April 15, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive: A partnership between RMWB Transit, Santas Nameless and Rock 97.9 and Nation 93.3, this annual marketing campaign encourages folks to donate for native households new unwrapped toys, present playing cards for native companies and financial donations. Info and methods to donate is on-line.
  • RENT: RENT performs at Keyano Theatre till Nov. 18. Swamp Rat Expertise hopes the manufacturing will introduce theatre to new folks. Tickets could be purchased at Keyano Theatre’s field workplace.
  • Christmas poinsettia fundraiser: Poinsettias, wreathes and planters are being bought with all funds going in the direction of the Autism Society of the RMWB. Orders could be made on-line. Deliveries shall be on Nov. 23.
  • Competition of Timber: The annual fundraiser for the Northern Lights Well being Basis returns to MacDonald Island Park from Nov. 17-19. The timber could be loved without cost in the course of the day, however tickets are restricted for the Competition Gala and Tree Public sale, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Celebration and Daddy/Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball. Ticket info is on-line.
  • 24-Hour Recreation Day: A 24-hour marathon of gaming for the Stollery Youngsters’s Hospital. The occasion consists of board video games, video video games, prizes and challenges. Admission is FREE however donations could be made on-line. Begins Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at Keyano’s e-sports enviornment.
  • A night with Leahy: Immerse your self within the spellbinding melodies and exhilarating performances of Leahy, a multigenerational Canadian Celtic people band. The 11-strong ensemble performs at Keyano Theatre on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on-line.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: The workforce faces the Blackfalds Bulldogs on Nov. 21 and the Grande Prairie Storm on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. All video games at 7:30 p.m. at Centerfire Place. Tickets and schedule on-line.
  • Black Friday Indigenous City Market: Greater than 20 distributors shall be on the market. Market will open with a women drum group. Lisa Marie Bourque, proprietor of the City Market, will train the 7 Sacred Rules of the Cree. Roxy Woodward of Fort McMurray 468 First Nation will train lessons on making dreamcatchers, birch bark canoes and an Indigenous Christmas decoration. Market is open to all, directions on reserving a workshop spot are on-line. 9713 Hardin Avenue from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.
  • RCMP Regimental Ball: Wooden Buffalo RCMP is internet hosting a regimental ball open to the general public. All funds go in the direction of the Royal Canadian Legion Department 165 and the Centre of Hope. Gala consists of dinner, dancing, door prizes, a 50/50 draw and raffle, and dwell leisure by the Kitchen Celebration. Every visitor will get a commemorative Problem Coin. Tickets are $150 and could be purchased by way of etransfer at [email protected]. Embrace identify and cellphone quantity within the etransfer feedback. Nov. 24 at Shell Place.
  • Emo Evening feat. Wade MacNeil of Alexisonfire: Nov. 24 at The Banquet at 9 p.m. Ticket info on-line.
  • KD Gala for the Centre of Hope: Native cooks will create their very own spin on macaroni and cheese at this fundraiser for the Centre of Hope. 12 p.m. to five p.m. on Nov. 26 on the Golden Years Society. Tickets are on-line.
  • The Summer season Canada Burned: Postmedia’s new e-book in regards to the 2023 wildfire season—The Summer season Canada Burned—is in bookstores Nov. 27 and is offered on-line now.
  • Santa Claus Parade and Starry Evening Vacation Celebration: Have fun probably the most great time of the 12 months at Council’s Starry Evening vacation celebration from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and the Santa Claus Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. at Kiyām Group Park. Info and parade route is on-line.
  • Imply Women: The Musical: Dec. 14-16 at Ecole McTavish Excessive College. This completely fetch present is $15 for adults and $10 for college kids.

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An off-highway car rider drives alongside a highway near the Horse River close to Abasand on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

RMWB pursuing pilot program permitting restricted highway use for OHVs in Abasand

The municipality is designing a pilot program to let off-highway automobiles attain trails in Abasand by utilizing close by public roads or different direct routes.

Administration has been directed to current a program to council by the tip of March 2024. This system will let Abasand residents trip on to trails. Nobody shall be allowed to make use of them to buy or run errands.

Mayor Sandy Bowman, who proposed the ideam stated Abasand is a chief location for a pilot undertaking based mostly on his personal conversations with folks within the neighbourhood.

He cited the neighbourhood’s proximity to trails, heavy OHV use within the space and its location on the fringe of the boreal forest.

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Advocates say it can crack down on unlawful OHV utilization on strolling trails, roads and sidewalks.

Firefighters from throughout Alberta pack fireplace hoses in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on Thursday, June 15, 2023. A whole bunch of firefighters from throughout Canada, the USA and Australia responded to a wildfire exterior the neighborhood, which was evacuated on Could 30, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

RMWB spent greater than $4.1 million reacting to 2023 wildfire season, evacuations

The municipality spent greater than $4.1 million responding to wildfires within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area final summer season. Wildfires this 12 months within the area burned greater than 3,643 sq. kilometres, principally across the Fort Chipewyan space.

Roughly 1,000 folks have been in a position to safely go away Fort Chipewyan when wildfires threatened the neighborhood in Could. Everybody began returning three weeks later. Many individuals misplaced non-public cabins, however the wildfire stayed out of Fort Chipewyan and close by reserves.

Greater than 350 folks from Fort Smith, NWT and Fort Fitzgerald have been flown to Fort McMurray in August and stayed within the metropolis for greater than a month.

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Jody Butz, fireplace chief for the area and emergency administration director, didn’t know as soon as the RMWB can be reimbursed absolutely by way of Alberta’s Catastrophe Restoration Program. He added the RMWB remains to be being reimbursed for the 2016 Horse River wildfire.

