Notice of the end of the significant weather event in Marmora and Lake

After reviewing weather reports and observing the current weather, sidewalk conditions and road conditions, the Municipality of Marmora and Lake wishes to declare the end of the significant weather event in accordance with the Minimum Maintenance Standards, Ont Reg. 239/02.

Contact Roads Department at 613-472-6940 if you have any issues or concerns during this significant weather event.


Kevin Hart, C.E.T., CRS-S
Manager of Transportation
Municipality of Marmora and Lake

Notice of Significant Weather Event in Marmora and Lake

After reviewing weather reports, and observing the current weather conditions, the Municipality of Marmora and Lake is declaring a significant weather event in the municipality, as defined within the Minimum Maintenance Standards Regulation Ont 239/02.

During the significant weather event, the Municipality of Marmora and Lake is advising motorists and residents to use extra caution as the municipality may not be able to meet its maintenance standards for roads and sidewalks due to the heavy snowfall expected. The declaration will not change how or when the municipality performs its winter maintenance operations. However, it may take the municipality longer than usual to bring the roads back to a state of repair. Public safety is the municipalities top priority. The Municipality of Marmora and Lake will provide updates, when the significant weather event has ended.

Contact Roads Department at 613-472-6940 if you have any issues or concerns during this significant weather event.

Kevin Hart, C.E.T., CRS-S
Manager of Transportation
Municipality of Marmora and Lake

Got stories?
Lisa Schlegl listening to stories in May 2018

Lisa Schlegl listening to stories in May 2018

Sali A. Tagliamonte, a famous researcher and author from the University of Toronto, in collaboration Caressant Care Marmora, will be coming to Marmora May 22-29, 2019 to listen to local history culture and language.

As part of the Ontario Dialects Project, Sali and her team sit down and talk to people about their life and experiences growing up, their perspective and especially their stories.

Sali believes that it is important that community wisdom and knowledge endure for generations to come, so all the oral histories collected will be returned to the community.

Sali would be happy to give a talk about her work in local schools or for any community-based society that may be interested.

If have stories to share?

Contact Sali or Jackie at:

Jackie Fraser, Home Manager, Cressant Care, Marmora

Sali A. Tagliamonte P. (416) 822-3428

Jennifer BennettComment
Notice of Special Closed Session Council Meeting

Take notice that the Council of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake will hold a Special Closed Session Council Meeting on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019.

This Special Closed Session Council Meeting is held under authority of Section 239(2)(e) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25 for litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; and

Section 239(2)(f) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25 for advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

The meeting will commence at 5:15 p.m. and will be held in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake Council Chamber, located at 12 Bursthall Street.

This meeting is closed to the public.

Dated at the Municipality of Marmora and Lake this 11th day of February, 2019.

Tonia Bennett, CMO, Dipl. M.A
Municipal Clerk
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
P.O. Box 459, Marmora, ON, K0K 2M0
Phone: 613-472-2629 ext. 2221
Fax: 613-472-5330

Fire Chief recognized for contribution to Saskatchewan First Nation fire departments
Fire Chief Tony Brownson shows the plaque sent to him by First Nations Emergency Services for his efforts to provide First Nation Fire Departments with good used equipment.

Fire Chief Tony Brownson shows the plaque sent to him by First Nations Emergency Services for his efforts to provide First Nation Fire Departments with good used equipment.

Marmora and Lake - Fire Chief Tony Brownson is making a difference for fellow firefighters in need.

The Chief recently received a plaque recognizing his efforts to provide firefighting equipment to rural First Nations communities in Saskatchewan, Canada, who are in the early stages of becoming fully functioning volunteer fire departments.

The initiative was organized by Brownson in conjunction with First Nations Emergency Management (FNEM), whose mandate is to provide training, consulting and equipment to newly formed volunteer departments and more specifically to First Nation fire departments.

Pierce Pellerin, Emergency and Protective Services Officer for FNEM said more than 70 communities in Northern Saskatchewan didn’t have any fire services when the organization took shape a year ago.

“There’s definitely struggles here, there’s a lack of funding and essential fire fighting equipment,” he said, adding new equipment and trucks are out of reach for many communities in Northern Saskatchewan.

Pellerin first learned of the Marmora and Lake Fire Department through Carl Eggiman at Firefighters Without Borders, a Canadian organization dedicated to helping departments source used gear. It was through this contact he found out the Marmora department had a fire truck for sale.

“They flew into Toronto and drove down to see the truck,” Brownson said, referring to Pellerin and his co-workers. “Then they showed me some pictures of the communities. They had nothing, they just had some axes, but they didn’t have bunker gear or a fire truck.”

Having worked as part of a volunteer municipal department for more than two decades, Brownson felt he could assist the group in its efforts to source affordable used equipment.

”I’m part of the Hastings County Mutual Aid Association and I said I could reach out to fire stations to see if they had surplus equipment,” he said, “They were really grateful.”

To date, Brownson, with the assistance from other departments, has filled an entire shipping container and a truck with more than 45 sets of bunker gear, hoses, extraction tools, self-contained breathing apparatuses and more.

Pellerin said the equipment is invaluable to the volunteer fire fighters who receive it.

