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With just under four months until the municipal election, Kenora city councillor Louis Roussin has retired and resigned from city council. As required by Ontario’s Municipal Act, councillors will have to declare the vacancy at their next regular council meeting.

City council has decided that they will appoint a replacement to serve until the next election, but it won’t be anyone who is currently running for a seat on council. Councillors say that it may give that person an advantage in the upcoming election.

Roussin’s retirement also created a vacancy of the city’s representation on the Kenora District Services Board. Councillor Rory McMillan will serve on the KDSB until November 30.

Roussin has been a Kenora resident since 1972, with his wife and daughter. He was previously the director and chair of the Kenora District Services Board’s governance committee, the director of the Kenora Health Care Centre, the chair of the City of Kenora’s Homelessness and Behavioural Issues Task Force, the chair of the Property and Planning Committee, and the chair of the Audit Committee.

Municipal elections will be held on October 22.

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