Harbourfront Business Development Plan Open House

We want to hear from you!

You are invited to the Harbourfront Business Development Plan

Open House

Tuesday, November 5, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Lake of the Woods Development Centre, 931 Lakeview Drive, Kenora, ON

No registration required – drop in

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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.

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

All Nations Hospital Steering Committee Media Release October 2, 2019

The Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) will undertake the planning of a new All Nations Hospital facility, under the directives of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Capital Planning Guidelines, and in alignment with the planning parameters defined in the approved Planning Agreement between the MOHLTC and LWDH. The immediate scope of this project is to complete a Stage 1 Proposal submission and development of the Stage 2 Functional Program for the major hospital redevelopment. It is estimated that the completion of these stages will take two (2) years.

We are at a historic juncture for Indigenous and Canadian relations in the Kenora area with all communities taking positive steps towards true partnership and “Reconciliation through Health”. The Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA), Grand Council Treaty #3, the Kenora Métis Council, Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation, the City of Kenora and the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls have all agreed to the following resolution signed and witnessed in ceremony “That all parties agree to work together in partnership in the development of an All Nations Health Care System including the construction of an All Nations Hospital and Campus with the express purpose of improving health outcomes for all people of the region it serves”.

Working towards accessible and culturally safe health care across all sectors/services and for the new All Nations hospital will mean aligning planning within the context of Truth and Reconciliation. This will be one of the first large developments in the Kenora area that will embark on a Reconciliation process and true partnership between all residents of Kenora, surrounding First Nations communities, municipalities and the Indigenous population.

Planning will focus on a facility that will be a central and integral component of an All Nations Healthcare system that will improve health outcomes and improve health care delivery, while achieving standards of excellence for hospital design and operations.

We are pleased to inform you that an extensive process to select a project management firm to oversee the planning process has been completed. Colliers Project Leaders has been selected as the Project Management firm, and they have extensive experience in planning health care projects in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including experience in community hospital projects they have planned in northern and rural Ontario, and engaging proactively with the MOHLTC’s Health Capital Investment Branch.

The All Nations Hospital Steering Committee is composed of the following:

  • Wendy Peterson, LWDH Board Representative who will serve as Chair
  • Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) Representative who will serve as Vice Chair
  • Grand Council Treaty 3 Representative to be appointed by Grand Council Treaty #3
  • Liz Boucha, Kenora Metis Council Representative
  • Rory McMillan, City of Kenora Representative
  • Dr. Jillie Retson, Physician Representative
  • Samantha Gould, LWDH Staff representative
  • Sally Johnson, Community Representative
  • Linda Copenace, Community Representative
  • Ray Racette, LWDH Hospital CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
  •  Joe Barnes, KCA CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Cheryl O’Flaherty, LWDH VP Corporate Services (project Executive Sponsor) (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Donna Makowsky, LWDH VP Patient Care (ex-officio, non-voting)

There will be regular communication to the community following All Nations Hospital Steering Committee meetings to ensure everyone is kept informed on the progress of this very important project.

Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Vice Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “We are at a historic juncture; through this partnership our collective voice and our health are at the forefront of planning a new All Nations Hospital. With dedicated and ongoing collaboration we will see a facility which is culturally responsive, rooted in traditional healing practices and the best aspects of a modern health care system for ALL.”

There will be extensive engagement occurring within the City of Kenora, and the surrounding municipalities and First Nations communities served by the hospital. This community engagement will be taking place during Stage 1 of the project, and will occur within the next 12 months. Please watch for further communications on when public meetings will be occurring. We encourage all of you to please get involved and provide your feedback, which is integral to the success of the All Nations Hospital.

Wendy Peterson, Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “It is exciting to be involved with All Nations working collaboratively in true partnerships, thereby creating a strong foundation for a new hospital for everyone.”

For further information please contact:
Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee

All Nations Hospital Steering Committee Media Release October 2 2019

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.

City Proceeds with the Sale of Town Island

Sale fo Town Island

Today, Council directed administration to proceed with a competitive Expressions of Interest process and appraisal of Town Island, a City owned island just south of Coney Island.

Over the past 10 years, the City has investigated the potential transfer of Town Island in exchange for Crown land of equal value within or adjacent to the City boundaries. The intent was to seek properties for residential and recreational land development within the City. In exchange, the Province would add the Town Island property into its Lands for Life Program, also referred to as the Lake of the Woods Conservation Reserve.

