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Wireless alert system test to take place on November 27

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Nov 20, 2019

On November 27, 2019 a test of Alert Ready, Canada’s emergency alerting system will take place. In Ontario, the test will commence at 2:55 PM Eastern Time.

Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians. Test alerts educate and simulate to Ontarians what an emergency alert will look and sound like in the event of a life-threatening situation.

Due to the essential nature of this service, there is no option to opt out of receiving emergency alerts. Emergency alerts are legislated by the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC). National tests provide an opportunity to validate the end-to-end performance and reliability of the system. Testing of the Alert Ready system occurs a maximum of twice a year (during Emergency Preparedness Week in May, and in November).

Please note that not all Ontarians will receive the test alert on their wireless device due to a variety of reasons, including device compatibility, connection to an LTE network, cell tower coverage, device software and settings. For more information, please visit

Notice regarding planned power outage on November 24, 2019

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 19, 2019

Hydro One has scheduled a planned power outage affecting much of Highlands East for November 24, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Cardiff is scheduled to have service resumed by 12:00 pm with the remainder of the municipality by 4:00 pm.

Please prepare in advance for the disruption in service.

  • Have sufficient amount of water available for the duration of outage.
  • If you rely on medical equipment (home oxygen). Make sure it will function properly during the power outage or make alternate arrangements.
  • Minimize opening refrigerator and freezer doors to maintain cool temperatures longer.
  • Check that you can override garage doors or leave vehicles outside.
  • Please exercise caution using alternative heating, cooking and backup power sources. Do not operate equipment and/or devices inside that are meant for outside use only.  Make sure all smoke and CO detectors are operating. 
  • Check on neighbours and friends.

Potable water is available at:

  • Gooderham Municipal Office – 1032 Gooderham Street, Gooderham
  • Station 4 Fire Hall - Wilberforce

Hydro One customers requiring more information can call 1-888-664-9376.

If you have an emergency, please call 911. 

If you require assistance, please contact Acting Fire Chief, Chris Baughman 705-455-2747.

Have a breakfast buffet at the Wilberforce Legion during the power outage this Sunday

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 18, 2019

Due to the power outage on Sunday, November 24 the WIlberforce Legion, Branch 624 will be holding a breakfast buffet from 9:00 am to Noon. Pay by donation. Call 705-448-2221 for details.

Municipal Signage Project Request for Proposal

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 14, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East welcomes proposals for our Municipal Signage Project. We are seeking proposals from qualified consultants to undertake the creation and construction of various signage within the municipality. Please take the time to carefully read and become familiar with the proposal requirements. All proposals submitted for consideration must be received by November 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Submission details are included in the documentation available for download below.

Note: The attached documentation was revised on November 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

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Help Fill the Cruiser on Saturday, December 7th

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 14, 2019

Donate some food to help the OPP Fill the Cruiser on Saturday, December 7th between 11AM and 3PM in the Wilberforce Foodland parking lot.

All donations will benefit our local food banks in Wilberforce and Cardiff.

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Outdoor Rink Volunteers Needed

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 14, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East needs your help!  We are looking for volunteers who are willing and able bodied to help maintain the outdoor rinks in Gooderham and Cardiff.  Without the help of volunteers the rinks will not be able to operate this winter. 

Please contact Property Supervisor, Jim Alden at 705-455-7515.

Light the Night in Cardiff on Saturday, December 7th

Posted to Events, News & Notices on Nov 7, 2019

Join in on the Holiday cheer on Saturday, December 7th at the Dragon Fly in Cardiff at 6:30PM for refreshments, tree lighting and a visit from Santa! Everyone is welcome.

Santa comes to Wilberforce on Sunday, December 8th

Posted to Events on Nov 1, 2019

Santa Claus comes to Wilberforce on Sunday, December 8th with a Parade at 12:30PM and everyone is invited to head into the Lloyd Watson Centre afterwards for lots of fun! Children 10 and under register at the door to receive a gift, photo with Santa and more! Sponsored by the Ward 4 Volunteer Fire Dept. and your local Santa Fund Committee.

Santa Rides into town in Wilberforce

Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade. rstrong [at] highlandseast [dot] ca (Email Ruth Strong) to participate. To contribute to the Santa Fund please contact Roberta Walsh at 705-448-2185 or Kathy Rogers at 705-448-1285.

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Skating in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Oct 9, 2019
Photo of figure skating.

Regular Free Public Skating takes place on Sundays from 12:30PM until 2:00PM and Adults & Seniors Free Skating takes place on Tuesdays from 2:00PM to 3:00PM.

Holiday Skating

Special dates and times for free public skating during the holidays are as follows:

  • Friday, December 27, 2019 from 3:00PM to 4:30PM
  • Friday, January 3, 2020 from 3:00PM to 4:30PM

The 2019-2020 Ice Season runs from on September 29th to March 31st.

Many times are available to be booked. Whether running a league or wishing to rent the ice surface for hockey, skating programs, or a special event, we'll be happy to book you in!

Check our Events Calendar for skating times and to book an ice rental for your Group, League or for Birthday Parties and other Private Events, please contact:

  • Property Supervisor Jim Alden at 705-448-2775 or jalden [at] highlandseast [dot] ca,
  • Arena Direct Line at 705-448-2772,
  • Tracy Millar at 705-448-2981 Ext. 421 or tmillar [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

For  more information please visit our Facility Rental & Booking Information page.

Short Term Rental Survey Results

Posted to News & Notices on Oct 9, 2019

Results from the public engagement questionnaire regarding Short Term Rentals is available for download below.

A meeting will be scheduled in the near future to review results and to determine next steps.

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