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2018 Municipal Election Official Results

Mayor

Harlos, Lydia
Number of Votes: 395
Ranking: 2

Reynard, Daniel (Dan)
Number of Votes: 4729
Ranking: 1

Council

Carver, Lee-Anne
Number of Votes: 928
Ranking: 13

Chaze, Graham
Number of Votes: 2,434
Ranking: 7

Goss, Mort
Number of Votes: 2,781
Ranking: 2

Leek, Anthony
Number of Votes: 1,286
Ranking: 12

Lovas, Eric
Number of Votes: 1,450
Ranking: 11

McKay, Roderick (Rod)
Number of Votes: 1,667
Ranking: 9

McKibbon, Jennifer
Number of Votes: 2,006
Ranking: 8

McMillan, Malcom (Rory)
Number of Votes: 2,615
Ranking: 5

Pearson, Dale
Number of Votes: 508
Ranking: 14

Poirier, Andrew
Number of Votes: 3,394
Ranking: 1

Ralko, Kirsi
Number of Votes: 2,628
Ranking: 4

Smith, Sharon
Number of Votes: 2,721
Ranking: 3

Van Walleghem, Chris
Number of Votes: 2,435
Ranking: 6

Wasacase, Colin
Number of Votes: 1,538
Ranking: 10

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Official Results and Nomination Papers Filed

Get to Know the Candidates

Municipal candidates were given the opportunity to share profile and platform information and a photograph for the electors to get to know who is running the Election.  Providing this information was optional and offered to all candidates.  The profile for each of candidate who responded has been published as submitted; the responses were not edited in any way.

School Board Trustee Candidate profiles are available at http://www.elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org/

For Candidate contact information, see the Certified Candidate List – FINAL below.

Mayoral Candidates

Harlos, Lydia

Reynard, Dan

Candidate Name: Daniel Reynard

Dan Reynard

Dan Reynard

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I am a life long resident of Kenora. With the exception of my time at college, I was born, raised, educated and worked my entire career in Kenora.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
My wife Laurie and I have been married for 8 years. I am step-father to 3 married adult children and Laurie and I have 6 grandchildren.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
I believe that Kenora is truly an amazing place to work, play and raise a family. The backdrop of Lake of the Woods and the surrounding lakes and forest provides us with all season opportunities to live life outdoors. We have tremendous education options for not only our youth but also at the post-secondary level. We are blessed with recreational, arts and sports organizations at both the youth and adult levels that don’t exist in similar communities of our size. Even after retirement, Laurie and I never considered living anywhere but Kenora.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
As my 1st term on Council comes to a close I am excited about the opportunities that lie before us as a community. I believe that it is important that there is some continuity between the previous Council and those that we are electing in 2018 in order for the City to position itself to maximize these opportunities. I believe our community will be presented with both economic and housing initiatives that will allow Kenora to continue to grow and prosper over the next term of Council and into future years. I believe that I bring a level of knowledge, experience and leadership that allows me to be a major contributor at the Council level.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
1. Focus on investment and partnerships relating to expanding opportunities within the housing market for a seniors apartment, retirement condos or townhouses with a long term goal of establishing an assisted living complex. This will trigger an availability of existing homes for young families to enter the market. The added benefit to new housing units is the increase in taxable assessment and users on the sewer/water system which provides a greater source of revenue to offset future operating expenditures.

2. Grow our community by retaining our seniors while bringing young adults and their families into the community.

3. Work with municipal staff to identify and implement efficiencies for the delivery of services throughout the City.

4.  Foster, develop and strengthen our relationships with Minister Greg Rickford at the provincial level and MP Robert Nault at the federal level.  The goal is to maximize funding opportunities from our senior levels of government for local projects and/or programs.  The result will be a greater investment in repairing and/or replacing our existing infrastructure without relying strictly on the tax or rate payer to fund.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I bring a unique perspective to the Council in that I worked almost my entire career for the Town of Keewatin and the City of Kenora. Prior to amalgamation I worked 13 years as the Municipal Treasurer/Tax Collector with Keewatin. After amalgamation and until my retirement in 2016, I held the positions of Municipal Accountant, Solid Waste Supervisor & KMTS Manager of Finance with the City of Kenora. This work experience and knowledge is a valuable strength that I bring to the Council table.
I have demonstrated my commitment to our community through being an active community volunteer having been involved for 35 years in minor hockey at both the local and regional level as a coach, instructor and administrator. I have also had the opportunity to serve as Co-chair of the World Junior Hockey Pre-Tournament, Finance Chair of the Kenora Thistles Stanley Cup 100th Anniversary, Director of the National Woman’s Hockey Fall Festival and Co-Chair of the 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event.

