Household Hazardous Waste Depot Opens June 1st

The Transfer Station will open the household hazardous waste depot this Thursday, June 1st, and will be open every Thursday until the end of September.  The depot is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Thursday.   This is a FREE service for residential customers to safely dispose of reactive, flammable, corrosive or poisonous products, such as batteries, paint and paint cans, empty propane containers, aerosol cans, cleaners, pesticides, engine oil/filters/coolant/antifreeze and containers, sharps if they are packaged in a peanut butter or other container, and more.

 

Freedom of the City Parade and Ball June 3, 2017

 

116th Independent Field Battery – Royal Canadian Artillery with the City of Kenora

Freedom of the City Parade

KENORA, ON –  Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

116th Independent Field Battery – Royal Canadian Artillery will be exercising its Freedom of the City on Saturday, June 3, 2017 with a military parade.

At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday June 3, 2017, Acting Commanding Officer of 38 Canadian Brigade Group’s Artillery Tactical Group (38 ATG) Major Paul Haughey will lead approximately 60 artillery soldiers to Kenora City Hall where Brigadier-General James Selbie, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and His Worship David Canfield or designate, Mayor of the City of Kenora, will inspect the soldiers as well as address the parade and guests.

Granting of the Freedom of the City to military units is a long standing tradition in which a municipality can recognize a military unit and allow them to march through the city with “drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed.”  This is a most prized honour, for it recognizes over time, the honourable record of the military unit, and demonstrates the respect and admiration the community has for them.  116th Independent Field Battery was granted the Freedom of the City in 1985 by then Town of Kenora Mayor Kelvin Winkler.

A Freedom of the City Ball will be held in the evening starting at 6 pm at the Clarion Lakeside Inn, Kenora.

Who38 Artillery Tactical Group (38 ATG) soldiers from 116th Independent Field Battery, Kenora, Ontario, 10th Field Regiment, Yorkton, Saskatchewan and 26 Field Regiment, Brandon, Manitoba led by 38 ATG Acting Commanding Officer Major Paul Haughey

When – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 from Ontario Provincial Police office on Water Street and proceed down Main Street to City Hall.

Where – Kenora, Ontario

Quick Facts

• 38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) is an Army Reserve formation of 3rd Canadian Division headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba with 13 Army Reserve units distributed throughout the provinces of Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Contacts

Second Lieutenant Stacie Nelles, Public Affairs Officer, 38 Canadian Brigade Group
Tel: 204-833-2500 Ext 6543
Cell: 204-688-3267
Email: Stacie.Nelles@forces.gc.ca

Master Bombardier Lynn Danielson, 116th Independent Field Battery Unit Public Affairs Representative
Tel: 204-290-2043
Email: Lynn.Danielson@forces.gc.ca

Canadian Forces Day in Kenora - 2009

Canadian Forces Day in Kenora -2009

Freedom of the City Ball Poster

Freedom of the City Ball Poster

KRC Welcome to Wellness Workshop Series

The Kenora Recreation Centre is offering a Welcome to Wellness workshop series focusing on four different health and lifestyle subjects.  The four workshops will be held at the Rec Centre on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning May 24 through to June 14, 2017.   Cost is $10 per workshop or $35 for all four.  Contact the Rec Centre to register at 467-2087.

May 24 – Benefits of Essential Oils with Heidi Smith

May 31 – Nutrition with Kate Ronnebeck

June 7 – Hula Hooping with Karrie Blackburn

June 14 – Money Coach with Karen Richardson

Public Docking and Parking Lot Uses

When choosing to moor or dock your boat at a public dock, be sure to take notice of the sign posted. Each public docking zone has specific conditions for boaters to follow, ensuring all residents and visitors have access to this docking. There may be a maximum time limit, loading/unloading time limit, or a permit required.

As well parking lots at each of the public docking zones have rules and regulations. Overnight parking is only allowed at Keewatin Memorial Arena and Kenora Recreation Centre. Permits for overnight parking can be purchased at Kenora Recreation Centre. For long term parking options, contact City Hall 807-467-2000.

Additional City staff have been assigned to closely monitor both the docking and parking lots to ensure the time limits and permitted uses are being followed. Fines and penalties, including towing of a boat, will be imposed to those who do not follow the posted signage for both the docks and parking lots.

