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Local News

GSACRD releases survey on non-faith-based education

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) announced Thursday afternoon it had begun the research to determine interest in a non-faith based education in Morinville.

In response to a request for a secular school option from a number of local parents, and after discussions with Minister of Education Dave Hancock, the public Catholic school board entered into an agreement with Pivotal research Inc. to conduct… […]

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Schools and youth

MCHS grads reopen the door on early years

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – It was a trek back in time for a number of Morinville Community High School graduates Thursday. Students travelled from MCHS to Notre Dame Elementary School where they started their schooling in Morinville. But the trip wasn’t to walk through the halls of their former public school, but to dig up a time capsule they had placed in front of it back in 2000… […]

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Local News

Legal moves closer to recreation subsidy

By Stephen Dafoe

Legal – Families who find their budgets a little short to cover recreational activities for their children may soon have some assistance from the Town of Legal. The idea of a recreational subsidy was put forward by the Town’s Community Services Board (CSB) and this week came before both Legal Town Council and the CSB for further tweaking. The proposal will return to council may 16 for final approval… […]

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Schools and youth

Goofy hats top off serious subject

By Stephen Dafoe

Namao – Students, teachers and staff paraded the halls of Namao School Wednesday in a wide variety of exotic and comical hats. But while the head gear may have put a smile on Namao’s faces, the message behind their donning was dead serious – mental illness affects some 15 per cent of Canadian children.

The Sturgeon School Division school was one of 40 across the province participating in the Hats On! For Mental Health initiative, an event sponsored since 2009 by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) and Global Television… […]

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Local News

Legal puts the kibosh on murals on houses

By Stephen Dafoe

Legal – The Centralta Tourism Society’s (CTS) idea of expanding their Francophone mural collection to the sides of homes in Legal met with the unanimous disapproval of Legal Town Council Monday night.

Currently sitting at 33 Francophone-themed murals, Ernie Chauvet, spokesperson for the CTS, told council another eight murals were confirmed to be completed in 2011 with as many as 11 being possible this year… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Local election results a sad state of affairs

A MorinvilleNews.com editorial by Stephen Dafoe

On Monday afternoon while Americans were still waving their flags over the demise of Osama bin Laden and Canadians made their way into polling booths across the country, I sat at my laptop and wrote our federal election results story. The polls were still open for another three-and-a-half hours when I wrote the piece…. […]

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Local News

Storseth gets a return trip to Parliament

By Stephen Dafoe

Westlock – St. Paul – Conservative candidate Brian Storseth will be returning to Ottawa to serve a third run in the House of Commons after receiving 77.8 per cent of the vote in Monday’s federal election.

The Conservative Party candidate received 32,597 votes May 2, 27,501 votes more than his closest rival, NDP candidate Lyndsey Henderson, a candidate who refused to take media interviews or participate in any of the all-candidate forums during the six-week campaign. Henderson’s 5,096 votes were followed by Liberal candidate Rob Fox with 2,559 votes and Green candidate Lisa Grant with 1,623 votes… […]

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Arts & Culture

Morinville Library wins Minister’s Award

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – The Morinville Public Library was the recipient of a prestigious award over the weekend for its genealogy program. The library was presented with the 2011 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Library Service (for a community under 15,000) by the Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. The presentation took place at the Alberta Library Conference held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper… […]

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Local News

Monday Morning News – May 2

The May 2 edition of Monday Morning News hits store shelves and restaurant counters Monday morning. This week’s edition returns to our regular non-historical format and brings the latest news and photos of what’s going on in Morinville. This week’s edition contains the following news stories… […]

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Local News

Public forum on secular school issue set for Thursday

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After months of being a hotly discussed issue in the community, residents will have the opportunity Thursday night to attend a public forum on the secular school issue in Morinville. The Calgary-based Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership will be holding the public meeting at the Seniors Rendez-vous Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. and have lined up a number of speakers to discuss Public Education: What Should it Be… […]