Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday November 19, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Hope you’re ready. As you will see below, this week kicks off the festive season with parades, parties and tree lightings. Please come on out and be a part of our small town Midland Christmas.



The Week Ahead



On Monday the 20th our Physician Recruitment group meets at 8:00 am at GBGH.  At 5:30 pm Big Brothers Big Sisters invites you to their AGM at the Penetanguishene museum.



Tuesday sees the start of the 2017 edition of the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program .  Our Midland Police will be down at the launch event in Innisfil: showing us the importance of making our roads safe for all. At 7:30 pm a Day in the Life hosts Tim Danson at the MCC. Mr. Danson is a near legendary lawyer who has played a key role in Canadian history. He has represented the families of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy (victims of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka), equestrian Olympic gold medalist and world champion Eric Lamaze, hockey superstar Bobby Hull and track and field superstar and Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. 



Wednesday the 22nd sees another special salute to our veterans. Askennonia is hosting their annual Veterans Lunch at their NSSRC location. Vets are free - all others pay a $15 cover charge. And then we swing into Christmas with the magical lighting of our Town Christmas Tree.  The fun starts at Neezhoday Park at 5:00 pm including the Midland Public Library and Cafe Roxy providing hot chocolate, crafts, music and more! Lighting of the tree will take place at approximately 7:00 pm. 


On Thursday November 23rd I will be in Toronto for a discussion with our government about Midland’s developing cruise ship industry. But lots going on in Town.  From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm the NSCFDC Speakers Series presents “Tame the Paper Monster” – a new technology to manage and access electronic records and services. The event takes place at Midland Public Library. Please register at www.nscfdc.on.ca 



At 5:30 pm the annual First Light event kicks off at Sainte-Marie and the Martyrs’ Shrine. The event runs from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. from November 23 to 25; from November 30 to December 2; and from December 7 to 9. For more information visit their website at www.hhp.on.ca. At 7:00 pm you are invited to a joint Council discussion (councils from Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay and Midland) to hear how the province’s changes to the Provincial Growth Plan will affect us.  The meeting takes place in the Library’s assembly room.



Friday the 24th features the Town’s Christmas staff party at the NSSRC.  At 7:00 pm be sure to take in the “Coal Patrol” at the MCC.  It features our own improv troupe Good Morning Apocalypse taking a satirical look at the Christmas season.



Week - End



Saturday November 25



-       11:00 am - The 40th annual Civitan Christmas Parade starts at Little Lake Park and proceeds down King Street

-       9:00 am to 1:00 pm - The County of Simcoe is recruiting volunteers to enhance and enrich the lives of clients in our long-term care homes and seniors programs. The event takes place in the Georgian Manor front lobby, 101 Thompson Road, Penentanguishene

-       3:00 pm - Sharon Boutique Plus opens under new management at 317 King Street





Sunday November 26



-       All day - Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting a charity bonspiel at the Midland Curling Club at 474 King St.

-       1:00 pm - The Annual Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade takes place, in Waubaushene

-       8:00 pm - Pavlo entertains with warm international/Mediterranean melodies at the MCC https://www.youtube.com/watch/?ref=0&v=B3NwPG9X_vw



Council Issues Update



Service Delivery Review



The first phase of the Service Delivery Review is reaching a critical point with the findings to be released in a special afternoon meeting of Council next Monday the 27th. Quite an emphasis on using modern information technology to significantly improve the efficiency of how we do our work at Town Hall. 



Budget



The County has just about completed its 2018 budget with a tax rate increase of just over 1 per cent. As I had mentioned earlier, the Town will not get into its budget debate until early 2018 – too much going on this fall. Will have to see if we can keep our own tax increase in line with the County’s.



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While Hallowe’en may be a distant memory, our neighbours over at Huronia Historical Parks report that their Pumpkinferno event was a “spooktacular” success.  They welcomed 18,336 visitors, an increase of 44% from 2016. The economic impact was $1.3 million to the local economy including an estimated 16% of our visitors spending the night in the area. Some 66% of the visitors came from outside of North Simcoe.