City Councillor Candidates

Carver, Lee-Anne

Chaze, Graham

Candidate Name: Graham Chaze

Graham Chaze

Graham Chaze

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I moved to Kenora in the Spring of 2010

Would you like to share a little about your family?
Happy family of three. My wife and I married in 2016 and we have an 18 month old boy, Cohen.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
Kenora offers a little of something for everyone. It’s rich in history, diverse in geography, and full of so many talented, hardworking and unique individuals. Since moving here in 2010 I’ve seen a lot of positive changes and looking forward, I see a lot of potential and opportunity. I’m passionate about being apart of a bigger and brighter future here.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I felt it was my time to step up. I have energy, ideas, and I’m not afraid to take risk. I bring a lot to the table with my recent experience on the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and Planning Advisory Committee and I want to be involved in making Kenora a better place for all. A place that easy to do business. A place where everyone feels safe. And a place where everyone belongs.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
Immediately, my biggest priority is to work with my fellow Councillors to make strategic investments in planning, process and infrastructure to ensure positive outcomes in economic development. Housing, or lack of housing, of all types, is a huge barrier to economic growth in this community. By addressing shortages in housing we will be able to attract business, increase assessment and improve the City’s finances for long term prosperity.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
Just a little bit about me: I’m easy going and approachable. I’m a family man and I have established roots in Kenora. I’m a business owner, volunteer and I’m one of the next-generation community leaders. I have great respect and admiration for the past Mayor and Council and the City Staff I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I believe there is a lot opportunity and potential in Kenora and it would be my honor to serve as one of your next City Councillors.

Goss, Mort

Candidate Name: Mort Goss

Mort Goss

Mort Goss

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I moved here with my family, age five, in 1954.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
I come from a large family; I have six sisters and two brothers. My parents were very active community volunteers and imbued us with a sense of responsibility to do community service. My wife Emily and I have two adult sons.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
I’m proud of my city; we live in a special place, perched on the edge of the Canadian Shield, on the northern shores of one of the world’s great freshwater lakes, in a landscape of countless other lakes and fantastic geography. I want us to live by our brand promise to be stewards of the lake, to grow our city in a sustainable, liveable fashion. We can and should become a community with pride of place; I’m a strong believer in developing plans with goals and actions to make that happen.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
The past four years as a councillor have flown by, but, looking back I can see so many positive changes in Kenora; we’re far beyond where we were just four years ago, let alone since the closing of the paper mill. It’s been a tough adjustment for Kenora to live without the revenue generated by the mill, but, with careful and well-thought out planning, this city has come back onto its feet. Kenora is widely recognized as a leader in municipal best practices, and is on a steady path to a liveable, sustainable community. I’m proud of my small role in these advances, and I very much want to be part of the next four years; there are many positive developments in housing, jobs, social services and reconciliation; I believe that my passion and experience are assets to this city, and I will consider it an honour to be part of the Kenora team for the next four years.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
-reduce the residential tax burden through population growth and sustainable long-term development that provides jobs and housing as well as creates a strong sense of community. -more affordable housing, especially for seniors and young families. -more amenities for an active, aging senior population -continued communication and lobbying with senior government for social services; a strong, healthy community should be our goal. -stronger engagement and more co-operation with our neighbouring indigenous communities can only be better for all of us. A spirit of reconciliation will help heal the decades of neglect and disrespect.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I am very passionate about my community; I have been an active community volunteer for over forty years. I did a five year stint with Kenora Tourism Committee in the early 90’s and since 2006 I have spent countless hours working on tourism and economic development strategies and actions that have seen such concrete results I am very happy to have done my part with Kenora Harbourtown BIZ, Tourism Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and many ad-hoc committees. I have boundless energy for helping my city develop, and want to give my all for the next four years.

Leek, Anthony

Candidate Name: Anthony Leek

Anthony Leek

Anthony Leek

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I have worked in Kenora for the last four years and have been a permanent resident since April 2017.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
My wife Melissa and I have a sixteen month old son named Zachary

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
My main passion for Kenora is the people who make this an amazing place to live. Whether it is community groups, fundraising, special events, or just hanging out, the community has put so much heart and soul into making this home.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I chose to run because I enjoy learning from others, discussing options, and making decisions that will help provide a sustainable future for people of all ages. With six years of great progress as a Councillor in Emo (2010-2017), I felt I could provide my resources to the people of Kenora as well.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
My priorities are to understand the needs of the city both in the short and long term, getting to know the staff as well as my fellow Councillors and Mayor, building relationships with both the Provincial and Federal Governments. We have to always remember that decisions made now can affect things long into the future. It important to be aware of long term risks and rewards with the majority of decision making.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I really enjoy meeting new people and listening to their ideas and stories. Being on council would give me the chance to really understand the complexities that people undergo on a daily basis. I hope that having the opportunity to serve will allow me to improve the lives of the great community we are all passionate about.

