February 21, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑐᐊᐧᐠ sâkihitowak ełghąnuwutą they love one another: An artwork exhibition that includes historic photographs and artworks highlighting the Indigenous expertise by way of intergenerational love. Jubilee Centre’s foyer till the tip of 2023, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extra info on the RMWB.
  • Blackhorse Christmas Dinner: Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Blackhorse Pub.
  • Jingle and Mingle Ugly Sweater Occasion: Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Blackhorse Pub.
  • Free Christmas meal: The Fort McMurray Knights of Columbus hosts a FREE Christmas Day meal for everybody, no matter earnings degree or religion. Hosted at Our Girl of the Rivers Catholic College from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can name Larry Andrews at 780-838-3434. Name Dan O’leary at 780-881-4634 about donations. Ship common inquiries to Stanley Bartlett at 780-792-8364.
  • 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 Pageant: A number of movies from the pageant in Banff performs at Keyano Theatre. Movies take take viewers to the world’s distant corners, talk about environmental points, and produce an up-close and adrenaline-packed motion sports activities expertise. Jan. 11 and 12 at Keyano Theatre. Tickets are on-line.
  • Wooden Buffalo Regional Library hosts loads of occasions each week. These all-ages occasions may be discovered on-line.
  • MacDonald Island Park frequently updates its web site with upcoming occasions and applications.

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Mayor Sandy Bowman speaks to Fort McMurray’s Ukrainian neighborhood throughout Malanka celebrations at Shell Place on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Inhabitants, enterprise incentives for Fort McMurray coming in 2024

Mayor Sandy Bowman says in a year-end interview that 2024 will embrace incentives luring individuals to the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area. This consists of individuals with expert trades, new companies and college students at Keyano Faculty.

Bowman stated methods are being developed, and a few incentives contain talks with the Alberta authorities. Bulletins can be made within the new 12 months.

“Considered one of our challenges is getting individuals into the neighborhood however as soon as extra individuals get into the neighborhood and see what we’re all about, we’ll have extra individuals select to stay right here,” stated Bowman.

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Bowman noticed loads of victories in 2023. A significant victory was the return of EMS dispatch to a neighborhood system and away from a centralized system.  The Arctic Winter Video games and Baseball Canada’s championships confirmed the area can host main athletic occasions.

He’s additionally proud with how firefighters, neighborhood teams, municipal employees and volunteers reacted to final summer season’s wildfire season.

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The Aurora Touchdown growth, situated on 650 acres of land south of the Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport. Picture equipped by Fort McMurray Airport Authority

Fort McMurray airport hopes for progress in 2024 after difficult 2023

Passenger site visitors on the Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport hit 360,000 passengers in 2023. Site visitors is anticipated to rise to 380,000 passengers in 2024. However pre-pandemic site visitors was hovering round 595,000 passengers yearly when restrictions and lockdowns started.

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Denean Robinson, CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority, stated she is optimistic for 2024 and hopeful about new flights.

Choices made by airways have been additionally setbacks. Aptitude Airways’ much-hyped direct flight to Tucson failed in Fort McMurray and the 4 different Canadian cities providing the route. The Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport now has no worldwide flights.

There have been successes in 2023. Greater than 650 acres of land south of the airport is hitting the market for retail, workplaces, lodges, industrial websites and transportation.

The airport itself was named North America’s greatest airport serving fewer than 2 million individuals yearly by Airports Council Worldwide (ACI). It has additionally been named the cleanest and most pleasant airport on the continent.

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A building employee sprays water to construct up ice thickness on the Firebag River alongside the winter ice highway from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta on on February 4, 2015. Ryan Jackson/Postmedia Community

Fort Chipewyan winter highway opens, ACFN requires everlasting highway

An unseasonably heat winter and a chaotic wildfire season this 12 months makes a everlasting highway to Fort Chipewyan much more essential to the neighborhood, says Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

The winter highway connecting Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray opened on Thursday solely to gentle autos weighing as much as 5,000 kgs.

It’s not identified when the highway can be robust sufficient for vans to crisscross tons of of kilometres of frozen wetlands and boreal forest to ship building supplies, gas and different giant cargo shipments.

“Persons are all the time asking when the winter highway opens. I can by no means reply that, solely Mom Nature can determine when,” stated Adam.

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

Fort Chipewyan’s evacuation throughout final summer season’s wildfire season exhibits a everlasting route is required for emergencies, he stated, in addition to resupplying the neighborhood. The winter highway must assist 45,000 kgs for the heaviest cargo vans to journey north.

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A snow plow in Fort McMurray on Jan. 24, 2013. Jordan Thompson/Postmedia Community SunMedia

RMWB broadcasts profitable names for first Identify That Plow contest

The RMWB has introduced the names of its plows after internet hosting its first Identify That Plow contest.

