Open-Air Fire Ban to be Lifted on Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Open-Air Fire Bans to be Lifted on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 in the Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha & Trent Lakes

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will lift the current Restricted Fire Zone from the entire Fire Region of Ontario on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 00:01 hours (12:01 a.m.). The Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha and Trent Lakes will also remove their respective open-air fire bans at that time.

The municipal open-air fire bans were originally implemented on April 3rd, 2020 in support of the MNRF declaration of a Restricted Fire Zone across the entire province.

Valid burn permits previously obtained will be re-instated. For information on open-air burning By-laws or to obtain a burn permit please contact your local municipality.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
Chuck Pedersen
(705) 652-8392 x 207
E-mail C. Pedersen

Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Fire Chief
Ray Haines
(705) 778-3183
E-mail R. Haines

North Kawartha Fire Chief
Jessie Lamb
(705) 656-4445 x 221
E-mail J. Lamb

Trent Lakes Fire Chief
Steve Brockbank
(705) 738-3800 x 242
E-mail S. Brockbank

Media Release – Burn Ban Lifted (pdf – 114KB)

Opening of Municipal Boat Launches

On May 14, 2020, the Province of Ontario made an announcement regarding the Framework for Reopening our Province. In light of that announcement, the Crowe’s Landing Wharf and the McCracken’s Landing Wharf will be open for public use as of Friday, May 15, 2020. Municipal staff will be removing the construction barrels and will be posting new signage on Friday, May 15, 2020.

The safety of the public is of paramount concern during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Township of Douro-Dummer is taking all steps necessary to ensure a safe environment for the public and staff. Residents and visitors must obey all regulations and public health guidelines when using the Municipal Wharfs. Physical distancing of a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) is required and groups of five (5) or more persons is prohibited.

Please use safe boating practices and ensure that you are equipped with all necessary safety equipment prior to launching your boat. For information regarding safe boating practices, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council Please note that dock and channel markers may be missing, use extreme caution travelling in these locations. If your boat is at a private marina, call in advance of your visit to ensure that they are ready to reopen and accept clients.

The Ontario Provincial Police will be enforcing Provincial directives within the Township, including misuse of outdoor amenities, physical distancing requirements and prohibitions against public gatherings. The public can report issues to the Peterborough County OPP non-emergency contact number: 1-888-310-1122.

o Reminder – 9-1-1 is for Emergencies Only. Reports of non-compliance regarding COVID-19 are to be reported to non-emergency numbers (1-888-310-1122).

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

We encourage residents to follow all guidelines as released by Peterborough Public Health, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic. 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 and best health practices

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 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 M. Chait-Hartwig

Media Release – Opening of Boat Launches – May 15, 2020 (pdf – 105KB)

Building Department Business Continuity Plan

Building Department Business Continuity Plan during the COVID-19 Pandemic, current as of May 19, 2020:

The Township of Douro-Dummer Building Department functions to administer and enforce the regulation of the Ontario Building Code. This includes the issuance of Building Permits for construction projects, as well as the inspection of these Permits.

Due to COVID-19, we have seen unprecedented restrictions placed on the construction industry, including a moratorium of permit issuance following the Provincial Guidelines of Essential Workplaces. This moratorium has been lifted as of May 19th, 2020, allowing for the Township to issue Building Permits for any construction project. Please continue to consult the Provincial guidelines for changes that may occur to this sector.

Due to our limited resources, and staff obligations for child and family care during this pandemic, this document will provide information regarding changes to our Building Department services.

In accordance with the Ontario Building Code, there are timelines for which a permit application is to be reviewed and issued or refused. Since March 16th, 2020, those timelines have been suspended by O. Reg. 73/20. We will continue to strive to adhere to the standard timelines, but there may be delays as we work through a large volume of applications with limited staff resources.

What you need to know:

– The Municipal office is closed to the public at this time.
– Building Permits must be submitted online at You will need to create an account before you can apply. If you have technical issues, please email staff below.
– All building permits can be paid for electronically, you will receive information after the permit has been prepared for issuance.
– Inspections must still be conducted:
‐ Footings, Foundation and Backfill inspections will be conducted on vacant sites
‐ All other inspections will be conducted through Zoom (video conferencing software)
‐ All inspections require minimum 3 business days notice, unless otherwise approved.

Staff are best reached by email:

Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official
E-mail B. Fawcett

Lindsay Burtt, Building Official
E-mail L. Burtt

Business Continuity Plan – Building Department – May 15 2020 (pdf – 73KB)

T-02-2020 – Supply and Delivery of Culvert Pipes – Amended

The Township of Douro-Dummer has released an Amended Tender request for the Supply and Delivery of Culvert Pipes. Tenders are due by Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 12 Noon local time. Please see T-2020-02 – Amended Supply and Delivery of Culvert Pipes (pdf – 341KB) for more information and the complete bid document.




Ontario Community Support Program

From the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility:

“Protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians is our government’s top priority, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 30th, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health recommended that individuals over 70 years of age to self-isolate. We need to do everything we can to protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizens. That is why Ontario is launching the new Ontario Community Support Program to assist low-income seniors and people with disabilities in need.

