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Weekly replace: Wildfire evacuees and baseball groups come to Fort McMurray

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Good morning, Fort McMurray!

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  • 18U Nationwide and 13U Nationwide Western baseball championships: Groups from throughout Canada shall be competing at Legacy Dodge Subject till August 20. Because the host metropolis, Fort McMurray can even compete. Tickets are on-line.
  • Hire early chicken ticket launch: Swamp Rat Expertise is releasing discounted early tickets of its manufacturing of Hire. Tickets for any efficiency are $10 off from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. Afterwards, tickets shall be accessible at 10 per cent off till Aug. 23. This deal is just accessible in-person on the Keyano Field Workplace. Hire performs at Keyano Theatre from Nov. 16-18.
  • Empty Bowls Pageant: Empty Bowls returns to Fort McMurray Heritage Village in assist of the Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution. Folks should purchase bowls made by he Fort McMurray Potter’s Guild and Coloration Me Mine. With that bowl individuals could make their approach throughout the pageant sampling meals from a number of completely different stations hosted by native eateries. Tickets and data is on-line.
  • Tipsy Trivia 80s Combine Music Bingo: This free occasion is at Canadian Brewhouse on Monday at 7 p.m. Tickets and data on-line.
  • Space 63 Grime Driving Expertise: The Space 63 Driving Expertise is on Aug. 19 from 1 p.m. to six p.m. in assist of the Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution. $5 entry for adults, children are free. One other donation of money or non-perishable meals will get you throughout the monitor and driving!
  • Fort McMurray City Market: Each Wednesday in August. The market opens at Jubilee Plaza from 10 a.m. to three p.m.
  • Tipsy Trivia’s Basic Information Trivia: Brewskis Pub on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Public Works Present and Shine: The RMWB’s public works staff is internet hosting a present and shine of the autos that preserve the municipality shifting. Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 140 Airport Street.
  • 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.
  • Group BBQ for Pastew Place: Meals, prozes, auctions, a 50/50 draw, music, bouncy citadel, face portray and video games shall be at this fundraiser for the Pastew Place Detoxing Centre. August 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 Sakitawa Path. Extra data is on Fb or at [email protected].
  • YMM F1 Membership: A spot for F1 followers to satisfy and socialize after each F1 race weekend. Conferences are each Tuesday beginning August 29 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Avenue Espresso. Particulars are on-line.
  • Wooden Buffalo Ribfest: Concert events and meats run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. The Trews, Trooper, Joel Plaskett and extra will carry out at Snye Level Park. Tickets and live performance schedule is on-line.

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Burned out automobiles on the street out of Hay River, N.W.T. Photograph by Mason Bruneau

‘Apprehensive for our neighborhood’: Greater than 330 individuals from N.W.T. in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo

Not less than 329 individuals from the Northwest Territories are in Fort McMurray and 7 individuals are in Fort Chipewyan.

They be a part of 1000’s of people that have fled the Northwest Territories this week as a whole lot of wildfires pop up throughout Canada’s north. Most evacuees are from Yellowknife, which has ordered its 20,000 residents to depart.

Fort Smith resident Michel Labine, 63, is staying on the Clearwater Lodge. He’s grateful for Fort McMurray’s hospitality and his house is protected.

However, lots of his pals within the hamlet of Enterprise misplaced their homes. He needs there was extra preparation to guard communities from wildfires this 12 months.

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“We knew these items was coming however no one was ready for it,” he mentioned. “We’ve suffered a number of smoke all summer time. It’s worrying for individuals.”

Suncor Vitality workers stroll previous heavy haulers at a Suncor web site north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on this 2014 file picture. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray As we speak/Postmedia Community

Suncor has been too centered on power transition, should get again to fundamentals: CEO

Suncor CEO Wealthy Kruger argues the corporate has been too centered lately on the power transition and should get again to an oil-centred enterprise technique. 

“We’ve got a little bit of a disproportionate emphasis on the longer-term power transition,” Kruger mentioned, including that whereas decrease emissions power is vital, it isn’t what will become profitable for shareholders in the present day.

“As we speak, we win by creating worth by way of our giant built-in asset base underpinned by oilsands.”

His acknowledged objective to refocus Suncor’s efforts on its oilsands property comes whilst the corporate has publicly dedicated to reaching net-zero greenhouse fuel emissions by 2050.

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Former Syyncrude firefighter Michael Swan talks about his state of affairs in Calgary, Alta., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Human rights fee dismisses ex-firefighter’s grievance of Syncrude’s dealing with of PTSD

The Alberta Human Rights Fee has dominated towards a former firefighter with Syncrude.

Michael Swan claimed the oilsands firm didn’t accommodate his post-traumatic stress dysfunction and fired him after his analysis.

The fee’s agreed Swan’s incapacity was a consider his termination and a prima facie case for discrimination. The fee additionally dominated “the discriminatory conduct was justified” as a result of Syncrude couldn’t accommodate Swan’s incapacity. 

“Given the non-public circumstances of [Swan], I discover that there are causes to sympathize with him on this case,” dominated the fee.

“Nevertheless, wanting on the fully of the proof and circumstances of this case, I discover that [Syncrude] adopted their gradual return to work strategy in good religion and that their strategy, although apparently harsh at instances, was obligatory for the work-related function.”

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Buses on the RMWB’s transit terminal on Predominant Road outdoors the Jubilee Centre and Provincial Constructing on April 12, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray As we speak/Postmedia Community

Council approves RMWB, CUPE Native 1505 settlement with wage enhance

Council has permitted a collective bargaining settlement between the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo and members of the union representing 750 municipal workers.

The four-year settlement features a 9 per cent wage enhance, or greater than $9.9 million, that shall be rolled out as much as 2024 and retroactive from 2021. The brand new funding is not going to affect different tasks or companies permitted beneath the 2023 funds.

