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broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG

The gasoline price is at $1.10.9 cents a liter today a day before the long week end starts. The price represents a stable driving season and a management attitude by consumers. The absence of the McMurray fire this year may have  something to do with it and the Shell Station off Belshaw Avenue has not gone without supply as yet this season as was the case last season. At this writing a fuel truck is delivering there for the weekend.

The drought sign has gone up from normal meaning conditions are dryer act accordingly.

Gas buddy says that all  Merritt gas stations are on price. The average price is $1.22.3 and the lowest is 94.9 in BC. Trending up…


On this Day: August 3rd 1859
The American Dental association is founded.


TGIF-windmill a long road

Heinz Lange big onion windmill.
File Photo KDG

Windmills have been a fascination for a long time. Here is one developed by a local to power aerators and marker lights decades ago.. The local Heinz Lange was a high school shop teacher and this working model was built by  his shop class…
The engineering includes  heavy steel plate to give a stable platform, The creator had a difficult time in the 1980s to overcome the use of fuels in applications. Watts per meter is a concern still. Perseverance starts somewhere Today wind farms are a presence.

The Merritt area has 5 generators of f off the Connector to Kelowna  that can be seen past the Elkhart turn off.. The modern ones can give power to 2500 homes.
Wind generators give five percent of the power in Ontario. The province has nearly 2500 wind turbines in 90 installations. Average output per turbine 1.94 MG.

Thanks to Murphy Shewchuck and Tom Edwards of the Nicola Valley Historical Society that installed Heinz’s “Onion” for viewing at its site on Voght street in before the Nicola River bridge in Merritt.
On this Day: July 28th 1939
The Sutton Hoo helmet is found.

Art walk July 4-31 2017

Art displayed at the Baillie house
File Photo. KDG

Local Art
The local Chamber is having its annual Art Walk again this summer. Starting on July fourth and running the length of July, local artists are having their art in local business places.

A limited number of  bracelets will be available on the 4rth for 5 dollars at the Chamber office on Voght street. A bead will be at participating business’s, complete the bracelet and you can enter a draw.

Local Gale Simpsons art is available for viewing at the Merritt Desert  Lobby Inn at this writing.

On this Day: June 27th 1750
General Wolfe begins his assault on French Canada.

TGIF-Hot dog

Down town core of Merritt, File Photo KDG


Tina Vesper is selling hotdogs in front of the Royal Bank. She operated a truck concessionary some years ago and would travel to public events such as baseball games.
The step up to the bank has been vacant of vendors since Manuel gave up his stand a number of years ago. Manuel had a union job at the local saw mill and did it as a form of self expression /enjoyment.

The Royal bank, Merritt branch is at the corner of Garcia and Quilchena in Merritt British Columbia Canada. Tina says Saturday she will be at the Home building supply corner of Voght and Coldwater. She has also set up shop at the Spirit Square and the Saturday farmers market.


On this Day: June 16th 1963

The first women in Space Soviet Valentina Tereshkova.

TGIF- 1 barrel for three,an opinion…

60,000 liters gasoline delivery ….

For a barrel of oil investment three barrels can be produced in the Alberta tar sand development. This is quite different to the 1 barrel to a hundred of our youth. Conventional oil is different in its yields and process makes a difference. Tar sands are not conventional oil

Not all oil sands projects are created equal, of course. Cenovus, which uses super-hot bursts of steam to melt seams of bitumen buried too deep to mine, says it can coax oil from the sands for between $35 and $65 (U.S.) per barrel, depending on geology and other input costs. That’s “among the lowest-cost globally,” chief executive officer Brian Ferguson told New York bankers recently. source: Globe and Mail 2014

Oil is less than 50 dollars a barrel at this writing and no mater what the price the ratio of energy used and energy produced is a better scale for rationalizing development. With 240 billion tons of proven oil reserves world-wide and 5 billion a year produced giving 50 odd years of reserve. It looks like oil in
Alberta will be there for a while.