By-law 49-2016 provides details of specific conditions for each of the City owned public docks and launches, and details are posted here in Public Docking.  Parking lot information is posted in Parking.

Public Information Session on Winter Maintenance in Harbourtown Centre

The City of Kenora is considering a new approach to winter maintenance in harbourtown centre.   A public information session will be held on:

Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Kenora Recreation Centre
Rotary Room

This public information session will examine a proposed sidewalk snow and ice removal by-law affecting commercial and institutional properties within the Harbourtown Centre.

What is the basis for the proposal?

How would this by-law be implemented?

Join us! Ask Questions!

Can’t attend?
Email your questions/comments to Adam Smith, Special Projects and Research Officer, at asmith@kenora.ca or 807-467-2192.

Emergency Preparedness Week May 7-13, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Week is a Canada wide initiative to increase awareness of individual and family preparedness. The Ontario provincial theme for this year is “Emergency Preparedness Starts With You, Prepare Your Selfie!” which focuses on personal preparedness. If a major emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services and your Emergency Operations Centre encourages the residents of Kenora to build a 72 hour kit for their home.  Take a selfie with the kit and post it on social media using #PrepareYourSelfie. Challenge friends and family to do the same. We all need to be prepared.

Your basic emergency kit should include:
• WATER – at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
• FOOD that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
• manual can-opener
• crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year
• crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or weather radio
• first aid kit
• extra keys to your car and house
• some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
• a copy of your emergency plan and contact information
• if applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

Also emergency preparedness involves being aware of what is going on. Be sure to sign up for Kenora Alerts to stay informed. This notification system is in place for the City of Kenora to notify residents of emergency situations.

Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Stay Informed.

City Introduces iCemetery App

 

A Convenient Way to Search for Loved Ones at LOW Cemetery

KENORA, ON – The City of Kenora is pleased to introduce a new convenient way to search for loved ones buried at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. iCemetery is a free app by Stone Orchard Software developed for the public to easily look up site identification or grave addresses.

iCemetery can be downloaded for free to smart phones and devices from the App Store, or Google Play. Once downloaded, iCemetery is very easy to use. The first name and last name of the deceased are matched with our cemetery records to supply the grave address. At the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, the grave address will either be in the Roman Catholic Cemetery or the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. In the Roman Catholic Cemetery, the rows begin in the south, with the graves numbered west to east. In the Lake of Woods Cemetery, the rows begin in the west, with plots (4 graves) numbered south to north. An example of an address is 26E-36-2, which means Row 26E, Plot 36, Grave 2. The iCemetery database includes all interments up to the end of 2016 and will continue to be updated. Adding an interactive map which will guide people directly to the grave is the next step planned in making this tool more meaningful.

“The City of Kenora is leading the way in Ontario towards making cemetery records more accessible to the public by using current technologies and our iCemetery app”, says Ken Munday, Director of Operations with Stone Orchard.

James Tkachyk, Parks and facilities Division Lead says he is pleased with how easy iCemetery is to use and how customer service is improved with this self-serve tool. A QR code developed with Stone Orchard Software is displayed at the Cemetery to scan for immediate downloading of the app. While iCemetery allows people to search for a grave any day at any time, Cemetery Office staff are still available to assist with searches during regular office hours.

About Stone Orchard Software –
Stone Orchard develops software solutions based on the distinct needs of Cemeteries, Crematoriums, and Funeral homes to meet their needs effectively including consideration of different sizes and budgets. In 2010, Stone Orchard released new software, completely redesigned and rewritten, using the latest programming techniques, and taking advantage of the latest computer hardware. Stone Orchard Software is growing rapidly by providing premier record management solutions to Cemeteries, Crematoriums, and Funeral Homes around the world. Stone Orchard continues to focus on developing the best software possible to meet the unique needs of the profession and complying with government legislation and regulations.

Free Admission for Moms and Friends at KRC

Kenora Recreation Centre has two special offers this month to encourage physical activity with moms and friends!

On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14, bring your mom to the pool or gym and she gets in FREE.

During the week of May 15-20, bring a friend to any group fitness class and your friend gets in for  FREE.

Mother’s Day Bring Mom for Free poster

Bring a Friend 2017 (2) poster

Do 3 Things for Kenora

The City of Kenora has accepted the Do 3 Things challenge! Do 3 Things for Kenora focuses on our environment and relationship building with our First Nations.

