Update from the President

Time to plan forward and only look back.

It’s times like this that allows us to reflect on where we are, where we want to go, and where we are going. 

Most importantly, how do we get there? Whether it be our personal lives, our business lives, or our government leaders, we all have a role to play.

One, no more important than another, some just have more influence than others.

As each week and month goes by, businesses and support services gradually or partially open. The past two weeks saw little difference with many restrictions still in place.

We are now into Stage 2 of the COVID-19 opening.  It takes a lot of reading to find our where and what is going to open.  I will give you a snap shot of what I came across.

These are but not limited to;

Restaurants with outdoor patios, will still have to social distance – continue with touchless or curbside take out and delivery

Splash Parks with restrictions

Parks and Beaches

Drive-in and Drive-through venues

Weddings, Funerals, and similar gatherings limited to up to 10 people

Libraries

Small Outdoor events

For more information on Stage 2 Reopening of the province, please go to Ontario.ca or contact the Kenora Chamber of Commerce at info@kenorachamber.com

We will gradually open. Let us not forget those who own and operate these businesses and attractions. Respect the people who are running these operations as this is their livelihood.  A big shout out to those who kept going during this time –  our grocery stores, restaurants, city employees, nurses, doctors, technicians, technologists, emergency personal, and all the ones I have not listed – THANK YOU!

Still many questions to be answered from our municipal, provincial, and federal leaders of government. There is still a long road to recovery ahead for our community. How can we move forward and ahead and not at the tax payers and business expense. Please remember it was not these people that caused this and brought this on.  They alone cannot shoulder these expenses. Everyone has a stake in our community’s recovery.

As we move forward to rebuild what we had or transform it into something different, it should be the residents and businesses of the community working together on solutions. All to often ‘the fix’ comes  from the top down, usually with a tax increase. Let’s work together to make Kenora bigger and better than it was before – not just status quo. 

I think we will hear more voices speaking up and out about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making our community better than before.

We need to listen to the ideas of people who know, not those who think they know. There are many hard working people who are struggling who know best about the situation. They may have some answers. 

There are people putting in long hours and days now and still can’t make ends meet. That’s an issue and needs fixing sooner not later. Help is still needed for those seeking financial help, but they will need revenue to pay back the help. There needs to be a solution so as not to compound their problem.  No one wants a handout, only a fair shake in life.

In closing, we will continue to build back our community although it may look different from what we had pre COVID. If it were not for the support of the community, family, and neighbours, this could not happen. Let’s not let anyone or any business fall through the cracks. Everyone needs help someday. Let’s make someday  Today.

Andy Scribilo, President

Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 471, Kenora, ON  P9N 3X5 | Located at 101 Park Street

Phone: cell (807) 464-6130 | Fax: (807) 468-3056

info@kenorachamber.com | www.kenorachamber.com