Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020

Received August 31, 2020 from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman:

“Over the past 2 years, our government has heard from farmers, municipalities and the broader agriculture community about the threat of on-farm trespass activities. We have heard that farmers are worried for their own safety, the safety of their families, their employees as well as the safety of their animals.

We listened to your concerns, and back in December 2019, I was honoured to introduce the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 and to act on our government’s commitment to protect farmers, agri-food businesses, farm animals and our food supply from the risks of trespass activities. The Act received Royal Assent on June 18, 2020.

I appreciate the strong support that I have received from our stakeholder partners, like you, on such an important piece of legislation. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown us now more than ever, how important it is to have a steady, reliable food supply and to protect the health and safety of the agri-food workers who help feed us.

As you may be aware, we have recently seen a public safety situation grow more urgent. Earlier this summer a demonstrator tragically died outside a meat processing plant. Since then, we have seen heightened tensions leading to greater risks for everyone involved. This has created a significant public safety concern that must be addressed to ensure everyone’s safety.

As a result, I am announcing today a partial proclamation of the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 that will come into effect on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 12:01AM to address these immediate public safety concerns.

We are proclaiming sections 6(1), 7, 14(1)[3] and 15(1) of the Act, making it an offence to stop, hinder, obstruct or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals.

Regulation 950 under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) is also being amended so that tickets can be issued under Part I of the POA for a contravention of section 6(1) of the Act. This approach will allow for more immediate use of the relevant provisions to address the obstruction of motor vehicles transporting farm animals.

I am also pleased to inform you that a Discussion Paper has been posted on the regulatory registry, outlining the ministry’s proposed approach for the regulatory items that are needed to make the rest of the Act come into force. It will be posted for public comment for 45 days, closing on October 15, 2020. Comments can also be sent directly to the Security From Trespass e-mail.

I understand the importance and urgency of this Act to many across the sector. However, before the remaining sections can be proclaimed into force, a number of items must be prescribed via a regulation to operationalize the Act. These regulations are needed to ensure the act is clear, easily interpreted and fulfils its intended purposes. It is important that we take the time to hear from those impacted so we can take those comments into consideration in finalizing the regulation.

The remaining sections of the Act come into force upon proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Once fully proclaimed into force, the Act will recognize the unique risks associated with trespassing on farms and at processing facilities.

I strongly encourage you to provide feedback and comments on this discussion paper. Your insights are valuable as we work to ensure the Minister’s Regulation and the Act are fair and reasonable while also meeting the needs of industry. Your input is an important contribution to help shape the content and design of the Minister’s Regulation.

Again, thank you for your support. I look forward to working with you to create a safe and healthy Ontario for all.”

Letter from Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Regarding Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 (pdf – 114KB)

Back Dam Park Temporarily Closed for Event September 25, 2020

Back Dam Park will be temporarily closed to the general public during the SUN Warsaw planting event to help maintain physical distancing.

If you have any questions please contact Vicki Hallam, Manager of Recreational Facilities.

If you would like to join the event please visit Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Warsaw – Back Dam Park Planting and Water Action Plan Release for details!

 

 

Ontario Rural Residential Broadband Program Survey

Peterborough County has been identified as a participant in CENGN’s Ontario Rural Residential Broadband Program.

Under the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), CENGN is looking to fund innovative projects across Rural Ontario that demonstrate technology solutions that offer flexible, lower cost, higher performance residential broadband access for Rural Ontario communities. These live technology projects are funded for 3-6 months and designed to test new technologies and validate business case solutions as part of a commercial service offering to improve high-speed internet access to residences within Rural Ontario communities.

The County will be making application to this fund, which targets pockets/groups of residential areas for coverage. The County has created the following survey to enable you to map your residence/business so that we can identify what areas we can target. This is not a guarantee of funding, but is application and approval based.

To participate in the survey, please follow the link Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program.

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Contact information regarding this application can be found at the bottom of the survey.

