Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday April 22, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Sunshine and warm weather - finally.  And to add to the excitement, this past week the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association selected our own Butter Tart Festival as the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Regional Festival. A great win for Midland and all the folks who make this festival an annual reality. Mark June 9th for your next butter tart fix.



The Week Ahead



Monday April 23rd sees the start of the shipping season in Midland harbor.  The SS Frontenac arrived this week-end and we welcome the Captain (who is a cousin of our own Harbour Master Rick Lehney) with our traditional Top Hat ceremony.  That’s at 11:00 am by ADM in the harbor.



At 6:30 pm Council meets in closed session to discuss an appointment to the Audit Committee. Then at 7:00 pm it’s the April Council meeting including:

-       Heritage Merit Awards

-       Approval of the Downtown /Library Safety project

-       Approval of the 2018 budget – it looks like a 2.2% increase in tax and a 3.5% increase for water/wastewater rates

-       Recommendation to protect the Letherby Home (422 King Street) under the Heritage Act

-       Direction on recruitment for the Board of the new MBL Development Committee



Tuesday the 24th sees a very special event.  Approximate 200 volunteers will fan out across the County to conduct a “point in time” count of all our homeless and marginally housed residents. This information will be used by the County and our many social agencies to better target programs to those in need.  At 9:00 am County Council will hear a presentation on the future of Lakehead University in our area.  And to complete the day, you are invited to our Library at 7:00 pm to see the judging of the finalists for the Battle of the Books – where local students defend a favorite book.



On Wednesday the 25th at 5:00 pm Anytime Fitness celebrates the opening of their new location behind the Galaxy Theatre, Mountainview Mall. Come on out and get fit. At 7:30 pm Diabetes Canada invites you to an evening of discussion on the topic of Diabetes and Your Eyes.  Dr. Daniel Scanlon will answer your questions on this important topic at the Penetanguishene Legion.



Also at 7:30 pm it’s a Day in the Life at the MCC. Fred will interview Dan Needles, a very amusing guy with a fascinating life story. He has been a journalist, a speech writer, a newspaper publisher, a public relations officer, an author, a playwright, a social commentator and a popular speaker. He is best known for his Wingfield Farm series which has been performed across Canada, at the Stratford Festival and on CBC. He’s the recipient of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.



A quiet end to the week. On Friday Georgian Village hosts a staff appreciation luncheon at their location at noon.



Week - End



Sunday April 29



-       1:00 to 4:00 pm - Chartwell Retirement hosts an open house at 105 Pillsbury Dr.





Council Issues Update



Budget



This week Council should bring the 2018 budget process to a close. The municipal tax rate increase is likely to be 2.2%. When this is blended with the County and school taxes your all in tax rate increase should be about 1.5%.  



The 2019 budget process starts in a few months. The current Council will start the process off and the new Council will be the one to approve it. Your vote this fall will definitely impact the budget discussion.





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Many of you have inquired about the Operation Grow facility operated by Rosewood Women’s Shelter and when it will be ready to sell its produce to the public. Well the good news is that they are now open for business at 436 Bay Street. The store front opens 4-6 pm daily during the week. Your chance to get quality low cost produce and help Rosewood with their critically important work.



Two years ago the Midland community welcomed its first Syrian refugee family. The Amirs continue to prosper and have become part of our local family. Zafec and Ibrahim, the mother and father, are doing very well with their English lessons. Ibrahim is often seen down at the Town dock with his fishing rod. Khatchik, the son, continues to work at Ciboulette as the pastry chef. And Zarmig, the daughter’s big news is that she just got married to her long-time boyfriend and is going through the process of bringing him to Canada. Life in Midland.





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              






Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday April 15, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen





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The Mayors’ Mac & Cheese dinner slated for this evening is cancelled due to inclement weather.



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And you think you are having a tough time with this never ending winter weather.  I was watching two frigid robins this morning trying to decide what to eat since they can’t find any worms. Spring…where are you?



The Week Ahead



Monday the 16th at 4:00 pm the Police Service Board holds its first meeting with our new OPP service. You are invited to attend this meeting at Town Hall.

