February 18, 2020 • Council Meeting Rescheduled to Feb. 25

February 18, 2020

Council Meeting Rescheduled to February 25

 

Please be advised that due to hazardous weather conditions, tonight's Council meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. 

A Snowfall Warning is in effect for the area. Residents are urged to drive cautiously and according to conditions.

Thank you for your understanding.

February 20, 2020 • Service Interruption • Scheduled Phone System Outage

Scheduled Phone System Outage

Please be advised that a scheduled municipal phone system outage will be occurring on Thursday, February 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The outage allows Bell Canada to service network equipment. 

During this time, there will be outages of municipal phone lines, including:

  • The Municipal Office
  • The Community and Recreation Centre
  • The West Nipissing Public Library
  • Public Works After-Hours Service
  • West Nipissing Fire Services (non-emergency line)

Emergency services and calls to 9-1-1 will not be impacted. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

Notice to Ratepayers • 2020 Interim Tax Bills

 

NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS

Please be advised that the 2020 Interim tax Bills have been mailed.

The instalment dates are as follows:

  • March 20, 2020
  • April 24 ,2020

If you have not received your tax bill by February 28, 2020 please contact the Municipal Office at 705.753.2250

Note that the Municipal Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. 

 

Free Family Day Activities • February 17, 2020

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Family Skating
12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Verner and Sturgeon Falls Arenas

Family Swim
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Community and Recreation Centre

Outdoor Rinks
Weather permitting

Museum Activities
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Free snowshoe and snow kick rentals
  • Hot chocolate and cupcake decorating
  • Popcorn and a movie at 3:30 p.m.

 


 

Hours of Operation

Municipal Office
Closed on Family Day

Community and Recreation Centre - Fitness Room
Open on Family Day from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

(membership/fee is required as usual)

 

 

January, 30, 2020 • New Lamp Posts brighten up the downtown

 January 30, 2019 

New Lamp Posts brighten up the downtown


 

If you have walked or driven by King Street over the past week, you have certainly noticed the beautiful new lamp posts adorning the downtown area. 

Mayor Joanne Savage, members of Council and community partners gathered on King Street yesterday evening, for the official lighting of the new lamp posts in Sturgeon Falls. 15 lamp posts were installed along King Street (from Front to William) to brighten and enhance the downtown core and business sector. 

The project was funded in part by the Ontario Government through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The program helps rural communities attract investment and tourism through downtown revitalization projects.

The Municipality would like to thank the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce and the Sturgeon Falls Beautification Group for bringing this project forward and for their continuous commitment to the beautification of our community. 

 

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January 13 • Media Release • West Nipissing Installs Community Sharps Bin

 

January 13, 2019


West Nipissing Installs Community Sharps Bin

 

 


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A Community Sharps Bin has been installed in West Nipissing as part of a partnership between the Municipality of West Nipissing, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) and the West Nipissing General Hospital's Alliance Centre.

Located near the intersection of Main and Queen Street in Sturgeon Falls, the bin will be accessible 24 hours a day and will be a place for people to safely discard sharps. The tamper-proof bin is secure and well-identified for the disposal of sharps.

The Municipality will assume ownership and all ongoing maintenance costs of the bin. The bin will be monitored and emptied regularly, and disposal and transportation of the sharps will be serviced by ECS Cares.

Council voted in support of the bin in response to the Health Unit's report on a large number of needles collected in Sturgeon Falls during a needle buy-back program in November 2019.

The Municipality would like to thank the Health Unit and the Alliance Centre for their partnership and their dedication in helping keep the community safer for everyone. 

Please respect the Community Sharps Bin and the people who use it.

For information, residents can contact the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808, or visit myhealthunit.ca/communitysharpsbin

 

Please respect the Community Sharps Bin and the people who use it.

