|July 19th News Update|
Alberta Transportation is notifying Wood Buffalo residents of a new detour for those heading southbound on highway 63. You will be redirected to a constructed detour south of the Thickwood Boulavard interchange. The detour started last night and will be in place for the next 2 month.
Smoke is expected to remain in Northern Alberta over the next few days as there are currently 8 wildfires burning in the Fort MCMurray Area including two that are classified as out of control, one as being held and 5 that are under control. To see a map of the status of all wildfires currently burning across Alberta, click here.
Keyano College is hosting the Bridge to Employment Job Faif today from 1 to 8pm in the Bob Lamb Building at Keyano College, in room 140. Keyano's bridge to employment program serves as a link between oil sands companies and professionals seeking employment in the Fort McMurray area. Bring your resume and meet with the bridge to employment team to see which job openings might be right for you.
After lending millions of dollars to a developer with a lengthy legal history and unpaid debts, Victory Christian Centre, a south Edmonton church is facing foreclosure. Documents show that the church loaned Mr. Kevyn Frederick 2.7 million dollars to help finance a condo complex in leduc and that Mr. Frederick failed to repay both the loan and the mortgage. Court documents show Kevyn admitted to owing the church the funds, but the church's lawyer says noone has any idea where Mr. Frederick is at the moment, that he's disappeared. Kevyn Frederick is also currently being sued by condo complex owners in Fort McMurray after their reserve fund went missing.
Syrian rebels detonated a bomb yesterday at a high level crisis meeting in Damascus and have reportadly killed President Assad's brother in law and the Syrian defence minister. Some are seeing this as a possible turning point in the civil war as there continues to be a growing number of high ranking defections. World leaders continue to be frustrated by their inability to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
Two American men who recently took a trip to Vancouver, were stopped on the way back to Seattle on suspicion of smuggling 6 Kinder Eggs across the border. The popular chocolage eggs which contain small plastic toys inside are considered a choking hazard in the U.S. and are banned from entering the country. The men, who tried to explain to the border guards that they were not a part of a sofisticated smuggling ring could have been fined up to $2,500 per egg. Thankfully, after spending two hours in a detention facility they were able to go and told to never bring Kinder eggs across the border again. Last year US border guards confiscated over 60,000 chocolate Kinder Eggs from travelers baggage, more than double the number from the previous year.
Defenceman Shea Weber has signed a 14 year offer with the Philadelphia Flyers reported to be worth upwards of $100 million. Now the Nashville Predators have a decision to make. They have 7 days to match the offer if they wish to keep Weber on their team.
The New York Yankees completed a 3 game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays last night with a 6 to 0 win. The Jays only got 4 hits off of Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda who got his first shutout since 2008. Next up the Jays will start a 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
Quarterback Ricky Rae threw a 37 yard pass to Jason Barnes with 2 minutes left in the game to push the Toronto Argonauts past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with a 25-22 win. The Blue Bombers were unfortunately plagued by several injuries in the first half and were unable to recover. Tonight, the Saskatchewan Rough Riders travel to Calgary to take on the Stampeders.