Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday June 18, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



The official total is in - nearly 50,000 people attended the 2017 Butter Tart Festival. This past week the cruise ships Victory and the Pearl Mist both visited Midland bringing some 200 passengers each to our area. To make the summer complete all we need now is a 60 foot tall yellow rubber ducky.  



The Week Ahead



In keeping with the summer theme, Monday the 19th will see a meeting on developing the cruise ship industry for the port of Midland.  While we have enjoyed rapid growth with some 13 cruise ship visits this season, the potential exists for 80-100 annual visits. Before that occurs some changes are required to our port facilities and the regulations for passenger shipping in the Great Lakes. Midland will be working with other cruise ports such as Parry Sound and Chicago to ensure we have an attractive offering for our cruising visitors.



On Tuesday June 20th the Town will hold its regular Emergency Planning meeting at 11:00 am at the Fire Hall. Then at 3:00 pm at Town Hall our North Simcoe housing group meets to continue developing affordable housing for Midland.



At 7:30 pm the “Our Health” series brings you the Hunger Games - From the Freedom of Foodies to the Destruction of Eating Disorders. The panel, including Wendy Preskow, a parent, advocate and the Founder of the National Initiative for Eating Disorders; Brittany Stewart, a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator; and Anita Federici a PhD Clinical Psychologist from Midland who specializes in eating disorders. This event takes place at the MCC



Wednesday June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. Askenonnia invites you to join them for a BBQ at Little Lake Park starting at 11:00 am.  At 1:00 pm the Downtown Safety Committee meets at the Town to ensure that we continue to enjoy a safe environment for all in our community.



On Thursday June 22nd at 9:00 am, Waypoint starts a day-long session about healthcare planning at its location. At 11:00 am the Ontario Early Years Centre takes to Little Lake Park for its annual picnic. Then from 1:00 to 4:00 pm the Severn Sound Environmental Association invites you to its 20th Annual Open House event at the Wyebridge Community Centre (8340 County Rd 93, Wyebridge). And finally, Georgian Bay General Hospital holds its 2017 AGM and Report to the Community. That takes place in the hospital cafeteria at 4:00 pm.



Friday the 23rd features another in the series of “manufacturers’ roundtables”, taking place at TRW. The series, sponsored by our economic development group EDCNS, brings area manufacturers together to help support each other’s business interests. The good news is its working. Most of our manufacturers are growing and looking for additional staff.



Later that afternoon, Tay Township starts its Canada Day celebrations at Oakwood Park in Victoria Harbour.   At 8:00 pm, Ashley MacIssac plays at MCC. This energetic east coast fiddler will have you up and dancing to some great Celtic and modern tunes. A sample at:






Week - End



Saturday June 24



-       10:00 am at Little Lake Park, please join the Global Water Dance.  Sponsored by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge of North Simcoe and Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre, the event intends to “cultivate a new generation of socially aware artists, and to use dance to inspire solutions for our planet and people”. Everyone is welcome.



-       1:00 pm to 3:00 pm the Strawberry Tea in support of the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre takes place in the Courtyard at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre (old PGH).  Enjoy an afternoon of music, draws for gift baskets and delicious scones, home-made clotted cream and strawberries.




Sunday June 25



-       11:00 am the Metis Aboriginal Day celebration at the Brian Orser arena in Penetanguishene







Council Issues Update



Service Delivery Review



The organization for the municipal Service Delivery Review (SDR) project is well underway. Three committees have been established – the SDR Steering Committee, made up of staff and Council members; the SDR Advisory Committee, made up mainly of members of the public and two Council members; and the Governance Committee, made up of Council and staff.  These Committees will undertake a complete assessment of what services we deliver to you and how they should be changed. I expect recommendations for more municipal service delivery online.  Over the summer look for further announcements of meetings and how you may participate.  The initial reports from the Committees should be ready for the fall.



OPP



Due to some health issues, the initial costing report will not be delivered until the end of the month. The OPP Costing Committee will receive the costing assessment, make any needed adjustments and then release the results to the public. At that point Council will be in a position to consider the question of whether we should move to the OPP or stay with the MPS.



Midland Bay Landing



The arrangement with our previous partner is now terminated. Council will be asked to use the $250,000 environmental deposit that we had received to finish the preparatory site work. With that work done, the Town will have the MBL site as ready as it can be for development.





