Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford, who is also the minister for Northern Development and Mines, has announced a $1 million grant for the arts centre in Kenora.

"Of all the files over the years -- the difficulties, the challenges and the opportunities -- I think the thing that I was offended by the most were those articles that came out in consecutive years saying Kenora was a cultural wasteland," he said, following this morning's announcement.

Rickford, in his role as chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Corporation, was joined under the Whitecap Pavilion by members of the Big Picture fundraising committee, city councillors, as well as the donors of the W.J. Phillips art collection, Nicki and Bryce Douglas. Their 65-piece collection captures life on Lake of the Woods between 1910 and 1920, and it will form the core of the $4.5 million gallery, which is set to open next year.

Rickford also announced funds for planning the redevelopment of the city's harbourfront. The $33,333 will help the city undertake planning and design work for the redevelopment of Kenora's harbourfront, with a focus on future business and tourism activities.

"We're just on the tip of the iceberg," said Dave Canfield, after the announcements. "The next 10 years are just going to be amazing, and minister you're going to make them amazing with it."

In his role as the federal member for Kenora, Rickford played a key role in the downtown revitalization, which included Main Street and the harbourfront. The projects were intended to help spur commercial activity on the waterfront, which will likely replace some of the parking spaces. However, the minister said he'd let the local council decide.

For more information:

Big Picture

MNDM - Announcement

More Local News

Council won't be twinning the Rec Centre rink this term

Kenora Council have decided to hold off on plans to twin the rec centre rink. Council directed administration, at their last council meeting, to cease the needs assessment of a twinned ice surface at…

Aerial truck purchase pays off for city, firefighters

It was a tough first test for the City of Kenora’s new $1.2 million aerial firetruck. The vehicle was used on its first fire on Sunday, as emergency responders fought the Main Street fire – which led…

Police target, charge distracted drivers

Police are reminding residents to focus on the roads, not their phones. OPP officers across the North West Region recently completed a distracted driving enforcement blitz, taking place between March…

Pothole season is here

Spring is in the air, and with the shift from winter snow plowing to snow melting, conditions are perfect for potholes to form. Moisture seeps into the pavement and sub-base, freezes, expands and…

Main Street in Kenora open

Main Street in Kenora has opened to vehicles and pedestrians. The CIBC building, demolition site, and Bargin shop remain blocked off by police, as they continue to investigate the cause of Sunday's…

City approves 2019 budget

Kenora city concil officially passed their budget for 2019. “This budget was a particularly difficult one for council," said Mayor Dan Reynard. From the city's perspective, the 3.55 per cent increase…

Suspect apprehended

Police have apprehended a man, following a hold and secure at Kenora schools this afternoon. At around 2:10 p.m. members of the Kenora OPP detachment responded to an incident in the north side of the…

Hold and secure in Kenora

A hold and secure was been put in place for students in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Senior staff from both school boards are…

CIBC branch manager provides update for customers

CIBC Branch manager Jackie Hailstone said Sunday's fire on Main St didn't impact the inside of the building too badly. "The inside is actually not too bad. We have more concerns around the outside of…

Main street clean up joint effort

No word yet on when Main St in Kenora will reopen to vehicular traffic. The clean up of the street is a joint effort between the Kenora Fire & Emergency Services Department, Kenora OPP and City of…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login