Local News

Council Briefs

During CAO Debbie Oyarzun’s update to Council, the Town’s Director of Corporate Operations, David Schaffer, informed Council that the brand new community bus was complete and ready to move out. […]

Local News

Council approves Morinville News advertising contract

The approval of Morinville News’ annual advertising contract with the Town of Morinville required Council approval Jan. 12. Normally, an administrative decision, the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires Council approval when the Town enters into a contract with a member of Council.
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Local News

2016-18 Communications plan includes hopes to record Council meetings for public

In a unanimous vote after only minor tweaks, Council has unanimously adopted their 2016-2018 Communications Strategy, as prepared by Administration, particularly Corporate Communications Coordinator, Felicity Bergman.

Council had previous viewed and provided input on the plan at a past Committee of the Whole meeting. […]

Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Debunking Blue Monday

“Blue Monday,” this year, Jan. 25, is often believed to be the most depressing day of the year, but this is a myth. Since about 2005, the third Monday in January has been reported to be the day of the year that people feel most depressed. This correlates with another belief that the most suicides take place on this day. […]

Local News

Province offers guidelines on learning environments that respect diversity

School boards have a new resource to assist school boards in drafting policies to support welcoming, caring, respectful and safe schools.

Alberta Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Expressions and Gender Identities “will assist school authorities when addressing the needs of individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and gender identities,” the government said in a release Wednesday. […]

Columns

National Column: Toughest part of Syrian resettlement still ahead

Much of the political and national conversation on the Trudeau government’s ambitious Syrian refugee program has revolved around targets and timelines. But that has obscured a larger truth.

As the country’s 10,000th Syrian refugee arrives in Canada this week, the toughest part of this project for the Liberal government lies ahead. […]

Legal

Caron steps down from public office

Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Board meeting last evening generated a great deal of emotion as Trustee Caron submitted his resignation after serving more than twenty-three years. He shared with his fellow trustees that “my decision to step down was not an easy one; serving the St. Albert community for more than two decades as a passionate… […]

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Full disclosure

We have had an advertising contract with the Town of Morinville for five of our six years of publication. For the past three years that contract has become a matter of public record due to my role on Council, as it should.
That means that the contract, normally approved by Town Management, must receive Council approval, and that the owner of this publication must leave the room, taking no part in the discussion or vote. […]

Morinville News

Exceptional women sought for International Women’s Day event

Residents have three weeks to nominate exceptional area women for some special recognition. For the past 20 years, the St. Albert Bahá’í community has sponsored an annual celebration of United Nations International Women’s Day by recognizing the contributions women make to society. […]

Morinville Sports

MCHS Senior Girls have successful tournament

The Morinville Senior Girls basketball team entered the weekend with a 7-2 record and looking to win last weekend’s tournament at Louis St. Laurent school in Edmonton. This was the girls’ third tournament of the year. […]

Arts & Culture

Derina Harvey Band bringing Celtic Rock to town

A group of transplanted East-Coasters hit the stage this weekend with an evening of Celtic Rock, east coast music, and their own original jigs and reels. The Derina Harvey Band will perform at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and a catered dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, and Andrew Webb Carpentry is sponsoring the event. […]

Morinville Sports

Morinville Jr/Sr hockey results

Both the Kings and Jets hit the ice Sunday afternoon, but the two clubs experienced different results. The Kings lost 3-2 to the Edson Ice on the road, and the Morinville Jets shut out the visiting Edmonton Ice 4-0. […]

Arts & Culture

Coffee and crayons to join forces

Locals will be picking up their crayons and their coffee cups at the Green Bean Coffee House and Bistro on Mondays starting Jan. 18. The local restaurant will be opening their doors to those who have taken up adult colouring. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and all are welcome, including children. […]