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What's Your Opinion?
Do you think an electronic billboard is a good idea on the harbourfront?

No, it will cause too many accidents
No, there is a bylaw prohibiting it
No, it's bright and ugly
No, they belong in Las Vegas
No, CP should have to take all the old signs down
Rules are rules...variances are for hypocrites.
Yes, I think it would benefit Kenora
Yes, I enjoy watching people hit head on
Yes, Kenora needs to look more like a brothel


Votes: 843
Comments: 11
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Friends, family overwhelmed by response to Tom Newell's legacy project


Kenora woman charged with distracted driving
hydro pole

A 37-year-old Kenora woman has been charged with distracted driving, after an accident last night in Keewatin. The woman's SUV punched through the hydro pole knocking a few power lines to the ground. While the driver was uninjured, power was cut to some homes in Keewatin. Crews are on scene this morning repairing the damage.

Kenora Hydro's Dave Sinclair spoke about the outages last night in Keewatin.

"As a result of the car accident, a pole was cut in half basically, which results in some momentary outages for most customers, but there was a little bit longer outage for some of the customers affected directly from that accident," he said.  

The accident occured around 9:30 last night. Sinclair said crews are on scene today, and that service has been restored to all customers.

Sinclair also talked about the repair process.

"The crews were dispatched, and they secured the lines temporarily for the night. There's still a number of Bell telephone cables that are very low, and we're still waiting for them to arrive at the scene and repair it. Until that happens, we can't replace the pole, but I expect that to be done today," he said.

Sinclair said most of the lines on the ground were Shaw and Bell, not Kenora Hydro.

The driver has been charged with: Drive-Hand Held Communication Device contrary to section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act. 

The police have not released her name.

For more information:
Accident leaves much of Keewatin without power
School bus detour in Keewatin

School bus detour in Keewatin

KENORA –  Correction –   The stops on May that we were unable to service were moved to May/Erie. We will be checking our mapping this morning. This is where Erie runs North/South and comes down the hill and meets up with May Avenue.

If the problem hasn’t been repaired by this afternoon, drop offs will be in this location as well.

For more information:
Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium

Dryden Public Library celebrates Library Week
Dryden LibraryThe Dryden Public Library is celebrating Library Week with a few events.

The Dryden Library is celebrating along with libraries across Ontario. The CEO of Dryden's Library, Dayna Debenedet, explains why she thinks it's a good idea to have this week.

"I think it's a great way to raise awareness in the community, about all of the great things the library can offer. It just reminds people that the library is here, and we want everyone in the community to take advantage of all of the great services we have. We invite everyone to visit the library," she said.

The library held a bed-time story pyjama party last night for children. She said they have two other events planned.

"Tonight, we're launching our new adult book club. It's called the Fireside Book Club. It's a discussion group to talk about what you've been reading and to hear about some of the new titles at the library. Thursday, we're having an open house from 2:30 to 4:30," she said.

Debenedet added that they'll be announcing the winners of their photo contest at the open house at 4 o'clock. She invited everyone to come on out to any of the events, whether or not they've visited the library before.

Debenedet explains why visiting the library is much better than simply searching the web.

"Well, I think the library offers a really great sense of community. It's not just about information. It's also about a great community space, a space to meet other people and exchange ideas. The library is also a great place for families to come. It's free for residents of Dryden. They can take out books and DVDs, with no charge, and they can access our online resources at no charge," she said.

For more information:
Seed library created in memory of Ivy Camire
Christmas boxes available at Kenora Public Library

Time to vote
voter pollsVoting help stations have been set up in the council chambers at city hall.

Polls officially opened yesterday at 10 in the morning, for the municipal election.

City clerk Heather Kasprick was on site at the stations at city hall. She spoke about the turnout on day one.

"We have been extremely busy. So, that's exciting. It's nice to see people coming out, and a lot of people have chosen to vote right here. I do have elections staff out at various locations throughout the city, and they've been reporting that it's very busy as well," she said.

Kasprick said a lot of the people coming in for help were merely wary of using a telephone or computer, But once they used it, they found the system was quite easy to navigate.

first voterMary Jane Duncan was the first voter at city hall yesterday morning.