By partnering with the Ontario Community Support Association (OSCA), our government is helping to provide delivery of meals, medicines and other essential items to those in need during COVID-19.

The OSCA is an experienced not-for-profit organization comprised of community organizations serving Ontarians across the province. By working through their existing network, we can help ensure that seniors, people with disabilities and those with underlying medical conditions receive the supports they need as quickly as possible.

The program will expand existing Meals on Wheels capacity to reach even more people in need. To support this expansion, the government is partnering with SPARK Ontario ( to encourage volunteers to assist Meals on Wheels and other programs in need of support. The program will also develop the capacity of community organizations and others to help deliver medication and other essentials.

Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services by visiting

Those without internet access, or who require service in a language other than English or French, can contact 211 at any time by dialing 211, 1-877-330-3213 (toll free) or 1-888-340-1001 for TTY service.

We encourage you to get the word out about these services to your communities and community partners.
Thank you in advance for your support as we continue our work to support seniors and people with disabilities through these challenging times.”

Curbside Garbage Collection – Garbage Must be Bagged Until Further Notice

To protect the health and safety of curbside garbage collection teams, (until further notice) all garbage is to be bagged and tied securely shut before it is set out for curbside collection. This measure will help prevent the accidental contact of COVID-19 infected garbage with members of the curbside garbage collection teams.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

For information regarding the Hall Glen Transfer Station, please visit

Partial Re-Opening of Halls Glen Transfer Station

The Halls Glen Transfer Station will partially re-open to Douro-Dummer residents starting May 6, 2020. Despite the re-opening, residents are still encouraged to use curbside waste collection as much as possible.

The partial re-opening of the Transfer Station comes with additional measures to protect residents and staff. Residents are expected to maintain physical distancing measures and follow the direction of Transfer Station staff at all times.

Only one vehicle at a time will be allowed in the Transfer Station and residents are expected to remain in their vehicles while waiting for access.

Only bagged garbage, loose blue box material and food waste are accepted at this time – no exceptions. Payment for garbage disposal is limited to debit only ($3.00 per bag of garbage).

Regular waste disposal rules still apply:
• Clear bags are required for garbage disposal – each bag is limited to 0.06 cubic metres (2 cubic feet) and 18.1 kg (40 lbs)
• Blue box material needs to be sorted appropriately (containers vs. fibres)
• Only food waste allowed in the Moloks (no yard waste, packaging or bags of any kind)

The partial re-opening coincides with the start of summer hours at the Halls Glen Transfer Station:
• Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Residents can expect delays when visiting the Transfer Station due to the extra precautionary measures. The Township of Douro-Dummer thanks the residents for their patience and co-operation.

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 – Partial Re-Opening of Halls Glen Transfer Station (pdf – 74KB)

COVID-19 – Health Care Options and Access to Basic Needs

COVID-19 – Health Care Options and Access to Basic Needs

The Township of Douro-Dummer is taking all necessary precautions in support of the Peterborough Public Health to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, The Ontario Ministry of Health provides an online self-assessment tool at If you think you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider or view the unattached patient options bellow.

For Peterborough Public Health updates related to COVID-19, please visit the Peterborough Public Health website, where information on how COVID-19 spreads, symptoms of the virus and additional information is provided.

For at home testing, call the Peterborough Health Unit at 705-743-1000.

Are you an Unattached Patient looking for Care During COVID-19?

The Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic (PVCC) and the PFHT Clinic in Lakefield are open and available on a restricted basis for unattached patients. Please note walk ins will NOT be accepted. Patients who are seeking care are asked to call and make an appointment in advance. Clinic hours will change depending on COVID-19 precautions and demand during that time. In efforts to limit in-person contact, appointments will take place either via phone or OTN video conference.

Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic (PVCC)
Located: 185 King Street, 5th Floor Suite 500, Peterborough
Contact: 705-536-0882

Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT) Clinic
Located: 150 Strickland Street, Suite 3, Lakefield
Contact: 705-651-4866

Unattached Patients Care During Covid-19 (pdf – 445KB)

Are you in Need of Grocery/ Pharmacy Services During COVID-19?

 These times can be difficult, but know the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County have been working hard to help support community members during these times. If you are looking for food support please visit the Food Support Page, where you can find information regarding local food banks, and free meal services that are available in the City and County.

Senior in Need of Support During COVID-19

As an essential service, Community Care Peterborough has been supporting community members with meal and grocery delivery. For more information, please visit Community Care Peterborough Website.

Pharmacy/Grocery Delivery and Pick-up Options?

The County and The City of Peterborough have generated a list of services that have modified hours to help support shoppers. This list also provides groceries and items that are offering delivery and pick up services, as well as modified hours that are being offered.

Additional Resources

Updated News items related to the Township of Douro-Dummer, can be found in the NEWS section on our website.

For information on how to access Township Services during Covid-19 please click here.

For information of financial relief options to assist ratepayers with their property taxes, please click here.

For updates on Fire Bans in the Township of Douro-Dummer during COVID-19, click here.

For information related to Hall’s Glen Transfer Station Operations during COVID-19, click here.

For COVID-19 local business updates, click here.