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NDP say cabinet shuffle show focus on economic diversification and job growth

Reading Time: 3 minutesAlberta’s NDP government swore in a change of cabinet Thursday ahead of Tuesday’s provincial budget.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta Darren Bilous will now serve the province as Minister of Economic Development and Trade. He will also chair a Cabinet committee tasked with guiding the Municipal Government Act (MGA) review process. […]

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Committee reverses 7.25% pay raise

Reading Time: 1 minuteA legislative committee has squashed a 7.25 per cent pay raise for legislative officers, including the provinces auditor general.

The raise was initially granted Sept. 24 in a split vote of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices. The seven NDP members voted in favout of the increase while the opposition members, including Barrhed-Morinville-Westlock MLA Glenn van Dijken voting against the raise. […]

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Holmes acclaimed next AUMA president

Reading Time: 1 minuteMorinville Mayor Lisa Holmes will be the next president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA). The AUMA is made up of elected officials from urban municipalities including cities, towns, villages, summer villages and specialized municipalities. The group advocates the interests of members to the provincial and federal governments as well as other stakeholders. […]

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Collisions down over August long weekend, RCMP say

Reading Time: 1 minuteRCMP report the number of collisions in the province were down over the August long weekend when compared to the same period in 2014.

Police say there were 264 collisions this year, 40 fewer than in 2014. However, collisions involving at least one injury were up from 43 in 2014 to 45 in 2015. Both years saw three fatalities in the province. […]

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MLA looking to establish Morinville office

Reading Time: 2 minutesBarrhead-Morinville-Westlock (BMW) MLA Glenn van Dijken was Rotary’s guest speaker July 22, offering the newly-minted politician an opportunity to get to know some of his constituents a little better.

More than 40 people came out to hear the MLA, who spoke about his background, the importance of volunteering, and […]

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Electronic monitoring a good idea, Little Warriors Founder says

Reading Time: 2 minutesLittle Warriors founder Glori Meldrum thinks a Wildrose MLA’s call for increased monitoring of sex offenders makes a lot of sense.

Wildrose Shadow Justice Minister Scott Cyr appealed July 17 for stricter controls after a convicted Edmonton sex offender identified as high risk by police was arrested in close proximity to children. […]

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Province-wide fire ban in effect

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe province issued a full fire ban to Alberta’s forests effective noon May 25.

The full fire ban prohibits all open fires, including campfires in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes. Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating are allowed. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. […]

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Notley and Cabinet sworn in

Reading Time: 2 minutesRachel Notley was sworn in Sunday afternoon as Alberta’s 17th Premier. The ceremony, which also saw the swearing in of Notley’s reduced cabinet, took place on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.