A debate lasting more than four hours at their Tuesday meeting ended with council rejecting a tax forgiveness request for empty units at the Hillview Condominium complex in Abasand. But a motion proposed by Councillor Stu Wigle will keep current owners from paying assessments that would have caused more financial hardship.
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The mayor and council will debate tax relief for the troubled Hillview Condominiums in Abasand at their upcoming council meeting on Tuesday. The 42-building, 214-unit complex was destroyed in the 2016 Horse River Wildfire and has undergone a costly rebuild that has left many of the original unit owners bankrupt or financially ruined.
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Unemployment in the census region covering Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo rose in August, according to Statistics Canada data released Friday, ending an eight-month streak of plunging unemployment rates. Most job losses and vacancies were found in education, although those could bounce back in September as school returns. Retail and the oilsands followed for losses.
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An inaugural five-year development plan for the region is focusing on supporting local businesses and attracting commercial retailers, while also promoting potential in tourism.
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Enrolment in apprenticeship programs across the province has dropped over the past five years and the shortage of available trades workers is noticeable in the Fort McMurray region where oil prices are up and employers are looking to fill positions.
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For now, there are no plans for developing the former site of the A&W in downtown Fort McMurray after demolition began on Aug. 2.
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Local unemployment continued droping for the eighth month in a row last month, according to data from Statistics Canada released Friday.
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Mayor Sandy Bowman says Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo is prepared to handle another oilsands boom, assuming the community even experiences another one.
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The municipality is offering rebates to homeowners who get a FireSmart home assessment and complete the recommended work. The program has been created thanks to a $100,000 grant from Intact Public Entities and Intact Financial Corporation.
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There is still plenty of uncertainty facing people living at the Hillview Condominiums in Abasand, a 42-building, 214-unit complex destroyed in the 2016 Horse River Wildfire that has undergone a costly rebuild.
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