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Happy Father’s Day



Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday June 11, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Butter Tart Festival 2017 is behind us and another resounding success.  I am still awaiting the official total but 50,000+ visitors seem quite reasonable. The Butter Tart Festival has had a tremendous impact on Midland not only from the direct dollars generated but also in introducing Midland to the rest of Ontario and beyond. While walking the street I met people who had come from Windsor, Montreal, Ottawa and Nova Scotia just for our Festival. My congratulations to the Butter Tart committee and especially Angela Bird for making Midland proud.



The Week Ahead



At 10:00 am on Monday June 12th I receive the students from Bayview School for a tour of Town hall. At 3:00 pm you are invited to celebrate the opening of the new Guesthouse shelter at 522 Elizabeth Street.  The Guesthouse is moving out of their current location at Knox Church and into a modern shelter facility that will be able to better serve our homeless.  This move signifies a major step forward for our communities in being able to help those who are challenged in life to have a better future.



At 7:00 pm is General Committee of Council. Lots of decisions being made to approve operational expenses seen in the 2017 budget. In addition:

-       Approval of the Enbridge gas franchise agreement for Midland

-       Establishing a new Governance Committee , as part of the Midland Forward initiative

-       Discussion on Floatie Fest in Little Lake Park



On Wednesday the 14th the County will be hosting a food security forum at the County museum.  This all day event will review the actions and plans to ensure that the County remains a food producing region for the foreseeable future. That evening at dusk Midland Movie Night is back! Catch a FREE movie - E.T. Extra-Terrestrial - under the stars at 509 Bay Street.  Movies are every second Wednesday throughout the summer.



Thursday the 15th sees the start of the two day Zero Waste Ontario conference at Orillia’s Lakehead University. The keynote speaker is the honorable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change.  For further details please see www.Zerowasteontarioconference.ca



And Friday its back to celebrating the summer with Party on the Dock starting at 7:00 pm at the Midland waterfront.  A perennial favorite of all those who want to celebrate summer.



Week - End



Saturday June 17

-       10 am to noon at Midland Town Dock – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, in support of Rosewood Women’s Shelter. Registration and pledge sheets at http://midlandysmensclub.ca/events/walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes/

-       2:00 pm – The official opening of “Along the Healing Path” in Waubaushene. The ceremony is by Pine Street near the beach.

-       8:00 pm – Zepology, a tribute to Led Zeppelin at the MCC. A must attend for all Led Zeppelin fans



Council Issues Update



Service Delivery Review



This major Council project will examine all aspects of the Town’s service delivery. It will not only examine efficiency but also ask the questions about what services the Town should be providing.  The process will be led by a Steering Committee including 6 staff and 2 Councilors and is co-chaired by Town Engineer Andy Campbell and Amanpreet Sidhu, Head of Corporate Services.  There will also be an Advisory Committee that currently has 6 public members and 2 Councillors. The project will be supported by a consultant from WSCS consulting. For more information on this key project and to find out how you can participate please visit






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In closing, two items from the County.



1)     The County of Simcoe wants residents to feed your green bin not your garbage. To encourage greater participation in its green bin program and raise awareness about proper waste disposal techniques, the County launched its #GreenBintoWin contest running June 1 through August 21, 2017. The social media contest offer green bin “feeders” a chance to win prize packs and a grand prize consisting of a weekend for two adults and two children at Fern Resort.



How do you enter? Simply take a photo showing "How You Feed Your Green Bin" Post/share it and follow/tag us on Twitter @SimcoeCounty and/or Facebook @CountyofSimcoe. Use the hashtag #GreenBintoWin



In addition to the social media contest, County staff are hitting the road with the #GreenBintoWin tour in neighbourhoods across the County in search of some of the region’s best green bin users. A happy green bin is a full green bin and some of the area’s most generous “feeders” will receive County merchandise in recognition of their efforts.: www.simcoe.ca/greenbintowin



2)     An advisory about the Emerald Ash Borer affecting our ash trees in Midland.  Please see attached item.







Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday June 4, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



It’s been a busy week in Midland. This past Thursday the details of the sale of our MPUC to Newmarket-Tay Hydro were announced.  While attendance was light at the public meeting those who were there enjoyed meeting the Board and senior staff from Newmarket-Tay.  We are going to get along well.  For more information from the meeting please visit www.poweringmidland.ca. Council will now turn its attention to how to best manage the $22M we have received from the sale.



This past week we met with two companies who are thinking of making major investments in Midland. Also I expect the manufacturer who will be taking over the Pillsbury plant to be announced next month.  It seems that our economic development work is starting to pay off.



