Mink Bay Trail Now Open

The City of Kenora Parks division is excited to announce the Mink Bay Trail head (on West Bay Road in Keewatin) has been overhauled and is now open!  In the spring there was water over the trail and drainage issues which resulted in the trail head being closed.  This week our roads crew installed two new culverts and landscaped the area to address the water problem.   If you have not had a chance to walk Mink Bay Trail, fall is a great time to step out and explore this trail and the several other walking and hiking trails in our area.

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Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro Set to Explore Merge

Thunder Bay, ON – Today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (Thunder Bay Hydro) and Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. (Kenora Hydro) has been signed to authorize the exploration of a merger between the two utilities.

“The current technological and regulatory environment offers both opportunities for and challenges to local electricity distribution companies that might be better addressed through an integration of resources,” says Dave Sinclair, President and CEO of Kenora Hydro. “Our two utilities have already worked together in areas such as conservation, back office support and the acquisition of Smart Meter Technology. We share common values and have agreed on some vital common objectives as we explore the possibility of a merger.”

“A number of Ontario LDC’s are currently exploring or undertaking consolidation in order to achieve economies of scale and enhance their capability to serve customers in an industry that continues to become more complex,” points out Robert Mace, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Hydro. “As this complexity continues, larger, better resourced utilities will be better positioned to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of our customers.”

The two utilities will now begin a process of analyzing the potential advantages and feasibility of how their customers, municipal shareholders and other stakeholders might benefit through such a merger. This analysis will include consultation with customers and shareholders in both Kenora and Thunder Bay.

A copy of the MOU will be made available on the websites of both utilities.
Ultimately any recommendation resulting from this analysis to merge the utilities will require the approval of both the Corporation of the City of Kenora and the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay, who are the municipal shareholders of each company.

Kenora Hydro has 14 employees who are dedicated to the delivery of electricity to its 5,600 customers in the City of Kenora, Ontario. Thunder Bay Hydro has 130 employees who service electrical distribution to over 50,000 customers in the City of Thunder Bay.

Both Local Distribution Companies are located in Northwestern Ontario and are owned by their respective municipalities.

For More Information –
Thunder Bay Hydro
Eileen Dias, Communications and Events Coordinator
Thunder Bay Hydro (807) 343-1141

Kenora Hydro
Dave Sinclair, President and CEO
Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. (807) 467-2075

Backgrounder
Objectives of Merge
The Memorandum of Understanding between Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro authorizes the evaluation of whether or not to merge the two municipally owned electricity distribution companies. It includes the following objectives of such a merge:

  •  A merged company will continue to be owned by the Municipal Shareholders.
  • The merge would create a Northwestern Ontario based entity with local accountability and ownership. The entity will maintain a physical presence in each of the Parties’ service territories.
  • The merge should create opportunities for efficiencies through economies of scale, innovation for the benefit of ratepayers, and competitive advantages in all relevant service territories, while sharing best practices across all facets of the business.
  • That Municipal Shareholder value would be maximized now and in the future and that all such shareholders are treated fairly, while preserving asset value.
  • The Parties would ensure that the OEB’s “no harm” to ratepayers test is met.
  • Customer service levels would need to meet or exceed existing customer service levels of each Party.
  • Existing employees would be treated fairly and may benefit from increased employment opportunities.
  • The Parties would ensure that the existing focus on employee and public safety is maintained or enhanced.
  • The economic development and social and environmental needs of each community  would continue to be served.

The full text of the Memorandum of Understanding will be made available through each utility’s website.

City Introduces Recycle Coach™ App

City Introduces Recycle Coach™ App
A Guide to Recycling and Waste Collection

The City of Kenora is pleased to introduce the Recycle Coach™ app and website plug-in to assist our residents with recycling and waste collection. This is being announced in celebration of Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

Developed by Recycle Coach™, the free app provides residents with a full range of information normally found on the City’s website. Once residents have downloaded the free Recycle Coach™ app, it will give full access to special recycling features, including a search function called “What Goes Where” that lets residents quickly find out what to do with regular and out-of-the-ordinary items. Plus there are many other tips on recycling and reducing waste. Reminders can be set for regular recycling and waste collection, and alerts are built in for House Hazardous Waste days, Christmas tree recycling, and more.

“This is a new way for the City to connect with residents about our resource recovery and waste diversion programs. We hope this tool will encourage residents to recycle more often and answer questions they may have about recycling and waste diversion,” says Mukesh Pokharel, Environmental Division Lead.

The recycling and waste diversion programs in place now are very successful. Between January and October this year, the City has diverted 1,100 tons of recycling materials (cardboard, paper, comingle), 57 tons of electronics, and almost 45 tons of hazardous waste from the landfill. The newly established hazardous waste depot at the Transfer Station ran very smoothly throughout the summer, which closed for the season at the end of September and will reopen in early June next year.

City of Kenora is adding the Recycle Coach™ app and website plug-in to its communication outreach activities. We will continue to have information on www.kenora.ca, and distribute printed materials for residents who prefer traditional promotional and educational materials.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk (807) 467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca
www.kenora.ca

Committee Members Required for Kenora Urban Trails Committee

City Council is seeking citizens who would be interested in serving as a Member of the above committee.

