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  • YMM Oktoberfest: Polka, German and craft beers, and video games at Fort McMurray Heritage Village on Sept. 29 and 30. Extra data on-line.
  • Keyano Huskies’ Soccer: Subsequent dwelling recreation is in opposition to Concordia College of Edmonton at Shell Place. Girls play at 2 p.m. and males play at 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. Girls play at 12 p.m. and males play at 2 p.m. on Oct. 1.
  • Trivia: Seinfeld trivia is Oct. 4 at Canadian Brewhouse. Basic data is Oct. 5 at Brewski’s Pub. Each occasions begin at 7 p.m.
  • Keyano Theatre presents Clue: Runs from Oct. 5 to Oct. 14. Tickets could be purchased on-line.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders: Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at Centerfire Place at 7:30 p.m. Schedule is on-line.
  • After Hours with Dallas Smith: That includes particular visitor JoJo Mason. Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. on the CNOOC Discipline Home on the Suncor Group Leisure Centre. Tickets on-line.
  • An Night with Jillian Harris: Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at MacDonald Island Park, doorways open at 6 p.m. Tickets on-line.
  • YMM Pumpkins & Planes Household Enjoyable Occasion: Fort McMurray Worldwide Airport on Oct. 21 at midday. Tickets on-line.
  • Be part of a RMWB committee: The RMWB has 65 spots on 15 municipal boards and committees. Info periods are on Oct. 2 and Oct. 4. Apply by Oct. 23. Info on-line.
  • Flip site visitors bins into artwork: Artists are paid $700 if their work is picked. RMWB accepting proposals till Oct. 27.
  • Council’s Excellence Award: Nominations for excellent residents are open till Oct. 30.
  • Suggestions on recycling and rubbish companies: The RMWB desires suggestions for his or her Stable Waste Administration Plan. Full the survey by Oct. 31 for an opportunity to win prizes. Info and the survey is on-line.

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Officers with Wooden Buffalo RCMP on Tundra Drive on September 24, 2023. Police responded to the murder of a person on Tundra Drive shortly after 12:40 a.m. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

Fort McMurray has had three confirmed homicides this month

Police in Fort McMurray are investigating three homicides that each one happened in September. Investigators don’t imagine the deaths are associated. Police additionally don’t imagine the victims have been randomly focused.

Police are investigating the homicide of Keelin Kortzman, 17. His physique was discovered Sept. 14 at Gregoire Lake.  A person who has but to be publicly recognized was fatally shot on Sept. 24 on Tundra Drive in Thickwood.

The demise of Norman Lineham, 43, can also be a murder. Lineham was discovered useless within the basement of his Timberlea dwelling on Sept. 21. He had not been seen in awhile and police say somebody who knew Lineham discovered his physique after they went to examine on him.

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Members of the Wooden Buffalo RCMP on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community SunMedia

One man killed in police taking pictures in Fort McMurray, ASIRT investigating

A Wednesday afternoon shootout in Beacon Hill has ended with one man useless and one other lady injured. 

Wooden Buffalo RCMP say they acquired a firearms grievance at roughly 4 p.m. on Beaconwood Place when officers say a person approached a lady at her dwelling and shot her. The person drove away and fired a weapon a number of extra instances. 

A struggle happened between the person and police on the scene, leading to pictures being fired. The person was shot by police and didn’t survive. The lady was taken to the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre and has been launched.

A shelter in place order was issued to residents, which lasted till 5:40 p.m. The identify of the deceased has not been launched by police. No officers or another residents have been injured within the incident.

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Individuals at Kiyam Group Park for the Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation on Sept. 28, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

March honours residential faculty victims for Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation

A whole lot of individuals marched by downtown Fort McMurray on Thursday morning to recollect the victims of the residential faculty system throughout the Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation.

In a speech to marchers, Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) stated the scars left by the faculties are nonetheless felt in Indigenous communities.

Adam, who attended the Holy Angels Residential Faculty in Fort Chipewyan, criticized Alberta’s youngster welfare system as “the brand new residential faculty system.”

The federal authorities has accredited $35 million in funding for Treaty 8 First Nations for transitional housing for youngsters popping out of the system. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday in Edmonton.

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“We acquired abused at residential faculty and we acquired abused at day faculty, however the abuse continued lengthy after residential colleges closed their doorways and it continues at the moment,” stated Adam.

“An elder stated it’ll take three generations to heal… my daughter and my grandchildren and my nice grandchildren would be the ones who slowly fade away from it.”


Fort McMurray experiences 16 deadly drug poisonings in first half of 2023

The primary six months of 2023 noticed 16 folks in Fort McMurray die from drug poisonings, in accordance with knowledge from Alberta Well being, and 12 of these deaths included opioids.

The information additionally exhibits methamphetamine was current in at the least 5 deaths, cocaine was current in three deaths and alcohol was present in two deaths.

Final 12 months throughout the identical interval, 9 folks in Fort McMurray died from drug poisonings . A complete of 19 folks died in 2022.

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Alberta reported 990 deaths from drug poisonings throughout the first six months of 2023. Drug poisoning throughout Alberta killed 161 folks in June. One other 10 deaths have been added to Could’s depend, bringing the demise toll to 166 folks.

