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Weekly replace: a brand new CAO, EMS funding for the RMWB and a homicide cost

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders: Oct. 5 at Centerfire Place at 7:30 p.m. Schedule is on-line.
  • Trivia: Common data trivia is Oct. 12 at Brewskis Pub at 7 p.m. Boy Bands vs. Lady Bands Music Bingo is Oct. 11 at Canadian Brewhouse at 6 p.m.
  • NAABA AGM celebration: The Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Enterprise Affiliation hosts its annual basic assembly on Oct. 12 at Shell Place. This yr’s leisure is Kehewin Native Dance Theatre and keynote speaker is Jody Wilson-Raybould. Doorways open at 5 p.m., program begins at 6 p.m., closing remarks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships are on-line.
  • Keyano Theatre presents Clue: Runs till Oct. 14. Tickets will be purchased on-line.
  • After Hours with Dallas Smith: That includes particular visitor JoJo Mason. Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. on the CNOOC Discipline Home on the Suncor Neighborhood Leisure Centre. Tickets on-line.
  • An Night with Jillian Harris: Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at MacDonald Island Park, doorways open at 6 p.m. Tickets on-line.
  • YMM Pumpkins & Planes Household Enjoyable Occasion: Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport on Oct. 21 at midday. Tickets on-line.
  • Buffys 2023: Wooden Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards: Fort McMurray’s premier arts occasion is again! This yr’s theme is Midnight on the Moulin Rouge. Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. on the Suncor Vitality Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets on-line.
  • Be a part of a RMWB committee: The RMWB has 65 spots on 15 municipal boards and committees. Apply by Oct. 23. Info on-line.
  • Momentum 2023: Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo Financial Growth and Tourism hosts its annual convention on Oct. 26 at Shell Place. Keynote speaker Kendall Dilling, president of Pathways Alliance, and different provincial and native leaders will discuss innovation regionally and in Alberta. Tickets are on-line.
  • Flip visitors packing containers into artwork: Artists are paid $700 if their work is picked. RMWB accepting proposals till Oct. 27.
  • “Raining on Goals” exhibition: Raining on Goals, an exhibition that includes unique artwork work by native resident Lasha Barbosa. Lasha has overcome extraordinary challenges to forge a novel inventive path. Her journey encompasses a triumphant battle in opposition to mind tumors, continual ache, and psychological well being hurdles. Runs till Oct. 27 on the Kirschner Household Neighborhood Artwork Gallery.
  • Council’s Excellence Award: Nominations for excellent residents are open till Oct. 30.
  • Suggestions on recycling and rubbish companies: The RMWB desires suggestions for his or her Stable Waste Administration Plan. Full the survey by Oct. 31 for an opportunity to win prizes. Info and the survey is on-line.

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The Syncrude Expertise Centre constructing on the Keyano Faculty Clearwater campus in Fort McMurray Alta. on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Keyano will get $9.2M from province as school tries holding youth in Fort McMurray

The Alberta authorities is investing $9.2 million into upkeep and program expansions at Keyano Faculty. 

The funding is required to coach staff in high-demand fields, however provincial and group leaders hope comparable investments throughout rural Alberta will encourage younger folks to study and work of their house communities.

Jay Notay, president and CEO of Keyano, mentioned there are roughly 2,500 college students enrolled on the school, which is roughly what Keyano Faculty had simply earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s anticipating 3,500 college students within the close to future.

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He additionally estimates greater than half of youth graduating highschool in upcoming years will depart Fort McMurray. Notay says this pattern was ongoing lengthy earlier than the pandemic or the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.

The school has responded by including or modifying 18 applications as a part of what Notay calls “progress mode.”

“That is one thing that may be a severe concern of ours,” mentioned Notay.

The Wooden Buffalo RCMP detachment in Timberlea in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Fort McMurray man charged with second diploma homicide

Police have charged a person with the second diploma homicide of Norman Lineham, 43, of Fort McMurray.

Wooden Buffalo RCMP say the arrest was made Saturday afternoon in Anzac with out incident. Matthew Thomas Cooper, 39, of Fort McMurray stays in custody. He made is first look within the Alberta Court docket of Justice in Fort McMurray on Oct. 2.

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An Alberta RCMP spokesperson mentioned police have been known as to Lineham’s house on Sept. 21 at 7:45 p.m. Lineham had not been seen in just a few days so a person who knew him visited his house. His physique was present in his basement suite.

That is Fort McMurray’s third confirmed murder of the yr, all of which have occurred in September. Police say the deaths will not be associated to one another. Investigators don’t imagine any of the victims have been randomly focused.

Police are investigating the homicide of Keelin Kortzman, 17. His physique was discovered Sept. 14 at Gregoire Lake.  A person who has but to be publicly recognized was fatally shot on Sept. 24 on Tundra Drive.

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Henry Hunter, chief administrative officer of the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo. Picture provided by RMWB

Wooden Buffalo Housing’s Henry Hunter employed as new CAO of the RMWB

Henry Hunter, an engineer who is not any stranger to the RMWB, has been employed as the brand new Chief Administrative Officer.

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Hunter has been president and CEO of Wooden Buffalo Housing for the previous seven years. He was additionally the municipality’s government director of public infrastructure and planning on the RMWB between February 2012 and June 2014.

