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Do you think an electronic billboard is a good idea on the harbourfront?

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Hospital lifts visitor restrictions
Kenora Hospital wide winterThe hospital's doors are once again open to visitors.

The Lake of the Woods Hospital is happy to announce that everything is back to normal. Hospital CEO Marc Balcaen, explains.

"The recent respiratory influenza outbreak at Lake of the Woods District Hospital has been contained. Almost all of the patients infected are now past the contagious phase. The visitor restrictions put in place 10 days ago have resulted in the outbreak being contained quickly. Therefore affective immediately the hospital is lifting all visitor restrictions," he said.

Balcaen said the doors will be open to anyone going in this afternoon. He spoke more about how the hospital was affected by the disease.

"During the outbreak the hospital had 10 confirmed inpatient cases of the respiratory influenza and that represented approximately 15 to 20 per cent of our total in patients on any given day," he said.

Balcaen also wanted to thank everyone for their patience over the last 10 days.

"We'd like to thank our patients, their family members, friends and visitors for their cooperation during the outbreak. Although the restrictions have posed a hardship on some, they are critical in protecting our frail and vulnerable patients from harm," he said.

However, Balcaen strongly reminds people that because influenza is still going around Kenora, they must stay home if they are not feeling well. He said the hospital will not hesitate to shut it's doors again to protect their patients.

Finally, the free local phone service instituted at the beginning of the outbreak will continue for the next three days, until Thursday morning.

For more information:
Visitor restrictions continue at hospital
Hospital closes doors to visitors after illness breakout


Kindergarten registration opens today!
KCDSB kindergarten sizedKindergarten registration week runs this week throughout northwestern Ontario.

The wait is finally over for parents in northwestern Ontario.

Kindergarten registration officially opened today for both the Keewatin Patricia and the Kenora Catholic school boards.

Parents have all week to register their children for the 2015 school year.

Many schools are also holding open houses so parents can come and learn more about the school.

King George Public School
Kindergarten Open House
Tuesday, January 27th
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Valleyview Public School
Kindergarten Open House
Wednesday, January 28th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

St. Louis School
Play and Learn Session
Tuesday, January 27th
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pope John Paul II School
Kindergarten Open House
Thursday, January 29th
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys
Kindergarten Parent Information Event
Wednesday, February 4th
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

New Prospect School
Family Game Night
Thursday, January 29th
All Day

Sioux Mountain Public School
Kindergarten Open House
Thursday, January 29th
5:00 p.m. to 60:30 p.m.

For more information:
KPDSB Kindergarten symposium
KPDSB happy with reading rate coming out of kindergarten

City, businesses work to keep sidewalks clear
Lisa LyleHarbourtown BIZ chair Lisa Lyle encourages store owners to help keep sidewalks clear.

The City of Kenora and downtown businesses are doing their best to keep the sidewalks clear. Although it is a technically a city responsibility, chair of the Harbourtown BIZ, Lisa Lyle, encourages business owners to help out.

"They've been doing a really good job this year cleaning and sanding and making sure after the snow comes down it's all cleared away. We just really like to encourage store owners to clean the front of your store to the sidewalk. It's good for your business, it keeps people from slipping and falling and it's easier to get into your store," she said.

The city plows well-used sidewalks first, such as downtown, before they make their way around the residential areas. While it isn't mandatory, city clerk Heather Kasprick said it's greatly appreciated when people help by clearing out the sidewalks in front of their house. She said it just makes everything safer for people walking.

Lyle is also reminding residents to be careful about where they park.

"Parking spots are confusing only because you can't see the lines for the ramp in the wintertime because it's covered in snow. So people get confused about where to park, how many spots there really are. Sometimes the snow is piled up so it makes it a little bit difficult and they park out of alignment which just messes everything up," she said.

Lyle said everyone should be particularly careful around handicap spots. She said every handicap spot also has a ramp beside it that many people mistake for a parking spot. While she usually tries to warn people before they get a ticket, she said she once saw four cars squeezed into what was actually two spots.

For more information:
Zen Den prepared for move next door
New executive at Harbourtown BIZ

Cost of policing to drop in Kenora this year
police traffic dec 8Kenora ratepayers could save $400,000 this year on the cost of policing, according to estimates for 2015 released by the detachment.

The cost of policing may go down for Kenora residents next year. Along with reforms to the costing formula at Queen's Park, the budget for the local OPP detachment is also lower than last year's estimate.

