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TGIF- Happy midday shadows



The sun is our source for life. File  Photo: KDG

The overhead shadow changes from were you are on the earth and on the longest day of the year it is slightly more vertical then it was. As north America starts to move from straight up and down to the winter solstice at a 23 degree tilt away from the sun the shadows or midday changes.

You may want to take note of the shadows and enjoy this first weekend after summer solstice while seeking shade.

Editors Note: The tilt of the earth is 23 degrees from stand up to and from.

Sun flowers

July in Merritt ,gives sunflowers. file Photo KDG

On this Day: June 22nd 1825

The British abolish feudalism in North America.


National Indigenous Peoples 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

This is National Indigenous Peoples Day, the first since the government made Indigenous the official name for those that called them self’s Aboriginal, Native, Indian, First Nations Etc.  The day an invitation to all to share one of Canadas days.
Activities are on at the Merritt Rotary park, and the Princess Diana memorial band shell. Music by Randy Chillihitza and Aces in the Hole. Aces in the Hole

Indian day was self proclaimed in 1945,  today is the 22 year of an official observance of the day in some form or other. The day is a stat holiday in the Yukon and NWT.

On this Day:  June 21st 2009

Greenland assumes self rule.

Summer Solstice


The sun is our source for life. File Photo: KDG


The summer solstice happens tomorrow at 10:07 UTC time or  3:07 Pacific Daylight  Time.

The solstice is often thought of with the ancient Stonehenge monolith:

 Stonehenge, in England, was built in three phases between about 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.C., and its purpose remains under study. However, it’s known that if you stand in just the right place inside the Stonehenge monument on the day of the northern summer solstice, facing northeast through the entrance towards a rough-hewn stone outside the circle – known as the Heel Stone . Source earth sky news.

Some reports say 12 000 people were at Stonehenge in 2016 for the solstice.Enjoy your day however you arrive to it.

On this Day: June 20th 1959

A rare June hurricane hits the eastern coast of Canada killing 35.

Links 9th hole par three…


Theme golfer

A Merritt  golfer  from another year. File Photo KDG

The Merritt Golf and Country Club had been able to use 4 holes at flood time as of yesterday the course is using all except the 9th hole is cut back to par three.


The course features a large screen TV on its club house patio that can view all holes 9-18.

Golf in Merritt

On this Day: June 19th 1978

Garfield makes his public debut.

TGIF-Happy Justice for Janitors Day


Broken window at Merritt Library! happened over the long weekend.
File Photo KDG

Observed since 1990 Janitors Justice Day will next be on Saturday June 15th 2019. Plan ahead and do something nice for the person that cleans up the glass and mess. US.

Twenty five years in the struggle for wages and against wage theft in the private sector goes on.

The 25th anniversary of Justice for Janitors day falls at a time when a full 42% of the American workforce is still paid less than $15/hr, and the call for “$15 and a union” is louder than ever. The Justice for Janitors movement has proven that workers can win in tough economic times, which is why they have joined the Fight for 15 are fighting alongside airport workers, security officer, homecare workers, adjunct professors, and fast food workers.

On this Day: June 15th 2012

The Wallenda name is again acclaimed by a first tight walk over the Niagara Falls.

Trans Mountain promise:



Rip Rap installed at Central park File Photo KDG

The Trans Mountain project is promising 15,000 jobs and 73 billion in new revenues, with 46 billion of that in taxes to government.


        • British Columbia receives $5.7 billion
        • Alberta receives $19.4 billion
        • The rest of Canada shares $21.6 billion
      • More than $400 million committed to Indigenous groups under mutual benefit and capacity agreements
      • $64.7 million to fund an Indigenous pipeline environment committee to ensure ongoing monitoring of the Project
      • Trans Mountain is facilitating the largest-ever expansion of spill response personnel and equipment on the BC coast, a $150-million, 20-year investment by Western Canada Marine Response Corporation that doubles response capacity and cuts mandated response times by half in South Coast waters. Source Trans Mountain

Good luck on this to all my friends and readers. Try to be good to your neighbour and ask him to pass it on.

On this Day: June 14th 1789

The loyal crew of the mutiny on the bounty reach Timor Island.





The federal government in 2017 said that the low carbon programs would be being implemented. They are looking for partnerships with local governments

In December 2017, the Government of Canada announced it is providing Low Carbon Economy Funding to the Province of BC in support of projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The BC Government has identified matching funds to support a number of initiatives including organic waste processing infrastructure to increase municipal organics diversion and management of agricultural waste. Local governments are the eligible recipient for this funding program and will need to provide one-third matching funding. Local governments may choose to partner with First Nations or private companies.

The government will be presenting a webinar on June 26th and 27th and then looking for expressions of interest or input.


On this Day: June 13th 1994

An Anchorage Alaska jury finds negligence in the Exon Valdez oil tanker disaster.

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.

TGIF- Happy World Ocean Day:

World Oceans Day:

Today is World Oceans day there theme this year is plastic pollution.


For world oceans day and beyond, we think the use of plastic straws can be a flash point for action in care for our oceans. By this we mean that its something everyone can be involved in:

Some points:

  • Secure loose used straws when used.
  • Don’t use them when you don’t have to.
  • Reuse your sandwich bag and collect them for personal  use in purse or pocket.
  • Carry a straw for use, ( rinsed)
  • Use your own common sense and proprietary.

On this Day: June 8th 1992
World Oceans Day begins to be unofficially observed, continues until UN sanction in 2008.

Secret door group showing….


Brambles Bakery, Merritt BC, CA.

File Photo KDG

On until June 30th the Brambles Bakery hosts  Ron Robbie. The show is titled Imagined Landscapes and they say:

This collection of carefully selected pieces by artist and teacher, BYRON ROBBIE carries us to beautiful internal places. Cerebral yet organic, Byron combines nature with symbols into paintings that encourage contemplation.

Brambles Bakery is at 2151 Quilchena Avenue Merritt BC.

On this Day: June 7th 1800

David Thompson finds the mouth of the Saskatchewan river.

Health, don’t die…Dialogue on health…


M kroeker accident

Ambulance call, file photo KDG

Tuesdays , June 5th-26th, at the multi-purpose room, Merritt Public  library, 1691 Garcia street, 6-7 PM. Jim Stewart will host a dialogue on health around the book by DR. Michael Gregor , How not to Die.  An instant New York Times best seller.


Open discussion or questions.


Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease.

On this Day: June 6th 1892

Donald Duncan Sr born, made the yo yo a commercial success, inspiration for National Yoyo day in the US.

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.

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