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Weekly replace: Canada Day occasions, opioid deaths up and feds requested for freeway growth money

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • MacDonald Island Park is internet hosting Canada Day occasions all through the weekend. Schedule of occasions, concert events and fireworks is on-line. The Canada Day Parade is cancelled as a result of too many municipal employees and companies often concerned in planning have been responding to the wildfire risk in Fort Chipewyan.
  • Fort McMurray Runners is internet hosting a park run on July 1. Meet at Doug Barnes Cabin at 9 a.m.
  • The Fort McMurray Giants play the Sylvan Lake Gulls from July 1-3, and the Lethbridge Bulls from July 6-9. Every baseball sport begins at 7:05 p.m. on the Legacy Dodge Subject at Shell Place. Tickets are on-line.
  • Have fun Canada with race automobiles at Fort McMurray Space 63 Motorsports Park on July 2 from midday to 4 p.m. Tickets are on-line.
  • NorthLife Fellowship Baptist Church is internet hosting Board Video games from 1 p.m. to three p.m. on July 2. It is a free occasion.
  • Basic Data Trivia returns to Brewskis Pub at 7 p.m. on Monday.
  • Disc golf returns to Stone Creek Disc Golf Park on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hosted by WBDGA.
  • Colour Me Mine is internet hosting a glass workshop on lanterns. This workshop begins on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to eight p.m. Tickets are right here.
  • A guided portray class at Fort McMurray Heritage Society is scheduled for six p.m. to eight p.m. on Thursday. This week’s theme is watercolour flowers. Paints and provides are included. Register right here to attend.
  • Again to the 80s occasion is at Fort McMurray Heritage Village on July 8 at 9 p.m. Tickets are right here.
  • Tai Chi & Chai Tea will likely be at MacDonald Island Park on July 8 from midday to 1:30 p.m. It is a beginner-friendly class that ends with a cup of chai tea from Second Cup. Tickets are right here.
  • Canine Days of Summer season—A Enjoyable Run in Help of the SPCA is occurring within the Birchwood Trails on July 9 at 9 a.m. Routes are a 3K enjoyable run and 2K leisure tempo. All funds go in direction of the Fort McMurray SPCA. Tickets are right here.
  • In the event you’re hitting the street this summer season, the editors of 18 rural newspapers have put collectively a information to seeing small-town Alberta. Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo is saved greatest for final.

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Fort McMurray-raised actress Humberly González wears a movement seize go well with to play Kay Vess in Star Wars Outlaws. Screenshot from a June 12, 2023 promotional video by Ubisoft.

Fort McMurray-raised actress stars in upcoming Star Wars sport

Humberly González fell in love with appearing at Westwood Group Excessive Faculty and on stage at Keyano Theatre.

Subsequent yr, avid gamers will meet González as Kay Vess, a thief within the crime-ridden underbelly of the Star Wars galaxy.

“I’m completely satisfied that they discovered me as a result of I really feel that I used to be meant to play this position,” she mentioned.

Fentanyl capsules are proven in an undated police handout picture. Photograph by THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Alberta Regulation Enforcement Response Groups (ALERT)

Deadly drug poisonings up in Fort McMurray, Alberta opioid deaths at all-time excessive

The primary 4 months of 2023 noticed deadly drug poisonings rise in Fort McMurray. Most deaths concerned non-pharmaceutical opioids. Methamphetamine, cocaine and alcohol have been additionally current.

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Deaths from opioids reached a file excessive throughout Alberta in April. 

The UCP acknowledges extra work is required to combat addictions, however says the federal government is making progress. The Opposition NDP is accusing Premier Danielle Smith of deceptive Albertans concerning the extent of the disaster in the course of the election.

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An aerial view of Freeway 63 north of Fort McMurray Alta. on Thursday Might 4, 2017. Robert Murray/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community

MPs request federal funds for freeway from Fort McMurray to Grande Prairie space

MPs Laila Goodridge and Arnold Viersen are urging the federal authorities to assist Alberta fund a 218 kilometre, two-lane gravel freeway between Fort McMurray and Peerless Lake.

In April, Alberta signed agreements with three First Nations to start work on the venture. This is able to be part of Fort McMurray and the Grande Prairie area, which can be a hub for site visitors to B.C., the Yukon and Alaska.

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The letter says the federal authorities has not responded to a funding request from the Alberta authorities.

The flooded Ptarmigan Trailer Park in downtown Fort McMurray on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Elements of downtown Fort McMurray started flooding on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community jpg, FM

Ptarmigan residents inform council buyouts have been unfair as empty heaps rezoned

Council voted on Tuesday that no new properties or companies will likely be constructed on vacant heaps in Ptarmigan Courtroom.

The realm is in a flood zone and the municipality provided buyouts for  these properties after the April 2020 flood.

This was carried out with provincial funding. A situation from the Alberta authorities was no new growth would occur on properties purchased by the municipality.

However some remaining householders instructed council the buyouts provided have been too small and new ones must be negotiated.

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

AHS hopes wait occasions will drop with hiring of two orthopedic surgeons

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The recruitment of two orthopedic surgeons  by means of the Alberta Surgical Initiative doubles the variety of orthopedic surgeons in Fort McMurray.

About 10 to 12 orthopedic surgical procedures, each emergency and scheduled, are accomplished each day on the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre (NLRHC).

The hospital can supply most orthopedic surgical procedures. However in uncommon circumstances, some sufferers is perhaps despatched to a different well being care facility in the event that they want specialised surgical care.

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A barge carrying tools and automobiles for firefighters combating a wildfire close to the group arrives in Fort Chipewyan. Picture provided by RMWB

By the numbers: Responding to Fort Chipewyan wildfire an enormous logistics effort

A have a look at the personnel, tools, volunteers, provides and assets that have been wanted to combat the wildfire and evacuate Fort Chipewyan.

Evacuating Fort Chipewyan and coordinating evacuees, emergency employees and volunteers was an enormous logistical endeavor.

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This was additional sophisticated by the isolation of Fort Chipewyan. Until there’s a winter street, the group can solely be reached by planes or boats.

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St. Anne’s Faculty’s Grades 4 to six Choir performs Hope is a Hidden Star in a screenshot of a YouTube video uploaded on June 20, 2023.

St. Anne’s Faculty choir heads to Canada West Arts Competition after provincial win

Cathy Larson, the music instructor who led the choir, hopes they’ll do it once more as she prepares the scholars for the Canada West Arts Competition in Edmonton on July 21 and 22.

The choir received its class ultimately yr’s Canada West Arts Competition in Saskatoon. This yr, 62 college students will compete on the competition. The college’s Grades 2 to three choir, which included 72 college students, completed second of their class.

An aerial view of Canadian Pure Assets Restricted (CNRL) oilsands mining operation close to Fort McKay, Alta. on June 18, 2013. Ryan Jackson/Postmedia Community Photograph by Ryan Jackson Ryan Jackson /Edmonton Journal

Alberta posts traditionally excessive $11.6B surplus in 2022, spurred by oil revenues

Alberta ended the 2022 fiscal yr with a file $11.6-billion surplus due to excessive oil and fuel costs. World costs have dropped since 2022, which may impression future public spending plans.

“We’re not as we’re not as anxious as you might assume,” mentioned mentioned Finance Minister Nate Horner on decreased oil costs, including that the federal government is optimistic within the projections for the later a part of the yr.

“Whereas it could look daunting proper now, we’re attempting to be affected person and I hope all Albertans will be affected person.”

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