Kenora Recreation Centre Staff Complete HIGH FIVE® Training for Children’s Programming

For Immediate Release

Kenora Recreation Centre Staff Complete HIGH FIVE® Training for Children’s Programming

Kenora, ON – In October 2017, two staff members of the Kenora Recreation Centre, Casey Pyykka, Community Liaison Coordinator, and Crystal Stokes, Aquatic Facilitator, attended a three day training clinic offered by HIGH FIVE. This unique training focuses on child development and creating positive active experiences for children.

“Incorporating the HIGH FIVE Principles into our programs ensures that our programming is planned and delivered with a Child First focus,” says Casey Pyykka.

Crystal Stokes adds, “We now have a quality assurance standard to apply to our programs that gives parents and caregivers the peace of mind in knowing their children are engaging in recreation programs that focus on the elements of Friendship, Participation, Mastery and Play, while in the presence of a Caring Adult”.

Crystal and Casey have achieved the status of Trainer in two of HIGH FIVE’s programs – Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD), and QUEST 2. In 2016 the Senior Aquatics Staff obtained their PHCD Certificates and in January 2018, an in-house training session took place for all student aquatics staff, picture below. It is also planned that summer staff and other day camp leaders will receive the same training on this innovative approach.

For the community, Crystal and Casey plan to host training sessions for organizations or groups involved with children’s sports and recreation. Watch for advertisements on social media and on upcoming sessions. Interested organizations may contact Casey or Crystal directly to make arrangements also.

High Five Positive Impacts Poster

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs and holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that our research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids.
• A Caring Adult
• Friends
• Play
• Mastery
• Participation
HIGH FIVE’s unique and proprietary approach is built on a Quality Framework, consisting of:
• Training and Development for staff
• Program Assessments using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 Tool
• Establishing Policies and Procedures to manage risk
• Creating Awareness of high quality programs for kids
HIGH FIVE provides an evidence-based approach to positive experiences for kids, empowering them to excel in life.

KRC staff High Five Trained
Kenora Recreation Centre student aquatics staff show off their HIGH FIVE training certificates.

Contact Information:
Casey Pyykka, Community Liaison Coordinator

Crystal Stokes, Aquatic Facilitator

Residents Urged to Install Smoke Alarms and Practice Home Fire Escape Plans

For Immediate Release

Fire Chief Urges Residents to Install Smoke Alarms And Practice Home Fire Escape Plans

Kenora, ON – In the wake of a fatal fire in Oshawa, ON on Monday, January 8, 2018, City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds our residents to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.

There were no working smoke alarms in the home of last month’s fatal fire in Oshawa.

“Since January 1st, 2018 there have been 9 fire related fatalities in Ontario. Fire moves so fast that you may have less than 60 seconds to safely escape a fire, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “Only working smoke alarms give you that early warning.”

Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home. Family Day is a good day to practice your Home Fire Escape Plan together.

“It is up to each of us to make sure these preventable tragedies do not happen in Kenora,” continued Chief Skene.

Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.
• Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change the batteries every year.
• Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
• Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.
• All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
• If someone in your home has a disability, develop a home fire escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
• Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
• Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or a neighbour’s home.
• Practice your home fire escape plan.
• Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:
• Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
• Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
• Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services are available to assist our residents in building their Home Fire Escape Plan or answer questions about smoke alarms. Please call 807-467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora.

2018 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders

Focus on Rural Municipal Priorities and Needs

Media Release

Kenora, ON  – Mayor Dave Canfield and Councillors Louis Roussin and Rory McMillan joined more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2018 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 21 to 23.

The conference is a key opportunity for rural officials to raise local priorities with the provincial government, foster partnerships and learn about new opportunities. Funding municipal services and infrastructure continues to be a recurring a key theme, one that will be important heading into the provincial election.

Municipal governments face an estimated funding gap of $4.9 billion annually for the next ten years, just to maintain current services and address infrastructure needs. Municipal governments and property taxpayers need to see a plan that helps reduce this gap in a meaningful way. The conference was an opportunity for local leaders to press all three parties for solutions.

Key priorities for the City of Kenora were:

  • Connecting Link Program Eligibility
    The Highway 17 corridor through Kenora be recognized as an important link to services for surrounding communities and a roadway used extensively by both short and long distance travelers. The City of Kenora is seeking to be designated an eligible community under MTO’s Connecting Links Program.
  • Community Justice Centre and Supportive Housing
    Proceeding with the development of a Community Justice Centre (CJC) in Kenora will create more opportunities for court diversion and allow for early interventions by service providers to increase chances of rehabilitation. Doing so will also require investments into supportive housing. In addition, the City recognizes that the vast majority of those interacting with the court system are not from Kenora thus creating a need for community justice services across the District.