"The ones that have been coming in, either don't have a voter letter, or maybe their date of birth is missing. A lot of people have also been coming out to vote, and actually have us help them with their voting process. The feedback from that has been 'Wow, that was really easy!' I even had one lady say 'That was a lot of fun!'" said Kasprick.

Candidates have been busy campaigning across northwestern Ontario, with various all-candidates' forums taking place for the past three weeks. Some candidates even went door-to-door this weekend, so they could speak with residents about the issues they think are important.

Kasprick explained why everyone should get out and vote.

"Well, for one, it's your right to vote. It's important that you make your voice heard, to make the choice of who our leaders are for the next four years in our community," she said.

For more coverage on the election, and to read more about the candidates, you can visit our civic elections page.

For more information:
2014 Kenora municipal election candidates list
Kenora changes to telephone or online for voting

Habitat for Humanity needs their next family
Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity's Joan Schelske (left) and Dave Cain (right) held an information session.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for their next family. Kenora's chapter held an information session last night for families interested in applying.

Dave Cain spoke about what he hopes people took away from the session.

"What we want them to take away is the application process, and what the criteria are. There are a lot of people out there, who have heard a lot of rumours about the program and how it works. That's what this information session is for: to clear those up and to identify people, who think they don't qualify but do, or those who do think they qualify but don't," he said.

Ashley Neniska was selected for the last build, and she was on hand to speak at the session. She explains what was the best part of the entire process.

"Best experience of the whole thing was watching the house being built from the ground up. Knowing that you built it. That's your finished product, and you helped do that," she said.  

Habitat's newest home will be built right beside Neniska's house on Main Street Rideout. The next part of the process is selecting a family, so it can be determined how big of a house to build.

The application process is quite rigorous, and there are many criteria that families must meet. However, Cain encourages anyone interested to find more online, or come to an information session.

"Being a homeowner is the ultimate. Everybody wants to do that. So, we're addressing the people, who need a hand up. If you're in that position, and you want to have your own home and be part of a great organization, then take a look. You're building that home. You're with the community. It's just awesome. So, if it's something you think you want to do, but you don't qualify, then come on out and take a look, maybe you do," he said.

Habitat plans on holding more information sessions over the next two weeks. The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 31. Cain said they hope to have a decision by Christmas.

For more information:
Habitat for Humanity - selection and build process
Habitat for Humanity family selection info session tonight

Ontario-wide recall on Natrel milk

milkMany Natrel milk products are being recalled across Ontario.

You may want to check the milk in your fridge. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall of Natrel milk products due to spoilage.

The food agency says the Natrel milk products are being sold in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

The products include of Fine-Filtered Skim Milk, 1% Partly Skimmed Milk, 2% Partly Skimmed Milk, 2% Partly Skimmed Milk and Homogenized Milk, as well as Organic Fine-Filtered, 1% Partly Skimmed Milk, 2% Partly Skimmed, and 3.8% Whole Milk.

The best before date ranges from October 23 to October 31.

The company Agropur, experienced a similar incident in September when they pulled their product from the shelf after consumers complained about the milk going bad weeks ahead of its best before date.

The company said officials found tiny cracks in the pasteurizing equipment at the plant in Quebec City.

Anyone with the milk is asked to return it to the store where they bought it or call Agropur for a refund.

For more information:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - recalls
Recall on beef burgers

Accident leaves much of Keewatin without power
accidentA hydro pole hangs in the air suspended by power lines after the base was knocked down by a vehicle.

Much of Keewatin was plunged into darkness around 9:30 p.m., because of a single-vehicle accident on the corner of May Avenue and Superior Street.

An SUV drove into one of the hydro poles causing the power outage.

OPP officers were on scene quickly after the accident, and they re-routed traffic, due to power lines lying across the road.

Police have not talked about the cause of the accident, or if there are any injuries.

More information to follow as details become available.

For more information:
OPP holding recruiting sessions this week
OPP investigate suspicious death in Whitedog

Mild temperatures expected to stay
lake sunset goodThe milder temperatures are expected to remain in the region.

It's been a good last few days as temperatures remain mild in Northwestern Ontario. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Meteorologist, Chris Sumner, explains why things are so warm right now.

