November 2018 was the month Kenora Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford called in reinforcements. Rickford sent a letter to the Competition Bureau asking them to look into gas prices in Northern Ontario.

"4.3 cents on regular gasoline and 5 cents on diesel fuel was to come off immediately. Why didn't it? That's why we're taking this step," he said.

The bureau confirmed in early December they would be conducting an investigation in the region. 

Kenora held a housing forum where the city and guest presenters spoke about the future growth of the area, and identified issues and challenges that are creating some road blocks.

One of the things addressed by the city was clarifying their role, versus the role of the Kenora District Services Board. Some of the housing issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the services board include the emergency shelter and social housing. The City is in charge of Market Rentals, High Market Rental Ownership, and Market Home Ownerships.

The Northwestern Health Unit hosted an information session in Kenora  to educate the public on their Harm Reduction program and to hear the community’s questions and concerns.

The evening began with three presentations on facts, figures, and how the Health Unit runs its programs.

The big concern was the Needle Exchange Program which is mandated through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and has been in practise in the Kenora area since the 90’s.

The aim of the program is to limit the spread of blood born illnesses such as HIV in the region.The program is also common across Canada, and globally.

One common misconception is that the program is a 1:1 exchange which it is not. The Health Unit encourages the return of needles, but it’s not required to receive needles and other drug equipment.

No solution was presented during the information session, but many ideas were brought to the table. The Health Unit encourages anyone who is interested in being part of the discussion to contact them.

Kenora lit the main street Christmas tree in November, and Santa came to town for the annual Kinsman Santa Claus Parade.

For more information:

Rickford invites Competition Bureau

Housing forum identifies the issues

Discarded needles big concern at forum

Countdown to Christmas begins

Santa doesn't disappoint

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