Strategic Planning Program

The Strategic Planning Program is a free opportunity to learn about facilitating the strategic planning process for your Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Strategic planning should be embedded into the regular operation of any organization. It helps organizations make sound decisions to guide their activities over time. Training your volunteers to undertake strategic planning will build expertise required to embed those processes, and longer-term ownership and commitment to implementing the plan. This training will help BIAs improve their organizational effectiveness, strengthen the leadership skills of their volunteers, and build a network of volunteers and leaders to support each other.

Session 1 —January 7, 2020 Stage 1: Introduction to strategic planning, community economic development for BIAs

Session 2 —January 28, 2020 Stage 2: Develop vision and mission

Session 3 —February 18, 2020 Stage 3: Collect and analyze information Stage 4: Develop goals

Session 4 —March 16, 2020* Stage 4: Performance measures & action plans Stage 5: Implement and monitor
*Date to be confirmed

Each session will be delivered by webinar (access to a phone and computer are required). The sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings or evenings and will be approximately 90min in length, plus homework. Timing of all sessions to be confirmed by participants, and delivered by webinar.

Please note: The deadline to register is Friday, December 6, 2019.

For more information click here. (pdf – 60KB)

Peterborough Public Health Has Run Out of Free Radon Kits

Radon Kits Available at Local Hardware Stores

Due to an overwhelming response, Peterborough Public Health has run out of free radon test kits, giving away 400 kits in just three days to local residents.

Residents who are still interested in testing their homes can still purchase kits local hardware stores.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario. It is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in rock and soil. Radon can enter buildings through cracks in foundation floors and walls, gaps in service pipes, open floor drains, or any other area of exposed soil. The likelihood of a radon problem cannot be predicted by the age or location of a home; all homes are at risk.

For more information about radon click here.

Douro-Dummer Library Art Gallery

Featuring James Lasenby from January 4th – March 21st

James is a self-taught artist who strives for accuracy and realism in every piece he creates. Appreciation of nature began very early in his life, since he spent much of his time in the country visiting his cousin’s home in Douro and on camping trips throughout Ontario, including in beautiful Algonquin Park. He works in two mediums – graphite and acrylic, and has won several awards over the years at the Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival. Some of these awards include The People’s Choice Awards & the Purchase Award in 2005, as well as Best of Show in 2010 and 2014. For more information, and other artists visiting the 2020 gallery click here. (pdf – 739KB)

From now until December 20, 2019;
Rose Anne Sheehan – Photographer
Roy Scott – Painter
Be sure to pop in and see this collection of beautiful art!

Starry Stonewort – Collective Action Now will Minimize Long-term Costs & Impacts

Starry Stonewort is an extremely aggressive, fastspreading macro alga. It has been spreading throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway for several years and is now in Ston(e)y Lake. From a few small patches identified in the summer of 2017 it is now in areas of Gilchrist Bay, The Lost Channel and in areas of the Big Duck Pond.

Starry Stonewort poses a significant concern to anglers because of its impacts to fish habitat and fish spawning areas. The spread of starry stonewort (SSW) may lead to a decline in fish, particularly bass that typically spawn in native chara. The dense mats formed by starry stonewort are very different from other invasives we have experienced. When starry stonewort takes hold, it causes a loss of aquatic plant diversity, shallow water habitat and fish shelter. It forms a “wall” pushing smaller fish offshore towards predators.

For more 2020 Actions on Starry Stonewort, click here. (pdf – 3MB)

Peterborough Public Health Offers Free Radon Kits to Local Residents While Supplies Last

Peterborough Public Health is giving away free radon test kits while supplies last to raise awareness about this public health risk that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario.

“Radon is responsible for anywhere from 1,080 to 1,550 cancer cases in Ontario each year. This colourless, odourless gas can build up in lower levels of buildings unbeknownst to those living there,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “We strongly encourage residents to learn more about how to test their homes to keep their families safe.”

Peterborough Public Health has approximately 400 radon kits available at no cost to residents within the City and County of Peterborough and Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations, on a first come, first serve basis. Residents are advised to obtain a kit by visiting Peterborough Public Health reception on the third floor at 185 King St. in Peterborough. Residents who are unable to pick up a kit are encouraged to call 705-743-1000, ext. 232 to make alternative arrangements.

For more information, please click here. (pdf – 649KB)

End of Fall Brush, Leaf and Yard Waste Bin at Warsaw Public Works Garage

The waste bin that was located at the Warsaw Public Works Garage to collect fall brush, leaf and yard waste has been removed. Brush, leaf and yard waste is not accepted at the Halls Glen Transfer Station. Residents with brush, leaf and yard waste to dispose of throughout the winter can take their waste to either:

  • Waste Connection of Canada

Tipping fees will apply.

The brush, leaf and yard waste bin will return to the Warsaw Public Works Garage in the spring of 2020.



Douro-Dummer Fire Services Receives Funding from Enbridge Gas for Firefighter Training Resources

Enbridge Gas Inc. is helping Douro-Dummer Fire Services purchase firefighting training materials through Project Assist – a program that supplements existing training for Ontario volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates.

Enbridge operations manager Mike Fowler, left, fire protection adviser from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Harry Prentice, Douro-Dummer Fire Chief Chuck Pedersen, Douro-Dummer Mayor J. Murray Jones and Douro-Dummer Deputy Fire Chief Derrick Huffman at Douro-Dummer Fire Station 5.

“At Enbridge Gas, safety is our priority. We’re proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe,” said Steve McGivery, Director, GTA East Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc.

This year’s $100,000 donation from Enbridge Gas will be shared by 20 Ontario fire departments, including Douro-Dummer Fire Services. Funds will be used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to enhance life-saving techniques. Since the launch of Project Assist in 2012, 174 grants have been provided to Ontario fire departments for additional firefighter training.

“Project Assist improves access to training materials for municipal fire departments,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management. “Firefighting can be dangerous and unpredictable, and these training materials positively contribute to the health and safety of firefighters and the broader community.”

“With the numerous resources available today, this is an exceptional opportunity for us to acquire the quality materials offered by Project Assist to help guide and shape our training programs to be the best they can be!” says Fire Chief Chuck Pedersen.

“We are so grateful for Enbridge Gas Inc. to continue to support programs like Project Assist for departments like ours! We value our Volunteer Fire Department and appreciate this opportunity to obtain these kind of resources,” says Douro-Dummer Mayor, J. Murray Jones.

Household Hazardous Waste Site on Pido Road Temporarily Closed

Due to damage sustained in a wind storm last week the Household Hazardous Waste facility at 400 Pido Road is closed until further notice. Residents are asked to wait until the facility is re-opened to drop-off their household hazardous waste.

Residents may direct their questions to the County of Peterborough at (705) 775-2737.

Thank you for your understanding.

Meet Your New Recycling Collector: Emterra

From the Peterborough County Waste Management website:

“Effective Friday, November 1st, 2019 curbside and depot recycling will be collected by a new contractor – Emterra.
To find out more about what this change means for our residents or for answers to some commonly asked questions, please visit

Do you have feedback or questions for Emterra? They can be reached directly at 705-742-3139.

Thank you for your patience as we update contact information regarding the recycling program on the Township of Douro-Dummer website.