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Weekly replace: CAO is gone, disc golf course's future unknown and watch your drink

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • The Fort McMurray City Market returns each Wednesday in July and August. The market opens at Jubilee Plaza from 10 a.m. to three p.m.
  • The Nistawoyou Affiliation Friendship Centre is internet hosting Indigenous Arts and Tradition—Household Evening. This free occasion is each Friday from 6 p.m. to eight p.m. Tonight it will likely be at Lions Park. It is going to be at Wooden Buffalo Regional Library on July 14, 21 and 28.
  • Tai Chi & Chai Tea might be at MacDonald Island Park on July 8 from midday to 1:30 p.m. This can be 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 going on 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 the direction of the Fort McMurray SPCA. Tickets are right here.
  • Tipsy Trivia’s Normal Information Trivia returns to Brewskis Pub on Monday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wooden Buffalo Disc Golf Affiliation hosts a recreation at Stone Creek Disc Golf Course on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration will be finished on-line.
  • Autism Society Wooden Buffalo is promoting scorching canine to boost funds for his or her group. July 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors House {Hardware}.
  • Greb’s seventh Annual Trip for Patty in help of The Alberta Most cancers Basis returns on July 15. The occasion begins with a journey to Anzac from Comply with The Son Tattoo at 425 Gregoire Drive, adopted by a barbecue hosted by the Oilsands HOG Chapter at Voigt Harley Davidson. Trip is by donation. Registration is at 9 a.m. and kickstands up at 10 a.m.

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Pints of beer on this inventory photograph from February 23, 2014. Trevor Robb/Postmedia Community

RCMP investigating rise in drink spiking incidents

Police have seen an increase in stories of spiked drinks in Fort McMurray and have launched an investigation.

Most drink spiking offences go unreported, in keeping with police, and Wooden Buffalo RCMP are asking folks to report any suspected spiking incidents to police.

Officers are additionally reminding folks to by no means depart their drinks unattended whereas in public.

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Members of the Wooden Buffalo Disc Golf Affiliation pose for a photograph at Lions Park after enjoying disc golf on the park’s course. Picture equipped by Kyle Warren/WBDGA

Disc golf membership goals to avoid wasting Lions Park course as RMWB decides its destiny

The municipality is deciding what to do with a well-liked disc golf course about seven years after it opened in Lions Park.

The Wooden Buffalo Disc Golf Affiliation (WBDGA) says the game is changing into in style within the area, and there have been no complaints concerning the course.

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At situation is a debate over using public area. The six-basket course is unfold out over park area that’s thought-about passive when it needs to be on a program area.

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Company pose for a photograph on the groundbreaking ceremony of the Northside Recreation Centre’s twin arenas in Abraham’s Touchdown on Friday, September 12, 2014. L-R: Mike Allen, PC MLA for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo; RRC Chair Mike Cachia; Mayor Melissa Blake; RRC board member David Tien and Coun. Tyran Ault pose with RRC workers. The shovel with the helmet is for Coun. Sheldon Germain, who was unable to attend. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community jpg, FM

Constructing Northside Twin Area would value greater than $46.7 million: RMWB report

The dual hockey rinks had a $35 million price ticket once they had been placed on ice after the 2016 Horse River Wildfire. This can be a scaled down model of the $193-million complicated council accepted in 2014.

Council requested for a value breakdown of the undertaking in March due to a scarcity in ice time in Fort McMurray and close by hamlets.

Whether or not or not the undertaking needs to be constructed might be determined at council’s Tuesday assembly.

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Kendall Dilling, president of Pathways Alliance, speaks to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce at their annual normal assembly at Shell Place on June 22, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community

Pathways president urges federal funds for carbon seize in Fort McMurray go to

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A carbon seize undertaking within the Chilly Lake space would have huge financial spinoffs in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo. However, the undertaking comes with steep prices.

Kendall Dilling, president of the Pathways Alliance, mentioned in a speech to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce that federal funding is required to assist launch the undertaking.

This funding request is just not with out its critics. Pathways is made up of the six largest firms within the oilsands, which have reported file income in recent times.

Dilling counters that different nations are providing subsidies for comparable tasks and Canada wants federal funding to compete.

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The Salt Plains of Wooden Buffalo Nationwide Park in northern Alberta. Picture by Grant Black/Postmedia Community Picture by Grant Black /Calgary Herald

UNESCO report on Wooden Buffalo park exhibits urgency of issues, First Nation says

UNESCO says Wooden Buffalo Nationwide Park can preserve its World Heritage standing and praises sure safety initiatives. However, solely two of 14 goals are bettering, 5 are secure and 7 are deteriorating.

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Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the report is clearer than ever about what must be finished, and when, to maintain the park in good environmental well being.

Lepine mentioned considerations are even stronger after unintended releases of oilsands wastewater from Imperial Oil’s Kearl web site.

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A rendering of the Fort McKay Neighborhood Centre, from the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo.

Fort McKay Neighborhood Centre anticipated to open in Spring 2025

Building has began on the Fort McKay Neighborhood Centre, a 12,000-square-foot constructing with an occasion stage, a industrial kitchen and concession stand, and cupboard space.

Council accepted about $15.6 million for development was accepted by council within the 2023 funds. Roughly $5.1 million had been spent when the funds handed and $10.5 million is deliberate for 2024-28.

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The Fort McKay group has seen a development increase on the municipal and First Nation sides in recent times. This contains the opening of a brand new fireplace corridor and an Indigenous-run college.

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Paul Thorkelsson, CAO of the RMWB, speaks at ceremonies for the Nationwide Day of Mourning at J. Howard Pew Park on April 28, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community

Council fires Paul Thorkelsson as CAO

Paul Thorkelsson is out as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the municipality after lower than a yr on the job. Jody Butz, regional fireplace chief and the municipality’s emergency administration director, is interim CAO.

The choice was made at a closed council assembly, so it isn’t clear how every councillor voted or why Thorkelsson was let go.

That is the RMWB’s fifth CAO since 2014. Thorkelsson is the third CAO since 2020.

The group of Draper two days after flooding hit a lot of the decrease townsite on April 27, 2020. Picture equipped by McMurray Aviation

Council debating flood safety grants, new buyout affords for Draper

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Based mostly on value determinations of and eligible properties, buyouts in Draper may value the municipality as much as $16.4 million if they’re accepted by each home-owner.

For anybody who refuses to depart, council is debating a grant to assist flood-proof properties. The municipality estimates this is able to value as much as $953,400, relying on how many individuals go for the grants.

Council will debate each packages on Tuesday.

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  • Edmonton cops are subject testing physique cameras subsequent week. The Alberta authorities is making them obligatory for all cops.
  • It value $3.62 million in severances to fireside 23 executives, administrators, managers and advisors with Alberta Well being Companies. Former CEO and president Dr. Verna Yiu had the best package deal.
  • Columnist Don Braid argues the Alberta NDP wants to melt its starkly detrimental picture and construct help in rural Alberta, however Rachel Notley must be changed as chief first.
  • The province may provide $1,200 to folks transferring to Alberta to work high-demand jobs. Columnist Chris Varcoe asks if this can make a distinction.
  • If you happen to’re hitting the street this summer time, 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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