   

On Wednesday I am in Ottawa for a number of meetings about the development of the cruise ship industry in Midland and throughout the Great Lakes. I will be presenting to a group of MPs and Senators about the prospects for the industry and what federal assistance is required. The next day I present to the Governors and Premiers Conference about the economic impact of the cruise industry on municipalities.  These presentations should help stimulate the growth of the industry and bring more tourism to Midland and Ontario.



At 6:30 pm you are invited to a municipal election information session sponsored by the province. A must attend if you are thinking about running for elected office this fall. The meeting is at the NSSRC. 



On Thursday April 19th at 2:00 pm the Downtown Safety Committee meets to review recent developments and to help move the Council Community Safety Plan along.  At 6:00 pm you are invited to a public information session at Town Hall on the Noreen Street reconstruction.  And lastly at 7:00 pm Adam Shoalts, a professional explorer and adventurer visits Midland Library. Described as “Canada’s Indiana Jones”, Adam will discuss his recent 4,000 km journey alone across Canada's Arctic. He'll also talk about his #1 national bestseller Alone Against the North. Tickets are on sale at the main library desk.



On Friday at 9:00 am it’s the County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.  They will be looking at additional ways to promote secondary units, a housing form that represents about 30% of all affordable units built in the County in 2017.  At 10:00 am the Governance Review Committee turns its attention to the Town’s Procedural By-law.  This may sound dry but this By-law contains the rules on how we make decisions at the Council table and for keeping Council and the public properly engaged. At 1:00 pm it’s the first day of the 2018 Midland Home Show at the NSSRC. A great line-up of exhibitors. This year, thanks to Minds Alive, you have the opportunity to build your own Lego dream house. And at 4 pm you are invited to celebrate with Chantel Coward as she opens her new business location at 341 King Street.



Week - End



Saturday April 21



-       9 am to 4 pm - Midland Home Show continues at the NSSRC

-       7:00 pm – Quest Art Kaleidoscope of Arts. An evening of champagne, a sit-down dinner and live entertainment.  All proceeds support visual arts programs in North Simcoe.  I understand it is sold out.



Sunday April 22



-       10 am to 12:30 pm - 2nd Earth Day Litter A Thon.  Youth are invited to help us clean up designated areas in both Penetanguishene and Midland.  Registration is required.  Prizes for top pledges for male and female youth. Contact Pam Brodie, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe, at 705-526-5051





Council Issues Update



Budget



We appear to be closing in on the municipal portion of the tax rate increase of between 2 and 2.5%. Town staff is doing the final calculations which will be made available at the Council meeting on the 23rd.  I anticipate we will pass the 2018 budget that evening.



Library



A very intense week for the Library as Council dealt with both the security issues at the Library and the need to takes steps on improving safety in the downtown. The discussion recognized that the “downtown safety issue” is not new. We have had challenges on our streets and in the Library for years. Over the last four years Council has reviewed the matter a number of times and essentially turned to our police to keep the peace. Additionally the Town sponsored the Downtown Safety Committee with membership from the BIA, Police, Street Outreach, the Town and the Guesthouse. The Committee monitored the downtown situation and implemented a number of controls – lighting, benches, an e-mail notice system.



Over the last six months it has been apparent that something more substantive must be done. New measures are required to ensure ongoing safety at the Library and in the downtown while helping those challenged by life in receiving needed help.  In response General Committee recommended $50,000 for a new Task Force to develop a Community Safety Plan by August, 2018. Recognizing that proper security must be maintained at the Library, the Committee also advanced up to $90,000 for Library safety measures, including a guard.  When the Task Force report is completed in August, Council and the Midland Library Board will decide on the measures needed to ensure appropriate safety for Midland.





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And three general items in closing:



1)     Treasure Day Weekends are planned the May 12 – 13 and the October 13 – 14 weekends. Free Garage Sale Permit Weekends are scheduled for July 6, 7, and 8 with a new second date set for mid-September. Council has yet to ratify the second date.



2)     Our MPUC is sponsoring a home energy efficiency program known as the Afford-Ability Fund. If you have a home, a tight budget and want to be more energy efficient take a look at www.AffordAbilityFund.org



3)     The Our Health series looks at “Medical Cannabis, Weeding Through the Issues” on its
Tuesday, May 8th, 7:30pm edition at MCC. I understand that tickets are nearly sold out.







Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              








Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday April 8, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Hard to argue that it’s not winter when it is snowing outside. Focus on the sunshine. We will get to spring yet.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 9th starts with a ceremony of remembrance for those who took part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  We will assemble at Base Borden at 7:30 am for a moving ceremony, including a tour of the practice trenches created at Borden to help our soldiers prepare for the trials they were to face. Lest we forget.



At 7:00 pm you are invited to the April General Committee meeting at Town hall. A lengthy agenda including:

-       Proposal for the environmental assessment of the Town’s Parks Depot on Fourth Street and the Operations Yard on Ontario Street.  The assessment is a necessary step in converting the lands to other uses, including possible sale

-       A protocol agreement between the Town and Beausoleil First Nations. This is an important first step as we build a more solid and trusting foundation between the Town and our First Nations

-       Staff report on the need for a new aerial fire apparatus

-       Budget considerations, including the funding for safety of our Library and downtown



Tuesday also starts early in the morning, 7:45 am, with the opening of our new Winners location at the Mountainview Mall. Then at 9:00 am our Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee and Council meet in a workshop to discuss the new “development corporation” that will guide the MBL project.  You are welcome to attend the workshop at Town Hall.



Wednesday April 11th is a Day of Hope. The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre is opening its doors from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm to raise awareness of the emotional, physical, social, spiritual support and education it offers to the North Simcoe community.  Please drop in at 15 Jeffery Street in Penentanguishene.



At noon the Town meets with the Provincial Facilitator in Midhurst to provide comment about the recent changes to the planning process and what it means for municipal infrastructure – for example, “Where will new water treatment plants be located?”  At 3:00 pm at Town Hall our Official Plan Review process continues with a meeting of the Steering Committee.



On Thursday the 12th our Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe holds a Manufacturers Roundtable at TRW. This provides an opportunity for area manufacturers to work together on shared challenges. Then at 7:00 pm at the Library,  The Real Deal Student Info. Series” returns with “Advice to My Younger Self”. Hear from our panel of young professionals and recent post-secondary graduates about their experiences post-graduation. How have the choices they made during their post-secondary years affected their career paths and life journeys? Register to attend this free event at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-real-deal-student-info-series-advice-to-my-younger-self-tickets-42988067467 or visit the main Library desk.



On Friday (the 13th!) at 5:30 pm ReStore has its grand re-opening in their new location on Balm Beach Road.  The store opens for business on Saturday at 9:30 am.





Week - End



Saturday April 14



-       9:00 am to 2:00 pm - Georgian College, Midland hosts an Open House. Learn about Georgian’s programs and services, win some great prizes and meet some wonderful people

-       9:00 am to 3:00 pm - All Nations Water Ceremony at the prior Site 41 location, 230 Concession Road 2 East, Tiny.  In response to the concern about a water-taking application at the Teedon pit, the ceremony intends to bring about healing through the water, to lift each other up and to create greater awareness.

o    9:00 am to 11:00 am - Welcome to the Territory by Chief/ Council of Beausoleil First Nation

o    11 am to 11:30 am - Open Mic and Water Walk

o    11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Dance and Water Ceremony

o    2:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Potluck Feast and Fellowship

Bring a copper water vessel, a feast bundle (plate, bowl, cup, utensils), a reusable water jug, snacks and a contribution of food or donation to cover costs of the feast

-       1:30 pm - Sistema Huronia Music academy holds their fundraising concert at the Midland Alliance Church, 829 Yonge Street. You will be entertained by our talented local children. Free will offering.

-       7:30 pm - Green River Revival. A attribute to CCR at the MCC



Sunday April 15



-       5:00 pm - Mayors Mac N Cheese at Phil’s Pub and Eatery. Two seatings -  5:00 pm and 6:45 pm.  Advance tickets at WATV offices at 486 Hugel or online at www.watvnew.com or talk to your mayor. Good food, entertainment by the children and a chance to meet your local mayors. All proceeds to We Are the Villagers, a children’s charity.



Council Issues Update



Library



A lot of coverage this week about inappropriate behaviors at our Library and the subsequent concerns by some Councilors about funding Library security. Like many towns (and libraries) we face the reality of dealing with socially unacceptable and sometimes criminal behaviors on our downtown streets. Safety is clearly the primary concern but we also have a responsibility to ensure that the offending individuals are provided with the help they need.



