LOWDSA Launches LakeSmart Boat for the Summer

The LakeSmart boat is back on the water for its 9th season. On Monday, June 24th at 1:30 pm the LakeSmart team will be launching the boat and heading out on the lake from the Kenora Harbourfront. LakeSmart sponsors, Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA) Directors and members will be on hand to see them off when they head out from the docks in front of the Whitecap Pavilion on Monday. We are pleased that the Right Honourable Bob Nault MP will join us for the LakeSmart launch, also riding along with the LakeSmart team for their first ride.

LakeSmart is an award-winning environmental outreach program unique to our area. It is delivered by the LakeSmart team – three students, each with an environmental education focus. These LOWDSA ambassadors share information on ways that we can live and play green at the lake, including practical knowledge about what we can each do to contribute to a healthier lake ecosystem.

In the eight years that LakeSmart has been on the water, we have reached thousands of people with our environmentally friendly messaging, spreading the word about being more sustainable in our stewardship of land and water.  The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, preventing the spread of invasive species, safe boating, and our new Septic Systems 101 info sheet and checklist.

Krista Robertson, Reed Cupeiro and Myles King, our 2019 LakeSmart team, are looking forward to travelling the lakes and roads of the area, and always welcome invitations to visit lake, family or association events. You can expect to see the LakeSmart boat on Lake of the Woods, stopping at docks and islands, throughout July and August. While the LakeSmart boat may not go into smaller lakes, the team will drive to many of them and are always open to hitching a ride around smaller lakes to stop at docks or to participate in lake events.

If you miss the LakeSmart team on the water, there are dozens of other opportunities to meet and talk with them. Look for them at local area events such as the Matiowski Farmers’ Market, the Canada Day Market, and the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival. Meet them at the LOWDSA Summer Meeting in Kenora or Morson (July 8 and 15), or perhaps join them on one of the three IISD Experimental Lakes Area tours that can be booked with LOWDSA.

The LakeSmart boat, generously supplied by our lead sponsor, Woodlake Marine, is the key to the program and likely its most recognized feature. However, LakeSmart is only possible with the additional support of LOWDSA member contributions to the Environmental Initiatives & Special Projects (EISP) fund and other sponsors: World of Water, Q104 KenoraOnline, Nature Conservancy Canada, Ontario Power Generation, Garriock Insurance, Lake of the Woods Mobile Marine, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, the City of Kenora, Cabin Country Realty, LOTW Septic Barge, and Talbot Marketing Kenora.

Contact: Diane Schwartz-Williams, Executive Director, LOWDSA
diane@lowdsa.com 807-543-4287

Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association PO Box 1160 Kenora, Ontario, Canada P9N 3X7



What’s Open, Closed on Canada Day 2019

Let’s Celebrate Canada Day!

What’s OPEN on July 1st
Lake of the Woods Museum 10 am – 5 pm  FREE admission on Canada Day!
Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre 8 am – 6 pm
Thistle Pavilion and Whitecap on the Harbourfront – Canada Day activities all day

Closed July 1st
Transfer Station
Kenora Recreation Centre and Keewatin Memorial Arena
Kenora Public Library
Keewatin Public Library
City Hall – including Provincial Offences Services
Operations Building – including Planning, Building, and Cemetery Office

Coney Island recycle and waste dock pick-up moves to July 2nd, 2019 for this week only.

City Transit does not operate on Canada Day.

For after-hours troubles with all municipal services, call 807-467-2080.

Emergency services on duty as usual.

National AccessAbility Week Photo Contest

It’s National AccessAbility Week – May 26 June 1, 2019

The City of Kenora’s Accessibility Advisory Committee encourages citizens to notice accessibility in our community.

Take photos of accessible features you see throughout our community. Post your photo to Instagram or Facebook with #NAAW2019 and #AccessibleKenora.

At the end of the week, anyone who posted a photo will be entered into a draw for a City prize AND any business featured in a photo will receive a certificate of recognition from the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Also, check out the City’s social media this week.  Some of the City’s accessible features will be showcased.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Bridge Art Pieces Survey Results

Community Supports Public Display

The City of Kenora is pleased to share the results of the recent bridge art pieces survey which was launched as a follow up to the Community Conversation open house that was held on March 20, 2019.

