June 18, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Pleased Friday, Fort McMurray!

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  • Keyano Huskies Volleyball: The Huskies have a matchup on the volleyball court docket in opposition to the Lakeland Rustlers on the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. First serve is 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for everybody 18 to 65, and contains admission for each video games. Free entry for anybody below 18 or over 65.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: Upcoming house video games at Centerfire Place: Drumheller Dragons on Jan. 26 and 27, Bonnyville Pontiacs on Jan. 30, Spruce Grove Saints on Feb. 9 and 10, Whitecourt Wolverines on Feb. 23 and 24, Bonnyville Pontiacs on Feb. 27. All video games begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and schedule 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.
  • Multicultural EXPO: The Multicultural Affiliation of Wooden Buffalo’s annual Multicultural EXPO is Feb. 3 at MacDonald Island Park. Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo has many alternative cultures, languages and faiths. EXPO options a few of their meals, performances, historical past and humanities. Info and alternatives to take part are on-line.
  • DRIP suggestions: The Downtown Revitalization Incentives Program is returning after bringing hundreds of thousands of {dollars} into Fort McMurray’s downtown. The RMWB desires to listen to suggestions till Feb. 5 from companies, candidates and residents. Extra particulars in our story.
  • Aaron Pritchett’s Liquored Up Tour w/ visitors Cory Marks and Matt Lang: Feb. 7 at Earls. Doorways open at 7 p.m., present is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are on-line.
  • WinterPLAY: Fort McMurray’s annual winter competition returns with classics like Shootout on the Snye hockey match, wagon rides, canine sledding and fireworks. This yr additionally contains Barbegazi, which incorporates sled demonstrations from Feb. 23 to 24, human curling, foam ball sling shot, fats bike races and snow skate demonstrations. All occasions are free and from Feb. 23 to March 3 at Snye Level Park. Info on occasions and for volunteers, distributors and registration is on-line.
  • Wooden Buffalo Regional Library hosts loads of occasions each week. These all-ages occasions might be discovered on-line.
  • MacDonald Island Park recurrently updates its web site with upcoming occasions and applications.
  • Volunteer alternatives: Wooden Buffalo Volunteers helps volunteers register for volunteer alternatives with completely different teams throughout Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Downtown Fort McMurray, Tuesday April 2, 2019. Photograph by David Bloom

Labour shortages fear native financial leaders, however eager for 2024

The leaders of Fort McMurray’s two fundamental financial teams hope a proposed carbon seize and storage mission will set off one other growth if its accepted. However for now, they fear in regards to the area’s means to maintain residents and entice employees.

Kevin Weidlich, president and CEO of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo Financial Growth and Tourism (FMWBEDT), and Dianna de Sousa, president of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, stated there are nonetheless playing cards native politicians can play to win individuals over to Fort McMurray.

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Inexpensive housing is a bonus, stated de Sousa, however the municipality and council ought to supply incentives to advertise financial progress and lure individuals to Fort McMurray. Council must also foyer different ranges of presidency for assist with these plans.

Weidlich hopes rates of interest in 2024 will drop, establishing 2025 for a yr of progress. He believes Fort McMurray can soak up as much as 40,000 newcomers with out constructing extra infrastructure. Empty heaps in locations like Parsons Creek and Saline Creek are already serviced for the development of houses.

Mayor Sandy Bowman has promised inhabitants and enterprise incentives shall be introduced this yr. In the meantime, Vitality and Minerals Minister Brian Jean has criticized oil firms for counting on transient employees and work camps.

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“We are going to, I imagine, see one other growth. We simply have to do all the best issues by way of experience by way of what industries how we entice them to arrange right here for the long term,” stated de Sousa.

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College students stroll to Ecole McTavish on Monday, Could 31, 2021. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community SunMedia

College divisions struggling by means of workers shortages, crowded lecture rooms

Fort McMurray’s public and Catholic faculty leaders say they face a large scarcity of lecturers and academic assistants, and each divisions say they both want a brand new faculty, expansions or portables to take care of surging enrolment.

