City Council Approves Relief Measures

City of Kenora Media Release

Yesterday, Council approved relief measures for the citizens of the City of Kenora during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are related to property taxes and utilities, effective April 1 until August 31, 2020.

Interest and penalties on property taxes will be waived for 6 months until August 31, 2020. Taxpayers are reminded that the taxes owing are still due. This measure is expected to reduce the City’s revenues by approximately $170,000.

The tax due date which has historically been the third week in July will be extended to August 26, 2020.

Interest on utilities (water and sewer services) will be waived for the 6 months ending August 31, 2020. Customers are reminded that all amounts owing are still due. There will just be no charge for deferring payments until the end of August. Waiving this interest is expected to cost the City approximately $20,000.

The City of Kenora is providing relief to help residents during this difficult time in a way that allows the municipality to maintain service levels. The relief measures are anticipated to impact the 2020 operating budget by approximately $190,000.

In addition to the impact on the City’s 2020 budget, the provincial government has postponed the planned property tax assessment for 2021 to maintain stability for property owners. In 2021 the tax levy will be based on 2020 assessments as opposed to the updated 2021 assessments. This will negatively impact the City’s 2021 budget by approximately $1,100,000 based on current value assessment increases over the past 3 years.

Taxpayers and customers can remit their payments using the following methods while City Hall is closed:

– Online or telephone banking
– Dropping off payments in the drop-box at the front entrance of City Hall – 1 Main Street South
– Mailing payments via regular Canada Post
– Pre-authorized payments for both taxes and utilities where amounts due are automatically withdrawn (to set up this option please call City Hall at 467-2000)

We are available to assist taxpayers and customers Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. For payments or other utility billing questions, please call Customer Service, City Hall at 807-467-2000.

For property tax questions, please call Rachel Jaworowicz, Tax Collector, at 807-467-2034.

City of Kenora Closes All Outdoor Recreation Facilities

City of Kenora Media Release

On March 23rd, the City of Kenora was proactive in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by closing all playgrounds.

On March 31st, the Ontario Government ordered the closure of all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. The following recreational facilities within the City of Kenora will be closed until further notice:

• ALL playgrounds, including schools
• sports fields, including all baseball diamonds
• basketball and tennis courts
• off-leash dog parks
• beaches and beach volleyball courts
• both Kenora & Keewatin skateboard parks
• picnic areas
• outdoor community gardens
• park and beach shelters
• outdoor exercise equipment (Garrow Park outdoor fitness equipment)
• condo parks and gardens
• pickleball courts
• other outdoor recreational amenities

While local trails and greenspaces are not included in the closures and will remain open, people must keep a safe physical distance of 2 metres apart from each other. When you meet someone else on a trail, or public space area, please ensure you position yourself at least 2 metres from that person to exercise the safe required distances.

“We recognize that this decision affects residents deeply as spring is upon us and everyone wants to get outside and be active. It is a critical time and we need to recognize the importance of these measures to keep people safe. Gathering in public spaces where there potentially could be more than five people at a time, is simply irresponsible during this critical time. Being active in your own yard or other outdoor space where you may not encounter others is the safest practice” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

As the City continues to take actions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, by closing municipal public buildings and declaring a state of emergency, residents must take responsibility to follow the advice of health experts on the best ways to stop the virus. We know that staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres from others are important behaviours as we fight to keep our community healthy.

Summer Residents Requested to Delay Their Return

City of Kenora Media Release

Mayor Daniel Reynard joins Premier Doug Ford, Member of Provincial Parliament, Greg Rickford and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Doctor Theresa Tam asking our summer residents to stay in their permanent home and not come to their cottages and summer residences.

Health experts advise that if we want to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 everyone needs to stop moving. Stay put and do not put any more exposure to anyone anywhere. The most reliable way to do this is to simply stay home.

This is a difficult request to make to our valued summer residents and visitors. They are vital to our business community and as spring starts to appear, become a valued part of our community. Asking visitors and summer residents not to come to Kenora is everything opposite that Kenora has been working for, but we really need everyone to just stay home. It is key to making the difference in the spread of this virus by what we have seen in other countries. We simply need everyone to follow the direction of the health experts. The bottom line is our local health care providers will not have the resources or capacity to meet the demands of a growing summer population” states Mayor Reynard.

