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Weekly replace: homelessness challenges downtown growth, Native HERO in funding talks

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • Automotive Wash, Barbecue and Nail Trims Fundraiser for Fort McMurray SPCA: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Excessive Faculty on Friday.
  • Indigenous Arts and Tradition—Household Night time: This free occasion is from 6 p.m. to eight p.m. at Wooden Buffalo Regional Library throughout each Friday in July. Hosted by the Nistawoyou Affiliation Friendship Centre.
  • 2023 Backyard Crawl: Develop Wooden Buffalo is internet hosting a Backyard Crawl on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register on-line for this free occasion to discover who’s rising what in native gardens.
  • Maple Goals: An artwork present by artist and sculptor Jef Albea on Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Advantage Resort & Suites.
  • Tipsy Trivia’s Hair Steel Music Bingo: Monday at 7 p.m. at Canadian Brewhouse.
  • Youth Arts and Crafts: This free occasion is on the Wooden Buffalo Regional Library on Monday from 3:30 p.m. to five p.m. Hosted by the Nistawoyou Affiliation Friendship Centre.
  • Fort McMurray City Market: Each Wednesday in July and August. The market opens at Jubilee Plaza from 10 a.m. to three p.m.
  • Tipsy Trivia’s Normal Information Trivia: Brewskis Pub on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wooden Buffalo Disc Golf Affiliation: Disc golf is at Stone Creek Disc Golf Course on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration is on-line.

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Visitors on Franklin Avenue in Fort McMurray Alta. close to the height of visitors on on Tuesday September 29, 2015. Garrett Barry/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

The RMWB’s proposed plan to repair downtown

The Space Redevelopment Plan (ARP) is the newest main proposal on bettering downtown.

Priorities deal with the economic system, security, transit, parks and aesthetics of downtown. This consists of every little thing from bike lanes and constructing requirements to extra occasions and security requirements.

Individuals collect exterior tents in an encampment close to the nook of Manning Avenue and Marshall Avenue in downtown Fort McMurray on July 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Non-profits and companies urge motion on homelessness in downtown

Letters from enterprise homeowners and the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce are urging the municipality to do extra to struggle homelessness in downtown.

Individuals residing in additional than a dozen tents exterior the Centre of Hope has change into harmful for everybody within the space, they argue, and setting again hopes for downtown growth.

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The Centre of Hope and different non-profits are looking for applicable housing for all homeless individuals within the area, however say extra assets are wanted.

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A helicopter operated by the Native Helicopter Emergency Response Group (HERO) on the group’s annual automobile present exterior Centerfire Place on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

Native HERO, Alberta negotiating air ambulance contract a couple of yr later

The phrases of a five-year contract to help air ambulance companies in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo continues to be being negotiated greater than a yr after it was introduced by the Alberta authorities.

Paul Spring of Native Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation (HERO) says negotiations have been delayed due to the current election, summer time breaks and wildfire season.

In the meantime, Native HERO is seeing rising prices in coaching, gear and insurance coverage. Demand has additionally gone up this yr.

Workers on the Cenovus Christina Lake oilsands facility, situated south of Fort McMurray, stroll previous steam turbines as they start their shift on this Could 2012 file photograph. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Ottawa’s vow to finish subsidies gained’t stymie oilsands push for internet zero: Cenovus CEO

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Cenovus Vitality CEO Jon McKenzie is puzzled by Ottawa’s discuss of phasing out inefficient subsidies to Canada’s oil and gasoline sector, however doesn’t see it having a lot impact on decarbonization plans for the oilsands.

Earlier this week, Setting Minister Steven Guilbeault unveiled plans to halt subsidies to the oil and gasoline sector.

“I definitely bear in mind writing a variety of cheques to the provincial and federal governments. I don’t bear in mind receiving a variety of cheques in return,” stated McKenzie.

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The Trews acting at RBC Bluesfest on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Photograph by Sean Sisk / RBC Bluesfest

Wooden Buffalo Ribfest unveils live performance lineup

Live shows are again at Wooden Buffalo Ribfest. This yr’s competition of meats and barbecue might be at Snye Level Park in the course of the Labour Day lengthy weekend.

