Park Street Between Eighth and Tenth Avenue South Road Closure August 4, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that a section of Park Street between Eighth Avenue South and Tenth Avenue South will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians beginning Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

This area is expected to reopen mid-August.

This closure is necessary to allow Moncrief Construction Limited to continue with the water, sewer, and road reconstruction project.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Park Street and Railway Street Project

CMHA Kenora set to become operating service provider for Kenora’s Emergency Shelter August 1st

Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora and Kenora District Services Board Media Release July 30, 2020

The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB), in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch, is reminding the community that CMHA Kenora will officially take over as operating service provider of Kenora’s Emergency Shelter as of Aug. 1.

The transition of operations to CMHA Kenora began July 1, with no interruption in services of any kind. CMHA Kenora has already been working on updating policies and procedures to ensure the safety of patrons, staff and our community.

Further enhancements to the services located at the shelter will occur within the next few months once operations have been established. Alongside KDSB and community partners, CMHA Kenora aims to develop a hub model at the site to connect individuals with wraparound services, including primary care, case management, supportive and affordable housing and social programs.

CMHA Kenora brings comprehensive experience in supporting individuals with mental health and addictions challenges through the promotion of inclusion, working collaboratively with community service providers and using evidence-based practices. CMHA Kenora’s on-site staff will ensure those who are most vulnerable and struggling with a mental illness or addictions issue have access to appropriate supports and services.

“The seamlessness of this transition of operations facilitated by the KDSB has reassured us at CMHA Kenora that we’re well-equipped to support the needs of homeless individuals in our community,” says Sara Dias, Executive Director of CMHA Kenora. “We look forward to continuing the great work that was started by the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre and helping individuals connect with community services that will allow them to live their best lives.”

“These changes at the Kenora Emergency Shelter complement the KDSB’s overall plan to address homelessness throughout the entire district, which includes a shelter development in the City of Dryden and a new shelter development in Sioux Lookout. This has been a great first step,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the Kenora District Services Board. “I want to thank the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre for their hard work, and we look forward to a continued partnership in our collective goal to end homelessness.”

Fast facts:

  • The Kenora Emergency Shelter has undergone a series of upgrades to ensure the safety of service users, staff and neighbours, including enhanced security and surveillance, an improved intake process and a renovated interior to promote better client flow and interaction.
  •  The Kenora Emergency Shelter provides overnight accommodation from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily and is found next door to Knox United Church, 430 Second St. South.
  • The Kenora Emergency Shelter is a 44-bed facility that provided more than 8,800 nightly stays in 2019.

Media contact:
Sara Dias
Executive Director
Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch
(807) 468-1838 ext. 229
sdias@cmhak.on.ca

Henry Wall
Chief Administrative Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 223-2100 ext. 2222
hwall@kdsb.on.ca

Release – CMHA Kenora takes over Emergency Shelter operations Aug. 1.docx

Board Members required for Heritage Kenora Committee

Volunteer Opportunity

City Council is seeking citizens interested in serving as a Member of the Heritage Kenora Committee.

The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2022 (at the pleasure of Council).

The committee’s efforts are focused around designation/repeal-of-designations for individual properties or districts, and on applications to demolish/remove structures from, or otherwise alter designated properties. Heritage Kenora also administers certain aspects of the Community Improvement Plans. Council must also consult the Committee prior to entering into any easements or covenants pertaining to designated properties.

If you are passionate about your community and have an interest in the Heritage Kenora Committee please submit your application form to:

Kelly Galbraith, Deputy Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
kgalbraith@kenora.ca
On or before: Friday, August 21, 2020

Application Forms and a copy of the eligibility requirements are available at City Hall, or a copy of the application form can be obtained by visiting Kenora.ca / Government / Forms

Committees of Council

Road Closure Thistle Drive August 4-14, 2020

Public Notice

Extended

Please be advised Thistle Drive will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Tuesday, August 4 at 7 a.m. until Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m.

This closure is necessary for paving works.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Kenora OPP Policing Service Survey

Community Survey

As part of the Kenora Police Services Board annual report to the community, you have the opportunity to provide feedback on community policing and your experience with Kenora OPP police services.

The survey focuses on how you feel about personal safety, contacting the Kenora OPP, as well as other aspects of policing services in Kenora.

Please take 10 minutes to share your honest and respectful thoughts by completing the Kenora OPP Policing Service Survey.

The survey will be online until August 9, 2020.

Kenora Bear Clan starting operations with soft launch

Kenora Bear Clan Press Release

Kenora, ON – Work is currently underway to create a Bear Clan Chapter in Kenora. This work is being carried out by a number of organizations led by the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police, and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB).

The Kenora chapter is being modelled after the one founded in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2015, with several chapters now operating across the country.

This new model is running off a community council, which is compromised of representatives from local organizations.

