Notice to Close Unopened Road Allowances And Intent to Deem Property Surplus

The Corporation of the City of Kenora has received an application to purchase City Property including 2 unopened road allowances in the area of Pine Portage Road and Highway 17 E. The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the by-law that will be under consideration to close unopened road allowances and declare the land surplus. The By-law will be placed on the Agenda for consideration by Council at a Special Meeting on September 10th, 2019. Council will at the said Special Meeting, hear in person, or by Counsel or representative, persons who apply to be heard, by submitting a deputation with the Clerk’s office.

The lanes are described as follows: PCL 2771 SEC DKF SRO; LANE PL M63 LYING E OF LOT 33 PL M63 & W OF LOTS 34, 35, 36 & PT OF LT 37 PL M63 & N OF PT 4, 23R7748; KENORA. BEING ALL OF THE PIN 42168-0227(LT); and PCL 2771 SEC DKF SRO; LANE PL M63 LYING S OF LOTS 25-33 PL M63 & N OF LOTS 70-78 PL M63; KENORA. BEING ALL OF THE PIN 42168-0228(LT).

Other lands subject to declaration of surplus and sale are described as PINs 42168-0146, 42168-0145, and 42168-0144.

Refer to the key map below.

Map Location Close Unopened Road Allow and Deem Property Surplus

The property is proposed to be sold and consolidated to allow for development.

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 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.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 29th day of August, 2019.

Kenora Recreation Centre Plans Mock Evacuation

Tomorrow, the City of Kenora will carry out a mock evacuation of the Kenora Recreation Centre. The evacuation test is scheduled to take place on August 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

During the mock evacuation, those who are in attendance at the Kenora Recreation Centre will be asked to participate in following emergency procedures to clear the building when the alarm sounds. This mock evacuation will test the effectiveness of our evacuation procedures to make sure we are prepared during a real emergency.

Residents can expect to see emergency first responders, police, fire, and medical agencies respond with lights activated and various groups of people gathered outside of the building.

“It’s important that from time-to-time Recreation staff test the effectiveness of their evacuation plan to help ensure that staff are prepared in the event that a real evacuation is required,” says Stace Gander, Manager of Community Services.

Fire and Emergency Services Manager Todd Skene says, “This mock evacuation is part of the City of Kenora’s efforts to ensure that our staff are committed to emergency preparedness, are well trained, and that the public are safe in the event of a disaster or emergency. This is not only important for City building and facilities, but it is also important for all residents to have a plan and be prepared. Knowing what to do in a crisis is critical. Mock exercises allow us to be better prepared and set an example for our residents to adopt emergency preparedness at home.”

The safety of our residents and City staff is a priority for the City of Kenora; practice drills are essential to meeting that goal and supporting our commitment to preparedness.

Science North’s Northern Think Hub Opens in Kenora

THINK Hub Opens in Kenora

August 22, 2019

Kenora, ON- Science North is installing a “Northern THINK Hub” at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, which is modelled on the popular THINK visitor experience that recently opened at Science North.  THINK stands for Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network, and Know. The hub combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and encourages hands-on experimentation with real tools, materials and processes. Permanent installations will be made in six communities across Northern Ontario, including Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and North Bay. This project is proudly funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and FedNor.

These turn-key installations will allow visitors to access equipment, tools and resources not previously accessible in their communities. Visitors will be engaged and inspired in innovative and iterative learning processes, which are critical building blocks in creating a skilled and talented workforce that can propel Ontario and Canada to be a leader in innovation. This project will expand Science North’s reach and depth of engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in STEM fields, including creating inclusive spaces for specific groups underrepresented in computer science and engineering fields, such as girls and women. Northern THINK Hubs will also attract teens and young adults, and increase engagement with minority populations including Indigenous students and the Francophone community.

These Northern THINK Hubs will be hosted at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in Kenora, Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, Thunder Bay Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, Science Timmins, and the North Bay Museum this summer.
“Education-based exhibits play an important role in Northern Ontario. Not only do they provide fun and engaging science experiences for northerners, but they also generate revenue for host communities and create employment,” said Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “By investing in tourism projects that stimulate local economies, we are sending a signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

“Congratulations to the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre and Science North on the official opening of the Northern THINK Hub. I am excited to have this permanent experience in Kenora and look forward to the engaging and hands-on science experiences that this will offer to Northerners of all ages. Our government has put science and innovation at the forefront of our agenda and we are proud to support this project and others like it,” stated Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding.

“The City of Kenora is proud to once again have the opportunity to partner with Science North to introduce the permanent experience “The Think Hub” at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre. Being chosen as one of the six communities in Northern Ontario to receive this innovative experience is very beneficial to Economic Development and Tourism for our area. It attracts audiences of all ages including teens and young adults and will reach the interest of many alike. The City thanks the funding partners, NOHFC and FedNor for making this experience possible here in Kenora,” said Mayor Daniel Reynard.