And lastly if you were down in Little Lake Park this past week and noticed some fantastic artwork on the sidewalks, that was courtesy of the students from GBDSS, Bayview, Mundy’s Bay, and Huron Park.



The Week Ahead



The busy part of the week starts on Tuesday June 6th. Big Bike for Heart and Stroke is coming back to Midland. If you want to join the ride that starts at our waterfront at 10:00 am please contact Councillor Jon Main at jmain@midland.ca.



Our Library will be the centre of action for June. They are introducing three new events all starting on June 6th.

1.     Like A Boss – From 3:30-4:30 pm students get to think like an entrepreneur.  From business plans and finances, to taxes, to market research – there’s a lot to think about! Tap into ongoing workshops and mentorship, plus a shot at $1000. To register, email alexandra.obrien@sm.ymca.ca

2.     Paws for a Story – Every Tuesday this June from 4:30-5:30 pm help your child embrace the love of reading while enjoying positive experiences with animals. Call to register your child, aged 6-10, for a 15 minute reading session with a registered therapy dog.

3.     Makers of Midland – From 6:00-7:00 pm join other creators and creative crafts-people and share your projects and tips. Hear their stories and maybe learn a new skill! Bring a project you’re proud of or are currently working on.

Contact Amanda at the Midland Library 705-526-4216.  

At 6:30 pm you are invited to the BIA AGM taking place at Shopmidland, the corner of King and Hugel.  At 7:30 pm it’s A Day in the Life at the MCC featuring Steve Paikin. Steve is a host of TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda. He is a journalist, author and documentary producer. He recently authored Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not so Bland after All. Tickets are available online at www.midlandculturalcentre.com or at the Box Office at 333 King St., Midland.





On Wednesday June 7th at noon please join our seniors at NSSRC for a lunch and learn. The topic is “Protecting your Nest Egg” presented by retired Justice Bob Main and Mr. Steve Reynaud.  At 6:00 pm you are invited to take the stage as Midland Has Talent struts its stuff at the MCC. Also at 6:00 pm Council is likely to hold a special meeting. Please check the Town website for details as the agenda has not yet been published. Then at 7:00 pm it’s Planning and Development Committee at Town Hall. The agenda includes:

-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) on Second Units

-       Site Plan for a new Montana’s restaurant (at Mountainview mall)  

-       The Source Protection Plan implementation study



On Thursday June 8th at 6:00 pm at NSSRC the County, Midland and Penetanguishene are hosting a Public Information Centre on the redesign of Highway 93 through Midland and Penetanguishene. The discussion will feature the problematic intersection of Hwy 93 and Vinden. Later that evening Drayton launches its 2017 season at Kings Wharf with the Terry Fox inspired Marathon of Hope.



And to help you ease into a busy weekend, you should take in Friday’s Jazz & Blues Festival at the Library.  From 3:00 to 6:00 pm enjoy rhythm and blues at the Library with this week’s featured artist Jo Gravelle. This free concert is part of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival .



Week - End



Saturday June 10



-       8:00 am the Butter Tart Trot, featuring 1.0, 5.0 and 10.0 km runs at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons

-       9:00 am - Butter Tart all day. 40,000 visitors, 150,000 Butter Tarts – what more needs be said – have fun http://buttertartfestival.ca/

-       6:00 pm – The County hosts the Wardens Pace at Innisfil Raceway





Council Issues Update



MPUC



Council will now turn its attention to the proper stewardship of the funds received from the sale of the MPUC. The public will be invited to actively participate in the discussion. An announcement of upcoming meetings on this topic should be made shortly.





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The County has introduced a new social program to our area – the Circles Program. It is based on an innovative approach to poverty reduction. The program avoids lecturing individuals about how to avoid poverty but rather works with them intensively as a partner who joins them on their journey to beat poverty. I have already spoken to a few individuals who have experienced the Program and they say it has changed their lives.  For more information take a look at the County’s Circles website at Simcoe County Circles Website.






Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday May 28, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Summer weather – at long last. And as if to prove the point, this week sees the start of our cruise ship season. On Sunday June 4th the Pearl Mist makes the first of her 9 visits to Midland. On June 14th, the MS Victory visits Midland, one of its four port calls. Going to be a great summer.  