In 2015, the detachment expects to spend about $6.3 million. That's down $400,000 from their 2014 estimate, which was just under $6.7 million.


Policing Costs:

2011
Estimated Annual Costs - $ 6,687,785.00
Actual Costs – $ 6,171,359.00

2012
Estimated Annual costs – $ 6,817,707.00
Actual Annual Costs – $ 5,882,408.00

2013
Estimated Annual costs – $ 6,781,887.00
Actual Annual costs – $ 5,917,335.00

2014
Estimated costs – $6,669,205.00

2015
Estimated costs – $6,344,757.00


While the detachment can have as many as 104 members serving, the City is only billed for the equivalent of 47.5 members.

The detachment staff complement is as follows:
1 Inspector
1 Staff Sergeant
10 Sergeants
75 Constables
2 Special Constables (Court Security)
14 Civilian staff members
(a detective sergeant is also assigned by the region to the detachment)


Calls for service

November

December

934

975



Incidents

Item

November

December

Murder

0

0

Sexual Assault

2

2

Robbery

3

5

Assault

12

29

Break and Enter

6

3

Auto Theft

1

1

Theft Over

0

1

Theft Under

28

20

Mischief

12

10

Impaired

6

5

Motor Vehicle Collisions - Damage

32

25

MVC’s - Injury

2

4

MVC’s - Fatal

0

0


Charges

Charges

November

December

Criminal Code

89

90

Drugs

4

2


For more information:
Kenora hopes for relief on policing costs
Policing cost outpaces inflation


Roll up the rim inventor to visit Kenora
RON BUISTRon Buist of Tim Hortons will be in Kenora to talk about their popular roll-up the rim to win contest.

Ron Buist is coming to Kenora. He's the inventor of the Tim Hortons Roll up the rim to win contest, and he'll be the special guest speaker at the chamber of commerce awards. In a brief interview, Buist talks about how he came up with the idea for the contest.

"It came together, because we didn't have any money, and we wanted to run a contest to -- hopefully -- generate some coffee sales. The idea came about, because -- as I said -- we didn't have the money to be able to do what was normal at the time, to be able to put a pull tab or a scratch-and-win on the cup, because it would double the cost of the cup," he recalled.

The Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce Awards are set for February 11. The roll-up the rim story is part of his popular book about his career with the popular coffee shop chain.

"Nobody asked me to leave, is what I'm trying to say at Tim Hortons. I could've stayed on longer, but I wanted to try something on my own, to see if I could do it, and it worked. I was fortunate enough to have a topic people really enjoyed, and away it went," Buist continued.

The author notes his book -- entitled Tales from Under the Rim -- is now in its second printing.

For more information:
Ron Buist
Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce - Nominees for 2015

Accident on highway this morning
accident 2 Jan 26
The driver in an accident on Hwy. 17 this morning, just west of the junction with bypass. Fortunately, the driver was able to walk away.


Driving on the Trans-Canada is definitely a bit slippery this morning. Fortunately, after an accident on the Hwy. 17 the driver was able to walk away, and there doesn't appear to be any injuries.

Motorists should make sure to check the Road Reports before heading out on to the road.

For more information:
Road Reports



Dryden council looks at budget
Craig NuttallDryden Mayor Craig Nuttall offers an update on how things are going at city hall.

Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall is finally feeling just a bit of optimism. Nuttall offered an update on the financial situation in Dryden and the work they're doing as they prepare their budget.

"Well we still have a lot of work to do on our budget. We're looking at it really close. It's been a long time coming but things are starting to look a little bit better. Not completely but a little bit better," he said.

Nuttall spoke about one of the toughest decisions they'll be making this year.

"I think the biggest tough decision is how much money we're getting in and how much money we can spend. I'm sure it's council's view that we don't want to go into a deficit. We can't go into a deficit and we don't want to borrow money. As far as I'm concerned we have to live with what we have," he said.

Nuttall says they won't leave any stone unturned when it comes to finding ways to save money.

"We have to look at every department. It's not just the arena or road maintenance, it's every department out there. There's a new creature out there and it's called we have no extra money. Also the government is in the same position as we are," he said.

Last year they cut services at the Dryden Pool. However, city council quickly squashed any rumours that they were actually closing the pool. Nuttall did not list any specific services that may be under the chopping block this year.

For more information:
Dryden pool not closing, city
Dryden looks for $4 million

Nault talks about his comeback bid
nault - bob jan 24 (at Q)Bob Nault stopped by the Q104 studios to talk about his bid for a political comeback in the next federal election. If successful, he would run against incumbent Greg Rickford of the Conservatives.