Douro-Dummer Municipal Office Re-Opening to Public

Starting September 8th, 2020 in-person services will resume at the Municipal Office in the hamlet of Warsaw.

Visitors to the office will be greeted with new safety protocols when accessing the Municipal Office. A limit of 2 visitors will be allowed at the front desk at any time. To facilitate this limit, an intercom system has been installed so that visitors arriving in the foyer are able to communicate their arrival with front desk staff. Visitors will be directed to exit the office through the Town Hall.

Face coverings which cover the mouth and nose are mandatory to enter the Municipal Office. Guests are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer dispensers as they enter and exit the office.

Complex matters and meetings will require appointments and may continue to take place virtually. Residents can also continue to access less-complex services remotely. Please call or e-mail to set-up arrangements and appointments.

At this time the State of Emergency will remain in effect to allow staff and Council to quickly respond to changes brought about by COVID-19.

Guests visiting the Municipal Office should expect some delays due to the new safety protocols. The Township of Douro-Dummer thanks residents for their patience and co-operation through-out these challenging months.

Media Release – Douro-Dummer Municipal Office Re-Opening to Public (pdf – 66KB)

 

UPDATED Daleview Road Reconstruction: September 8, 2020 to October 30, 2020

From the Drain Brothers Notice to Residents and Property Owners dated September 8, 2020 (pdf – 437KB):

Drain Bros Excavating Limited has been awarded, by the Township of Douro-Dummer the above noted contract to Reconstruct Daleview Road. Work on the project is scheduled to commence on or around September 8, 2020 with the completion on October 30, 2020. Find below information for specific issues that may arise in the course of construction.

Road Closure(s):
Traffic on the lower road section of Daleview Road will be closed allowing Local Traffic only. The upper section of Daleview Road (House # 768 to House # 807) will be reduced to one lane traffic by using Yield to Oncoming Traffic Signage. There will be no on-street parking available.

Garbage and Recycling Collection:
Garbage and recycling will be collected as per normal schedule. Please ensure that your garbage and recycling is at the street prior to 7:00am on your scheduled day of collection and that your garbage and recycling bins have your address marked on them. If the trucks are unable to access your driveway our forces will move them to a collection point and return them after collection.

Driveway Access:
Access to driveways will typically be maintained, however, access may be restricted when operations are directly in front of your property. We will notify residents as work approaches to ensure all vehicles are removed prior to driveways being blocked. Vehicles may need to be parked overnight in an adjacent location until temporary access can be restored to your driveway. Any vehicles parked overnight on the street, within the construction area, will need to be relocated prior to construction start (weekdays 7:00am to 7:00pm).

Safety Concerns:
Please be aware that the nature of the work involves deep excavations, operation of large heavy equipment, etc. Although areas will be fenced and full safety measures installed for the project, please ensure that children, etc. are kept at a safe distance from all work area.

The Township of Douro-Dummer has retained D.M. Wills Associates Limited as the Project Consultant. Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Naomi Farough, Manager of Construction Administration 705-742-2297 Ext. 253.

If you have any other special needs, accessibility issues or general inquiries about the project please contact the following:

Wayne Johnston, Project Manager
705-872-2914

Brian Crowder, Site Foreman
705-875-4688

 

Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Warsaw – Back Dam Park Planting and Water Action Plan Release

From Peterborough GreenUp:

Join the GreenUP Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program in Warsaw to enhance the shoreline at Back Dam Park!

On September 25th 2020 we will be planting native trees and shrubs to reduce seasonal flooding and erosion, clean rain water and snow melt before it enters the Indian River, and create beauty and habitat. We will also be releasing the Warsaw Water Action Plan, which provides ideas for protecting and enhancing the Indian River.

Back Dam Park will be temporarily closed to the general public during this event to help maintain physical distancing.

We will be following COVID-19 related health and safety practices.