"Certainly wonderful weather indeed for this time of year for Northwestern Ontario. The big thing is right now we're under the influence of a large area of high pressure in the United States. Now that high pressure has pushed the jet stream well north of the region. With that jet stream north it's allowing warmer air to flow into the area," he said.

Right now the average temperature sits between 6 and 7 degrees in comparison to the low teens Kenora is expected to get over the next week.

Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with Environment Canada spoke about whether or not this will continue.

"Well it definitely looks like it's got some legs to it. Temperatures by the end of the week expected to be in the mid-teens. Even looking at the latest long-term forecast which takes us out into the middle of November. That forecast indicating that around Lake of the Woods, Northwestern Ontario, Southern Manitoba, all of these areas are expected to be on average warmer than normal," he said.

The good news will be relief for many, after a summer of much colder than average temperatures.

For more information:
Old Farmer's Almanac calling for long, cold, snowy winter
Meteorologists talk tornadoes in Northwestern Ontario

MacKay and Reynard talk business, infrastructure debt
Dan ReynardDan Reynard talks about solving the infrastructure debt.

The four big election issues were discussed in length last week at the various all candidates forums. Taxes, infrastructure, housing and business seem to be on every voter's mind.

Dan Reynard spoke about his stance on tyring to reduce the infrastructure debt.

"The thing with the infrastructure is, everyone is unique. The roads were downloaded onto us by the province. Sewer and water is a user pay system. So, for some we need to work in partnerships and others we need to put pressure on government levels," he said.

Business was also discussed in length at all three forums. Marion MacKay said she thinks the city needs to attract a large industry.

"Right now we are on the right track with our young entrepreneurs. They've opened some excellent businesses. But now I think we need to have a large industry come in, simply because we have to have that shift of the tax dollars over to the business. So, then it's off the residents," she said.  

Candidates are amping up their campaigns with polls opening this morning at 10 o'clock. Some even went door-to-door over the weekend to speak with residents about what they think is important.

Residents have until October 27 at 8 o'clock in the evening to vote online or by telephone.

For more information:
Kenora candidates talk homeless strategies
Debate over bag tags at seniors forum

Seed library created in memory of Ivy Camire
seeds - oct 20Librarian Cathy Peacock shows some of the seeds, which will be part of the heritage seed library created in memory of Ivy Camire, who passed away at the end of September.

The Kenora Public Library is creating a special memorial for Ivy Camire. A special seed library is being created, in recognition of Camire's green thumb. Librarian Cathy Peacock talks about the project.

"She'd actually come in, this fall, and she did a wonderful talk showing us how to collect seeds, what to look for finding the viable seeds that are out there, why they're better and when we should collect them. It was very inspiring," said Peacock.

Camire passed away in a traffic accident late last month. Those interested can find out more during an open house at the Kenora branch tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 6, or at the Keewatin branch on Thursday from 3 to 6 o'clock.

"So, this year, we're just taking in seeds but by next spring -- and throughout the coming years -- people will be able to harvest their own seeds at home. They can bring in what they like, and they'll be able to take what they like, in order to start new varieties," Peacock added.

Camire passed away in a motorcycle accident near Reddit. She was 54.

For more information:
Kenora woman dies, after motorcycle accident near Redditt

Police investigate tractor-trailer accident
crash oct 19 - 3Clean-up crews got to work, after a tractor-trailer hit a rock cut near Rush Bay Road on Hwy. 17 early Sunday morning. (Courtesy Vivian Ketchum)

The OPP are still investigating an accident involving a tractor trailer unit on the Trans-Canada near Rush Bay Road. Officers responded to the scene around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic experienced some minor delays, as they clean-up continued throughout the day. Two minor injuries have been reported.

crach oct 19 - 2A tow truck was called in to help take away a semi, after it hit a rock cut early Sunday morning. (Courtesy Vivian Ketchum)

Owners celebrate Small Business Week across Canada
King FurnitureSmall businesses, like King Furniture and the Zen Den in Kenora, are being celebrated across Canada this week.

This week small businesses are celebrating across Canada. That's because it's BDC Small Business Week. In Kenora a few events have been organized.

