April 15, 2024

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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It’s the weekend, Fort McMurray!

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  • Keyano Huskies Basketball: The Huskies face both the NAIT Ooks or Concordia Thunder at an ACAC Males’s Basketball playoff recreation on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. on the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. Tickets are $5 for everybody 18 to 55. Free entry for Keyano college students and employees, and anybody underneath 18 or over 55.
  • WinterPLAY: Fort McMurray’s annual winter competition returns with classics like Shootout on the Snye hockey event, wagon rides, canine sledding and fireworks. This yr 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.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: Upcoming residence video games at Centerfire Place: Whitecourt Wolverines on Feb. 23 and 24. Bonnyville Pontiacs on Feb. 27. All video games begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and schedule.
  • The Addams Household: A New Musical Comedy: Feb. 23-24 at Keyano Theatre. Tickets and schedule.
  • Black Historical past Month Banquet and Awards Evening: The Rehoboth Alliance celebrates the tenth anniversary of an annual night celebrating Black historical past, tradition and life. Keynote speaker is Marvin Washington, dean and vice-provost of the Social Sciences and Humanities on the College of Alberta. Feb. 23 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Shell Place. Tickets.
  • Diner en Rouge: Underneath the Aurora: A pink dress-themed fundraiser for the United Method promising a night of sophistication, type and regional culinary fare. The venue, stored underneath wraps till the final second. Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to Midnight. Tickets.
  • Harry Potter Film Trivia: Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Smokin’ Butcher. Tickets.
  • Blizzard by FLIP Fabrique: A unprecedented theatrical efficiency for all ages mixing acrobatics, circus arts and visible storytelling. Keyano Theatre on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets.
  • Chris Funk: The Wonderist: Chris Funk brings his magical skills to Fort McMurray along with his all-ages present, Redefining Surprise. Funk has introduced his present to Las Vegas casinos and has been featured on AMerica’s Bought Expertise, Hell’s Kitchen, Penn & Teller: Idiot Us, Masters of Phantasm and Syfy’s Wizard Wars. Keyano Theatre on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets.
  • ATC Profession Honest: All are invited to the Athabasca Tribal Council’s profession honest that includes greater than 70 employers and 10 distributors. There are additionally panels and a luncheon. Keynote speaker is Mo Brings A lot, an Oglala Lakota actor who performs Mo on Yellowstone. March 5-6 on the Syncruse Sport & Wellness Centre. Schedule and data.
  • FMCSD trustee byelection: The Fort McMurray Catholic Faculty division will maintain a byelection for a spot on the board of trustees on April 8. Candidates have till March 11 to register. Info on voting and changing into a candidate.
  • 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 in the neighborhood. 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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Firefighters with the Fort McMurray Fireplace Division conduct a managed burn close to Freeway 63 on April 27, 2023. The managed burns are a part of the RMWB’s FireSmart program, which is designed to battle and forestall fires and wildfires within the area. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo prepares for early Alberta wildfire season

The RMWB and the Alberta authorities have spent months getting ready for wildfire season, which began 10 days early on Feb. 20.

“We’re prepared for a dry wildfire season. Our assets are recent, {our relationships} with forestry and the provincial authorities are good, and we’re not sitting on our laurels. We’ve been very proactive,” mentioned Regional Fireplace Chief Jody Butz in an interview. “We dwell within the Boreal Forest and the Boreal Forest depends on hearth for its survival. We’ve gotta be prepared when that occasion occurs.”

The 2023 wildfire season burned 22,000 sq. kilometres in Alberta, or about 10 instances the five-year common. About 38,000 folks from 48 communities had been a part of evacuations.

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This contains greater than 3,643 sq. kilometres of the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area, largely round Fort Chipewyan. Roughly 1,000 folks from Fort Chipewyan and greater than 350 folks from Fort Smith, NWT and Fort Fitzgerald had been flown to Fort McMurray throughout evacuations of these communities. Firefighting, evacuations and the logistics of the 2023 wildfire season value the municipality greater than $4.1 million.

Alberta Forestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen mentioned almost 900 firefighters will probably be able to be deployed by April 15, and he’s requesting an additional 100 firefighters prepared for Might. He promised new tools to battle fires at evening and an enlargement of volunteer packages. Loewen acknowledged Alberta has slowly reimbursed municipalities underneath the Catastrophe Restoration Program and getting funding to evacuees. He hopes classes from final yr will hasten funds.

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Heather Candy, forestry critic for the Opposition NDP, accused the UCP of falling behind on coaching and staffing forward of the wildfire season.

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Premier Danielle Smith addresses Albertans on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA/YOUTUBE jpg, SP, apsmc

Alberta revenue tax minimize delayed as Premier Smith declares plan to develop Heritage Financial savings Belief Fund

Albertans received’t get the revenue tax minimize promised by the provincial authorities as declining oil costs stress the upcoming provincial finances, Premier Danielle Smith introduced in a Wednesday handle.

As a result of Alberta has no provincial gross sales tax, which Smith promised to not create, provincial budgets are sometimes balanced thanks to grease and gasoline royalties.