Lovas, Eric

Candidate Name: Eric Lovas

Eric Lovas

Eric Lovas

How long have you lived in Kenora?
All my life 39 years.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
My mom has lived her since the early 50s. Her family emigrated from Austria. My father moved here in 1970 and both raised my sister Deanna Suke and myself in Kenora. I raised my son Jordan Lovas and my step son Zack Dearlove in Kenora. Both boys are in their early 20s now.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
I love what Kenora has to offer. The lake the landscape. I take pride in having built a life here and knowing a great many people when I’m out and about in town. The small town feel Kenora offers appeals to me and this is why I continue to call it home.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I feel the time has come for me to give back to Kenora. And I am a firm believer that action speaks louder then words so I decided to step up and if elected continue to make Kenora a beautiful place to live.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
My first priority will be to listen. I want to listen to what the city is working towards. That being said I believe the low income housing and homelessness are 2 major issues we are facing. The needle epidemic needs to be addressed. Both the people who are addicted and the high volume of needles that are discarded all over town. Something needs to be done to clean that up. I also feel the city needs to continue to try and attract small business and big industry. This will create jobs and hopefully keep the young people in Kenora.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
As I said earlier I was born and raised in Kenora. For the past 11 years I have been self employed as a Taxi Driver and am a part owner in CO-OT TAXI. I feel I have the drive to be a city councilor and the motivation to get things done. I am really excited at the possible opportunity of sitting on council where I can have a say and involvement in Kenoras future.

McKay, Rod

Candidate Name:  Rod McKay

Rod McKay

Rod McKay

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I moved here with my wife just over twenty-one years ago from British Columbia.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
I am happily married to Marion, my wife of 43 years.  We have two daughters, Melissa and Stephanie. Melissa lives in Kenora, with our middle grandson Quinton. Stephanie lives in Kamloops, B.C. with her husband Carlos and our oldest and youngest grandsons Maxwell and Winston. Both Marion and I are very active with variety of organizations and committees in Kenora.  I strongly believe that your community is only as good as you give of yourself. I feel by giving back to your community you impact on so many lives and that even the smallest of deeds can ignite change and positively impact the community.

What is your passion for the city of Kenora?
Having lived in almost every region of British Columbia, and having travelled to every province in Canada, I am proud to say there is no better place in Canada to live than Kenora and Lake of the Woods. Kenora is truly an amazing community! A community that is steeped in rich historical and cultural heritage, with a vibrant arts community, and recreational and sports activities that abound. The natural beauty of the surrounding lakes and forests create the ultimate four seasons back drop for so many recreational activities. I take great pride in showing visitors Kenora, the Greatest City in Northwestern Ontario, a vibrant community where people want to live, work, and play.

Why did you choose to run in this election?
Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”  I see community service as a key element in my life.  I sat on Kenora City Council from 2010 to 2014. I enjoyed the experience and felt that in the 4 years I worked hard and gave lots of thought and understanding to the many decisions that positively impacted our community.  Now that I am semi- retired, I have the time and energy to devote to working on City Council for the resident’s of Kenora.   I believe my experience in managing businesses for the last  45 years has given me a very good understanding of many issues faced by the our city and its citizens.  This knowledge and experience will allow me to effectively contribute in managing the City of Kenora.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
My priorities are for Kenora to be the destination of “Choice”. “The destination of choice” for tourists, professionals, businesses, entrepreneurs, students and retirees.  Kenora needs a multi-faceted balanced economy. I want to ensure that the City of Kenora gets good value for every dollar spent and we spend the dollars wisely so they meet with the city plan and long term direction.  I want to focus on ensuring there continues to be a growing economy providing jobs for our families and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for our youth.

I believe taxes are too high. As a council we must protect the Prosperity fund and its ability to help reduce taxes. This 4 year term we have to build the tax base by attracting business. We have vacant industrial land. We must work to develop land this land for either business or for housing developments.

One big issue will be to solve the housing crisis. We desperately need more affordable housing. Housing, for all levels of income. Housing for low income, to the very successful professional and everyone in between. There is also a shortage of accessible housing. This lack of housing is limiting growth of local businesses that can’t hire when new employees cannot find accommodation. We also have changing demographics and Kenora will immediately be desperate for seniors housing of all types as the Baby Boomers age. A solid plan to improve the housing situation in Kenora will have the biggest impact in the short and long term. If elected I will focus on getting the City of Kenora to actively work to secure contractors and developers to invest in expanding the housing market. As a city, we need to work to ensure that we assist these investors with any issues so that we ensure the plans for development are not stalled or cancelled because of frustration over all the red tape.