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Tracy Janvier seems on this equipped picture from household.

Decide recommends RCMP consider deaths after deadly 2016 collision south of Fort McMurray

An inquiry report into the 2016 demise of a person who was hit twice on Freeway 881, together with by an RCMP officer, has made suggestions to stop comparable tragedies.

Among the many six suggestions, Justice Stephanie Cleary dominated the RCMP ought to develop a course of for evaluating deaths from police automobile collisions to find out if coaching modifications ought to be made.

Tracey Janvier, 41, had been at a marriage and ended up strolling on an unlit a part of a freeway resulting in his hometown of Janvier, south of Fort McMurray, when he was first struck by a automobile. A passenger within the automobile known as 911.

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Shortly after, Janvier was struck once more by an RCMP truck pushed by Const. Michelle Phillips, who was responding to the scene.

In 2019, Phillips was discovered not responsible of harmful driving inflicting demise and harmful driving inflicting bodily hurt. A trial decide dominated there was doubt over whether or not Phillips contributed to Janvier’s demise. Cleary stated the felony trial didn’t have a look at wider points that her inquiry did.

ALERT Fort McMurray’s organized crime staff seized a sawed-off semi-automatic firearm together with $30,000 in medicine and money after a search warrant was executed on Sept. 14, 2023. A 50-year-old man is dealing with fees. Provided photograph/ALERT

Sawed-off gun, money, medicine seized in Fort McMurray bust: ALERT

A 50-year-old man is dealing with fees after officers seized a sawed-off semi-automatic firearm together with $30,000 in medicine and money, says the Alberta Regulation Enforcement Response Crew (ALERT).

ALERT Fort McMurray’s organized crime staff earlier this month started investigating a cocaine trafficking case in the neighborhood, with a person suspected of promoting medicine from his dwelling whereas underneath home arrest.

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Police seized a shotgun, cocaine, methamphetamine and money. David Carroll is dealing with quite a few drug trafficking-related fees, in addition to possession of a loaded prohibited firearm.

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Athletes, coaches and cultural delegates rejoice the top of the 2023 Arctic Winter Video games throughout closing ceremonies at MacDonald Island Park on February 4, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

Arctic Winter Video games host society sued by ex-general supervisor, chief of workers

Kimberly Rizzi, former normal supervisor of the Arctic Winter Video games (AWG), and her former chief of workers, Dale Bendfeld, are suing the host society for the 2023 AWG, two board members and the municipality. The disputes are ongoing and not one of the allegations have been confirmed in courtroom.

The AWG alleges Rizzi was fired in January 2021 after an worker made an nameless grievance about harassment. Rizzi denies she harassed staff and claims she was given the choice to ask for a proper investigation by the municipality’s HR division. She says AWG withdrew this selection and fired her.

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Bendfeld claims he was fired across the similar time following one other nameless grievance. He claims he was not given particulars concerning the alleged grievance. He additionally says he was not given a possibility to reply.

A tailings pond at Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray on February 25, 2023. Picture by Nicholas Vardy for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Chief tells AER to ‘lawyer up’ as report finds guidelines adopted in Kearl leaks

A report concludes the Alberta Power Regulator (AER) adopted its guidelines on communication after Imperial Oil’s Kearl mine spilled tens of millions of litres of wastewater into the encircling panorama.

However the report additionally discovered that the AER’s current procedures on communication are considerably missing in particulars or poorly outlined.

Instructed new protocols embrace assigning roles for speaking with native communities, and verifying that messages have been acquired by stakeholders and Indigenous leaders.

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The report notes the AER must standardize and make clear phrases like “incident” and “emergency.” Formal procedures should be created for inside communications and when to escalate conditions to administration and the board.

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation stated he was not impressed with the report and known as for the AER to be disbanded.

“This had a direct affect on our treaty rights. I’ve been calling for an overhaul on the AER for over 12 years. For my part, you don’t let the individuals who have been a part of the issue give you options,” stated Adam in an interview. “They higher lawyer up as a result of ACFN is coming.”

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Rylan Ringor of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons goes in opposition to the Lloydminster Bobcats on September 23, 2023. Picture equipped by Dan Traces/Fort McMurray Oil Barons

Fort McMurray Oil Barons optimistic as 2023-24 AJHL season will get underway

Head coach Adam Manah is optimistic for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons now that the 2023-24 season has begun. Manah is proud of the standard of each the seasoned and new gamers on this 12 months’s staff, though there are some challenges forward.

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The MOB have six gamers coming back from final season. The remainder of the staff is a mix of rookies and trades. Some promising additions to the staff have been injured at the beginning of the season, however are anticipated to hit the ice quickly.

The staff is doing properly with energy performs this season and Manah stated development on this space is best than what was seen final 12 months. The staff can also be engaged on tightening their defensive play.

“It’s just a bit bit up and down as far as we attempt to discover consistency,” stated Manah in an interview. “It appears promising. We’ve acquired some nice gamers, we’re simply engaged on getting all people in sync.”

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Freeway the canine was among the many 700 motorbikes and riders converged on Capilano Mall for the staging space of the fortieth annual Edmonton Toy Run that collects unwrapped toys for Santas Nameless on Sept 24, 2023.Picture by Shaughn Butts

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