Host Site announced for the 2021 Men’s and Scotties Provincial

Northern Ontario Curling Association Media Release

The Northern Ontario Curling Association is pleased to announce that Curling Kenora has been awarded the 2021 Men’s and Scotties Provincial Championship. The event will take place January 26-31, 2021, at the Kenora Recreation Centre.

“The Host Bid Committee awarded this event to Curling Kenora after careful evaluation of all bids received” states Karen Saarimaki, NOCA Competitions and Host Bid Committee Chair. “We are confident that Curling Kenora will provide an excellent event building on the success of the 2015 Travelers Men’s Provincial Championship hosted by the Keewatin Curling Club at the Kenora Recreation Centre.”

Curling Kenora is a joint steering committee which partners the Keewatin and Kenora Curling Clubs, and the City of Kenora (Lake of the Woods Development Commission). The three organizations have a detailed plan for this championship with a goal of hosting more curling events, provincial or national, in future years.

Josh Szajewski and Tracy Stasiuk, Presidents of the two curling clubs, comment “The Keewatin and Kenora Curling Clubs are thrilled to be working with the Curling Kenora Committee in bringing the Northern Ontario Curling Association Provincial Championships back to the City of Kenora.”

Szajewski notes “The inclusion of the Scotties event is an exciting addition to the Championship that will increase the prestige and entertainment value of the competition. We can’t wait to reintroduce the best curlers in Northern Ontario to our great city and are delighted to be a part of sending Team Northern Ontario to the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier.”

“The Lake of the Woods Development Commission is very excited to be collaborating with both the Kenora and Keewatin Curling Clubs to bring the 2021 NOCA Men’s and Scotties Provincial Championships to Kenora” states Josh Nelson, Tourism & Recreation Division Lead, City of Kenora.  “This event will have a positive economic impact on our community and help us expand our winter and sport tourism product.”

For more information, contact:
Leslie Kerr
NOCA Executive Director
807-598-0051
Leslie.kerr@curlnoca.ca

Joshua Szajewski
Keewatin Curling Club President
(807) 464-0148
joshua.szajewski@keewatincurlingclub.com

Tracy Stasiuk
Kenora Curling Club President
807-464-3764

Media Advisory 2021 Men’s Scottiies Provincials

Council Secures Viability of Community Housing

Joint Media Release City of Kenora and Kenora District Services Board

Today, following the City’s Strategic Plan focusing on housing for our community, Council authorized the transfer of all assets and liabilities of the Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation to the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB).

Housing continues to be a priority for this Council not only working with developers to encourage new housing developments, but also the review of the current non-profit housing structure. Over the past year, the City of Kenora and the KDSB have been working on finding suitable properties to accommodate a variety of housing types. Often this is completed with a lens to vacant municipally-owned properties.

Council and the KDSB have made the present state of available housing and housing availability into the future a priority. We have a significant housing shortage in our community and while the City continues to work with a variety of developers on all types of housing, we also need to ensure the viability of the financial and capital position of non-profit housing in our community.

This transfer will allow the KDSB to invest in our community further with additional housing as they have the ability to leverage the equity in their current and now additional properties to support long-term financing in order to develop new housing units in the community. The KDSB, as stewards of the housing system for the District, has been proactive in addressing the future viability of its community housing projects. In the past, it has done financial viability assessments for each of its housing providers and sponsored training and information sessions with the boards on how to plan for their future. The KDSB understands the significant needs in our community and have included in the strategic goals stated in the District’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, to ensure that the current community and affordable housing stock is available for future generations.

The KDSB has made a commitment to the current tenants as well as the City that service levels will be maintained and tenants will be part of the transition process. Communication is already underway with the building tenants and various groups to answer questions and provide information on the transition.

“This is a positive transition in the City of Kenora which will allow for future builds in housing, long term viability of our current housing and the ability to invest in capital improvements in that housing. As we move forward we are confident this new leadership in non-profit housing in our community will be the most sustainable and strategic and will provide more available housing to start to address some of the significant shortages we are facing. We are thankful to the Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Board who worked diligently with the housing management provider in the past to maintain the current buildings and ensure the viability of those buildings, and additionally thankful to the KDSB for their vision and strategic planning that will allow us to move forward and provide improved housing availability in our community.” States Mayor Daniel Reynard.

