Mayor Don Scott says the municipality is “in excellent shape” financially, but a combination of low oil prices, the COVID-19 pandemic, April’s flooding and changes to how industrial taxes are collected means the near future will be a frugal one.
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The federal government is giving municipalities their gas tax funding earlier than expected, with nearly $6.4 million going to the municipality for infrastructure projects.
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Council will discuss a motion prioritizing flood mitigation work that pauses all lower townsite capital projects that are not shovel-ready projects.
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For the second meeting in a row, council deferred a motion to pause capital projects in the lower townsite, except for shovel-ready projects, until flood mitigation work is complete.
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The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo is moving ahead with a plan to re-open facilities to the public starting June 19. This includes McDonald Island Park and the Anzac Recreation Centre.
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The Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (WBEDC) is hoping tourism will get a boost from local residents this summer, as COVID-19 restrictions grind many summer travel plans to a halt.
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Council will discuss a motion to pause capital projects in the lower townsite, with the exception of shovel-ready projects, until flood mitigation work is complete.
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The unemployment rate in the census area covering Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo continued climb last month, after April’s unemployment rate was already at its highest in nearly three years.
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Keyano has laid off 13 full-time positions, bringing the total number of positions eliminated since February to 32. Another 74 staffers have been given temporary layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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April’s flooding and delays from the COVID-19 pandemic mean remediation work at the Willow Square long-term care centre will be completed in the fall. Alberta Health Services (AHS) will determine a date for when seniors can begin moving into the centre.
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