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A Lacross rink is poured on Voght street Photo KDG

A Lacrosse rink is poured on Voght street
Photo KDG

Canada’s national summer sport is getting a boost here in Merritt as rink and clubhouse takes shape on Voght street.

Today in history: October 30th 1973

The Bosporus bridge is constructed connecting the continents of Europe and Asia for the second time.

Aboriginal Title and the future of British Columbia, October 29th 3 pm to 5 PM:
The NVIT visiting speakers series has three guest speakers coming for a panel discussion on Aboriginal title. Dr. Rosan Danesh, Ba ,LLb, SJD is a lawyer and does conflict resolution, Douglas S. White BA, ID and former chief of the Suneymuxw First Nations near Nanaimo BC, is a graduate of the faculty of law of the University of Victoria, Matthew S. Pasco B.Administration MBA a citizen of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and a member of the Oregon Jack Creek band near Ashcroft BC.
The panel discussion will explore the meaning of the recent Supreme court decision giving title to a BC Band and some of the broader implications for First Nations,Crown governments, industry and individuals:
NVIT is at 4155 Belshaw avenue in Merritt BC , Canada.
Today in history: October 29th 1960

Cassius Clay ( later Mohammed Ali ) wins his first professional prize fight.



The news that a nurse hosting the Ebola Virus has been declared free of the disease is well received and hopeful. Logic says that a person once quarantined now free is also carrying antibodies against the virus, making serum from her blood is now a possible  treatment for carriers, this use of her blood could be as expediential as the cotangent could have been. With thousands of forces going to West Africa to treat the source of the outbreak it gives us calm to know this resource exists.

The WHO has stated that transfusion of whole blood or purified serum from Ebola survivors is the therapy with the greatest potential to be implemented immediately, although there is little information as to its efficacy.[209] September 2014, WHO issued an interim guideline for this therapy.[210] The blood serum from those who have survived an infection is currently being studied to see if it is an effective treatment.[211] During a meeting arranged by WHO, this research was deemed to be a top priority.[211] Seven of eight people with Ebola survived after receiving a transfusion of blood donated by individuals who had previously survived the infection in an 1999 outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[97][212] This treatment, however, was started late in the disease meaning they may have already been recovering on their own and the rest of their care was better than usual.[97] Thus this potential treatment remains controversial.[18]Intravenous antibodies appear to be protective in nonhuman primates who have been exposed to large doses of Ebola.[213] The WHO has approved the use of convalescent serum and whole blood products to treat people with Ebola    source Wikipedia

Stay safe and take all reasonable precautions in this interconnected world we have.

Today in history:  Oct 28th 1538

The first university in the new world is established in the Hispaniola  (Dominican Republic)




TGIF- winter burning

One of 8 volumes of the environmental assessment. for the Lower Mainland 500 KV line. Hard copy at Public library. Photo KDG

One of 8 volumes of the environmental assessment. for the Lower Mainland 500 KV line. Hard copy at Public library.
Photo KDG

BC hydro has published notice that it will be doing  fall winter burning of wood debris material along its new 500 KV line to the Lower Mainland, they say the work is  “weather dependant” and contractors will be instructed to not burn unless the venting index is “good”.

The 247 kilometer line is still under construction and is meant to bring more electric power to the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. Merritt British Columbia is also having a cogeneration green wood waste incinerator  worth hundreds of millions of dollars being  built to join to the power grid.

Today in history: October 24th 1980
The government of Poland makes the Solidarity Trade Union legal.



The local election on November 15th has a full salte of candidates:
Running for Mayor Mike Jolly, Susan Roline, Neil Menard,
Running for councillor, Dave Baker, Linda K. Brown, Kurt Christopherson, Mike Geotz, Bruce Mcmurchy, Dianne Norgaard, Ginny Prowal.
School district 58 trustee: Tim Kroeker, Gordon Swan, Brian Jepson, Joyce Pierre, Everet Hosington.
Today in history: October 23rd 1958
The Smurfs make their first appearance in a production.

There are advance poll opportunities on November 5th and 12th.
Check with the city at for polling places.

On November 8th at 6 PM the Merritt Public Library is having a meet the author and a remembrance by the Merritt Community choir by the way of a singing of ‘ “it’s a long long way to Tipperary”
Please pre-register top the Library at 250-378-4737.
This will be one hundred years since the out break of the conflict that would end all conflicts. November 11th will be the 96th year since the signing of the armistice in the same railcar that once operated on the famed Orient express. The same car that the French were made to surrender Paris in two decades later, and then destroyed when it was in jeopardy of falling into allied hands.
Today in history: October 22 2008
India launch’s its first lunar rocket probe Cyahndriann 1

Trans Mountain pipeline the operator for Kinder Morgan and its pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby BC has a proposal for a twinning of the line. the line will bring tar snads crude to an ocean port facility.They operate existing lines in Provincal parks, and this fall intend to submit an application for a temporary relaxation of Park ruiles while construction occurs.

