Holiday Train Returns November 28th

The Holiday Train will be returning to North Stormont on November 28th at 2:30 p.m.  This year’s entertainment will include Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott.  The Holiday Train, now in its 20th year, travels across parts of the Northern United States and across Canada collecting food and raising funds for local food banks.  Over the past 20 years, more than $14.5 Million has been raised and 4.3 million pounds of food collected.

The Holiday Train first stopped in Finch in 2015, thanks to the lobbying of Canadian Pacific by outgoing Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey.  “I am very proud and excited that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping in our Community once again this year for the fourth time.  The CP Holiday Train brings awareness of some of these issues and generously contribute.  Not only that but they bring headliner entertainers to our community in the process.  In a village of 600 people it is amazing to have Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott put on a performance for us.  I hope people will come from far and wide and donate to help to continue to support our local food banks.”

Over the past three years, the Holiday Train has brought in $6,549 in financial contributions from the community and approximately 8,820 pounds of food.  Canadian Pacific has contributed $9,000 over the past three years as well.

“The Community Food Share continues to be grateful for this wonderful partnership that has been developed with Canadian Pacific and the Holiday Train”, said Ian McKelvie, Administrator for the Community Food Share.  “What a wonderful way to bring members of the community together to celebrate the holiday spirit while raising awareness and support for local food banks.”

Mayor-Elect Jim Wert is looking forward to another successful year.  “It is events like the Holiday Train that help put small towns like Finch on the map.  It is great to see the community come together year after year to listen to some home grown Canadian talent while raising food, funds and awareness for the Community Food Share.”

Attendees to the event are encouraged to bring food and cash donations to support the Community Food Share.  Food donation drop off centers are available at the North Stormont Arena, North Stormont Place, Monkland Community Centre and the North Stormont Township Office.

For a full list of what food items to donate or to make a financial contribution online, please visit

The Community Food Share is a not for profit organizations that serves Dundas and Stormont Counties.  With two food cupboards in North Stormont, one in Finch and one in Crysler, the Community Food Share continues to provide food access support to local residents.  The Community Food Share provides services to approximately 165 households every month, representing 500 individuals.

The Township of North Stormont is a rural municipality located in the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry and is largely an agricultural community with vibrant Villages and Hamlets.  Proximity to major urban centres like Ottawa and Montreal, as well as its quieter pace of life make North Stormont “A Good Place to Grow”!

Holiday Train Press Release

North Stormont Fire Service Open House November 10th

North Stormont Township to Hold Open House


Berwick, Ontario – Station 4 (Moose Creek), will hold an Open House on November 10, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Chief Dan Gauvin and firefighters will be present to greet members of the public and hot dogs will be served for lunch.

Mayor Dennis Fife stated that “This free public event is aimed at raising public awareness and fire prevention to meet local firefighters, check out their trucks and equipment, and ask questions about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, home escape plans, and any other fire-related concern.”

Chief Gauvin indicated that “Open houses give families and businesses the chance to meet their local firefighters and tour the station that serves their homes and properties.”

At 11:30 a.m., mascot Sparky will be helping Chief Gauvin, Senior Captain Forgues and Fire Prevention Officer Gauthier introduce our new programs;

  • Junior Firefighter program for 14-16 years of age and 16-18 years old;
  •  Introduction of our First Junior Fire Safety Ambassador.

Senior Captain Forgues will be available for those interested in joining our family of volunteer firefighter or our junior volunteer programs in North Stormont.

Raffles will be held at the end of the day. We look forward to seeing you and sharing being part of A Family Protecting A Bigger Family with our community.


For more information contact:

North Stormont Fire Service,
Nancy-Ann Gauthier, Fire Prevention Officer,
613-984-2821(extension 257)


Journée d’accueil au canton de Stormont Nord


Berwick, Ontario – La station numéro 4 (Moose Creek) organise une journée d’accueil (communément appelé Open House en anglais) le 10 novembre 2018 entre 11 h et 15 h.

Le chef Daniel Gauvin et les pompiers volontaires seront sur place afin d’accueillir le public. Des hot-dogs seront servis à l’heure du diner.

Le maire Dennis Fife a déclaré : « Cet évènement public gratuit vise à rappeler l’importance de la prévention-incendie auprès du public, en plus d’offrir l’occasion de rencontrer les pompiers locaux, jeter un coup d’œil à leurs camions et équipement connexe ainsi que de poser des questions sur les détecteurs de fumée, les détecteurs de dioxyde de carbone ainsi que sur les plans d’évacuation du domicile et autres sujets afférents aux dangers d’incendie.»

Le chef Gauvin a indiqué pour sa part : «Ces journées d’accueil permet aux familles et aux entreprises de faire la connaissance de leurs pompiers locaux et d’effectuer une tournée de la station qui veille sur leur domicile et propriétés respectifs.»

À 11h30, la mascotte Sparky aidera le chef Gauvin, son capitaine sénior, monsieur Forgues, ainsi que l’officier de prévention Nancy-Ann Gauthier à présenter nos nouveaux programmes :

  • Programme de pompier junior à l’intention des jeunes âgés de 14 à 16 ans et de 16 à 18 ans;
  • La présentation de notre tout premier ambassadeur junior de la prévention-incendie.

Le capitaine sénior Forgues sera disponible afin de parler aux personnes qui voudraient devenir pompiers volontaires ou faire partie de nos programmes de volontaires juniors à Stormont Nord.

On procédera à des tirages en fin de journée. Nous espérons vous compter parmi nous afin de pouvoir partager cette notion communautaire d’Une famille qui protège une plus grande famille.


Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec :

Services des incendies de Stormont Nord,
Nancy-Ann Gauthier, Officier de prévention des incendies
613 984-2821(poste 257)

Community Improvement Plan Open House

The Township of North Stormont is holding an Open House on Tuesday October 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to gain feedback on the proposed grants programs for the Community Improvement Plan.

A short presentation will be provided at 7 p.m. to go over the proposed programming.

A Community Improvement Plan is a financial municipal tool that municipalities can use to assist in the redevelopment and improvement of commercial businesses.  The Community Improvement Plan sets out programs and strategies for improving the built, economic and social environment in designated areas.

Members of the community are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed funding program either in person through the open house or in writing.

The Township is proposing five (5) funding programs through the Community Improvement Plan.  Details on each of the programs are provided in the flyers below.

Municipal and School Board Elections October 17th to October 22nd, 2018

The Township of North Stormont has two voting options:

Vote by Internet


Vote by Phone

As you prepare to vote by Internet or by Phone during the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections, you will need your Voter Information Letter (VIL) which contains your confidential Personal Identification Number (PIN) along with the list of Candidates eligible to be elected. In addition, and as added security, you will be required to enter your date of birth (DOB).

You can either vote by Internet (anywhere / anytime) or by Phone (anywhere in North America). Your personal VIL provides the applicable website address or the applicable phone number that will enable you to vote.

As an option, and if you do not have access to the Internet, may we suggest you visit your local library branch or if needed, you can visit the municipal office / Voter Help Center.


Address: 15 Union Street, Berwick, ON

Phone: 1-833-984-8683

Election assistance / Voter Help Center hours are Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

On Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, staff will also be available from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

On October 22, staff can assist from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.

The following videos explain how to vote either through Internet voting or Telephone voting.

English Internet Voting 

French Internet Voting 

English Phone Voting 

French Phone Voting

Fire Prevention Week October 7th to October 13th, 2018

The North Stormont Fire Service is urging everyone in North Stormont to LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about fire safety during the year’s Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7th-13th, 2018, is “LOOK.  LISTEN.  LEARN.  Be aware.  Fire can happen anywhere.”

The theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:

  1. LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home.  Take action to prevent fire from starting:
    • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.  If you must leave, turn off the stove.
    • Encourage smokers to smoke outside.  Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
    • Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks.  A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.
  2. LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency.  Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency.  Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
  3. LEARN two ways out of every room.  Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire.  Prevention is always the best course of action.  Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start.”

“Only working smoke alarms give you the early notification of fire and the time you and your family need to safely escape.  Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival.”

“Fire and smoke move faster than you.  There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts.  Practice a home fire escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

– Dan Gauvin, Fire Chief


For more information on Fire Prevention, please contact the North Stormont Fire Service Fire Prevention Officer, Nancy-Ann Gauthier for more information.  Nancy-Ann can be reached at 613-984-2821 ext. 257 or,

Temporary Road Closure October 10th – McNeil Road

McNeil Road will be closed between Valley Street/Tolmies Corners Road and Highway 138 to accommodate the replacement of a culvert.  The closure is expected on Wednesday October 10th, 2018 starting at 7 a.m. and reopening at 5 p.m.  Please visit the Township’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Residents along this stretch of McNeil Road will have access to their properties.  Please note the location of the culvert that is to be replaced as indicated in the provided map.  Residents are encouraged to plan alternative routes as necessary.

Please contact the Public Works Department should you have any questions regarding the road closure at 613-984-2821 ext. 227 or

Temporary Road Closure Notice

Hydrant Flushing – October 9th to 26th

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) will be commencing with the hydrant flushing for Crysler, Finch and Moose Creek between October 9th and 26th, 2018.

Residents may notice a discolouration of the water at their homes during this period and for a short time thereafter.  If you notice a discolouration of your tap water, please run the water until it is clear.  This discolouration is not hazardous to your health.  It is typical of a normal operating water distribution system.

Please call OCWA if you have any questions or comments on how the Ontario Clean Water Agency can serve you better 613-448-3098.

Office Closure – October 1st

The Township Office will be closed on Monday October 1st, 2018 to allow for staff to attend the funeral of a co-worker.

Your understanding during this time is greatly appreciated. Normal office hours will resume Tuesday October 2nd at 8:30 a.m.

Moderate (Level 2) Drought Conditions

South Nation Conservation’s Water Response Team met on September 21st to discuss the current drought conditions in the SNC jurisdiction.  The Team upgraded the drought advisory from minor to moderate (Level 2) for the Upper South Nation River Region.  This area extends from the South Nation River headwaters in Augusta Township to the Village of Casselman (map provided below).  The remainder of the jurisdiction will remain in a minor (Level 1) drought condition as originally issued on July 1st, 2018.

Since issuing a minor drought advisory in July, SNC has not seen conditions improved over the last month.  The rainfall received in August and September has been localized and is insufficient to improve soil moisture, streamflows, and groundwater levels.  Climate stations near the headwaters of the South Nation River indicated less than 60% of normal precipitation in the last 3 months.

Of the three drought levels, a Level 1 indicates that there is a potential for a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist.  A Level 2 condition indicates minor supply issues may be apparent and a Level 3 condition indicates the failure of the water supply to meet demand.

While in a Level 2 Drought Condition, SNC asks residents, businesses and other industries to reduce their water consumption by 20% by limiting non-essential uses.  It is also requested that municipal water conservation By-laws be enforced.

SNC’s Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response program, consists of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture and other special interest groups.  SNC will continue to monitor the drought conditions and will provide updates as required.

For more information please contact Omar Kana’n at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 309, or Sandra Mancini at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 223

Watershed Map