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

City of Kenora Delegation Brings Northern Ontario Perspective to AMO Conference

City of Kenora Delegation Brings Northern Ontario Perspective to AMO Conference August 19 – 22

Mayor Canfield and Members of Council will join about 1,900 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) 2018 Conference in Ottawa from August 19 to 22.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the three party leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries. Mayor Canfield, along with City Councillors Dan Reynard, Rory McMillan, Mort Goss and Special Projects and Research Officer, Adam Smith will be meeting with elected officials from the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Key session topics include cannabis legalization, trade, indigenous relations, climate change and disaster preparedness, waste diversion, ambulance dispatch, emerging technologies and Smart Cities, the 2018 municipal election, rural economic development, and much more. Program information is available online at www.amo.on.ca.

This is the first opportunity to have Northern Ontario issues heard by the new Premier of Ontario and his Minister Cabinet. The City of Kenora delegation is particularly interested in advocating on issues such as:
• Affordable Housing
• Community Health-Care
• Policing Costs
• Fire Protection and Prevention Act
• Downtown Revitalization
• Twinning the Kenora Recreation Centre
• Highway 17 Expansion
• Connecting Links Funding
• Maintenance Standards

During the conference, interviews with Mayor Canfield can be accommodated by e-mailing dcanfield@kenora.ca.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.amo.on.ca.

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 or the 2018 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @AMOPolicy, Hashtag: #AMOConf18

Council Approves 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

Council Approves 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

Today Council approves the 2017 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements. The City received an unqualified audit report and is financially stable.

The 2017 financial statements continue to reflect the healthy financial position currently enjoyed by the City of Kenora. The City continues to work to improve the current infrastructure deficit while maintaining an appropriate balance between services and property tax rates.

Highlights from the consolidated balance sheet include:

  • Cash and temporary investments on hand as at December 31, 2017 totalled $37 million;
  • Investment in government business enterprises totalled $9.9 million;
  • The Kenora Citizens’ Prosperity Trust Fund balance was $32.8 million at the end of 2017 on the consolidated balance sheet. The Trust Fund in fact has $41 million in investments. The difference arises because the City issued debentures to the Trust Fund to finance seven capital projects. The Canadian generally accepted accounting principles dictate that the Trust Fund be consolidated in the City of Kenora’s financial statements. As a result the investment in the Trust Fund and the corresponding debenture debt in the City are eliminated on consolidation. The debenture balance at year end is $8.2 million.
  • This Trust Fund was created in 2008 to safeguard the net proceeds from the sale of the KMTS Entities. The intent was to ensure there would be no impact to property taxes as a result of this sale. In order to offset lost net revenues as a result of the sale of the KMTS Entities, the City requires an annual return of $1.1 million in income from the Trust Fund. Any erosion of the balance of the Trust Fund will result in an additional burden on City taxpayers.
  • The balance of the City’s reserves and reserve funds was $30.2 million at the end of 2017.
  • The City’s accumulated surplus totals $228.1 million, (see tangible capital assets discussion below)

The City is required to include tangible capital assets in its accumulated surplus total. Therefore, the City’s statements include things like roads, bridges, water and wastewater networks, and City facilities and equipment to name just a few. The offsetting net investment in these assets is shown as a surplus on the City’s balance sheet. The City’s surplus includes the Tangible Capital Assets recorded at cost less accumulated amortization. At the end of 2017, the investment in capital assets included in the City’s surplus is $154.7 million.

The City is also pleased to present the consolidated audited financial statements as part of its Annual Report. This report will be available to the public for viewing along with the Auditors report on August 15th 2018, both on the City’s website, as well as at the front desk at City Hall and the Library. This report has been developed to provide users with some additional information about the City in conjunction with the consolidated audited financial statements.

Jonathon Ranger, Deputy Treasurer (807) 467-2010
jranger@kenora

 

Public Participation Needed on Lake of the Woods Water Quality

Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation  |  Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association

Call for public participation at meeting about Lake of the Woods water quality
Wednesday, August 15, 2:00 -­ 4:30 pm Clarion Lakeside Inn., Kenora

Public meetings will highlight “science to action” and the efforts to protect and restore Lake of the Woods water quality by the:
• International Rainy-­Lake of the Woods Watershed Board, of the International Joint Commission
• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Environment and Climate Change Canada
The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation and the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association urge everyone who cares about water quality and the future health of Lake of the Woods to attend this important meeting. Learn about what’s being done to address toxic and nuisance algae in Lake of the Woods by Minnesota, Canada and by the International Joint Commission. Your attendance and engagement directly with the government officials and scientists will send a message that Lake of the Woods matters and that you care!

“In 2008, Minnesota declared the U.S. portion of Lake of the Woods polluted for too much phosphorus, a key cause of algae blooms. Minnesota is now poised to take action by setting targets for reducing phosphorus and developing watershed restoration plans”, commented Todd Sellers, Executive Director of the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation. He continued, “Environment and Climate Change Canada has it phosphorus and algae science well underway as well. The meetings August 15th in Kenora are a tremendous opportunity – a one stop shop – for all of us to get a complete picture of what’s being done to protect and restore Lake of the Woods
and its watershed in the United States, Canada, and internationally.”

Hardy Bock, President of the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association, joins the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation in encouraging all who love Lake of the Woods to attend these important meetings on August 15th., “The opportunity to speak to those who are conducting the research and playing a lead role in the long-­term health of Lake of the Woods – and to ask them direct  questions -­ is one we do not take lightly.” Continuing, he commented, “We are reaching out with our sister organization, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, and asking our members and supporters to be visible in their concern for the future of Lake of the Woods by coming out on Wednesday.”

