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  • Ola Dada at Bailey’s Pub: Fort McMurray-raised comic Ola Dada is performing in Fort McMurray tonight recent off his comedy particular in Vancouver. Dada has additionally appeared on Canada’s Obtained Expertise and Only for Laughs. Dada’s Mr. Humorous Man Comedy Tour arrives at Bailey’s Pub tonight at 8 p.m.
  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies: The Royal Canadian Legion is internet hosting an indoor ceremony at MacDonald Island Park and an out of doors ceremony outdoors 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 offered with all funds going in the direction of the Autism Society of the RMWB. Orders might be made on-line. Deliveries will likely 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 bushes might be loved without cost in the course of the day, however tickets are restricted for the Pageant Gala and Tree Public sale, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Social gathering and Daddy/Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball. Ticket data is on-line.
  • 24-Hour Recreation Day: A 24-hour marathon of gaming for the Stollery Kids’s Hospital. The occasion contains board video games, video video games, prizes and challenges. Admission is FREE however donations might be made on-line. Begins Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at Keyano’s e-sports enviornment.
  • A night with Leahy: Immerse your self within the spellbinding melodies and exhilarating performances of Leahy, a multigenerational Canadian Celtic people band. Te 11-strong ensemble performs at Keyano Theatre on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on-line.
  • Black Friday Indigenous City Market: Greater than 20 distributors will likely be on the market. Market will open with a girls 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 courses 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 contains dinner, dancing, door prizes, a 50/50 draw and raffle, and dwell leisure by the Kitchen Social gathering. Every visitor will get a commemorative Problem Coin. Tickets are $150 and might be purchased by way of etransfer at [email protected]. Embody identify and telephone quantity within the etransfer feedback. Nov. 24 at Shell Place.
  • Emo Evening feat. Wade MacNeil of Alexisonfire: Nov. 24 at The Banquet at 9 p.m. Ticket data 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 guide concerning the 2023 wildfire season—The Summer time Canada Burned—is in bookstores Nov. 27 and is offered on-line now.
  • Imply Ladies: The Musical: Dec. 14-16 at Ecole McTavish Excessive College. This completely fetch present is $15 for adults and $10 for college kids.

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

Suncor nonetheless looking for price financial savings after wave of job cuts

Suncor has wrapped up its deliberate 1,500 job cuts two months forward of schedule, however the firm continues to be on the lookout for areas to trim as a part of a wider effectivity push.

The corporate can be pursuing plans for fewer, greater vehicles to exchange practically twice as many smaller third-party autos. These new vehicles will likely be driverless-ready as a part of a wider push into the expertise.

Suncor is ramping up the variety of vehicles working autonomously at its Base Plant operation from 31 as of the second quarter this yr to 91 by the top of 2024.

“If our knowledge is right, this would be the largest single mine fleet of autonomous extremely class vehicles globally,” stated CEO Wealthy Kruger.

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A person holds a Naloxone equipment on Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022. Michelle Berg/Postmedia Community

2023 already deadliest yr of opioid disaster for Fort McMurray

Opioids killed extra folks in Fort McMurray between January and August than in every other yr because the Alberta authorities started monitoring deaths in 2016.

Knowledge launched Monday by the Alberta authorities reveals 2023 is on monitor to be Fort McMurray’s deadliest yr for drug poisonings.

The info reveals 20 folks died from drug poisonings in the course of the first eight months of 2023. Opioids had been concerned in 18 of these deaths. Methamphetamine was concerned in six deaths, cocaine was present in 4 deaths and alcohol was current in three deaths.

The info additionally reveals 2023 would be the deadliest yr for the opioid disaster in Alberta. There have been 1,349 Albertans killed by drug poisonings to date this yr, up from 1,145 in 2022.

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Calgary leads the loss of life toll in Alberta’s cities with 475 deaths. Edmonton is shut behind with 454 deaths. Lethbridge—which has a inhabitants of greater than 104,000 folks—is in third with a record-high 98 deaths.

Stated El Mejdani (left) with Jeff Landry.

Award acknowledges influence of native lecturers on one pupil’s life

Two lecturers at Westwood Group Excessive College had been honoured for considerably impacting their former pupil’s progress.

Stated El Mejdani and Jeff Landry had been each awarded the Loran Students Basis’s Academics Constructing Leaders Award after they had been nominated by Dhruv Patel, a 2019 Rebanks Household Loran Scholar.

Patel, who graduated from Westwood in 2018, went on to discovered AfterSell, which builds software program that helps unbiased eCommerce retailers compete on a world scale.

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El Mejdani mentored Patel and inspired his love for science and creativity. Landry was Patel’s badminton coach and taught management, sportsmanship and endurance.

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Former Fort McMurray resident brings his comedy skills residence

Though he grew up as a category clown in Fort McMurray, turning into a slapstick comedian was not on Ola Dada’s radar when he graduated highschool in Fort McMurray. His plans had been to check finance.

However one night time when the Nigerian-born comic was out for pizza with pals, they noticed an open-mic comedy present and Dada took the stage. The occasion organizer was impressed and booked Dada recurrently.

Since then, Dada has appeared in a number of Only for Snigger festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto; was runner-up within the SiriusXM High Comedian Competitors, a semifinalist on Canada’s Obtained Expertise and appeared on CBC’s The New Wave of Stand Up.

