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Weekly replace: Fort Chipewyan goes house, controversy at FMCSD, goodbye to a beloved mail provider

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • June is Delight Month and Delight YMM has a month filled with occasions celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ neighborhood. All are welcome. A full listing of occasions is on-line.
  • MacDonald Island Park is internet hosting Canada Day occasions all through the weekend. Schedule of occasions is on-line.
  • The RMWB is internet hosting a neighbourhood engagement session. Whereas the session will probably be in Gregoire, all neighbourhoods are welcome. Assembly runs right this moment from 4 p.m. to six p.m. at Greely Street Public College.
  • RibFest Drive-Through returns to Centerfire Place from Friday to Sunday. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • McMurray Gospel Meeting is internet hosting an early Canada Day barbecue on Sunday at 12 p.m. All are invited to this free occasion.
  • The Autism Society hosts its Santa Enjoyable Run within the Birchwood Trails on Sunday at 9 a.m. Register for a 1K or 5K race on-line.
  • Nationwide Canoe Day is on Monday. The Borealis Paddling Membership is internet hosting occasions at Snye Level Park from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasions are listed on-line.
  • Develop Wooden Buffalo is internet hosting a Backyard Crawl on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register on-line to discover native gardens and see who’s rising what.
  • Tipsy Trivia returns to Brewskis Pub on Monday at 7 p.m. This week’s theme is basic information.
  • The theatre group Swamp Rat Expertise is internet hosting auditions for the musical Lease. Auditions are on Wednesday and Thursday. Signup and schedule is on-line.
  • Arts Council Wooden Buffalo hosts its Artist in Residence Showcase at Keyano Theatre. The Wednesday present runs from 2 p.m. to six p.m. The Thursday present runs from 2 p.m. to five p.m., with a reception to comply with.
  • Disc golf returns to Stone Creek Disc Golf Park on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hosted by WBDGA.
  • Fort McMurray Runners is internet hosting a park run on July 1. Meet at Doug Barnes Cabin at 9 a.m.
  • Have a good time 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. This can be a free occasion.

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L-R: Kelsey Janvier, Paula Galenzoski, Jonathan Higdon, Cathie Langmead and Anthony Hoffman, trustees for the board of the Fort McMurray Catholic College Division. Picture equipped by FMCSD and brought by Treasured Paquette

Trustee’s posts on 2SLGBTQIA+ values criticized, defended at FMCSD board assembly

Trustee Jonathan Higdon of the Fort McMurray Catholic College Division (FMCSD) isn’t resigning after he was accused of writing hateful posts in the direction of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals on his Fb web page.

Higdon defended his beliefs as typical of a Catholic faculty trustee and mentioned he didn’t intend to offend anybody.

Members and supporters of the 2SLGBTQIA+ neighborhood argue Higdon’s libertarian strategy in the direction of his religion and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals is inappropriate for an elected official. Additionally they accused FMCSD of failing the 2SLGBTQIA+ neighborhood in current months.

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Nevertheless, Higdon acquired help from a major variety of attendees, together with Catholics, Muslims and Christians of assorted denominations.

Higdon’s feedback and their reactions mirror an ongoing debate inside the Catholic Church on its stance towards the 2SLGBTQIA+ neighborhood.

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Off-road automobiles parked in Fort McKay on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

You may journey an OHV and have a yard hearth once more

The province and the RMWB have lifted their bans on off-highway automobiles and yard campfires after heavy rainfall within the area. Nevertheless, open fires within the backcountry are nonetheless prohibited, and present hearth permits stay suspended.

The bans started in early Could due to scorching climate and dry winds. Alberta Wildfire says the present hearth danger for the area is reasonable, so hearth officers are nonetheless warning individuals to be accountable.

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The 2023 wildfire season in Alberta has been notably busy, with quite a few fires attributable to each lightning and human exercise.

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Bob Snow stands close to his Canada Publish truck in Thickwood after a retirement celebration honoured his 40-year profession on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Thickwood says goodbye as mail provider retires after almost 40 years

Bob Snow, a beloved mail provider in Thickwood, retired after 40 years of bringing pleasure to each people and their furry buddies.

Snow was well-known for petting and feeding the canines on his route, regardless of Canada Publish’s coverage towards it. To honour him, the neighborhood sponsored a kennel on the native SPCA for a yr and donated an abundance of canine cookies.

Everybody had a narrative about Snow and the way his kindness, humour and generosity impacted the neighbourhood.

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A gas 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 Picture by Ryan Jackson /Edmonton Journal

Fort Chipewyan evacuation places give attention to everlasting highway

Fort Chipewyan’s leaders are renewing requires an all-weather highway after a wildfire prompted an evacuation of the neighborhood on Could 30. The neighborhood can solely be accessed by aircraft, boat or a winter highway.

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Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation means that constructing a everlasting highway to Fort Smith, NWT, could also be faster than one to Fort McMurray.

Whereas no official plans have been made, discussions are underway with northern communities.

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A person with the Hindu Cultural Society of Fort McMurray celebrates whereas marching within the Canada Day Parade in Fort McMurray on July 1, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Canada Day parade cancelled this yr, fireworks and occasions ongoing

The municipality has cancelled its Canada Day parade, however will proceed to host Canada Day occasions and fireworks through the lengthy weekend.

Responding to the Fort Chipewyan wildfire and planning for re-entry has strained lots of the neighborhood volunteers, companies and RMWB workers that will usually give attention to the Canada Day parade.

The logistics and planning for the wildfire response and re-entry planning has been huge.

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A employee walks beneath pipes on the Fort Hills oilsands undertaking on Monday, September 10, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Varcoe: Oilpatch labour crunch is the speedy jobs concern, say trade leaders

Canada has a looming labour drawback within the oil and fuel sector, though it’s not the problem the federal authorities essentially has in thoughts with its new Sustainable Jobs Act.

It’s a present lack of individuals wanted to work throughout the sector as demand for vitality heats up, with world oil consumption anticipated to succeed in report ranges this yr and drilling exercise rising.

“Since 2014, we have now been in a interval of instability within the trade,” Brian Groody, a vice-president with oilfield companies agency Baker Hughes, informed the Calgary Vitality Present.

“From a service perspective, it makes it very difficult to rent and retain after we’re going up and we’re taking place, by way of the general trade exercise.”

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