Category: Social Activism


run for sports access

Run and walk for minor sports access file Photo KDG

The annual run to raise money for kids programs is on Saturday September 29th this year.

The run offers:

  • Certified Routes
  • Open to individuals
  • Walk or Run
  • Teams

Early bird registration ends July 31st and the event is BC Athletics sanctioned. FMI 250-315-9331.  run

Twice around the track at Merritt’s Voght  park, 10K or half marathon. All age’s welcome.  The event this year is the organizations 8th annual.

On this Day: July 11th 1576

Martin Frobisher sights the worlds largest island, Greenland.


Choice in EV vehicles



Nissan Leaf, gets Dc quick charge in Merritt Sunday July 13th/14 Photo KDG

There are at least a dozen and a half electric vehicles out there adding to consumers choice for enjoyment of the tremendous liberty of a personal motor car. Ranges vary and mixes of full EV to charging engines give a wide preference field for any one that can afford to get into an electric vehicle.

There are also 1000 public chargers and a number of quick chargers ( DC 30 minute ). There are enough quick chargers to go from Vancouver through Golden to Canmore Alberta and have use of them in nine communities. Range and planning around chargers still remain a challenge amongst users.

BC Hydro info page: Range

EVs remain a novelty at this time quick chargers may have line up challenges because of increased interest.

On this Day; June 12th 1939

Three strip technicolor is used for the first time. The film is used in Paramount pictures Dr. Cyclops.

Gas prices $1.29.9 per liter…


broken sign no contract…. Photo KDG

Seven gas stations in the are selling regular gasoline at $1.29.9 per liter 4 cents per liter over the low price in the province, In Grand Forks. One station Extra Foods is retailing regular gasoline at $1.31.9 per lite. Extra foods is in the mall area of the down off Spring Bank road, off Voght on the way to highway 5 to Kamloops.

Gas buddy is predicting lower prices coming. However lets hope for a moderate hurricane season in the gulf of Mexico.

On this Day: June 5th 1882

Storm and floods strike Bombay India leaving 100,000, dead.

TGIF- Heart and Stroke

The big bike was in Merritt this week raising awareness to the Heart health.


Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, Big Bike drive. File Photo KDG


On this Day: June 1st 1988

The intermediate range nuclear weapons limitation treaty  signed in
1987 comes into effect.

Happy world intellectual property day.


Bev Veale File Photo KDG

This years theme of world intellectual property day is,is women’s input into creative innovation., The World organization promotes the creation of intellectual property;

Every day women come up with game-changing inventions and life-enhancing creations that transform lives and advance human understanding from astrophysics to nanotechnology and from medicine to artificial intelligence and robotics.

And in the creative sphere, whether in the movies, animation, music, fashion, design, sculpture, dance, literature, art and more, women are re-imagining culture, testing the limits of artistry and creative expression, drawing us into new worlds of experience and understanding.

The important and inspiring contributions of countless women around the globe are powering change in our world. Their “can do” attitude is an inspiration to us all. And their remarkable achievements are an invaluable legacy for young girls today with aspirations to become the inventors and creators of tomorrow.

On this Day: April 26th 1970

World intellectual property convention, organization, is established.


The true north strong and free… File Photo KDG:


The Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary, thrift shop, is having a sale to raise money for the new emergency room expansion equipment in Merritt. The group has a goal of 150 thousand dollars and are currently at about 108 thousand raised.
The sale takes place on April 10th to 14th at the store on Voght street. The sales theme is Vintage Metal.   NVHCA 

The Thrift Shop is at 1803 Voght street in Merritt BC.

On this Day: April 4rth 1964

The Beatles occupy the top 5 positions on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

Trans Mountain Pipeline, streams

Drill for dewatering

Drilling equipment for dewatering Photo KDG

The tripling of transport capacity from the oil sands via the Trans Mountain expansion to its Burnaby terminal and tank farm is a serious decision made. It  goes back decades to when permits to explore were let in good faith and standards for development were in place. Global concerns have made standards different now however good faith remains a valuable key to function in life.

Norm Hanson a registered professional forester (retired) said that there were 700 streams to cross. And some of note at Burnaby : Eagle Creek, Silver Creek, Stony Creek and others all have tributaries potently effected by a pipeline.

