2020 Firefighter Recruitment

Douro-Dummer Fire Services is now accepting applications for the position of volunteer firefighter for the Donwood,
Douro and White Lake Fire Stations (Stations 1, 2 and 5 respectively). This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to contribute to the provision of an essential service in your community.

The mandatory application form is available for download Firefighter Recruitment Package – 2020 (pdf – 253KB) or may be picked up at the Municipal office in Warsaw.

Please direct any questions to:

Chuck Pedersen, Fire Chief
705 652-8392 x 207
E-mail C. Pedersen


Employment Opportunity: Seasonal Positions with Parks and Recreation Department

All applicants must possess a valid Driver’s Licence (minimum “G” level) and have their own transportation to and from work. Hours of work will vary depending on the nature of the work assigned. All successful proponents will be required to provide a Criminal Record check. For further information, please call the Municipal Office at 705-652-8392.

Please note that as these positions are urgently needed, interviews will be occurring on an ongoing basis until all of the positions are filled. The start date shall be as soon as possible.

All applicants shall indicate which position(s) they are seeking:
Community Centre Labourer – Fall 2020/Winter 2021 (pdf – 161KB)
Community Centre Operator – Fall 2020/Winter 2021 (pdf – 161KB)

All Applicants are encouraged to review the job descriptions for required skills and hours of work.

Resumes shall be submitted electronically, with references, and shall be submitted by 12:00 noon on Friday, October 23, 2020 to:

Mike Mood, Assistant to the Manager of Recreation Facilities
E-mail M. Mood

We thank all applicants, but only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Personal information is collected and will be administered in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O., 1990, and will be used for employment purposes only.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation for accessibility purposes is available upon request during the recruitment process. Applicants submitting a resume containing references are thereby granting the Township of Douro-Dummer permission to check these references.

Seasonal Part Time Parks and Recreation Positions Ad 2020-2021 (pdf – 332KB)

2020 Fire Safety Contest Now Open!

From the Ontario Association of Fire Chief’s website:

Send Will Fightfire & Fiona Firesafety a Poster on How You Practice Fire Safety in Your Home, School, or Community and Your Poster Could be Chosen to Win a Fire Safety Gift Prize!

Will Fightfire, Fiona Firesafety, and friends are fun educational characters that take a firm approach to fire safety and education. They are quickly becoming a trusted source for fire safety information and messaging, and are becoming recognizable figures that kids and adults can find in their communities. Last year, all Will Fightfire and Friends products purchased by Ontario fire departments in October and November, or provided through the First Alert Canada/Lowe’s Canada/RONA public education/fire prevention store events, received contest entry forms to distribute during fire prevention community events!

This year, Will Fightfire and Fiona Firesafety want kids to create a poster showing them how you stay fire safe at home, at school, and in your community!

The 2020 contest focuses on how families stay fire! Draw a picture on how you and your family practice fire safety in your home, school, or community. Have your parent or guardian complete the contact form, and send both to Will Fightfire and Fiona Firesafety by mailing or emailing your form. The contest will be run throughout October/November (which hosts Fire Prevention and Carbon Monoxide Awareness weeks), with all entries submitted back to the OAFC office by December 11, 2020. The child with the winning poster, will receive a special prize package, including: a fire safety gift pack, a $500 cash prize, and a customized offer from the local fire department (dependant on COVID-19 restrictions), which could include a fire station tour, a ride in a fire truck, and/or being a fire chief for a day. The contest runs from October 1 to December 11, 2020.

Contest Entry Form link.


Employment Opportunity: Temporary Treasurer

The Township is seeking a Temporary Treasurer for a 6-month contract with possibility for extension who will, as part of the Management Team, be responsible for the statutory duties of the Treasurer as defined in the Municipal Act and other Acts of Legislation. In addition, this position is accountable for the financial aspects of Human Resource management and benefit issues; the efficient operation of Municipal computer equipment and software; provides leadership and direction to the staff of the Finance Unit and provides financial and budget advice and expertise to Council and staff.

