Canada Day Parade in Douro Cancelled

From the media release “Canada Day Parade in Douro Cancelled” released June 12, 2020:

At a recent committee meeting, the volunteers that organize the annual event have decided to cancel the 2020 Canada Day Parade in Douro. It was hoped that a celebration could take place but the restrictions still in place due to COVID-19 make it impossible to move forward with the event.

The Committee is encouraging residents in Douro Dummer to show their Canadian pride by decorating their yards on Canada Day.

Volunteers are committed to holding the parade in 2021 to bring the community together to celebrate once again.

Councillor Heather Watson
E-mail H. Watson

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

Media Release – Canada Day Parade in Douro Cancelled (pdf – 63KB)

Media Release – Outdoor Amenities – Partial Re-Opening

Township of Douro-Dummer – By Provincial Order under the Emergency Management and

Civil Protection Act, the Township of Douro-Dummer had closed all of the parks on April 2, 2020. With announcements from the Province and Peterborough Public Health, the parks and trail in the Township are now open for limited use. Visitors to the parks and Robert Johnston Trail will need to abide by all health regulations including a prohibition of groups of 5 or more people, maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) and ensuring that enhanced hygiene practices are maintained. Further, all play structures and play grounds including swings, will remain closed.

The Ontario Provincial Police, who are the local police service for the Township of Douro-Dummer will be enforcing Provincial directives, including misuse of outdoor amenities and physical distancing requirements. The public can report issues to the following non-emergency numbers:

Peterborough County OPP non-emergency contact 705-742-0401 or 1-888-310-1122.
o Important – 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; reports of non-compliance related to the above are to be reported to the non-emergency numbers, not 9-1-1.

Effective Wednesday, March 24th, the Township Municipal Office will remain closed to the public and will be operating with limited staff. Emails can be sent directly to individual staff members or to  Emails and voicemails will be checked regularly and will be returned in a priority sequence.

We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the suspension of services. Please monitor for updates and follow our Twitter account @Douro_Dummer.

For information regarding Covid-19 and how to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, please visit Peterborough Public Health for up to date information on the situation,

For more information please contact:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
E-mail: Mayor J. Murray Jones

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 210
E-mail: Martina Chait-Hartwig

Media Release – Outdoor Amenities – Partial Re-Opening (pdf – 68KB)


Additional Amenities Available: Docks at McCracken’s Landing & Yard Waste Bin at Warsaw Public Works

The Township of Douro-Dummer is pleased to announce that the public docks at McCracken’s Landing have been installed and that the leaf, brush and yard waste bin is available at the Warsaw Public Works Depot.

Residents are reminded to adhere to physical distancing measures and maximum group sizes,  to clean their hands frequently and to stay home if sick.

For information on COVID-19 contact Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

If you have enforcement concerns contact the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122.

COVID-19 Testing Day in Douro-Dummer

COVID-19 Testing Day in Douro-Dummer

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Location: Douro Community Centre (2893 Highway 28)

On Tuesday, June 16 the Township of Douro-Dummer will be holding a COVID-19 Testing Day at the Douro Community Centre (2893 Highway 28) Testing clinics are lead by the Peterborough Paramedics with support from PRHC, the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough and Peterborough Public Health.

This will be a Drive-through clinic, and is open to permanent and seasonal residents without symptoms. No appointment is necessary. Please remember to bring your Ontario Health Card.

Residents WITH COVID-19 symptoms, please call 705-876-5086.

In-home testing may also be arranged by calling Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

For updated information on upcoming testing clinics in Peterborough County, please visit the Peterborough Public Health website.

Covid-19 Testing Day in Douro-Dummer Poster (pdf – 1MB)

Continued Re-Opening of Halls Glen Transfer Station

The Halls Glen Transfer Station is accepting bagged garbage, blue box recycling and food waste and as of June 2, 2020 will also be accepting loose garbage, scrap metal, scrap wood, electronic waste, propane tanks and used oil. Payment for garbage disposal is limited to debit only, the cost is $3.00 per bag of garbage or $95.00 per tonne for loads greater than 13.6kg.

Additional protective measures against COVID-19 continue to be in place; residents are expected to maintain physical distancing measures, remain in their vehicles while waiting for access and follow the direction of Transfer Station staff at all times. Residents can expect delays when visiting the Transfer Station due to the extra precautionary measures.

Please note that mattresses and box-springs are not being accepted at this time and that the Re-Use building continues to be closed.

Residents are encouraged to use curbside waste collection as much as possible. Please remember to bag all curbside waste to help protect waste collection teams – do not place garbage loose in containers for curbside collection.