The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2018 (at the pleasure of Council)

Kenora Urban Trails Committee – the role is to develop, maintain and promote Kenora’s existing and proposed urban trails by working collaboratively with the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and other stakeholders

If you are passionate about your community and have an interest in this important committee, please submit application to:

Heather Kasprick, City Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON   P9N 3X2

On or before: Monday, October 24, 2016

Application Forms and a copy of the eligibility requirements are available at City Hall,
Or a copy of the application form can be obtained in Forms.

Whitecap Pavilion Nominated in Great Places in Canada Contest

The Whitecap Pavilion is in the running in the “Great Places in Canada” contest.  Tourism Kenora submitted the application and was successful in making the nomination list for Great Public Space.

The winner is determined by votes and we have until October 17 to make it happen.

You can cast a vote daily for the Whitecap Pavilion at www.greatplacesincanada.ca

Voting closes October 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

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Fire Prevention Week Family Open House October 11, 2016

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services
Hosting Fire Prevention Week Family Open House

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will host a Family Open House night on Tuesday October, 11th from 4 until 7 p.m. to kick off Fire Prevention Week. The public is invited to Fire Station 1, 100 Fourteenth Street North, to meet our firefighters and take part in fire safety activities.

The focus of Fire Prevention Week this year is on smoke alarms, with the key message being “Don’t Wait, Check the Date”. Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Residents are asked to check the date of their smoke alarms and replace them within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer which is usually 10 years. For added protection, it is recommended that residents put smoke alarms in bedrooms, particularly in children’s bedrooms. The laws also requires a working Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector outside of every sleeping area.

To ensure the safety of all, Fire and Emergency Services is asking residents to:

  • test smoke and CO alarms monthly
  • change the batteries at least once a year
  • replace smoke and CO alarms after 10 years
  • develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in the home

For more information about the Family Open House event and fire safety, contact Kris Tivy at ktivy@kenora.ca or (807) 467-2090.

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Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk (807) 467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca

Be Thankful for the Environment This Thanksgiving

Did you know?

The volume of Canadian household waste increases up to 45% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  That’s an average of 110pounds of garbage per person!

How can you make a difference?

Shop smart for your family gathering

  • Use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store
  • Buy in bulk. Buying a big bottle of juice for example (instead of individually packaged smaller cartons) is a good way to cut down on the amount of material you will need to recycle
  • Invest in a roasting pan rather than disposable pans

 Plan Ahead

  • Use reusable plates, cutlery and napkins.  Stay away from disposal dinnerware and try your best to use cloth napkins that you can throw in the washer after your gathering is over.
  • Decorate with natural materials like tree branches and berries
  • Have a designated recycling bin for your guests to use while at your party
  • Practice portion control for your guests. By planning these portions ahead of time, you will find that you have less leftovers and also less food waste.

Freeze, re-use or giveaway leftovers

  • Give guests leftovers to take home
  • Donate to the local shelter or soup kitchen
  • Try your leftovers in a new recipe!
  • Compost your food waste

 *Thanksgiving tips from Recycle Coach

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Don’t forget! You can also drop off your compostable yard waste such as leaves, brush, and grass clippings for no charge at the City of Kenora Transfer Station, 401 Mellick Ave until October 31st.  Remember to place these materials in a compostable bag such as environmentally friendly paper bags.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

 

All City offices, buildings and facilities will be closed on Monday October 10th for Thanksgiving holiday.
Call 467-2080 for after hours troubles.

Matiowski Farmers’ Market Wrap-Up

October 5 was the last Matiowski Farmers’ Market for the summer season.  After a tremendous season the final Matiowski Farmers’ Market held under the Whitecap Pavilion vendors showed their customer appreciation with mass giveaways and free chilli served by the City of Kenora Mayor and Councillors.

Donna Lowey of Fort France’s Lowey Greenhouse & Market Garden gave a generous donation of fresh farm produce to the Fellowship Centre soup kitchen received by deputy Mayor Dan Reynard.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Photo by Tracey Wyder, Tourism Services

 

SIJHL Coming to Play in Kenora

SIJHL Coming to Play in Kenora on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

The Local Organizing Committee for Kenora’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is excited to announce the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) will be part of the schedule of events during the hockey celebration this coming February.

It is planned that the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration will close with the SIJHL game between the English River Miners and Fort Frances Lakers at the Kenora Recreation Centre’s Thistle Rink on Saturday February 18, 2017.

“Our committee is very excited to partner with the SIJHL in providing the opportunity for hockey fans in Kenora to once again experience Junior “A” hockey as part of this historic 4 day celebration of events in our community.” Said Dan Reynard, HDIC Co-Chair.

“The SIJHL is extremely honoured to be a part of this tremendous event coming to the city of Kenora as we celebrate our country’s great game during Canada’s 150th celebration. We are very excited to showcase our product to the hockey fans in the Kenora area as we continue our quest to bring a Junior “A” expansion franchise to the community.” Says Bryan Graham, SIJHL Commissioner.

The full event schedule and details on how to purchase tickets to attend this game and other ticketed events planned for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be announced in the coming months.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk (807) 467-2191 kholder@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca