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Distracted drivers will see increased penalties in new year

Updating your Facebook status behind the wheel could net you three demerits in addition to the current $287 fine after Jan. 1.

The province announced the increase in penalty Dec. 10, citing research they say suggests driver distractions contribute to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions. Further, distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers. […]

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Morinville ranks best in province for business-friendly taxes

Morinville holds a virtuous first place among Alberta municipalities for fair business tax rates, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The CFIB released Dec. 7 Entrepreneurs Deserve Property Tax Fairness, a report targeting the “property tax gap,” the difference between residential owners pay and what commercial property owners are paying. […]

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Government restores Summer Temporary Employment Program

The province announced Nov. 3 it will be reinstating the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP), a move it says will help students access more job opportunities.

The program returns for the spring of 2016 and will run from May until August. STEP supports employers by providing wage subsidies for more than 3,000 student positions. […]

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Committee reverses 7.25% pay raise

A 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

Morinville 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

RCMP 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. […]