Information and updates can be found on the Township website

The Township of Douro-Dummer thanks the residents for their patience and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:
Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
(705) 652-8392 x 210
E-mail M. Chait-Hartwig

Media Release – Continued Re-Opening of Halls Glen Transfer Station (pdf – 66KB)

Local Business – Support Options During COVID-19

Local Business – Support Options During COVID-19

To our local businesses in the Township of Douro-Dummer,

Since the Provincial Government has announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, the Township of Douro-Dummer and all levels of government have been working with community members to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 and fill the needs of local businesses.

First off, we would like to say thank you to all businesses that have been taking precautions to help support the safety of our community members. We know this has been difficult causing you to adapt in providing new services for your customers, and meeting financial needs to support the operations of your business. Local businesses need to work together now more than ever, and we thank you for your continued cooperation with new regulations.

At the Township of Douro-Dummer local businesses are always on our minds, and the ways we can help during these difficult times.  From financial to technical support, we are here to help. Here’s a look at some options being offered around the area.

Douro-Dummer Business Networking Group
Businesses are welcome to join the Douro Dummer Business Networking Group which was established last year. There is Facebook Page where resources are shared between members and they meet regularly for professional development and networking. There is no fee to join this group.

Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development
As of May 19, 2020 Peterborough and The Kawartha Economic Development (PKED) launched a Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough and the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.  The portal will provide businesses with financial resources, health and safety guidance and health & hygiene resources for business, webinars and online training opportunities, a business collaboration portal you will find resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors, a list of local PPE suppliers, pandemic preparedness resources. Click here to visit the Business Recovery Centre Portal. Between June and September, PKED will be conducting a brief voluntary business count. This business count will be offered through an online platform and conducted over the phone. The information being collected will be used in part, to generate an up-to-date business directory for PKED, and will be shared with partner municipalities, when agreed upon by businesses.

How does the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County plan to help business?
Lead by the Mayor of the City of Peterborough and the Warden of the County of Peterborough, Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development has provided a three-phase Economic Development Plan. To view the Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Immediate, Mid-term and Long-Term Recovery Plan, click here.

Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce are always available to their members and help in navigating programs and applications to support your businesses financially. Not online? Contact your chamber to inquire about Virtual Main Street. Virtual Main Street can help you reach the online market and sell gift cards to help support your business during these times. The only cost to participate will be the standard credit card processing fees. Any business or organization in Peterborough County are eligible to register.To learn more about Virtual Main Street and how it can work for your business, click here. The Kawartha Chamber also offers Digital Main Street Program until August 31, 2020. This program is offered to main street small businesses to help enhance their online capabilities. To learn more about Digital Main Street, click here.

Are you a business looking for PPE? The Greater Peterborough Chamber compiled a list of suppliers that can assist with COVID-19 signage, plexi glass shields, hand sanitizer and PPE (masks, gloves, face shields) for your business. To visit the Peterborough PPE Retail Hub, click here.

Both the Greater Peterborough Chamber, and Kawartha Chamber offer advice and online support.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Business Resilience Network has provided toolkits to help business adapt and revamp operations. To learn more about what this toolkit has to offer, click here.

Community Futures Peterborough
For some businesses you might already be online but do not have a way for your customers to purchase items from you directly. Community Futures Peterborough announced Bring Your Business Online (BYBO) Funding Program. This program helps businesses add e-commerce functionality to their already existing websites. A non-refundable contribution of up to $2,500 is available with matching funds. To learn more about the BYBO Funding Program and if this program is suitable for your business click here. Please note the application deadline is May 31, 2020.

Ontario 211 helps people find services and programs in their communities. Ontario 211 is a helpline and database of Ontario’s community and social services answered by highly trained specialists. If you don’t know who to call, call 211.

We understand navigating these options can be overwhelming, but please know Township staff and Council are available to help direct you in the right direction.

For more information or guidance on these options, please contact the Douro-Dummer Business Advisory Group.

Business Advisory Group
Mayor, J. Murray Jones

Douro Ward Councillor, Heather Watson

T-2020-03: Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck with Addenda 1 & 2

The Township of Douro-Dummer has released a tender the Supply of One (1) new 60,000 lbs GVWR Cab and Chassis Truck with Front Plow, Wing, and All-Season Combination Dump Body/Spreader. Tenders are due by Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12 Noon local time. Please see T-2020-03: Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck (pdf – 423KB) for more information and the complete bid document.

May 27, 2020: Additional material has been released for tender T-2020-03. Please see T-2020-03 Addendum 1 – Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck (pdf – 162KB)

June 3, 2020: Additional material has been released for tender T-2020-03. Please see T-2020-03 Addendum 2 – Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck (pdf – 145KB)


Township Survey on the Use of the Crowe’s and McCracken’s Landing Wharfs

At the Council meeting on May 5th, Council received a petition requesting a ban on fishing from the Crowe’s Landing Wharf and the McCracken’s Landing Wharf. Council knows that these facilities are integral to the community and to life on Stoney and Clear Lake. This is not a decision that Council takes lightly and they have asked that a Committee be formed to investigate the issue and bring back a recommendation to the June 16th, 2020 Council meeting.

