OEB Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

Ontario Energy Board Approved Hydro Merger

Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved the merger of Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. (Kenora Hydro) and Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (Thunder Bay Hydro).

“Cost-efficiencies are expected and will directly benefit all customers” says Robert Mace, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Hydro, “Changes are coming in the new year, beginning with the unveiling our new brand”.

In its decision on the merger application submitted by the two local distribution companies on April 12, 2018, the OEB has made the following statements:

  • The OEB has determined that the Applicants have satisfied the no harm test with respect to price, cost effectiveness and economic efficiency. The evidence shows that the underlying cost structures to serve acquired customers following the proposed merger will be no higher than they otherwise would have been.
  • The OEB is satisfied that the way in which the Applicants propose to provide service in the areas currently served by Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro will be effective in continuing existing levels of service.
  • The OEB is satisfied that the proposed amalgamation of Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro, including the Applicants’ five year deferral rate rebasing proposal, meets the “no harm” test. A no-harm test considers whether the proposed transaction will have an adverse effect on customers.

Effective January 1, 2019, both the City of Kenora and City of Thunder Bay will proportionally own the new utility; 9 percent and 91 percent respectively. Once finalized, the municipal-owned company will continue to provide distribution services to 56,425 residential and commercial customers currently under the management of the two electricity distributors. Local services will continue to be provided in both communities by local employees.

“Customers will continue to receive a high level of service and will soon benefit from added amenities” states Dave Sinclair, President and CEO of Kenora Hydro, “The merger will create positive effects for both communities and their future”

LINK: The OEB’s full decision document

For more information:

Linda Mills, Executive Assistant to the President
Thunder Bay Hydro
(807) 343-1126

Dave Sinclair, President and CEO
Kenora Hydro
(807) 476-2075

City of Kenora Ranked Top in Water Taste Test and Water Treatment Knowledge

The City of Kenora is proud to announce the Water and Wastewater Division, including Treatment Plants, earned top honours in two categories at a regional water quality conference recently.

Three City of Kenora Operators from the Water and Wastewater Division and Treatment Plants attended the annual Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference (NWOWWC) in Thunder Bay in October. The NWOWWC offers education and training for water and wastewater professionals to ensure they are up to date on issues impacting safe treatment of water and wastewater.

Each year during the Conference a blind taste test of treated water samples is held. Municipalities from across the Northwest region bring a water sample to enter the esteemed competition. This year the City of Kenora submitted a sample of our drinking water and won first place in the blind taste test. As the winner, the City of Kenora received $500 from ALS towards our lab testing services. ALS is the lab used to test water quality for the City of Kenora.

Another tradition at the Conference is the Operators Challenge. Our three operators won the Operators Challenge, where they beat operators from other communities answering water and wastewater related questions.

The Water and Wastewater Division is very proud of its staff and their knowledge of the water service provided to the residents of Kenora. They are diligent in updating their skills and understanding of the Provincial policies that must be followed.

“Winning the best tasting water test in Northwestern Ontario is an honour and a testament to our well trained staff. Not only is our water the best tasting, but more importantly, the public can be confident that the water they drink and consume every day is safe.” says Mayor Canfield.

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight – UPDATED

UPDATED NOVEMBER 1, 2018

We are speechless. The second set of art pieces have been returned.

Thank you Kenora and community for sharing the posts and getting the word out.

We received a call this afternoon saying the two were at Anicinabe Park. We picked them up shortly after the call.

Many have asked…yes we will be displaying them again. Stay tuned for announcements!

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight

The City of Kenora is excited to announce two of the four art pieces were returned overnight.

Thank you Kenora! You shared it, you spread the word and – we are in awe of the power of our community! Two of the figures were returned overnight!!

We received a call at City Hall this morning that two of the figures were leaning up against the A & W ball field fence. We immediately sent over a truck to pick them up and they are now in safe storage in a City facility.

This is amazing! We are truly grateful and amazed by the community support for their safe return. The details do not matter. It only matters that we now have two of the four figures and a huge thank you goes out to the public for helping to recover the figures. We had hoped the power of social media and our local media partners would work but we had no idea how quickly the word would spread and how important they truly were to our community! The significance of the pieces for our community shows in the quick response.