More recently, the Province has now advised that the former Lands for Life Program is no longer active and they no longer have any interest in acquiring the Town Island property. The Province has advised that the City may purchase surplus properties from the Province as they become available. In order to do so the City needs to have the available financial resources such as the Town Island property to potentially purchase these types of property for development.

Selling this property will provide the City with the value of that sale for the purposes of future land development within City limits. The net proceeds will be placed into a reserve fund in which Council has the discretion to pursue valuable properties that will help address the strategic challenges facing the municipality including fostering economic development and generating additional tax revenue.

Adam Smith, Development Services Manager
(807) 467-2192

Texting Scam Circulating

Please be advised that there is a texting scam circulating Kenora.  This is a scam, and we are in no way texting Hydro customers about a refund.

texting scam

Kenora Recreation Centre Plans Mock Evacuation

Tomorrow, the City of Kenora will carry out a mock evacuation of the Kenora Recreation Centre. The evacuation test is scheduled to take place on August 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

During the mock evacuation, those who are in attendance at the Kenora Recreation Centre will be asked to participate in following emergency procedures to clear the building when the alarm sounds. This mock evacuation will test the effectiveness of our evacuation procedures to make sure we are prepared during a real emergency.

Residents can expect to see emergency first responders, police, fire, and medical agencies respond with lights activated and various groups of people gathered outside of the building.

“It’s important that from time-to-time Recreation staff test the effectiveness of their evacuation plan to help ensure that staff are prepared in the event that a real evacuation is required,” says Stace Gander, Manager of Community Services.

Fire and Emergency Services Manager Todd Skene says, “This mock evacuation is part of the City of Kenora’s efforts to ensure that our staff are committed to emergency preparedness, are well trained, and that the public are safe in the event of a disaster or emergency. This is not only important for City building and facilities, but it is also important for all residents to have a plan and be prepared. Knowing what to do in a crisis is critical. Mock exercises allow us to be better prepared and set an example for our residents to adopt emergency preparedness at home.”

The safety of our residents and City staff is a priority for the City of Kenora; practice drills are essential to meeting that goal and supporting our commitment to preparedness.

Board Members Required for BIZ

City Council is seeking citizens interested in serving as a Member of the Business Improvement Area (B.I.Z.). The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2022 (at the pleasure of Council).

The purpose of the Business Improvement Area (B.I.Z.) board of Management may provide, the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned lands, buildings and structures in the area, beyond such improvement, beautification and maintenance as is provided at the expense of the municipality generally, and the promotion of the area as a business or shopping area.

If you are passionate about your community and have an interest in the Business Improvement Area (B.I.Z.) please submit your application form to:

Kelly Galbraith, Deputy Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

On or before: Friday, September 27, 2019

Application Forms and a copy of the eligibility requirements are available at City Hall, or a copy of the application form can be obtained by visiting Kenora.ca / Government / Forms

Science North’s Northern Think Hub Opens in Kenora

THINK Hub Opens in Kenora

August 22, 2019

Kenora, ON- Science North is installing a “Northern THINK Hub” at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, which is modelled on the popular THINK visitor experience that recently opened at Science North.  THINK stands for Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network, and Know. The hub combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and encourages hands-on experimentation with real tools, materials and processes. Permanent installations will be made in six communities across Northern Ontario, including Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and North Bay. This project is proudly funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and FedNor.

These turn-key installations will allow visitors to access equipment, tools and resources not previously accessible in their communities. Visitors will be engaged and inspired in innovative and iterative learning processes, which are critical building blocks in creating a skilled and talented workforce that can propel Ontario and Canada to be a leader in innovation. This project will expand Science North’s reach and depth of engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in STEM fields, including creating inclusive spaces for specific groups underrepresented in computer science and engineering fields, such as girls and women. Northern THINK Hubs will also attract teens and young adults, and increase engagement with minority populations including Indigenous students and the Francophone community.

These Northern THINK Hubs will be hosted at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in Kenora, Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, Thunder Bay Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, Science Timmins, and the North Bay Museum this summer.
“Education-based exhibits play an important role in Northern Ontario. Not only do they provide fun and engaging science experiences for northerners, but they also generate revenue for host communities and create employment,” said Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “By investing in tourism projects that stimulate local economies, we are sending a signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

“Congratulations to the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre and Science North on the official opening of the Northern THINK Hub. I am excited to have this permanent experience in Kenora and look forward to the engaging and hands-on science experiences that this will offer to Northerners of all ages. Our government has put science and innovation at the forefront of our agenda and we are proud to support this project and others like it,” stated Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding.