As a city we need to reconsider some expenditures and how those are made. I believe we can reduce costs for the city in the long term by looking at spending slightly differently than currently happens. We should focus on “The Best Value” not lowest capital cost. For example we can buy something cheaper but what are the longer term costs in maintenance, early replacement, obsolescence or operating cost. To maintain or lower taxes we must manage spending and improve tax revenue.

I am committed to improving the relationship between the City of Kenora and our Indigenous communities as we work towards reconciliation.

Homelessness and drug addition is an issue in our community. This council must work find a solution to these issues. I will work to ensure that all levels of government and agencies involved are working together to come up with a viable action plan to work to solve this issue. There are solutions out there. We must look to communities where there has been successes and learn from that. We should not spend more time just talking and studying.  We need action.

Aging infrastructure is a big concern. The challenge will be to repair and rebuild infrastructure and maintain reasonable taxes for homeowners and business. We must find a way to enlarge the tax base by attracting businesses and industry.

It is also important that we foster a relationship with our provincial Minister Greg Rickford and MP Robert Nault at the federal level.  I want to ensure as a City we earn their respect and trust by spending funds responsibly as we continue to seek funding opportunities from Federal and Provincial levels of government.

Any other information about your platform?
I believe I can see the big picture and would base decisions on “What is best for Kenora and its citizens”.  When I make a decision, I don’t do it lightly, I weigh all the facts. I have experience in managing businesses for the last 45 years and this knowledge and experience will allow me to effectively contribute in managing the City of Kenora and making sound business and financial decisions. Together we can work to build a city that is prosperous and growing for all its citizens. A community where people want to live, work and play. I am asking for your support on Election Day Monday October 22, 2018

McKibbon, Jennifer

Candidate Name: Jennifer McKibbon

Jennifer McKibbon

Jennifer McKibbon

How long have you lived in Kenora?
40 years in NW Ontario – the past 4+ years in Kenora – and we lived in Red Lake and Dryden before moving to Kenora. I also spent most of my young childhood living in northern Ontario (Hearst and Dryden).

Would you like to share a little about your family?
I am married to Gary McKibbon and we will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in December. I am retired after 18 years in public health. Gary is semi-retired with a successful forestry consultant business using his expertise from 29 years working in Woodlands for Domtar (and their various predecessors) feeding wood to the Dryden mill. We have two adult children – no grandchildren…yet. Our daughter, Emily Todd, lives in Keewatin with her husband Graeme. Our son Samuel is married to Amy Day-Janz from here in Kenora and they recently relocated to Merritt BC for jobs. We are hoping they will return home to Kenora in the future. Our whole family are ‘dog people’ with 6 dogs between us currently and many others in the years previous, although Emily also has two cats. Most of our dogs are rescues and they bring us much joy and comfort.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
Kenora has always been the place we love to come to and to be able to move here for retirement is a dream come true. My passion for the city is that we continue to grow as a preferred place to visit and live; a place to raise a family and to retire; a place to run a successful business and find a job; a home for all who choose to live here; an exciting place to visit and a place where a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with the Anishinaabe people of Treaty #3 is sought and preserved for generations to come.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I am recently retired with the time and energy for a councillor position. I served 11 years on town council in Red Lake, including terms as president of Kenora District Municipal Association (KDMA) and president of Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA), and I know the time and energy needed to give the job its due. I also know that there are few things that bring me more satisfaction than working on a team for the benefit of a community.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
Kenora has a housing problem (some would say a crisis) and the lack of appropriate, affordable and safe homes for the whole spectrum of housing – from emergency shelter to affordable seniors housing to high end market homes and everything in between – is under pressure because there is not enough options for all who need them – so one high priority I have is to pursue solutions to the lack of housing. I would also prioritize reasonable and affordable taxes; I am pro-development for investments in housing and business; I am a believer in using renewable energy sources for municipal infrastructure where possible & economical and I value and want to build the relationship we have living in Treaty #3 territory side by side with the surrounding First Nations.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
Our family is part of the congregation at First Baptist Church in Kenora and our faith is an important part of who we are. I espouse to the truth that everyone is loved by God and is equal before God and my job in life is to use whatever skills I have to better the lives of others, as well as my family, in the community that I live in. I hope to do that as a member of City Council.