A lot of this swelling pupil progress is at the highschool degree, though each grade is reporting crowded lecture rooms. Annalee Nutter, superintendent of the Fort McMurray Public College Division (FMPSD), is aware of of at the least one Grade 7 class with round 40 college students.

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It was as soon as straightforward to lure lecturers from throughout Canada with profitable salaries and advantages, however Nutter says different areas at the moment are simply as aggressive for lecturers and academic workers.

Natasha MacArthur-Poole, superintendent of Fort McMurray Catholic College Division (FMCSD), stated the division was absolutely staffed at the beginning of the 2023-24 educational yr. Maternity go away, sick go away and different private circumstances have left FMCSD short-staffed and struggling to search out replacements.

The Alberta authorities has promised to fund an growth and modernization of Westwood Neighborhood Excessive College, though Nutter remains to be ready to listen to particulars. MacArthur-Poole says there isn’t a indication her request for portables, expansions or new faculties shall be fast-tracked.

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Alberta NDP Chief Rachel Notley publicizes she is stepping down from her place, in Edmonton on Tuesday January 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Enormous sneakers to fill’: Notley to resign as Alberta NDP chief after altering political panorama

Rachel Notley is stepping down after virtually a decade main the Alberta New Democratic Occasion, leaving a modified political panorama and a celebration she says has by no means been stronger. Notley will stay chief whereas the occasion holds a management race. She is not going to lead the NDP into the subsequent election.

“If there’s anyone accomplishment that I can go away behind, it’s that we aren’t a one-party province the place Albertans don’t have any actual alternative about how their province is to be run,” she stated.

Notley, 59, stated she has no plans to step down as a MLA and gained’t pursue a task in federal politics. She didn’t rule out operating once more because the MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona.

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She grew to become the face of the NDP because it grew from 4 MLAs within the legislature to a majority authorities in 2015, toppling a 44-year-long Progressive Conservative dynasty. Her NDP then suffered two straight election losses to the UCP, first in 2019 below Jason Kenney after which in a tightly-contested race final yr to Danielle Smith.

Guidelines for a management race shall be determined at an upcoming conference. Notley has not endorsed a successor. No management candidate has but to step ahead, though there are contenders.

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Jay Telegdi Division Director of Emergency Administration, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, palms out clothes they bought, to these in want at an encampment within the downtown space on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024 in Edmonton. Greg Southam-Postmedia

Hats and handwarmers: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation group assists Edmonton’s homeless

Folks residing on Edmonton’s avenue corners and sheltering in alleyways in surprising temperatures had been an eye-opener for ACFN’s Coun. Hazel Mercredi this week.

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“If it had been an animal, Animal Management could be there, the canine would have meals and donations to feed that canine a month, however not the homeless on the road,” stated Mercredi.

She was joined by Jay Telegdi, the First Nation’s deputy director of emergency administration, the 2 headed for Edmonton and gave out provides to individuals in encampments and shelters. Telegdi was incensed by accounts of the arrest of journalist Brandi Morin, who has executed a variety of protection up in Fort Chipewyan, together with a sequence referred to as Killer Water.

“After I noticed her get arrested and the footage of that, I stated we’ve bought to do one thing,” Telegdi stated.

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One facet of a solar canine seems over energy line towers close to Sherwood Park. Postmedia file

How did Alberta wind up dealing with blackouts within the excessive chilly? A Q&A with AESO

It was a jarring, unprecedented alert that arrived on Albertans’ cell phones Saturday night: a warning to preserve energy, lest the electrical energy grid operator resort to rolling blackouts throughout a historic chilly snap.

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Alberta hit peak demand Thursday and it appeared like issues had been going to be wonderful. Out of the blue 48 hours later, there’s warnings of potential brownouts and blackouts.

On Sunday morning, Postmedia spoke with Alberta Electrical System Operator spokesperson Leif Sollid in regards to the scare and the continued risk to the grid as chilly temperatures persist and a grid alert was despatched Sunday.

