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Project Updates by Pillar

People

  • Neighbourhood Networks: Rolling out in June, the program is intended to provide a forum for residents to meet to discuss ideas, events, challenges and solutions toward building a more resilient community.
  • Community Wellness: Ongoing wellness activities for students, educators, First Responders, staff, the business community, NSUUR clients and IBC, and others as the need arises.
  • E-Prep: Partnering with AHS to roll out across the region, E-Prep workshops are intended to encourage individuals to develop their own personal emergency preparedness plan.

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: Results of the phase 3 of the three-phase environmental testing are under review at the GOA and are expected to be released on May 31st.

Economy

  • Wood Buffalo Recovery Loan Program: Starting on June 1, 2017, local businesses will have access to financing through a new repayable loan program offered by Community Futures Wood Buffalo. The local business support organization received a $2 million grant from the RMWB to operate the program. Financing will be made available to all rural, urban, and indigenous businesses.

Rebuild

  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): CMTs are now established in rebuild areas. CMTs are helping to coordinate the rebuild and help ensure safety in the community.
  • Construction Safety Education: A construction safety video, entitled ‘Rebuilding Wood Buffalo’ has been shared with the community and with local school districts. The video and supporting materials is available at rmwb.ca/constructionsafety.
  • Construction Access Roads: Beacon Hill Construction Access road is now open. All construction traffic must use that route to maintain separation from residential traffic. Abasand Construction Access Road will be opening in the coming weeks.

Mitigate

  • Tree Canada: Officially started Operation Releaf with Tree Canada on Saturday, May 27th.
  • Tree Planting: We will be hosting a tree planting session with Northlands Forest Products on June 10th.
  • Reforestation: An Engagement Strategy has been drafted for the Region for tree planting as part of our reforestation efforts.
  • 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.

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