To be able to prepare a recommendation, the Committee has created a survey to solicit comments on the use of the wharfs. Please find the survey at this link, it can also be accessed from the Township website

Please complete the survey and forward it to your friends, neighbours and associates. The survey will remain active until May 30th, 2020. We look forward to receiving your comments. If you would like to submit a written comment on the issue of fishing and use of Crowe’s Landing Wharf and the McCracken’s Landing Wharf to the Committee for consideration, please email them to the attention of Temporary C.A.O., Martina Chait-Hartwig

Thank you for your time and consideration on this issue.

The Committee to Consider Fishing and Other Uses at Township Wharfs,
Shelagh Landsmann, Dummer Ward Councillor
Tom Watt, Councillor at Large
Donna Rork
Les Bryan

Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19 Available at Kinsmen Centre Starting May 27 in Peterborough

From Peterborough Public Health:

Starting on Wednesday, May 27, local residents without symptoms can access drive-through testing for COVID-19 at the Kinsmen Civic Centre on a first-come, first-served basis.

This announcement was made today by local healthcare partners Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), Peterborough County-City Paramedics, and Peterborough Public Health. Residents with symptoms are directed to book an appointment with the PRHC COVID-19 Assessment Centre by calling 705-876-5086.

Drive-through testing for asymptomatic residents will be provided at the Kinsmen Centre by the Peterborough Paramedics, who will take specimens using a nasopharyngeal swab and then send it to a public health lab for analysis. Residents who arrive by other means, such as on foot or by bicycle, will also be tested. Testing is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week starting Wednesday, May 27. The Kinsmen Centre is located at 1 Kinsmen Way, just off Sherbrooke St. Residents are asked to bring their Ontario Health Card.

Individuals are asked to stay in their vehicles and/or maintain appropriate physical distancing while waiting to be tested. “Peterborough Paramedics are proud to continue to enhance our paramedical services throughout the City and County,”said Randy Mellow, Chief of Peterborough Paramedics. “The expansion of testing at drive-through locations is another collaborative effort in the fight against COVID-19 that we have seen throughout this pandemic in our community. I am incredibly proud of our team and our community.”

While testing is available for anyone who is worried about being exposed to COVID-19, health partners strongly encourage those who work in public-facing roles or in close quarters with fellow employees to get tested. “We are hoping that anyone who works in a frontline role, such as grocery clerks, factory workers, pharmacy staff and other service providers will take advantage of this opportunity to get tested, even if they are not symptomatic,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “This will help us identify positive cases early so we can follow up and test their close contacts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”

“As of today’s date, PRHC has tested more than 5,100 people for COVID-19,” said Dr. Lynn Mikula, VP, Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Executive at PRHC. “We are pleased to partner with Peterborough County-City Paramedics and Peterborough Public Health to make this additional drop-in testing option available in our community for people who do not have symptoms. PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre continues to provide medical assessments and testing for patients who have symptoms of COVID-19. To avoid crowding, line-ups and wait times, PRHC continues to ask community members to call the Assessment Centre directly at 705-876-5086 to book an appointment. This phone line is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week.”

The City of Peterborough was also acknowledged for their partnership in making the Kinsmen Civic Centre available for the drive-through testing clinic. “Thank you to Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough Paramedics, and Peterborough Regional Health Centre for working together on behalf of our community to provide another way for people to get tested for COVID-19,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Drive-through testing at the City’s Kinsmen Civic Centre property is a convenient, safe way for people to get tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

For more information about COVID-19, please visit

COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal Launched

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) has launched a new digital Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 Economic Recovery efforts.

“This portal will serve as the region’s go-to hub for resources and information to help local business mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Rhonda Keenan, President & CEO of PKED. “We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on all of us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery.”

Together with local partners at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough DBIA, Community Futures Peterborough and the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough & the Kawarthas, and more importantly through hundreds of businesses responses received through direct calls and surveys, an Economic Recovery Plan for the region has been created and supported by both City of Peterborough and County of Peterborough Councils. The plan is outlined on the Business Recovery Centre Portal and will be updated regularly through the Mayor and Warden’s Economic Recovery Task Force.

The portal also provides resources and information for local businesses including:
• Financial Resources
• Health & Safety Guidance and Health & Hygiene Resources for Business
• Webinars & Online Training Opportunities
• A Business Collaboration Portal
• Resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors
• A list of local PPE Suppliers
• Pandemic Preparedness Resources

To view the Peterborough & the Kawarthas COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal visit

For additional information please contact Keaton Robbins, Corporate Communications Officer, 705-761-3683 or e-mail K. Robbins.