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Ask-a-Candidate Week One

Improving healthcare for Albertans will require more localized decision-making and patient-centred care.
That is something all the candidates seeking election in Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock can agree on.
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Local News

Morinville’s Tristan Turner named NDP candidate

When the next Alberta general election is called, Tristan Turner will be the NDP candidate in Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock. The party’s constituency nomination meeting took place Mar. 27 at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Turner was the only one who put his name forward by the deadline and became the candidate by acclamation.
While a provincial election isn’t mandated until 2016, it’s widely anticipated that Premier Jim Prentice will call one within the next couple of weeks. […]

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Columns

Progressive views: Interact Club returns from successful Mexico trip

by Tristan Turner – From June 28 to July 5, a group of seven MCHS students travelled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the hopes of assisting local organizations that worked with low-income families, or built community engagement. These students travelled as the Morinville Interact Club, the separate youth-wing of the Morinville Rotary Club, and started planning for the trip in hopes of pursuing the goals of Rotary International: service, social justice and international citizenship. As President of the Morinville Interact Club, I hope to share some of the highlights from our trip and thank those who made our adventures possible… […]

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Columns

Progressive Views Column: Budget Fails Albertans

by Tristan Turner

Finance Minister Doug Horner recently released the province’s 2014 budget, a budget that will mean lacking support for services, inadequate post-secondary funding and an unsustainable debt-borrowing model that will only serve to hurt the province’s pocket book in the long term… […]

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Local News

Local youth recognized provincially

by Calli Stromner

With a quiet disposition, unassuming persona and pleasant manners, 16-year old Tristan Turner is the teenage son every mother hopes for. But behind the shy facade is a young man about to set the world on fire…and in fact he’s already lit the match… […]

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Local News

Morinville Council Briefs

by Calli Stromner

Property Crime and Traffic Top RCMP Priorities
RCMP Sgt. Mark Mathias provided a verbal update to Council on the past and current law enforcement activities as well as a preliminary look at the detachment’s top priorities. Over the months of November and December, members of the Morinville Detachment conducted eight Check Stops, which resulted in the issuance of 85 tickets… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: Progressive Views – Supreme Court Prostitution Ruling

Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously agreed to strike down many of Canada’s anti-prostitution laws after hearing a case from Valerie Scott, Terri-Jean Bedford and Amy Lebovitch, three sex workers who have been campaigning for legal changes to decriminalize prostitution in Canada for years. In their challenge, Terri-Jean Bedford claimed that the reason for challenging the current laws was that they created an environment that was dangerous for sex workers, as they… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: Progressive Views – Senate Blues

By Tristan Turner

Over the past several weeks Canadians have been witness to a bevy of scandals in the Senate. From Mike Duffy’s ‘confusion’ in filling out his residence forums, to Pamela Wallin’s $321,000 travel budget, it seems morality mishaps have become commonplace in the unelected Canadian Senate. These stories matched with a long brewing contempt for the Senate has got a lot of Canadians asking – why do we have a Senate?… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: Progressive Views – Idle No More

Gaining momentum in early December, the “Idle No More” movement has grown to become a tremendous force in Canada’s political landscape. In Edmonton and across Canada, thousands have gathered en masse in peaceful protest to speak out against the failed relationship between the Canadian Government and Canada’s First Peoples, and to encourage the Canadian Government to meet… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: Progressive Views – The Inequality Problem

By Tristan Turner

Canada is not an equal society. Today, the top 1% of income earners receive 14% of all income in Canada, and the trend is increasing rapidly. Over the past 20 years, for every $1 increase in national earnings, 30¢ have gone to the top 1% of income earners and the remaining 70¢ was shared between the bottom 99% of income earners in Canada. In fact, from 1982 to 2004 there was no increase (when factoring in inflation) in the incomes of the bottom 60% … […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: Progressive views – Abandoning our Future

By Tristan Turner

Canada once held a sterling international reputation on seeking solutions to the issue of climate change – the defining issue of my generation. After all, in 1988 Toronto hosted the first-ever international scientific conference on climate change “Our Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security”. After the conference’s proceedings, international scientists… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Column: Introducing Tristan Turner, progressive columnist

As is well known, Alberta is not commonly perceived as a bastion of progressive political thought. From the rise of Canada’s most extreme, irrational and borderline comical provincial right-wing political party, to the establishment of unusually active right-wing policy analysis and advocacy groups – such as Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant’s own ‘Ethical Oil’… […]