The time is right, according to Bob Nault. The former Indian Affairs minister has been out of office for more than a decade, but he feels the time is right for a political comeback.

"So, it took a while to think about it, then the more I think about what I'd like to see in the region that's not happening. The fact that I strongly believe that Mr. Trudeau's going to be the next prime minister of Canada. I'm convinced that -- like in anything in life -- there's a cycle, and I believe Mr. Harper's cycle is done.

Nault announced he would be seeking the nomination for the riding last week. While a fixed election date is set for the fall, some say a vote could come earlier.

"You can tell that the time is now for people wanting change," Nault continued, during a short interview.

During his term in office -- which stretched from the end of the Mulroney years to the beginning of the Martin era -- Nault says he witnessed two different meltdowns in political parties. First with the Progressive Conservatives, who eventually merged with the Reform Party to become the Conservatives, after two terms under Brian Mulroney. Second was the infighting between Jean Chretien and Paul Martin.

The Sponsorship Scandal in Quebec led to Stephen Harper's Conservatives their first minority government, and the Liberals have been in the political wilderness since, as the party works to rebuild and regain the public's confidence.

"I like Mr. Trudeau's style. I like what he's saying. I like the way he approaches things. I like the fact he's more diplomatic. It isn't us against them. It's more everybody's got to work together. I think that's importance for us as northerners, because we need a lot of help in The North to be successful as a region," he said.

During his term as MP, Nault also served at the federal cabinet table, as the minister responsible for Indian and Northern Affairs. His push to reform the Indian Act helped shape his legacy, as leaders of the First Nation community opposed his efforts, eventually leading to a demonstration in his home town of Kenora.

Still, Nault says there's been enough water under the bridge, and he can help play a role in helping to mediate between First Nation communities and governments, when it comes to resolving differences over such issues as the wood allocation in the Whiskey Jack Forest, as well as the twinning of the Trans-Canada.

He also believes there are important issues in Ottawa, where a local voice should be heard. These include protecting the research at the Experimental Lakes Area, as well as supporting veterans.

"I just can't believe somebody can cut a measly $4 million out of almost a $200 billion budget, and effect our most vulnerable folks, who their lives on the line for us. That, I just can't understand, why anybody would not be screaming and yelling as a Member of Parliament," he said.

Nault served as MP from June of 1997 to June of 2004. During this time, he served as a member of cabinet from August of 1999 to December of 2003. He also served as a member of Kenora council, along with the hospital board.

Nault was succeeded by Liberal member Roger Valley from 2004 to 2008, followed by Greg Rickford of the Conservatives, who is the current member. He was selected to the federal cabinet in 2013 as the minister responsible for Science and Technology, as well as FedNor. He was promoted to the Natural Resources portfolio in 2014.

For more information:
Bob Nault - MP
Roger Valley - MP
Greg Rickford - MP

KPDSB Kindergarten Symposium

ParentsParents, children and teachers alike were at Beaver Brae today for the very first Kindergarten Symposium of the KPDSB.

Kindergarten is a big step in the life of both parents and children, so the Keewatin Patricia Deistrict School Board hosted the very first ever Kindegarten symposium. A place for children and parents to learn more about what going to Kindergarten is like.

The children got to experience kindergarten with crafts and snacks, while the parents had the oppurtunity to discuss with teachers and education leaders of the KPDSB to see how their children will be provided for. Shannon Bailey is one of the organizers of the symposium, and she told us what the symposium had to offer,

"We have all four Kenora elementary schools, as well as the high school, Beaver Brae here. And we're offering a one way venue for families to come and learn about, not only the programs we have in our school and what the Kindegarten program looks like, but also to meet the people that support throughout the community the programs we have at our school."

Shannon BaileyShannon Bailey (right) told us that there's stress levels on both sides, as kids want to know what kindergarten is like, while parents want to know how their children will be provided for.

Bailey also mentioned that while this is the first ever symposium, due to huge amount of support. she can see this becoming an annual event.

More:
KPDSB Website


Merry Malanka!
malanka - 2015 dancersDancers presented the traditional gifts of bread and salt, during last night's celebrations.

Members of Kenora's Ukrainian community -- as well as a few honorary members -- are resting today. That's because they were up late celebrating New Year's.

Darryl Price is the president of the Ukrainian Hall in Kenora. His wife's family come from the Ukraine, and he talks about putting on last night's celebrations.