McMillan, Rory

Candidate Name: Rory McMillan

Rory McMillan

Rory McMillan

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I am a lifelong resident; was born and raised in Kenora and for the majority of my life have resided in Lakeside.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
I am happily married to my partner Glenda and we just celebrated 50 years of marriage. Both my sister and sister-in-law reside in Kenora as well as members of my extended family. Kenora is my home.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
I am passionate about our community and the building of relationships at all levels within and external to our community. When you combine the two we can continue to move our City forward together. By building on our strengths and further developing our assets we will continue to be a great place to live, work and play.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I want to continue moving our City forward together in a responsible and progressive manner. This will be accomplished by engaging community members, groups and organizations.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
There is not one specific priority, there are many that affect our community including addressing economic growth, cultural and recreational opportunities, health care, homelessness, housing, building and retaining partnerships and infrastructure investments. Making the decision to invest in projects that move our City forward respecting the fact that citizens cannot support significant tax increases continues to be the challenge for the incoming council. I want to take a leadership role in setting the priorities.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I am a graduate of Beaver Brae High School; Confederation College Social Services Diploma; Lakehead University, Honours Bachelor of Social Work (Administration); University of Manitoba Masters of Social Work (Administration). Community Volunteer.

I have been a member of council for the past 23 years. I believe that we must continue to grow and foster our community. This will be accomplished by ensuring we make sound financial investments in our local infrastructure and work with our citizens to build a prosperous future for our community.

I remain committed to this direction and I am asking for your support on Election Day Monday October 22, 2018.

Pearson, Dale

Candidate Name: Dale Pearson

Dale Pearson

Dale Pearson

How long have you lived in Kenora?
Life long resident/ 62 years

Would you like to share a little about your family?
Patty & I have 2 grown children

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
To properly serve the resident taxpayers & realign operation & infrastructure to meet modern day standards

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
To realign municipal gov – with the resident taxpayers

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
To restructure public works to serve the resident taxpayers more efficiently

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
14 years public works employee

Poirier, Andrew

Candidate Name: Andrew Poirier

Andrew Poirier

Andrew Poirier

How long have you lived in Kenora?
I was born and raised in Kenora. I attended elementary and secondary school in Kenora. I attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario for my post secondary schooling. Apart from living and working in Thunder Bay for eight years, I have lived in Kenora. I have been a life long resident of Northwestern Ontario.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
Of course! While I come from a big family, I am the only one of my siblings who stayed in Kenora. I am married and have an incredible 14 year old daughter.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
I have very fond memories of growing up in Kenora. As a child I enjoyed playing outside, going down to the local rink in the winter and swimming in the lake in the summer. I believe that for the most part this type of lifestyle lives on in Kenora. I think everyone who lives or visits here would agree that Kenora is an incredible place. I love the people, the lake and the natural surroundings. We have so much to offer !.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I have always had an interest in politics and my love for Kenora make it a natural fit to run for office. Many of you will remember that I ran and successfully won two terms as city councillor. Since leaving municipal politics I have remained active within the community both on boards and committees. Giving back and working for the community is important to me. My family and I both feel that the time is right to run again.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
The primary roles of a city councillor are governance and infastructure. I believe that ensuring there is adequate infastructure – good roads, safe bridges, maintenance of sewer and water for both today and for the future are important. I also think its important to look at the demographic shift in Kenora. While it’s true that young families are moving into our community, there is a growing aging population. Creating a balance so that the “millenial” demographic and the “boomer” demographic have quality of life, essential services and safe affordable housing options are priorities of mine. I also believe that we need to create options to ensure that we continue to progress as a healthy and green city. I envision being part of a council that will work together to create long range policies and outcomes for a vibrant, growing and safe Kenora.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I am a strong proponent of supporting local businesses and services. They are the grassroots and backbone of our community. There is a symbiotic relationship between local business and the local economy.

Ralko, Kirsi

Candidate Name: Kirsi Ralko

Kirsi Ralko

Kirsi Ralko

How long have you lived in Kenora?
Since 2014

Would you like to share a little about your family?
I am originally from Thunder Bay, but my husband was born and raised in Kenora. After he completed his first duration with the OPP in Sioux Lookout, we decided to settle down in Kenora. I was back-and-forth to Winnipeg until I finished law school in April 2015. We purchased our first home in 2016 and have lived there ever since with our rescue dog, Cash.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
I love that Kenora has a vibrant and close-knit small business community. My business partner and I opened 1885 Wine & Whisky Room, in the heart of downtown, on February 1, 2018. Since then, we have become part of an amazing and supportive network of local entrepreneurs – many of whom are also women!

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
Like many lawyers, I’ve always had an interest in politics. Now that I own a home and run a business in Kenora, I am more invested than ever in seeing our city flourish. I chose to run in the 2018 election because I want to help make Kenora a place where other young people will want to put down roots and contribute to our economy. I also want to be a voice on Council for local business owners and help ensure other entrepreneurs see Kenora as a great place to open up shop!