The RMWB mystifyingly rejected Fort McMurray Immediately’s recommendations of “Quick and Flurrious: Thickwood Drift” and “Snye Me a River.” The Immediately’s third suggestion, “Shiver Me Timberlea,” didn’t get sufficient votes for some cause.

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The competition was initially for six autos, however the RMWB elevated this to seven “in recognition of the numerous wonderful names submitted.”

The profitable names will go on a complete of seven graders, front-end loaders and snowplows this winter.

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The unique St. Gabriel Catholic Mission, left, in Janvier, Alta. on Monday, July 19, 2021. Scott McLean/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

RCMP investigating fireplace that destroyed Janvier Catholic church: Police are investigating a fireplace that destroyed the unique St. Gabriel’s Catholic Mission in Janvier.

Police say that at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, officers arriving on the scene discovered the church fully engulfed in flames. Witnesses reported a silver sedan driving away from the church on the time of the fireplace.

Bishop Gary Franken of the diocese of St. Paul, which incorporates Janvier, confirmed the newer, adjoining church is okay.

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“If we’re going to make statements that that is our land and we’re going to combat for this land, then we rattling effectively higher be taught to respect our land. That’s not respecting our neighborhood,” stated Councillor Shane Janvier of the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation.

In 2022, arson destroyed Fort Chipewyan’s Catholic church. Two males have charged with arson start trial in April. Arson additionally destroyed the previous dwelling that housed monks and nuns.

Man charged with utilizing faux handgun to rob supply drivers: Wooden Buffalo RCMP responded to studies of a theft on Charles Avenue at 10 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Officers have been instructed a supply driver was approached by an unknown suspect with what gave the impression to be a handgun. The suspect demanded cash, assaulted the driving force and ran away. The sufferer had minor accidents.

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Police recognized a suspect and arrested him at a close-by dwelling. Officers have been granted a search warrant and located a faux handgun through the search of the house. Police consider the identical suspect used the faux handgun to rob a unique supply driver in downtown Fort McMuray earlier in December.

Man arrested following downtown stabbing: A Fort McMurray man has been arrested following a stabbing in downtown that resulted in severe accidents.

On Dec. 17, officers and EMS have been known as to the 9900 block of MacDonald Avenue at 1 p.m. after receiving studies of a person with stab wounds. Witnesses instructed police the sufferer was stabbed outdoors a close-by enterprise by somebody who had ran away. The realm was contained and police shortly discovered the suspect.

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The sufferer, who has been recognized as a 51-year-old man from Fort McMurray, was taken to the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre and handled for severe accidents. Officers say the suspect and sufferer didn’t know one another earlier than the combat.

Man arrested  in reference to Edmonton taking pictures in Might 2022: Investigators related a handgun seized by police in Fort McMurray in June 2022 to a taking pictures in Edmonton that hit two houses. No accidents have been reported. An investigation started and lead police to a suspect. Police confirmed final Friday he was arrested in Fort McMurray final month.

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Ukrainian Nutcracker, offered by Shumka on the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on Dec. 14. The ballet is predicated on the timeless Christmas basic however incorporates Ukrainian traditions and symbols as a part of the lavish units and costumes. Picture by Shaughn Butts/Postmedia Community
  • Alberta’s rising: Alberta’s inhabitants is rising sooner than another province. Greater than 17,000 individuals inside Canada moved to Alberta between July and September. Most newcomers are from Ontario and B.C.
  • Drought forecast ‘fairly grim’: Alberta is the driest it’s been within the final 50 years. Oil and gasoline firms within the space have been instructed to organize for rationing. The Oldman Reservoir, one of many largest in southern Alberta, is the bottom it’s been because it was inbuilt 1991. Even earlier than this 12 months’s El Niño, the area’s mountain snow runoff and precipitation ranges have been beneath common for the previous three years.
  • ‘Offers me objective’: Two years in the past, Svetlana Yankova was a lawyer in Ukraine, residing a terrific life along with her husband and son, with a brand new daughter on the way in which. Now, Yankova is one among two full-time employees at Edmonton’s Free Retailer for Ukrainian Newcomers. The centre is a protected haven for Ukraine refugees and the house owners hope to make use of it to nonetheless assist others as soon as the battle ends.
  • Arson uncommon final summer season: Out of 1,121 wildfires in Alberta counted as of Dec. 5, investigators stated 91 wildfires have been attributable to arson. Arson burned a complete of 262 hectares, or 0.01 per cent of whole affected land. Most fires have been attributable to lightning
  • MAID insights: Southern Alberta objects to medical help in dying (MAID) greater than the remainder of Alberta, in response to a College of Lethbridge research, however many medical professionals concerned in MAID don’t face a lot pushback. Many nonetheless preserve their involvement secret, together with from friends. In addition they stated the area lacks specialised medical companies—equivalent to palliative care, specialist companies, power ache assist and social companies. They fear MAID is seen as a affected person’s solely possibility.
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive publication, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Put up’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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