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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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Edworthy takes silver in Jiu-Jitsu

Tyler Edwothy returned to Morinville last week with a silver medal in Jiu-Jitsu. The local athlete took part in the World Masters Tournament hosted by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) in Las Vegas Sept. 25 and 26. […]


National Column: Trudeau passes a key test on foreign policy

As we head into the final sprint of a marathon election campaign, Monday night brought two surprises.

Justin Trudeau, whose juvenile musings on foreign policy had cost him dearly in the past, delivered his best performance at a debate confined solely to foreign policy.

And our national security, our place on the world stage, the value of Canadian citizenship, our relations with our biggest ally and our responsibility to help those fleeing war and persecution delivered the most passionate and animated moments of the 2015 election campaign. […]


No Frills supports hot lunch program for Morinville schools

For the third year in a row, local students have the certainty of a hot meal at school thanks to the generosity of No Frills owners Chris and Tracey Mansbridge, their staff, and customers. The local business owners presented representatives from four of Morinville’s schools with a cheque for $3,244. The monies will be divided equally between Morinville Community High School, Georges H. Primeau, École Notre Dame, and Morinville Public School. […]

Arts & Culture

Town to hold 3rd Annual Oktoberfest this weekend

The Town of Morinville is hoping residents will be as enthusiastic about celebrating German culture as they were for the last two years when hundreds have come out to enjoy German entertainment, food and drink. The 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration will take place at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre (MCCC) Oct. 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. […]

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Mayor and Council completely fumble on Youth Council

After a stupefying debate, Council has effectively laid down their opposition to the creation of a Morinville Youth Council in one comment: I like the cut of your jib, kid, but let the big boys take it from here.

While never expressly said, that certainly was the nature of the discussion.

Arts & Culture

Sheldon Casavant amazes audience

The Morinville Community Cultural Centre kicked off its fifth LIVE at the CCC performance series Sept. 26. Half a decade into bringing entertainment to Morinville it is no surprise that Cultural Services Coordinator Laurie Stalker saw this season as a magical time and decided to book magician Sheldon Casavant for the Cultural Days kickoff.

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The week in photos

Mayor becomes AUMA president

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) President Mayor Lisa Holmes offers her thanks to outgoing President Helen Rice at the AUMA Conference in Calgary Friday. Holmes officially took office during the final day of the conference and will hold the position for two years. She is the third Morinville mayor to hold the office. Both Mayors Art Soetaert and Lloyd Bertschi served in the position. […]

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Morinville middle of the pack of province’s overspenders, CFIB say

Not the best and not the worst, Morinville is in the middle of the pack in Canadian Federation of independent Business rankings of what it terms municipal overspending.

However, Morinville was ranked substantially worse than several neighbouring municipalities in the federation’s recently released Alberta Municipal Spending, 2015 report. […]

Arts & Culture

Fundraiser Paints the Town Red

Alberta Culture days kicked off at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Friday night with the Sixth Annual Paint the Town Red Gala.

More than 40 artists participated this year, displaying their work and providing an opportunity for attendees to purchase original art and vote for the People’s Choice Award. […]

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Kitten gets a new lease on life

A five-month-old kitten got a new lease on life and the chance for a permanent home thanks to the compassion of a Bon Accord couple and an amputation surgery at the Morinville Veterinary Clinic (MVC).

The couple, who have not been identified, came across the kitten who had suffered a serious injury to his tail. […]

Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Chamber to hold forum Sept. 30

The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce invites all residents to attend the Federal election forum held on September 30, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre located at 9502-100 Ave in Morinville. […]

Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Morality and ethics in politics

Morality, Ethics and Politics are interrelated. Scandals and unethical behaviors are the major reasons parties in power are thrown out of office regardless of their track record. Abortion and the Carbon Tax are some basic issues that the four major parties are dodging and by so doing are showing a lack of moral integrity. […]

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Morinville Ward has two candidates in by-election

The close of nominations Monday afternoon put two in the running for the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Morinville Ward By-Election set for Oct. 19.

As of the close of nominations, Cathie Sarafinchan, and René Tremblay had put their names forward. Nominations will be official at noon Tuesday. […]