1. Freecycle Days – The City will promote designated weekends when residents are encouraged to mark unwanted but still useful goods as “Free” and deposit them at the end of their driveway or in a non-obstructing place in a back lane. Owners would be responsible for retrieving or disposing of unclaimed goods after 6 p.m. on the last of each of the sets of the giveaway days. The dates will be advertised and guidelines will be shared which will encourage residents to check out and see what ‘good stuff’ they may wish to bring home. This will reduce the items going to the Transfer Station, and ultimately the landfill, and also allow residents to give away items they are not using.  Freecycle Days 2017 will be held Kenora-wide on May 13 and 14, and again on September 9 and 10.

2. Reuse Area – The Reuse Area next to the Recycle Depot at the Transfer Station is an exposed, uncovered open pad where items in good-to-excellent used condition can be left for others to pick up. The City will post pictures online of what items are in the Reuse Area for the public to see in case they wish to claim any of them. This is an inexpensive solution to ensure maximum turnover of items in the area and would also provide increased exposure helping to attract more attention to this Facility.

3. Relationship Building – The City is actively engaged in redeveloping First Nations partnerships and relationships. This includes flying the Treaty 3 flag on a permanent basis at City Hall.  The flag raising ceremony will be held on Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2017.   Also, and of importance, is re-initiating the discussions regarding Common Land Common Ground. This is a tract of land within the City that was turned over to the City to hold in trust while an agreement is developed between three First Nations communities, Grand Council Treaty #3 and the City of Kenora. The property known as Waa’ Say’ Gaa’ Bo’ (translated as Standing in the Shade) is a historic site for the three First Nation communities.

Everyone is encouraged to jump on board to Do 3 Things for Kenora. For inspiration, check out 3 Things for Calgary or 3 Things for Canada. Let’s see what each of us can do for our community THREE THINGS at a time!

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Call for Canada Day 2017 Committee Members

The preparations for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in Kenora have begun!  Now Tourism is looking for committee members to help with the planning and execution of Canada Day 2017.   The commitment prior to July 1st is minimal with a few planning meetings in the coming months.  As for execution, we would greatly appreciate volunteers to help run festivities and activities on the Harbourfront during July 1st.

Please email tourism@kenora.ca and tell us a little about yourself.  Let’s make Canada’s 150th birthday one to remember in Kenora!

 

City of Kenora and First Student Partner to Improve City Transit System – New Transit Schedule Begins April 1st

Kenora, ON – The City of Kenora and First Student are pleased to announce beginning this Saturday April 1st, the City public transit will change to new routes and bus stop times. The schedule has a fresh new format providing riders with more information than previous schedules.

The new Transit System booklet provides riders with a quick reference for planning their bus trip. The main transit stop is still in the heart of downtown at Market Square, connecting to three main routes – Keewatin, Pinecrest, and Lakeside. The existing routes have been reshaped to provide more frequent stops and timed for more reliable service within the City. Market Square inbound and outbound times are listed in the booklet with a timetable showing to the minute at each bus stop. City transit runs Monday to Friday regularly with the first bus leaving Market Square at 7:01 a.m. ending the weekday service with the last bus arriving at Market Square at 6:08 p.m. Extended hours have been added to the Friday schedule, with the last bus arriving at Market Square at 8:23 p.m. The bus continues to run on Saturday from 11:01 a.m. until 6:05 p.m.

Each of the eighty bus stops are now marked with a numbered stop sign listing the exact times riders can expect the bus to stop there. The majority of the stops exist on the current schedule however some new stops have been added. New stops include Seven Generations, Safeway, Kenora Forest Products, Kenora Recreation Centre. Bus service will continue to Keewatin Place, Norman Park, Walmart, Pinecrest, senior apartment blocks, Beaver Brae Secondary School, and Catholic school board campus.

The new Transit System booklet will be available from the bus drivers and can be picked up at City Hall, Kenora Public Libraries, Kenora Recreation Centre, and New Horizons Seniors Centre. The online version will be posted in Transit/Bus Routes on www.kenora.ca.

For those interested in adding City transit to their commute for business or pleasure, bus passes can be purchased at City Hall or online on www.kenora.ca.