2018 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders

Focus on Rural Municipal Priorities and Needs

Media Release

Kenora, ON  – Mayor Dave Canfield and Councillors Louis Roussin and Rory McMillan joined more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2018 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 21 to 23.

The conference is a key opportunity for rural officials to raise local priorities with the provincial government, foster partnerships and learn about new opportunities. Funding municipal services and infrastructure continues to be a recurring a key theme, one that will be important heading into the provincial election.

Municipal governments face an estimated funding gap of $4.9 billion annually for the next ten years, just to maintain current services and address infrastructure needs. Municipal governments and property taxpayers need to see a plan that helps reduce this gap in a meaningful way. The conference was an opportunity for local leaders to press all three parties for solutions.

Key priorities for the City of Kenora were:

  • Connecting Link Program Eligibility
    The Highway 17 corridor through Kenora be recognized as an important link to services for surrounding communities and a roadway used extensively by both short and long distance travelers. The City of Kenora is seeking to be designated an eligible community under MTO’s Connecting Links Program.
  • Community Justice Centre and Supportive Housing
    Proceeding with the development of a Community Justice Centre (CJC) in Kenora will create more opportunities for court diversion and allow for early interventions by service providers to increase chances of rehabilitation. Doing so will also require investments into supportive housing. In addition, the City recognizes that the vast majority of those interacting with the court system are not from Kenora thus creating a need for community justice services across the District.

Other highlights of the conference included:
• Speeches by all three party leaders, as well as a number of Ministers
• Ministers’ forum where over 20 ministers and Premier answered questions of municipal concern from delegates
• Sessions on economic development matters, such as rural broadband, natural gas and autonomous vehicles.
• Critical challenges like rural schools and health care access
• The impacts on local services of cannabis legalization
• More than 300 municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from key speakers are posted on ROMA’s website at www.roma.on.ca.

ROMA is the most representative and effective voice for Ontario’s rural municipal governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. Through its relationship with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ROMA advocates for policies and programs that will help build thriving rural Ontario communities.

For more information about ROMA or the 2018 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, ROMA Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-17-07

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment to Comprehensive Zoning By-Law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Notice is hereby given, that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-Law No. 4-2018 at their Regular Meeting held Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-17-07.

Location of Property: Property located adjacent to Dowcett Street, Veterans Drive and Sultana Avenue. Refer to the map below.

Purpose and Effect: To change the regulated zoning of property specifically indicated on the key map, from Residential – Second Density Zone (‘R2’) to Residential – Third Density Zone (‘R3’), to allow for development of residential uses permitted in that zone.

The Last Date for Filing a Notice of Appeal is Tuesday, February 14th, 2018.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: it is anticipated that an application for Site Plan Approval will also be submitted for the subject location.

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of appeal unless, before the by-law is passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Notices of appeal:
i. must be filed with Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora Ontario, P9N 3X2
ii. must set out the reasons for the appeal, and
iii. must be accompanied by the fee required by the Municipal Board of $300.00

Additional Information relating to the zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 25th day of January, 2018.

Location of Property for Zoning By-law Amendment D14-17-07

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-17-06

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment to Comprehensive Zoning By-Law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Notice is hereby given, that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-Law No. 3-2018 at their Regular Meeting held Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-17-06.

Location of Property: 116 Fifth Avenue South, known as “Knox Church”. Refer to the map below.

Purpose and Effect: Whereas the Institutional Zone does not currently allow for the use of an Emergency Shelter, approval of the application would allow for the use within a portion of the building, in addition to other uses permitted in the zone, as a site specific provision.

The Last Date for Filing a Notice of Appeal is Tuesday, February 14th, 2018.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: at this time it is not anticipated that any other applications will be submitted for the subject location..

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of appeal unless, before the by-law is passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Notices of appeal:
i. must be filed with Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora Ontario, P9N 3X2
ii. must set out the reasons for the appeal, and
iii. must be accompanied by the fee required by the Municipal Board of $300.00

Additional Information relating to the zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059 or dmccloskey@kenora.ca if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 25th day of January, 2018.

Location of Property for Zoning By-law Amendment D14-17-06

Council Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

Council Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

Council, as sole Shareholder of Kenora Hydro, approved the merger of Kenora Hydro and Thunder Bay Hydro today at their regular meeting of Council.

In the last few years Kenora Hydro has had some significant challenges and as a result the Kenora Hydro Board conducted a review of the future of small utilities including all options for the utility looking forward. Through this process and SWOT analysis several business risks and challenges were identified and a number of corporate models were considered. The Board ultimately recommended that a merger with Thunder Bay Hydro was in the best interests of the utility, customers, and Shareholder.

In the past 15 months the Kenora Hydro Board has spent a considerable amount of time pursuing a potential merger by reviewing financial statements, completing due diligence on each other, and identifying benefits for the Shareholders and the customers. A public open house was held in November and there have been very few concerns or opposing viewpoints brought forward from our customers.

The merger will create a new electric distribution utility to serve the current customer bases and the City of Kenora will own approximately 9.1% of the shares of the new company based on the relative enterprise values and Kenora is entitled to a seat on the new Board of Directors.

A merger will position the new utility to adapt to the changing industry and new disruptive technologies such as distributed generation, electric vehicles, and micro-grids. It will increase the economies of scale which will lower costs and reduce the business risk ultimately putting downward pressure on rates. It will benefit customers by increasing the ability to implement new technology and new services such as outage mapping. Customers will continue to benefit from local hydro staff providing excellent customer service and accountability.

The required approval process through the Ontario Energy Board encompasses a principle of “no harm test” to the customer to protect the interests of customers with respect to pricing and the adequacy, reliability, and quality of electricity service. The benefits to the shareholder and customers will be with an emphasis on maintaining low rates, being responsible corporate citizens committed to the communities that the new utility serves, and providing local accountability and close ties to the municipal shareholder.

Kenora Hydro staff will transition over to the entity and, and reductions in staff, if required, will be primarily through attrition and Kenora will maintain a local operations center.

Keeping Dogs on Leash

The City of Kenora reminds residents that dogs must be kept on leash at all times on City property (parks, playgrounds, beaches, or trails), including Coney Island.

If a dog is running at large, City of Kenora By-law enforcement officers may pick up and take the dog to the pound OR issue a fine as per the Keeping of Animals By-law 150-2010. Dog owners may consult with our By-law Enforcement team if they are unsure of where to allow their pet to run free and other animal control matters at 807-467-2166.