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Letter: Reader responds to Morinville parent’s letter

Reading Time: 2 minutesRegarding: Morinville parent writes letter to premier Redford (Morinville’s Monday Morning News, Dec. 12, 2011)

Ms. Buga expresses considerable dissatisfaction with the present arrangement for schooling provided by Sturgeon School Division which “does not come close to being an acceptable solution”. Really? […]

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Editorial: Budget 2012 … or … Taxation without participation

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith third reading of the 2012 Morinville budget now passed, individual councillors and the mayor must stand by the items they proposed to be reduced or cut along the road from wish list to final budget. Mayor Lloyd Bertschi and Councillor David Pattison took criticism from this publication a few weeks back for having espoused one view on the importance of economic development during the 2010 election campaign and yet voted to reduce spending on it at second reading… […]

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Editorial: It’s about building community

Reading Time: 2 minutesHaving lived in Morinville for the past five years, I’ve come to realize the community seems to have changed. It seems like there are more groups working together. It seems like there are more individuals starting initiatives. It seems like there are more people finding connections where many may not have thought connections exist… […]

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Letter: Morinville parent writes to premier Redford re school issue

Reading Time: 3 minutesPremier Redford,

I was really excited to be attending a session at the legislature on Wednesday, November 30th, as I haven’t even been in the building since I was a child. I was even more excited because I, as one of the Morinville parents fighting for public education, was asked to attend and be formally introduced to the house by Education Critic Kent Hehr. Unfortunately, Minister Lukaszuk completely dodged the question from the opposition about when this issue… […]

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Letter: Open letter to council and administration re economic development

Reading Time: 2 minutesDear Editor:

As you are aware, Morinville Town Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 22 meeting to cut $80,000 in proposed economic development spending in half to $40,000. While the Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce is disappointed by this decision in light of how important economic development was as a 2010 campaign issue, we are keeping an open mind pending third and final reading as much can change on the road to a passed budget…. […]

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Editorial: A tale of two Christmas lists

Reading Time: 3 minutesChristmas is coming and Sarah and Tim both have their lists to make. Tim, being eight, has a list not unlike many boys his age. It’s the list of items he is hoping Santa will give him the OK on and drop down his chimney Christmas Eve. Sarah, being 32, a single mom and working two part time jobs, has a different kind… […]

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Letter: NDP leader calls out Redford for broken promises

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Albertans want change. Albertans want an end to broken promises and government secrecy, but Alison Redford has already broken her promise to hold a judicial enquiry into allegations of physician intimidation. Albertans want an end to patronage in government, but Alison Redford has appointed Gary Mar to a $265,000 a year position in Hong Kong… […]

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Letter: Community groups looking to help those in need

Reading Time: 1 minuteMr. Editor:

As we head into the holiday season, most families will celebrate and enjoy Christmas but there are individuals and families in the Morinville area that are struggling to make ends meet. Just one layoff or injury is all it takes to cause a family despair at this time of year… […]

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Editorial: Economic Development – It’s time to split or get off the pot

Reading Time: 3 minutesMorinville’s taxes are – give or take a percentage point or two – made up of 93 per cent residential and seven per cent commercial / industrial. Economic development is often considered to be encouraging business growth and attracting new business, new commerce, and new industry to a community. It is not of course limited to that narrow definition by any means… […]

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Letter to the editor: Open letter to Minister of Education

Reading Time: 3 minutesMr. Lukaszuk

I have been relatively silent regarding the status of public education in Morinville since your transition to give you time to acclimatize to your new portfolio. Given comments recently attributed to yourself in various press reports (Example used for this letter is the St. Albert Leader, although I note, with apologies to authors for lack of citation, similar statements in other publications) it seems to me that you have most certainly formulated your opinion on the matter. .. […]