Trans Mountain has identified more than 1,000 potential watercourses along the Project footprint between Edmonton and Burnaby. Trans Mountain’s Environment Team has investigated every one to collect data, with the exception of a few locations where the team did not have access to the immediate site. source Trans Mountain Today

There is also the issue of water usage in the production of bitumen at source, some thing talked about in terms of a standard that can be civil.

To be frank the use of the term Warrior up by a prepared  First Nations youth, at the UN diminishes the credibility of  some of the arguments for the protection of the resource rather then enhancing it.

We are glad to see the concerns of the people and the expression of concerns by them, that is their right.  The amount of diligence being applied and published seems overwhelming and we hope that a broad agreement including living with,  on all sides, can be somehow be settled with out one side or an another dominating.

Good luck in all your  views , don’t hurt anyone.KDG

On this Day: March 27th 1980

Silver Thursday sees the silver market collapse after the failure of the Texas based Hunt brothers  to corner the market.

Poverty reduction consultation. What is poverty?





The BC Government is having a consultation on poverty reduction, reporting at the end of March  2018.

Interested parties can participate by attending one of the 20 community meetings across BC; submitting feedback by email, mail or phone; completing the online feedback form; or hosting a small group discussion. More information is available on the Province’s website.

Key questions to consider include:

  • What does success look like in a BC Poverty Reduction Strategy?

  • What do you think are the best ways to reduce poverty in BC?

  • What can we do as a province, a community or as individuals to reduce poverty and contribute to economic and social inclusion?

    On this Day: February 1st 2003

    The Space shuttle Columbia breaks up on entry after losing heat tiles on its mission.

TGIF- global records possible since 1880


File Photo KDG

According to earth sky news 2017 was the 2nd warmest since records began (NASA) 3rd warmest according to NOAA  records. Five of the warmest years have occurred since 2010.
On another note Genghis Khan killed 11 percent of the worlds human population making and ruling his world empire. An estimated 700 million tonnes of Co2 was taken out of the environment by the drop in population of humans and there oxygen C02 contributions (and the fact that the land and forest was under less stress by their absence.
The Carnegie institute produced a study on the 13th centuries warrior emperors impact on the world. The Guardian published in 2011 a headline “Laying waste to land scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere”. The Khan is also attributed to be the source of DNA for 1 in 200 people on the planet today. There is no comment on the impact on the environment from this, however in some of his battles it was noted that the earth was soapy from human tissue. What a way to clean up the planet; and accidental as well.
seriously the population of the planet is a potential for human resources and when a great majority of them apply them selves to a better life it ought to work without so much contention. Natural disasters not with standing the resources of destruction still need to be turned to plow shears, who’s going to do it? You in your own way and to your enlightened satisfaction will build us a future without the mess. Good luck and good will…

On this Day: January 19th 1977

President Gerald Ford pardons Tokyo Rose.


TGIF- International Tea Day

Tea cupsInternational tea day was first observed in 2005 and is an effort to promote the tea trade including prices. The event falls on December 15th and is important to the countries that produce tea as well as many tea lovers around the world.


On this Day: December 15th 2005
The first International Tea day is observed and promoted.

Christmas bird count


Mallards on Nicola File Photo KDG


The local Merritt Naturalists are having their annual bird count and identification of species this coming Saturday.

Data collected is shared for such things as global warming and conservation.

Merritt Christmas Bird Count – Saturday December 16th, 2017. If you are interested in participating send an e-mail to          For information on our 2016 count click here: 2016 Merritt CBC

On this Day: December 12th 2000

The Bush Gore decision is handed down.


TGIF-Saturday final book sale day, access to books..


Bright Red Book exchange 33 locations around Merritt File Photo KDG


The public library in Merritt is ending its Gigantic Book Sale at the Library on Saturday the ninth of January at 5 PM closing. Books are being offered in bags for  dollars as a special. The bags and some boxes have been marked by category ie: romance.

There are also 33 locations for book exchange around Merritt run by Literacy Merritt. Locations are available at the downtown Community Policing Station.
On this Day: December 8th 2010

A solar sail spacecraft from japan passes the planet Venus.

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