Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Political sign vandalism dumb and thoughtless exercise

As I write this letter I know this federal election will soon be over and either Mr. Harper or Mr. Trudeau will be our prime minister. But there will be a remnant of Mr. Mulcair’s campaign left behind as he takes third party status, and that is the dumb and thoughtless vandalized signs you see all over the place in Morinville and the county. […]


National Column: October ghosts’ haunt Liberals, Tories

Our neighbours to the south have a name for a late-campaign jolt, the legendary “October surprise.”

Here in Canada, this year, we have been visited by the “October ghosts” in the campaign’s final hours.

For Justin Trudeau, a stunning lapse in judgment by his campaign co-chair can cause real damage to a surging campaign, particularly in Quebec. Thursday, Trudeau was fighting off the ghosts of Liberal scandals past. […]

Local News

The week in photos

The fall has plenty opportunities to enjoy local food. Friday night’s Taste of Morinville event at the cultural centre put several local caterers and chefs together to show off their culinary talents, […]

Arts & Culture

What’s on in Morinville this week … and beyond

Morinville News and the Morinville Community Cultural Centre are partnering to support another FREE Movie event in support of the Morinville Community Library, who will run the concession. This time around, you get to see MINIONS before it is released on DVD. […]


National Column: Grits positioned to craft stable minority

With the wind at his back in the last week of the campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is asking voters to give his party a majority on Monday. To measure what a feat that would be, consider that to reach the magic majority number of 170, the Liberals – with 36 MPs at dissolution – would have to more than quadruple their seats next week. […]

Local News

Enbridge supports Sturgeon Foundation project

On Oct. 13 Lisa Seeley, Enbridge Community Relations Advisor and Ian Melligan, Manager Enbridge Pipeline Services Western Region presented a $7500 cheque to the Sturgeon Foundation. The presentation took place at the Spruce View Manor in Gibbons with Jim Fowler Director of Accommodation Services accepting on behalf of the foundation. The money will be used to cover the cost of installing more than 100 smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in every self-contained unit under the Sturgeon Foundation umbrella. This consists of units at Sunrise and Sunset Villas in Legal, Pinecrest Gardens in Gibbons, Sunridge Sunset Manors in Bon Accord, Heritage Lodge and Lions Manor in Morinville, the Golden Villa in Redwater and Chateau Mission Court in St. Albert. […]

Schools and youth

MPS students get safety refresher

Morinville Public School students learned about pedestrian safety Oct. 14 from two guest speakers the school brought in. Bruce Adams, Regional Traffic Safety Consultant Capital Region, and Elecia Grange, Regional Coordinator AMA School Safety Patrol covered considerable ground on the ins and outs of pedestrian and bike safety, including the importance of walking a bike across the road. […]

Local News

Morinville Council briefs

After a brief Administrative update, Council and Administration have confirmed their Oct. 15 meeting with surrounding municipalities on the rec centre project is a go. As well, Mayor Holmes confirmed the attendance of officials from Alexander First Nation at the meeting. The Town has said they are beginning to work with the new Architectural and project management firm hired for the project (ATB) in preparation for this meeting and their introductions to surrounding municipalities. […]

Local News

Council brings forward many requests for information

First with a request was Councilor Stephen Dafoe on behalf of 1st Morinville Scouts to see if Public Works would be able to assist them moving some small outbuildings from their current location to the landfill. The group had been requested to relocate and had previously moved two of their larger storage units already. […]

Local News

Council gives slew of Land Use Bylaw first readings

Council has passed First Reading of Land Use Bylaws 17/2015, 18/2015, 19/2015 and 20/2015. Bylaws 17/2015 and 18/2015 have been classified by the Town’s head of Planning and Development Greg Hofmann as “housekeeping amendments” to the Land Use Bylaw. Bylaw 17/2015 makes some changes to the Land Use Bylaw that modernize the law and keep it a “living document”, according to Hofmann. They will come back for discussion and debate at Council’s Nov. 10 meeting for second and potentially third reading. […]

Arts & Culture

Former County resident up for four country music awards

It has been a few years since former Cardiff Echoes resident Danielle Marie sat on a stool playing guitar during a talent show at a Morinville coffee shop. Four years later and the country singer is an up-and-comer with more than 40,000 fans on Reverb Nation, an album with producer Tom McKillip under her belt and her name on four country music award nominations. […]


National Column: Election campaign is still about change

Ten weeks in, one week to go, and despite predictions of his demise, Stephen Harper is still standing.

A minority Conservative government is within reach. How long that minority might survive will depend on the election night numbers.

That, however, is still Harper’s biggest problem. He is standing, but he’s not moving. […]

Arts & Culture

Farmers’ Market heading indoors for winter

The outdoor market may have come to a close at the end of September, but those looking to get their weekly fix of local products and produce can do so starting this Friday. The Morinville Festival Society will take their weekly Farmers’ Market indoors for the third season starting Oct. 16. […]