Trans Mountain Pipeline has submitted a draft Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal to the Province of BC for review. If approved, the Boundary Adjustment would result in the removal of land required for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion right-of-way (RoW) from the provincial park or protected area for the period of construction and until restoration is complete. If the lands required for the Project are removed from the Finn Creek, North Thompson River and Bridal Veil Provincial Parks, the Ministry of Environment may seek government approval to establish those lands as a protected area under the Environment and Land Use Act to allow the Minister of Environment to continue to manage those areas.

Following completion of Project construction, the lands removed from the parks through the boundary adjustment may be returned to park or protected area status with operations authorized under a park use permit.

Four BC parks and protected areas are addressed in Trans Mountain’s Boundary Adjustment Application. BC Parks will review the application and make a decision about each location separately. Public comments are an important consideration for BC Parks in considering any boundary amendment proposal. Detailed information and maps for each location are available below.

Trans Mountain Pipeline intends to submit an application in the fall of 2014 for a resources use permit (RUP) to authorize the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. The RUP application will include a similar degree of assessment as the four parks and protected areas.

If approved, implementation of the temporary boundary adjustment and RUP will be subject to the National Energy Board’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The existing Trans Mountain pipeline traverses an additional three provincial parks that are NOT impacted by the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. These parks are Coldwater River Provincial Park, Coquihalla River Provincial Park and Rearguard Falls Provincial Park.

The RUP application has a local effect on users of the Coquihalla highway, and visitor s to Merritt BC Canada, open comments are closed with BC parks , comments to your local MLA are always relevant at any time.
BC Parks operations are considerably less stringent then a national park, like the one proposed for the South Okanagan Similkimeen.
Doreen Collins spoke to the Nicola Naturalists Thursday the 16th and outlined the need to get the province back on board for the National park proposal,” the MLA is blocking support do to a hunters lobby”. The SOS brochure outlines a phasing out of hunting, ATVs and industrial activities such as minerals and oil.
The Nicola Naturalists are a four year old Non profit, president Alan Burger U vic.
You do the math!

Today in history: October 21st 2013
Record smog levels closes public facilities in Harbin China.

TGIF- all candidates forum

The local Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an all candidates forum on October 27th and 29th for the November 15th general election. All incumbents are running , with three Mayoral candidates, Susan Roline, Neil Menard, and Mike Jolly, there are a number of new contenders as well.
The events are at the Merritt civic center Mamette avenue downtown Merritt.

Today in History: October 17th 1994
A Russian journalist, Dmitry Kholodov is murdered while investigating corruption in the Military.

Busy time CO

Speaking to a local CO this week we became aware that it is a busy time for the conservation office office. ” hunting season is full on we are busy said a local officer. When asked if court time takes up a lot of his time he replied that not himself but others in the office time is taken up by it. “I will prosecute minor ticketed offences myself serious cases are referred to crown council” Is there a motion for confiscation of sporting equipment? If its evidence it can wind up in a punitive forfeit said the officer.
Merritt is in region 3 Thompson it is always good advice to follow the published regulations.
Today in History: October 16th 1997
The Cassini probe is on its way to Saturn

150 towers

Contractors for new 5 kV line hiring

Contractors for new
5oo KV line hiring
File photo start of
project KDG

Two sources on the third 500 KV lower mainland line under construction for two years have said that there is a problem with the bolts that assemble the transmission towers. The most recent report says that 150 towers are having their bolts all replaced by higher grade bolts. This extends the project for one local contractor for some time. The project is now being constructed from both ends with one of the contractors going to the lower mainland end.
A problem with a collapsed tower at the beginning of the project was caused by a failed lifting cable with the crane installing it. The tower construction is now at the Murray lake area, in the Coquihalla ; a source says that they are installing snow legs and estimates they are the strongest worked on in memory.
Today in History: October 15th 1878

My Dinner with Stephen Hawkings


My Dinner with Stephen Hawkings:

Dr. Don McLeod local patron of the arts and owner of many ex public buildings including the old public library now the  Culture club on Granite avenue is inviting people to come and hear his talk on what he got from a dinner with Stephen Hawkings.

The evening at the Culture Club starts at 7 PM  on October 16th and will have a recounting of the conversation including black holes, creation of the universe discussed last month.

The Merritt Culture Club is the home of the local say so society ant is at 2058 Granite avenue in Merritt BC Canada.

Say So Expression Society: Come read poetry, sing a song, or speak your mind at the Say So Expression Society! $20 for a year’s membership. For more info call (250) 315-5673

Doctor Mcleods talk on thursday is a free, public service , talk FCFS.

Today in history: October 14th 1947

The speed of sound is broken for the first time by Chuck Yeager in the Bell X 1 rocket powered aircraft.

Happy thanksgiving

Did the Turrrkey get pardoned ?

Happy Thanksgiving from The Proprietor Review.

The corn belt is South of here. Photo KDG

The corn belt is South of here.
Photo KDG


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