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Weekly replace: Hearth watchtowers are nonetheless round, murder in Janvier and no skate park but for Gregoire

The information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • Flip site visitors bins into artwork: Artists are paid $700 if their work is picked. RMWB’s deadline is TODAY.
  • “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 artistic path. Her journey encompasses a triumphant battle towards mind tumors, power ache, and psychological well being hurdles. Runs till TODAY on the Kirschner Household Group Artwork Gallery.
  • An Night with Mary Walsh: An evening of mature-rated comedy at Keyano Theatre on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and knowledge on-line.
  • AHS well being truthful: Expectant and new dad and mom can meet one-on-one with well being care professionals from Alberta Well being Providers. Individuals can find out about childhood immunizations; toddler feeding and diet; toddler security; native AHS prenatal courses; sexual, pelvic and psychological well being; and different native AHS providers. Free occasion on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort McMurray Group Well being Providers at 113 Thickwood Blvd.
  • Council’s Excellence Award: Nominations for excellent residents are open till Oct. 30.
  • Suggestions on recycling and rubbish providers: The RMWB needs suggestions for his or her Strong Waste Administration Plan. Full the survey by Oct. 31 for an opportunity to win prizes. Info and the survey is on-line.
  • Brett Kissel headlines Keyano Gala: Keyano’s annual fundraising gala is Nov. 4. Alberta nation music star Brett Kissel is headlining an occasion impressed by Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. Funds from the black-tie affair go in direction of Keyano packages together with teachers, sports activities, theatre, commerce packages and capital initiatives. Tickets on-line.
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony: The Royal Canadian Legion is internet hosting an indoor ceremony at MacDonald Island Park and an out of doors ceremony exterior its Waterways department on Nov. 11. A reception will likely be held after the ceremonies. A schedule of occasions is in our story on this yr’s Memorial Household.
  • Christmas poinsettia fundraiser: Poinsettias, wreathes and planters are being bought with all funds going in direction of the Autism Society of the RMWB. Orders may be made on-line. Deliveries will likely be on Nov. 23.
  • Competition of Bushes: The annual fundraiser for the Northern Lights Well being Basis returns to MacDonald Island Park from Nov. 17-19. The timber may be loved without spending a dime throughout the day, however tickets are restricted for the Competition Gala and Tree Public sale, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Celebration and Daddy/Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball. Ticket info is on-line.
  • RCMP Regimental Ball: Wooden Buffalo RCMP is internet hosting a regimental ball open to the general public. All funds go in direction of the Royal Canadian Legion Department 165 and the Centre of Hope. Gala consists of dinner, dancing, door prizes, a 50/50 draw and raffle, and stay leisure by the Kitchen Celebration. Every visitor will get a commemorative Problem Coin. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased through etransfer at [email protected]. Embody title and telephone quantity within the etransfer feedback. Nov. 24 at Shell Place.
  • KD Gala for the Centre of Hope: Native cooks will create their very own spin on macaroni and cheese at this fundraiser for the Centre of Hope. 12 p.m. to five p.m. on Nov. 26 on the Golden Years Society. Tickets are on-line.

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Brett scans the horizon for smoke from a lookout tower south of Fort McMurray on September 21, 2023. Photograph by Emily Smith for Postmedia Community

In combat towards wildfires, Alberta’s lookout towers are dependable, low-tech protectors

Satellites, A.I. and cameras are a number of the newer instruments used to combat wildfires. Alberta isn’t any exception in adopting this know-how, however the province insists its lookout towers are simply as dependable as the most recent tech.

With 100 towers throughout Alberta and eight within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area, Alberta has extra towers than some other province. Some provinces scrapped their packages many years in the past.

However towers have proved dependable in Alberta, even throughout heavy wildfire seasons. If you happen to’re mentally and bodily match sufficient, it may also be a peaceable job (offered you may deal with the isolation).

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“I don’t know what this job will appear to be sooner or later, however I do know you may’t beat it,” mentioned Brett, a lookout observer who spent the summer season at a tower south of Fort McMurray

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An RCMP workplace in Janvier, Alta. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Cullen Chicken/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

RCMP investigating murder close to Janvier; area’s fourth murder of 2023

Police are investigating the demise of Rico Wilson Janvier, 33, of the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation as a murder.

At round 1 a.m. on Oct. 16, Alberta RCMP’s Main Crimes Unit says officers had been informed of an unconscious man exterior Lot 6 on the Janvier reserve of the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, which is adjoining to the municipal hamlet of Janvier. Police say Janvier was discovered with life threatening accidents.

A floor ambulance rushed him to a close-by airstrip and he was flown to the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre, then to the College of Alberta Hospital. He remained on life assist and in important situation till his demise on Tuesday.

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That is the fourth murder to happen within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area this yr. It is usually the primary murder of 2023 to happen within the area’s rural areas.

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A counter-protest supporting sexual and gender schooling in colleges, organized by Satisfaction YMM in downtown Fort McMurray on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Counter-protest outnumbers protesters towards gender, sexual schooling

Not more than 30 individuals protesting how intercourse and gender are taught in school rooms spent Saturday afternoon close to the Fort McMurray court docket home on Franklin Avenue.

However they had been met with dozens extra counter-protesters who organized after studying concerning the rally.

The individuals opposing sexual orientation and gender id (SOGI) schooling in colleges are a part of 1 Million March 4 Youngsters, a nation-wide protest motion that has rallied in dozens of cities and cities throughout Canada.

A Fort McMurray rally towards SOGI in September introduced tons of of people that marched from the Jubilee Centre to the Catholic and public college divisions. Satisfaction YMM, which advocates for the area’s 2SLGBTQI+ group, didn’t set up a counter-protest to that rally.

