April 15, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Blissful Friday, Fort McMurray!

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  • FMCSD trustee byelection: The Fort McMurray Catholic College division will maintain a byelection for a spot on the board of trustees on April 8. Data on voting and candidates.
  • 2024 New Holland Canadian Underneath-21 Curling Championships: Canada’s finest Underneath-21 groups compete for the precise to characterize Canada on the World Junior Curling Championships. MacDonald Island Park from March 24-31. Tickets.
  • Public engagement for Draper occasion centre and resort: Builders of the proposed River’s Edge Occasion Centre and Resort are presenting their idea of the venture and having one-on-one discussions with residents. Survey and schedule for public suggestions conferences.
  • Alice in Theatreland: A family-friendly fundraiser for the non-profit theatre firm Swamp Rat Expertise. Occasion features a child-friendly tea time buffet, story time with Alice and assembly the characters and indoor actions. Royal Canadian Legion on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets.
  • The Mad Hatters’ Ball: Be a part of Swamp Rat Expertise for a whimsically wonderous fundraiser social gathering hosted by the Mad Hatter himself. DJ Qpid will hold the dancefloor shifting as company are inspired to reach of their most extravagant hats and outfits impressed by Wonderland. Tickets.
  • Royal Wooden & Jeffery Straker on The Piano Males Tour: Jeffery Straker and his rootsy storytelling and fascinating melodies joins Royal Wooden’s distinctive sound and heartfelt compositions. Keyano Theatre on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets.
  • Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic: A person’s gotta eat and Randy Bo-bandy himself from Trailer Park Boys is stay at The Den on March 30. Doorways open at 7 p.m. Clearly, 18+. Tickets.
  • Cinderella… If The Shoe Suits: Swamp Rat Expertise’s youth theatre membership presents a twist on a basic fairytale. The scholars, aged 7 to 11, have labored on this efficiency because the starting of the 12 months. April 7 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at King Avenue Theatre Composite Excessive College. Tickets.
  • Northword Journal’s Problem 29 Launch: The Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers launches NorthWord Journal’s twenty ninth problem, the Resilience version. Visitor edited by native poet and dance teacher Tineesha McKay. This free occasion, together with an open mic, is on the Statement Space of the Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport on April 20 from 1 p.m. to three p.m. Registration.
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Keyano Theatre Firm invitations you to step into the lavish and decadent world of the 18th-century French aristocracy, the place need and treachery reign supreme. Keyano Theatre on April 26-27 and Could 2-4. Tickets.
  • Northern Bout: Western Canada’s highest stakes drift competitors matched with freestyle motocross, monster vans and stunt bikes. Could 3 and 4 at MacDonald Island Park. Tickets.
  • Monster Professional Wrestling’s Soiled Deeds: Monster Professional Wrestling returns to Fort McMurray on Could 11 on the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre. Doorways open at 6 p.m. Data and tickets.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Giants: Tickets and schedule for the upcoming baseball season are on-line.
  • RMWB Public Artwork: The RMWB is on the lookout for artists for its first Mural Fest, its banner program and social change grants. Data and deadlines is on-line. Arts, tradition and heritage grants are open.
  • Wooden Buffalo Regional Library hosts all-ages weekly occasions.
  • MacDonald Island Park updates its web site with upcoming occasions and applications.
  • Wooden Buffalo Volunteers has volunteer alternatives for various causes and non-profits throughout Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.
  • Obituaries: Obituaries, memorial notices and sympathy bulletins.

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The Keyano Huskies’ males’s basketball group have a good time their gold medal victories towards the George Brown Huskies throughout CCAA championships at Mount Allison College on March 16, 2024. Picture by Daniel St. Louis of Mount Allison College

Keyano Huskies’ males’s basketball group win Keyano’s first CCAA gold

The Keyano Huskies’ males’s basketball group have gained the faculty’s first nationwide championship in a dogfight towards Ontario’s George Brown Huskies.

The triumph of the native Huskies over Canada’s finest school basketball groups follows a provincial gold medal victory earlier this month. That gold was additionally a primary for the group, which added stress to their efficiency on the nationwide event in New Brunswick.

The gold medal sport noticed Keyano’s DJ Haynes lead with 18 factors. Omeechi Williams had a double-double with 12 factors and 11 rebounds after flattening two three-point photographs. Evan Meyer adopted with 16 factors and 9 rebounds.

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George Brown tried rallying, however an aggressive defence gave Keyano a 68-55 victory and a spot in native sports activities historical past.

“We had the chance to create our personal future and these guys have cemented their legacy as a group on their very own,” mentioned Huskies’ head coach Jeremy Wielenga. “The previous years have had some fairly heartbreaking losses. I believe that gave us the expertise and information to get the job completed this 12 months.”

Individuals float off the shores of Snye Level Park in downtown Fort McMurray whereas the area is roofed in wildfire smoke on August 31, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community

Wildfire smoke made Fort McMurray air the worst in Canada, U.S. in 2023

The 2023 wildfire season made Fort McMurray’s air high quality worse than another metropolis in Canada or america, based on a report from the Swiss agency IQAir.