The Trews, Royal Foundry, Trans-Canada Freeway Males, Joel Plaskett, Jade Eagleson, Dan Davidson, Teigen Gayse, Trooper and Captain Tractor are scheduled to carry out.

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The Wooden Buffalo RCMP detachment in Timberlea in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Lacking or stolen bike? The police might need it

Wooden Buffalo RCMP have recovered greater than 30 bicycles together with frames, wheels and different equipment.

Investigators consider they had been stolen regionally, however have had hassle reuniting the bicycles with their homeowners. Up to now, just one bike has been returned to its proprietor.

Within the meantime, you’ll be able to register lacking or stolen bicycles. Extra data is on the municipality’s web site.

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A firetruck operated by Regional Emergency Companies (RES) and the Fort McKay Hearth Division on the Fort McKay Hearth Corridor on Saturday, June 10, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Immediately/Postmedia Community

RCMP investigating six arsons inside three-hour window in Fort McMurray, Janvier

Police are investigating six arsons that happened inside three hours in Fort McMurray and Janvier. No accidents had been reported however police are asking the general public for assist.

Trying throughout Alberta

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Conservative Get together of Canada candidate Shuvaloy Majumdar speaks to supporters after successful the Calgary Heritage byelection on Monday, July 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
  • Farming disaster: Southern Alberta has had an “unusually dry” summer time, in response to Setting and Local weather Change Canada. Taber is the newest municipality to declare an agricultural catastrophe as farmers battle sizzling, dry climate. Vulcan, Foothills, Stettler, Paintearth, Cypress and Wheatland have additionally declared agricultural disasters.  Calgary is curbing water use and asking residents to do the identical.
  • Conservative victory: Shuvaloy Majumdar, a former coverage adviser to Stephen Harper and former Conservative international minister John Baird, is the brand new Conservative MP for Calgary Heritage. He gained the Tory stronghold with 65 per cent of the vote.
  • Human rights criticism: A Russian-Canadian group says their human rights had been violated after they had been banned from the Edmonton Heritage Competition. The teams says they’ve been the goal of threats and harassment in current months. Competition organizers say they had been threatened if the Russian pavilion appeared on this yr’s competition. Ukrainian teams requested for the Russians to be excluded.
  • Council issues: A municipal inspection discovered Chestermere is managed in an “irregular, improper and improvident” method. The mayor and council deny this, however Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver says Chestermere’s council might face “additional motion” if suggestions are ignored.
  • Stampede settlement: A partial settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit towards the Calgary Stampede that alleged the group allowed a efficiency college staffer to sexually abuse younger boys.
  • Blood work: Alberta has a critical blood scarcity and persons are urged to donate. Fort McMurray residents should journey to donate blood. We’ve lined the monetary and logistical hurdles stopping Canada Blood Companies (CBS) from visiting Fort McMurray. It’s not due to commuters carrying STIs, CBS says that’s an city legend.
  • Pension future: Premier Danielle Smith desires Finance Minister Nate Horner to review changing the Canada Pension Plan with a provincial mannequin. This concept isn’t new, nevertheless it’s by no means been pursued. Right here’s how Alberta might do it (if it desires to).
  • Growth city: Oppenheimer has nukes on our minds, so right here’s when an American investor satisfied Alberta nuking the oilsands was a fantastic concept. Premier Danielle Smith sees a spot for nuclear fission within the oilsands and made small modular reactors a precedence for Vitality Minister Brian Jean. Jean visited South Korea in March to debate bringing reactors to the oilsands. Canada truly participated within the Manhattan Undertaking, which means a Heritage Minute on vapourizing cities is feasible. Canada is  additionally updating fallout plans in case the Russia-Ukraine Battle goes nuclear. Have a superb weekend!
  • Learn up on the politics and tradition of Alberta  with Postmedia’s subscriber-exclusive publication, What’s up with Alberta? Curated by the Nationwide Submit’s Tyler Dawson each Tuesday and Thursday.

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