While everyone wants to resume their regular activities and enjoy the things we have always done, we all need to be unified during this time and accept the critical advice the health experts are telling us. If we do this now, the sooner life can resume to activities we all enjoy. Now is the time to act, but we must act together. Please summer residents and visitors, stay home, and members of our community, please do the same and refrain from any travel outside of our community that is non-urgent.

Public health officials at the federal, provincial and local level, across the country have strongly stressed that all Canadians must do their part to keep the surge of novel coronavirus as low as possible by staying at home, unless absolutely necessary”, said Dr. Ian Gemmill, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Northwestern Ontario. “In that way, the transmission of the virus to others will be slowed, and lives can be saved. This measure applies as well to people who own recreational properties in the northwest, no matter where their primary residence may be: stay at home, and keep the virus at bay. If all Canadians comply with this measure, including seasonal residents of Northwestern Ontario, we will have a chance to reduce the surge that will affect all health services, including public health and would have such a devastating effect on resources for the critically ill, which some of us may need over the next several months. Even more important, our communities in the northwest do not have the resources to deal with illness in seasonal residents.”

This is a serious issue for Northwestern communities. We don’t have hospital capacity and the public health risk is too high for people to make leisure visits or open their camps early,” said Minister Greg Rickford. “I am working closely with my provincial colleagues to review all options necessary to protect Kenora-Rainy River’s health care and supply networks.”

This urgent request also pertains to our citizens travelling to other areas of Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. Please stop moving for all non-urgent travel, you are putting everyone at risk by continuing this non-essential movement.

Mayor Reynard notes that when we beat this virus together by practicing all of the direction of our health care experts, which staying home is the biggest factor, we will welcome everyone back to Kenora with open arms.

Rural Travelers Guideline Tip Sheet

City of Kenora Declares a State of Emergency

City of Kenora Media Release

Today, on the recommendation of the City’s Emergency Management Team, the City of Kenora joins numerous other communities in Ontario by declaring a state of Emergency in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990 as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Ontario.

While the community to date has been fortunate to have no confirmed COVID-19 cases, the municipality along with key stakeholders and health care experts are preparing for when cases are reported here in Kenora. We need to take the necessary precautions to prepare ourselves, which includes the declaration which was executed by Mayor Daniel Reynard.

This is a significant step and emphasizes the urgency of the situation in Kenora and that the community needs to act now and be responsible.

As Mayor of the City of Kenora, I am pleading with you to take this situation seriously. Understand the reality and the importance of your part in this crisis. There is nothing I can stress more as the leader of the community than to listen to the health experts and stay put. Please protect yourself, your friends, family and the community by staying home. The decision to declare an emergency was not taken lightly, however, now more than ever Kenora needs to understand just how serious the situation is.” States Mayor Daniel Reynard.

We are working with the Lake of the Woods District Hospital and the Kenora District Services Board to ensure we have emergency contingency plans in place should our vulnerable people become exposed and our hospital become beyond capacity. This requires us to prepare key City facilities to move patients and isolate those infected. This type of preparedness is unprecedented for the community and demonstrates the severity of the situation.

Declaring an emergency will help us act quickly to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on our residents and business during this evolving situation. The health and well-being of our residents and employees is our priority. We are looking at the long-term impacts of this pandemic and declaring an emergency will give us the flexibility we need as a municipality to manage the situation.

City staff continue to work with our health experts to address the evolving situation and are taking the necessary appropriate actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. While many people in our community work tirelessly to maintain essential services for you, you need to respect those people and keep them safe. Your job is to stay home as much as possible, practice social-distancing when you absolutely must go out, and to strictly follow guidelines and mandates to self-isolate. We need to do everything we can to slow this virus down and help our health care providers deal with the expected surge of COVID-19 patients. Refusing to do so is irresponsible and places our community at increased risk.

Please continue to keep yourself informed by following current expert information and respect that information by following what you are asked. This is the only way we will stop the spread of this contagious virus.