For further information, residents can contact the Health Unit at
1-800-563-2808, or visit myhealthunit.ca/communitysharpsbin

 

Communications and Corporate Services
Municipality of West Nipissing
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705.753.2250 

 

West Nipissing begins work on Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

December 2, 2019

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On November 27, 2019, the Municipality of West Nipissing kick-started the process in establishing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWBP) by hosting a community roundtable event for key service providers. The session was a great success and made for a productive discussion around risks, resources and next steps towards a safer West Nipissing. Nearly 25 partners were present, representing emergency services and local providers in health/mental health, education, social/community services, and youth/children sectors.

As legislated by the Police Services Act, municipalities are required to develop a CSWBP to be put into place by January 1, 2021. This ambitious project will involve identifying our community’s risks and proactively developing and implementing evidence-based strategies to address our local needs. The next step is the formation of a multi-sectoral advisory committee that will lead the development of the plan. Once the committee is in place, it will focus on all facets of safety and enhancement of community well-being through four levels of intervention including Social Development, Prevention, Risk Intervention and Incident Response.

Stay tuned for future updates and possible community consultation opportunities.

 

 

Communications and Corporate Services

Municipality of West Nipissing

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705.753.2250

Residential and Commercial Snow Plowing and Removal Notice

 

Residential and Commercial
Snow Removal/Plowing Operations

As per Section 2 of By-Law 2006/63, removing snow from driveways and entranceways by pushing it on to or across a public road is not a safe practice and is unlawful.

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that: “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the Ministry or the Road Authority responsible for the maintenance of the road.”

This practice may create a variety of safety and other issues including but not limited to:

  • Creating frozen piles/ridges which usually causes extensive damage to Municipal snowplows
  •  Most times kicking off the rear of our equipment onto the adjacent lane, creating a health and safety risk to oncoming traffic
  • Posing a danger to the plow operator and travelling public
  • Creating the opportunity for increased drifting
  • Creating drainage obstruction in the spring
  • Creating additional snow accumulation for neighbours
  • Posing a danger to the person removing or pushing the snow

Your assistance with this matter is appreciated. It will allow us to continue to provide a safe and reliable road system for our residents.

 

 

 

Overnight Winter Parking Ban in Effect on Nov 1st 2019

 

Overnight Winter Parking Ban
 

Help us keep our streets clean and safe for all this winter. The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from November 1, 2019, until March 31, 2020. During the winter months, parking is prohibited on any street under the jurisdiction of West Nipissing, between the hours of 12 a.m. (midnight) and 7 a.m.

Click here to read By-Law 2015/62

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June 7, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 13

 

Public Notice
Flooding Emergency Update 13

June 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

Lake Nipissing’s water level has receded to an average of 196.37 m. Minimal precipitation and warmer temperatures are forecasted over the weekend, which should cause the water levels to continue to recede or remain stable.

The Minnehaha Bay Boat Launch will be reopened as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. Marina Services will not be available over the weekend; however, the Launch will be open for public use at no charge. The Secondary Boat Launch in Cache Bay remains open. All other Municipal launches are closed until further notice. Boaters are urged to respect the NO WAKE ZONE and should plan accordingly, anticipating for a slower return trip.

Boat Launching Considerations:

  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  •  Navigate with caution and respect NO WAKE regulations 

Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closure signs as road closures remain in effect.

We will provide updates as new information becomes available. For any flood-related concerns or inquiries, contact us at 705.753.1171.


 


 

Additional Information 

Helpful Links

MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - June 3, 2019

MNRF North Bay District Watershed Statement - June 3, 2019

Ontario Flood Map

Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

Water Level and Flow Information

 

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call 1-844-780-8925

Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

Apply for disaster recovery assistance

Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

 

Current Boat Launch Closures in Effect 

  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  • Boat Launching Considerations

  •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.
  • Boating Safety Considerations

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.
  •  

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

     

    Contact Info

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 27, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 11

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 11

    May 27, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Lake Nipissing’s water level has increased to 196.54m over the weekend. Minimal precipitation and wind are forecasted for the next five days, which could cause water levels to remain stable. 