“This area has been my house for over a decade, and I’ve a vested curiosity in serving to to comprehend its full potential,” mentioned Hunter in a press release. “Now we have numerous work forward and I’m excited to get began.”

Hunter was at Wooden Buffalo Housing throughout a transformative time. He needed to adapt to excessive vacancies and in addition signed housing agreements with Indigenous and rural communities within the area.

Hunter has held administration positions with the Metropolis of Winnipeg, Earth Tech Canada, Qatar Petroleum and Keyano Faculty. His resignation from the RMWB got here amidst a shakeup of how senior administrative employees are paid and recruited on the municipality.

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Hunter is the RMWB’s sixth CAO prior to now 10 years. The College of Calgary’s College of Public Coverage says the common CAO’s tenure in Alberta has been roughly two years since 2003.

An ambulance parked exterior the Willow Sq. Persevering with Care Centre in Fort McMurray on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Robert Murray/Particular to Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

AHS agrees to full price restoration for built-in EMS in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo

The primary six months of 2023 noticed 16 folks in Fort McMurray die from drug poisonings, based on knowledge from Alberta Well being, and 12 of these deaths included opioids.

The information additionally exhibits methamphetamine was current in no less than 5 deaths, cocaine was current in three deaths and alcohol was present in two deaths.

Final yr throughout the identical interval, 9 folks in Fort McMurray died from drug poisonings . A complete of 19 folks died in 2022.

Alberta reported 990 deaths from drug poisonings through the first six months of 2023. Drug poisoning throughout Alberta killed 161 folks in June. One other 10 deaths have been added to Could’s depend, bringing the dying toll to 166 folks.

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A tailings pond at Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray on February 25, 2023. Picture by Nicholas Vardy for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Imperial, regulator knew for years about Kearl tailings seepage: paperwork

Paperwork filed by Imperial Oil present the corporate and Alberta’s power regulator knew the Kearl oilsands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years earlier than a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the floor, alarming space First Nations and triggering three investigations.

“They knew there was seepage to groundwater,” mentioned Mandy Olsgard, an environmental toxicologist who has consulted for space First Nations. “The (Alberta Vitality Regulator) and Imperial determined to not notify the general public and simply handle it internally.”

Imperial mentioned in a press release that seepage was anticipated in Kearl’s unique design. Spokeswoman Lisa Schmidt mentioned the corporate has stored each the regulator and space communities knowledgeable.

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Each the Mikisew and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation use the realm exterior the mine lease for conventional actions akin to searching and gathering. Each nations are downstream of the mine and say they worry for his or her water high quality.

The chiefs of the MCFN and ACFN each reject a report that discovered the AER adopted its communications protocols relating to the continuing leaks at Kearl. Chief Allan Adam of ACFN is threatening authorized motion.

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The Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre in Fort McMurray, Alta. on October 14, 2020. Sarah Williscraft/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Police in Fort McMurray find ladies lacking from hospital since Sunday

Police in Fort McMurray have positioned two ladies that went lacking from the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre final weekend.

The 2 ladies, aged 28 and 45, have been reported lacking on Oct. 1. Wooden Buffalo RCMP had considerations about their wellbeing. Police introduced on Oct. 4 that that they had been discovered earlier within the day. The 2 ladies are protected.

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Police didn’t present any additional particulars about the place the ladies have been discovered or why they left the hospital.

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

Suncor buys TotalEnergies’ oilsands stake for C$1.47 billion

Suncor introduced Wednesday it’s purchase French power agency TotalEnergies’ Canadian operations for C$1.47 billion ($1.07 billion) to bolster its bitumen manufacturing capability.

This offers Suncor full possession of the Fort Hills oilsands undertaking. Fort Hills has struggled with operational challenges since beginning manufacturing in early 2018.

Final yr Suncor forecast 5% decrease gross manufacturing and better working prices per barrel at Fort Hills over the following three years because of long-term enchancment plans for the undertaking.

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A pipe yard servicing government-owned oil pipeline operator Trans Mountain is seen in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File Photograph Photograph by JENNIFER GAUTHIER /REUTERS

Trans Mountain CEO expects opening of pipeline growth by finish of March, potential sale inside two years

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Trans Mountain Corp. CEO Daybreak Farrell says the oil pipeline growth undertaking is on monitor to start industrial operations by the top of March, however acknowledges the mammoth improvement nonetheless faces pressures as building enters the house stretch.

In her first interview since taking over the job as chief government of the federal Crown company, Farrell mentioned the $30.9-billion undertaking stays “in that vary,” with solely 16 kilometres of pipeline left to place within the floor.

As soon as building is full, it is going to permit for testing, commissioning work and filling the road with 4.5 million barrels of oil, which ought to start close to the top of January.

Concluding a long-awaited sale of the pipeline again into private-sector fingers may occur doubtlessly in early 2025, she mentioned in a wide-ranging dialogue on the undertaking’s future.

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“I might say when it comes to the development, we’re within the ninth inning. So, we’re getting near ending,” Farrell, who took over the company’s helm in August 2022, mentioned Thursday.

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Sawyer Eirikson will get an 82.5 on his journey within the saddlebronc competitors on the Edmonton Professional Rodeo for a qualifying spot on the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Taken on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 in Edmonton. Photograph by Greg Southam/Postmedia

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