For Important Announcements and Messages Follow on Social Media (Facebook and Twitter):

CanadianPM
https://twitter.com/CanadianPM

Justin Trudeau
https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau
https://www.facebook.com/JustinPJTrudeau/

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
https://twitter.com/fordnation
https://www.facebook.com/FordNationDougFord/

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health
https://twitter.com/celliottability
https://www.facebook.com/ChristineElliottON/

Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament
https://www.facebook.com/GregRickfordPC
https://twitter.com/GregRickford

Northwestern Health Unit
https://twitter.com/TheNWHU
https://www.facebook.com/TheNWHU/

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
https://twitter.com/CPHO_Canada

World Health Organization
https://twitter.com/WHO
https://www.facebook.com/WHO/

 

Council to Hold First Virtual Meeting

City of Kenora Media Release

The current Bill 187, Municipal Emergency Act, 2020 which is now in effect permits Council to meet electronically during an emergency which may be declared by the Premier, Cabinet or the municipal Head of Council under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

As a result of this legislative change, Council has announced their first meeting to be held Tuesday, March 31st at 12 noon. These changes to the Municipal Act allow members of councils who participate in open and closed meetings electronically to be counted for purposes of quorum during emergencies.

The first order of business on the agenda will be to amend Council’s Procedural bylaw which will permit for Council’s electronic participation.

While our Municipal buildings, including City Hall, remain closed during this pandemic, the public and media partners can still access the Council meeting by clicking on the following link:

https://video.isilive.ca/kenora/

This link will provide you live access to the meeting starting at 12 noon on March 31st and a recording of the meeting can be viewed following the meeting.

The next regular meeting series for Council is scheduled for April 14, Committee of the Whole at 9:00 a.m. and April 21 for Regular Council at 12:00 noon. Both meetings are being scheduled in the same format unless otherwise advertised.

Council recognizes the importance for meetings to continue during these uncertain times to make decisions that are necessary for our community. We continue to follow the direction of the Northwestern Health Unit, as well as the Governments of Ontario and Canada, on protocols and necessary precautions. We encourage you to follow social media for important announcements and messages from these levels, and continue to share with those who do not have internet access.

Council remains committed to the community and the efforts required to keep our community safe.

City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19

Council and Committee Meetings: Calendar, Minutes, and Agendas

Mayoral Statement of Circumstances March 23, 2020

Media Release March 23, 2020

Mayor Reynard and Council are pleased to acknowledge that as of this morning there are no known COVID-19 cases in Kenora. We believe this is due to the great response we have observed from the citizens of Kenora, and their adherence to the protocols that have been put in place related to social distancing and self-isolation.

We appreciate citizens are concerned during these uncertain times, and we are all adapting rapidly as the information surrounding this virus and the various levels of government enact changes to help us reduce its spread. We are following the direction of the Northwestern Health Unit, as well as the Governments of Ontario and Canada, on protocols and necessary precautions. We encourage you to follow social media for important announcements and messages from these levels, and share with those who do not have internet access.

As leaders, we have had to make significant adaptations to adhere to these recommendations by closing public spaces and altering service delivery in some areas. The City remains committed to maintaining as much of our “normal” activities and services as we are able, for as long as we are able. Maintaining this continuity of service provides stability and a sense of normalcy to both the public and our staff, during these uncertain times. Notwithstanding, we ask that if you see staff on the street, for example, maintaining roads, sidewalks, or ensuring parking regulations are being followed, please ensure you are socially distancing yourself from these staff. We also ask that you appreciate that we are operating with reduced staff. As is normal for staff this time of year, many took vacations during March and this has resulted in numerous staff off on self-isolation. As such, we ask for your patience in regard to routine maintenance, such as potholes. Our staff are working hard to address these issues, but delays in service should be expected.

We are assured that there are no shortages in the supply chain of essentials such as toilet paper and other commodities. Restocking the shelves has been a challenge due to the quantities being purchased, so please ensure when you are shopping you are purchasing only those items you need. There is no reason to over purchase or “stock up” on items. Doing so is not only unnecessary it is socially amoral, creating unnecessary concern amongst your fellow shoppers.

Please ensure you are reaching out to loved ones and neighbours via phone or social media, over the coming days and weeks to ensure they are doing well. If you are not required to self-isolate please consider assisting those who are, by offering to shop for them. This is particularly true for seniors in your community. It is time for our community to truly do everything they can to put a stop to this virus. Do your part by staying home whenever possible, and if you must leave for work or have urgent needs, please practice social distancing of 2 meters or more, and personal protection wherever you are. We are all in this together and effort from each citizen will go a long way to
slowing and stopping the spread.

We will provide further updates as information and substantive changes occur. In the interim, Council and I want to thank each of you for your calm and measured approach to this situation, as we all adapt and comply with the changes that are occurring.

