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  • Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive: A partnership between RMWB Transit, Santas Nameless and Rock 97.9 and Nation 93.3, this annual marketing campaign encourages individuals to donate for native households new unwrapped toys, present playing cards for native companies and financial donations. Info and easy methods to donate is on-line.
  • RENT: RENT performs at Keyano Theatre till Nov. 18. Swamp Rat Expertise hopes the manufacturing will introduce theatre to new individuals. Tickets will be purchased at Keyano Theatre’s field workplace.
  • Christmas poinsettia fundraiser: Poinsettias, wreathes and planters are being offered with all funds going in the direction of the Autism Society of the RMWB. Orders will be made on-line. Deliveries shall be on Nov. 23.
  • Pageant of Timber: The annual fundraiser for the Northern Lights Well being Basis returns to MacDonald Island Park from Nov. 17-19. The timber will be loved totally free throughout the day, however tickets are restricted for the Pageant Gala and Tree Public sale, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Get together and Daddy/Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball. Ticket info is on-line.
  • 24-Hour Recreation Day: A 24-hour marathon of gaming for the Stollery Youngsters’s Hospital. The occasion consists of board video games, video video games, prizes and challenges. Admission is FREE however donations will be made on-line. Begins Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at Keyano’s e-sports area.
  • A night with Leahy: Immerse your self within the spellbinding melodies and exhilarating performances of Leahy, a multigenerational Canadian Celtic people band. The 11-strong ensemble performs at Keyano Theatre on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on-line.
  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons: The crew faces the Blackfalds Bulldogs on Nov. 21 and the Grande Prairie Storm on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. All video games at 7:30 p.m. at Centerfire Place. Tickets and schedule on-line.
  • Black Friday Indigenous City Market: Greater than 20 distributors shall be on the market. Market will open with a women drum group. Lisa Marie Bourque, proprietor of the City Market, will train the 7 Sacred Rules of the Cree. Roxy Woodward of Fort McMurray 468 First Nation will train lessons on making dreamcatchers, birch bark canoes and an Indigenous Christmas decoration. Market is open to all, directions on reserving a workshop spot are on-line. 9713 Hardin Road from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.
  • RCMP Regimental Ball: Wooden Buffalo RCMP is internet hosting a regimental ball open to the general public. All funds go in the 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 Get together. Every visitor will get a commemorative Problem Coin. Tickets are $150 and will be purchased by way of etransfer at [email protected]. Embody title and telephone quantity within the etransfer feedback. Nov. 24 at Shell Place.
  • Emo Night time feat. Wade MacNeil of Alexisonfire: Nov. 24 at The Banquet at 9 p.m. Ticket info on-line.
  • 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.
  • The Summer time Canada Burned: Postmedia’s new e book in regards to the 2023 wildfire season—The Summer time Canada Burned—is in bookstores Nov. 27 and is offered on-line now.
  • Santa Claus Parade and Starry Night time Vacation Get together: Have a good time probably the most fantastic time of the 12 months at Council’s Starry Night time vacation social gathering from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and the Santa Claus Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. at Kiyām Group Park. Info and parade route is on-line.
  • Imply Ladies: The Musical: Dec. 14-16 at Ecole McTavish Excessive Faculty. This completely fetch present is $15 for adults and $10 for college students.

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An off-highway car rider drives alongside a street near the Horse River close to Abasand on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

RMWB pursuing pilot program permitting restricted street use for OHVs in Abasand

The municipality is designing a pilot program to let off-highway autos attain trails in Abasand through the use of close by public roads or different direct routes.

Administration has been directed to current a program to council by the tip of March 2024. This system will let Abasand residents journey on to trails. Nobody shall be allowed to make use of them to buy or run errands.

Mayor Sandy Bowman, who proposed the ideam stated Abasand is a main location for a pilot challenge based mostly on his personal conversations with individuals within the neighbourhood.

He cited the neighbourhood’s proximity to trails, heavy OHV use within the space and its location on the fringe of the boreal forest.

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Advocates say it can crack down on unlawful OHV utilization on strolling trails, roads and sidewalks.

Firefighters from throughout Alberta pack fireplace hoses in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Tons of of firefighters from throughout Canada, america and Australia responded to a wildfire exterior the group, which was evacuated on Might 30, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community

RMWB spent greater than $4.1 million reacting to 2023 wildfire season, evacuations

The municipality spent greater than $4.1 million responding to wildfires within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area final summer time. Wildfires this 12 months within the area burned greater than 3,643 sq. kilometres, principally across the Fort Chipewyan space.

Roughly 1,000 individuals have been capable of safely depart Fort Chipewyan when wildfires threatened the group in Might. Everybody began returning three weeks later. Many individuals misplaced personal cabins, however the wildfire stayed out of Fort Chipewyan and close by reserves.

Greater than 350 individuals from Fort Smith, NWT and Fort Fitzgerald have been flown to Fort McMurray in August and stayed within the metropolis for greater than a month.

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Jody Butz, fireplace chief for the area and emergency administration director, didn’t know as soon as the RMWB can be reimbursed absolutely via Alberta’s Catastrophe Restoration Program. He added the RMWB continues to be being reimbursed for the 2016 Horse River wildfire.