The twinning of the Kinder Morgan line is starting this September from Kamloops and we presume that the economy of following an already producing  line gives a better ratio. We should be on guard for the dynamic of  investment to diversification  that shields real income for income that is circular . The axiom that we live under, reuse ,rethink and  does energy east pay… in real terms… in present modes…

It will be good to see how the twinning to the west coast changes things in the real world as different to the academic….PP

On this Day: May 26th 1986
The European community adopts the European flag.

Quick charger

Nissan Leaf, gets DC quick charge in Merritt
File Photo KDG

We talked to two Nissan Leaf owners on the long weekend that used the quick charger at the downtown tourist info center on Voght street. Henny a brick layer from the lower mainland and on his way to Kelowna was driving a new Leaf and showed us the compact bakery under the front hood. He was saying that he needed a full charge to have confidence to carry on to Kelowna. The car was equipped with a solar panel on the roof as well and it only managed another lead acid battery that ran the lights and other then motor electronics.
When he returned the next day full of excitement we picked up on his confidence in the new experience.
The other driver a man in his 30s and a boy going camping at a local lake returned to recharge as well.
The comments were that the 500 volt quick charger was a green lot numbered one and it was surprising to see one that you needed to pay for.
Henning wondered if it was possible to use both the quick charger and the 90 amp 220 Volt charger at the same time as there are two charging ports supporting each one.

On this Day: May 25th 240 BC.

The first recorded passage of Hailey’s Comet.

Gas price $1.16.9 a gallon

Crows at local gas bar !!
File Photo KDG

The Nicola Valley has a range of gas prices. Regular gas is going for  $1.17.9 a liter at shell within site of the petro can at $1.16.9 on the exits to the freeway off Voght street in Merritt. The Downtown Petro Canada is selling at $1.18.9 at the highway 8 and 5A /5  junction at the corner of Voght and Nicola.

Its not often that the retailers here have a price difference! The lowest price in BC is Dawson Creek at 99.9 and the highest is $138.9 in Port Alice.

Gas buddy is reporting a comparison for the last 36 hours on the site.

On this Day: May 8th 1899

The Irish literary theater opens in Dublin.



13 the lucky number here

500 volt 120 amp quick charger
File photo KDG

There are a least 13 more EV chargers coming to the Kootenay region of BC through 2018. BC Hydro is installing them and they are the quick version. The 13 planned additions follow the US Border to near the Alberta border going east from Greenwood then go north along the Alberta border to Rogers pass. To side ways roads go to Sparwood and Field being the closest to exiting BC for Alberta.
The 13 are promised by the end of 2018.

Billed as Canada’s first regional and community-driven strategy to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, Accelerate Kootenays kicked off the big push with the opening of a DC fast charge station in Cranbrook. Gone will be the days when longer electric vehicle trips in the region were marathon “making the most of it” affairs that might involve going on a local hike while your car “trickle-charged” for hours at a local campground. Source BC Hydro

Best Western under construction in Merritt includes EV stations
File Photo: KDG






On this Day: May 3rd 1973

The Sears tower in Chicago becomes the worlds tallest at nearly 1500 feet.

Dispute resolution mechanism

Grass lands producing grass for cattle are in demand for feed lots and dairy cows They feed for winter as well. for meat producers.
File Photo KDG


The North American Free Trade agreement was touted as not a perfect fix but what was desirable was the fact that it included a dispute resolution mechanism or board.

There are lots of ways to solve an impasse :

Chapter 11 establishes a mechanism for the settlement of investment disputes that assures both equal treatment among investors of the Parties to the Agreement in accordance with the principle of international reciprocity and due process before an impartial tribunal. A NAFTA investor who alleges that a host government has breached its investment obligations under Chapter 11 may, at its option, have recourse to one of the following arbitral mechanisms:

  • the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID);
  • ICSID’s Additional Facility Rules; and
  • the rules of the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL Rules).