    Vehicle speeding and unnecessary driving on closed roads has been reported in flood-affected areas. The Municipality and Emergency Services strongly urge motorists to adhere to road closure signs to avoid making waves and causing additional damage to affected properties and roads. Local traffic is permitted for residents who need access to their primary residences only. Any other motorists travelling on closed roads can be fined under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily to flag any potential hazards. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

     


     

     

    Additional Information 

     

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - May 24, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

  • Marina Minnehaha Bay
  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  •  

    Boat Launching Considerations

  •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.
  •  

    Boating Safety Considerations

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.
  •  

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     

    Contact Info

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

     

    Sandbags and Volunteering Update

    Volunteers

    If you require volunteer assistance please contact 705.753.1171.

    To participate to volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 during regular business hours. For afterhours and weekends, call 705.753.1171. You can also send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address. 

     


     

    Sand Bags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    • O’Brien (Turn around)
    • Quesnel (West End)
    • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     


     

    For flood related inquiries, road access requests, or accomodation needs, please contact 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 24, 2019 · MNRF UPDATED FLOOD WARNING

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for Lake Temagami, the Sturgeon River, Lake Nipissing and French River until Thursday, May 30, 2019.

     

    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

    Click here to view the latest Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District Bulletin: Wednesday, May 24, 2019

    May 23, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 10

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 10

    May 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Based on the forecasted rainfall and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing levels are expected to remain high over the next several days. Road conditions are relatively stable and Closures remain in effect. The water levels on the roads continue to fluctuate due to changes in wind direction. Crews continue to monitor water levels in the area and flag any potential hazards caused by water over the roads.

    The Cache Bay Boat Launch on Teal Road (Park Rd) remains available.  All other Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne are closed until further notice.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    There are rules, forms and insurance implications to the DRAO. Applicants should contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.  

    Learn more about the program:

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Visit Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Visit Apply for disaster recovery assistance

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

    •  Marina Minnehaha Bay
    •  Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
    • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch

     

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
    • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

    Boating Safety Considerations:

    • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
    • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

     

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 17, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #9

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    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 9

    May 17, 2019 11:00 am

    The Cache Bay boat launch at Park Road will be open as of noon on May 17, 2019. Due to fairly stable weather conditions and following a comprehensive site inspection, the launch is being re-opened temporarily. Residents are asked to stay off the waterways unless the purpose of their travel is to protect their shoreline properties. Municipal boat launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. While we understand that this may be an inconvenience, the closures are necessary to ensure public safety.   

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    • Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
    • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    • Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

    Boating Safety Considerations:

    • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
    • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures:

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
    • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and Road Closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should plan accordingly and should consider leaving their homes in the event that conditions worsen. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171. 

     

     


     

    Additional Information 

     

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 16, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #8

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 8

    May 16, 2019 2:30 pm

     

    As of Thursday, May 16, Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. Following a thorough inspection of the boat launches and a careful consideration for public safety, the conditions of the launches were deemed unsafe. We understand that given the long weekend, this may inconvenience some. These closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the public.   

    Residents using an alternate access to the Sturgeon River and Lake Nipissing are instructed to navigate with caution and to follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation. The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean, Verner Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should be taking necessary precautions and planning accordingly, should road conditions worsen.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

     

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 14, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #7

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 7

    May 14, 2019 2:00 pm

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures remain in effect for Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne. With the long weekend approaching, we understand this may be inconvenient for some, but these closures are necessary to protect shoreline properties. The Emergency Control Group will continue to monitor conditions and will reassess boat launch access before Friday. We will advise residents should conditions change.

    Current Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    There are no changes to road conditions to report and this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 13, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #6

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 6

    May 13, 2019 3:40 pm

    Effective immediately,  the following Municipal Boat Launches with access to Lake Nipissing and the Sturgeon River, are closed until further notice. 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    We understand this may be inconvenient for some, but with the current water levels and hazardous debris, the slightest ripple can cause significant damage to shoreline properties. Residents will be advised as soon as conditions have improved and launches are accessible. 