It’s laborious to foretell what subsequent 12 months’s wildfire season will seem like regionally, though federal and provincial officers fear dry fall situations and minimal snowfall throughout a lot of Alberta will flip lots of the province’s forests into tinder.

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Pat Duggan and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community

Veterans honoured at Remembrance Day ceremonies

About 1,500 individuals attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at MacDonald Island Park and on the Royal Canadian Legion department in Waterways.

The household of Gordon White, an area Indigenous man who died within the Vietnam Battle, was honoured as this 12 months’s Memorial Household at native Remembrance Day ceremonies. After volunteering to take level, White was killed in an explosion in Vietnam’s Quảng Nam province on March 12, 1969.

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Mike Grey, president of the native Legion department, reminded people who Canadians are deployed on 33 missions internationally.

“To correctly take up the torch and honour those that have set themselves to the duty of protector of our nation, each previous and current, we should absolutely embrace our obligation of therapeutic our nation’s warriors,” stated Grey.“Service below the fixed menace of violence and the readiness to do violence when crucial takes an excessive toll on one’s soul.”

A gallery of the occasion is on-line.

Protesters within the ‘Save the Youngsters of Gaza’ rally in downtown Fort McMurray on November 12, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community

Practically 1,000 individuals march in ‘Save the Youngsters of Gaza’ rally

Near 1,000 individuals marched in downtown Fort McMurray on Sunday in solidarity with the youngsters of Gaza and to demand a ceasefire so humanitarian assist can attain its individuals.

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Sunday’s march was known as “Save the Youngsters of Gaza” and occurred on the identical day as dozens of different rallies throughout Canada that assist Palestinians.

Because the Oct. 7 assaults in opposition to Israel, there have been weekly protests in Fort McMurray calling for a peaceable finish to the disaster. Wooden Buffalo RCMP says all protests in Fort McMurray have been peaceable and with out main incidents.

“You may condemn the actions of Hamas on Oct. 7 and in addition condemn the actions of the Israeli authorities and navy, which is ensuing within the worst humanitarian disaster that we’ve seen in our lifetimes, killing hundreds of harmless civilians virtually half of that are kids,” stated Naseem Abdo, one of many organizers of Sunday’s march.

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“How can anybody justify slicing off meals, water and electrical energy which is collective punishment and in opposition to worldwide legal guidelines?”

Protesters within the ‘Save the Youngsters of Gaza’ rally in downtown Fort McMurray on November 12, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At the moment/Postmedia Community

RMWB council to ask federal officers to name for ceasefire in Gaza

The mayor and council of the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo (RMWB) will ship a letter urging Canada to push Israel for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Councillor Shafiq Dogar, who proposed the movement at Tuesday’s council assembly, stated this might permit Hamas to launch hostages and let humanitarian assist attain individuals. The movement was accepted unanimously by the remainder of council. The letter shall be drafted within the close to future.

“There was this horrific assault by Hamas on Oct. 7 and the response to that’s Israel began heavy bombardment of Gaza,” stated Abdulsalam Abdo, a resident who spoke in assist of the movement. “The people who find themselves struggling should not Hamas fighters, the bulk who’re getting killed are civilians and nearly all of the civilians are kids.”

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There have been weekly protests in Fort McMurray calling for an finish to the battle. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been criticized at protests for Gaza for not calling for a ceasefire.

Swamp Rat Expertise’s manufacturing of RENT at Keyano Theatre. Nick. Photograph supplied by Nick Vardy of Moccasin Media

Swamp Rat Expertise hopes RENT will convey new individuals into native theatre

Fort McMurray-based theatre firm Swamp Rat Expertise is bringing the musical Lease to Keyano Theatre this weekend.

Lease is a musical that premiered in 1996 and is predicated in Manhattan’s East Village amidst the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS disaster in america.

Jenny Value, the music director for the manufacturing, says Lease was chosen not simply due to its plot, however due to its illustration of 2SLGBTQ+ relationships and the variety of the characters. Organizers imagine the manufacturing shall be properly acquired. Additionally they hope the method behind Lease will assist future productions attain new audiences and encourage new individuals to affix theatre.

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“We have been very profitable in bringing in individuals who hadn’t actually accomplished quite a lot of theatre locally earlier than,” stated Value. “Theatre, by presenting totally different views on life via tales advised by characters, is a extremely great way to assist individuals problem their very own assumptions and biases.”

Footage of a suspect in an aggravated assault case in Fort McMurray from Oct. 7, 2023. Picture equipped by Wooden Buffalo RCMP

Police looking for suspect in aggravated assault

Police try to establish a suspect in an aggravated assault on the night of Oct.7.

Police say an unknown male driving a pink Mustang, presumably with a beige delicate roof, approached a second car and opened the door to assault the sufferer. The suspect drove off in the direction of Parsons Creek.

Wooden Buffalo RCMP say the incident passed off on the intersection of Paquette Drive and Rainbow Creek Drive at round 7:42 p.m. A photograph of the suspect has been obtained, however their id continues to be unknown to police.

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Morning ice crystals and the rising solar created a surprising solar canine for commuters to take pleasure in alongside the Bow River pathway in Calgary on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Photograph by Gavin Younger/Postmedia
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