February 21, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Completely happy Friday, Fort McMurray!

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  • Keyano Huskies Volleyball: The Huskies have a matchup on the volleyball courtroom towards the SAIT Trojans and Olds School Broncos on the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. First serve is 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 for everybody 18 to 65, and consists of admission for each video games. Free entry for Keyano college students and anybody underneath 18 or over 65.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: Upcoming dwelling video games at Centerfire Place: 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.
  • Black Historical past Month youth dialogue and social occasion: An occasion with the theme of “Consciousness of Black Canadian Contributions.” Visitor speaker is Angie Goredema. Free occasion. Feb. 11 from 1 p.m. to five p.m. at Shell Place.
  • RMWB Neighbourhood Engagement: RMWB workers can be at Frank Lacroix Enviornment on Feb. 15 from 2 p.m. to five p.m. to speak about what’s essential locally, together with annual policing priorities. Take pleasure in a free scorching chocolate and neighborhood skate between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • CMHA Charity Jam and Silent Public sale: One of many largest gatherings of native musicians underneath the identical roof Fort McMurray has ever seen. Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Suncor Power Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets.
  • The Addams Household: A New Musical Comedy: Feb. 16-17, 22-24 at Keyano Theatre. Tickets and schedule.
  • Scotch tasting: Hosted by McMurray Malt Maniacs at Bear & Buffalo on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Tickets and knowledge.
  • Black Historical past Month cultural extravaganza: Free occasion on Feb. 18 from 12 p.m. to five p.m. at Suncor Power Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Excessive Faculty.
  • Diner en Rouge: Underneath the Aurora: A purple dress-themed fundraiser for the United Approach promising a night of sophistication, model and regional culinary fare. The venue, stored underneath wraps till the final second. Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to Midnight. Tickets.
  • WinterPLAY: Fort McMurray’s annual winter pageant returns with classics like Shootout on the Snye hockey match, wagon rides, canine sledding and fireworks. This 12 months introduces sled demonstrations, 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, volunteers, distributors and registration.
  • Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic: Randy Bo-bandy himself from Trailer Park Boys is dwell at The Den on March 30. Doorways open at 7 p.m. Clearly, 18+. Tickets.
  • Coronary heart of Wooden Buffalo Awards: The annual awards honour the achievements of leaders, philanthropists, volunteers and organizations locally. Nominations are open till March 15 at 11:59 p.m. FuseSocial has details about the awards and classes.
  • Wooden Buffalo Regional Library hosts all-ages weekly occasions.
  • MacDonald Island Park updates its web site with upcoming occasions and packages.
  • 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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A counter-protest supporting sexual and gender training in colleges, organized by Pleasure YMM in downtown Fort McMurray on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Pleasure YMM condemns Alberta transgender insurance policies, colleges look ahead to course

Premier Danielle Smith mentioned at a Thursday information convention that she hoped proposed insurance policies concerning transgender minors and athletes would “de-politicize the difficulty as a lot as potential.”

However Pleasure YMM, an advocacy for the area’s 2SLGBTQI+ neighborhood, says the insurance policies are “dangerous and transphobic.” They’ve promised to help any authorized challenges towards the insurance policies.

Zulkifl Mujahid, an organizer of native protests towards gender and sexual training in colleges, says the insurance policies are too comfortable. Public and Catholic college leaders are ready for course from the province.

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The proposals ban gender reassignment surgical procedure on anybody underneath 17. So-called backside surgical procedures, which entails altering genitals, is restricted to adults in Canada.

Pleasure YMM says saying a ban on a process that isn’t achieved on minors is designed to “police and politicize” transgender and gender-diverse youth.

The minimal age for so-called prime surgical procedures, or mastectomies, is 16. In 2022-23, eight prime surgical procedures have been achieved on minors in Alberta with gender dysphoria.

Smith mentioned Alberta is recruiting medical professionals specializing in transgender surgical procedures and well being.

Mother and father should opt-in every time a instructor offers formal instruction on gender identification, sexual orientation or human sexuality. Mother and father should consent for colleges to change the identify or pronouns of a kid underneath 15. Solely notification is required for 16 or 17 12 months olds.