To the person or persons who had the art work – thank you for doing the right thing. We are celebrating and will wait to see if the other two appear. In the meantime, we have some plans to make for their permanent display which recognizes the significance they hold to our heritage!

WE CELEBRATE YOU KENORA! You make us proud!

Norman Bay Bridge Art Pieces Returned

 

 

 

City Looking for Assistance to Recover Heritage Art Pieces

The City of Kenora is asking for the public’s assistance in recovering the heritage art pieces that were once displayed on the Norman Bay Bridge.

When the Norman Bay Bridge was constructed in 1948, there were Indigenous figures made from metal rods posted on the stone pillars at each entrance. When the bridge underwent reconstruction, the four figures were taken down and put into storage. Since then, the heritage artworks have gone missing without a trace of their whereabouts. The last two pieces disappeared in September 2016. These artworks have significant importance to our heritage and our reconciliation with our Indigenous community.

In an effort to find the heritage pieces, the City of Kenora is declaring November as amnesty month for the anonymous return of the metal art pieces. The art pieces may be dropped off at the City of Kenora Operations Building, 60 Fourteenth Street North front entrance; no questions asked.

“We hope someone will do the right thing, and return the artwork to the City without worry about prosecution or penalty,” says Mayor Dave Canfield. If the pieces are returned, the City would like to see a permanent display of the Indigenous figures to honour their significance to the community and our Treaty 3 partners.

Norman Bay Bridge Image

Norman Bay Bridge Indigenous Figure Heritage Artwork

Norman Bay Bridge Aerial Photo

Norman Bay Bridge Aerial View

Photos courtesy of the Lake of the Woods Museum

Election Day October 22, 2018

On Election Day, electors may cast their votes until 8 p.m. online at https://kenoravotes.ca/ or by phone toll free in Canada and US 1-877-342-0807 or outside of Canada 1-807-700-6887.

Voter assistance is available in Council Chambers at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for those who need a Voter Information Letter (with unique PIN) or for those who need assistance with the internet to cast their vote.

Unofficial results will be posted as soon as possible after 8 p.m. on October 22, 2018.

Survey for Year-Round and Seasonal Residents

City of Kenora’s Lake of the Woods Development Commission (LOWDC), the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls (SN-NF), and the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association (LOWDPOA) would like to know more about seasonal and year-round lake residents.  The Lake of the Woods Year-Round and Seasonal Residents Economic Impact Survey has been developed with questions to help the LOWDC, SN-NF, and LOWDPOA better understand the significant economic contributions and needs of seasonal and year-round lake residents.

Permanent residents on Lake of the Woods (owning waterfront property) or seasonal residents in the Lake of the Woods region (not necessarily waterfront property; could own property or rent property) and spend a significant amount of time in the region each year are asked to complete the Lake of the Woods Year-Round and Seasonal Residents Economic Impact Survey.

The survey is open until November 30, 2018.

 

 

Seventh Avenue South Bridge Opening to All Traffic October 5, 2018

The City of Kenora is pleased to advise the new Seventh Avenue South Bridge is now complete. The crossing and neighbouring streets will be open on Friday, October 5 by 5 p.m. to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The City extends thanks to the public, the residents in the immediate work area, and boaters on Laurensons Creek for their cooperation and patience during this significant infrastructure project.  This project was funded by the Government of Ontario – Build on the North program.

Are you Interested in Serving your Community?

We are Seeking Members-At-Large For Various Boards & Committees

We are actively preparing for the 2018 Municipal Election and the current Boards and Committees appointments expire with this term of Council.
The new Council will be seeking Kenora residents interested in serving as a municipal representative on the following Boards and Committees;
(Term December 1, 2018 to ‘at the pleasure of Council’):-

• Accessibility Advisory Committee
• District of Kenora Home for the Aged Management Board
• Environmental Advisory Committee
• Heritage Kenora
• Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation
• Kenora Police Services Board
• Kenora Public Library Board
• Kenora Urban Trails Committee
• Lake of the Woods Development Commission
• Lake of the Woods Museum Board
• Planning Advisory and Committee of Adjustment

Eligibility for appointment is in accordance with Council Policy #CC-14-1. Terms of Reference for these committees which outline their role and duty can be found on our City website at: http://kenora.ca/government/committees-of-council/

If you are interested in applying for any of these committees, please complete an application form along with resume (if applicable) and email to hkasprick@kenora.ca or deliver in person to City Hall.