Town staff has recognized this need for a balanced response and will be presenting Council on Monday with a plan that addresses the security needed by our Library while also asking us to address the long standing challenge of safety in our downtown. It is time for a full examination and a long –term solution.



GBGH



Our hospital received an award this past week from the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. It recognizes the innovative and cooperative obstetrics program between our hospital and Orillia’s Soldiers Memorial Hospital. By joining forces these two hospitals are able to provide a comprehensive obstetrics service to our area. A great solution allowing our expectant mothers to confidently turn to our own GBGH.



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Our Economic Development Corporation invited author Doug Griffiths to Town recently to give a talk on the topic of “13 Ways to Kill your Community”.  A lot of great community lessons. The link below takes you to a short video of the talk prepared by our own Midland Film Company.




And finally Quest Art School + Gallery has launched their Spring Fundraising Campaign.

They are looking to raise $5,000 by April 14th.  Donate $50.00 or more for a chance to win a $200.00 gift card and help their Children and Youth programs. Please donate at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/quest-art-school-gallery/








Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saturday March 31, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Happy Easter.  News from the Town is a bit early this week-end as I have a date to go visit my new grand-daughter on Sunday. I hope that you are enjoying the long week-end with family and friends.



The Week Ahead



Monday the Town office is closed for the Easter break.



On Tuesday April 3rd at 10:00 am we will raise the Autism flag at Town hall.  At 7:30 pm at the MCC you are invited to hear three experts discuss eyeCARE - Dr. Daniel Laurin, an Optometrist, Dr. Daniel Scanlan, an Ophthalmologist, and Fran Moreau, who is partially sighted. The discussion will include many aspects related to vision, but focus on screening and three long-term eye problems – diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. In addition, a CNIB representative will be available prior to the event.  Admission is free for those who register in advance https://midlandculturalcentre.ticketfly.com./  



Wednesday the 4th at 11:30 am, Georgian College is providing a sneak preview of its new Advanced Technology Innovation and Research Centre in Barrie. This facility will provide a major boost to new technology companies and wealth creation in Simcoe County.  Then at 7:00 pm it’s the April Planning and Development Committee – a lengthy agenda including:

-       Public meeting (your chance to speak) on zoning for the Bayport Development

-       Site plan control for 281 Midland Ave. – the three story condominium residence

-       Zoning amendment for 786 William Street – Residential town homes on the vacant property, just to the south of Galloway.

-       Sign by-law review



Thursday is a full day for County Councilors as we attend the Care Connections conference at Rama starting at 8:00 am. This event, organized by NSMLHIN, will discuss the delivery of health care services throughout our area. One development that is of special interest is the creation of “sub-region planning tables”. This new mechanism will allow for improved guidance by local service providers and residents in deciding on healthcare delivery in their area. Our area has a number of special challenges that require a made in North Simcoe solution. 



Week - End



Saturday April 7



-       Sweet Ontario kicks off the 2018 maple syrup season. Windlee Farms at 10 Baseline Road N. in Midland is one of the participating sites. More information at  www.mapleweekend.ca

-       2:30 pm Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Trillium hosts a retirement ceremony at the NSSRC



Sunday April 8



-       2:00 pm - Books to Eat at the Library. The most delicious event of the year raises funds for the Library’s Makerspace project. A $25 ticket, available at the Library or Café Roxy, allows you the chance to vote for the best, and eat the rest!  With delicious displays (based on books) from Midland Fish & Chips, FEAST, Explorer’s Café,  Dock Lunch, Georgian Bakery, and more, the day is sure to be a memorable one.  Thanks to our generous sponsors Café Roxy, DODA photography, Colio Estate Wines, Thornbury Beverage Company, Fresh by Leanne, Downtown Midland BIA, ELM Catering, and Maurice’s Valu-Mart.



Council Issues Update



Service Delivery Review



As you are aware, Council and staff have embarked upon a major redesign of Town services to bring greater efficiencies and better control.  At its last budget meeting Council directed staff to provide a cost-benefit analysis for the entire Service Delivery Review project.  This analysis will track the multi-year SDR project and help Council and the public track the benefits this important project will deliver in the coming years.