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The province will work with sports activities organizations due to what Smith known as “unfair disadvantages” confronted by younger feminine athletes. This consists of making certain feminine athletes can compete in a biological-only division and increasing co-ed or gender-neutral divisions.

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Curtis Phillips watches the Keyano Huskies Ladies’s Basketball workforce defeat the NAIT Ooks 64-57 on the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Picture by Robert Murray for Keyano School

Fort McMurray sports activities historian Curtis Phillips joins ACAC Corridor of Fame

Fort McMurray sports activities historian Curtis Phillips has been welcomed into the ACAC’s Corridor of Fame. He’s blissful the honour is becoming a member of one among numerous different honours he’s collected by means of years of selling sports activities in Fort McMurray. However his reminiscences are much more worthwhile than any award, he mentioned.

“It’s at all times unusual to be acknowledged for one thing that’s a part of who you’re,” mentioned Phillips. “Sports activities has given me greater than something I might give to sports activities, and the ‘thanks’ is having the ability to watch the athletes these final 36 years with the ACAC.”

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His profession in sports activities started in 1982 when he joined the Fort McMurray Immediately as a sports activities reporter. His father instructed him to “deal with the athletes like they’re within the NBA or NHL or NFL.”

It was a mantra he continued as a contract author, working for the Fort McMurray CONNECT till it closed in 2016 and YMM Journal. It’s additionally a philosophy he’s stored whereas offering protection and commentary to the ACAC and at numerous video games, championships and tournaments over the a long time.

“I at all times have revered the athletes and I write the the identical sort of story I might at an NBA recreation or a school or highschool recreation,” mentioned Phillips. “It’s simply the enjoyment of sports activities. You see everybody up there making an attempt their greatest and that’s what’s gratifying about it.”

Phillips is spending his free time writing a sports activities historical past of Fort McMurray. Phillips says the e-book can also be wanted as a result of the transient nature of Fort McMurray means reminiscences are quick.

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“There’s 3,000 sports activities on the planet and the world of sports activities is altering always and drastically,” he mentioned.

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A girl serves Ethiopian meals on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Multicultural expo reveals off Fort McMurray’s range, helps newcomers join

About 4,000 folks handed by means of a fieldhouse at MacDonald Island Park final weekend as 41 completely different cultures and nations confirmed off their meals, artwork, music and trend on the annual Multicultural Expo.

Solely a fraction of the neighborhood’s range was on show, mentioned Dango Gogo, president of the Multicultural Affiliation of Wooden Buffalo.

Area restricted what number of cultural teams might have a presence on the expo and a few folks needed to be turned down. Gogo needs all of them might have had room on the expo, however she says it’s an instance of Fort McMurray’s range.

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The expo additionally had folks providing monetary literacy abilities, English classes and assist navigating the completely different companies of the area.

“It is a manner for them to fulfill folks from their very own cultures and the completely different cultures right here, to really feel included and welcome to our area, however than additionally they see companies they want like free English lessons,” mentioned Gogo. “We assist direct them to what they should thrive.”

Latest census information from 2021 reveals the extensive range of the cultures, languages and faiths in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

A photograph gallery and summaries of this census information is within the story.

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A gasoline truck drives down the winter ice highway from Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta on on February 4, 2015. Ryan Jackson/Postmedia Community Photograph by Ryan Jackson /Edmonton Journal

Fort Chipewyan Winter Street opens to heavy cargo masses

The Fort Chipewyan Winter Street is open to visitors weighing as much as 45,000 kgs. The winter highway connecting Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith, NWT. has additionally reopened.

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Heat climate compelled the municipality to shut the Fort Chipewyan Winter Street briefly on Jan. 30. Site visitors reopened on Feb. 2 to automobiles weighing as much as 5,000 kgs. The 45,000 kg load restrict started Monday at 4 p.m. That is the heaviest restrict for the municipality’s winter highway and there can be no extra will increase.

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

Adam has met with the mayors of the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo (RMWB) and Fort Smith, and says there may be settlement that an all-weather highway is required. Fort Chipewyan’s evacuation throughout final summer time’s wildfire season reveals a everlasting route is required for emergencies, he mentioned, in addition to resupplying the neighborhood.