For Important Announcements and Messages Follow on Social Media (Facebook and
Twitter):

CanadianPM
https://twitter.com/CanadianPM

Justin Trudeau
https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau
https://www.facebook.com/JustinPJTrudeau/

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
https://twitter.com/fordnation
https://www.facebook.com/FordNationDougFord/

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health
https://twitter.com/celliottability
https://www.facebook.com/ChristineElliottON/

Northwestern Health Unit
https://twitter.com/TheNWHU
https://www.facebook.com/TheNWHU/

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
https://twitter.com/CPHO_Canada

World Health Organization
https://twitter.com/WHO
https://www.facebook.com/WHO/

City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19

City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19

UPDATED MARCH 25, 2020

The City of Kenora, along with many countries, sporting groups, cities and municipalities, is evaluating response to the COVID 19 virus on a daily, if not hour by hour basis. Many residents and staff are very concerned right now; however, it is important to remember that while the virus is very contagious, the effects for most are mild to moderate. There is reason for planning and reasonable precaution, but there is no reason for alarm.

The City of Kenora has been monitoring the situation and evaluating what practical steps we can take to mitigate the risk to our staff, and the community.

The Kenora Recreation Centre and the Keewatin Memorial Arena will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. The Kenora Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre at the KRC are now closed.

KRC will be refunding all rentals and adding three weeks membership on to all active memberships. There will be no adjustments to number of visits for 10 and 25 day passes.

City Hall will be closed to all foot traffic until further notice. Residents unable to pay bills online will be provided extensions without penalty. This will apply to POA (traffic tickets) also. Provincial Offences Courts that take place at City Hall have been cancelled until May or further notice.

Operations Centre will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. For matters related to Cemetery please call 467-2067.

Transfer Station will remain open. However, only bags with bag tags will be accepted, no cash transactions, only debit card or credit card transactions will be allowed.  Curbside waste and recycle pickup will continue as usual.

The Lake of the Woods Museum, Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora Public Libraries, and the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre will be closing effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

All in-home water and sewer services such as rodding or meter work will cease until further notice.

The regular City Council meeting (previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 17) will be held by live stream on March 31st at 12 noon.  Public Notice will be provided on the link for live streaming.

City Transit will operate as usual, taking extra precautions to protect the staff and patrons of the City transit.  Cash only (exact fare) will be accepted.  No passes can be used to lessen the transmission between drivers and patrons.

All playgrounds are closed until further notice.

At this time, parking meters are still being enforced and citizens need to adhere to time limits and money required.

As we continue to monitor the situation and as things change, further updates will be provided.

As with all the publicity around this virus, please continue to do your part to stop the vast spread by practicing increased hand washing and keeping an effective social distance from people.  We thank the public and our staff for their continued patience and understanding during this time.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Staff Directory

 

 

Council Secures Viability of Community Housing

Joint Media Release City of Kenora and Kenora District Services Board

Today, following the City’s Strategic Plan focusing on housing for our community, Council authorized the transfer of all assets and liabilities of the Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation to the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB).

Housing continues to be a priority for this Council not only working with developers to encourage new housing developments, but also the review of the current non-profit housing structure. Over the past year, the City of Kenora and the KDSB have been working on finding suitable properties to accommodate a variety of housing types. Often this is completed with a lens to vacant municipally-owned properties.

Council and the KDSB have made the present state of available housing and housing availability into the future a priority. We have a significant housing shortage in our community and while the City continues to work with a variety of developers on all types of housing, we also need to ensure the viability of the financial and capital position of non-profit housing in our community.

This transfer will allow the KDSB to invest in our community further with additional housing as they have the ability to leverage the equity in their current and now additional properties to support long-term financing in order to develop new housing units in the community. The KDSB, as stewards of the housing system for the District, has been proactive in addressing the future viability of its community housing projects. In the past, it has done financial viability assessments for each of its housing providers and sponsored training and information sessions with the boards on how to plan for their future. The KDSB understands the significant needs in our community and have included in the strategic goals stated in the District’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, to ensure that the current community and affordable housing stock is available for future generations.

The KDSB has made a commitment to the current tenants as well as the City that service levels will be maintained and tenants will be part of the transition process. Communication is already underway with the building tenants and various groups to answer questions and provide information on the transition.

