2018 Year in Re­view


Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LOCAL NEWS -

Fri. Aug. 3

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced $4 mil­lion in fund­ing over four years for the IISD Ex­per­i­men­tal Lakes Area. The fa­cil­ity, about 100 kilo­me­tres east of Kenora, has been re­search­ing fresh wa­ter on 58 small lakes in the area for 50 years. The re­search is meant to fo­cus on cli­mate change, oil spills, se­le­nium and acid rain.

Six In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties were set to re­ceive high-speed in­ter­net ac­cess af­ter the fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced just over $7 mil­lion in fund­ing for in­ter­net in­fras­truc­ture in north­ern On­tario. The six com­mu­ni­ties are Fort Sev­ern, Peawanuck, At­tawapiskat, Fort Al­bany Kashechewan and the Ojib­way Na­tion of Saugeen.

Tues. Aug. 7

Wet weather tem­po­rar­ily cooled the for­est fire hazard in the re­gion, as rain and low tem­per­a­tures helped ex­tin­guish fires over the Au­gust long week­end. On Sun­day, Aug. 5, there were 85 ac­tive fires, down from 93 ac­tive fires just two days be­fore. How­ever, the fire risk was still mod­er­ate to high in the Dry­den, Fort Frances, Sioux Look­out and Nip­igon districts.

Wed. Aug. 8

Kenora city coun­cil re­leased its an­nual re­port for 2017. The city had an ac­tual bud­get of $46,387,286. Fed­eral and pro­vin­cial grants were lower than ex­pected for the year. The city had bud­geted for $45,501,697 in ex­penses, but ac­tual ex­penses came in un­der par at $44,965,180. The city posted a sur­plus of $1.42 mil­lion in 2017. The in­fras­truc­ture deficit was still sig­nif­i­cant, but Kenora’s fi­nan­cial re­serves sat at $30.2 mil­lion af­ter 2017.

Fri. Aug. 10

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued an ex­treme heat warn­ing for Lake of the Woods. Over the week­end of Aug. 11, the re­gion saw tem­per­a­tures as high as 35 C — record-break­ing heat. The high­est tem­per­a­ture for those dates was in 1991, when it reached 32 C on Aug. 12. The re­gion also saw no pre­cip­i­ta­tion dur­ing the heat spell. The North­west Health Unit told peo­ple to take care dur­ing the heat wave, sug­gest­ing peo­ple stay in the shade and con­sume plenty of wa­ter.

Mon. Aug. 13

Un­fore­seen is­sues with ren­o­va­tion on the Knox United Church an­nex saw res­i­dents scat­tered through­out Kenora’s down­town. Con­struc­tion on the new home­less shel­ter in the an­nex started af­ter a deal was struck be­tween the Kenora Dis­trict Ser­vices Board and Ne Chee Friend­ship Cen­tre, with the sign­ing of a 20-year lease. The to­tal es­ti­mated cost of the project is $1.5 mil­lion.

Tues. Aug. 14

The Kenora Dis­trict Ser­vices Board fi­nal­ized an agree­ment with the City of Dry­den to pur­chase the Dry­den Chil­dren’s Re­soruce Cen­tre, with plans to ren­o­vate the space and re­fit it with an­other 70 child care spa­ces. The cen­tre was li­censed for 95 spa­ces. KDSB also planned to work with the cen­tre to de­velop an In­dige­nous child care pro­gram, a first for the city.

Wed. Aug. 15

A lo­cal coali­tion sought sup­port from city coun­cil at reg­u­lar monthly coun­cil meet­ing. The Preg­nancy and In­fant Loss Net­work Kenora re­quested sup­port from the city dur­ing a coun­cil dep­u­ta­tion, specif­i­cally that the city waive rental fees for the group’s monthly meet­ings at the Kenora Recre­ation Cen­tre and for its an­nual PILN Aware­ness Day in Oct.

Fri. Aug. 17

The City of Kenora Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices is­sued a to­tal fire ban for the city on Aug. 16. All out­side burn­ing, in­clud­ing brush and grass burn­ing, back fire pits and solid fuel cook stoves were pro­hib­ited dur­ing the ban. The ban was is­sued due to the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry’s re­stricted fire zone that was then in ef­fect for the re­gion. It re­mained in ef­fect un­til the MNRF’s re­stric­tion was lifted.

Fri. Aug. 24

Dry­den OPP found hu­man re­mains and sought the pub­lic’s help in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sus­pi­cious death. Lo­cal res­i­dent Henry Stone-Arnold, 28, was re­ported miss­ing ear­lier in Au­gust — the re­mains were even­tu­ally iden­ti­fied as Stone Arnold’s. His ve­hi­cle was found near High­way 594, ap­prox­i­mately one kilo­me­tre west of Dry­den.

The for­est fire hazard also ramped up, with the MNRF re­port­ing the fire risk as high to ex­treme across the north­west re­gion. At the time, there were 71 ac­tive fires — eight of which weren’t un­der con­trol. On­tario Parks re­stricted ac­cess to some ca­noe routes and a num­ber of lakes in Wood­land Cari­bou Pro­vin­cial Park due to the fires in the re­gion.

Mon. Aug. 27

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rick­ford an­nounced fund­ing for a new On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice de­tach­ment in Fort Frances. Fort Frances was one of nine de­tach­ments slated for up­grades by the prov­ince, which in­tends to spend $182 mil­lion on the re­place­ments and up­grades.

Tues. Aug. 28

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rick­ford made an­other fund­ing an­nounce­ment, this time con­firm­ing the prov­ince will sup­port the Lake of the Woods Art Cen­tre with a $1 mil­lion grant through the North­ern On­tario Her­itage Fund Cor­po­ra­tion. Rick­ford also an­nounced $33,333 in fund­ing to the City of Kenora for a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment plan meant to en­hance the Har­bourfront area.


(From left) Matthew McCandless, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of IISD Ex­per­i­men­tal Lakes Area, Kenora MP Bob Nault and par­li­men­tary sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment David Lametti at the Ex­per­i­men­tal Lakes Area on Aug. 1.

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