“Science North’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 includes being the leader in science engagement and creating new collaborations across Northern Ontario. The installation of THINK Hubs across the six Northern Ontario communities will attract more visitors to the North, resulting in economic benefits for Northern Ontario communities and increased sustainability for the hosting attractions. Science North is very proud of this project, and very proud to work with the NOHFC and FedNor, and our Northern partners on this initiative,” said Science North CEO Guy Labine.

About The City of Kenora
Kenora is North America’s Premier Boating Destination, connecting local residents, visitors, and cottagers to the Lake of the Woods and its 14,500 islands and 65,000 miles of shoreline. Kenora’s population is over 15,000 and more than doubles in the summer months. Kenora is a growing City as cottagers make Kenora and Lake of the Woods their permanent home in a City of renowned as a sustainable, lifestyle community. The City of Kenora delivers quality, cost-effective Municipal services to its permanent and seasonal residents. Through our events and amenities, we celebrate our history and build our future. We love our lake; we are its stewards and we nurture its pristine environment. Visit www.kenora.ca for more on our beautiful city.

About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second – and eighth- largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, have developed North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint graduate diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit sciencenorth.ca.

Media Contact:
Lara Brown
Senior Manager, Marketing
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 276
brown@sciencenorth.ca

Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001

Speed Radar Signs

Please be advised that speed radar signs are now in place around the City of Kenora. The locations have been strategically selected based on concerns from citizens regarding vehicles speeding in their neighbourhoods.

The speed radar signs are intended to inform motorists of their rate of speed, alerting them to slow down if travelling over the posted speed limit. Licenced drivers are responsible for the safe operation of their vehicle, which includes following posted speed limit signs.

The speed radar signs DO NOT take photos and DO NOT track or record licence plate information. The signs DO track and record the speed of each passing vehicle.

The City will be utilizing the compiled data to better assess traffic and parking regulations, road development and configuration, and to assess speed limits and community safety zones. The City will also notify the O.P.P. of areas of concern with persistent speeding, allowing them to add increased enforcement in those areas.

The speed radar signs are also equipped with geo-tracking devices. The devices alert City staff to any unauthorized movement of the signs and allow the signs to be returned to their intended location. If the signs are removed by anyone other than City staff, the parties responsible for their theft will be dealt with accordingly.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation.

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-08

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-08 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. 124 – 2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended; thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Public notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-19-08.

Location of Property: 915 Ottawa Street, PLAN 18 BLK 49 LOT 12; Townsite of Keewatin. Refer to the location sketch below.

Purpose and Effect: To change zoning of property as identified from Institutional (I) to Residential Density 3 – R3[45] to allow an existing building to apply for a change of use permit for an apartment dwelling containing six units, having interior and exterior access; with legal non-complying building setbacks (4.3 m front yard, 0.6 m interior side yard, 8 m rear yard), a total of 10 parking spaces on site, and 7 parking spaces having reduced lengths of 5.36 m.

Effect of Public Submissions on this Decision: Council received comments and had the opportunity to consider each; housing is a top priority for the City and the proposal to increase supply within the Established Area is consistent with the Official Plan.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: As of today’s date, no other applications are anticipated.

Any Person or Public Body May Appeal this Decision to the Local Appeals Tribunal by filing with Heather Pihulak, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. The notice of appeal must:

i) Set out the reasons for the appeal. The reasons for the appeal must include an explanation of how the proposed Official Plan Amendment and/or Zoning By-law Amendment: are inconsistent with a provincial policy statement issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act; fail to conform with or conflict with a provincial plan; or fail to conform with the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015);
ii) Set out the specific part or parts of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and / or Zoning By-law Amendment to which the appeal applies; and
iii) Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 in the amount of $300.00, payable by cheque to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

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 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 22nd day of August, 2019

Map Location D14-19-08

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting D14-19-08

Notice of Decision for Official Plan Amendment D09-19-02 and Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-07

Notice of Decision for Official Plan Amendment, File No. D09-19-02, to the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015) and Zoning By-law Amendment, File No. D14-19-07, to the City of Kenora Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 17 and 34

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-law No. 111-2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, under Section 17 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended.

AND TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-law No. 112-2019 at a meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P.13, as amended.

DESCRIPTION OF LANDS: property located at 66 Cambrian Drive located at the Northwest End of Cambrian Drive refer to the key map below.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT (BY-LAW NO. 111-2019) IS TO: change the designation of the subject property to allow for a campground and resort as site specific exceptions in addition to those uses permitted in the Rural Zone. This will enable use of the property as a small farm and small campground, offering people travelling with horses short term accommodation, and the potential for summer & year-round cabins in a future phase of development, not to exceed 25% of the total property area.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT (BY-LAW NO.112 -2019): is to rezone the subject location to RU [44] thereby allowing for a campground and resort as site specific exemptions in addition to those uses permitted in the Rural Zone. This will enable use of the property as a small farm and small campground, offering people travelling with horses short term accommodation, and the potential for summer & year-round cabins in a future phase of development, not to exceed 25% of the total property area.

