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Morinville

School taxes large part of spring property tax increase

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy 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

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy 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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Local News

Fire chief honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – When Morinville Fire Chief Ron Cust was told to wear his uniform and report to Municipal Affairs in Edmonton, he was not sure what to expect. What he found was a set of hands waiting to shake his and to pin a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to his chest… […]

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Arts & Culture

Rend to play benefit concert for Little Warriors

Reading Time: 5 minutesBy 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

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy 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

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy 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… […]

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Local News

Kowalski portait to hang in the Alberta Legislature

Reading Time: 1 minuteBy Morinville News Staff

Edmonton – Former Speaker and Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Ken Kowalski will be honoured with a portrait in the Legislature.
Kowalski, the 11th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, will have his portrait unveiled during a ceremony Monday at 4 p.m. in the Legislature Building rotunda… […]

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Morinville

Letter campaign seeks to help sexually abused

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A few months after her adopted daughter moved in with her, Brandi discovered she had been sexually abused in the past. That revelation began a process of healing, lobbying and learning that, while there is much help for predators, there is little to no help for the prey… […]

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Arts & Culture

Morinville in danger of losing iconic image

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – One doesn’t have to drive too far into town to catch a glimpse of the steeple rising above St. Jean Baptiste Church in downtown Morinville. But residents and visitors could soon be deprived of that iconic view if significant funds are not raised to save it. The historic steeple is in need of approximately $500,000 in restoration work to save it from loss to water rot.

“There is significant damage by water inside the steeple as well as other parts of the church, mainly the north roof,” said Father Ignacy… […]

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Morinville

Morinville open house shows possible shape of 100 Avenue

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – About 35 residents attended Wednesday night’s joint open house on the Coeur de Morinville Area Structure Plan (ASP) and Highway 642 Functional Planning Study. The three-hour event covered both projects in significant detail. The former is a project that would set guidelines for development in Morinville’s historic downtown core; the latter addresses the specific challenges of dealing with a main street that is also a provincial highway… […]