Local News

MLA looking to establish Morinville office

Barrhead-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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Columns

Progressive Views Column: Alberta NDP Leader Resigns

by Tristan Turner

While struggling to hold back to hold back tears, Brian Mason announced at a press conference Apr. 29 that he would be stepping down as leader of the Alberta NDP effective October 19. The bus driver turned politician has served as both an MLA and Edmonton City Councillor for more than 25 years, winning nine consecutive elections. In his near 10-year tenure as leader of Alberta’s New Democrats, Brian Mason has seen – and won – many battles on behalf of his constituents and all Albertans. Not the least of which was a fight he brought to PC Premier… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

MLA Column – Changes made to Farm Fuel Benefit Program

BY Maureen Kubinec
MLA Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock

On March 7, our government tabled a budget that includes some tough measures to address our province’s current fiscal situation.
One of those measures is the removal of the Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance portion of the Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit Program. The 6-cent-per-litre Farm Fuel Distribution Allowance, which was unique to Alberta… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

MLA Column: Environmental monitoring

By Maureen Kubinec, Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA

Here in Alberta, we are blessed with abundant resources and breathtaking landscapes. Our environment provides us with endless recreational opportunities and our resources are not only ensuring prosperity for our province, but for all of Canada… […]

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Local News

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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Local News

Morinville celebrates its mayoral heritage

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Bagpipes and Red Serge preceded the Honourable Ken Kowalski into packed council chambers June 22. Kowalski, Speaker of the Alberta Legislature and Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA, was given the honour of investing Morinville Mayor Lloyd Bertschi with the Town’s first chain of office, new ceremonial regalia that pays homage to Morinville’s administrative and mayoral heritage.

“What we’re doing tonight is doing something that basically has its tradition and its history that goes back nearly a thousand years … […]