EFFECT OF PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ON THIS DECISION: Council deferred a decision on the applications to allow additional time for the public to submit comments. Comments were given consideration by Council, who noted that the concerns as submitted, were not related to the specific applications for added use of the private property for a small campground and cabins. Councillors who were in support of the applications noted that concerns related to the use City property would be brought forward with a recommendation by the Community Services Department at a meeting in the near future.

ANY PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY MAY APPEAL THIS DECISION to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal by filing with Heather Pihulak, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. The notice of appeal must:
i) Set out the reasons for the appeal. The reasons for the appeal must include an explanation of how the proposed Official Plan Amendment and/or Zoning By-law Amendment: are inconsistent with a provincial policy statement issued under subsection 3(1) of the Planning Act; fail to conform with or conflict with a provincial plan; or fail to conform with the City of Kenora Official Plan (November 5, 2015);
ii) Set out the specific part or parts of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and / or Zoning By-law Amendment to which the appeal applies; and
iii) Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 in the amount of $300.00, payable by cheque to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

The proposed Official Plan Amendment (By-law No. 111-2019) is exempt from approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The decision of the Council of the City of Kenora is final if a notice of appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality or planning board 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 the appeal unless, before the plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: 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 22nd day of August, 2019

Map Location D09-19-02 D14-19-07

 

 

City Delegation Attending 2019 AMO Conference

Focus on Municipal Challenges and Planning

Mayor Daniel Reynard and Councillors Mort Goss, Andrew Poirier, and Kirsi Ralko will join about 2,000 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) Conference in Ottawa from August 18 to 21.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the three party leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.

The City of Kenora delegation is particularly interested in advocating for such issues as:
• support for Railway Street and Tenth Avenue South reconstruction and improvements project under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP);
• recognizing Highway 17 as a connecting link to be eligible for Connecting Link funding for roads and bridge maintenance; and
• revision to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) guidelines to include municipal service extensions to support housing developments.

Key session topics include cyber security, cannabis legalization, local economies in transition, changes to the health care system, recycling and the rise of plastics, affordable housing, municipal policing, rural economic development, climate change, addressing social and health problems facing our communities and much more.

Program information is available at www.amo.on.ca.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at http://www.amo.on.ca

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

For more information about AMO or the 2019 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @AMOPolicy, Hashtag: #AMOConf19

Requests for interviews with Mayor Reynard can be sent to dreynard@kenora.ca.

KDBS Working together for the well-being of the community

August 8, 2019 Press Release from Kenora District Services Board

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, organizations from across the Social Service, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Municipal, Indigenous, Addictions and, Mental Health services sectors met to discuss the immediate, short-term and long-term solutions in regards to the Kenora Service Hub and the social challenges that the City of Kenora is facing.

The meetings included representation from the following organizations:
• Lake of the Woods District Hospital
• Kenora Chiefs Advisory
• Sunset Family Health Team
• WAASEGIIZHIG NANAANDAWE’IYEWIGAMIG
• Northwestern Health Unit
• City of Kenora
• Grand Council Treaty #3
• Canadian Mental Health Association – Kenora Branch
• Ontario Provincial Police
• Ne-Chee Friendship Centre
• Kenora District Services Board

Given the importance of the work they do in supporting youth and vulnerable women, the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) is issuing invitations to Metis Nation of Ontario and Ontario Native Women’s Association.

“The meetings yielded difficult conversations but were a true testament to the importance of organizations coming together to ensure the well-being of the community. We have service providers that are dedicated to addressing the barriers that we face as a community when it comes to supporting those experiencing homelessness, mental health and/or addiction challenges. Through committed partnerships, the Service Hub must reopen with a comprehensive system that works for the changing dynamics of the communities most vulnerable people,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB. “Planning, meetings, partnerships, and action will continue to take place leading up to, during, and following the Service Hub closure and we will continue to work closely with the Provincial Government and the Honourable Minister Rickford.”

During the 45-day temporary closure, a working group supported by the KDSB will be formed to ensure that a dedicated team exists to support displaced patrons and those in need. The group will also work to ensure that the Service Hub is community-led and meets the vision of what the Service Hub was intended to be.

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Media Contact:
Roberta Lappage, Communications Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 220-5309
rlappage@kdsb.on.ca

City Transit Struck By Train

The City transit was struck this morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. by a train at the Government Road intersection in Keewatin.

Thankfully, all passengers on the transit were uninjured and everyone is safe. First Student Canada operates the City Transit through a contract agreement with the City and the driver of the transit was a First Student employee.

The City is working closely with emergency services, First Student, and Canadian Pacific (CP) to ensure the safety of the passengers and will resume transit service as soon as possible.

There are no further details surrounding the incident at this time.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Blitz

Alarmed for Life

Please be advised on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting a door-to-door blitz in the north end of the City.

The crew will be speaking to residents, in the area outlined on the map below, to ensure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Residents are reminded that smoke alarms are required on every level of their residence and carbon monoxide alarms are required for all residences with fuel fired appliances.

For further information contact City of Kenora Fire Emergency services at 807-467-2090.

Alarm Blitz NorthEnd_OverallMap

Community Safety Forum Follow Up