Other highlights of the conference included:
• Speeches by all three party leaders, as well as a number of Ministers
• Ministers’ forum where over 20 ministers and Premier answered questions of municipal concern from delegates
• Sessions on economic development matters, such as rural broadband, natural gas and autonomous vehicles.
• Critical challenges like rural schools and health care access
• The impacts on local services of cannabis legalization
• More than 300 municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from key speakers are posted on ROMA’s website at

ROMA is the most representative and effective voice for Ontario’s rural municipal governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. Through its relationship with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ROMA advocates for policies and programs that will help build thriving rural Ontario communities.

For more information about ROMA or the 2018 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, ROMA Media Contact, 416-729-5425,

Council Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

Council Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

Council, as sole Shareholder of Kenora Hydro, approved the merger of Kenora Hydro and Thunder Bay Hydro today at their regular meeting of Council.

In the last few years Kenora Hydro has had some significant challenges and as a result the Kenora Hydro Board conducted a review of the future of small utilities including all options for the utility looking forward. Through this process and SWOT analysis several business risks and challenges were identified and a number of corporate models were considered. The Board ultimately recommended that a merger with Thunder Bay Hydro was in the best interests of the utility, customers, and Shareholder.

In the past 15 months the Kenora Hydro Board has spent a considerable amount of time pursuing a potential merger by reviewing financial statements, completing due diligence on each other, and identifying benefits for the Shareholders and the customers. A public open house was held in November and there have been very few concerns or opposing viewpoints brought forward from our customers.

The merger will create a new electric distribution utility to serve the current customer bases and the City of Kenora will own approximately 9.1% of the shares of the new company based on the relative enterprise values and Kenora is entitled to a seat on the new Board of Directors.

A merger will position the new utility to adapt to the changing industry and new disruptive technologies such as distributed generation, electric vehicles, and micro-grids. It will increase the economies of scale which will lower costs and reduce the business risk ultimately putting downward pressure on rates. It will benefit customers by increasing the ability to implement new technology and new services such as outage mapping. Customers will continue to benefit from local hydro staff providing excellent customer service and accountability.

The required approval process through the Ontario Energy Board encompasses a principle of “no harm test” to the customer to protect the interests of customers with respect to pricing and the adequacy, reliability, and quality of electricity service. The benefits to the shareholder and customers will be with an emphasis on maintaining low rates, being responsible corporate citizens committed to the communities that the new utility serves, and providing local accountability and close ties to the municipal shareholder.

Kenora Hydro staff will transition over to the entity and, and reductions in staff, if required, will be primarily through attrition and Kenora will maintain a local operations center.

City of Kenora to Receive Funding and Training For Climate Adaptation and Asset Management

The City of Kenora has been granted $80,500 in funding from the Government of Canada, through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to develop the community’s asset management strategy to align with current climate change goals.

Through FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN), the City of Kenora will join eighteen communities from across Canada taking part in a two-year initiative that combines peer-learning opportunities, training, and funding to help Canadian municipalities integrate climate change and sustainability goals systematically into decision-making about infrastructure assets, such as roads, buildings, and water and sanitation systems.

City of Kenora Mayor Canfield states “Kenora is facing a significant infrastructure deficit that will only become more challenging to address given projected climate change impacts. This funding will improve our resiliency and ability to effectively manage our capital assets.”

Adam Smith, City of Kenora Special Projects and Research Officer, adds “As part of the Climate and Asset Management Network, the City of Kenora can position itself as a leader in climate adaptation by creating a framework that supports risk based decision-making and allows for greater clarity on how climate change impacts will affect the ability of our assets to meet service and performance needs.”

By embedding climate goals into their asset management planning, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long term.

CAMN is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation is providing free block heater timers this holiday season

KENORA, ON, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 –Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. is giving an early holiday gift for those looking to save on energy and their electricity bill over the winter months. Today, the utility announced its Block Heater Timer program. The new initiative offers a free block heater timer to Kenora Hydro customers, to help them save energy while plugging in their vehicles.

