February 21, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Glad Friday, Fort McMurray!

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  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: MOB face Camrose Kodiaks at Centerfire Place on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and schedule are on-line.
  • The Craze on New Yr’s Eve!: MacDonald Island Park welcomes 2024 with a day of household enjoyable. Fireworks will finish a day of face portray, bouncy castles, wagon rides, skating (together with a sensory-friendly skate), curling classes and extra. Occasions run from 12 p.m. to five p.m. on Dec. 31, fireworks are at 5:30 p.m. A schedule of occasions is on-line.
  • Banff Centre Mountain Movie Competition: A choice of movies from the competition in Banff performs at Keyano Theatre. Movies take take viewers to the world’s distant corners, talk about environmental points, and convey an up-close and adrenaline-packed motion sports activities expertise. Jan. 11 and 12 at Keyano Theatre. Tickets are on-line.
  • HeartSpark’s Breaking Limitations: For females 12+. Expertise confidence, friendship and be taught some self-defence with HeartSpark and Theresa Stanley, black-belt govt director of Phoenix Tae Kwon Do Membership and creator of Ladies on Hearth Confidence Workshops. It is a fundraiser for HeartSpark’s free youth programming. Jan. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Unifor’s workplace. Tickets on-line.
  • Fe Artwork Exhibition: Fe Artwork Gallery is exhibiting a tapestry of up to date Indigenous African Artwork on the Grand Ballroom of Shell Place. Jan. 27 and 28. Tickets are free.
  • Curler derby try-it evening: Anybody 7+ is invited to strive curler derby with the Fort McMurray Curler Derby League. No expertise wanted. Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to eight p.m. at MacDonald Island Park. Directions on what to carry and what to anticipate are on Fb.
  • Wooden Buffalo Regional Library hosts loads of occasions each week. These all-ages occasions may be discovered on-line.
  • MacDonald Island Park usually updates its web site with upcoming occasions and packages.

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Worshippers attend the third day of Murti Pran Pratishtha, that are the opening ceremonies of a Hindu temple, on the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Society in Fort McMurray on Might 22, 2023. The temple is Canada’s most northern Hindu temple. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

The tales that formed Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo in 2023

Effectively, that was one thing.

The previous summer time was the busiest wildfire season for Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo since 2016. There have been issues with encampments and housing. The opioid disaster claimed essentially the most victims in 2023.

However there have been additionally occasions to have fun. The Arctic Winter Video games was a celebration of northern sports activities and tradition. Development started on large transportation tasks and the Northside Enviornment, and continued on flood mitigation. There have been loads of cultural, creative and non secular occasions that had been hosted.

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Have an important 2024, everybody!

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A choir sings Christmas carols in Malayalam, a language generally spoken within the Kerala state in southern India, on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers Faculty in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

A whole bunch of visitors, volunteers welcomed at twenty ninth neighborhood Christmas meal

Wholesome helpings of neighborhood, meals and Christmas cheer had been served to tons of of individuals because the Fort McMurray Knights of Columbus made certain as few folks as potential felt forgotten on Christmas Day.

Between 300 and 350 folks gathered on the gymnasium of Our Girl of the Rivers Catholic Faculty for a turkey dinner on the twenty ninth annual Christmas meal. Visitors might take house luggage of potatoes, carrots, onions, milk, eggs, gloves, hats and winter coats. Leftovers had been despatched to Waypoints’ Unity Home Emergency Girls’s Shelter, the Salvation Military and the Centre of Hope.

“While you see a gathering like this on Christmas Day, it makes you are feeling good to know we’re coming collectively to assist the neighborhood,” mentioned Stanley Bartlett, one of many organizers with the Knights of Columbus.

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“I do know the Knights are spearheading it, but it surely’s the neighborhood working collectively on Christmas Day.”

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Mark Hancock, superintendent of Wooden Buffalo RCMP, speaks to Muslims on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on Friday, January 27, 2023. The assembly was held as a part of a Nationwide Day of Remembrance of the Quebec Metropolis Mosque Assault and Motion In opposition to Islamophobia, which is held on January 29. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community jpg, FM

Wooden Buffalo RCMP prepared for 2024 after challenges, successes in 2023

Superintendent Mark Hancock says police in Fort McMurray will enter 2024 with extra sources in comparison with earlier years.

Charges have held regular for assaults, break and enters, crimes towards folks, property crimes, robberies, and automobile thefts. Sexual crimes are rising, as are calls involving psychological well being. There have been 4 murders throughout the area, versus one homicide domestically in 2022.

A program partnering police with nurses throughout psychological well being calls has been successful. Restorative justice,  a voluntary program prioritizing forgiveness and understanding between victims and perpetrators, has additionally executed nicely.

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Tackling crime will contain working with neighborhood teams and leaders. Hancock says Wooden Buffalo RCMP have optimistic relationships with First Nation and Métis leaders within the area.

Ties with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, non secular teams and multicultural associations additionally deepened this yr.

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Alberta NDP chief Rachel Notley and UCP chief Danielle Smith shake arms as they pose for a photograph previous to their debate at CTV Edmonton, Thursday Might 18, 2023. Picture by David Bloom

Premier Danielle Smith and NDP Chief Rachel Notley on the yr forward

Premier Danielle Smith says her election victory was an necessary validation after a hard-fought marketing campaign.

In a year-end interview, Smith talks about her plans for well being care, significantly on addictions, wait instances, psychological well being and first care, and staffing. She additionally mentioned her place on parental rights in colleges.

“It took a short while for folks to get to know me, to grasp that I’ll be a little bit little bit of a special particular person as a premier than I used to be as a talk-show host,” she mentioned.

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In the meantime, Rachel Notley of the Alberta NDP was non-committal in a year-end interview. When columnist Don Braid requested about her future. However when requested if meaning she might keep to combat one other election, Notley mentioned, “Completely.”

Notley doesn’t see the election as a bitter defeat. Fairly, she views it as a marketing campaign the NDP might have received if it hadn’t been “abbreviated” by the wildfire disaster. She is proud votes went up barely in rural Alberta, that almost all Calgary seats voted NDP and all of Edmonton went orange.

She critiqued Smith’s local weather change insurance policies and raised considerations about taxation.

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The Fort McMurray Courtroom Home on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Fort McMurray pair charged with first-degree homicide after September murder

Two folks arrested in reference to the murder of a Fort McMurray man have had their prices upgraded to first-degree homicide.

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Charlotte Mackey and Matthew Thomas Cooper are accused of murdering Norman Lineham, 43, in September.

Police had been referred to as to Lineham’s Timberlea house on Sept. 21 at 7:45 p.m. Lineham had not been seen in a number of days so a person who knew him visited his house to see if he was alright. The person discovered Lineham’s physique in a basement suite of the home and contacted police.

Police arrested Cooper on Oct. 2. Mackey was arrested on Oct. 27. Each folks had been charged initially with second-degree homicide. They continue to be in police custody. Cooper and Mackey are scheduled to look in Fort McMurray’s Alberta Courtroom of Justice on Jan. 15.

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The dawn lights up the jap sky behind the George C. King bridge in Calgary on Friday, December 22, 2023.Gavin Younger/Postmedia

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