Qualified applicants will possess the following:
– Post-secondary degree in Business Administration, or equivalency, with specialization in accounting. An accounting designation is an asset.
– Three years related experience in a municipal setting with an additional two years of senior level experience.
– Thorough knowledge of statutory duties as established by Provincial legislation.

The ideal candidate will be a strong performer who can hit the ground running to manage and oversee the work of others, while using initiative and good judgment in carrying out the duties of the position. The person must be flexible and possess excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal. A proven ability to manage several projects simultaneously is a must. The person requires superior interpersonal and leadership skills and must act professionally and ethically in providing service to the public and as a representative of the municipality.

The salary for this position is competitive and will reflect the level of experience of the candidate. This position is 34.5 hours a week for a 6-month contract with the opportunity for a potential extension.

Job Description for Temporary Treasurer (pdf – 92KB)  
Job Advertisement for Temporary Treasurer (pdf – 49KB)

Qualified candidates are invited to apply in confidence via cover letter and resume by 12 noon, Monday October 19th, 2020:

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

We thank all applicants, but only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Personal information is collected and will be administered in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O., 1990, and will be used for employment purposes only.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation for accessibility purposes is available upon request during the recruitment process. Applicants submitting a resume containing references are thereby granting the Township of Douro-Dummer permission to check these references.

Douro-Dummer Public Library Re-Opening October 1, 2020

The Douro-Dummer Public Library is re-opening to the public on October 1, 2020. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • New hours are Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Book drops are open and due dates have been extended, but you can now return your items sooner through our book drops
  • Overdue fines have been waived
  • Occupancy in the library will be limited to maintain physical distancing – please follow the signs and floor markings
  • Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart, please reserve a 30 minute session at the front desk
  • Place items on hold and pick them up when they are ready

If you have questions please e-mail the library!


Updated October 27, 2020: Tax Sale

Update – Posted October 27, 2020

The tax sale of the subject property has been cancelled.

The tax sale has been halted in accordance with Section 382(6)(a) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25. No tenders will be received with respect to the sale of the subject property.

TAKE NOTICE that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Township Office, 894 South Street, P.O. Box 92, Warsaw, Ontario, K0L 3A0. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day at 3:15 p.m. at the Township Office, 894 South Street, Warsaw, Ontario, K0L 3A0.

According to the provisions of the Municipal Tax Sales Act, the Municipality is authorized to proceed with Tax Registration on properties if taxes remain unpaid for three or more years.

For further information, please contact: Darlene Heffernan, Treasurer at 705-652-8392 Ext. 203

Sale of Land by Public Tender Package (pdf – 563KB)


Leaf and Yard Waste Collection – Donwood

The leaf and yard waste collection schedule has been released from the County of Peterborough.

Residents in Donwood (Week B) can expect leaf and yard waste collection during the weeks of October 12th, October 26th, November 9th and November 23rd 2020.

Instructions from Peterborough County’s website:

Maintain physical distancing and do not approach the drivers.

  1. Collect leaves, plants, brush and tree clippings in paper bags or reusable containers
  2. Bundle branches no larger than 1 m x 30 cm (3′ x 1′)
  3. Place at the roadside before 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.
    Collection may occur any day from Monday to Friday, not necessarily on garbage or recycling day.
  4. There are no limits and no tags required for leaf and yard materials.
Image of Leaf and Yard Schedule

Questions regarding curbside leaf and yard waste collection can be directed to the County of Peterborough at (705) 775-2737 x 0.

Residents of Douro-Dummer outside of Donwood may use the leaf and yard waste bin located at the Warsaw Public Works garage, 1422 County Road 4 (just north of the Hamlet of Warsaw.) This bin is provided free of charge during the fall. To ensure this service continues please ensure only leaf and yard waste is deposited in this bin (no lumber or construction waste.)

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!