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Heavy hauler vans unload right into a crusher on the Fort Hills oilsands challenge on Monday, September 10, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

‘Not be tolerated’: Alberta information formal response to proposed oilsands emissions cap

Alberta says a proposed federal emissions cap that might influence the oilsands “shouldn’t be reasonable or efficient, is not going to obtain its grandiose emissions targets and won’t be tolerated in Alberta.”

The province’s assertion was echoed by the Canadian Affiliation of Petroleum Producers and the Enterprise Council of Alberta.

“There are different present and proposed insurance policies that may extra successfully contribute to Canada’s long-term emission discount objectives,” wrote the affiliation.

The council mentioned these objectives are “greatest achieved by means of a sturdy and clear worth on carbon.”

Alberta’s formal response to Ottawa’s proposal says the cap would undercut the work that the province has been efficiently pursuing “for many years” to scale back emissions. The doc repeats arguments that Ottawa’s plan violates the Structure.

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A forecast by the Convention Board of Canada estimates nominal GDP can be lowered cumulatively between $600 billion and $1 trillion from 2030 to 2040. Alberta’s GDP would decline by 3.8 per cent in that interval.

Federal Setting Minister Steven Guilbeault was to fulfill with Alberta Setting and Protected Areas Minister Rebecca Schulz Monday.

Guilbeault has mentioned Ottawa would usher in a 100-megatonne cap on emissions from the oilsands, the supply of almost eight per cent of all Canadian emissions and one of many few sources that’s nonetheless growing. Guilbeault’s plan would enable some flexibility for particular person firms by means of the acquisition of credit.

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Footage of a person in Fort McMurray police allege dedicated identification fraud. Picture provided by Wooden Buffalo RCMP

Police in Fort McMurray investigating alleged identification fraud

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Wooden Buffalo RCMP says that on Jan. 1, somebody in a unique province reported they’d been a sufferer of identification theft. An investigation discovered footage of a person visiting the Bell retailer at Peter Pond Mall on Dec. 30.

An iPhone 15 was bought for $1,448 utilizing the sufferer’s identification. Workers say the suspect confirmed what seemed to be legitimate identification earlier than making the fraudulent buy.

The suspect is described as:

  • Quick gray and white hair, probably balding
  • Gray and white facial hair
  • Carrying a darkish colored go well with
  • Brown footwear
  • Blue and white shirt
  • Black framed glasses
  • Carrying a hoop on his left pinky finger
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Crews clear snow from the sidewalk in entrance of the Italian Bakery, 4118 118 Ave., in Edmonton Thursday Feb. 8, 2024. Photograph by David Bloom
  • AJHL strikes on: AJHL commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk says the league is transferring on after its 5 greatest groups defected to the BCHL. There are actually 11 groups with the AJHL, together with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. Bartoshyk dismissed criticisms the AJHL is now a weaker product. Rising again right into a 16-team loop is a consideration for the low season and past, however the focus for now’s on hockey.
  • Chestermere chaos: Fired Chestermere mayor Jeff Colvin and his fellow ousted councillors should look ahead to a courtroom choice that might see them again in workplace after the province ousted them in December. Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver fired them after a province-ordered municipal inspection. The report discovered the town was managed in an irregular, improper and improvident method, and the town failed to fulfill provincial directives stemming from that investigation.
  • NDP race: NDP MLAs Kathleen Ganley and Rakhi Pancholi introduced their marketing campaign for management of the Alberta NDP. Ganley was gentle on particular particulars and says a platform can be introduced quickly, however she would implement insurance policies resonating in each city and rural ridings. Pancholi would push to ditch the patron carbon tax and argues Alberta’s present industrial carbon tax for big emitters, which the UCP has continued, is efficient combating local weather change.
  • Responsible pleas: Two males charged with conspiring to homicide Mounties in the course of the Coutts border protest have pleaded responsible to lesser weapons costs and can be launched from custody. Two different accused stay in custody and are scheduled to face trial in June.
  • Stampede lawsuit: The Calgary Stampede will pay $9.5 million in damages to complainants in a class-action lawsuit alleging the group allowed a efficiency college staffer to sexually abuse younger boys. Philip Heerema, who was given a 10-year jail sentence in 2018,  admitted he used his place to lure and groom boys between 2005 and 2014, in addition to in 1992. Extra complainants.
  • 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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