It’s exhausting to foretell what subsequent 12 months’s wildfire season will appear like domestically, though federal and provincial officers fear dry fall circumstances and minimal snowfall throughout a lot of Alberta will flip most of the province’s forests into tinder.

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Pat Duggan and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

Veterans honoured at Remembrance Day ceremonies

About 1,500 folks attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at MacDonald Island Park and on the Royal Canadian Legion department in Waterways.

The household of Gordon White, an area Indigenous man who died within the Vietnam Warfare, was honoured as this 12 months’s Memorial Household at native Remembrance Day ceremonies. After volunteering to take level, White was killed in an explosion in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam province on March 12, 1969.

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Mike Grey, president of the native Legion department, reminded those who Canadians are deployed on 33 missions the world over.

“To correctly take up the torch and honour those that have set themselves to the duty of protector of our nation, each previous and current, we should absolutely embrace our obligation of therapeutic our nation’s warriors,” stated Grey.“Service below the fixed menace of violence and the readiness to do violence when crucial takes an excessive toll on one’s soul.”

A gallery of the occasion is on-line.

Protesters within the ‘Save the Youngsters of Gaza’ rally in downtown Fort McMurray on November 12, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

Almost 1,000 folks march in ‘Save the Youngsters of Gaza’ rally

Near 1,000 folks marched in downtown Fort McMurray on Sunday in solidarity with the youngsters of Gaza and to demand a ceasefire so humanitarian support can attain its folks.

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Sunday’s march was referred to as “Save the Youngsters of Gaza” and occurred on the identical day as dozens of different rallies throughout Canada that help Palestinians.

For the reason that Oct. 7 assaults towards Israel, there have been weekly protests in Fort McMurray calling for a peaceable finish to the disaster. Wooden Buffalo RCMP says all protests in Fort McMurray have been peaceable and with out main incidents.

“You may condemn the actions of Hamas on Oct. 7 and in addition condemn the actions of the Israeli authorities and navy, which is ensuing within the worst humanitarian disaster that now we have seen in our lifetimes, killing hundreds of harmless civilians virtually half of that are youngsters,” stated Naseem Abdo, one of many organizers of Sunday’s march.

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“How can anybody justify chopping off meals, water and electrical energy which is collective punishment and towards worldwide legal guidelines?”

Protesters within the ‘Save the Youngsters of Gaza’ rally in downtown Fort McMurray on November 12, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

RMWB council to ask federal officers to name for ceasefire in Gaza

The mayor and council of the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo (RMWB) will ship a letter urging Canada to push Israel for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Councillor Shafiq Dogar, who proposed the movement at Tuesday’s council assembly, stated this may enable Hamas to launch hostages and let humanitarian support attain folks. The movement was authorised unanimously by the remainder of council. The letter shall be drafted within the close to future.

“There was this horrific assault by Hamas on Oct. 7 and the response to that’s Israel began heavy bombardment of Gaza,” stated Abdulsalam Abdo, a resident who spoke in help of the movement. “The people who find themselves struggling are usually not Hamas fighters, the bulk who’re getting killed are civilians and nearly all of the civilians are youngsters.”

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There have been weekly protests in Fort McMurray calling for an finish to the battle. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been criticized at protests for Gaza for not calling for a ceasefire.

Swamp Rat Expertise’s manufacturing of RENT at Keyano Theatre. Nick. Picture supplied by Nick Vardy of Moccasin Media

Swamp Rat Expertise hopes RENT will deliver new folks into native theatre

Fort McMurray-based theatre firm Swamp Rat Expertise is bringing the musical Lease to Keyano Theatre this weekend.

Lease is a musical that premiered in 1996 and relies in Manhattan’s East Village amidst the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS disaster in the USA.

Jenny Worth, the music director for the manufacturing, says Lease was chosen not simply due to its plot, however due to its illustration of 2SLGBTQ+ relationships and the range of the characters. Organizers imagine the manufacturing shall be effectively acquired. In addition they hope the method behind Lease will assist future productions attain new audiences and encourage new folks to affix theatre.

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“We have been very profitable in bringing in individuals who hadn’t actually achieved plenty of theatre in the neighborhood earlier than,” stated Worth. “Theatre, by presenting completely different views on life by way of tales informed by characters, is a extremely great way to assist folks problem their very own assumptions and biases.”

Footage of a suspect in an aggravated assault case in Fort McMurray from Oct. 7, 2023. Picture provided by Wooden Buffalo RCMP

Police looking for suspect in aggravated assault

Police are attempting to establish a suspect in an aggravated assault on the night of Oct.7.

Police say an unknown male driving a purple Mustang, probably with a beige comfortable roof, approached a second car and opened the door to assault the sufferer. The suspect drove off in the direction of Parsons Creek.

Wooden Buffalo RCMP say the incident occurred on the intersection of Paquette Drive and Rainbow Creek Drive at round 7:42 p.m. A photograph of the suspect has been obtained, however their identification remains to be unknown to police.

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Morning ice crystals and the rising solar created a surprising solar canine for commuters to take pleasure in alongside the Bow River pathway in Calgary on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Picture by Gavin Younger/Postmedia
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  • Holocaust schooling: Alberta’s new social research curriculum will make Holocaust schooling a compulsory part.  Alberta Training is at the moment within the technique of working with schooling companions and Jewish organizations to discover methods to develop the brand new social research curriculum.
  • Grave information: A College of Lethbridge undertaking is utilizing drones to search out unmarked and misplaced graves in rural southern Alberta communities. Many of those cities have misplaced cemetery data over the many years and unintentionally digging up present graves have occurred. The workforce makes use of drones to search out misplaced graves with geothermal cameras and panorama surveys.
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