"It's going great. Everything's been going so far, so good," he said. "We'd been losing members. So, we're trying to resurrect it and keep it going."

Simeon Ruznak is a member of the dance group, who performed last night at the hall. A broadcaster in Winnipeg by day, he talks about why he made the visit Kenora.

"It's a great way to celebrate the heritage, It's a wonderful way, for those who don't speak the language. It's a lot of fun," he said.

malanka - 2015 - danceThe opening dance from last night's celebrations.

Ruznak says the dance group has taken him to some far-away places.

"All over the world. It's exciting to say. We went to the Ukraine in 2003, as well as Scotland and places all over," he said.

Darryl Price is the president of Kenora's Ukrainian Hall, and he talks about why they continue with the traditional New Year's celebrations.

"I like the look on the older people's faces. They really enjoy it," he said.

Miss Malanka was Christine Lacy, and the host couple were Gary and Elsie Caron.


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malanka - 2015 - host coupleGary and Elsie Caron receive the bread and the salt.

Stage to Street raises money for Fellowship Centre
StagetostreetSaints and Singers perform at the Stage to Street concert last night.

Musicians took to the stage last night for the Stage to Street fundraiser. The performance was an extension of TryLight Theatre's play Frozen Dreams with the proceeds going to the Fellowship Centre. Frozen Dreams director Marc Raymond explains why they decided to put on the play and show.

"I was walking down the street one day and there was a gentleman lying on the sidewalk. Usual attitude, I saw him and I thought, 'Oh there's another drunk on the street.' But then I thought, 'no this is a human being and you should treat him as such.' That sort of woke me up and I thought we needed to do something to help," he said.

The performance featured musicians, Jan Boutwell, Laura Cotton, Darcy Ura, Cole Zabloski, Henrik Akerlund, Joe Cavirreau and Friends, and the Saints and Singers. Akerlund thinks it was a great idea.

marcraymondMarc Raymond was the MC at last night's Stage to Street concert.

"I think it's great. It would be great if it happened more often but it's nice to see someone take charge and make this happen," he said.

Fellowship Centre chairman, Colin Wasacase, was thrilled that they were putting on one more performance for the centre.

"I think it's exciting. The people have been so wonderful for the Fellowship Centre. We thank all for bringing this forward and making it a special time in the middle of a cold and snowy winter. I think it's an opportunity for people to say 'Hey we're in this together,'" he said.

Between performances stories from the streets were also told. So far the play has raised $2,500. Last night's performance also collected donations. The final tally will all be donated to the Fellowship Centre.

For more information:
Stage to Street fundraiser tonight
TryLight Theatre - Facebook

Community clubs get help from reserve fund
central Com clubThe Central Community Club is looking to completely rebuild.

Kenora city council has approved the transfer of funds to help out both the Central and Evergreen Community Clubs.

The clubs will both receive roughly $10,000 from the Community Club Reserve Fund. Mayor Dave Canfield spoke more about the work at Central Community Club.

"Central is building a brand new community club so they needed some help with the plans. They've done a really good job. Tremendous group of people. They have a lot of people, contractors and everything else, who are giving volunteer time and volunteer labour. They're all working very hard to make that happen," he said.

Canfield said Evergreen is not a complete rebuild but a large upgrade to flooring at the facility.

"Evergreen needed some repairs. With risk management today you can't take a chance on anything. Everything has got to be right up to standards. Evergreen had to have some work done so there are certain costs that had to be done before they could get that place going again. It was my understanding that they were actually falling through the floor in places," he said.

The Central Community Club will receive $10,520.51 for the reimbursement of costs for architectural drawings of a new club house. Evergreen Community Club will receive exactly $10,000 for the reimbursement of costs associated with the complete floor rebuild.

For more information:
Central Community Club looks for council's support
Central Community Club looks at new building

Theatre 17 puts on Love, Loss and What I Wore
Love, Loss and What I WoreLove, Loss and What I Wore is taking to the stage next week.

Theatre 17 in Dryden is gearing up for their next production. They're putting on Love, Loss and What I Wore.

The play, by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, is a unique girls night out with women recounting 28 stories of love and heartbreak on stage.

As Theatre 17 put it on Facebook, the play combines personal memories, a little wine, and lots of chocolate for a memorable girls' night out.

The production takes to the stage next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 and the performance begins at 7 oc'lock.

Tickets are available online or at The Centre.

