February 21, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Comfortable weekend, Fort McMurray!

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  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: The MOB face the Olds Grizzlys on Dec. 9 and 10 at Centerfire Place. Dec. 9 recreation begins at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 recreation at 2:30 p.m. Tickets and schedule on-line.
  • Toys for Tickets: When you get a Winter Upkeep Zone or time parking ticket till Dec. 8 and pay the high quality by Dec.11, the cash will go in direction of the Salvation Military’s Undertake-a-Household program. Greater than $30,000 has been raised since 2016. Extra info is on the RMWB.
  • Jess Moskaluke—Winter Wonderland Tour: Nation music artist Jess Moskaluke brings her Christmas-themed Winter Wonderland tour to Fort McMurray. Moskaluke guarantees an unforgettable night of nation music excellence that showcases her exceptional voice, pop-infused hooks and interesting stage presence. Dec. 12 at Keyano Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on-line.
  • Imply Ladies: The Musical: Dec. 14-16 at Ecole McTavish Excessive Faculty. This completely fetch present is $15 for adults and $10 for college kids.
  • Nominate Your Neighbour: Wooden Buffalo Communities in Bloom needs you to appoint companies or houses in your neighbourhood with festive gentle shows and decorations. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 15. Extra info is on the RMWB.

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Anton Grandjambe, 21, of Fort McKay. Picture provided by Wooden Buffalo RCMP

Police trying to find man accused of fatally taking pictures 60-year-old man in Fort McKay

Police have charged Anton Grandjambe, 21, with the second diploma homicide of Russell John Shott, 60. Each males are from Fort McKay.

Wooden Buffalo RCMP are nonetheless on the lookout for Grandjambe. He’s thought of armed and harmful, and police are warning folks to not method Grandjambe if he’s seen.

On the morning of Dec. 5, police had been known as to a firearms grievance in Fort McKay on Goal Highway. Residents within the space had been instructed to shelter in place. It’s believed Shott was making an attempt to interrupt up an altercation when he was gunned down.

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That is the fifth reported murder of 2023 within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area.

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The Salvation Military’s department in Fort McMurray Alta. on Saturday January 30, 2016. Vince Mcdermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community

Fort McMurray’s social earnings challenged in 2023 as donations continued dropping

Donations to social earnings within the area have dropped by 33 per cent over the past 5 years and 47 per cent in 2023.

Layoffs, financial uncertainty and the rising price of residing has stretched the sources of many organizations within the area.

Council was warned underfunding social providers creates extra issues with crime, addictions, poverty and totally different types of abuse.

“The truth is that when donations decline, the necessity for social providers truly go up. With out providers the fee to our group grows exponentially,” stated Bob MacKay, the 2023 group marketing campaign chair for United Method.

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It’s, the truth is, the social revenue sector that gives important applications and providers that save the municipality tens of millions of {dollars} every year by stopping and treating points at a fraction of the fee.”

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Volunteers drop off meals on the Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution in Fort McMurray Alta. on Saturday November 28, 2015. Garrett Barry/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community

Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution wraps up weekend drive, meals insecurity a rising native disaster

The Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution raised greater than $247,000 and 37,741 lbs. of meals at their weekend meals drive. Nonetheless, this falls wanting their objectives of $300,000 and 80,000 lbs. of meals.

The meals financial institution’s management says extra assist is required to battle meals insecurity, an issue they are saying is getting worse within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo space.

Regardless of the outcomes, the meals financial institution continues to be calling this weekend’s meals drive a hit. A press release from the meals financial institution factors out “we’re additional forward of the place we began and can do as Fort McMurray does and present our resilience and proceed to FeedYMM.”

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In his 12 years with the meals financial institution, govt director Dan Edwards says that is the busiest he has seen demand. The meals financial institution is sending out roughly 900 month-to-month hampers, he stated.

The opening ceremonies of the 2018 Alberta Summer time Video games within the Metropolis and County of Grande Prairie. Picture provided by 2018 Alberta Summer time Video games

Fort McMurray loses bid for 2026 Alberta Summer time Video games to Strathcona County

Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo will not be internet hosting the 2026 Alberta Summer time Video games after the Alberta authorities introduced Wednesday that the successful bid went to Strathcona County.

Nonetheless, encouraging native sports activities tourism continues to be a precedence for the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo (RMWB) and Fort McMurray’s athletic group.

The Alberta authorities requested the RMWB to bid on the video games after the area hosted the Arctic Winter Video games in February. In June, council unanimously accepted making a committee to pitch internet hosting the occasion to Alberta Video games.