Downtown Health Clinic



Basic ground construction has gone well.  Now with the warmer weather you should notice a pick-up in above ground construction activity. The Centre is still on track for a December opening.



Budget



This past week saw the public budget meeting.  Five individuals made comment with most concerned about keeping tax rates down to help local business. As a result Council made a few minor changes at the meeting.



The Town tax rate is currently about 3%. This increase is relatively high compared to prior years and reflects the investment Council is making in our Service Delivery Review initiative. This increased rate represents a down payment on our future, allowing the Town to operate at a lower relative cost in the years ahead.



So when the County and school potions are factored in your tax rate increase should be about 1.5%. The budget discussion now moves to General Committee and then to the April Council meeting for final approval.  If you have comments on the budget please get those to your Councillor soon.





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I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have decided not to run for mayor in the upcoming election. I will save you a long dissertation as to why I have come to this decision. Suffice to say I have been your mayor for nearly 8 years and am very pleased with the significant accomplishments that my Councils have made.  Midland is definitely a better place than when I first took office.



Midland is now positioned for a phenomenal future. We will need intelligent and progressive leadership at Town hall to keep us on track. Your chance to truly forge your future comes up this October. Please listen to the candidates and vote wisely - or even better, be the candidate.  And thank you for the privilege of having me as your mayor.





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday March 25, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Wall to wall sunshine and the prospect of warmer weather ahead. And as you will see in the Monday Council agenda all sorts of great activities being planned for this summer.  Gotta love this place we call Midland.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 26th starts with the raising of the Canadian Cancer Society flag at Town Hall at 9:45 am. Then at 5:30 pm Council holds a closed meeting to discuss two matters relating to the sale/purchase of land. At 7:00 pm it’s the March Council meeting, including:

-       Presentation to Pamela Wayne on her retirement

-       Deputation on the new Waypoint/Chigamik Health-Hub

-       Petition regarding the Keewatin

-       Request to permit all sorts of summer activities – movie nights, road basketball, Music on the Dock, a Beatles event, Ribfest, etc.

-       MPUC Board appointments



On Tuesday the deliberations swing to Midhurst with County Council at 9:00 am. The Council will hear a deputation on the Hospital Alliance and how we spend the County allotment of $3M each year in support of our hospitals. Council will also begin the discussion on the topic of tax rebates that are provided to vacant commercial properties. Then at 5:30 pm, Midland hosts the Heads of Council meeting where we review items of interest to all four North Simcoe municipalities.



On Wednesday 28th a meeting will take place at GBGH to discuss home based care in North Simcoe. This meeting will address how healthcare services are best delivered to residents in their own homes. At 11:30 am Askennonia hosts its AGM at the NSSRC.  And at 7:00 pm you are invited to a special Council meeting on the budget at Town Hall.  This is your chance to provide input on the developing 2018 budget.



Thursday I return to County for a discussion on better ways to organize healthcare in Simcoe County.



The 30th is Good Friday. Administrative offices will be closed. Town offices are also closed on Monday April 2nd.





Week - End



Saturday March 31



-       1:00 to 3:00 pm - Glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt at Huronia Museum.  Wander through the dark museum looking for the glow in the dark eggs. The cost to attend is $2 per participant with a non-perishable food item.



-       7:00 pm - The opera Don Giovani brought to you by Brookside, at the MCC





Council Issues Update





Budget



Council has finished its first pass review of both the operational and capital budgets. It may have been the late hour but Council ended up with a potential 3.58% Midland tax increase. Council has also accepted a 6% rate increase for water and wastewater. You will have a chance to provide your thoughts to Council about these significant increases at the public meeting this Wednesday March 28th at 7:00 pm.



Keewatin



The March 19th deadline set by Skyline has come and gone. As you may recall, Skyline presented to Council earlier this month, summarizing what they were prepared to offer the Town. The Town, recognizing the challenges of owning and operating a 100 years old ship/tourism attraction valued at $48M, asked for some financial assistance to evaluate the offer. No response was received.



So currently the Keewatin looks likely to stay in Port McNicol, at least for the 2018 season. While Midland has not shut the door, we will continue to take the necessary steps to protect the taxpayers of Midland.