The Week Ahead



Monday the 29th sees the start of operations of the Guesthouse in there new location.  Our shelter for the homeless has been operating out of the basement of Knox Presbyterian for the last 8 years.  This new location provides much better accommodation for the guests and brings in specialized services, such as addictions counselling and housing support,  that will allow the homeless to move on to a better life. Look for a public launch about mid-June



At 10:30 am you are invited to GBGH for a cheque presentation from the County to help our hospital with the funding for its Emergency Department renovations.



On Tuesday May 30th at 3:00 pm, the NS Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to advance its affordable housing project.  Then at 5:00 pm the Citizens Healthcare Steering Committee meets at GBGH.  Their main agenda item is to discuss how the Committee will work more closely with the NSMLHIN in representing the citizens of North Simcoe.  You are welcome to attend.



Wednesday May 31st is Camp Day at Tim Hortons. The proceeds from all coffee sales plus donations will be used to help low income families send their kids to camp.  I will be at their Hwy 12 location at 8:30 am, so do drop by. At 6:00 pm at Town Hall, Council holds a special meeting to receive the draft Official Plan Review report.  While this is not a public input meeting, you are invited to attend to gauge Council’s first reaction to the document.



A Day in the Life takes place at MCC at 7:30 pm featuring Duncan McCue.  Duncan is the host of CBC Radio's Cross Canada Checkup. He's a journalist, educator, author and public speaker. He has worked and volunteered with indigenous organizations across Canada.  He is the author of The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir. pm).  Tickets are available online at www.midlandculturalcentre.com or at the Box Office at 333 King St., Midland.



And at 8:00 pm at Bay and King Streets, it’s our first outdoor movie of the summer.  So grab the kids and some lawn chairs and come out to see Rogue One – A Star Wars Story under the stars.



Thursday June 1st starts at 5:45 am at the paramedic station in Midland. The reason – the Paramedic Push for Cardiology.  Paramedics from across Simcoe County will take turns pushing a gurney all the way from Midland to Midhurst. Their objective is to raise awareness and funds for heart disease, the second leading cause of death in Canada. So come out and cheer them on. The gurney leaves Midland at 5:45 am and arrives in Midhurst about 4:00 pm.



At 6:00 pm at the NSSRC is a public information meeting on the recent MPUC sale. This is your chance to find out more about the sale and get your questions answered. Much of the information is online at http://www.midland.ca/Pages/MidlandPUC.aspx.



On Friday at 1:30 pm Waypoint invites you to its AGM at Waypoint.  If you are looking for a boat, you will want to be at the Wye Heritage Marina starting at 4:00 pm for their annual In Water Boat Show.  The show goes all weekend.



Sistema is a special charity that helps underprivileged children get involved in learning how to play music. www.sistemahuronia.com . They invite you to come out to their 50s/60s Dance Fundraiser and have some fun while supporting a great cause.  The event takes place at the Mt. St. Louis Parish Hall, at the Corner of Mt. St Louis Rd and 4th line of Oro Medonte, starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets available from John at johnjosephvella@gmail.com   



Week - End



Saturday June 3



-       9:00 am - Kids Fishing Derby and Bike Rodeo at the Town dock

-       10:00 am – The In Water Boat Show at Wye Heritage Marina

-       11:00 am – The grand opening of Triple Tech at 713 Vinden

-       1:30 pm – 724 Midland Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets annual review at NSSRC

-       8:00 pm - Take It Easy – The Story of the Eagles, a musical tribute at the MCC





Sunday June 4



-       8:30 am – The Pearl Mist makes her first visit to Midland. She will be on dock all day

-       10:00 am – In Water Boat Show at Wye Heritage Marina

-       2:00 pm - Drumhead service at St. Margaret’s/ St. Marks cemetery  



Council Issues Update



OPR



Council gets its first look at the draft Official Plan Review report this week. This is a very important document for the Town as it will lay out the planning framework for the Town of Midland for at least the next 5 years. It also affects you.  The province has included a number of new features in the Plan including a “Natural Heritage” designation that is likely to apply to many properties in our community. Take a look at the information at

http://www.midland.ca/Shared%20Documents/Special%20Meeting%20-%20May%2031%202017.pdf   and make sure you are fully informed.  There will be additional meetings in the near future to allow you to provide input on the draft OPR.



Barnstormers



It has been publically quiet on this front for the last two months. What has been happening is that soil samples have been taken, a normal development step, and are being evaluated by Barnstormer’s before the final terms are settled. More information shortly.