“Bouncing between years of lots, after which having to decide on between incurring large debt or reducing key social packages isn’t the recurring story Albertans need to see repeatedly,” Smith mentioned, including that she has “grown drained” of finances volatility.

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“Bluntly said, our province has turn into unsustainably depending on non-renewable useful resource revenues.”

Smith, who believes Alberta has a ultimate increase left, sees the Heritage Financial savings Belief Fund as an answer. The $21.2-billion fund was established in 1976 by then-premier Peter Lougheed  to “save for the long run, to strengthen or diversify the economic system, and to enhance the standard of lifetime of Albertans.”

Calgary Solar columnist Rick Bell factors out an analogous fund has helped Norway ditch “the oil-and-gas curler coaster,” however Alberta’s fund “has been raided so many instances you’d assume pirates had been roaming the province.”

By the tip of 2024, Alberta plans to launch a report “charting a path” to a fund price between $250 billion and $400 billion by the yr 2050, the identical time Canada is focusing on a carbon-neutral economic system.

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An aerial view of the Athabasca River dealing with southwest in Fort McMurray on Thursday, Might 4, 2017. Olivia Condon/ Fort McMurray Immediately/ Postmedia Community Photograph by Olivia Condon/ Fort McMurray Tod /SunMedia

RMWB looking ahead to drought circumstances, however no water scarcity fears for now

The Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo will look ahead to drought circumstances within the area and is ready to observe any tips or restrictions which might be issued. However for now, there aren’t any considerations about water shortages.

A lot of Alberta is bracing for extreme drought as reservoirs and basins face important water shortages from low ranges of rain and snowmelt. There are greater than 50 water scarcity advisories in Alberta.

“In Fort McMurray, we’re lucky that the Athabasca River is massive sufficient to maintain the area’s water wants–even throughout very dry years when the degrees are low,” mentioned municipal spokesperson Greg Bennett in an e mail. “There aren’t any considerations right now about water ranges that will influence our means to supply water for the communities inside Wooden Buffalo.”

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Alberta Atmosphere Minister Rebecca Schulz has requested all of Alberta’s municipalities to start out planning for potential water shortages. She additionally requested this of oil and gasoline firms.

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Peter Hansen, president of McMurray Metis, joins a march by way of downtown Fort McMurray from Jubilee Plaza in the direction of Shell Place for the Nationwide Day for Reality and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Peter Hansen, passionate chief of McMurray Métis, passes away

Peter Hansen, who just lately stepped down as president of McMurray Métis, has died at 70. A Fb submit from McMurray Métis confirmed Hansen died on the night of Feb. 15, and described him as a devoted chief and advocate for the Métis folks of Fort McMurray.

Hansen was born in Fort Chipewyan. On the age of 4, his household moved to Fort McMurray and settled in Waterways. Hansen was elected president in June 2022 after spending eight years as a councillor with McMurray Métis. He additionally served on the board of administrators for the enterprise arm of McMurray Métis, Infinity Métis Company.

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A video posted to McMurray Métis’ Fb web page on Feb. 14 praised Hansen’s management shortly after he resigned as president. His successor, Kelly Myers, mentioned she had by no means met a person extra dedicated to his household or heritage.

“He was enthusiastic about inspiring others to hook up with their tradition and all the time ensured there have been enjoyable actions for the youth and kids to do and be included in,” mentioned an obituary posted by McMurray Métis. “Peter had nice respect for the Elders as they guided him by way of their knowledge, data and sharing of traditions.”

Mayor Sandy Bowman and Councillor Funke Banjoko be a part of the recipients of Council’s Excellence Awards for 2024 at a ceremony on Feb. 2, 2024. Picture by Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo

RMWB honours excellent group members at ceremony

Rising up, Mohammed Ali Al-Zabidi would be a part of his father as he gave meals to the much less lucky each week. These acts of charity created a love for volunteering and serving to others which continued into his grownup life.

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That charitable spirit was honoured by Mayor Sandy Bowman and the remainder of RMWB council earlier this month as Al-Zabidi was named the RMWB’s Citizen of the Yr.

“Contributing positively to society provides me a deep sense of achievement and satisfaction,” mentioned Al-Zabidi.

The awards additionally acknowledged 4 different residents. Jeffrey Batchelor was given the On a regular basis Hero Award for his philanthropy and group spirit. Sheena Bradley was given the Indigenous Advocate Award for her advocacy of Indigenous folks and rights.

The 2 youth awards went to younger Indigenous sports activities advocates. Parker and Cruze Flett are the founders of the Wahkohtowin Sports activities Circle, previously generally known as Fort Mac Hockey Brothers Affiliation. Fort McKay archer Tayden Shott is getting ready to compete in subsequent month’s Arctic Winter Video games in Alaska. Shott hopes to open a small archery vary in Fort McKay this summer time.

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St. Aidan’s Society program provides seniors assist across the residence

Seniors in Fort McMurray can apply for some further assist across the residence.

St. Aidan’s Society has launched their Age Properly at House program, which helps seniors with gentle housekeeping, getting ready and delivering meals, residence and yard upkeep, and even pleasant visitation.

