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St. Jean Baptiste offering big prize pot

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – with just a few days to go before the start of what organizers are hoping will be the biggest and best St. Jean Baptiste Festival yet, tickets have just been printed for the latest add-on to the festival’s offerings.

Festival Committee member Tyler Edworthy said that 10,000 tickets have been printed and will be available for $1.00 each, giving festival goers a chance to win $5,000, an amount so large they are calling it “The Largest 50/50 Draw Ever.”
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Arts & Culture

Alexander First Nation ready for Pow Wow

]By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Alexander First Nation will be holding its annual traditional Pow Wow July 2 – 4, an event that has traditionally drawn aboriginal dancers and drummers from all over to take part in the three-day event.

This year’s Pow Wow will see Douglas Bonaise as MC, Albert Dequaine as stickman and Kipohtakaw as host drum.

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Arts & Culture

Smith Music students feed bellies and souls

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – It was a music lover’s feast at Smith Music over the Father’s Day weekend. The school held its annual concert series – five shows over three days with the only price of admission being a donation to the local food bank.

Approximately 80 students and instructors performed for approximately ten hours, singing and playing their hearts out with tunes, many of which were composed before the students were born.
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County looking to residents to help shape growth

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Sturgeon County – Residents have five opportunities over the next couple of weeks to help shape Sturgeon County’s direction over the next 30 years. As the County moves to the second stage of revisions to its Municipal Development Plan (MDP), it is looking for more public input in shaping that document.

Public engagement sessions held earlier this year allowed the County to draft a vision statement which captured residents’ vision of their community. The upcoming sessions are designed to determine the community’s values based on a variety of themes, including cultural vitality, responsible governance, social equity, economic health and environmental responsibility.
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Seed cleaning plant victim of mischief

By MorivnilelNews.com Staff

Morinville – While warmer weather has caused many seeds to break open and create new plants, the same weather seems to have brought out mischief makers who have targeted the Morinville Seed Cleaning plant on 100 Street. Morinville RCMP are reporting that the plant has been struck by vandals on several occasions beginning around the end of May.
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Editorial & Opinion

Canadians want American-style cable news

By Robert Jump

As my esteemed colleague has so astutely observed, there are always other opinions.

It appears that Mr. Dafoe’s argument has missed the mark entirely in regard to Quebecor Inc.’s license request by placing blame for something that hasn’t yet taken place, somewhere other than where it will squarely belong if it does: with Canadian television viewers.
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Editorial & Opinion

Is American-style cable news coming to Canada?

By Stephen Dafoe

Quebecor Inc., owner of the SUN newspaper chain announced June 15 that it had applied to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a licence to operate a 24-hour English language news channel to be called Sun TV News.

Referring to the proposed all-news channel as “controversially Canadian,” Kory Tenecyke, Quebecor Media’s VP of development, said that the channel will take on “smug, condescending, often irrelevant journalism” as well as “political correctness” itself, something Tenecyke believes Canada’s main-stream media is rife with.
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Council recognizes local business

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – Deputy Mayor Paul Krauskopf presented Champion Petfoods President and CEO Frank Burdzy with a special certificate during the June 15 Standing Committee of Morinville Town Council.

The certificate was in recognition of Champion being named Pet Food of the Year 2010-2011 by the Glycemic Research Institute (GRI). This is the second consecutive year that the Morinville-based manufacturer has been awarded the distinction of healthiest dog and cat pet food on the market.
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Arts & Culture

Community News Bites

By Étienne Thevou

There’s plenty to do right here at home over the Father’s Day weekend and well into next week.

Dads eat free
The Morinville Lions Club will be holding a Father’s Day Breakfast at the Morinville Legion June 20 from 9 a.m. until noon. Fathers, of course, will get to eat for free. Isn’t it great being a dad?
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Morinville Sports

Morinville – Fort Saskatchewan ends in tie (Gallery)

Photos by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The June 14 contest between the Morinville 2 and Fort Saskatchewan 2 U12 boys teams was a stark contrast from the end result of their first match early in the season.

After being defeated 7-0 in their first outing, Morinville bounced back this time around to tie it up 1-1 three quarters of the way through the game.
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Schools and youth

Gibbons School strikes up the band (Gallery)

Gibbons – The Gibbons School Marching Band took to the streets June 14, unleashing their talents with brass and percussion for motorists and those they passed by.

The students made their way along a circuit that allowed them to pass through the town’s seniors’ facility and the Town Office, providing seniors and Mayor Bill Nimmo with a special performance.
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Community behind Marathon of Freedom

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

MorinvilleNews.com joins the Morinville Volunteer Fire Department and Smith Music in supporting Sonny Davis in his Marathon of Freedom. Davis is currently on a cross-country trip to raise awareness and money for Muscular Dystrophy. […]