The group Moving Kenora Forward is asking the City of Kenora set up a permanent warming and cooling centre for people that are unhoused.

Elauna Boutwell made that request to city council this week.

“We’re asking the council to direct city staff to conduct an evaluation of potential locations for a permanent 24-hour warming and cooling center in Kenora,” Boutwell asked city council at their open meeting this week.

“We’re also asking that this evaluation include site-specific considerations and a proposed plan for addressing these considerations.”

In the meantime, Boutwell is asking city council to open up a temporary warming center.

“While we’re looking at a permanent location, we look at immediate solutions and as one community member brought up in the special meeting on December 29th, we would like to pursue the Thistle Pavilion as an immediate option for a warming center.”

While Boutwell is asking council to make a decision before the end of March, mayor Andrew Poirier says that isn’t feasible and are looking at the April open meeting at the earliest.