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Weekly replace: Fort Chipewyan wildfires, Suncur layoffs and Fort McMurray stays UCP blue

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • June is Pleasure Month and Pleasure YMM has a month filled with occasions celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ neighborhood. All are welcome. A full record of occasions is on-line.
  • Rock the Rails returns to the skate park at Syncrude Athletic Park on June 2 and June 3. It is a weekend filled with punk and steel bands, skateboarding and BMX bikes. It is a free, all-ages occasion. Meals vans and distributors shall be obtainable, as will a beer tent. Extra info is on-line.
  • Hues for Humanity returns to the Birchwood Trails. This 5K color run begins at Doug Barnes Cabin at 9:30 a.m. on June 3. All funds go in the direction of Canadian Humanitarian’s training, well being and empowerment initiatives around the globe. Tickets are on-line.
  • Style of Africa is being hosted by McMurray Gospel Meeting from 5 p.m. to eight p.m. on June 3. Tickets and knowledge are on-line.
  • Northlife Fellowship Baptist Church is internet hosting Board Video games from 1 p.m. to three p.m. on June 4. It is a free occasion.
  • Identify That Tune returns to Tavern on Predominant on June 7 at 7 p.m. Funds go in the direction of Ladies Inc. of Northern Alberta. Register and purchase tickets right here.
  • Tipsy Trivia returns to Mr. Mikes Steakhouse each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s class is common data.
  • Wooden Buffalo Disc Golf Affiliation returns with one other season and meets June 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration could be executed on-line.
  • Let’s Play Chess! is at Wooden Buffalo Regional Library on June 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. It is a free drop-in occasion.
  • Warhammer 40K ‘Meet N Geek’ is on June 10 from midday to 4 p.m. This month-to-month meet-up takes place at Tactical Magic Video games.
  • Fam Expo is at Shell Place on June 10 at 10 a.m. It is a family-friendly indoor competition for lovers of superheroes and comedian books. All proceeds go to KidSport Wooden Buffalo. Tickets are $15.
  • Double Header! Fort McMurray Space 63 Motorsports Park hosts two days filled with filth observe racing. Races are on June 10 and 11 from midday to 4 p.m.

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Wooden Buffalo Volunteers is coordinating volunteers shifts at Centerfire Place to assist Fort Chipewyan evacuees. You possibly can join right here. Donations are additionally being looked for feminine hygiene merchandise; gently used clear garments for kids and adults; diapers and wipes; new socks and underwear; and New swimsuits for adults and youngsters

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A wildfire burns outdoors Fort Chipewyan on Wednesday, Might 31, 2023. Picture equipped by Kendrick Cardinal

Firefighters battle Fort Chipewyan wildfire, some cabins and traplines misplaced

As of Thursday, the wildfire burned 13 kilometres from Fort Chipewyan and 6 kilometres from the Allison Bay reserve. It’s burning uncontrolled and now covers an space of 86 square-kilometres.

Extra firefighters and tools are coming into the neighborhood every day. In the meantime, greater than 800 individuals are questioning after they can return house.

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Alice Rigney, an Elder with ACFN, was a part of the primary wave of individuals to go away due to her age. She was reluctant to go away Fort Chipewyan, however understood why it was now not protected to remain house.

“Bylaw informed us we needed to go away, so I packed my suitcase and one other bag with my grandson,” she stated. “The airport was so crowded with so many individuals attempting to get out. However it was good, everyone seems to be getting out.”

Caroline Powder was flown out on a medevac flight after her son had a seizure on the airport. Powder stated her son is recovering and believes the seizure was brought on by stress.

“I’m nonetheless processing all the pieces, letting all the pieces sink in and questioning what to do now,” she stated outdoors the Nomad Resort the place she is staying. “I wouldn’t want this upon my worst enemy.”