You may also pick up the various Committee Terms of Reference and application form from City Hall reception.

Applications are to be submitted to:
Heather Kasprick, City Clerk
One Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
hkasprick@kenora.ca

* Deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 noon.*

KDSB extends support agreements with Kenora Fellowship Centre

KDSB extends support agreements with Kenora Fellowship Centre

Through its Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) is extending existing financial support agreements with the Kenora Fellowship Centre to continue meeting the need of providing meals to homeless and vulnerable people in Kenora.

In June of 2018, the KDSB and the Kenora Fellowship Centre entered into a service agreement that supported the Fellowship Centre in the temporary increase of resources to expand its current meal programming. This increase was needed to offset the gap in meal service provisions due to the Agape Table ending its programming in May as renovations were underway at Knox United Church, allowing for a permanent 24/7 Emergency Shelter.

The construction and renovations at Knox United Church are coming along well, however; there have been unforeseen setbacks with the development, and as a result, the opening of the new emergency shelter and support programs will be delayed until January 2019. “The KDSB is very happy to continue this service agreement with the Kenora Fellowship Centre,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB. “Through this partnership and their generous commitment in continuing to offer expanded meal programming, it will ensure that homeless and vulnerable people in Kenora will continue to have meals available.”

“We are thankful to KDSB for the opportunity to continue our services to those facing homelessness and poverty in this time of transition. It greatly reduces the patron’s uncertainty in regards to meal provisions and having a place of safety,” says Yvonne BearBull, Executive Director of the Kenora Fellowship Centre. The Fellowship Centre will maintain its expanded meal programming until January 31, 2019, or until renovations are completed for the permanent 24/7 Emergency Shelter, which includes meal programming. Meal programming at the Fellowship Centre is as follows: Lunch services are offered six days a week, Monday – Saturday; breakfast services are offered seven days a week and; dinner services are offered weekly on Thursday.

Joint Press Release – Support extended for Kenora Fellowship Centre

KRC Halloween Promotion

Handout something different this Halloween.  Trick or Treat?

Instead of handing out candy, let’s give the kids fun!

Purchase 10 for $10 complimentary children passes to the Kenora Recreation Centre for skating or swimming.

Offer begins October 9th – 31st

Halloween promotion 2018

Take the Super Summer Sunday Campaign Survey

We are looking for your feedback on Super Summer Sundays in Kenora.   Please take a few minutes to complete the six-question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2FJLC5J

The purpose of the Super Summer Sundays campaign is to coordinate, commit and promote Sunday shopping/dining hours from July 1st to August 19th during the 2018 summer. In order to participate businesses were required to commit to being open for a minimum of four hours on Sundays throughout the duration of the campaign. In return, the City of Kenora and Harbourtown BIZ included participating businesses in an advertising campaign that utilized social media, radio, blitz ads, big belly ads, postcards and posters. This year the campaign also included planned entertainment in the downtown on Sundays in an attempt to increase foot traffic throughout the designated campaign area.

 

 

Local Official Elected to the 2018 – 2020 AMO Board of Directors

At the Annual Conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), held in Ottawa August 19 – 22, Dave Canfield, Mayor, City of Kenora, was elected to the AMO Board of Directors, Northern Caucus.

As a member of the Board, Mayor Canfield will help set policy for the association and serve as a key municipal leader in the province.
“AMO benefits from membership from across the Province, and a Board that reflects the diversity of Ontario’s municipal governments. To that end, I am pleased to have Dave on the 2018- 2020 Board team,” said AMO President, Jamie McGarvey.

About the Association of Municipalities of Ontario:
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports 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.

For more information about AMO, please go to our website: www.amo.on.ca

AMO Media Release, August 23, 2018
For more information contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact
416-729-5425
lambie@redbrick.ca