“This is a positive transition in the City of Kenora which will allow for future builds in housing, long term viability of our current housing and the ability to invest in capital improvements in that housing. As we move forward we are confident this new leadership in non-profit housing in our community will be the most sustainable and strategic and will provide more available housing to start to address some of the significant shortages we are facing. We are thankful to the Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Board who worked diligently with the housing management provider in the past to maintain the current buildings and ensure the viability of those buildings, and additionally thankful to the KDSB for their vision and strategic planning that will allow us to move forward and provide improved housing availability in our community.” States Mayor Daniel Reynard.

“Following the transition, the KDSB and the City of Kenora will be better positioned to ensure that the existing housing stock is sustainable and remains affordable for the many seniors and families that depend on the housing. The transfer of the Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation strategically positions KDSB to invest in the development of new affordable and accessible housing in the community. The KDSB will work to ensure that tenants will not be adversely impacted through this transition and that tenants can expect to continue to receive the same excellent level of service,” states Barry Baltessen, Board Chair, KDSB.

Mayor Daniel Reynard, 807-407-2004, dreynard@kenora.ca
Henry Wall, CAO, Kenora District Services Board, 807-374-3449 hwall@kdsb.on.ca

 

2020 KMNPHC to KDSB – January 28 2020

Fire Safety Over the Holidays Cooking, Smoking, and Alcohol – A Dangerous Mix

With the holiday season upon us, we are entering one of the most festive times of the year. But it can also be a deadly time of the year.

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services urges everyone to include fire safety in all holiday celebrations. This includes paying special attention when cooking during the holidays, and to drink responsibly. Provincial statistics reveal that careless cooking is the number one cause of fires and the second leading cause of fatal fires.

“The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dramatically increase your risk of having a fire,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “All too often, these fires are started by unattended cooking and in many cases alcohol is involved. We want everyone to be fire safe and fully enjoy the holidays.”

Smoking is another leading cause of fires during the holiday season. “Make sure smokers extinguish cigarettes in large deep ashtrays – not in plant pots which may contain peat moss or shredded bark that can easily ignite,” continued Fire Chief Skene. “Ashes should be emptied in a metal container – not the garbage can – and put outside.”

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services also reminds everyone about the law requiring working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the home knows exactly what to do if the smoke alarms sound in an emergency. Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

• Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Cooking is a major cause of home fires, so don’t leave the kitchen if there’s something cooking on the stove. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
• Keep things that can burn such as cooking utensils and paper towels a safe distance from the stove as they can easily ignite if they are too close.
• Keep an eye on any drinkers in your household and make sure all cigarettes are properly extinguished and the stove is off before going to bed.
• Cigarettes can smoulder among upholstered items for hours before igniting. Check sofas and chairs for cigarettes that may have fallen between the cushions. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.
• Drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many residential fires.
• Install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home. Smoke alarms also are required on every storey. Failure to comply with the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.
• Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

If you have questions about fire safety or require any help with smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact Fire and Emergency Services at 807-467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora.

Holidays Fire Safety Infographic

Fire Risks with Firepots and Other Ethanol-Fuelled Appliances

Risks with Ethonal-Fuelled Appliances

Fire Chief Todd Skene is urging residents in the City of Kenora to be aware of the risks involved with table top firepots or firebowls, or other similar ethanol-fuelled appliances.

The fire risk associated with firepots focuses on flame jetting which occurs when the appliances are re-fuelled.  Flame jetting is what happens when fumes from the fuel are ignited by the flame in the pot, which may not be visible and not entirely out.  If the pot is still warm, there may be a flame present.

Jon Pegg, Ontario’s Fire Marshal, issued a public safety message in August 2019 about the fire safety risks of ethanol-fuelled appliances, noting that since 2016, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) has investigated eleven fires that involved the use of these appliances.

“If residents have a firepot, and wish to continue to use it, they should be very careful particularly when re-fuelling the pot.” said Fire Chief Skene.  “This is extremely dangerous and may cause an abrupt fire to flare up, causing serious burn injuries or even death.”

