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It has been many years since Roger Champagne was gunned down in Las Vegas by a man looking to feed his drug habit. But the Morinville man, well known for his kindness in the community, has never been forgotten by friends, family or the hundreds of Morinville Community High School (MCHS) students who were born some years after the man’s passing. Such is the legacy of Roger Champagne whose memory is honoured each year by MCHS students who take to the mountains for a bike ride that carries his name. For many of those years, the Champagne family has presented a bicycle to a student to take on the annual trip.

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Nearly six years to the day after packing the then newly-opened Morinville Community Cultural Centre, East Coast comedian Jimmy Flynn is returning to Morinville for an East Coast surf & turf dinner and comedy night.

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Morinville won’t be quite as colourful this June as some of our Albertan neighbours following a discussion from Council that axed a proposal to paint a small Morinville crosswalk rainbow in honour of pride month. In place of this, Council unanimously passed a motion to raise a pride flag outside of Town Hall for some of June, in addition to an official proclamation from Mayor Lisa Holmes marking the occasion.

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On March 7th, 2017 at approximately 3:17 a.m. a male and female entered the Macs Convenience store located at 5008 47 Avenue in Bon Accord and made three purchases using a stolen debit card, using the tap function.

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The Wildrose are hoping to make photo radar an election issue in this fall's municipal elections. Using recent frustrations with photo radar, including the call by Edmonton’s Chief of Police to increase the speed limit on the Anthony Henday, the Wildrose called on the NDP government Thursday to produce a report on the use of photo radar for speeding by municipalities across the province to determine where it is being used fairly.

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Councillor Stephen Dafoe gave a notice of motion, a statement of intent, saying he will bring forward a motion at a future meeting of Council, on recording all votes from Council in the publicly accessible meeting minutes. Specifically, the motion would record how all councillors in the minority voted, therefore, all names that are recorded would have offered the opposite opinion to the prevailing vote by Council.

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Council approved a small expense to mark a path along the east side of 100 Street next to the Morinville industrial park. The trail, intended for pedestrians and bikes, is based on a current path that exists in the same area, although it needs a bit of work resurfacing the trail and new paint markings.

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Council reviewed a report on installing traffic and/or pedestrian crossing lights at 107 Street and 100 Avenue at their May 9 meeting. The report came from Director of Public Works Claude Valcourt, and outlined a plan to either proceed with the original plan to install pedestrian crossing lights or to move ahead with a more expensive full set of traffic lights. Council unanimously voted to move ahead with the pedestrian crossing lights.

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Canada's 150th birthday was recognized Wednesday night at the Morinville Curling Club and Aspen House as boys and girls joined forces with the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens Society to build 150 birdhouses to be placed around town on parks, paths, and in yards.

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Council has decided not to move ahead with an option to paint a Morinville intersection rainbow to celebrate Pride during June, instead opting to raise the Pride flag in addition to releasing an official proclamation from the Mayor recognizing the occasion.