“Winter can be hard on your vehicle and your electricity bill. Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation encourages families and home owners to be energy conscious and through this program we aim to provide a new solution to help you save energy and dollars on your electricity bill and avoid that chilly trip out to your vehicle to go plug it in, first thing in the morning or late at night,” says, Dave Sinclair, President & CEO, Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd.

A block heater timer can reduce energy consumption and save program participants up to $25 a year on winter bills. There are also several benefits for your vehicle. Jason Ramage, Service Manager at Done-Rite Tire & Auto explains that a block heater keeps your engine warm. “It helps protect several parts and components of your vehicle and makes it easier to get it started, so a timer is very useful. You don’t need to have your vehicle plugged in all day long; that is one of the biggest misconceptions for vehicle owners during the winter months. A service technician would recommend plugging in your vehicle four hours before you need to go somewhere, and you only need to use your block heater when the temperature drops to -15°C.”

The new Save on Energy Block Heater Timer program is a pilot project originating in Northwestern Ontario. It is also being offered by local electricity utilities in Atikokan, Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout.

To receive a free block heater timer, simply make an appointment by calling 1-888-855-3106 or by email at An Energy Advisor will come to your home to install the block heater timer all free of charge.

Media Contact: Amanda Bay T – (807) 767-4443 Ext #223/ C – (807) 628-7109/ E –

Hydro Block Heater poster


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit to find a registered contractor near you.

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Skene. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

What is CO?
CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.

CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:
• Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit to find a registered contractor near you.
• Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
• Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
• Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.
• Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.
• Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.
• Never run a vehicle or other fuelled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:
Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:
Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

If you have any questions or require any help please contact us at 467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, during CO Awareness Week.

For more information contact: Kenora Fire and Emergency Services, 807-467-2090

Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association Receives Grant from Union Gas

The Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant for $2,500.00 from Union Gas. This grant will be used to purchase a Sparky the Fire Dog costume for our regional fire prevention programs and will be housed in the our Kenora District Fire Safety trailer. Union Gas is currently a partner of the Fire Safety trailer and Sparky will be a valued fire prevention tool available for use by 14 fire departments across the region.

Union Gas continues to be a valued partner with fire departments across North Western Ontario providing natural gas training and assisting fire departments in delivering important fire prevention messaging.

The Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association is very grateful for this Union Gas donation and looks forward to expanding its partnership.

Union Gas

Union Gas Manager Duane Harris and Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene.

City Declares Waste Reduction Week

We are committed toward environmental sustainability.

The City of Kenora is committed to conserving resources, protecting the environment and educating our community.

We recognize the generation of solid waste and the needless waste of water and energy resources as a global environmental problem. We also appreciate the richness and beauty of our diverse world and the importance of working toward ecological sustainability by conserving resources and curbing wasteful practices.

The City of Kenora encourages the public to engage in Waste Reduction Week theme days – Monday: Circular Economy, Tuesday: Textiles, Wednesday: celebrating Champion and Innovators, Thursday: Plastics, Friday: Food Waste, Saturday and Sunday: Swap, Share, Repair.  Learn more about each theme day and what you can do to reduce waste at

During Waste Reduction Week, share your photos and activities on social media, using #WasteReductionWeek to show the rest of the country how Kenora is reducing waste in our homes, at our work places, and our community!

We are proud to declare October 16-22, 2017 as Waste Reduction Week in Kenora.

Waste Reduction Week Theme Days October 16 – 22, 2017


Kenora Aquatics Centre Reopens

The City of Kenora is pleased to advise the public that the Kenora Aquatics Centre will reopen the pool area effective today, October 11, 2017.

Over the long weekend the pool deck contractor was in to address the issues the City had concerns with. On Tuesday October 10th, final testing took place and the City is satisfied that both dry and wet surfaces of the pool deck scored very safe on a scale established by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) & American Society of Testing and Materials, which has the most stringent standards.

Staff has worked very hard to ensure the safety of the public when using the pool. With extensive cleaning to remove buildup on the deck, minor repairs made and the slip test conducted, staff is confident the pool deck is safe for use.

The City reminds the public that any wet surface poses a risk of slipping and encourages all users to use common sense while using the pool. As this is a new pool deck, it is important to remember that the feeling will be significantly different and our old one and we ask everyone to use extra caution and follow the rules outlined in the area.

“Public and staff safety has been our number one concern through this process and we undertook the necessary measures to ensure the deck is delivered to the public in an adequate and safe state” states Community and Development Services Manager Matt Boscariol.

The City apologizes to the public for this inconvenience and thanks everyone for their patience. We are pleased to have the aquatics centre reopen today.