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Suncor Vitality workers stroll previous heavy haulers at a Suncor web site north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on this 2014 file picture. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

Suncor reducing 1,500 jobs by finish of 12 months

The 1,500 job losses shall be unfold throughout Suncor and can have an effect on each workers and contractors.

It will impression 9 per cent of the corporate. They aren’t a part of Suncor’s plan to scale back its contractor workforce by 20 per cent.

The cuts come as new CEO Wealthy Kruger forges forward together with his mandate to scale back prices and enhance the corporate’s lagging monetary efficiency.

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Brian Jean and Tany Yao pose for a photograph collectively on the downtown Boston Pizza after they had been re-elected UCP MLAs on Might 29, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

Tany Yao, Brian Jean win Fort McMurray as Danielle Smith’s UCP varieties majority

Each Tany Yao and Brian Jean say bettering health-care shall be one in all their prime priorities in authorities after simply profitable their ridings.

In the meantime, former UCP candidate and Unbiased candidate Zulkifl Mujahid completed fourth after spending most of his marketing campaign attacking Yao, the UCP, and all political events and leaders.

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Councillor Funky Banjoko, who ran as an impartial candidate in opposition to Yao, was shocked at her loss. The Alberta Occasion did not make any dent within the election.

The NDP candidates completed second in each ridings, regardless that they did no campaigning.

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Canadian Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond with members of the Noralta Skating Membership at MacDonald Isnald Park on Saturday, Might 27, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond mentors native determine skaters

Kaetlyn Osmond, the most effective determine skaters Canada has ever produced, introduced her ice clinic to MacDonald Island Park to move on a few of her abilities to a youthful era of determine skaters.

Osmond retired from determine skating in 2018 and is a pupil on the College of Alberta. However, she makes time to go to different communities to supply her skating clinic.

Osmond stated she likes visiting remoted and rural communities as a result of, as a small city woman herself, she is aware of it’s tough for these athletes to face out.

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Danielle Smith celebrates the UCP’s win and her re-election as premiere within the 2023 Alberta election on the UCP watch occasion on the election night time at Massive 4 Constructing in Calgary on Monday, Might 29, 2023. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Varcoe: ‘There’s a giant battle coming’ — Smith throws down gauntlet in power feud with Ottawa

Seize a seat and prepare, the subsequent spherical of the Alberta-Ottawa power battle is ready to start.

The incoming federal emissions cap on the oil and fuel sector and the plan for a net-zero electrical energy grid by 2035 are actually squarely within the crosshairs of Premier Danielle Smith’s newly re-elected authorities.

Columnist Chris Varcoe appears to be like on the stakes.

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Firefighters in Fort Chipewyan reply to a hearth on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Roman Catholic Church in a screenshot from a Fb Stay video shot by Chief Allan Adam on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. jpg, FM

Trial scheduled for 2 males accused of burning Catholic church in Fort Chipewyan

August Marcel, 26; and Raymond Ahyasou-Cardinal, 19; had been each charged in October with arson following the destruction of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Roman Catholic Church on Aug. 25.

A number of days after they had been arrested in October, the previous residence for monks and nuns was destroyed.

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Group leaders condemned the actions as an assault on the neighborhood’s historical past. Nevertheless, public response in the direction of their destruction is blended.

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A Wooden Buffalo RCMP automotive in Fort McMurray Alta. on Monday June 22, 2015. Andrew Bates/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community Photograph by Andrew Bates /Andrew Bates/Right this moment Workers

Fort McMurray man arrested after police chase in Lac La Biche space

A Fort McMurray man has been arrested in Lac La Biche and charged with 15 new offences after he was needed on a Canada-wide warrant for allegedly being unlawfully at giant on a parole breach.

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Police investigating alleged purse theft at restaurant

Wooden Buffalo RCMP had been informed of the alleged theft on Might 29 at roughly 7:37 p.m.

Safety footage reveals the suspect was with a person carrying all black.

Safety footage reveals the lady completed her meal, walked to a close-by desk, allegedly took an unattended purse and left.


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