Tomorrow morning, The Northwest Business Centre is holding a marketing workshop tomorrow in Kenora. Mike Greaves from SquarePeg Solutions is speaking at the workshop. He'll be speaking to entrepreneurs and organizational leaders who oversee staff and set strategic direction within their business, organization or department. This workshop will cover how marketing truly stems from company culture.

Then on Thursday small business owners are invited to the Lake of the Wood Brewing Company. Complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served as business owners mingle with other small business owners.

The event runs from 5 until 7 and anyone interested in attending must RSVP to Beverley Green at or call 807 467-3525.

For more information:
Small Business Week - Rosie's Value Auto
All business last night at Chamber forum

Time to put on those winter tires
TiresDespite the lack of snow, it's time to start thinking about switching your tires.

It's time to start thinking about putting on your winter tires. Owner of Kal Tire, Todd Baker said they usually begin putting tires on in early October.

"Well the weather is unpredictable. You never know, sometimes winter hits us early October. Ultimately you want to leave it as late as you can so the tires aren't wearing out on you but everybody can't put them on, the first day of snow. So, we begin doing it on the 1st of October," he said.

Baker explains why everyone should consider putting on winter tires.

"They're certainly safer all around. They are a softer rubber compound so they just have better traction qualities. You end up with two sets of tires, so your tires last a little longer. Just better safety in general," he said.

He said this is also a good time to check on some other things before the weather turns cold.

"It's usually a good time to check all your fluids and battery. If you have a weak battery it will end up failing when it gets cold. Your block heater, test the continuity on that to make sure it's gonna work when you plug it in. Your anti-freeze. If it's not strong enough it will freeze within your motor," he said.

While Environment Canada meteorologists have predicted a warmer end to October, snow is inevitable. The Farmer's Almanac is also predicting another long, snowy and cold winter.

For more information:
Last day for studded tires
Time to change your winter tires

Kenora candidates talk homeless strategies

Colin Wasacase debateKenora council candidate Colin Wasacase talks homelessness.

Kenora candidates were given a chance to speak about homelessness in Kenora at the seniors debate last week. Council candidate, Kelvin Chicago-Boucher believes helping the homeless get jobs is the best way to address the issue.

"My dream was to develop strong work ethic. Work is the key element in a lot fo things that we need to do. That's how I would like to address this. We can't tell people when they work what to do with their money and we can't expect these people having complications on the street to work 8 hours a day. But if we can give them a few hours of work, they will grow out of it and sooner or later they will smarten up," he said.

Kelvin Chicago-Boucher debateKelvin Chicago-Boucher speaks about helping the homeless find jobs.

Chicago-Boucher said 95 per cent of the people on the streets are First Nation members who are residential school survivors. Marion McKay and Colin Wasacase also addressed the issue. MacKay said it's time to put together some sort of plan to address homelessness and the emergency shelters.

"We're in a crisis situation. We can't have people sleeping on the streets, going without food. What we need to do is put a plan together and get funding through partnerships. Whether we go through our First Nation communities, with businesses downtown, government businesses, we need to have it ready and in place," she said.

Collin Wasacase believes the community needs to work together to get the help and support people on the streets need.

"I'm asking the you as a community place an emphasis on that so we can get the help that people are seeking. So it's the process of working together, of which I am a real strong supporter, in trying to develop and get the care that we need in our community," he said.

All three candidates agreed that the issue must be addressed now instead of pushing it off until a later date.

Marion MacKayMarion MacKay talks about coming up with a plan to help the emergency shelters.

For more information:
All business last night at chamber forum
Candidates talk about improving the downtown, harbourfront and green spaces

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Kenora, Ontario, CANADA Weather :: 6C Clear
6C Clear

Forecast for Overnight
Becoming fair with winds from the southsoutheast at 14 mph.

Forecast for Morning
Fair with winds from the southsoutheast at 14 mph.

Forecast for Afternoon
Fair with winds from the southsoutheast at 17 mph and gusts up to 29 mph.

Forecast for Evening
Fair with winds from the southsoutheast at 17 mph and gusts up to 29 mph.

Forecast for Overnight
Fair with winds from the southsoutheast at 17 mph and gusts up to 29 mph.

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