New coun­cil

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Mayor Dan Rey­nard and city coun­cil elect sworn into of­fice.

The City of Kenora coun­cil cham­ber was packed Satur­day, Dec. 1 for the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the new city coun­cil, with some at­ten­dees hav­ing to stand off to the side.

Mayor Dan Rey­nard was sworn in first, fol­lowed by Coun­cil­lors Chris Van Wal­leghem, Mort Goss, Sharon Smith, Rory McMil­lan, Kirsi Ralko and An­drew Poirier.

“There re­ally seems to be a team at­ti­tude, ev­ery­body has a lot of knowl­edge, a lot of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Mayor Rey­nard. “It’s great to have younger peo­ple in­volved, and we’re all ex­cited about where we’re go­ing. I think we can do some re­ally great things for the com­mu­nity.”

Mov­ing for­ward, coun­cil has a num­ber of pri­or­i­ties, Rey­nard said.

“The bud­gets are go­ing to be com­ing up quickly. We’re go­ing to have to make a de­ci­sion on what di­rec­tion we’re go­ing on the Cannabis Act, and then, just ev­ery­body get­ting used to their com­mit­tees,” Rey­nard said.

Ralko is Kenora’s new­est city coun­cil­lor, while both Poirier and Van Wal­leghem pre­vi­ously served on coun­cil prior to 2014.

The rest of the coun­cil­lors were re-elected to their po­si­tions. Rey­nard also served on the pre­vi­ous coun­cil prior to run­ning for mayor.

For­mer Mayor Dave Can­field re­tired this year, though he was unan­i­mously ap­pointed by coun­cil to the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Lo­cal Ci­ti­zens Com­mit­tee as a com­mu­nity mem­ber.

Af­ter coun­cil passed 29 res­o­lu­tions, which mostly fo­cused on com­mit­tee ap­point­ments, the city served re­fresh­ments at a re­cep­tion in City Hall’s lobby.

ERIK PINDERA/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Mayor Dan Rey­nard smiles af­ter the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the 2018-2022 City of Kenora Coun­cil on Satur­day, Dec. 1.

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