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time, and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 12, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #5

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 5

    May 12, 2019 10:45 am

    There are no changes in road conditions to report at this time. However, water levels are still on the rise. Since the yesterday, the increase in water level was reported at approximately 2.5 cm. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Additionally, boaters are instructed to stay away from affected areas to reduce the impact of the wakes on roads and properties. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
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    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 11, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #4

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 4

    May 11, 2019 12:45 pm

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time. The weather forecast continues to indicate lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for today through Sunday. However, water levels may rise by 2-3 cm per day over the weekend. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Emergency Services and Operations Crews will continue to patrol and assess conditions over the weekend. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
  •  

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #3

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 3

     

    May 10, 2019 4:15 pm

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The weather forecast indicates lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for the weekend. However, water levels are expected to continue to rise by 2-3 cm per day for the next few days. The Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant and cautious around waterways.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    - End of Argo Road

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend. During regular business hours, 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #2

    Public Notice

    Flooding Emergency Update 2

     

    May 10, 2019 11:00 am

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The evening of Thursday May 9, 2019 was stable as the rain subsided and wind conditions improved. West Nipissing Police patrolled affected areas throughout the night and will continue to do so today. As of this morning, water levels had decreased by 1 inch.

    Although conditions are stable, water levels are expected to rise in the coming days. The Emergency plan remains active and the Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant. Emergency Services personnel have advised residents of road closures and evacuation options.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

    Road Conditions

    Minehaha Bay (300 King Street) has reopened but all other road closures remain in effect. Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    -Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    -Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    -Quesnel (West End)

    -End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 • Public Notice • Flooding Emergency Update #1

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 1

    May 9, 2019 

    Emergency Services has advised residents in the affected areas of road closures and their options to evacuate. Residents who were away during the road closures and did not speak with Emergency Services are instructed to call 705.753.1171 to make arrangements. Those in need of accommodations are also asked to call the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Due to water over the roads and washouts, a number of roads have been closed with restricted access. The conditions of some roads have drastically changed thus restricting us from providing access to residents due to a public safety concern. Road closures will be updated on westnipissing.ca as information become available. School Officials have advised parents in the affected areas of transportation detours and cancelations.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    •  Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    •  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    •  O’Brien (Turn around)
    •  Quesnel (West End)
    •  End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

    The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is continuing to monitoring conditions and has activated its Emergency Plan.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Declared

     

    Flooding Emergency Declared

    May 9, 2019

    Due to continued rising water levels in West Nipissing, Mayor Joanne Savage has declared an Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is monitoring conditions closely and has activated its Emergency Plan. This has allowed the Municipality to formally acquire assistance and deploy additional services.

     

    Potential Evacuation

    Some residents may be advised to evacuate due to restricted access, as rising water levels continue to affect road conditions. Emergency Officials will visit the affected properties to inform residents of their options. In preparation, the Municipality is planning for accommodations in a nearby Community Centre.

     

    Road Conditions

    A number of roads are currently under water or at risk of washing out. The Municipality’s Operations Team and Emergency Services are responding to the issue and continues to monitor conditions.

    Keep visiting the Municipal website for up to date road closure information.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles Road (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    If conditions worsen, additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     

    Water Levels and Weather Forecast

    A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.  

    The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily and work to alleviate road access issues.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     


     

     

    Jay Barbeau, CAO

    Municipality of West Nipissing

    May 8, 2019 • Public Notice • West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

     

    West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

    May 8, 2019

    A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Significant rainfall is expected tonight through Thursday Night. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.  

    Properties in low-lying areas are most at risk for flooding and road closures. Residents at risk are instructed to take necessary precautions to mitigate damage to their properties and to prepare for a potential evacuation. The current conditions of the roads are passible with some lightly covered with water, however residents should remain vigilant as conditions change. Should conditions worsen, Emergency Services will be visiting the affected properties to inform residents of their options.

    The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (22 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -  Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) – from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday May 8, or 9 am to noon on Thursday May 9.