The report matches knowledge from the Wooden Buffalo Environmental Affiliation (WBEA) that discovered essentially the most dangerously smoky days within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area had been recorded final summer season. The best concentrations of harmful particulates had been recorded throughout the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

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The IQAir report discovered most of Canada’s worst cities for air had been in Alberta and British Columbia. Peace River adopted Fort McMurray, whereas Yellowknife completed third. Prince Rupert, B.C. was Canada’s least polluted metropolis.

Wildfires burned greater than 3,643 sq. kilometres of land in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo, largely across the Fort Chipewyan space. Firefighting, evacuations and the logistics of the 2023 wildfire season price the municipality greater than $4.1 million.

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École Boréale in Fort McMurray’s Abasand neighbourhood on April 10, 2017. Olivia Condon/ Fort McMurray In the present day/ Postmedia Community

Alternative Ok-12 college for École Boréale anticipated to open Spring 2027

The Alberta authorities is changing École Boréale with a brand new Ok to 12 college as lecture rooms throughout Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo swell with college students.

Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord (CSCN) has 148 college students enrolled in Fort McMurray, though house is restricted and demand is rising. CSCN Board Chair Tanya Saumure says there are 1,085 potential college students in Fort McMurray.

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CSCN has been asking for an expanded college in Fort McMurray for 19 years as demand for a Francophone schooling grows. Fort McMurray enrollment for CSCN has been regular all through the 2016 Horse River Wildfire, COVID-19 pandemic, April 2020 flood and financial uncertainty within the oilsands.

Present CSCN college students in Fort McMurray attend Ok-8 at École Boréale. College students in Grades 9 to 12 share an area at Ecole McTavish, which is run by the Fort McMurray Public College Division.

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Steve Courtoreille in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on Augsut 26, 2010. Ryan Jackson/Postmedia Community

Steve Courtoreille, former MCFN chief and Treaty 8 Grand Chief, remembered

Chief Steve Courtoreille’s time as a soldier within the Canadian Armed Forces was temporary, however his spouse says it was the primary place he realized to construct bridges. Constructing extra bridges, at the least metaphorical bridges, turned key as a neighborhood and political chief.

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Courtoreille–who served as councillor and chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and phrases as Treaty 8 Grand Chief–died on February 12. He was 68. A funeral Mass was held February 17 at Sacred Coronary heart Catholic Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton.

Courtoreille labored at Syncrude and mentored youth after a short army profession. He entered politics throughout a time of large progress within the oilsands, in addition to uncertainty in regards to the business amongst many individuals in his neighborhood.

He challenged the Harper authorities’s modifications to acts coping with fishing, looking and water rights. MCFN misplaced that authorized combat, however oilsands firms and governments began working nearer with MCFN afterwards.

Underneath his management, MCFN opened the Kahkiyow Keykanow Elders Care Dwelling in Fort Chipewyan. He advocated for Lacking, Murdered and Exploited Indigenous Individuals. He additionally spoke of his experiences at a residential college, which his spouse known as “traumatic.”

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“One of many classes that Steve gave to all of us was to like one another, to take care of one another, to be respectful,” mentioned his spouse, Caroline Adam-Courtoreille. “He introduced collectively lots of people.”

An worker with the Pathways Alliance explains how a proposed carbon seize and storage venture primarily based within the Chilly Lake works throughout the Oil Sands Commerce Present at Shell Place on September 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community

‘An enormous deal’ — oilsands group set to make main regulatory utility for CCUS megaproject

The president of the Pathways Alliance group of oilsands producers says it’s going to file an utility with the Alberta Power Regulator (AER) for a 400-kilometre pipeline for the broader $16.5-billion decarbonization growth.

The pipeline will ultimately carry CO2 emissions captured from oilsands amenities to a storage hub close to Chilly Lake. The CCUS venture’s first part is predicted to retailer as much as 12 megatonnes yearly by 2030. Within the first part of the $16.5-billion foundational venture, the pipeline will connect with 16 totally different oilsands amenities.

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It’s the spine of the transportation community to maneuver emissions captured from every web site to the underground sequestration hub for everlasting storage, multiple kilometre beneath floor.

The Pathways Alliance goals to achieve net-zero standing by 2050. The group represents six of the most important oilsands operators within the nation, together with Suncor Power, Canadian Pure Sources, Cenovus Power and Imperial Oil. Collectively, they function about 95 per cent of the oilsands manufacturing within the province.

Individuals finish their Ramadan fasting for the day at a night meal known as an iftar on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims had been additionally invited to the annual Quick-A-Thon occasion to find out about Islam and promote neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community

Native Muslims host non-Muslims at Ramadan feast selling unity

Greater than 350 Muslims and non-Muslims gathered on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre final Friday for the annual Quick-A-Thon. The occasion is hosted throughout Ramadan to advertise neighborhood spirit, and provide non-Muslims an opportunity to find out about Islam and meet native Muslims.