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
Sustaining and improving economic growth in Kenora, attracting young professionals to live and work in our city and addressing the ongoing issues with availability of housing.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I am the youngest candidate running for Kenora City Council in 2018 (but not by much!) I was born in 1990, which puts me squarely in the middle of Gen Y; the infamous “Millennial” generation.

Business is my passion, and I graduated from the Honours Bachelor of Commerce program at Lakehead University in 2012. Upon graduation, I received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Strategic Management.

I immediately went on to spend three years at the University of Manitoba, where I received my Juris Doctor from the Robson Hall Faculty of Law in 2015. I was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2016.

Today, I am in my third year as a litigation lawyer with Shewchuk, Ormiston, Richardt & Johnson LLP (a.k.a. “The Law Office”). I have been with the firm since 2014 when I started as a summer student.

In 2018, I finally got to realize my lifelong dream of being a business owner when my partner and I opened 1885 Wine & Whisky Room.

In my spare time, I enjoy training with my dog, Cash, for various canine sports. We practice agility during the summer and hit the trails with our neon green sled in the winter. We competed in our first Mushin’ for Mutts 4km Kicksled race this past winter.

You can follow my campaign on Facebook or Instagram (@kralkokenora).

Smith, Sharon

Candidate Name: Sharon Smith

How long have you lived in Kenora?
All my life.

Would you like to share a little about your family?
My partner is Kirk, our sons are Shad and Arlyn and our granddaughters are Mareigha and Juliet.

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
A beautiful, vibrant City that has opportunities for all its citizens. A City where people want to live, work and play.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I have a passion to make Kenora a City of choice for visitors, retirees, young families and those looking for employment opportunities.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
Infrastructure (roads, bridges, sidewalks), affordable housing for all (lower income and those homeless), public health (mental health & addictions support), illness prevention, and to include timely access to health care, keeping property taxes to the rate of inflation, recreational opportunities, a municipal government responsive to taxpayer issues (treating people with respect, good customer service).

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
I have a passion to make my community better for all its citizens. In my 8 years as a Councillor I have missed one Council meeting. I am committed to my role as Councillor and take my job seriously. My campaign slogan is “Community, Better Together”. I believe in supporting the volunteers making Kenora a better place to live. I worked hard to instill a customer service culture in City Hall, for all citizens. I believe I work for the citizens, not the other way around.

Van Walleghem, Chris

Candidate Name: Chris Van Walleghem

Chris Van Wallegham

Chris Van Walleghem

How long have you lived in Kenora?
my whole life – 67 years

Would you like to share a little about your family?
Married to Jane 45 years, 3 adult sons, 4 grandchildren

What is your passion for the City of Kenora?
My passion for the City of Kenora is everything about it from being able to meet and talk to my many acquaintances on the street, to being involved with different committees and interests, but mainly to be involved in moving Kenora forward.

Why did you choose to run in the 2018 election?
I chose to run in the election because my priorities and interests have changed as I will now be staying in Kenora full-time. This will allow me to spend the time needed to be on council. Many people have encouraged me to return to municipal politics and after a break I am rejuvinated and eager to serve.

If you are elected to Council, what are your priorities?
The priority for Kenora at this time is to address the housing shortage. We are seeing citizens of all ages in Kenora wanting to live here but can’t find or afford housing. Co-operation with all stakeholders in the City is needed to accomplish this and I would work towards this goal. The other priority for me is winter tourism. While our summers have proven to be a huge draw for summer residents and tourists, our winters definitely need help so we can be a year round destination. This would involve working together on expanding interests in such things as snow-machining, ice fishing, carnivals, cross country, downhill skiing and any other winter events to keep our residents interested in being here year round. I personally support a second ice surface and all of the benefits it would provide to the City but only if funding is available. We should be going after private funding which could include naming rights and expanded or additional hotels and restaurants to increase the tax base as these are the businesses that would benefit from events such as expanded tournaments, junior hockey team and the spin-off from these and other events.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the voters about yourself or your platform?
If elected voters could count on an experienced person who has been on a large number of committees and has worked with others to accomplish many positive results for the City.

Wasacase, Colin

Information for Electors

Information for Electors

Who is Eligible to Vote?
To be eligible to vote in the municipal/school board election, you must be:
a Canadian citizen; and
at least 18 years old; and
reside in the  City of Kenora or be the owner or tenant of land in the City of Kenora, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in Kenora.

Eligible electors should check to make sure their name is on the Voters’ List by visiting City Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to fill out an Application to Amend the Voters’ List.

How to Vote
The voting methods are telephone and internet only.  Voters will receive a Voter Information Letter in the mail at the beginning of October 2018 with voting instructions using the telephone (dial toll free in Canada and US 1-877-342-0807 or outside of Canada 1-807-700-6887) and the internet link www.kenoravotes.ca.

