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Morinville

École Notre Dame cuts the ribbon at rededication ceremony

Story By Stephen Dafoe
Photos By Lucie Roy

Morinville – The first day back to school after the Victoria Day long weekend was a celebratory one for the students of École Notre Dame Elementary School. The school received its second visit from Education Minister Jeff Johnson this year, this time to participate in a rededication ceremony officially recognizing the consolidation of the former École Georges P. Vanier and Notre Dame Elementary School sites… […]

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Morinville

Mayor and Deputy Mayor to meet with Transportation Minister

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Mayor Paul Krauskopf and Deputy Mayor Lisa Holmes are set to meet with Alberta’s Transportation Minister, Ric McIver, May 29 to discuss the Highway 2 / Cardiff Road intersection.

During a presentation at the Morinville Rendez-Vous Centre Wednesday afternoon, Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Maureen Kubinec said she has been advocating for the province to do something to make the intersection safer than it presently is… […]

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Local News

Deputy Mayor appointed to Premier’s Council on Alberta’s Promise

By Morinville News Staff

Edmonton – Deputy Mayor Lisa Holmes is among 84 Alberta community, business and agency leaders appointed to the Premier’s Council on Alberta’s Promise, a group that will work directly with businesses by providing information and support to help their financial and in-kind investments to agencies and communities at a local level to support children and youth programs and initiatives. The appointment is in effect until Mar. 31, 2016. … […]

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Morinville

Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson visits Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Wildrose MLA and Opposition Finance Critic Rob Anderson visited Morinville Wednesday night, his third public meeting in the constituency to discuss what his party refers to as a Financial Recovery Plan for Alberta. The 90-minute talk at the Morinville Rendez-Vous Centre drew mostly party supporters to hear the former PC MLA speak.

Anderson’s talk criticized the Redford government for what the Wildrose see as mismanagement of revenues, overspending on bureaucracy, and a string of broken campaign and budget promises, including the premier’s pre-election promise of not running a deficit… […]

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Morinville

School taxes large part of spring property tax increase

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Property owners will pay about $100 more on their spring tax bill than they did last year once Council passes this year’s tax bylaw. Council gave first reading to the 2013 Property Tax Bylaw during the Mar. 26 Council meeting. The bylaw lays out the amount of tax the municipality must collect from property owners to satisfy its own $7.2-million in budgetary needs as well as a $2.9-million assessment for the Alberta School Foundation (ASFF) and a $103,000 requisition from the Sturgeon Foundation, the group that runs Morinville’s Heritage Lodge… […]

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Province

Province puts forth tough budget

By Stephen Dafoe

Edmonton – Doug Horner, Alberta’s Finance Minister, tabled the 2013-2014 provincial budget Thursday afternoon in the Legislative Assembly. That budget, which Horner described as a watershed moment, projects a $2-billion deficit and plans to borrow $4.3 billion for capital project spending during the fiscal year.

“This has been a highly anticipated budget, probably the most anticipated one in some time,” Horner said, adding the government had some tough choices to make. “We are facing a number of sizeable challenges… […]

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Arts & Culture

Rend to play benefit concert for Little Warriors

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Three local women have combined their talents with their passion for a worthy cause to promote an upcoming concert with up-and-coming rock/pop band Rend. The fundraiser for Little Warriors will take place at the Celtic Knot in St. Albert Mar. 9 and is an opportunity for people to help address a serious issue with a fun evening of entertainment.

Little Warriors, a national charitable organization that focuses on the education and prevention of child sexual abuse, received considerable media attention recently after being notified their request for $650,000 … […]

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Morinville

Little Warriors looking for local support

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A local supporter of Little Warriors is disappointed with the news the organization was unsuccessful in their application for $650,000 in provincial grant funding. Little Warriors, a national charitable organization that focuses on the education and prevention of child sexual abuse, has been raising funds to build the Be Brave Ranch, a centre that would provide a 30-day in-treatment program for children who are victims of sexual abuse, providing them with the therapy the organization feels is necessary to help them now and in the future.

Morinville resident Brandi, herself a victim of sexual abuse and a woman whose last name we have agreed to withhold, spearheaded a letter-writing campaign last October to get Albertans to write to Premier Alison Redford as well as provincial and federal politicians seeking their support for the Be Brave Ranch initiative… […]

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Morinville

Morinville volunteer recognized with Diamond Jubilee Medal

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Long time volunteer Lillian Boddez got to rub elbows with Premier Alison Redford and The Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Wednesday afternoon. Boddez, a lifelong resident of Morinville, was one of more than 100 Albertans presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in a special ceremony held in Edmonton. The medal honours Her Majesty’s service to Canada and recognizes significant contributions and achievements by Canadians… […]