“The City of Kenora is proud to once again have the opportunity to partner with Science North to introduce the permanent experience “The Think Hub” at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre. Being chosen as one of the six communities in Northern Ontario to receive this innovative experience is very beneficial to Economic Development and Tourism for our area. It attracts audiences of all ages including teens and young adults and will reach the interest of many alike. The City thanks the funding partners, NOHFC and FedNor for making this experience possible here in Kenora,” said Mayor Daniel Reynard.

“Science North’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 includes being the leader in science engagement and creating new collaborations across Northern Ontario. The installation of THINK Hubs across the six Northern Ontario communities will attract more visitors to the North, resulting in economic benefits for Northern Ontario communities and increased sustainability for the hosting attractions. Science North is very proud of this project, and very proud to work with the NOHFC and FedNor, and our Northern partners on this initiative,” said Science North CEO Guy Labine.

About The City of Kenora
Kenora is North America’s Premier Boating Destination, connecting local residents, visitors, and cottagers to the Lake of the Woods and its 14,500 islands and 65,000 miles of shoreline. Kenora’s population is over 15,000 and more than doubles in the summer months. Kenora is a growing City as cottagers make Kenora and Lake of the Woods their permanent home in a City of renowned as a sustainable, lifestyle community. The City of Kenora delivers quality, cost-effective Municipal services to its permanent and seasonal residents. Through our events and amenities, we celebrate our history and build our future. We love our lake; we are its stewards and we nurture its pristine environment. Visit www.kenora.ca for more on our beautiful city.

About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second – and eighth- largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, have developed North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint graduate diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit sciencenorth.ca.

Media Contact:
Lara Brown
Senior Manager, Marketing
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 276

Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001

City Delegation Attending 2019 AMO Conference

Focus on Municipal Challenges and Planning

Mayor Daniel Reynard and Councillors Mort Goss, Andrew Poirier, and Kirsi Ralko will join about 2,000 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) Conference in Ottawa from August 18 to 21.

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 officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.

The City of Kenora delegation is particularly interested in advocating for such issues as:
• support for Railway Street and Tenth Avenue South reconstruction and improvements project under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP);
• recognizing Highway 17 as a connecting link to be eligible for Connecting Link funding for roads and bridge maintenance; and
• revision to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) guidelines to include municipal service extensions to support housing developments.

Key session topics include cyber security, cannabis legalization, local economies in transition, changes to the health care system, recycling and the rise of plastics, affordable housing, municipal policing, rural economic development, climate change, addressing social and health problems facing our communities and much more.

Program information is available at www.amo.on.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 http://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 2019 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @AMOPolicy, Hashtag: #AMOConf19

Requests for interviews with Mayor Reynard can be sent to dreynard@kenora.ca.

Mass Registration 2019

Registration & Information Fair

Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5, 2019
6 – 8 pm
At the Kenora Recreation Centre

From Roller Derby registration to Skating, Trylight Theater, Martial Arts, Aerialettes and so Much More….

For more information, please call 807-467-2087.

registration information fair 2019 (2) poster

Seeking Members to Join the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee

Board Member Required for the following:

Kenora Planning Advisory Committee

City Council is seeking citizens interested in serving as a Member of the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee. The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2022 (at the pleasure of Council).

The purpose of the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee is to oversee the land use development of the City of Kenora, having regard to Provincial Policy, the City of Kenora Official Plan, and the City of Kenora Zoning By-law and to the principles of organized, reasonable development. The Committee is responsible for the duties and responsibilities of a Committee of Adjustment established under the authority of the Planning Act and its regulations, The Statutory Powers Procedure Act, The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, Building Code Act and The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the common law concept of natural justice, and any other applicable municipal policies and by-laws.

If you are passionate about your community and have an interest in the planning and land use, please submit your application form to:

Kelly Galbraith, Deputy Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

On or before: Friday, August 30, 2019

Application Forms and a copy of the eligibility requirements are available at City Hall, or a copy of the application form can be obtained by visiting Kenora.ca / Government / Forms