Watch how to vote by Internet here.

Watch how to vote by telephone here. 

When to Vote
The Voting Period is from Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. until Monday, October 22, 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Who will get a Voter Information Letter with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to vote in the election?
All qualified electors on the official Municipal Elector’s List provided by the municipality will receive a Voter Instruction Letter with a PIN.

What if my name is not on the Voters’ List?
If you are an eligible elector whose name is not on the official Voters’ List, you will have to attend City Hall to complete the required form to have your name added to the List. Once this is completed you will be given a letter containing a PIN and voting instructions.

When should I expect to receive my PIN in the mail?
Individual PINs will be mailed to eligible electors the week of October 1, 2018.

What if I don’t get a PIN in the mail by Election Day?
If you are an eligible elector and on the official Voters’ List, but you did not get a PIN in the mail by the start of the election period (October 9), you can request a replacement PIN.  If the Election Official’s records indicate you were sent a PIN in the mail, then the original PIN will be disabled and cannot be used to cast a vote in the election. A replacement PIN will be issued to you if the original PIN has not been voted and you provide appropriate identification.

Why would I not get a PIN in the mail?
If you did not get a PIN in the mail one of two things may have happened. First, your name was not on the official Voters’ List. PINs are only mailed to electors whose name appears on the official Voters’ List as supplied by the City of Kenora. Second, a PIN may have been mailed to you and it has been delayed by Canada Post in the delivery.

Can anyone tell how I voted if they know my PIN?
No. The system does not track how a particular PIN has voted. It only tracks that the PIN has been used to cast a vote.

Once I have my PIN, do I have to register in advance if I want to use either the telephone or the Internet to cast my vote?
No. There is no registration required. During the election period (October 9 – 22) you can use your PIN to cast your phone either through the Internet or by telephone. However, once you have used the PIN by either telephone or internet, you will not be able to use it again to vote by another method.

What if I lose or misplace my PIN?
If an elector loses or misplaces his or her PIN, he or she should contact the Help Line number at 1-888-459-5102, email help@simplyvoting.com, or attend City Hall at 1 Main Street South, Kenora. The Election Official can decide to replace the missing PIN if it has not already been voted. You have to attend City Hall, sign a form, and then get a replacement letter with a new PIN. The original lost or missing PIN will be disabled to prevent it being used to vote in the election.

Do I need a special browser to access the Internet voting portal?
The following Operating Systems and browsers have been fully tested to work with the Internet voting portal:
Windows 7 or Windows 8 or MAC OS X 10.8 or later
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later
Mozilla Firefox for Windows – latest version
Safari 6 or later
Google Chrome for Windows or Mac – latest version

You may still be able to access the Internet voting portal from other operating systems and browsers. However, these have not been tested.

Can I vote with a smart phone?
You may vote using common smart phones, based on the Android, Blackberry and iOS (iPhone) operating systems that have access to the Internet.

Can I vote with a tablet?
You may vote using common tablets based on the Android and iOS (iPad) operating systems that have access to the Internet.

Once I enter my PIN and start my voting process do I have to complete all the races on the ballot in one session? For example, what if I am interrupted and have to hang up the phone or, if I am voting using the Internet I have to leave my session or my session times out.
Yes. You must complete the entire voting process in one session. If you are interrupted, you may go back into the Internet or telephone voting system and enter all of your selections. The manner in which the system works is that none of your selections are registered until you review all of your selections and click the confirm button. You then receive a message stating that your vote was received.

What do I do if I am not sure if I completed a race or ballot?
The system will either advise you that you have already voted and prevent you from logging into the system or it will let you log into the system and allow you to make your selections and to cast your vote. If you completed your voting – it will not allow you to log in again.

If I am using the telephone to vote, how will I know what number to press to vote for the candidate of my choice or what if I make a mistake and select a different candidate than the one I want to vote for?
If the vote has not been cast, you will be able to change your selection(s) to the preferred candidate. However, if you have confirmed your selection, your ballot is cast and cannot be changed.

Once a vote has been confirmed, can it be changed?
No. Once a vote has been confirmed it cannot be changed. This process is the same as dropping the ballot into the ballot box in a traditional paper-based election. This ensures complete voter anonymity and secrecy of ballot. The system does not know how the ballot was voted; only that the PIN was used in the election to cast a vote. Therefore, it cannot be removed from the vote count.

How do I vote if I am away from home, out of town, out of the province, or out of the country?
You can vote during the election voting period using the Internet from anywhere in the world. You can use dial the toll free telephone number and vote from anywhere in North America, 1-807-700-6887,

What if I have a rotary phone at home, no cell phone and don’t have a computer with Internet service. How can I vote?
You do not have to vote from home. You can vote from any location using any telephone with touch tone service or from any computer such as those at your public library or at City Hall.

