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Distracted driving law takes effect next week

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – It’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road Sept. 1, the day Alberta’s new distracted driving law comes into full effect. Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from talking, texting, e-mailing or web surfing on a hand held cell phone while driving. Other prohibited activities under the law include using hand-held radio communication and other electronic devices, reading, writing or engaging in personal grooming while behind the wheel… […]

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RCMP contract extended to 2032

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Alberta’s Solicitor General Frank Oberle announced Friday morning the federal government has agreed to extend RCMP contract services another two decades. The current contract, set to expire in 2012 has been extended to 2032, marking a full century of RCMP policing in the province… […]

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Alexander First Nation signs new health care agreement with AHS

By Morinvillenews.com Staff

Edmonton – A new health care agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) will extend funding for 21 continuing care beds at the Kipohtakawkamik Elders’ Lodge in Alexander. AHS staff from Seniors Health and Aboriginal Health joined the Alexander First Nation Chief and citizens for the signing of the agreement… […]

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Tomorrow Project underway in Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Mayor Lloyd Bertschi and Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Ken Kowalski were among the first people to take part in the Tomorrow Project Monday afternoon. The cancer research project is in town this week at Vanier School, looking to collect research data from a wide variety of Albertans between the ages of 35 and 69. The Alberta Health Services (AHS) initiative seeks to enrol 50,000 Albertans who have never had cancer by 2012, people who answer a non-intrusive questionnaire and who undergo some basic tests in the hopes of one day providing the data necessary to prevent if not defeat cancer… […]

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Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Kowalski plans to run again

By Stephen Dafoe

Barrhead – Ken Kowalski ended speculation Sunday afternoon he may not run in the next provincial election. The Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly told members of his constituency association and the media he would seek the nomination for the Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock PC Association for the next election, whenever that election may be… […]

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Cancer prevention study coming to Morinville

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – École Georges P. Vanier School will play host to Alberta Health Services (AHS) and their Tomorrow Project next week. The long-term research study into the causes of cancer will be in town the week of Aug. 15 as part of the project’s goal to enroll 50,000 Albertans, ages 35 to 69, who have never had cancer… […]

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August long weekend results in more than 3,000 charges

By MorinvilleNews.com staff

Edmonton – Law enforcement was out in full force over the August long weekend, pulling over vehicles on provincial highways for a number of infractions. RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs issued approximately 764 fewer violations than they did during the same weekend in 2010. The holiday weekend netted 3,290 charges this year, compared with 4,054 charges in 2010… […]

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Voters to be counted

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Edmonton – Morinville residents will be counted for a third time this year beginning next month. After a federal and municipal census this spring, the province announced Monday it would be conducting a province-wide enumeration of electors. The head count of voters is scheduled to run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 19… […]

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Kowalski and Bertschi respond to MLA rumours

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – With a PC leadership race about to ramp into high gear and with more than three decades under his belt as MLA, there has been considerable talk about the prospect of Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ken Kowalski’s plans to announce his retirement this August.

But while Twitter tweets have heralded the end of Kowalski’s run in provincial politics, the man himself said the matter is not so cut and dried, nor is it the first time he had been asked the question about his future plans recently… […]

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Morinville still helping Slave Lake a month after the devastation

By Stephen Dafoe

Slave Lake – Rain drizzles from grey skies a month-to-the-day too late to be of any use in combatting the massive devastation that ravaged large parts of the community May 15. But while the skies are dreary, the outlook in the community is anything but. People nod and greet each other on the streets of a community on the cusp of rebuilding. The local college now houses town offices destroyed by the fire as well… […]