Kawartha Chamber Launches Digital Main Street Service Squad

From the New Release dated January 14, 2020:

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism announced today that it has received a $35,000 grant from Digital Main Street (DMS) to fund a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses improve their online capabilities. The grant will cover businesses across the Kawarthas in Trent Lakes, North Kawartha, Curve Lake First Nation, Douro-Dummer, Selwyn and Asphodel-Norwood.

The Chamber received the grant from the Ontario government as part of the Digital Main Street program to establish a Digital Service Squad (DSS) to help small businesses across the Kawarthas improve their use of digital tools and techniques to better evolve and grow. The DSS will consist of trained digital specialists who will visit and assist main street small businesses at no cost to help them set up Google Business and conduct a digital-readiness assessment.

“We are excited to be working with our municipal partners to implement this program to support member and non-member businesses in our region. We will be leveraging the expertise of local business and digital experts, acorn30, to help deliver this program to qualifying businesses. Together we will provide access to digital tools and resources that will allow area businesses to modernize and stay competitive,” said Mike Walker, Kawartha Chamber Board Chair.

A joint program funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered by the Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street helps improve how small main street businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful. Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help them adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory.

“Our government is committed to helping small businesses improve their competitiveness, create jobs and attract investment,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “That’s why I’m so pleased that businesses across the Kawarthas will benefit from the expertise of a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses embrace digital technology. Our investment in the Digital Main Street program will help to ensure that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

“Our townships and villages are a vital part of Peterborough-Kawartha. When they succeed, we all succeed. That is why providing the funding and opportunities for their businesses to thrive is crucial. I am thrilled that businesses across Trent Lakes, North Kawartha, Curve Lake First Nation, Douro-Dummer and Selwyn will benefit from this grant,” Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha, stated.

“The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is primed to take full advantage of Digital Main Street. They understand that helping small businesses hone their digital abilities will help keep their downtown core vibrant and strong,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association. “Our small main street businesses are a critical contributor to Ontario’s economic, social and cultural health, and it’s vital that we work together to ensure their success. Digital Main Street will help the main street small businesses across the Kawarthas compete in an increasingly digital world.”

ABOUT the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism:
With its guiding vision, “As a trusted voice for business and a champion of prosperity and vitality in our region,” the Chamber’s mission is: “To strengthen business, regional recognition and pride of place, by serving our members and communities.” Through its many varied programs, events, and activities, the Chamber advance and promotes the well-being and interests of local businesses and the communities they serve.
The Kawartha Chamber proudly represents members in Curve Lake First Nation and the rural municipalities of Douro-Dummer, North Kawartha, Selwyn & Trent Lakes which encompass many quaint villages and hamlets.

ABOUT the Ontario BIA Association:
OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association supports and advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and partnerships. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues.

ABOUT Digital Main Street:
Digital Main Street is an innovative program designed to help main street small businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, grants and Digital Service Squads teams of street-level experts that help main street small businesses manage and grow their operations through technology adoption. The program was originally created by the Toronto Association of BIAs (TABIA) and a group of strategic partners including Google, MasterCard, Rogers, Microsoft and Shopify. The Province of Ontario expansion of Digital Main Street is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and delivered by the Ontario BIA Association. The Ontario expansion is part of the government’s $12 million Main Street Enhancement Initiative to create jobs and support communities across the province. For more information, please visit digitalmainstreet.ca

Contact Sherry Boyce-Found at the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce (705) 652-6963.


Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

Ontario Volunteer Service Awards is a provincial government program that helps local community organizations recognize the contributions of their volunteers.

If your organization has been in existence for more than 5 years, get more information about the program and download a nomination form at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards web page.

Every day thousands of Ontarians of all ages give their time and talent to thousands of community organizations. By submitting a nomination, you can help ensure that volunteers receive the recognition they deserve.

Ontario Volunteer Service Award nomination deadline is January 27, 2020!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
400 University Avenue, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2R9

Email: OntarioVolunteerServiceAwards@ontario.ca
Phone: 416 314-7526
Toll Free: 1 877 832-8622
TTY: 416 327-2391

Addendum Released for Request for Proposal BD-2019-02: Supply of a 4×4 Vehicle

The Township of Douro-Dummer Building Department is requesting that qualified businesses submit a Request For Quotation (RFQ) for a new 4×4 vehicle. The RFQ BD-2019-02: Supply of a 4×4 Vehicle (pdf – 130KB) can be viewed on-line or be picked up at the Municipal Office.

Quotes shall be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked “Request for Quote: RFQ-BD-2019-02 “Supply of 4×4 Vehicle” will be received until: 12:00 p.m., Local time, Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020.

ADDENDUM: An addendum has been released for the RFQ. Please see “Addendum to RFQ-2019-02 – Building Department Supply of 4×4 Vehicle (pdf – 68KB)

If more information is required, please contact:

Brian Fawcett
Chief Building Official
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, PO Box 92
Warsaw, Ontario KOL 3A0
(705) 652-8392 x 208
E-mail B. Fawcett 

Notice of Public Meeting – Actions taken regarding Township Roads

Take note:

The Council of the Township of Douro-Dummer will be holding an upcoming public meeting to review actions taken regarding Township roads. The public meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be part of the regular Council Meeting which will start at 5:00 p.m. More information will be available when the agenda is released on the Township website.

Retirement of Long-Time Manager of Public Works Announced

Douro-Dummer, ON – Long-time Manager of Public Works Harold Nelson has recently announced his retirement.

“It is with regret that the Township of Douro-Dummer announces the retirement of our Manager of Public Works, Mr. Harold Nelson” said Mayor J. Murray Jones. “Harold has been a member of our Management Team for some 15 years and has contributed greatly to our community both on and off the job. He will be missed.”

Mr. Nelson started his career in the private sector and made the move to the public sector 35 years ago. He worked as an equipment operator and road construction lead hand for Peterborough County Public Works before accepting the position of Manager of Public Works with the Township of Douro-Dummer.

Mayor Jones added “All of us at Douro-Dummer wish him the very best in the years ahead.”

Harold officially retires on April 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O./Deputy Clerk
Township of Douro-Dummer
705-652-8392 x 210

Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations

Christmas trees may be dropped off at the following County Road Yards for free:

Buckhorn: 2467 County Road 36
Douro: 713 County Road 4
Havelock: 649 County Road 46
Millbrook: 1111 County Road 10
Selwyn: 1275 County Road 24 (Centre Line Smith)

Drop-off locations are open during daylight hours.
All decorations, tree stands and bags must be removed.

Please note: Artificial trees and trees that have been sprayed with fake snow are not accepted. 

Request for Proposal – Rental Pasture Land

Request for Proposal – Rental Pasture Land

Written proposals will be accepted by the undersigned until 12:00 noon on Friday, January 31, 2020 for the rental of approximately 95 acres of pasture land for the 2020 and 2021 seasons at Lot 3 Concession 2, in the former Township of Douro.

All tenders must be in writing and must state the approximate number of cattle which will be pastured.

The successful tenderer will be required to maintain the fences in a good state of repair and to provide proof of liability insurance (minimum amount $2,000,000.00 with the Township named as an additional insured) prior to cattle being put out to pasture each year.

Rental payments shall be in two installments each year – the first being before cattle are put to pasture and the second by July 1st.

Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

Martina Chait-Hartwig,
Temporary C.A.O.,
P.O. Box 92, 894 South Street
Warsaw, ON K0L 3A0