If someone calls me and asks for my PIN, what should I do?
You should never give out your PIN to anyone. You should treat your voting PIN with the same level of secrecy and confidentiality that you would use for your bank card PIN.

What do I do if the telephone voting system line is busy when I call and try to vote?
This situation is highly unlikely as the voting system is capable of handling a significant volume of calls simultaneously. However, should it happen, hang up and call back a short time later.  Do not wait until the last minute to vote to ensure you don’t have any problems.

Could someone steal my PIN and vote using it?
Stealing and opening another person’s mail is illegal. It is also illegal to represent yourself as another person and steal their right to vote in an election. Both these acts are illegal and have penalties defined by law.  If you know someone has voted your PIN illegally you should report it to the Election Official. Contact the Help Line at 1-888-459-5102 or email help@simplyvoting.com for instructions on what your next steps would be.

If I am a voter with a disability; deafness, blindness, or a mobility disability, can someone help me with the voting process?
Electronic and telephone voting allows increased rights of privacy to voters with physical challenges. Today’s technology provides a variety of ways that persons with disabilities can more easily vote using the Internet or telephone voting systems. In many cases, the person with the disability has the required equipment to allow him or her to access either the telephone or Internet voting systems and to be able to cast their vote independently and privately.

Would it be possible for me to be sent more than one PIN?
If you received more than one PIN it is because your name appeared on the Elector List more than once. This rare situation might occur if you have recently moved and been enumerated in both locations or you own property and are the registered resident at both locations. You are only permitted to vote once in a municipality and you should only cast a vote using the PIN associated with your primary place of residence. Notify the Election Official of the additional PIN and he or she will disable this PIN rendering it unusable for the election.

What if I don’t want to vote by internet or telephone?
This municipal election has been decided to only run by internet or telephone. Should you require assistance with voting this way, or should you wish to attend an actual polling station you may attend City Hall at 1 Main Street South. However, your vote will still be cast by either using the telephone or the internet at City Hall.

City of Kenora City Hall (Council Chambers)
October 9-12, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

October 15-19, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

October 20, 21, 2018
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

October 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. –8:00 pm

*Survey*

After you have completed your Internet vote, please take the survey which includes questions about priorities for our community and the electronic voting experience.  Public feedback is important.  Your input is appreciated!

Paper copies are available at City Hall.

Information for Candidates

Information for Candidates

Who can be a Candidate?
To run for municipal office, you must be nominated and qualify.

To be a qualified candidate you must be:
a Canadian Citizen;
and at least 18 years old;
and reside in the City of Kenora or be the owner or tenant of land in the City, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in Kenora.

Who cannot be a Candidate?
A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institute;
A corporation;
A person acting as an executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity;
A person who ceases to be a Canadian citizen;
A person who is not a resident, the owner or tenant of land or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in the municipality;
An employee of the municipality or local board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day the employee is nominated and resigns if elected to the office;
A person who is not an employee of the municipality but who is the Clerk, Treasurer, Integrity Commissioner, Auditor General, Ombudsman or registrar referred to in section 223.11 of the Municipal Act, 2001 or an investigator referred to in subsection 239.2 (1) of the municipality, or a person who is not an employee of the municipality but who holds an administrative position of the municipality;
A judge of any court; a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario or the Senate or House of Commons of Canada;
A public servant within the meaning of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006;
A federal employee within the meaning of the Public Service Employment Act;
A person who is prohibited from voting in a municipal election according to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996or the Municipal Act, 2001;
A person who has violated financial requirements for filing financial information in the previous election;
A person who has been convicted of a corrupt practice under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or of an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada) in connection with an act or omission that relates to an election to which the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

*Despite the above disqualification, MPs, MPPs and Senators may be nominated for municipal office without having to resign their current seat in parliament. However, by 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day), MPs, MPPs and Senators will be required to resign their current seat should they wish to continue to seek municipal office.

Nomination Process
Nominations will be accepted at the Municipal Office during regular business hours from May 1st, 2018 until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27th, 2018 (Nomination Day).

Nomination package must include:

School Board Candidates

Find out what school trustees do, how to become a trustee, how and where to vote, who is running in your ward or region and everything you need to know about school boards at elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org.

School board candidates should submit a profile to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org, including your name, school board, and ward.  A photo, a brief biography, email address and website address may also be submitted with your profile.

Additional Resources for Candidates

2018 Candidate Guide

About MPAC

Election Signs City of Kenora By-law

Ontario School Trustee Guide – Making A Difference For Kids

Ontario School Trustee Poster – Change the Future