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May 5th News Update

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The Alberta government has declared a provincial state of emergency to deal with the ongoing wildfire in Fort McMurray. Residents are being reminded they should not attempt to return home. ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 5 May 2016 | Hits: 175

May 4th News Update

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A nasty, ugly fire. Those are some fo the words from Regional Fire Chief Darby Allen. A massive fire that began Sunday moved into the city limits yesterday.  Allen says ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 4 May 2016 | Hits: 384

May 3rd News Update

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Firefighters will be heading back to the woods and back onto the battleground today to take on the Wildfires burning outside of Fort McMurray. Monday saw high temperatures as crews ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 3 May 2016 | Hits: 192

May 2nd News Update

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Three Wildfires continue to burn in and around the community of Fort McMurray. Staff from Regional Emergency Services and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) continue to battle the flames. As ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 2 May 2016 | Hits: 160

April 29th News Update

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The Wood Buffalo RCMP are dealing with a motorcyclist who has been driving erratically on city streets. Corporal George Cameron says since March; they have received reports of this suspect ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 29 April 2016 | Hits: 98

April 28th News Update

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Suncor is taking over over the majority shareholder in Syncrude Canada. The company has agreed to purchase an additional five per cent share from Murphy Oil Corporation's Canadian subsidiary at ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 28 April 2016 | Hits: 99

April 27th News Update

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Regional Council voted unanimously to approve a motion that will provide a one-time payment for residents affected by the July 12th, 2015 sewer backup flooding. The vote came after several ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 27 April 2016 | Hits: 97

April 26th News Update

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Regional Council will consider the recommendation to cancel the planned two days of governance training. On March 15, 2016, Council approved engaging Watson Advisors, Inc. to provide two days of ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 26 April 2016 | Hits: 98

April 25th News Update

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Fantastic news from Maryland. According to a the family of Fort McMurray firefighter Bo Cooper, his cancer appears to have gone into remission and he soon may be able to ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 25 April 2016 | Hits: 134

April 22nd News Update

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The 24-year-old victim of a shooting which occurred at the Boomtown Casino in Fort McMurray on April 1, 2016, has passed away at an Edmonton hospital. Ahmed Khalif Mahamoud of ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 22 April 2016 | Hits: 158

April 21st News Update

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The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change says now is the time to help make Alberta a leader in the fight against climate change. Shannon Phillips held a press ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 21 April 2016 | Hits: 102

April 20th News Update

Regional council has voted to accept the Wood Buffalo Growth Forecasts as information and be taken into consideration by Administration for planning and budgeting purposes. The vote was 8 in ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | Hits: 128

April 19th News Update

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A wildfire led to the temporary closure of Highway 63 and had Boyle RCMP rerouting traffic. The incident was reported 12 km north of Atmore. The temporary closure was due ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 19 April 2016 | Hits: 144

April 18th News Update

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Regional Emergency Services is continuing to caution people to keep a safe distance from the ice and barricades. The ice jam in the Athabasca River continues to cause some localized ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 18 April 2016 | Hits: 91

April 15th News Update

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The red ink was difficult to miss in the 2016 budget tabled in the Alberta Legislature. The province is facing 10.4 Billion dollar deficit this year. Finance Minister Joe Ceci ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 15 April 2016 | Hits: 98

April 14th News Update

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Speeding continues to be a significant issue for travellers along Highways 63 and 881. This month, the Coalition for a Safer 63 & 881 want to hear your stories. They ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 14 April 2016 | Hits: 144

April 13th News Update

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Regional Council has approved a motion to move forward with the Twin Arenas project on the Northside. They agreed they want to see the project fast-tracked with an aggressive  construction ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 13 April 2016 | Hits: 124

April 12th News Update

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It will be a busy night around the council horseshoe tonight. Administration will present the Municipally Funded Commuting Policy, for approval at tonight's Council meeting. The proposed policy would strictly ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | Hits: 111

April 11th News Update

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The Northside Multi-Use and Recreation Centre will once again be debated by council. The Sustainable Development Committee is bringing forward motions they passed last week. First is calling for the ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 11 April 2016 | Hits: 106

April 8th News Update

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Premier Rachel Notley continues to paint the picture Albertans already know; the prolonged oil slump is hurting Alberta's families. Notley took to the airwaves last night in a television address ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 8 April 2016 | Hits: 165

April 7th News Update

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) is completing a follow-up on a cluster of tuberculosis (TB) cases, confirmed in the homeless population in Fort McMurray. Although  these cases do not present a ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 7 April 2016 | Hits: 114

April 6th News Update

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With a unanimous vote, regional council passed a motion brought forward by Councillor Allan Vinni to begin a dialogue with oilsands companies in our region regarding their taxes and tying ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 6 April 2016 | Hits: 153

April 5th News Update

The Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards organizing and selection committees have announced the finalists for their upcoming May event. A selection committee of previous winners, members of the social ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 5 April 2016 | Hits: 148

April 4th News Update

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A fantastic weekend of giving in our region. $31,219.85 in cash donations and 42,839 pounds of food was collected in the 2nd Annual Servus Spring Food Drive. The funds and ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 4 April 2016 | Hits: 199