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Our 2017 budget has been put to bed. Included in that budget is a small item for $12,000 that may have escaped your attention. These funds will be used for a “gap analysis” of the broadband coverage in our Town. Essentially to find out what type of digital communication is currently available for you.  When the gap analysis is completed this fall, we will be ready to participate in the roll-out of the SWIFT fibre optic network being planned by the Ontario government. The goal is to have fibre available to every home/business in North Simcoe. High speed connectivity is essential for Midland’s continued growth in becoming a player on the world stage.







Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday May 21, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Warmer weather may be proving elusive but things are heating up in Midland. My discussions with a number of folks in the real estate business indicate the home prices are up by about 30% year over year in Midland. The Pillsbury property has now been sold to a manufacturer. The sale will close in July at which time we will have more information about who is moving in and how many jobs are being created. Also this week I met with a manufacturer from the city who is thinking of relocating to our area. Midland is the place to be.



The Week Ahead



Monday 22 – Town Hall closed for Victoria Day.   





On Tuesday the 23rd it is back to work (for some). At 9:00 am County Council will deal with a number of items that affect our area. Good news on the housing front as the waiting list for rent-geared-to-income housing has decreased by 3.5% since last year.  At 6:00 pm is a closed meeting of Council to discuss two items: 1) Appointments to the Community Service Advisory Committee; 2) disposition of land. Then at 7:00 pm is the May Council meeting. A short agenda with some interesting items:

-       Council will start the discussion on how to manage the proceeds of the sale of our MPUC. The principal amount received from the sale is about $22 million

-       Finalization of your 2017 property tax rate. Expect an average tax increase of 1% for residential property owners over 2016

-       Discussion of acquiring a service to help locate grants for the many charities in our community



Wednesday May 24th is Rotary’s Random Acts of Kindness Day – a chance for each of us to show our fellow citizens a little compassion.  Rotary is hosting a free BBQ at the dock at 12 noon, while the Town invites you to drop by Town Hall for a coffee and a chat. At 1:00 pm is day one of the Culture Grows Here conference taking place at MCC. For more details, please see http://experience.simcoe.ca/culture-grows-here



Starting at 3:00 pm the Mental Wellness Ambassadors at Georgian Bay District Secondary School are hosting a Wellness Fair.  Students from GBDSS, Tay Shores Public School and James Keating Elementary Schools invite you to drop by the event at Little Lake Park and see how today’s schools have embraced the challenge of mental health. Also at 3:00 pm is the MCC AGM, taking place in the Town’s Council chambers. Later at 5:00 pm you are invited to visit the County’s skilled trades expo at the Wyevale Community Centre.



Thursday, a quieter day with the Culture Grows Here conference continuing at the MCC.



On Friday the 26th I attend an all-day County conference to discuss the coordination and sharing of services amongst the County and its municipalities.  Over the last four years Midland has successfully shared resources and services with Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay.  Seems the County wants to take this even further.  Friday also sees the 93rd Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada. The church conference, hosted by St. Pauls, will bring about 350 visitors to our area.



From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Midland Legion is hosting another one of their famous spaghetti dinners.  Then at 8:00 pm Brian Neale, the lead singer of Northern Harbour, returns to Midland’s MCC with his “Livin’ the Life”, concert featuring Jimmy Buffett songs, Brian’s own original compositions, and the hits of Neil Diamond, Elton John, James Taylor and others.

A fun way to “kick off summer”!!  





Week - End



Saturday May 27



-       10:00 am to 12 noon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe is hosting an “Every Day is Earth Day- Litter A Thon” to clean up our communities. Youth aged 6-18 are encouraged to participate (parents are encouraged to attend as well). Participants must pre-register through the Big Brothers Big Sisters office (705-526-5051).  Once the 2 hours of collecting litter are complete, participants will return to the BBBS parking lot at 67 Fourth Street for prize awards and a treat

-       11:00 am the Midland Bay Sailing Club launches its 2017 season with a sail past. Look for lots of sails in the harbour

-       8:45 pm Wye Marsh holds its Marsh by moonlight paddle series at Wye Marsh



Sunday May 28



12:30 pm is the Hospice Huronia Walk, starting from the curling club in Penetanguishene

1:00 pm – the Midland Lions guide dog walk starts at the Town dock

2:00 pm - GB Garden Tour hosts a launch evet for its July Garden Tour

8:00 pm - Huronia Hotstrings Gypsy Jazz at MCC featuring our own Jessica Lalonde



Council Issues Update



Budget



The 2017 budget and tax rate should be finalized this week with a tax rate increase of 1%. The 2018 budget process will start shortly with the first public meeting likely in the early fall. 