This survey provided an additional opportunity for the public to share their thoughts about the future placement of the returned art pieces. The survey and the Community Conversation were necessary fact-finding steps to know if there was a desire to explore the future of the art pieces further. Overall, the results have shown support for a permanent display of the figures.

The online survey prompted 554 responses over three weeks, from March 20 to April 10, 2019. The survey asked six specific questions to gauge how people felt about the art pieces, if the pieces should be displayed, and how important the figures are to Kenora’s heritage. The data showed an overwhelming 94% of respondents support having the pieces displayed publically, and 91% of the respondents feel the pieces are significant to our community’s history.

Given the positive feedback, the next steps will involve reviewing the hundreds of comments received in the survey and to arrange further consultation with Indigenous Elders.

We are pleased with the number of respondents and the honesty in the comments received. Having this feedback will guide respectful decision-making as we move forward.

Quick Facts:
• 554 responses
• 54% (296) feel the art pices are an extremely important part of our history and 37% (171) feel the pieces are very important
• 94% (512) feel the art pices should be publically displayed

City Looking for Assistance to Recover Heritage Art Pieces

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight – UPDATED

Board Members Required For Museum Board

City Council is seeking citizens interested in serving as a Member of the Lake of the Woods Museum Board.  The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2022 (at the pleasure of Council).

Lake of the Woods Museum Board controls and manages the Lake of the Woods Museum in the collection, preservation, and exhibition of objects that best serve to illustrate the founding, settlement, and development of Rat Portage, Kenora, Keewatin, Jaffray Melick and Lake of the Woods from 1700 to present.

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

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

On or before: Monday, May 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

Victoria Day Holiday Hours

The Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre is open on the Victoria Day holiday from 9 am to 4 pm.

All other City buildings and facilities are closed.

For after hours troubles, call 807-467-2080.

Emergency services on duty as usual.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

HotSpot Parking Launches in Kenora

Pay-by-phone parking has come to Kenora. Local residents are now able to benefit from HotSpot Parking’s mobile-based pay-by-phone parking solution.

HotSpot Parking, a Canadian company, officially launched its product in Kenora today. Today’s announcement marks a continuation of the company’s Ontario expansion.

“At HotSpot, we’ve mastered providing commuters in mid-sized cities with convenient, affordable parking solutions from their smartphone,” said Phillip Curley, HotSpot CEO. “We’re very excited about bringing our affordable, high-quality service to the people of Kenora. Our goal is to make an often-confusing parking world a little more navigable – and more affordable!”

Through its pay-for-membership model, HotSpot’s mobile app offers users convenient parking solutions including:

• Remote parking top-ups so users no longer have to run back to the meter;
• Access to all metered parking in Kenora; and
• Consistent service throughout the City.

One of HotSpot’s most popular features is its easy refund for unused parking hours. That means if parkers don’t use all of the time allotted to them, they can be credited for that time and apply it to future parking solutions, making HotSpot a major money-saver.

“We are thrilled to partner with HotSpot to bring their pay-by-phone parking app to Kenora. We encourage residents and visitors to download the app to experience the convenience and benefits of this innovative service,” said Heather Lajeunesse, Enforcement Division Lead for the City of Kenora. “Most of us do everything from our phone, and now parking customers will be able pay electronically and monitor their parking time without returning to their vehicles. While coins are still accepted for parking throughout the City, this option will reduce the number of coins people have to carry around as well as the amount of work it takes to gather and roll coin.”

Curley says HotSpot hopes to bring more innovative products to Kenora residents in the months to come.



Kenora Fire and Emergency Services Urges Residents to Build 72 Hour Emergency Kit

Emergency Preparedness Week May 5 – 11, 2019

Emergency Preparedness Week May 5 – 11, 2019 is a Canada wide campaign to increase awareness of individual and family preparedness. If a major emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency services 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 urges residents of Kenora to know the risks, make a plan, build a 72 Hour Emergency Kit for their home, and sign up for Kenora Alerts. We all need to be prepared.

A basic emergency kit includes:
• 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, battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries (replace batteries once a year)
• crank, battery-powered radio and extra batteries or weather radio
• first aid kit and other medical supplies
• 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

For assistance with building an emergency kit, contact Fire Station One at 807-467-2090. Stop by the City of Kenora booth at the Home and Leisure Show May 3 – 5, 2019 for your chance to win a starter 72 Hour Emergency Kit.