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The County of Simcoe is conducting the 2018 Simcoe County Point-in-Time Count and Registry Week from April 24 – 26. The purpose of the counting is to identify all the individuals who are experiencing homelessness and include them on a prioritized list for housing and outreach services.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Point-in-Time Count and Registry Week. The Point-in-Time Count will take place from 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday April 25. It will take place throughout Simcoe County at pre-determined indoor and outdoor locations. Early morning and late night street surveys are likely in each region and volunteers are necessary for success.  If you're able to volunteer for this important cause please contact Toni Crowe Simcoe County Homelessness Enumeration Coordinator at




Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday March 18, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen

Spring arrives this week and fittingly our younger set is already looking forward to upcoming graduations. Our ever creative Library is organizing a Prom/Graduation Formal Wear Exchange.  They invite you to stop by and take home a “new to you” dress/suit, absolutely FREE!  For more information please contact Jennifer at 526-4216 Ext. 3307.  And in keeping with the ‘teen theme” I have attached a sheet of events for our creative young people.

The Week Ahead

Monday March 19th sees a public meeting at 6:30 pm at the NSSRC that will lay out the latest developments for our King Street re-design.   Many of the good ideas from the public have been included. Once through this final stage, we are just about ready to start construction.

On Tuesday you are invited to the grand reopening of “Assisting You Social” at their new location, 535 Bay Street. They are a social media marketing and content creation company.  The opening is at 1:00 pm.  Then at 3:00 pm the NS Housing Working Group meets to look for new ways of dealing with our area’s affordable housing shortage. The topic of rooming houses is on the agenda.  And at 5:00 pm the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce hosts its AGM and Business Awards at the Quality Inn.

More meetings on Wednesday the 21st.  The Town’s HR Committee meets in closed session at 10:00 am to discuss labour negotiations.  At 2:00 pm the Downtown Safety Committee meets to review recent incidents in the downtown and discuss needed responses.

Thursday at 3:30 pm it’s the third public budget meeting at Town Hall.  Council will look at capital spending plans plus review the operational budget decisions to date. Then at 7:00 pm our Library hosts the second in its “The Real Deal Student Info. Series” - the topic this time is Financing Your Post-Secondary Education. Sean Elliot, Student Recruitment Specialist with Georgian College, will discuss the cost of post-secondary education and the various sources of funding, including financial aid, OSAP, loans, applications and how to navigate what is available. Register to attend this free event at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-real-deal-student-info-series-financing-post-secondary-education-tickets-42987791642  or visit the main Library desk.

And on Friday I am down in Toronto for a meeting with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  We will be discussing our initiative to grow the cruise ship industry in the Great Lakes and the potential for making Midland a terminus for the cruise ship operations.

Week - End

Saturday March 24

-       10:00 am - Master painting workshop with Rod Prouse, at Quest in the MCC
-       12 noon - March Mudness at Rotary Park in Penetanguishene. A contest of mud and endurance, all for the benefit of GBGH
-       1:20 to 2:50 pm – “Terry Skate” at NSSRC in appreciation of your continued support of the annual Terry Fox Run.  In 2017, together we raised over $75,000 for cancer research. There will be free hot chocolate and voluntary cash donations to the Terry Fox Foundation.


Sunday March 25

-       10:00 am - Master painting workshop with Rod Prouse, at Quest in the MCC
-       9:30 am to 2:00 pm - We are the Villagers popular Pancake Breakfast takes place at Phil’s Pub and Eatery in Midland. Tickets are $10.00 each for adults and $5.00 for children (under five years old).
-       12 noon to 1:00 pm - The BIA Buster Bunny is hopping through downtown Midland with a stop at the Library at 12:45.  Buster will be handing out chocolates and taking photos. The Midland Public Library will be hosting crafts
-       7:30 pm - Intimate Spaces Series at the MCC presents Churchville Park, an acoustic group that performs old-time country, folk and bluegrass classics


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Looking ahead to April, please join me at the Mayors annual Mac N Cheese dinner on Sunday April 15 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The food fest will be at Phil’s Pub and Eatery in Midland. All proceeds going to the We are the Villagers charity.



Gord McKay




The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018