The goal and vision of this team are to have a fully-funded model with paid employees which will allow for long term effectiveness and growth, which in turn will create the ability to close the barrier on current gaps in service.

The group will work towards achieving crime prevention in a non-violent, non-threatening, non-judgmental and supportive manner. This goal is achieved through both reconciliation and relationship building, which are vital steps to making this model succeed.

A soft launch for the Bear Clan Patrol will begin Friday, July 24, starting at 2 p.m., with the crew conducting patrols from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday to Monday.

There is funding in place now from both the KDSB and Ministry of Solicitor General that will help with the long-term stability and operations of this program, with more information on the funding being announced at the soft launch.

The soft launch of this program was made possible with support from the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation and if you would like more information about how to support the Bear Plan Patrol, please contact Stefanie Bryant at Stefanie.bryant@kenorachiefs.ca.

For media inquires please contact:
Daphne Armstrong, Kenora Chiefs Advisory
daphne.armstrong@kenorachiefs.ca

Daryl Redsky, Makwa Ganaatamaage Coordinator at AAFS
204-979-7759 or elkclan@hotmail.ca

Jeffery Duggan, OPP jeffrey.duggan@opp.ca

Adam Illman, OPP  adam.illman@kenorachiefs.ca

Kenora Bear Clan- Press Release- final July 21st 2020

 

 

Council launches “Glad You Are Here” Campaign

City of Kenora Media Release

Today, Council interrupted traffic on Main Street South to ceremoniously encourage residents and visitors to support local businesses who have been significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the support, Council has approved free parking in the Harbourtown Centre for the month of July. Other previously approved initiatives have included amendments to the Commercial Patio Policy to encourage the development of outdoor seating for restaurants in the municipality. To date, these policy revisions have resulted in a number of applications by local restaurants. Following the official kick-off event, Council will have the opportunity to visit some of the current and future sites of these outdoor seating areas.

”We are excited to release the ‘Welcome, Glad You Are Here.’ video which showcases local businesses alongside City representatives sharing the impact of tourism in our community. The video was produced by Matt Kennedy of Upriver Media and features local businesses including Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters, Green Adventures, the MS Kenora, Tall Pines Marina and the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. This is a further demonstration of what partnerships can do for our City even during the most challenging times” stated Mayor Daniel Reynard.

The events today align with the presentation of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan, shared at the July 14th Committee of the Whole meeting. The plan details a roadmap to support local businesses and members of the community as the economy reopens. Beyond illustrating measures planned as restrictions are slowly lifted and the risk of COVID-19 subsides, this plan provides a summary of the measures staff have already implemented and continue to remain relevant. The Economic Recovery Plan will move forward to the July 21st Council meeting for approval and implementation.

For more information on the City of Kenora Economic Recovery Plan, please contact Adam Smith, Manager of Development Services, at asmith@kenora.ca.

Kenora Recreation Centre Gym Opens July 23, 2020 by Appointment

Kenora Recreation Centre Gym Reopening

We are excited to announce we will be opening our gym doors on Thursday, July 23. Please call 807-467-2087 to book your gym time, there are 15 spots available per time slot. Gym bookings will begin on Tuesday, July 21 at 8 a.m.

Our gym hours will be:
Monday to Friday
6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (6:30 a.m. being the first time slot and 7:30 p.m. being the last)

Saturday and Sunday
7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. being the first time slot and 7:30 p.m. being the last)

Please be patient with our staff as we try to implement all the new gym protocols and rules.

Please read our new gym rules and booking protocols.

To view our online schedule and gym availability please visit: https://kenorarecreation.maxgalaxycanada.net/Home.aspx

All active memberships will be extended by 129 days. unless your membership expired during our shut down.  If that is the case it will be extended by the amount of days between March 16th and your expiration date. All memberships will be reactivated effective July 23rd.

For more information or any questions please contact us at reccentre@kenora.ca

 

Park Street and Tenth Avenue South Road Closure July 20, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that beginning on Monday, July 20, 2020 Park Street at Ninth Avenue South to Tenth Avenue South and Maple Street will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians.

Local traffic will be permitted. Detours signs will be posted.

This closure is necessary to allow Moncrief Construction Limited to continue with the water, sewer, and road reconstruction project.

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Moncrief at 807-407-4457.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Park Street and Railway Street Project

Park Street to Tenth Avenue South Road Closure Map July 20, 2020

Kenora’s Lake of the Woods Livin’ Photo Competition

Summer 2020 Photo Competition

Kenora residents and visitors are invited to submit photographs to show local pride during your ‘Kenoracation’ and collect photos for the creation of the new City of Kenora website and tourism promotion.

