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Sweetgrass and CFWE news - May 5, 2016

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Boil water advisory issued for Wood Buffalo area

May 5, 2016. Due to the wildfire situation in Fort McMurray, Alberta Health Services has issued a boil water advisory for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, Fort McKay and nearby work camps that pull water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo water treatment plant. The boil water advisory is a precautionary measure. Area camps that get water from EPCOR, or a provider other than the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, are not impacted and do not need to boil water, at this time. Instead of boiling water, residents may choose to purchase bottled water for consumption, for the duration of this advisory. Alberta Health Services says the advisory will remain in effect until further notice.


Alexander Chief makes second court appearance on sexual assault charge

May 5, 2016. Alexander First Nation Chief Kurt Burnstick will be in Provincial Court  in Morinville Thursday morning on a sexual assault charge. It is his second court appearance. Burnstick was charged in March 2016 with one count of sexual assault. It is alleged that the assault was committed against an adult female, who is known to Burnstick. The charge stems from an investigation opened in December 2015 and conducted by the Morinville RCMP with the assistance of the Edmonton General Investigation Section. 


Blackstone receives multiple nominations for Leos

May 4, 2016. Blackstone has garnered seven nominations for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia’s Leo Awards. Producers of the television drama, the Edmonton-based Prairie Dog Film + Television, Ron E. Scott, Jesse Szymanski, Damon Vignale have been nominated for Best Dramatic Series. Nominated for acting are Eric Schweig for best lead male actor; Carmen Moore for best lead female actor; Justin Rain and Ray G. Thunderchild both for best supporting male actor; and Ryan Bruce for best guest performance by a male. Vignale has also gotten the nod for best screenwriting for the episode “Bottle Caps.” Recipients of this year’s awards will be announced during a series of events to be held in Vancouver on May 28, June 4 and June 5, 2016.