CUPE Alberta spokesperson Lou Arab mentioned in a March interview that the final wage enhance was a 1.25 per cent enhance in early 2020, though some workers haven’t had will increase since 2017.

In months main as much as mediation, there have been rumours CUPE members would strike. CUPE was many steps away from a strike motion, though CUPE’s leaders mentioned some members supporters a strike.

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The neighborhood of Draper two days after flooding hit a lot of the decrease townsite on April 27, 2020. Photograph equipped by McMurray Aviation

Movement to assist cowl Draper buyouts’ closing prices dies in tie vote by RMWB council

Eligible Draper residents enthusiastic about property buyouts received’t get additional assist for closeout prices.

The movement was made after a council report from the municipality’s strategic planning and growth division mentioned closeout prices weren’t thought of when council narrowly permitted buyouts in July.

The municipality argued the utmost $2,500 funds would assist property homeowners discover authorized recommendation for closing procedures and canopy title insurance coverage and land title modifications. The municipality additionally argued they’d assist the RMWB in potential contract disputes.

Councillors Lance Bussieres, Allan Grandison and Ken Ball argued the explanations behind the funds shouldn’t be the municipality’s duty.

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Bussieres felt administration’s arguments for the funds had been “deceptive” and “fairly weak.

Councillor Stu Wigle, who represents Draper and Saprae Creek Estates, agreed with administration’s suggestions and shared considerations about potential land disputes.

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The Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre in Fort McMurray, Alta. on October 14, 2020. Sarah Williscraft/Fort McMurray As we speak/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Hip, knee surgical procedures simpler to get in Fort McMurray by way of AHS program

A brand new surgical program in Fort McMurray is giving individuals within the area higher entry to hip and knee surgical procedures. By the top of the 12 months, about 32 of those surgical procedures are anticipated to be completed each month on the Northern Lights Regional Well being Centre.

The expanded surgical procedures is feasible partially because of the recruitment of two orthopedic surgeons to Fort McMurray final month. There are actually 4 orthopedic surgeons within the area. New tools additionally expanded the NLRHC’s capabilities.

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Premier Danielle Smith says Fort McMurray is a neighborhood needing expanded medical companies, notably in obstetrics.

Well being Minister Adriana LaGrange has additionally been advised to deal with enhancing entry to well being care professionals in rural communities and growing plans to convey well being care employees to rural Alberta.

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The North East Zone U14 Boys Basketball staff after successful gold on the 2023 Alberta Summer season Video games. Picture equipped by Northern Trailblazers Basketball

Fort McMurray athletes assist staff win basketball gold at Alberta Summer season Video games

Seven Fort McMurray athletes and an area coach helped an undefeated North East Zone win gold in U14 boys basketball on the 2023 Alberta Summer season Video games in Okotoks and Black Diamond.

Fort McMurray’s contribution included Tiago Lance, Ethan Matutu, Elliott Murphy, Emmanuel Okei,  Luv Patel, Shema Rwangombwa and Ivan Saenz. The entire Fort McMurray athletes are a part of the Northern Trailblazers Basketball program. Fort McMurray’s Joshua Owen coached the staff.

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The North East Zone defeated the Sunny South staff with an in depth 75-72 victory. Matutu mentioned this was a tricky sport, particularly since North East Zone went down 19 within the third quarter.

This was adopted by a 70-47 victory over Black Gold and an 80-71 win towards Parkland. Within the semi-finals, the North East Zone beat Calgary 76-68. They as soon as once more confronted Sunny South for the championship sport and received 88-76.

The Syncrude Expertise Centre constructing on the Keyano School Clearwater campus in Fort McMurray Alta. on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray As we speak/Postmedia Community SunMedia

Keyano School provides home tuition charges to Ukrainian evacuees

Keyano School is providing home tuition charges to Ukrainians who’ve arrived in Canada since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

There have been 9 worldwide college students from Ukraine enrolled at Keyano this previous educational 12 months. Numbers for the 2023-24 educational 12 months are usually not accessible as enrolment continues.

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Lee-Anne Kumka of the Fort McMurray Ukrainian Cultural Society praised Keyano’s assist for Ukrainian evacuees in Fort McMurray. The group has performed a big position in serving to Ukrainians settle in Fort McMurray for the reason that begin of the warfare.

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Fort McMurray residents David Younger, 45, and Melissa Younger, 41. Pictures equipped by Wooden Buffalo RCMP

Wooden Buffalo RCMP imagine lacking Fort McMurray duo could also be collectively

Police say David Younger, 45, was final seen on July 23. Melissa Younger, 41, was final seen on July 28. Police have been unable to find them and are involved for his or her well-being. They might be touring in a 2017 Gray Nissan Altima with Alberta licence plate CNK 2966.

Native man charged with making an attempt to steal catalytic converter:

A Fort McMurray man has been charged after police allege he was caught making an attempt to steal a catalytic converter in downtown Fort McMurray. The Alberta Motor Affiliation says theft of those gadgets elevated lately as a result of they’re constructed from treasured metals.

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Man charged with sexual assault, making threats and firearm offence:

Wooden Buffalo RCMP say the alleged incident was reported to officers on July 28. An investigation was launched and police arrested the person on Aug. 17.

Hany Elmorsy, 37, of Fort McMurray, has been charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, extortion with a firearm, intimidating a justice system participant and uttering threats towards an individual.

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The forest fire smoke enhanced sun sets behind walkers on Tom Campbell’s Hill in Calgary on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Gavin Young/Postmedia
The forest hearth smoke enhanced solar units behind walkers on Tom Campbell’s Hill in Calgary on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Gavin Younger/Postmedia

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