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Project Updates by Pillar

People

  • May 3 commemoration: Work with community groups to facilitate commemoration planned for May 3.
  • Community Wellness: Ongoing facilitation of community-driven efforts to provide supports and services to the residents of our community.
  • Neighbourhood Network: Supporting efforts by the Neighbourhood Network to recognize, promote and support activities that contribute to the vitality and high quality of life in Wood Buffalo.

Environment

  • Firebreak and Trail Restoration Project: Finalizing plans for the work being done in 2017 to rehabilitate firebreak areas, to remediate grading in these areas, and to restore trails to their pre-fire condition.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Residents are encouraged to report trees that were damaged in the wildfire that pose a safety hazard. A contractor will be on standby to assess and remove the trees if necessary.
  • Soil Testing: Phase 3 of the three-phase environmental testing is complete and analysis is under way. Results expected to be released in late April.

Economy

  • Insurance. Recovery. Support.: More dates have been added to this program which is meeting the needs of residents in the community by connecting them to representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). This program continues to be provided alongside support from the Recovery Task Force and the Canadian Red Cross at the Back to Business Resource Centre (BBRC), located on the first floor of the Hardin Street Building.
  • BBRC: The BBRC continues to offer free programming to aid the recovery of local businesses including Ask an Expert, the BBRC Event Series, Business Support Network events and more.
  • CMC Business Coaching Program: The Certified Management Consultant Business Coaching Program ends at the end of April. Interested businesses should register at the BBRC before April 28.

Rebuild

  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): CMTs will be established in mid-April. The CMTs will help to coordinate the rebuild and help ensure safety in the community.
  • Construction Safety Education: A construction safety video, entitled ‘Rebuilding Wood Buffalo’ is being shared with the community and with local school districts. The video and supporting materials will be made available at rmwb.ca/constructionsafety.
  • Comprehensive Firebreak Program: Reimbursement cheques for Firebreak Property excess fees are being issued. Validation is now under way for property owners affected by water bombing efforts.

Mitigate

  • FireSmart education: A community education plan is forthcoming regarding what is being done throughout the Wildland Urban Interface to help mitigate the risk of a wildfire using the seven FireSmart disciplines.
  • Mitigation Strategy: A five-year Wildfire Mitigation Strategy is being drafted for completion this September.
  • Reforestation: Establishing a plan for reforestation in the region that will follow the FireSmart principles. The plan is being built in partnership with Engineering, Parks, Forestry, and community partners.
  • Grant applications: Four grant applications have been submitted to the Forestry Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) to fund for various FireSmart initiatives

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The 2018-2019 WMZone season is finished.  Stay tuned for updates in the fall.