Coming home the other day, I had to brake for a young man riding along the road on his bicycle, weaving around oblivious to anything except the text message he appeared to be sending on his cell phone. I hit the brakes a second time as he weaved out in front of me once again on the next street, still trying to navigate the cell phone with one hand.
We recently received notice that we made the top 9 finalists for the Nature’s Path $15,000 Garden for Good contest. This means that we made it to the final round and we would like to give a big thank you to everyone that voted for us.
I started MorinvilleNews.com six years ago this upcoming Saturday when a local newspaper I was then freelancing for decided to suspend publication. Faced with the prospect of living in a community with only one regional news source and no paper with a true Morinville focus, I decided to offer one. Starting with the slogan “Get the news while it’s still news,” MorinvilleNews.com launched as a digital daily with a commitment to living up to the slogan I had chosen.
There were many highlights during Morinville's centennial year, but a personal highlight for many was when Madame Raymonde Riopel raised her hands triumphantly after being presented with the community's Legacy Award and said, "Viva le Morinville."
The Morinville News will continue to publish a print edition each Wednesday as we believe that relevant print editions are still a valuable tool to inform the public. But we don’t stop there, nor did we start there.
The headline of this article is a statement this publication agrees with – far from it in fact. We think the prime minister's hair is OK as it is. But it is one that we have published nonetheless because freedom of the press gives us the right to make provocative, controversial and even ill-informed statements – published opinions that can freely criticize our municipal, provincial and federal leaders for the actions or inactions they take without fear of execution, jail time or even reprisal.
We have had an advertising contract with the Town of Morinville for five of our six years of publication. For the past three years that contract has become a matter of public record due to my role on Council, as it should.
That means that the contract, normally approved by Town Management, must receive Council approval, and that the owner of this publication must leave the room, taking no part in the discussion or vote.
As I write this letter I know this federal election will soon be over and either Mr. Harper or Mr. Trudeau will be our prime minister. But there will be a remnant of Mr. Mulcair’s campaign left behind as he takes third party status, and that is the dumb and thoughtless vandalized signs you see all over the place in Morinville and the county.