glasses, you are trying to create a harmonious and diverse community that fairly represents all cultures, creeds, races, languages and abilities" Winter said.
The Municipality will be constructing ramps, parking spaces and more signage to help educate the public to the diversity in GCG and bring awareness that those with mobility challenges play an equally vital role in our growth. "When I managed a town in SL I did the same conversion, adding ramps to municipal buildings and creating signage to educate the public. I was a volunteer involved with municipal accessibility committee in RealLife a few years back and I want to bring that experience inworld" Winter told the Corran Journal.
The construction of new parking spaces, signage and wheelchair rental stations across the Manitou, GCG regions is expected to cost around one thousand prims.
"We have approved the construction of a new medical clinic and pharmacy in Meaford, GCG to meet the health care needs of our growing community" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal this morning.
The new walk-in clinic joins the Westerville Medical Centre, located in Mud River, to provide quality health care to the citizens and visitors of Manitou regions. The new medical clinic is accessible on foot and centrally located near the intersection of Massey, Meaford and Manitou regions in the Great Canadian Grid.
"The municipality has built a new parking lot in Meaford, GCG to serve the clinic and included a special wheelchair rental station to aid patients who may face accessibility challenges" said Abel Tooelp, MD, who transferred to the new clinic from another region.
The new 485 prim clinic is for less critical care service such as broken bones, elder care and the more day to day care. Any patients in dire need of emergency services will be delivered to the nearby fire station and flown to the medical centre in Mud River, GCG.
The RP Winter Dominion Bank of the Metaverse has opened its doors in the South Promenade District of Meaford, GCG. The new bank is open from eight in the morning until eight in the evening Monday thru Saturdays. The new bank includes a working Podex ATM inside to access Podex and buy your $Maples. The new bank is located across from the Police department in Meaford and includes several parking spaces for your convenience.
The blue and white paint had barely finished drying when a negligent motorist was caught breaking the new parking bylaw regarding wheelchair spaces. "I was just running into the bank for a minute I did not think it would be a problem" stated the 24 year old female identified only as Mary. Mary was fined curbside MC$200 for her ignorance of the new bylaw.
"Do not test us on this" said Sergeant Jonathon Steel of Manitou Department of Public Safety "we take the safety and services of our citizens seriously. If you park in the designated spaces without a valid tag you will be fined at the curb".
The Regional Municipality of Manitou passed a bylaw last week creating the new parking spaces and included a mandatory fine of MC$200 for any violators. "I take our bylaws regarding those with mobility challenges very seriously and it is just ignorance if you break the rules. When I park in a shopping mall parking lot (GCG or RL) I am the guy who parks way over from the door. As long as I am able to walk I will park way over, there are people who need the spaces closer because of a variety of challenges" said Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism. "I applaud council for passing the recent bylaw in our community and for the creation of a new parking lot in the North Promenade to increase accessibility to the medical clinic" he said.
The majority of people interviewed by the Corran Journal say that it is "thumbs down" for the new border crossing gates. The new gates, that were erected by the Regional Municipality of Manitou, GCG at a cost of 260 prims, replace the old wooden gates that formerly marked the border crossings.
The new shiny red steel gates are designed to symbolize the progression of industry in the community but most people do not see it that way. "The dang things are ugly" said one passerby, "is it supposed to look so evil?" said another.
"We believe that, like anything new, people will come to accept the new gate design as a symbol of advancement in our community" Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism told the Corran Journal today. The old wooden gates were a freebie and had degraded over time due to their environment. "The new gates needed to be constructed of a material that would withstand our climate changes and last for some time" Winter said.
The border gates will be erected at all region crossing paths and roadways throughout the continent of Manitou, GCG.
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