On October 9, 2019, Health Canada issued an advisory relating to the health and safety of these appliances which included the following tips on what to do to avoid fires and burns:

  • Never pour fuel over a flame. Some fuels will burn in a way that flames may be difficult to see, especially when a low amount of fuel is left in the firepot.
  • Be certain that the flame is out by using a snuffer or similar tool to extinguish the flame.
  • Be certain that the firepot has cooled completely before refuelling.
  • Do not use pourable fuel containers without a flame arrestor. A flame arrestor resembles a screen that is built into the container opening. It allows liquid to flow out and reduces the chance that a flame can travel into the container and cause a flame jetting occurrence.
  • Non-refillable fuel canisters are a safer alternative to pourable fuels.
  • Other safety considerations for firepots and pourable fuels: Use firepots on level ground or on a stable, level surface, at a safe distance from people and flammable items.
  • Keep pourable fuels tightly capped when not refuelling and away from any flames or other objects that can create a spark.

Article Links:

Public Safety Message from the Ontario Fire Marshal – August 30, 2019

Health Canada warns Canadians of health and safety risks of certain containers of pourable alcohol-based fuels and certain firepots that use pourable fuels – October 9, 2019

Fire Prevention Week October 6 – 12, 2019

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” TM
Practise home fire escape planning during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Chief Todd Skene is urging families in the City of Kenora to practise their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6-12, 2019. This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” When the smoke alarms sound, everyone must know where to go – that’s why it is so important for everyone to have working smoke alarms and to develop and practise a home fire escape plan.

“In a fire, you may have only seconds to safely escape your home,” said Fire Chief Skene. “Practise your home fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out safely.”

Fire and smoke can spread very quickly, so be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

Assess the needs of everyone in your home
• Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults

Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm

Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work
• Know two ways out of all areas, if possible

Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
• Assign someone to help those who need assistance
• Identify a safe meeting place outside
• Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home or cell phone

Practice your home fire escape plan
• Have everyone participate
• Make changes to your plan if necessary

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will help you put together a home fire escape plan. Please contact Station One at 467-2090 or drop by 100 Fourteenth Street North for assistance.

Kenora Benefits from Ontario Support for Main Streets

Investments Help Small Business and Tourism Grow

Residents and small businesses of the City of Kenora are seeing the benefit from the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. This initiative makes an investment in Ontario communities’ main streets that will help support and grow small business and improve the aesthetic appeal of main street areas. The City of Kenora received $51,000 over two years, beginning in 2018.

With the support of the Main Street Revitalization initiative, three wayfinding kiosks were installed in the Harbourtown Centre: Husky the Musky in McLeod Park, Matheson Street South dock, and the Kenora Recreation Centre. The kiosks provide visitors and residents with a visual guide to the downtown core and pinpointing local business districts. These information kiosks are a continued implementation of the wayfinding program initially developed in 2017.

The funding is made available by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for all single and lower-tier municipalities to implement local Community Improvement Plans and invest in municipal infrastructure to improve their downtown and main street areas. Funding is upfront, allocation-based and projects are selected by municipal councils.

Investments in main street areas help small business and tourism grow by attracting residents and visitors to communities.

“I’d like to congratulate the City of Kenora on the enhancements made to the downtown core through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative. Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of our communities,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The Main Street Revitalization Initiative helps communities enhance and revitalize main streets and demonstrates that Ontario is open for business.”

“The wayfinding signs throughout the City of Kenora help visitors to the area find the wonderful assets and opportunities that Kenora offers to visitors and residents alike,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “They have added an impressive visual mark to our streets in the City and reflect the heritage of our area through their impactful designs.”

City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard says, “We are fortunate to receive this funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at a time when we are seeing many other improvements to our downtown core. The kiosk project was chosen for this funding to add to the appeal of our main street area and Harbourtown Centre, and encourage local business investment in downtown. The kiosks add value to the Harbourtown Centre experience for pedestrians who want to shop, dine, and sightsee in our beautiful City. We are thrilled to have received this funding, thanks to the AMO and the Government of Ontario.”

 

About the Main Street Revitalization Initiative
• The Ontario government’s investment through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative totals $26 million.
• 413 lower and single-tier municipalities are eligible for funding. Upper-tier municipalities (county and regional governments) and the City of Toronto are not eligible for funding.
• Ontario’s municipal governments own more of Ontario’s infrastructure than any other order of government.
• The Main Street Revitalization Initiative allocation formula provides equal base funding to all municipalities, allocates a portion of the funding based on population, and provides an additional allocation to communities with a population less than 25,000.
• A Community Improvement Plan is a planning tool provided for under the Planning Act, that identifies a designated geographic area within which a municipalities wishes to focus investment based on identified priorities.
• AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.