April 1st News Update

Collaboration, resilience, community and volunteerism were themes that wove through all the presentations as the United Way of Fort McMurray held their annual general meeting. President Ben Dutton highlighted some ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 1 April 2016 | Hits: 72

March 31st News Update

Councillor Allan Vinni is shedding some light on a motion he intends to bring forth to regional council next week. In a posting that will soon be published, Vinni notes ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 31 March 2016 | Hits: 299

March 30th News Update

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is gearing up for their annual spring break up the campaign. As with many communities, flooding can occur at any time in the RMWB, ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 30 March 2016 | Hits: 166

March 29th News Update

The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will close for the season at 10 a.m. this morning. Road conditions are slick with water ponding in some areas.  No one is allowed on ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 29 March 2016 | Hits: 79

March 29th News Update

The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will close for the season at 10 a.m. this morning. Road conditions are slick with water ponding in some areas.  No one is allowed on ... Read more

News and Events | Administrator | Thursday, 24 March 2016 | Hits: 107

March 24th News Update

Fort McMurray-Cold Lake MP David Yurdiga says he was shocked and saddened by the passing of his friend and colleague MP Jim Hillyer. Yurdiga offered his thoughts and prayers go ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 24 March 2016 | Hits: 159

March 23rd News Update

Fort McMurray-Cold Lake MP David Yurdiga says the federal budget introduced yesterday is a far cry from what Justin Trudeau promised Canadians in the election campaign. He notes, instead of ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 23 March 2016 | Hits: 237

March 22nd News Update

After a long, and sometimes fractured process, Suncor Energy has completed its takeover of Canadian Oilsands Limited. The final step was a special meeting of the COS shareholders.  Steve Williams, ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 22 March 2016 | Hits: 101

March 21st News Update

The generosity of our community came shining through again this weekend with the Northern Lights Health Foundation annual Spring Fling. While no totals were released, the Foundation did announce its ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 21 March 2016 | Hits: 175

March 18th News Update

G Seven Generations Limited is interested in pursuing a project that would see bitumen shipped by rail from Fort McMurray to Alaska. GSG received a Letter of Intent from AECOM ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 18 March 2016 | Hits: 185

March 17th News Update

In a random sampling of public opinion among 1567 Canadian voters, the Forum Poll shows more than half approved three proposed Canadian crude oil pipelines. The Energy East pipeline proposal ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 17 March 2016 | Hits: 193

March 16th News Update

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RMWB Council has voted to send the case of Councillor Colleen Tatum and her tax arrears problems to the Court of the Queen's bench that could see Tatum removed from ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 16 March 2016 | Hits: 172

March 15th News Update

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The Children First Society in unveiling the findings of a research project on early childhood development in Fort McMurray. The mission of the local social profit organization is to provide ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 15 March 2016 | Hits: 187

March 14th News Update

Another crash on Highway 881 has claimed the life of an Edmonton man. An SUV travelling northbound on Highway 881 collided head-on with a southbound bus between Conklin and Janvier. ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 14 March 2016 | Hits: 179

March 11th News Update

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Councillor Colleen Tatum is making public what she calls an inadvertent nonpayment of my municipal taxes of approximately $6700 for 2015.  In a posting to Facebook, she says the administrative ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 11 March 2016 | Hits: 182

March 10th News Update

We may be one step closer to lifting the boil water advisory for Gregoire. The advisory will be in effect until the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has obtained ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 10 March 2016 | Hits: 251

March 9th News Update

A councillor who proposed to change the makeup of the regional council has pulled back. Keith McGrath withdrew his motion on changing the government structure before council even began last ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 9 March 2016 | Hits: 207

March 8th News Update

Councillor Keith McGrath put forward two motions that will be dealt tonight at regional council. The first would be a realigning of the ward structures that would see a new ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 8 March 2016 | Hits: 185

March 7th News Update

A water line break has led Alberta Health Services to issue a precautionary boil water advisory for part of Gregoire. Homes and businesses between Grandview Cres and MacKenzie Blvd at ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 7 March 2016 | Hits: 197

March 4th News Update

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Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci will host a live-streamed Budget 2016 town hall meeting this afternoon in Fort McMurray. The pair will offer Albertans will have an ... Read more

News and Events | News | Friday, 4 March 2016 | Hits: 204

March 3rd News Update

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The United Way Board of Directors has approved funding allocations for 2016-2017 to a total of 30 agencies, four more than last year. The increase in the number of organizations ... Read more

News and Events | News | Thursday, 3 March 2016 | Hits: 232

March 2nd News Update

Regional Council has approved the 2016 Capital Budget Amendments, with a net increase of $3.6 million to the 2016 and prior capital budget. Changes to the Confederation Way Sewer Bypass ... Read more

News and Events | News | Wednesday, 2 March 2016 | Hits: 292

March 1st News Update

Regional council will look at a number of 2016 Capital Budget Amendments when they meet tonight. On top of that list is the Confederation Way Sanitary Sewer Bypass. Councillors will ... Read more

News and Events | News | Tuesday, 1 March 2016 | Hits: 206

February 29th News Update

The vacant Twin Pines Motor Inn on Biggs Avenue is scheduled for demolition beginning in mid-March. Municipal contractors have installed safety fencing around the site and begun abatement. Inspection has ... Read more

News and Events | News | Monday, 29 February 2016 | Hits: 206