    Sand piles will be available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    -  O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily assess any changes.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings

    Environment Canada – Weather for West Nipissing, ON

    Jay Barbeau, CAO

    Municipality of West Nipissing

     

    May 7 2019 · West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

     

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    May 7, 2019

    The Municipality is requesting that all residents air on the side of caution as the water levels rise in the area. Based on weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by an additional 15 cm over the next week. In preparation, the Municipality will provide sand to areas that are most at-risk of flooding at this time. Residents can expect to see loads of sand within the next 24 hours near these locations:

    • Marleau Road and Lac Des Deux Milles Road intersection
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du Lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Road (between Arbour and Comeau)

    Other locations are being considered at this time. Local suppliers such as Goulard RONA Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre have sandbags available for purchase.

    We urge residents to be diligent by taking precautions to avoid flooding and to minimize damage to their properties. Don’t wait until it’s too late. West Nipissing Emergency Services can assess and provide additional support on a case-by-case basis. If you are concerned with the water levels surrounding your property or are currently experiencing emergency-level conditions, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    With the current conditions, the Municipality of West Nipissing has not declared an emergency. The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. The crews are patrolling at-risk areas daily and are assessing any weather changes that could affect water levels: precipitations, temperature, thawing, wind directions and ice conditions.

    Safety measure and available resources will be reassessed based on conditions. We will continue provide updates as more information becomes available.

     

     


     

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings

     

    May 1, 2019 · Safety Update on Water Conditions

     

    May 1, 2019

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Flood Warning remains in effect for the North Bay District, as of April 30, 2019. With the current conditions, the Municipality of West Nipissing has not declared an emergency. West Nipissing Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor thawing and water conditions in the area. The crews are patrolling at-risk areas daily and are assessing any weather changes that could affect water levels: precipitations, temperature, thawing, wind directions and ice conditions.

    The Municipality is prepared to assist should conditions worsen. West Nipissing Emergency Services can assess and provide support on a case-by-case basis. If you are currently experiencing emergency-level conditions on your property, please contact us at 705.753.2250, or 705.753.1170 after regular business hours.

    Residents should remain mindful of potential hazards and prepare their homes accordingly. Local suppliers such as Goulard RONA Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre have sand filling stations and sandbags available for purchase.

     

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map 

     

    Notice of Public Consultation • Class EA • Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management

    Notice of Consultation

    Class Environmental Assessment for the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) - Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management

    The Municipality of West Nipissing has completed a Schedule B, Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to identify an alternate for the existing anaerobic digestion based sludge treatment and biosolids storage management at the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre, in the community of Sturgeon Falls. A solution is required to address the ongoing process and structural issues/limitations with the Sludge treatment system, and the off-site hauling and land disposal of generated biosolids. The Class EA study was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Schedule “B” of the Municipal Environmental Assessment dated October 2000 (as amended in 2007 & 2011). The current study and the public consultation process identified the following as the preferred alternative planning solution:

    The preferred alternative is to replace the existing anaerobic based sludge treatment system and continue with land disposal.  Preferred treatment options include Conventional Aerobic Digestion or Autothermal Thermophilic Aerobic Digestion, final selection to be made during preliminary design stage.

     

    A Public Information Centre (PIC) for this project has been scheduled as follows:

    Date: May 7, 2019

    Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Location: WN Information Centre, 30 Front Street, Sturgeon Falls     

     

    Representatives from the Municipality and the Consultant team will be at the PIC to discuss a series of displays for you to review the study background, and alternatives considered for the study. This PIC will give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the project team.

    You are encouraged to provide your comments on the alternative solutions by May 22, 2019. To provide comments or to be added to the study mailing list, please contact: 

     

    Chris Cecchetto                                                                   
    Project Manager                                                                          
    AECOM Canada Ltd.                                                                    
    1361 Paris Street, Suite 105                                                      
    Sudbury, ON, P3E 3B6                                                                
    T:  705.674.8343  F: 705.674.1694                                          
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Peter Ming, P.Eng.
    Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations
    Municipality of West Nipissing
    225 Holditch Street, Suite 101
    Sturgeon Falls, ON, P2B 1T1
    T: (705).753.6954 F: (705).753.4981

     

    Note: With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record

     

     

     

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