National Column: One year on: Promises, what promises?

Much celebration – for the most part justified – is attending the first anniversary of Justin Trudeau’s election victory. Twelve months later, polls elicit no buyer’s remorse. Many voters who did not support Trudeau last year are on balance happy he won. […]

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Council receives a round of asks ahead of 2017 Budget

Councillor’s were hit with asks from the Musée Morinville Museum, Morinville Community Library, and the Morinville Festival Society as part of their annual budget process during their most recent Committee of the Whole meeting. Each of the organizations made presentations detailing their budgets and the amount they were asking for from the Town. […]


National Column: Belgian region may scuttle trade deal with the EU

The proposed trade deal between Canada and the European Union was supposed to be simple.

On the Canadian side, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) had the full support of both Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, who first negotiated it, and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, who inherited it (Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats maintained a studied neutrality). […]


Education Minister visits Morinville Community High School

Education Minister David Eggen visited Morinville Community High School Oct. 19 for a tour of the building, an interview on the school’s television station, and a talk with students about the province’s Future Ready initiative, the launch of the curriculum survey, and the extension of a post-secondary tuition freeze. […]


Obituary Notice: BOKENFOHR, Linda Stella Marie

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Linda Bokenfohr on September 16, 2016. Linda is survived by her father David Bokenfohr and sister Judy Bokenfohr as well as numerous relatives. […]


Province keeps tuition affordable for Alberta students

The province announced Wednesday it would extend the tuition freeze for the 2-17-2018 academic year, allowing the government to work with stakeholders to review the tuition and fee model in Alberta.

The province estimates 250,000 full- and part-time students and apprentices will save approximately $16 million a year though the freeze on tuition and fees. […]


Morinville Clinic offers patients a family medical home

A new family medical clinic began taking patients this week. Located in the Trade Developments 100 Block West building on 100 Avenue, Morinville Family Medical Clinic will see patients Monday through Saturday. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. […]

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The Noels enjoy a life of volunteerism

Volunteerism, awards, and hockey dominate in the Noel household.

I sat down for coffee with Andre and Pat Noel, and we spoke of her father’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame and Andre’s many awards, just before he received an important provincial award from the Francophone community. […]

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Women in politics

Now more than ever, a spotlight is shining on women in politics; no doubt influenced in large part by Hillary Clinton and her run for the American Presidency. But also, by other female politicians in our own Province—like Alberta NDP Minister Shannon Phillips, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and Federal MP and Interim Conservative Party Leader, Rona Ambrose—who have been working to bring attention to some of the pitfalls, but also rewards, of pursuing politics while female. […]


National Column: Diversity approach should be defended

Here is a much abbreviated list of the current and former Canadian politicians who believe that when it comes to cultural diversity, Canada should be exporting its live-and-let-live model, not looking for inspiration from countries such as France that have put in place coercive measures to affirm their national identity. […]


National Column: Chasing trillions to build billions in infrastructure

Justin Trudeau had been prime minister for barely two months when he made his first visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, a gaudy alpine day camp for zillionaires and Hollywood’s we-have-all-the-answers set. The skepticism that attended the young prime minister’s late nights with Bono and Kevin Spacey was healthy and natural.