Province

Province offering more support for Alberta’s liquor industry

The Government of Alberta says it is committing ongoing support for the province’s rapidly expanding brewing and liquor production industry.

The 2017 budget includes $25 million for the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program, launched last August to help small, Alberta-based brewers grow their businesses. A similar program for small distillers, wineries, and meaderies (honey wine) is in the works. […]

Morinville

Wildfire protection strengthened with new rules

New wildfire regulations kick in Friday and the province is reminding Albertans to take precautions to prevent forest fires.

“Last fall, we passed important legislation to help deter unsafe behaviour and give our wildland firefighters more tools to keep Albertans and their communities safe,” said Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, in a news release Thursday afternoon. “These strengthened regulations send a clear message that we all share a responsibility to help prevent wildfires.” […]

Morinville

Letter: Sturgeon Night of Music sold out

The Sturgeon Night of Music has been a springtime tradition for students, staff and families in Sturgeon School Division. Over the past year, Sturgeon Composite High School has been undergoing renovations which has left the over 600 musicians without a place to perform. […]

Local News

Town’s second annual Resident Survey now underway

The Town of Morinville has launched its second annual Resident Satisfaction Survey, a gathering of data it says will guide 2018 budget deliberations and other key projects.

The survey – shorter than last year’s – seeks to determine satisfaction with civic services, financial planning, communication, and the town’s elected officials. […]

Columns

National Column: Rising star is PQ’s latest existential threat

Depending on who one talks to, the NDP’s first Quebec leadership debate drew anywhere from 250 to 400 people on Sunday afternoon in Montreal.

Those are decent enough numbers considering the party could not fill a 500-seat hall in Quebec City for one of the marquee debates that led to the election of Thomas Mulcair as Jack Layton’s successor in 2012. […]

Columns

National Column: 1981 budget a good lesson for Liberals

It is sometimes held that Finance Minister Bill Morneau backed away from a promise to end lucrative tax breaks for the well-to-do in last week’s budget because of Donald Trump.

With the mercurial Trump occupying the White House, the theory goes, Morneau figured it would be foolish to fiddle with the Canadian tax system. Better to wait until American intentions become clearer.
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Morinville

CARES program offers new tools and training for rural businesses

The Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program is offering rural Alberta’s small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs with new support to start and grow their businesses.

The government is giving Community Futures Network of Alberta $109,887 to support their What If project to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas for new products or services into a business. […]