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The RMWB would have spent $2.6 million from the rising points reserve following a profitable bid for the video games.

The RMWB’s Sport Strategic Plan says Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo is properly ready for sports activities tourism and athletic occasions. Most sports activities services had been constructed or upgraded inside the previous 15 years. There’s a sprawling path system maintained year-round. The airport can deal with worldwide flights.

Suncor’s base plant with upgraders within the oil sands in Fort McMurray Alta, on Monday June 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Albertans is not going to tolerate it’: Smith reacts to new federal oil and gasoline emissions cap

The Alberta authorities is pushing again towards Ottawa’s newly introduced framework for a cap-and-trade system that’s designed to have the oil and gasoline trade reduce emissions by greater than one-third from 2019 ranges by 2030.

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The framework was printed early Thursday with draft laws to projected come within the spring forward of ultimate laws slated to be put in place in 2025.

It states the oil-and-gas sector should scale back emissions from 35 to 38 per cent under 2019 ranges by 2030, whereas additionally claiming that wouldn’t essentially quantity to a manufacturing cap.

These proportions could be decreased to between 20 and 23 per cent by way of both the acquisition of carbon credit, or by way of contributions to a decarbonization fund.

“We owe it to Canadians and to the remainder of the world to deal with these emissions, as we owe it to our employees and companies to make sure that Canada’s properly earned fame for vitality innovation stays our robust swimsuit for the twenty first century,” stated federal Setting Minister Steven Guilbeault.

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“Albertans is not going to tolerate it. Our province is just performed with what quantities to a gentle stream of financial sanctions and punitive measures thrown upon our residents and companies to deliberately harm their livelihoods,” stated Premier Danielle Smith.

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Brad Love at an occasion close to the Snye River in Fort McMurray on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Man with hate crime historical past responsible of slashing tires, gluing racist posters to autos

Bradley Love, 65, was discovered responsible of slashing tires of autos the place he had seen at the least one particular person of color as an occupant. In two circumstances, Love glued posters that stated “Preserve Canada White” to autos.

He then plead responsible to mischief and failure to adjust to an endeavor in two separate trials.

Love represented himself and argued in his closing statements that the Crown’s proof was “conjecture from wannabe detectives.” He additionally stated there was no proof any tires had been slashed. He argued witness testimonies had been unreliable as a result of folks stare at their telephones in public.

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The choose disagreed. Love confirmed no sympathy for his victims or regret for his actions, and was offended when he was instructed he needed to hearken to sufferer impression statements.

Love stays in custody since August for allegedly making threatening feedback about planes on the Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport. That trial is scheduled for December 2024.

Love made headlines in 2003 after pleading responsible to sending racist and antisemitic letters to politicians, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Research and York Area’s police chief.

Love was given an 18-month sentence. On the time, this sentence was the hardest handed down in Canada for selling hatred.

Rivals apply runs on Dec. 6 in preparation for the Snowboard Massive Air World Cup at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Picture by Greg Southam/Postmedia
  • Hannukah controversy: Mayor Jyoti Gondek of Calgary dropped out of a menorah lighting ceremony, arguing the ceremony was a pro-Israel occasion. Gondek stated last-minute modifications made the occasion political and betrays requires interfaith unity. Responses to Gondek’s resolution are polarizing.
  • Mayor fired: The Alberta authorities has fired Chestermere’s mayor, three councillors and three directors. The firing comes after a months-long investigation discovered “irregular, improper and improvident” conduct that continued even after the province issued 12 binding directives for the town’s management. The remaining councillors say they’re prepared to maneuver ahead with a forensic monetary assessment.
  • Winter fireplace warnings: When you suppose winter has been unnaturally heat this yr in Fort McMurray, firefighters in Airdrie battled a grassfire this week as flames triggered a neighbourhood evacuation.
  • Looking for assist: Drought, shaky costs and unpredictable climate can take an emotional toll on farmers, however a College of Alberta research discovered Alberta farmers’ psychological well being is worse than the typical Canadian farmer. Extra help is out there right now in comparison with 5 years in the past, however the report notes extra help is required. Farmers additionally face stigma and a scarcity of time for getting assist.
  • Morishita strikes on: Former Alberta Social gathering chief Barry Morishita has joined Alberta Counsel, a lobbying agency specializing in municipal session. Morishita, who can also be the previous mayor of Brooks, resigned as celebration chief final month. The Alberta Social gathering has not had a legislative seat since 2019. Alberta Counsel was fashioned by Shayne Saskiw, a former Wildrose MLA from Lac La Biche.
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive e-newsletter, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Publish’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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