Pre-registration is required, please e-mail to following details to Jenn McCallum at Peterborough GreenUp:

• Number of people who will be coming to the event
• How many people in the group have their own mask
• Do you have your own gardening gloves?
• Do you have your own trowel, shovel, or both?
• Will you bring your own drinking water (and food, if needed) to the event?

Please contact Jenn McCallum with any questions.

 

Request for Tender: FD-2020-02 Tandem Tanker Fire Apparatus

Township of Douro-Dummer Fire Services invites qualified businesses to submit a Request For Tender (RFT) bid for a Tandem Tanker Fire Apparatus. To view the RFT online visit FD-2020-02 Tandem Tanker Fire Apparatus package (pdf – 651KB). To make arrangements to obtain a hard copy from the Municipal Office please e-mail the Fire Services’ administrative assistant or call (705) 652-8392 x 212.

Questions can be directed to:

Chuck Pedersen, Fire Chief
Township of Douro-Dummer
P.O. Box 92, 894 South Street
Warsaw, Ontario, KOL 3AO

Phone: (705) 652-8392 Ext 207
E-mail: C. Pedersen

 

Request for Proposal RFP – ADM-2020-01- Supply & Delivery of a Multifunction Copier – Addendum 1 Released

The Township of Douro-Dummer is requesting a request for proposal for the supply, delivery and installation of new/unused multi-functional digital photocopier equipment, including service maintenance and supplies to its Municipal Office. The multifunction copier specifications are described within this Request for Proposal and is based on the expected use, the desired optional features and integration with our information network technology.

In addition to supply of equipment, training, service and maintenance will be required for the term of 48 months on an on-call basis. The proposal is requesting financial options for purchase with a 48-month maintenance contract, 48-month lease with a maintenance contract, monthly rental with a maintenance contract for a term of 48 months on the multifunction copier. The Township reserves the right to choose the best financial option that will best meet the needs of the Township over the 48-month term.

The ideal Bidder will have the resources of quality equipment, qualified technicians, excellent financing opportunities, variety of training programs and be located where they can provide quick on-site service on a regular basis, when requested. The Township will require a designated service coordinator to provide support and statistics of the use during the maintenance and lease or rental period.

The Request for Proposal provides the detail on what is required by the Township for a new multifunction copier and the training and maintenance needed to successfully operate the copier. This document also outlines how to submit a proposal, how the proposal will be evaluated and the process for selection for an award. Please read this document carefully. To view the proposal package and submission requirements please visit F-18 RFP-ADM-2020-01 Supply Delivery of a Multifuntion Copier (pdf – 376KB)

Addendum 1 (pdf – 54KB)–  All quotations must be submitted prior to the submission deadline of 12:00 noon local time, Thursday, September 10, 2020.

Any questions can be directed to:

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
The Corporation of the Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street
Warsaw, Ontario K0L 3A0
Email: Martina Chait-Hartwig 

Employment Opportunity – Library Assistant

Douro-Dummer Public Library is looking for a team player who is a self-starter and who is able to work independently. The individual must have excellent communication skills and strong technology skills. Customer Service skills are essential. Preference given to individual with library training or equivalent experience. Reliable transportation is required. Part time – up to 16 hours per week (flexible-day, evening, weekend).

Resumes are due by Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

For more information and to view a complete job description click here.

Hiring of Manager of Public Works Announced

The Township of Douro-Dummer is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jason “Jake” Condon as the new Manager of Public Works. Jason took on the position of Temporary Manager of Public Works this past April and in that short period has proven to be a well-respected and effective leader. He brings with him over 10 years of public works experience including hands-on operation of equipment, budget planning, road construction and excellent interpersonal skills.

“Jake is a great member of the Douro-Dummer team and we are pleased to be able to promote him into this senior position with the Township.” – Mayor J. Murray Jones

Prior to joining the public service, Mr. Condon owned and operated a successful private business, Condon Haulage.

Jason officially starts in his new role on September 1, 2020.

For more information, please contact:

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