“Just to see the people get their gear, they’re super excited. It really boosts morale,” he said.

In order to qualify for the equipment, volunteer departments have to take a Fire Prevention Course offered by FNEM. This ensures they understand how to use the equipment safely and effectively. Pellerin said they also visit the departments for on-site training.

So far more than ten departments have finished training and received equipment.

Having volunteer departments in Northern First Nation communities is vital, he added, stating that communities without fire services often try to combat structure fires without any protective equipment, putting their own lives at risk. With these new departments in place, that risk is mitigated.

Pellerin said he’s hopeful the First Nation Fire Departments can collaborate with Marmora and Lake by flying Brownson and some of this crew out to Saskatchewan to provide fire training. There’s also plans underway to begin filling a second shipping container with equipment.

“The work Tony has done for us has been so great,” Pellerin said. “It wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Tony and Carl (Eggiman).”

“We hope to fly him out here to do some training, and then we’ll probably take him fishing,” Pellerin joked.

If you are interested in donating used gear to this cause, please contact Fire Chief Tony Brownson at or call the department at 613-472-2748.

Megan AbrahamComment
May Madness Bicentennial Bazaar
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It’s official! The May Madness Bicentennial Bazaar is happening May 11!

A Fundraising Event for Marmora’s Bicentennial

Marmora and Lake will be celebrating the 200th year of settlement in 2021. Fundraising efforts are underway with a massive marketplace held at the Marmora Arena and Community Centre.

  1. Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

  2. Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  3. Location: Marmora Arena and Community Centre, 28 Victoria Street


  1. All proceeds will go to the Marmora Bicentennial Event Fund

  2. The market will utilize the Community Centre, Arena Floor and Arena Lobby

  3. The canteen will be open

  4. Entry fee: $2 at the door

  5. Bicentennial donations will be accepted at the door


We are looking for all types of vendors to participate!

  1. Artisans (Handmade Products)

  2. Baked Goods

  3. Businesses

  4. Direct Sales (Avon, Tupperware, etc.)

  5. Farmers

  6. Flea Market (Second Hand Goods)

  7. Organizations

  8. Service Clubs

  9. Sports and Activity Groups


Jennifer BennettComment
The Strategic Plan Performance Measurement Report is now available online
Click to view the Performance Measurement Report

Click to view the Performance Measurement Report

The Municipal Strategic Plan will be a living document that staff will use to help direct the responsible allocation of resources. It will be a continuous process to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in municipal service delivery, help us provide the right programs, and ensure accountability to citizens, council and all stakeholders.

In the council meeting held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the Performance Measurement Report was accepted as information by council and is now available on our website.

To identify our strategic priorities, we analyzed the citizen surveys by looking at the "gap differential" between the rankings for the level of importance of service compared to the ranking of satisfaction for that same service. A larger "gap differential" means we need to re-evaluate how we are delivering that service.

The information gathered around the staff, online services, communication and accountability, non-essential infrastructure, and value for tax dollars will help us understand how ratepayers view public assets and allow us to make informed decisions on your behalf.

The staff and council interviews will help us allocate staffing responsibilities and identify efficiencies.

The Performance Measurement Report is a summary of our findings.

Jennifer BennettComment
Council meeting times changing

Council meeting times are changing from afternoons to evenings beginning at the next scheduled meeting, February 19, 2019.

Council passed a motion on February 5 to switch the meeting time from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in an effort to better accommodate members of the public who wish to attend. Meetings will go no later than 10 p.m.

The planning meetings, held the first Tuesday of each month, will also change from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Council’s meeting schedule - the first and third Tuesday of each month - will remain the same.

This decision will be reviewed within six months to see if the time change improves overall public attendance.

Megan AbrahamComment
Cathie Jones in Memoriam

It is with great sadness that the Municipality of Marmora and Lake has learned of the passing of Cathie Jones on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Cathie was an integral member of the community serving from 1998-2003 and 2007-2009 on the municipal council, plus decades of service as curator and director of the Marmora Historical Foundation. The community will feel her loss.

As per Cathie’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial to be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Cemetery.

Jennifer BennettComment
2019 Interim Tax Bills

The 2019 Interim tax bills will be mailed at the end of February. The first two installment dates have been set and payments are due Thursday, March 21 and Thursday, May 23, 2019. Penalties will be applied the next business day.

The final tax bill will be mailed in July and installment dates will be set for August and October. The exact dates are to be determined.

Visit our the Finance Department’s page to see the various ways you can make payments.

Jennifer BennettComment
Road Conditions Worsen Despite Best Efforts

The crews have been out around the clock; but to their best effort, the roads and sidewalks may still treacherous in spots as the rain is freezing to them.

Please exercise caution when out today.

Kevin Hart, C.E.T., CRS-S
Manager of Transportation
Municipality of Marmora and Lake

Jennifer BennettComment
Lyme disease info-night with Dr. Brenda Tapp

February 7, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, Ivanhoe

Lyme disease info-night with Dr. Brenda Tapp, naturopathic doctor and specialist in Lyme disease and ticks.

Hastings Stewardship Council hosts event #2 in the Winter Speaker Series.

Cost is $5. Children are free.

For information, contact Ray at 613-848-7697 or

Jennifer BennettComment