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School zone safety is a two-way street

Reading Time: 2 minutesMorinvillenews.com editorial

By Stephen Dafoe

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 … […]

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Editorial: Oil sands boycott has a GAP in reality

Reading Time: 3 minutesMorinvilleNews.com Editorial

By Stephen Dafoe

One can just imagine the righteous indignation that caused some GAP executive to join the boycott against fuels made from Alberta oil sands bitumen. There he sat sipping his fourth Starbuck’s Mocha-froca-frapachino of the day, staring at his latest billboard of one of his anorexic teenage models … […]

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Town needs to sink money into economic development not a pool

Reading Time: 3 minutesMorinvilleNews.com Editorial

Perhaps with the almost certainty that Morinville Town Council will not be given their seats by acclamation this time around, perhaps the words “community pool” will be tossed around like the waves after someone has taken a dive into the deep end. If they are, those politicians espousing such ideas may be playing to a small audience and may well be taking a dive off the high board into the shallow end. […]

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Resident displeased with bylaw omissions

Reading Time: 2 minutesLetter to the Editor

The new Morinville Noise Bylaw and the Morinville Community Cultural Centre

Prior to the building of the Morinville Community Cultural Centre I brought up the concern that noise from events from this Centre could potentially have a negative impact on the residences of 99A & 99 Ave just across the street, affecting our health and property values … […]

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Editorial: Where are Lyle and Marie McCann?

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

It was exactly one month ago today that Lyle and Marie McCann’s motor home was found wedged in a cutline outside of Edson and roaring in flames. In the days and weeks that followed, headlines across the country were on fire with stories of the search for the missing St. Albert couple, last seen on security cameras gassing up their soon-to-be destroyed motor home July 3.
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City events don’t hold a candle to Fête

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Capital Ex and the Edmonton Indy both started this past weekend, doubtlessly drawing countless hundreds from the communities of Sturgeon County towards the roar of the crowds and the roar of the engines. But countless hundreds of other spectators (some from Edmonton even) were drawn north on Highway 2 to Legal for Fête au Village.
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Editorial – Doing the 100 Ave. shuffle

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

I remember when I moved to Morinville four years ago; 100 Ave. had two lanes, angled parking on both sides and plenty of drivers who were courteous enough to actually slow down and let you back out of that angled parking.

Having come from another community where it seemed the majority of drivers seldom bothered to stop for those octagonal red metal things with the word STOP on it, the idea …

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St. Jean Baptiste Festival delivered as promised

Reading Time: 2 minutesA MorinvilleNews.com editorial

If you looked out your door Sunday night you would have witnessed something you don’t see often – a double rainbow. There amid a grey sky darkened by the rain clouds that largely managed to stay away from this weekend’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival were two arching bands of prismatic colour, a meteorological phenomenon that seemingly spanned the town from one end to the other.

It was almost as if Father Jean-Baptiste Morin, Morinville’s and the festival’s namesake was … […]

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Canadians want American-style cable news

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy 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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Is American-style cable news coming to Canada?

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy 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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The world’s moved on

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Robert Jump

“The world’s moved on since then.”

I liked the phrase and what it implied the first time I read it. I believe the words were uttered by the main character Roland Deschain, a gunslinger, in one of Stephen King’s novels in the Dark Tower series. Deschain, equipped with a Colt Peacemaker, is transported somehow to a King envisioned Twilight Zone and utters the phrase in that context.

But the world, and those who populate it, really sort of work that way. The world revolves and unless there’s an earthquake or asteroid strike large enough to disrupt that rotation it just continues on as it always has. People don’t. People get stuck.
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