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Once again – the racism

My biggest stickler with Canada is the ingrained and almost instinctive racism that exists; which is nowhere more apparent than Kenora. Being quite blunt – there simply are not many Caucasian folk in this town who do not hold some level of racist sentiment towards everyone that isn’t Caucasian. As is demonstrated by a Co-Ot…



Tainted with prejudice?

Most people in this town know by now that a First Nation woman was shot twice by an Ontario Provincial Police Officer on First Street South on Monday 7th June at around 8:30pm. In a town such as ours, where allegations of institutional and blatant racism from both the police and the town’s residents are…



Yes – Kenora does have racial segregation

People constantly tell me that Kenora isn’t racially segregated and that there’s no racism in Kenora. Every day I see traces of the feeling that’s running hidden but very close to the surface amongst Kenora’s population. For instance with people queuing at a local establishment that serves alcohol, more than one person has seen them…



Off-duty public servants

As a Canadian soldier it was drilled into us during Basic Training that we are public servants and we are here to serve the people. We’re expected to act professionally at all times and do nothing that would bring the uniform and the Canadian Forces into disrepute. In my mind that should extend towards other…



To live and die in Kenora

A while ago I decided the best way I could serve Canada and it’s inhabitants is by enlisting in the army to help protect Canada and it’s interests.  Fresh off basic training and soldier qualification for the Canadian Forces I was driving back to Kenora and came across the photo below which has been photographed…




Kenora’s hidden gem for swimmers

By far one of my most unforgettable moments  in Kenora was about two years ago when my former boss closed the office for a day in the summer and took us out on his boat.  The sun was beating down mercilessly and the water was ridiculously beautiful and extremely warm.  We jumped in for a…




Encouraging foreigners

One of the marked differences between Kenora and London… or any other major metropolis is the distinct shortage of foreign business owners.  Almost everywhere you go in England you’ll find either a Chinese takeaway or an Indian corner shop.  Kenora has two Chinese restuarants – my personal favourite being Hings – but there’s no Sikhs…




Blogging in a small town about a small town

One of the problems of living in a small town is that everyone knows your business, and you should assume if someone doesn’t know your business – they soon will. Everyone knows everyone and if you say something about somebody they’ll hear about it. That presents a tiny dilemna for me – a dilemna, but…




Keeping revenue in Kenora

I went into Lowery’s in Kenora yesterday to evaluate an Acer laptop computer that an associate wanted to buy.  Turns out the laptop was about two steps down from the model I have and about one step up from the average laptop. As I was looking I realised the price was almost the same as…




An idiotic move

Around the 27th March a 13yr old I know tried to rob a local  petrol station.  He bought a soft-air pellet gun, painted it black and walked into the Husky just down the road from St. Thomas Aquinas School on Valley Drive.  He demanded money from the cashier who promptly said no, and so he…