Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight – UPDATED


We are speechless. The second set of art pieces have been returned.

Thank you Kenora and community for sharing the posts and getting the word out.

We received a call this afternoon saying the two were at Anicinabe Park. We picked them up shortly after the call.

Many have asked…yes we will be displaying them again. Stay tuned for announcements!

Heritage Art Pieces Returned Overnight

The City of Kenora is excited to announce two of the four art pieces were returned overnight.

Thank you Kenora! You shared it, you spread the word and – we are in awe of the power of our community! Two of the figures were returned overnight!!

We received a call at City Hall this morning that two of the figures were leaning up against the A & W ball field fence. We immediately sent over a truck to pick them up and they are now in safe storage in a City facility.

This is amazing! We are truly grateful and amazed by the community support for their safe return. The details do not matter. It only matters that we now have two of the four figures and a huge thank you goes out to the public for helping to recover the figures. We had hoped the power of social media and our local media partners would work but we had no idea how quickly the word would spread and how important they truly were to our community! The significance of the pieces for our community shows in the quick response.

To the person or persons who had the art work – thank you for doing the right thing. We are celebrating and will wait to see if the other two appear. In the meantime, we have some plans to make for their permanent display which recognizes the significance they hold to our heritage!

WE CELEBRATE YOU KENORA! You make us proud!

Norman Bay Bridge Art Pieces Returned




Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7
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 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene. “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.

The City of Kenora 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.

If you have any questions or require any help please contact us at 467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, during CO Awareness Week.

City Looking for Assistance to Recover Heritage Art Pieces

The City of Kenora is asking for the public’s assistance in recovering the heritage art pieces that were once displayed on the Norman Bay Bridge.

When the Norman Bay Bridge was constructed in 1948, there were Indigenous figures made from metal rods posted on the stone pillars at each entrance. When the bridge underwent reconstruction, the four figures were taken down and put into storage. Since then, the heritage artworks have gone missing without a trace of their whereabouts. The last two pieces disappeared in September 2016. These artworks have significant importance to our heritage and our reconciliation with our Indigenous community.

In an effort to find the heritage pieces, the City of Kenora is declaring November as amnesty month for the anonymous return of the metal art pieces. The art pieces may be dropped off at the City of Kenora Operations Building, 60 Fourteenth Street North front entrance; no questions asked.

“We hope someone will do the right thing, and return the artwork to the City without worry about prosecution or penalty,” says Mayor Dave Canfield. If the pieces are returned, the City would like to see a permanent display of the Indigenous figures to honour their significance to the community and our Treaty 3 partners.

Norman Bay Bridge Image

Norman Bay Bridge Indigenous Figure Heritage Artwork

Norman Bay Bridge Aerial Photo

Norman Bay Bridge Aerial View

Photos courtesy of the Lake of the Woods Museum

Notice of Complete Application To Purchase City Property

The Corporation of the City of Kenora has received an application to purchase a portion of City of Kenora owned property located abutting Pine Portage Road. The property includes lots and blocks as well as a portion of an unopened lane described on Plan M63. Refer to the sketch below for an illustration. Notice provided in accordance with Policy PP-4-1.

The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the by-law that will be under consideration to declare lands available for disposal. The By-law will be placed on the Council Agenda for consideration on October 31st, 2018.

The subject lands are approximately 0.8 ha and will be surveyed to create a legal description. The lands are vacant and would be developed in accordance with the provisions of the Zoning By-law, and accessed from Pine Portage Road.

Inquiries and submissions can be made to Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059, by email at dmccloskey@kenora.ca, or at the address below.

Information about the application is also available to the public, by appointment, during regular office hours at the City of Kenora, Planning Department, 2nd Floor, 60 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora, Ontario, P9N 4M9

Location Map for Sale of Property Pine Portage Road

Fire Prevention Week October 7 -13, 2018

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7 -13, 2018

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services is urging Kenora residents to LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about fire safety during this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7-13, 2018, is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

The theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:
1. LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
• Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
• Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
• Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

2. LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.

3. LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire. Prevention is always the best course of action. Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene.

Only working smoke alarms give you the early notification of fire and the time you and your family need to safely escape. Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival. Fire and smoke move faster than you. There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts. Practice a home fire escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-18-06

Corporation of the City Of Kenora
Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-18-06
Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P13, s. 34

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, at the following time and location:

Statutory When: Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Public Meeting Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

You are also invited to attend The Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regular meeting, who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, commencing at the following time and location:

PAC Meeting When: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Purpose and Effect: to change the zoning of the subject property being approximately 3 ha in size from Highway Commercial (HC) to Institutional (I) to allow for development of those uses permitted within the Institutional Zone, being public and privately owned facilities of an institutional or community service nature in accordance with Section 4.14 of the Zoning By-law.

Location of Property: Area of Pine Portage Road and Hwy 17E, being whole lots, part lots, lanes, and roads on Plan M-63. Refer to the map aside.

Location of Property D14-18-06

Other Applications: the property may also become the subject of an application for site plan approval and lot creation.

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the PAC or Statutory Public Meeting, and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are aware of any person interested in or affected by the application who has not received a copy of this notice you are requested to inform that person of this meeting.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before October 10th, 2018 and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed:
a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Ontario Municipal Board.
b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Appeal of a decision of the Municipality in respect of this amendment to the Zoning By-Law may be made by any person or public body not later than 20 days after notice of the decision is given.

Notice Of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Kasprick, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Additional Information is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, if you require more information: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

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 4th day of October, 2018

KDSB extends support agreements with Kenora Fellowship Centre

KDSB extends support agreements with Kenora Fellowship Centre

Through its Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) is extending existing financial support agreements with the Kenora Fellowship Centre to continue meeting the need of providing meals to homeless and vulnerable people in Kenora.

In June of 2018, the KDSB and the Kenora Fellowship Centre entered into a service agreement that supported the Fellowship Centre in the temporary increase of resources to expand its current meal programming. This increase was needed to offset the gap in meal service provisions due to the Agape Table ending its programming in May as renovations were underway at Knox United Church, allowing for a permanent 24/7 Emergency Shelter.

The construction and renovations at Knox United Church are coming along well, however; there have been unforeseen setbacks with the development, and as a result, the opening of the new emergency shelter and support programs will be delayed until January 2019. “The KDSB is very happy to continue this service agreement with the Kenora Fellowship Centre,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB. “Through this partnership and their generous commitment in continuing to offer expanded meal programming, it will ensure that homeless and vulnerable people in Kenora will continue to have meals available.”

“We are thankful to KDSB for the opportunity to continue our services to those facing homelessness and poverty in this time of transition. It greatly reduces the patron’s uncertainty in regards to meal provisions and having a place of safety,” says Yvonne BearBull, Executive Director of the Kenora Fellowship Centre. The Fellowship Centre will maintain its expanded meal programming until January 31, 2019, or until renovations are completed for the permanent 24/7 Emergency Shelter, which includes meal programming. Meal programming at the Fellowship Centre is as follows: Lunch services are offered six days a week, Monday – Saturday; breakfast services are offered seven days a week and; dinner services are offered weekly on Thursday.

Joint Press Release – Support extended for Kenora Fellowship Centre