Lorraine Doiron

Angling to join Canada

A piece of U.S. that sticks out, plus baby time, book time and movie time.

A New Year always feels like being given a chance to start over. Let us hope for a peaceful 2019.

As for my walking, I still have 10,308 steps to go so shall continue on my way to Hope.

Found an article that a group in the U.S. called “We the People” wethepeoplemi.org have a petition going to give Canada an awkward and inconvenient piece of land next to Manitoba. The petition is called “Give Canada Back The Northwest Angle Located In Manitoba”. The land juts into the province, sitting just south of Lake of the Woods and is separated from the rest of Minnesota. Apparently this all happened through an 1800 “survey error” that a section of land that is isolated from the rest of the U.S. was linked to Manitoba. According to a 2010 survey there are 119 people living in this area which is mainly forest and when people leave the area to go shopping or visit, they have to enter the US, requiring crossing the border. The petition requires 100,000 signatures and they are at 98,000 signatures. I did look this up since I intend to take my walk close to the US/Canada border. Checking my map it is hard to see but if you look at the Manitoba/U.S. border and then check out the Manitoba/Ontario border you can see the jog that happens. Also try en.wikipedia.org/wiki/northwest_angle. I intend to keep my eye on this to see what happens.

At the Library: Programs for Young Children (Winter/Spring 2019) Baby Time (newborn to 18 months) Mondays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., January 21-April 8. Toddler Time (18-36 months) Mondays 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.). Story time (3 to 6 years) Wednesdays, (10-11 a.m.) January 23 to April 10. Lego Time runs all year on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Also through the Library “Book Lovers Night Out”. Join this community book club on Wednesday, January 9, 7 p.m. at the Aspen Riverhouse Lounge. A fun, low-cost evening built around a love of books, discussion and companionship. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month, drop-ins are always welcome. For information on what they are reading, how to get a copy of this month’s book and check for any schedule changes, go to: smithers.bc.libraries.coop/event/book-lovers-night-out.

Scam is everywhere. Smithers Chamber posted that in 2017 Canadians lost nearly $85 million to schemes, scams and rip-offs, according to RCMP Sgt. Guy Paul Larocque, acting officer in charge of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre in Ottawa. B.C. accounted for $7.9 million of that total, this August topping that to $8.7 million. Check out: bcbusiness.ca/Scamcouver-In-BC-and-beyond-online-and-phone-fraud-is-a-growth-industry.

Smithers Alternative Film Series will present on January 20: Shoplifters (Japan), a poignant slice of life tale about people living between the cracks of society.

Closing with: immure – to enclose within or as if within walls. Imprison. To build into a wall, especially: to entomb in a wall.

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