Participants are being asked to submit images that capture the variety of activities and images in Kenora including but not limited to: action and activity shots, wildlife, and landscapes. Images of all four seasons are appreciated. All photos must be original photos of the participant. All photos submitted must be taken within City of Kenora or surrounding area. Participants are able to submit as many photographs as they wish. All photographs submitted must be accompanied with participant’s name, phone number and email address.

Kenora understands that permanent and seasonal residents alike love all that Kenora, Lake of the Woods and our surrounding area have to offer. We are looking for you to share your greatest adventure, your favourite beach day, the trophy worthy fish; whatever you think embodies your favourite Kenora moments and memories. Bonus is your photo could be used on the City of Kenora website and win you a gift card to one of our local shops or restaurants.

The photo submission deadline: August 31st, 2020. Successful competition winners will be notified by September 14th, 2020.

Photographs to be submitted in their original size via e-mail to photos@kenora.ca

All selected photographs for this project will be awarded a $50 gift card to your favourite local shop or eatery. Selected photos will become the property of the City of Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and can be used in tourism and other promotions.

All photos with individuals must be accompanied by a letter of consent by the individual in the photo (or their legal guardian if they are a minor).

Individuals will be required to sign an agreement with the City of Kenora to provide approval to use the photo in the means outlined in this proposal, including the City of Kenora website and other promotions.

For further information or questions, please contact:
Tourism Kenora
(807) 467-4637
tourism@kenora.ca

Park Street Daytime Lane Closure July 7, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that beginning on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Park Street between Seventh Avenue South and Eighth Avenue South will be reduced to one lane during the day with two-way traffic resuming in the evening.

We anticipate both lanes of traffic to reopen in mid-July.

This closure is necessary to allow Moncrief Construction Limited to perform water, sewer, and road reconstruction.

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Moncrief at 807-407-4457.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Park Street and Railway Street Project

 

Main Street goes to Bay Street: Municipal governments exercise new investment powers

ONE Prudent Investor Media Release

Toronto, ON – A group of six Ontario municipalities are among the first to head to Bay Street to exercise new investment powers.

The City of Kenora, District Municipality of Muskoka and Towns of Bracebridge, Huntsville, Innisfil, and Whitby have come together to jointly invest under the Prudent Investor Standard with ONE Investment. By-laws approving investment under the new standard have just come into effect, helping municipalities to diversify their investments and improve returns.

Under Prudent Investor, municipal governments may invest in any product that is prudent for their situation, similar to pension plans and trusts. Previously, municipalities could only invest in a list approved by the Province. Securities were limited to Canadian firms, which make up only 3% of worldwide securities.

ONE Investment is a not-for-profit investment service for municipalities and the public sector. It has been serving municipalities for more than 25 years and currently manages about $2 billion in municipal investments.

“Every dollar a municipality earns through investing is one less dollar it has to collect from taxpayers. That’s more important now than ever,” said Ken Nix, Chair of ONE Investment and Whitby’s Commissioner of Corporate Services/Treasurer.

Under provincial rules for Prudent Investor, an independent Investment Board must manage investments on behalf of the municipality. ONE has created a Joint Investment Board with the six founding municipalities. It is the first of its kind in Ontario.

“ONE caters to municipalities and they understand our world. But they also have the expertise to support us through the complexity of investing and all the regulations,” said City of Kenora Treasurer Charlotte Edie. “While we could have gone it alone, we liked the idea of working with other municipalities. Plus, it’s a great value because the investment fees are shared.”

“Municipalities don’t have to navigate markets alone,” said Judy Dezell, ONE Investment Co-President/CEO. “The investment advisory team helps with investment planning and policies, while the Joint Investment Board provides hands-on expert management.”

The ONE Joint Investment Board is made up of two municipal treasurers and six professionals with a mix of experience in the municipal sector and the investment industry, including global markets and pensions.

“Having professional advice and flexibility are particularly important right now as markets fluctuate in response to COVID-19’s economic impact,” added Donna Herridge, ONE Investment Co-President/CEO and Executive Director of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association (MFOA). “Municipalities are investing for the long-term. With professional support, they can manage current market conditions to meet future goals.”

“As a joint investment board, we provide every participating municipality with its own tailor-made investment plan,” said Bill Hughes, Chair of the ONE Joint Investment Board. “It’s our job to make wise and prudent investment decisions to meet each municipality’s goals.”

About ONE

ONE Investment combines municipal investments to achieve economies of scale for lower fees and better returns. It is a not-for-profit formed by the municipal sector, including the Local Authority Services (LAS) and CHUMS. LAS is the business services arm of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). CHUMS is a subsidiary of MFOA.

ONE has a proven track record of providing competitive returns through products that comply with provincial regulations. The Prudent Investor Standard is now another choice for municipalities to achieve their goals. ONE Investment continues to operate funds under the legal list as well.

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For more information, please contact:

Farah Tayabali

Email : tayabali@redbrick.ca

Tel : 416-570-8413