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Two general items in closing.



1)     Midland Seniors Council is hosting its annual luncheon on Wednesday June 7th at the NSSRC. Featured speakers this year are retired Justice Bob Main and Bob Reynaud.  They will give you all sorts of advice on how to protect your retirement nest egg.  Get your tickets early at the NSSRC ticket office, the GBGH Gift Shop or at Askennonia

2)     Pickleball is coming to St Theresa’s and Georgian Bay District Secondary Schools. St Ts starts play this month with GBDSS in September.  This up and coming sport serves all age groups. For further information contact Garry Morehouse at mapickleball@hotmail.com





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday May 14, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Spring may be taking its time getting started but a projected high of 28 degrees C next week has to get you thinking about summer.



Statistics Canada has released the second round of data from the 2016 Census of Population. It provides a more information about the age distribution and housing style of Canadians, including Midlanders . Use this link and enter “Midland”  Census Profile





The Week Ahead



Monday the 15th is a busy day.    At 9:00 am the Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin are hosting a full day of learning at the Simcoe County Museum focused on the relationship and issues affecting First Nations and Simcoe County. Then at 6:00 pm it’s the Guys Who Care meeting at Lot 102. This semi-annual gathering raises thousands of dollars for a selected local charity. All men are welcome to attend. Just show up with a blank cheque for $200 and be prepared to vote on the charity of your choice.  A good social time as well.



Also at 6:00 pm is a public information session on the proposed “road diet’ for Yonge Street.  The Town intends to paint new lines on Yonge Street between First and Eighth. The repainting will add new bike lanes and reduce the car travel lanes from four to three, with the centre lane being a left turn lane. This meeting gives you the opportunity to hear further details and allows you to provide comments. The meeting is at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre



On Tuesday at 3:00 pm the mayors gather with the NS Community Futures Development Corporation to start bringing improved broadband access to all of North Simcoe. Following that the mayors meet again at 5:00 pm in Penetanguishene to discuss issues that affect all four municipalities.



At 7:30 pm “A Day in the Life” hosts Frank Iacobucci (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada).  Mr. Justice Iacobucci served as a Justice of the Supreme Court from 1991 to 2004. He formerly served as Dean of the University of Toronto Law School, as a Deputy Minister of Justice and as Interim President of the University of Toronto. The event is at the MCC.



Friday the 19th starts at 9:00 am at the County with the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.  This committee is working with the Town to meet our own affordable housing target of 90 new affordable units by 2024. The good news is that we have created over 30 new units over the last three years, well ahead of our target.



At 12 noon the union at the CNCC in Penetanguishene holds a rally at their facility to make the government more aware of upcoming contract talks. Then at 4:00 pm the fun begins at MCC. “Uke Fest” returns with all its noisy exuberance. I attended this event two year ago and was treated to room full of people all playing their ukuleles in harmony. The Fest is on all weekend – you are most welcome to drop by.





Week - End



Saturday May 20



-       Marsh by Moonlight paddle series at Wye Marsh starting at 8:45 pm



Sunday May 21



-       2:00 pm – the grand opening of Midland Indoor Playground at Mountainview Mall

-       Remember Monday May 22nd is the Victoria Day holiday. Town offices are closed.



Council Issues Update



OPP



The consultants are just about finished their cost analysis and expect to have their draft report to Council by the first week of June.





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To wrap up I have three items that you may want to put on your calendar.





1)     Soccer is beginning at the Midland soccer fields behind Lot 102 every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  All interested adult players between the ages of 16 and 100+ are welcome. If you are interested, you can come out any Thursday evening or visit http://huroniasoccer.com/index.php

2)     On June 15th and 16th it’s the Zero Waste Ontario conference at Lakehead University in Orillia. The 2017 Conference features Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, who will outline the new Waste Free Ontario Act. The theme of the conference is making Simcoe a “Circular Economy”. Please register today by going to the website,www.zerowasteontarioconference.ca

3)     Summer time is coming and the need for blood will be greater than ever. Canadian Blood Services is hosting its “Canada 150” donation drive on Monday July 3rd at the NSSRC from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They have challenged Midland to deliver 150 donations at this clinic. Your help is needed for this very worthwhile cause. Please consider giving the gift of life this summer to someone in need.

                                   





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017