Trade infractions or disputes also have an option:

Article 1904 establishes a mechanism to provide an alternative to judicial review by domestic courts of final determinations in antidumping and countervailing duty cases, with review by independent binational panels. A Panel is established when a Request for Panel Review is filed with the NAFTA Secretariat by an industry asking for a review of an investigating authority’s decision involving imports from a NAFTA country.

It seems there is nothing cowboy about the structure and article 19s binational provision seems like it would be attractive at this time.

There are 118 decisions listed with the NAFTA secretariat some taking more time that others and more reports. things range from red raspberries to hot rolled carbon steel plate.

Is it still attractive is a milk dispute out of reach for a filing?

Friends don’t take friends to….

Corn grown in the Nicola Valley
File Photo KDG

Need to be more friendly?

On this Day: April 20th 1918

The Red Baron shoots down his 8oth and last kill before his death on the 21st.


A fuel truck delivers gasolinr to a service station File Photo KDG

A fuel truck delivers gasoline to a service station
File Photo KDG

Regular gas is going for a dollar eleven point nine a litter in Merritt .A quick survey confirms  Petro Canada and Extra Foods selling for that price. Gas reports the national average a full nickel above a  dollar six . nine.

Summer driving season starts in May, heating season here is coming to a end gradually. Prices in BC are reported as stable.


On this Day: March 3rd 1938

Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.


Regulation and self government, CEPA

Pipe for oil field File:Photo KDG

Pipe for oil field
File:Photo KDG

Drilling equipment for dewatering Photo KDG

Drilling equipment for dewatering
File Photo KDG

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Assc. has been working to see better conditions for pipeline activities. The self governing body has as a member the Trans Mountain pipeline group and they have reported on successful lobbying to provide   assurance to concerned people that delivery of  oil from Alberta is well regulated and safe.Yesterday the CBC reported that BC is satisfied with the environmental  provisions of the approved expansion.

The international pipeline conference.

Pipeline professionals, engineers and scientists gathered to talk about leadership and innovation and to share insights into the future of the industry. Among other things, we saw that the importance of communication and sustainability is a key focus for our industry.

Inspector  certification

CEPA has been working with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the INGAA Foundation, to develop a pipeline inspector certification program. The program will give a consistent framework for inspector training programs across North America.  Source: Trans Mountain Pipeline.

The CEPA has also been involved in local fire chief certification and  the using their members mandate  to get legislation that makes polluter pay the law on right of way properties along pipelines.

Its been four and a half decades since we first saw locals here in the interior of BC take up jobs exploring for tar sands in northern Alberta some of them have passed on after spending a good part of their life in the exploration and development of a resource for future generations. Companies like Tonto Drilling and Connors Drilling, and the engineering supervision that gave that first drive for a better life have been absorbed and fractured into a different lifestyle today.

Wages for a stand up citizenry were more the focus then . A global corporate structure demands more today.It  is still desirable that a big share go to the individuals that command a wage  reflecting the status of working people who will live here and contribute time and talent to the future  of the community.

Pipe File photo KDG

File photo KDG

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On this Day: January 12th 1998

Nineteen European nations agree to ban human cloning.






Canoe quest to north west coast of BC

Canoe quest to north-west coast of BC

No pipeline through the Great Bear Rainforest, a definitive decision. Success to many.

The Burnaby from Edmonton approved expansion will see one medium tanker a day every day. One tanker a day should be safer then the possibility of collision. Some diligent people will need to secure the confidence of Vancouver people.

One hundred and fifty seven conditions came out of consultations on the approval of Trans Mountain’s expansion and some conditions by the province need to be met.

The Government is probably interested in carbon schemes .(to help pay for the fiduciary duty to people)
Editors note: Bad faith must be avoided!
When permits are let there must be a reasonable expectation of completion for the risk taken. Permits were let and a 63 year operation with a proven track record and a good community record is not valued enough.We lose something in this.

Trans Mountain’s operation effects us all; what did they expect to happen when permiting the original development. What do you expect when hiring someone…. This is Us not Them!

Keep up the scrutiny….
That’s it KDG


On this Day: November 30th 1829
The first Welland Canal opens for a trial after 5 years of construction.


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