Category: Social Activism


Summer fundraiser

Grass lands producing grass for cattle are in demand for feed lots and dairy cows They feed for winter as well. for meat producers.
Photo KDG ( some believe that protein from soya is a better alternative to grass going through meat.)

Head,Heart, Health ,Hands  are having a summer fundraiser  at the Purity feed store on Voght street in Merritt BC.

They invite  you to come and have a hotdog between the hours of 11 and 3 PM Saturday the 12th of August.

Hotdogs provided by blue sky ranch. Raffle tickets available.

Parking lot paving of Purity Feed store after renovation. File Photo KDG

 

Cattle on the ranch at Merritt BC; free range

 

On this Day: August 10th 1990
The Magellan space probe reaches Venus.

Rodeo

Rodeo weekend in Merritt
Photo KDG

The next cultural event in Merritt is the annual pro rodeo. Sept 2nd and 3rd.

The Merritt Pro rodeo celebrates and perpetuates the agriculture and lifestyle of the ranching community in Merritt and is approaching its 7th decade of operation. Merritt Rodeo Grounds 300 Lindley Road.

Rodeo clowns (some locals) are employed for rider safety.

This will be the an occasion to remember a local pro that lost his life to concussions and the link between football and hockey and other severe contact sports.

Ty Pozzebon never got the privilege of old age however his light burned bright for a time. He won hearts of many competitors. KDG

Ty Pozzebon gone at 25 January 2017.

The local fall fair building brings the farming community together at the end of summer every year.
KDG file photo.

On this Day: August 8th 1929
The airship Graf Zeppelin begins its round the world trip.

 

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.

Poets words…Into paintings

Shirley Reynolds view work of displaying artisan at
Secret Door Group
File Photo KDG

The secret door group is having another art showing with an opening artists reception on July 28th at Brambles Bakery.
Artist this month is Cassandra Dolan, Cassandra says she makes her living with art and this month has put together the show based on what poets have said.

The shows run for 4 weeks after the opening.
On this Day: July 27th 1949
The first flight of a commercial jetliner, the Dehaviland Comet.

Drop boxes

Charity pickup boxes
File Photo KDG

Thrift boxes are about the city and are convenient to drop off recyclables like kitchen were and clothing. This Value Village box is at the Pharmasave corner of Coutlee and Voght in Merritt. There is an other foundations,

(diabetes) boxes in the parking lot of Railyard Mall near Coopers.

You can save the environment a little to-day by dropping off your recyclable clothing and kitchen ware today when you go shopping.

On this Day: July 26th 1936

Edward the 8th dedicates the Vimy Memorial, before his abdication.

The last National Aboriginal Day

Dr.Eugene Atleos speaks to staff members and interested public at the , NVIT Speakers series
He is now a former grand chief.
File Photo KDG

June 21st National Aboriginal Day this year will be its last observance as sources say next year it will be National Indigenous Peoples Day.

What’s the difference besides a lot of printing changes.

Aboriginal, a group of first people’s Indigenous a collective term for first people’s, so you should not have to struggle with Metis, Indian , First Nations, Native should all apply without offence to Indigenous.

Canada according to Former PM John Diefenbaker was not to be hyphenated Irish Canadian etc however indigenous will go some way in relieving aboriginals PP

 

On this day: June 21st 1957

Canada gets its first female member of the Cabinet as Ellen Fairclough is sworn in.

 

World Refugee Day


 File Photo KDG

No it’s not everyone going to space. It is the observation of the world-wide trauma of refugees and the events that cause them.

About 70 million people in the world today are refugees. Earthquakes, volcanos, and other natural disasters are responsible for many , refugees from strife remain the most actionable and preventable to this day.

The asylum program in Canada works to provide refugee protection to people in Canada who:

  • have a well-founded fear of persecution or
  • are at risk of torture, or cruel or unusual punishment in their home countries

Not everyone is eligible to seek asylum. For example, people are not eligible to make a claim if they have:

  • been convicted of serious criminal offences or
  • had previous refugee claims denied by Canada.: Source Government of Canada

On this Day: June 20th 1982

The asteriod Eureka is found.

 

The true north strong and free…Photo KDG:

The Coopers grocery store is charging 4 cents for grocery bags, the good news is that the price of the reusable ones is down to 99 cents. IF they sell lots that way does that make it the same on the good old environment…
No more copper pennies made in Canada so enjoy the Maple leaf photo as you think on your better ecological footprint.

On this Day: June 2nd 1855

The Barnum circus begins to tour the United States.

Bike or walk to work or school week

Diversity makes for a broader community.
File photo KDG

This  is walk or bike to work or school week.  There are many promotions in effect. The local community police office is selling decals for 10 dollars, they attach to your bike and are linked to an app. If your bike goes missing the app will send out an alert for 15 Kilometers around its last location.

The Merritt CPO is at Spirit Square off Voght.

On this Day: May 30th 1975

The European Space Agency is established…

 

 

 

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.

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.

Nicola Naturalists

ground hog

Urban living: this marmot takes advantage of a concrete pad for shelter.
Photo KDG

Its good to be right, then you can go by your own name Ground Hog…

The April meeting of the local Naturalists is on April 20th at 7PM a graduate student of UBC will be presenting on the flora of the Arctic, in particular berries.

Sarah Desrosiers is a local graduate student pursuing her degree at the University of British Columbia. She has worked with Inuit elders, youth and land users in the Canadian Arctic for six years. She is collaborating with communities to help document, preserve and promote traditional knowledge of plants for foods, materials and medicine. Sarah will discuss her involvement with a community-supported berry-monitoring program in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. She will also talk about the importance of building capacity for youth to engage with the local environment as a way for healing and well-being. This will be a very interesting ethnobotanical talk.

The meeting  is at the NVIT Lecture theater top of the hill on Belshaw avenue in Merritt, membership or donation  requested. No food or beverages in the Lecture theater.

On this Day: March 30th 1905
Born Mikio Oda, Japanese track and field competitor.

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