Editorial: Lights, camera, council

Morinville Town Council from left: Coun. Paul Krauskopf, Coun. Lisa Holmes, Coun. Ben Van De Walle, Mayor Lloyd Bertschi, Coun. Nicole Boutestein, Coun. Gordon Boddez and Coun. David Pattison will now be broadcast via MorinvilleNews.com

and filled with the necessary minutia that leaves one clawing at their eyeballs for some relief from the monotony of it all. If you’ve ever had to sit through a board meeting that just will not end or a company meeting, where some executive prattles on to the melody of his own self-important voice, you know exactly of what we speak.

But council meetings have one difference, at least in Morinville. They’re generally pretty quick and efficiently run. But no matter how fast or how slow council gets through the business before them, most meetings share one common element – council and administration make decisions that affect you, your town and your wallet. It is important that we all keep an eye on that. It is important that we all tune into that now and again.

Sure, watching some 70s sitcom stars dancing with people you’ve never heard of or Charlie Sheen partying with people you’ve never heard of might make for a livelier night’s entertainment than watching your elected officials debate why or why not the Town should do something, but now and then we must turn our gaze from the glimmering lights, camera and action of Hollywood and focus on what’s going on at home.

Beginning this week, you will be able to do so from the comfort of your own home. The Mar. 22 meeting of Morinville Town Council and subsequent meetings will be broadcast via the Internet on MorinvilleNews.com.

All you have to do is point your web browser to the online news site, click the broadcasts tab and watch the proceedings as they occur. The Town of Morinville has agreed to allow MorinvilleNews.com to broadcast meetings on a trial basis, giving us both the opportunity to see if there is interest amongst Morinvillians to keep up with what is going on.
We are pleased that Morinville Town Council unanimously voted in favour of the broadcasts. Combined with their decision to post the entire council package on the Town’s website prior to their meetings, there is now no reason why the citizens of this town cannot keep up with what is going on in the community from a municipal level.

While the production will not be as glitzy and glossy as the poorest cable television offering and will lack a soundtrack you can sing along to, MorinvilleNews.com will present a live audio and visual feed of what’s going on in council chambers that you can watch and listen to while taking all those FaceBook quizzes we all love to fill our time with.
We hope you’ll tune in form time to time, every other Tuesday, to see what’s going on in Town. And even if you don’t MorinvilleNews.com and Monday Morning News will continue to report on those decisions made by council we feel are important to the residents of this community.

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  1. Wow – thank you again Stephen for this opportunity. As you mentioned above, now there is no reason for people to complain about not being able to attend the meetings or know what is going on. I will pass the word along to my friends.

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