Go to Kenora.ca to register for Kenora Alerts to ensure you will be informed if there is an emergency.


LOWDC Annual General Meeting May 15, 2019

The Lake of the Woods Development Commission is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Please join the Board of Directors at 5 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre – 931 Lakeview Drive.

A one year work and project plan for the new Municipal Accommodation Tax revenues will be shared.

Keynote presentation by Dave and Nicole Brown from FSET to follow.

RSVP to: https://lowdcagm.eventbrite.ca

Appetizers and cash bar will be available.

About FSET:
FSET Inc. is an Information Technology and Services company offering Managed (Security) Services and more to SMB and Enterprise organizations. Based out of Kenora Ontario, FSET specializes in progressive technology based solutions within public sector including Law Enforcement and Healthcare as well as private industry such as Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Finance, and Legal Services to name a few. FSET is the only VMware Solutions Provider (VSP) within Northwestern Ontario holding both the Cloud and Hybrid competencies and one of only six companies across Canada with the Managed Mobility competency delivering AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management solutions.

Book Summer Ice Now

Kenora Recreation Centre is taking bookings for summer ice time at Keewatin Memorial Arena.

Time slots available from July 15 through August 31, 2019.

Check out the ice schedule availability at Keewatin Memorial Arena and call 807-467-2087 to reserve now!


Youth Reconciliation Council Looking for Members

Azhe-mino-gahbewewin / Reconciliation Kenora and the City of Kenora invite youth ages 18-29 to join the


PURPOSE of the Youth Reconciliation Council:
To bring Indigenous youth from Treaty 3 Territory and Non-Indigenous youth from Kenora to work together on reconciliation in our area where all peoples may thrive, and to build relationships with our future leaders to strengthen our communities.

April 27 – 28, 2019
Setting Context for Reconciliation in Kenora
Two-day Workshop
-First of three phases in the council formation
-Let’s look at the historical context and importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
-Hear testimonials from Indigenous people with lived experiences of colonialism, First Nation leadership, Metis Senators, and Elders, as well as non-Indigenous Kenora residents with experience in Indigenous issues.
-By examining a colonial and often racist past, it will provide a foundation of knowledge that will help us in building relationships for the future.

Participation in this first phase is not a commitment to sitting on the Youth Reconciliation Council.

We invite students, community members, and young professionals between the ages of 18-29 who want to work together to attend the Reconciliation in Kenora Context Setting workshop.

If this interests you, but you are nervous, we invite you to challenge yourself and come at least to the first phase workshop. This work will not always be easy, but it is necessary and will build meaningful bridges that our future generations can walk.

or Will Landon – willlandon15@hotmail.com

Join us!
Reconciliation in Kenora Context Setting Two-Day Workshop
When: Saturday, April 27  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm. and Sunday, April 28 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre (931 Lakeview Drive)

**This workshop is an open forum, you may attend without registering.**

Youth Reconciliation Council Poster


City Joins the Reconciliation Board of Kenora

City Forms Partnership on Youth Reconciliation
March 19, 2019

Today, the City joins the Reconciliation Board of Kenora that works towards the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action at the local level.

This is a monumental project which develops partnerships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous individuals in the Kenora area. This council is intended to be a joint venture between the sovereign nations surrounding Kenora, Metis Nation and the City of Kenora.
Councillor Kirsi Ralko and Adam Smith, Development Services Strategist, will join the Board as Kenora representatives to the Local Youth Council of the Youth Committee of Reconciliation. Further, as part of the partnership, the City will be advertising for 12-14 additional community members interested in participating in the Youth Reconciliation in Kenora Phase 1 process – Setting Context with the intent that the number of Non-Indigenous members would parallel the Indigenous Members.

Mayor Reynard is proud of this project which aligns with our Strategic Plan “Focusing on Our People”, including building and strengthening working relations with our Indigenous Partners, together with a commitment to identify opportunities within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations that will further strengthen relationships with our Indigenous Partners are fundamental tenants of the City’s strategic plan. “It is an exciting time in the City and reconciliation with our Indigenous partners and especially our youth will continue to be at the forefront of our progression as a community”, states Mayor Reynard.

Heather Pihulak, City Clerk/Communications Lead
(807) 467-295