“Following the transition, the KDSB and the City of Kenora will be better positioned to ensure that the existing housing stock is sustainable and remains affordable for the many seniors and families that depend on the housing. The transfer of the Kenora Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation strategically positions KDSB to invest in the development of new affordable and accessible housing in the community. The KDSB will work to ensure that tenants will not be adversely impacted through this transition and that tenants can expect to continue to receive the same excellent level of service,” states Barry Baltessen, Board Chair, KDSB.

Mayor Daniel Reynard, 807-407-2004, dreynard@kenora.ca
Henry Wall, CAO, Kenora District Services Board, 807-374-3449 hwall@kdsb.on.ca

 

2020 KMNPHC to KDSB – January 28 2020

Operations and Infrastructure Division Achievements

Celebrating Our Successes in 2019

The City of Kenora Operations and Infrastructure Division accomplished a lot in 2019. We invested in improving roads, water & sewer lines, sidewalks, pumping stations, storm drains, bridges, and more to ensure quality services are delivered.

Take a look.

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DID YOU KNOW?  This brochure was included in the 2020 Interim Tax Bill Notice.

You can see how City dollars – either tax dollars or utility funds – are being invested.  We are proud to have dedicated City staff who plan for regular maintenance and essential projects in an effort to tackle the City’s infrastructure deficit.

O & I Achievements

2020 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders

ROMA Conference Focuses on Rural Municipal Challenges and Opportunities

City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard, Councillor Andrew Poirier and Councillor Kirsi Ralko will join more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 19 to 21.
Coming mid-way through the provincial government’s current mandate, the conference focuses on the pressing challenges and emerging opportunities facing rural communities in Ontario. The Premier, as well as leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party are scheduled to speak.

In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in hundreds of municipal delegation meetings with provincial ministries to discuss local need and priorities.

Session topics include rural health care, including public health and paramedics, broadband expansion and affordable housing. There will also be sessions related to planning and economic development. Program information is available online at http://www.roma.on.ca. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.

Key priorities for the City of Kenora include:
-Improving Capacity to Address Substance Abuse
-Public Transit Funding Criteria
-ICIP Program Applications: Community, Culture and Recreation Stream / Green Stream
-Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) Reform
-Policing Costs

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

ROMA takes pride in promoting, supporting and enhancing strong and effective rural governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. The rural arm of 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 2020 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, ROMA Media Contact, 416-729-5425, mail to: lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @ROMA_Ont, Hashtag: #ROMA2020

Notice to Tax Payers of the City of Kenora

2020 Interim Tax Bills have been sent by mail as of Friday, January 10, 2020 for all City of Kenora property owners.

Due date for payment is February 20, 2020.

Payments may be made in person at City Hall, by mail, through your personal telephone banking, or on-line banking service. Please allow 3-5 business days if paying on-line or directly at your financial institution.

Should you require a receipt, please send payment along with the entire bill; do not detach the payment stub. The name/address portion will be receipted and sent back to you. Please retain your Tax Bill for your records. The City is no longer offering reprints free of charge.

Late penalty of 1.25% per month will be charged on any outstanding balance following the due date. Please note that if the tax bill has a previous balance brought forward, those arrears are subject to penalty February 1st, 2020. This will increase the amount shown as owing on your bill.

If you do not receive your tax bill or have taxation related questions, please contact the Tax Department at 807-467-2034.

Update from All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

The All Nations Hospital project is now entering the community consultation phase. A Community Consultation Kick-off session will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Seven Generations Education Institute and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the conversation.

The Steering Committee is pleased to report that the Prime Consultant and Functional Programmer have been selected, and LM Architectural Group, in partnership with HTFC Planning and Design and Resource Planning Group, will be joining the project in January 2020. LM Architectural Group is an architectural firm that will assist with the first stage of the project that includes the planning of programs and services for the All Nations Hospital. Their experience in healthcare projects is extensive, and we are excited to work with them in the New Year.

The Steering Committee would also like to encourage everyone to use #AllNationsHospital when referring to this project to help organize, promote, and draw attention to this important project.

For further information please contact:

Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee
wenpete@gmail.com

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee
mrsbear@kmts.ca

ANH Steering Committee Media Release January 2 2020

Kick off poster FINAL