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Morinville News

Seventeen running for six seats in Morinville Council race

by Ashley Janes

Morinville – The close of Nomination Day Monday saw 17 residents filing papers for six Council seats, a number seven higher than the 2010 race and 11 higher than 2007’s acclaimed Council.

Candidates did not become official until after our Monday afternoon press deadline. Candidates had 24 hours after the close of nominations to withdraw their papers… […]

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Morinville News

Turner looking to return to Council table

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville –Former councillor Barry Turner is looking to return to the table for another term on Council six years after completing his last. Turner, 39, was first elected to Council at the age of 21 and served for four terms between 1995 and 2007. Turner decided to step away after four terms to spend time with his young family and to apply a little more attention to his professional career.

“I had put a lot of time and effort and had went full bore in terms of putting everything I could into fulfilling my Council duties,” Turner said of his initial run on Council, adding he and his wife had their third child during his third term on Council… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Economic development is not a video game

SimCity is a video game introduced to the market in 1989 that has allowed gamers to be urban planners for the past quarter century. You start with a blank piece of undeveloped land, plop down some houses, some commercial lots and a road to connect the two areas, then sit back and watch people move in and begin to travel on the roads… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Is it time to elect a smaller Council?

It has been a tough 12 months for Morinville Town Council. In August of 2012, then Councillor Ben Van de Walle took ill and resigned from Council, opening the door to a by-election that placed Councillor Sheldon Fingler in the seventh seat by a 32-vote margin over a largely one-issue candidate… […]

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Morinville News

Local business owner running for mayor

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Shotgun Sally’s manager Christa Marie Naughton has thrown her hat into the ring for Morinville’s upcoming fall mayoral race.

Naughton, 39, has managed the bar on the corner of 100 Avenue and 100 Street for the past seven-and-a-half years and has lived in the community for nearly five years. Over that time she has met and become friends with many people in the community. It was learning their needs that prompted her to run for mayor… […]