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Dada returns to Fort McMurray tonight for a efficiency at Bailey’s Pub.

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Native businesswoman acknowledged as one in every of Canada’s strongest ladies

Kristi Hines, founder and CEO of Hines Well being Providers, is one in every of 100 ladies from throughout Canada to hitch Canada’s Most Highly effective Ladies checklist created by Ladies’s Government Community (WXN).

The group acknowledges Canadian ladies who make a transformational distinction of their fields and actively form a extra inclusive future.

Hines was named within the Compass Rose Entrepreneurs Award class, which acknowledges feminine founders who personal and function companies.

Her firm offers emergency medical companies, occupational well being, and medical recruitment and placement companies to companies, organizations and authorities businesses throughout Canada.

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Keyano Faculty’s soccer groups win huge

Keyano Faculty’s males’s and girls’s soccer groups took residence gold and silver on the 2023 Alberta Schools Athletic Convention (ACAC) Soccer Championships in Edmonton.

For the fourth time in ACAC historical past and the primary time since 2017, the lads’s Huskies had been topped champions of the outside season, whereas the ladies’s Huskies earned silver for the primary time.

Niels Slotboom, head coach of the lads’s and girls’s soccer groups, was honoured because the ACAC Males’s Soccer North Division coach of the yr. Seven athletes additionally obtained honours on the ACAC’s All-Convention groups.

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Cst. Robert Crawford with Coun. David Boucher and Coun. Chrystal McDonald of Fort McKay First Nation. PHOTO SUBMITTED.

Fort McKay will get RCMP neighborhood officer: Const. Robert Crawford has been assigned to Fort McKay as a neighborhood engagement officer. The place was made after the RCMP’s native Indigenous liaison officer, Sgt. Martina Noskey, famous Fort McKay’s leaders need extra help from the Mounties.

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Second particular person charged in homicide: Charlotte Mackey, 43, of Fort McMurray has been charged within the second-degree homicide of Norman Lineham, 43, of Fort McMurray. Matthew Thomas Cooper, 39, of Fort McMurray, was charged with second-degree homicide final month. Lineham was killed in his residence in September.

Truck possible shot by careless firearm consumer: The driving force of a truck is secure after police say their automobile was unintentionally shot by a careless firearm consumer north of Fort McMurray. The driving force was travelling on Freeway 63 close to Supertest Hill when the truck was hit with a bullet. Nobody has been arrested or charged concerning the incident.

Three stolen autos recovered: After recovering two stolen autos within the early morning hours of Halloween, police are reminding folks to maintain their autos locked and never depart the keys within the ignition when a truck or automotive is unoccupied. Three Fort McMurray residents have been charged.

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There’s an app for that: Individuals in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo can be taught what’s taking place locally with the RAVE Cellular Security App. The app sends notices about native crime, street closures, visitors advisories, lacking folks and different emergency data.

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Chuck Isaacs, president of the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta, holds an Eagle Workers as he prepares to steer indigenous veterans into an occasion celebrating Nationwide Indigenous Veterans Day at Edmonton Metropolis Corridor on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2023. The occasion acknowledges the sacrifices and contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis veterans have made in service of Canada. Picture by David Bloom
  • Rats!: Alberta, which proudly payments itself as rat-free since 1950, is combating infestations at two Calgary recycling centres. This latest battle towards the rats goes effectively. The final rat incursion was a decade in the past at Medication Hat’s landfill. It was so dangerous that officers thought of releasing bull snakes into the landfill to hunt the rodents. The province additionally dropped poisoned hay bales in what was referred to as Operation Haystack round Medication Hat to maintain the rats from coming into neighbourhoods. After a two-month warfare, rat-free Alberta declared victory over the rodent menace.
  • Chilly case: A 73-year-old Sundre man has been charged with the homicide of a Métis teenage woman in 1975. The breakthrough within the homicide was made potential by advances in genetic family tree. Ronald James Edwards is charged with the homicide of Pauline Brazeau, 16.
  • AHS overhaul: The Alberta authorities is restructuring the health-care system. Alberta Well being Providers will likely be divided into 4 businesses specializing in acute care, persevering with care, main well being, and psychological well being/addictions. The federal government plans to restructure advisory councils. Premier Danielle Smith stated AHS is “scattered and uncoordinated” and a “inflexible centralized construction.” The Alberta Medical Affiliation and United Nurses of Alberta say they weren’t consulted. The AMA is optimistic, however the nurses’ union has doubts the brand new system will deal with nursing shortages or enhance efficiencies.
  • Council fired: The Alberta authorities is firing the councillors and directors for Chestermere. Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver says dissolution was his solely choice. A report particulars a number of situations of council performing outdoors its legislated duties, shirking provincial edicts and a number of examples of what the province cites as monetary irregularities. There are additionally considerations about metropolis expenditures and even the mayor’s bank card bills.
  • Social gathering’s over: Barry Morishita has resigned as chief of the Alberta Social gathering. The previous mayor of Brooks turned chief of the centrist social gathering in 2021. The Alberta Social gathering peaked at three MLAs between 2015 and 2019, however has did not elect a candidate because the 2019 election.
  • 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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