Northwestern Ontario Food Forum

Tourism Kenora with several partners are hosting the Northwestern Ontario Food Forum on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at Seven Generations Education Institute in Kenora from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

A “must attend” event for anyone in the food industry (restaurants, caterers, chefs, producers, processors) interested in the farm to table concept in Northwestern Ontario.

  • Learn about the potential of the farm-to-table movement & Network with peers
  • Develop culinary tourism
  • Learn about local resources to help you grow

Purchase tickets (only 100 available): www.nwofoodforum.eventbrite.ca

For more information contact: tourism@kenora.ca or 807-467-4637

 

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Kenora Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade

Kenora Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade

The Kenora Kinsmen Club Santa Claus parade is taking place on Saturday November 26 throughout Kenora’s downtown.  The streets within the parade route will be temporarily closed between 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. on this day.  Those viewing the parade are asked to park in areas that do not interfere with the parade route and to ensure there is room for if emergency vehicles need to pass through the area.

The City thanks you for your cooperation.

Public Notice Water and Wastewater Rate Increase

To All Consumers of City of Kenora Water and Wastewater Services

Please be advised that effective January 1, 2017, City of Kenora water and wastewater rates will increase by 8% for all residential and commercial consumers. The water cost will be set at $1.32 per cubic meter or per 1000 litres. This rate together with the fixed cost and wastewater cost will change an average monthly bill for residential consumption (based on an average of 15 cubic meters of water) from $108.90 to $117.68. This increase will allow the City to continue to replace existing assets, begin to address the infrastructure deficit, and improve revenue stability.

If consumers have questions about billing or the rate change, they should contact a Customer Service Representative at City Hall 467-2000.

Biz Tree Lighting and Museum Open House

Biz Tree Lighting and Museum Open House

Once again the Lake of the Woods Museum will be partnering with Harbourtown BIZ to celebrate the lighting of the Kenora Main Street Christmas tree. The annual tree lighting event starts at 5:30 pm around the tree with carol singing and then the official lighting at 6:00 pm.

Following the lighting, all are invited to stroll down the street to the Museum to enjoy apple cider, cookies and entertainment. The Museum will be decorated in its Christmas finery and there might even be a visit from Santa!

Kenora Hydro’s Customer Satisfaction Survey Now On-line

Kenora Hydro is looking for feedback from its customers on services provided, power outages, e-billing and more.   The Customer Satisfaction Survey is available on-line and also will be included in monthly statements for those who prefer the paper version.  Completing the survey by December 30th qualifies Hydro customers for a chance to win an iPad Air 2.   For more information, visit Kenora Hydro.

It’s Time to Order Ice Candles

The 18th Annual Ice Candle Festival of Lights is upon us.

Ice candle orders and payments now accepted at City Hall (One Main Street South) or the Cemetery Office (Operations Building, 60 Fourteenth Street North).  Orders can also be placed through the eStore.

The cost is $10.00 to place and light the ice candle or you may pick up an ice candle for a cost of $8.00.

The deadline for ordering is Wednesday December 7th and pickup is Friday December 9th.

To volunteer to light candles, please call the Cemetery Office at 467-2067.

On behalf of the community, the City of Kenora would like to thank the Festival sponsors Canadian Tire and Bestway Rentals.

City Facilities and Offices Closed on Remembrance Day

All City facilities and offices will be closed on Friday November 11th in honour and respect of Remembrance Day.

There will be no recycling or waste curbside pick up and the Transfer Station will be closed.

For after hours issues or troubles for City services, hydro, water and wastewater, please call 467-2080.

Fire and Emergency Services on duty as usual.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7, 2016

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 80% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” states Todd Skene, Fire Chief. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Skene. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

What is CO?

  • CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:

Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.

Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.

Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.

Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.

Never run a vehicle or other fuelled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:

Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.

Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.

Contact Fire Chief Todd Skene at 807-467-2090 or tskene@kenora.ca for further information.

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