At 2 pm, the IJC watershed board will hold its annual public meeting to provide an update and answer questions about its activities during the past year and upcoming projects related to water quality and aquatic ecosystem health in the Rainy-­Lake of the Woods watershed.

Immediately following the IJC watershed board meeting, science and management staff from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will speak with the public about Minnesota’s Watershed Protection and Restoration work and its phosphorus study and plan to set targets for cutting phosphorus entering Lake of the Woods.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will also provide an update on its phosphorus and algae studies underway on Lake of the Woods and possible next steps towards developing Canadian phosphorus targets.

Send a message to our governments by attending, that Lake of the Woods matters and that you care!  Please join us Wednesday August 15, 2:00 -­ 4:30 pm at the Clarion Lakeside Inn, Kenora Ontario.

For more information contact:

Todd Sellers, Executive Director
Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
tsellers@lowwsf.com 204-­981-­4285

Diane Schwartz-­Williams, Executive Director
Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association
diane@lowdpoa.com 807-­543-­4287

Where to Eat in Kenora

Tourism Kenora has put together the 2018 Kenora Eats Brochure to make it easier to find a place to have lunch after downtown shopping,  grab a coffee and dessert to-go, or stay for dinner after a day on the lake.  Pick up your copy at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre.

Kenora Eats 2018 Brochure

 

Summer Company Businesses Launched in Kenora

Securing a summer job has taken on a whole new meaning for two students in the Kenora Rainy-River District as they will each be starting and running their own business as participants in the government of Ontario’s Summer Company program, offered through the Northwest Business Centre. These two entrepreneurs – Spencer Harasemchuck and Dustin Moncrief – have turned their ideas and passions into businesses that they have spent the last two months planning.

Kenora’s Spencer Harasemchuk is operating a residential cleaning service business called Lakelife Cleaning. Spencer is catering to local and summer residents in Kenora. She is insured and can even travel on the lake to islands. To learn more or to book a service with Spencer, contact her at spenes12@icloud.com.

Dustin Moncrief is a Kenora local who is busy manufacturing fishing tackle, made of soft plastics. His business is called First Cast Tackle and is really appealing to people who fish for bass. He currently sells his products at JB Baits and you can order from him directly. Contact Dustin today at moncriefdustin@gmail.com.

The Northwest Business Centre provides business counselling and training to all of our Summer Company participants, and we have paired each student with a mentor in the community for additional support and business advice.

Summer Company is a program of the government of Ontario that helps young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business by providing funding, advice, and services.  Students accepted into the program receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring from business leaders in their community. For more information contact the Northwest Business Centre or review the guidelines on the Summer Company website.

For further information on this program and/or the 2018 Summer Company Entrepreneurs contact:
Allyson Pele
Manager, Northwest Business Centre
Phone: 807-467-4643
Email: allyson@nwbiz.ca

Councillor Ron Lunny Appointed for Term

At the regular meeting of Council held July 17, 2018, Council accepted the resignation of Louis Roussin from Council.  Following a closed session of Council, Council then came back into the open meeting and passed by resolution, Ron Lunny as the appointed Councillor to November 30, 2018.

Councillor Lunny served on the previous term of Council (2011-2014), as well as from 2001-2003.

Welcome back Councillor Ron Lunny.

Recreational Vehicles and Trailers

Did You Know?

Recreational vehicles (i.e. travel trailers) and similar vehicles shall be permitted in any zone subject to provisions. Occupancy is prohibited except where explicitly zoned, such as a campground zoned Tourist Recreational Zone (TR).

Good to Go

  • It is parked or stored in a garage
  • It is parked or stored in an interior side or rear yard and set back a minimum of 0.6 m from any lot line and the line dividing the side or rear yard from the front yard
  • It is hidden from the view of a street and abutting properties
  • It is stored in any residential driveway between May 1st and October 31st
  • It is stored in an interior side or rear yard in any residential, rural residential or rural zone provided that a total length of any recreational vehicles/boats/trailers and similar vehicles do not exceed a total length of 11 m and they are setback 0.6 m from any lot line and the line dividing the side or rear yard from the front yard

Cannot Be Parked or Stored

  • In any portion of a front yard in residential areas, including: R1- Residential First Density; R2- Residential Second Density; R3- Residential Third Density; RR-Rural Residential zones
  • In any commercial zone, unless commercial storage or commercial sales are permitted

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Occupy a Trailer on a Vacant Lot?
No. Unless zoned Tourist Recreational, occupation of a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle is not a permitted use.
Can I Occupy a Trailer if I Plan on Building a House?
No. Unless granted approval for a Temporary Use By-law, or other Planning Act application approval, a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle cannot be occupied on any lot, unless zoned TR-Tourist Recreational.
Can My Friends/Family Stay in A Trailer While Visiting?
No. Unless zoned Tourist Recreational, occupation of a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle is not a permitted use, even if occupancy is temporary.
What About Occupying a Tent?
Similar to recreational vehicles, trailers, and similar vehicles, occupying a tent (camping) is only a permitted use in the TR-Tourist Recreational zone. The use of tents is prohibited in all other zones (i.e. Residential), including Black Sturgeon Lake (Restricted Development Area) (BSL).

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact one of the following staff:

City of Kenora Planning Department
Planning Analyst – Kylie Hissa  807- 467-2292 or khissa@kenora.ca
City Planner – Devon McCloskey  807-467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca

City of Kenora Zoning Bylaw No. 101-2015 Section 3.6

Trailer Occupancy Handout