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This time, Satisfaction YMM referred to as the turnout a hit. There have been no violent clashes or arrests between both facet.

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A flooded TaigaNova Eco-Industrial Park in Fort McMurray on April 27, 2020. Picture provided by McMurray Aviation

Council approves $13.9 million for flood mitigation of TaigaNova’s northern portion

Flood mitigation of the northern portion on the TaigaNova Eco-Industrial Park will price roughly $18.5 million. An additional $13.9 million in extra funding will likely be wanted and the remaining $4.6 million will come from the present flood mitigation price range.

Municipal administration made the request to council at their Tuesday assembly. Funding wanted to be accredited instantly so procurement might start shortly, versus ready for council’s 2024 price range talks in December.

Procurement requests will likely be posted subsequent week and administration hopes to award contracts quickly.

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Most flood mitigation will likely be finished by 2026. A closing barrier will likely be completed by 2027 or 2028.

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L-R: Bryden Andrews, Chase Proulx, Kirby Cardinal, Jada Clarke, Helina Halie, Jesse MacLean and Connor Andrews of their Greely Highway College classroom on April 4, 2023. The scholars put togehter a proposal for a skate park in Gregoire that was offered to council in March. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Council asks for overview of skate park proposal pitched by Gregoire college students

After pitching a skate park to council final March, the youngsters of Gregoire should wait longer earlier than studying if the RMWB will construct a spot to skateboard, bike and curler blade of their neighbourhood.

Council unanimously had administration proceed reviewing the mission, together with the dimensions, design and prices of any park proposals.

Councillors balked at prices of the choices they had been proven at Tuesday’s assembly. Administration mentioned inflation and provide chain issues had pushed up development prices.

Final March, the Grades 5 and 6 college students of Greely Highway College requested council to construct a park within the neighbourhood. Throughout an April go to to the college, the scholars informed Fort McMurray Immediately that Gregoire wants extra municipal funding for households and younger individuals in the neighborhood.

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Lance Corporal Gordon Glenn White of Fort McMurray died in Vietnam in 1969. Picture provided by Royal Canadian Legion

Household of Fort McMurray man killed in Vietnam to be honoured on Remembrance Day

The household of Lance Corporal  Gordon Glenn White will likely be honoured as this yr’s Memorial Household at native Remembrance Day ceremonies.

White was born in 1945 in Fort McMurray and labored at Nice Canadian Oil Sands (GCOS). His father served within the Second World Conflict and in Could 1968, White enlisted in the US Marine Corps. On March 12, 1969, White was killed by a landmine in Vietnam.

Remembrance Day ceremonies typically function the household of a veteran who died serving their nation in warfare. White’s household will likely be represented at this yr’s ceremony by his youngest sister, Penney Fedora, and his nephew, Rick White. A fellow Marine and Vietnam veteran may also converse on the ceremony.

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Particulars for this yr’s ceremonies are within the story.

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Wooden Buffalo RCMP’s Fort Chipewyan detachment on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Mountie justified in failed ‘suicide by cop’ taking pictures in Fort Chipewyan: ASIRT

Alberta’s police watchdog says a police officer was justified to fireside his weapon at an intoxicated man he believed was about to attract a weapon on him.

An intoxicated Fort Chipewyan man was banging and kicking the RCMP’s detachment’s door when he was approached by an officer. The person yelled on the officer to shoot him and had his palms in his pocket. The officer shot the person as soon as within the leg when the person pulled a black object from his pocket. It turned out to be a damaged TV distant.

The person survived the taking pictures and didn’t bear in mind the incident. He apologized to the officer for his behaviour.

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Sage Morin, also called “The Matriarch,” works with Melisa Daybreak at Monster Professional Wrestling on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023 in Edmonton. Greg Southam/Postmedia Community
  • Wrestling with grief: After a decade of trauma and heartache, Sage Morin has discovered function and peace contained in the squared circle. Wrestling for Morin, also called “The Matriarch,” has turn into her life; it’s additionally turn into an enormous a part of her therapeutic journey from a traumatic previous. As a wrestler with Monster Professional Wrestling, Morin lately appeared in Fort McMurray.
  • Pension combat: Conservative Chief Pierre Poilievre is encouraging Albertans to remain within the Canada Pension Plan, and is blaming Liberal financial insurance policies for division on the CPP. Ontario’s finance minister argues Alberta might trigger “severe hurt” if it leaves CPP. Premier Danielle Smith says a referendum on the problem gained’t occur with out extra info on what belongings Alberta is entitled to.
  • Out of this world job: Edmonton-raised Charity Weeden has been sworn in as NASA’s affiliate administrator for NASA’s workplace of know-how, coverage, and technique. Weeden’s workplace offers NASA’a management with recommendation on all the things from sending individuals to Mars and again to the Moon, to clearing area junk. Weeden took her oath on the Carl Sagan novel Contact.
  • Sick deal: Alberta hospitals used Turkish kids’s ache remedy for six months earlier than being ordered to modify again to straightforward dosage home acetaminophen. The Alberta authorities spent $80 million final December importing the remedy. Widespread shortages in Canada had left dad and mom scrambling.
  • ‘Systemic lapses’: Seven inmates on the Edmonton Remand Centre got substandard care that brought on hospitalization and even demise, dominated Alberta’s Public Curiosity Commissioner. The centre has beforehand confronted allegations about subpar medical care. A 2019 report in contrast its office tradition to a highschool.
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive e-newsletter, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Put up’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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