“The flexibility to carry this program to our group has been a imaginative and prescient of our crew for a number of years,” mentioned Luana Bussieres, govt director of St. Aidan’s Society, in an announcement.

“We all know older adults overwhelmingly have expressed their need to age of their communities and of their houses, and this initiative will present them with the sensible helps essential to do exactly that in the event that they select.”

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Bussieres says volunteers will probably be vital for this system’s success. This system is being supported partially by the federal authorities’s Age Properly at House Initiative. It’s also being supported by Katie Ekroth and her crew at Re/Max Fort McMurray.

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Jana Madley of Fort McMurray. Picture equipped by Wooden Buffalo RCMP

Police on the lookout for lady final seen in downtown on Feb. 20:

Jana Madley, 32, of Fort McMurray was reported lacking on Feb. 20. She was final seen on Feb. 20 round midday close to Hospital Avenue and Franklin Avenue in downtown Fort McMurray.

Negligence cost towards former lifeguard dropped:

A cost of negligence has been dropped after a drowning on the Suncor Neighborhood Leisure Centre prompted police to cost the lifeguard investigators say was on responsibility on the time.

Michelle Davio, a spokesperson for Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS), mentioned the cost was dropped on Feb. 14 after reviewing the proof.

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Ruslan Atantayev of Calgary was charged in Oct. 2022 with felony negligence inflicting demise. Police say Atantayev was the lifeguard on responsibility on the time.

On Dec. 12, 2020, a 34-year-old Fort McMurray man was dropped at the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre after he was swimming on the facility’s pool on Dec. 12, 2020. After he was dropped at an Edmonton hospital, the person died six days later. Police didn’t launch the sufferer’s title however a GoFundMe fundraiser recognized him as Dima Serbulenco.

Police on the lookout for man needed for sexual assault, extortion:

A warrant has been issued for Hany Elmorsy, 37, of Fort McMurray. Elmorsy additionally goes by Hany Aly. Alberta RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mathew Howell mentioned Elmorsy missed his final court docket look and isn’t on the handle he gave to police.

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Elmorsy was charged on Aug. 17 following allegations reported to police on July 28. He was launched from custody. Police couldn’t present particulars in regards to the grievance with out probably figuring out the complainant.

He’s charged with sexual assault, extortion, illegal confinement, uttering threats to trigger bodily hurt or demise, theft over $5,000, and two counts of failure to adjust to an order.

Police on the lookout for man accused of threatening Save-On-Meals worker:

Police are attempting to determine a person accused of robbing the Save-On-Meals in Timberlea and threatening an worker. Wooden Buffalo RCMP say that on Feb. 17 at round 6 p.m., a person walked out of the shop with a number of gadgets he had not paid for. An worker adopted the suspect out of the shop and requested him to pay for the groceries. Police say the suspect threatened to shoot the worker.

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Arrests made as rising liquor retailer thefts immediate investigation:

Police have charged six folks after launching an investigation into widespread liquor thefts from native shops. A police spokesperson says the six individuals are not linked with one another.

Wooden Buffalo RCMP says officers have responded to greater than 350 experiences of liquor theft from native shops since September 2023. Police partnered with impacted companies, the native Crown prosecutor’s workplace and the corporate that owns Ace Liquor and Liquor Depot.

Staff Alberta skip Selena Sturmay delivers a stone as they play Staff Newfoundland and Labrador on the Scotties Match of Hearts in Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
  • Popping Off: Canmore’s council desires festive options to fireworks after unlawful fireworks had been launched in the neighborhood on New Yr’s Eve. Canmore bans fireworks besides on Canada Day and New Yr’s Eve, however drought circumstances within the space have put a pause on all fireworks. The mayor suggests fines of $5,000 to $10,000.
  • Political Pivot: Purchasers of the Bow Valley Credit score Union are divided over its CEO’s politics and enlargement methods. BCVU just lately sponsored ex-Fox Information commentator Tucker Carlson’s Calgary occasion and has opposed federal COVID-19 measures. BCVU is making an attempt to enchantment to individuals who really feel excluded by mainstream banks. The Airdrie-Cochrane NDP has moved their accounts from BCVU.
  • Pleasure Ban: By a distinction of 24 votes , Westlock residents have voted to ban Pleasure crosswalks. The municipality can even solely fly native, provincial and nationwide flags. Westlock Mayor Jon Kramer says council doesn’t help the bylaw and feels it violates council’s fairness, range and inclusion insurance policies, however says “the plebiscite is binding.”
  • Issues with political occasion plan: A survey organized by the Alberta authorities discovered 81 per cent of 4,717 respondents oppose bringing political events to the municipal stage. The group representing 265 municipalities throughout Alberta is now calling on the federal government to scrap the thought . The most typical concern is it will carry extra polarization to native politics.
  • Trudeau Stops By: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says conservative politicians have mislead Canadians in regards to the carbon tax and net-zero targets. Trudeau defended his power and atmosphere whereas chatting with Ryan Jespersen’s Actual Discuss present, remarking “the world is altering and it’s not a plot by jap bastards.” In the meantime the tax is so unpopular that two out of three declared Alberta NDP management candidates have mentioned it’s time to scrap the buyer carbon tax.
  • 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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