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A CO2-powered reproduction of a Glock handgun seized by Wooden Buffalo RCMP on Jan. 11, 2024. Picture equipped by Alberta Critical Incident Response Group

Man shot in leg by Mountie was armed with airsoft gun: A person who was shot by an RCMP police officer earlier this month was driving a stolen automobile and had an airsoft handgun that appeared near an actual weapon, Alberta’s police watchdog says.

The incident happened on Jan. 11 at round 9 a.m. close to the Confederation Method and Freeway 63 exit.

An officer observed the automobile was caught in a snowy embankment off the facet of Freeway 63. The officer believed the automobile was concerned in a current hit-and-run collision. Investigators had already concluded the collision concerned a stolen automobile.

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The officer walked in the direction of the automobile and ASIRT says “an altercation” with the driving force began. ASIRT is investigating the character of what occurred subsequent, however the incident ended with the officer taking pictures the person within the leg.

An ambulance took the driving force of the automobile to the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre for remedy. Whereas looking the automobile, police discovered a black airsoft gun meant to appear like a Glock handgun.

5 charged in drug trafficking investigation: 5 suspects are dealing with drug trafficking costs after a Fort McMurray ALERT investigation resulted within the seizure of practically a quarter-million {dollars} in medication and money.

The investigation, titled Challenge Flip, led ALERT Fort McMurray’s organized crime workforce to grab 2.3 kg of cocaine, smaller portions of methamphetamine, MDMA, ketamine, illicit Xanax, and virtually $30,000 in money.

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Search warrants had been performed in Fort McMurray and Kelowna, B.C., with a complete of three houses being searched. All 5 are charged with conspiracy to visitors medication and drug trafficking. Two persons are additionally charged with possession of medicine for the aim of trafficking.

Mountie cleared of wrongdoing in 2019 arrest of Fort McMurray physician: Alberta’s police watchdog cleared a Fort McMurray officer in an arrest involving a driver claiming to be a health care provider responding to an emergency.

The December 2019 incident noticed the officer unintentionally injuring the driving force’s elbow throughout an arrest. The driving force later pleaded responsible to a driving offense in February 2021.

ASIRT’s report acknowledged the officer’s carelessness however discovered no legal intent. Each events had been criticized for his or her habits, acknowledging a scarcity of communication.

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The incident began when the physician was referred to as to assist with an emergency process and tried to drive round a checkpoint lineup.

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Ice carver Kelly Davies prepares ice blocks for sculptures forward of the Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Competition, in Edmonton on Jan. 18. Photograph by David Bloom/Postmedia Community
  • The place’s the meat?: Alberta’s beef trade warns an ongoing multi-year drought might damage plans to chop their carbon footprint. Drought means extra land is required to supply cattle feed. This shrinks the variety of pastures performing as carbon sinks. Alberta is already making ready for a probably critical drought later this yr.
  • Flight threat: It was so chilly final weekend that WestJet cancelled 464 flights. WestJet treats Calgary as its hub, which suggests cancellations rippled throughout WestJet’s community as soon as Calgary was hit with certainly one of Alberta’s coldest winters in current reminiscence.
  • Patio banter: Parks Canada lately requested Banff to reopen Banff Avenue to visitors after the city shut down a bit of the road for pedestrians and patios. Banff’s council voted 5-2 to disregard Parks Canada. The city additionally desires to create a pedestrian-only zone for 2025 and 2026.
  • Crime wave: Edmonton police says against the law wave focusing on the town’s South Asian group is an element of a bigger extortion scheme run by a “kingpin” in India. Police are investigating 27 incidents, that embody 5 extortions, 15 arsons and 7 firearms offences. This contains home fires and a drive-by taking pictures. Police estimate the crime wave has prompted round $9 million in property injury.
  • Messy cleanup: The Alberta Vitality Regulator says oil and fuel firms spent greater than $700 million cleansing up greater than 8,000 orphan wells in 2022. However the as-yet unreclaimed wells quantity to what the AER says is at the least a $33-billion environmental legal responsibility — and it might be much more than that.
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive publication, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Submit’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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