For more information:
Theatre 17 - Facebook
Calendar Girls on stage in Dryden

Kindergarten symposium tomorrow at Beaver Brae
GamesNightKindergarten registration kicks off tomorrow with a kindergarten symposium at Beaver Brae.

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is kicking off kindergarten registration in fun new way.

They're holding a kindergarten symposium tomorrow afternoon. The event runs from 1 to 3 o'clock at Beaver Brae.

It will give families the opportunity to meet with administration from any of the schools as well as speak with all of the KPDSB's community partners.

The symposium involves Valleyview, King George, Evergreen, and Keewatin schools.

Kindergarten registration for both the KPDSB and the Kenora Catholic District School Board runs from Monday, January 26 to Friday, January 30.

For more information:
Kindergarten symposium kicks off registration week
KPDSB happy with reading rate coming out of kindergarten

Stage to Street fundraiser for Kenora Fellowship Centre tonight
Frozen DreamsTryLight Theatre Co. held their Frozen Dreams production, which tackles issues of homelessness, back in November. (Courtesy TryLight Theatre)

Tonight the TryLight Theatre stage will play host to Stage to Street, a fund raising concert for the Fellowship Centre. Gord Day-Janz spoke more about the event.

"We're calling it Stage to Street and it's a final event in a series of events that centered around Trylight Theatre Company's production of Frozen Dreams which happened in November. This is sort of the final fundraiser of that series, and it's a benefit concert for the Fellowship Centre," he said.

The fundraiser is by donation and a concession for refreshments will be available. Day-Janz spoke about the acts.

"It's sort of a mix, its all local artists, really high quality artists from town. But there is a wide variety of music, and then we have some actors who are going to come and read some stories from books that they have put together with the stories of homeless people. So, interspersed between the music will be some of these stories as well," he said.

The fundraiser begins at 7:30 in the lower auditorium of the First Baptist Church, doors open at 7 o'clock. All proceeds will go to the Kenora Fellowship Centre.

For more information:
Trylight Theatre holds Frozen Dreams fundraising concert
Trylight Theatre Co. facebook
Trylight Theatre putting on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Mayor Canfield hits the road next week
canfield - dec 2014Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield hits the road next week for two big conferences.

Mayor Dave Canfield will be hitting the road next week. He's traveling first to Thunder Bay for the NOMA meeting and then on to Toronto for the Police Steering Committee Meeting. Canfield spoke more about the steering committee.

"I think there was some misunderstanding on this police steering committee. It's not like the OPP costing committee I was on before. This is to do with the overall cost of policing. We're very happy with the OPP and the new costing formula although we want it to go a little farther. This is to do with all police services right across the province," he said.

Canfield said they will however, be looking at how to contain the cost of policing.

"Over the last 10 years it's doubled in Canada. In Ontario it's gone up higher than I believe anywhere else. We have the highest costs right now. So how do we make policing sustainable in the long-term. Maybe we need to look at different ways of doing business," he said.

Canfield said they may take a look at the role of a front line officer. Should they necessarily be the ones giving tickets, or can that job be passed on to someone else. He added that there has been changes in other parts of the world so they'll also take a look at those.

At the NOMA committee they'll be discussing Energy East alongside other topics.

For more information:
Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association
Kenora council pays tribute to Don Pitt

New KCDSB Audit Committee members voted in
KCDSB meetingThe KCDSB voted in two new audit committee members at Tuesday's meeting.

The Kenora Catholic District School Board welcomed two new Audit Committee members at Tuesday's meeting, Cheryl O'Flaherty and Joe Fregeau.

The committee reported a slight deficit in the first quarterly report budget. However, as it is the only the first report the board isn't too concerned due to the budgets tendency to fluctuate through the months.

For more information:
KCDSB meets tonight at St. Louis
KCDSB gets tech update

Local confident in the safety of the ice roads
Ed Zroback (2)Zroback can often be found ice fishing or snowmobiling in his spare time.

After an accident on the ice last week more people are concerned about the safety of the ice roads. Ed Zroback, a local Kenora ice fisherman and snowmobiler offered some advice for those wanting to use the roads.

"Be careful when you're out on the ice roads. I'm hearing there are a lot of ice ridges out here, but as long as you stick to the ice roads you should be safe," he said.

Zroback said he is confident of his safety on the ice, saying .

"It's pretty much safe. There's about two and a half feet of ice already," he said.

Zroback said on average he uses the ice roads two days a week, and can be found snowmobiling on them at least once a month.

For more information:
Driver goes through ice near Robertson Road
Kenora couple rescues young family


    
 
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