Inaugural Meeting of 2018-2022 City Council

You are cordially invited to the

Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2022 City of Kenora Council

Saturday, December 1, 2018
12 noon
City Hall Council Chambers

Opening Welcome
Greetings from Dignitaries

“Declaration of Elected Office” to
Mayor and Members of Council

Mayor Daniel Reynard
Councillor Mort Goss
Councillor Rory McMillan
Councillor Andrew Poirier
Councillor Kirsi Ralko
Councillor Sharon Smith
Councillor Chris Van Walleghem

Appointments to Boards & Committees
Remarks—Mayor Daniel Reynard

Fellowship & Light Reception

Everyone is welcome to attend!


OEB Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

Ontario Energy Board Approved Hydro Merger

Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved the merger of Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. (Kenora Hydro) and Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (Thunder Bay Hydro).

“Cost-efficiencies are expected and will directly benefit all customers” says Robert Mace, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Hydro, “Changes are coming in the new year, beginning with the unveiling our new brand”.

In its decision on the merger application submitted by the two local distribution companies on April 12, 2018, the OEB has made the following statements:

  • The OEB has determined that the Applicants have satisfied the no harm test with respect to price, cost effectiveness and economic efficiency. The evidence shows that the underlying cost structures to serve acquired customers following the proposed merger will be no higher than they otherwise would have been.
  • The OEB is satisfied that the way in which the Applicants propose to provide service in the areas currently served by Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro will be effective in continuing existing levels of service.
  • The OEB is satisfied that the proposed amalgamation of Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro, including the Applicants’ five year deferral rate rebasing proposal, meets the “no harm” test. A no-harm test considers whether the proposed transaction will have an adverse effect on customers.

Effective January 1, 2019, both the City of Kenora and City of Thunder Bay will proportionally own the new utility; 9 percent and 91 percent respectively. Once finalized, the municipal-owned company will continue to provide distribution services to 56,425 residential and commercial customers currently under the management of the two electricity distributors. Local services will continue to be provided in both communities by local employees.

“Customers will continue to receive a high level of service and will soon benefit from added amenities” states Dave Sinclair, President and CEO of Kenora Hydro, “The merger will create positive effects for both communities and their future”

LINK: The OEB’s full decision document

For more information:

Linda Mills, Executive Assistant to the President
Thunder Bay Hydro
(807) 343-1126

Dave Sinclair, President and CEO
Kenora Hydro
(807) 476-2075

City of Kenora Ranked Top in Water Taste Test and Water Treatment Knowledge

The City of Kenora is proud to announce the Water and Wastewater Division, including Treatment Plants, earned top honours in two categories at a regional water quality conference recently.

Three City of Kenora Operators from the Water and Wastewater Division and Treatment Plants attended the annual Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference (NWOWWC) in Thunder Bay in October. The NWOWWC offers education and training for water and wastewater professionals to ensure they are up to date on issues impacting safe treatment of water and wastewater.

Each year during the Conference a blind taste test of treated water samples is held. Municipalities from across the Northwest region bring a water sample to enter the esteemed competition. This year the City of Kenora submitted a sample of our drinking water and won first place in the blind taste test. As the winner, the City of Kenora received $500 from ALS towards our lab testing services. ALS is the lab used to test water quality for the City of Kenora.

Another tradition at the Conference is the Operators Challenge. Our three operators won the Operators Challenge, where they beat operators from other communities answering water and wastewater related questions.

The Water and Wastewater Division is very proud of its staff and their knowledge of the water service provided to the residents of Kenora. They are diligent in updating their skills and understanding of the Provincial policies that must be followed.

“Winning the best tasting water test in Northwestern Ontario is an honour and a testament to our well trained staff. Not only is our water the best tasting, but more importantly, the public can be confident that the water they drink and consume every day is safe.” says Mayor Canfield.

Kenora Business Partners Win National Marketing Awards

Choose Kenora Campaign Recognized

The Kenora Business Partners are proud to announce that the Choose Kenora Youth Retention and Attraction Campaign has won three national marketing awards from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC). The awards were presented in New Brunswick in September as a part of the EDAC annual conference.

EDAC is Canada’s national association of economic development professionals, with coast-to-coast membership of nearly 1,000. Awards are presented for excellence in promoting their communities and furthering their economic development priorities.

The Choose Kenora Youth Retention and Attraction Campaign won awards in two categories: 1) advertising campaign 2) promotional video. In addition, they received a third award for the video production as an EDAC Cup Contender – the best marketing submission from across Canada for that budget category.

The Choose Kenora Advertising campaign focused on providing potential entrepreneurs, businesses and young professionals with current data and information about the community. The project is intended to facilitate business growth and development through the attraction of new residents, workers and businesses in the community as well as encourage youth from Kenora to stay, work and live. Key components of the advertising campaign were the creation of a logo, a short video, formal still images of young professionals, an informational booklet, social media pages, and the creation of a website. Marketing materials have been distributed and shared with employers and employment agencies in the community. The target audience for this campaign was professionals and entrepreneurs aged 35 and younger.

The Choose Kenora video, meanwhile, focused on personal and professional testimonials from young professionals living and working in Kenora. To date, the video component has 25,000 views on Facebook and has been shared over 750 times. The response to the video and the featured candidates has been very positive and featured in local and regional media.

The Choose Kenora advertising campaign was developed in partnership with Fifth Hammer Marketing Group. The video production was created by Upriver Media Inc.  Fifth Hammer Marketing Group and Upriver Media Inc. are Kenora owned and operated small businesses.

The Kenora Business Partners group consists of the Lake of the Woods Development Commission/City of Kenora, Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Harbourtown BIZ, and the Northwest Business Centre. The Kenora Young Professionals Network also partnered on this project. The project was supported by the Province of Ontario Rural Economic Development Program.

Choose Kenora Links
Choose Kenora Advertising Campaign
Choose Kenora Promotional Video

Kenora Business Partners

Kenora Business Partners (L to R): Mike Newton – Fifth Hammer Marketing Group, Kelly Smith – Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Casey Pyykka – Kenora Young Professionals Network, Allyson McTaggart – Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Corey Jones – City of Kenora, Megan Dokuchie – City of Kenora, Matt Kennedy – Upriver Media, Sam Smith – Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Mike Greaves – Fifth Hammer Marketing Group, Allyson Pele – Northwest Business Centre


Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer 807-467-2127

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment File No D14-18-06

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. 140 – 2018 at a meeting on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Public notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-18-06.

Location of Property: The property is located in the area of Pine Portage Road, and is described as Lots 25 through 37, including laneways on Plan M63, which combined amounts to approximately 0.8 hectares. Please refer to the location sketch below.

Location of Property D14-18-06

Purpose and Effect: to change zoning of the subject property 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 particular a Continuum Care Facility in accordance with Section 4.14 of the Zoning By-law.

Council gave consideration to the public submissions, noting that site development concerns would be addressed with the process to evaluate the site plan application, and that the developer is committed to continuing to work with property owners.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: the property will also be the subject of an application for site plan approval, and the City has received an application to purchase the subject property.

The Last Date for Filing a Notice of Appeal is Tuesday, November 27th, 2018.

Notices of appeal may only be made on the basis that:
i. the by-law is inconsistent with a policy statement issued under subsection 3 (1), fails to conform with or
conflicts with a provincial plan or fails to conform with an applicable official plan
ii. it is accompanied by the fee required by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act being $300.00,
payable to the Ontario Minister of Finance.
iii. is filed with Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. 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 was 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 Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

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 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 8th day of November, 2018