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The occasion began in 2017 as a response to hate crimes in Canada and the homicide of six Muslims at a Mosque in Quebec Metropolis. Inviting the neighborhood to dine with native Muslims breaking their quick was one strategy to present the openness of Fort McMurray’s Islamic neighborhood.

Group leaders from numerous sectors together with council, Wooden Buffalo RCMP, non-profits, schooling, and companies attended the occasion.

Ramadan is likely one of the holiest months in Islam as a result of it’s when Muslims imagine the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. Throughout this era, Muslims gained’t eat or drink, together with water, from daybreak to nightfall. The quick is damaged with a night meal known as an iftar. On Friday, the quick was damaged at 7:34 p.m.

“It instills inside us that love ought to be type and beneficiant in direction of one another… it’s a time for self reflection and religious progress,” mentioned Imam Abdurrahmann Murad. “It brings to thoughts those that don’t have as a lot as we do, so that actually compels us to offer no matter we are able to.”

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The Fort Chipewyan Winter Street, as seen from the air, on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Fort Chipewyan Winter Street closes subsequent week

The winter highway to Fort Chipewyan is closing on March 26 at 10 a.m. after a season that lasted simply greater than three months.

As an unseasonably heat winter ends, the winter highway is in tough form. There are deep potholes alongside the route and lightweight automobiles utilizing the highway earlier than it closes must be high-clearance. All rig mats can be eliminated the following day, making the highway impassable till subsequent winter.

A winter that was hotter than normal brought on problems for the winter highway. The 2023-24 winter highway season lasted 94 days after opening on Dec. 20. The highway closed briefly on Jan. 30 and reopened on Feb. 3.

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation mentioned in an interview in December that heat temperatures and a chaotic wildfire season final summer season has made a everlasting highway to Fort Chipewyan much more necessary to the neighborhood.

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Adam has met with the mayors of the RMWB and Fort Smith, NWT. and says there may be settlement that an all-weather highway is required.

The Wooden Buffalo RCMP detachment in Timberlea in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community SunMedia

RCMP, RMWB accomplice to kind new crime prevention applications

A partnership between the municipality and Wooden Buffalo RCMP hopes to assist police establish and return stolen property, and file crimes throughout Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

The Group Assisted Policing By means of Use of Recorded Proof (CAPTURE) program is a voluntary registration of privately owned safety cameras. Houses and companies with safety cameras can be registered with police to assist with investigations.

Police and the RMWB are additionally distributing an invisible glue that tags property. The ProtechDNA adhesive has lots of of microscopic dots that police can scan. Stolen gadgets which can be recovered may be rapidly returned to homeowners if they’re tagged correctly.

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Police are additionally encouraging folks to register bicycles with their Bike Index. This program was launched final summer season. Greater than 30 stolen bicycles had been recovered final summer season, however they weren’t registered and police had hassle reuniting them with their true homeowners.

Knightley Bruno Sharphead, 4, attends Dinosaurs–The Exhibition on the Telus World of Science in Edmonton on March 21. The exhibit contains ultra-realistic animatronic dinosaurs and life-sized skeleton casts. Picture by David Bloom/Postmedia Community
  • Cop chief’s lawsuit: Medication Hat’s former police chief is suing the town, police, three officers and a lady he had a relationship with for $2 million. He alleges they conspired to harass and defame him, and pressure his resignation in 2022. The allegations haven’t been confirmed in courtroom. Statements of defence have but to be filed.
  • Mad Hatter council: Medication Hat isn’t deliberately being singled out this week, however their council unanimously sanctioned Medication Hat’s mayor by slicing her wage, suspending her duties and limiting interactions with employees. The sanctions observe a heated assembly between the mayor, council and a metropolis supervisor final August.
  • Rosy outlook:  As Canada struggles with an ongoing affordability disaster, an ATB  report argues Albert’s economic system is in respectable form. There’s nonetheless some uncertainty, however the report predicts unemployment will rise barely earlier than falling beneath six per cent throughout the subsequent two years. It additionally believes monetary pressures will begin easing for customers.
  • NATO partnership: The College of Alberta and SAIT have joined a NATO initiative for growing new applied sciences with miliary and civilian makes use of. They’re amongst 13 check centres serving NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) community.
  • Social gathering poopers: Political events on municipal ballots might develop into a actuality because the Alberta authorities plans to introduce the laws. Alberta Municipalities, a corporation representing 265 municipalities, desires the concept scrapped. A provincial survey additionally discovered most respondents opposed the concept.
  • Social research shuffle: Alberta has unveiled its new draft Ok-6 social research curriculum, aspiring to have it in lecture rooms throughout Alberta by September 2025. Right here’s a breakdown of what’s new within the social research draft curriculum, when will probably be carried out and what occurs subsequent.
  • NDP showdown: The official candidates for the Alberta NDP management race are MLAs Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse, Kathleen Ganley, Sarah Hoffman and Rakhi Pancholi; Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan; and former Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive publication, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Publish’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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