We are becoming known as a “go to” tourism place.





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday November 12, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



A cold bright Remembrance Day in Midland. A very large turnout of residents for Saturday’s ceremony at the Cenotaph to honour our fallen soldiers, vetrans and our men and women in uniform. We Will Remember Them.



The Week Ahead



An unusual Monday the 13th as we will have both a General Committee and a Council meeting.  At 7:00 pm at Town Hall is a short General Committee dealing with two items:

-       Further review by Council of the recently adopted policies on financial reserves and internal loans

-       Proposal for how we will protect and invest the proceeds from the sale of the MPUC

This will be followed by a special meeting of Council.  The meeting will have an “in camera” portion to deal with a matter of litigation.  Then the open session considers:

-       Request by Bourgeois Motors for clearing part of their property at 290 Cranston

-       Request for an assessment of our Town roads as part to our asset management program

The special Council meeting is being held due to timing deadlines for the agenda items.





On Tuesday the 14th County Council takes place at 9:00 am in Midhurst. The major item on the County agenda is further consideration of the 2018 budget. County Council is trying to direct a tax levy increase of 1% for next year. At 7:00 pm you are invited to the Third Annual Culture Midland Awards at the Midland Cultural Centre.  This event celebrates the individuals and groups from throughout North Simcoe who contribute to making our community a vibrant and culturally-rich place to live and visit.  Tickets are free of charge and available through the MCC box office or online at http://midlandculturalcentre.com/ .  In addition to the awards presentation, the Children’s Community Choir and Good Morning Apocalypse will be performing.



A quieter Wednesday with the next Service Delivery Review meeting taking place at 2:00 pm.



And then a busy Friday November 17. At 9:00 am Waypoint hosts an all-day area meeting of HealthLinks partners to discuss better cooperation in dealing with those who are the greatest users of our healthcare system.  At noon please join the Salvation Army as they launch their 2017 Christmas Kettle Campaign at the Great Canadian Superstore.



From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm our Midland Library hosts a fascinating evening with “Brews and Bots”. Yes, they have invited competitive teams of robot designers to the Library to take part in a robot battle. Barnstormer Brewery will also be there to provide some of their special beverages. The event has a small cover charge and is open to those 19 and over. All proceeds go to the proposed Midland Library Makerspace project.  And at 8:00 pm Huronia Players launches its fall season with the production “Drawer Boy” at MCC.




Week - End



Saturday November 18



-       All day - The Great Ontario Curling Bonspiel, part of our Canada 150 celebration, takes place at the Midland Curling Club

-       9:00 am to 2:00 pm - Candy Cane Bazaar at the Midland Legion Branch 80 – all the festive treats you can imagine will be available





Council Issues Update



OPP



The transfer documents have been filed with the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC).  They will be reviewing our request primarily to ensure that the OPP can provide appropriate policing for Midland and to see that all members of the MPS have been fairly treated in the process.  Hopefully they will have finished their deliberations in time to allow the transfer of officers for the next OPP training cycle, scheduled for February 2018.



MPUC



Council has started the process of considering how to best mange the $22M proceeds from the sale of our MPUC asset. Based on input from the recent public meeting, staff has prepared a report that proposes to treat the funds in three separate baskets.

-       $1.5M to be used to gradually wean the Town off of the MPUC dividend that has been used to fund operations

-       $10.5M to set up a legacy fund with the principal protected in perpetuity

-       $10M (approximately) to be used as a Community-Wide Investment Fund. These funds could be “borrowed” for Council approved projects and them repaid to the Fund over time



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About 70,000 people in Simcoe Muskoka struggle to put food on the table every year. Our local food banks are again gearing up for seasonal food drives to help address urgent food needs.  But food drives are not enough.  We need policies that address the root of the problem - to ensure that everyone has the resources to feed themselves and their families today, next week and next year. These policies may include:

-       Social assistance rates that cover real living costs

-       Good jobs with regular hours and benefits, ensuring a basic income



With this in mind, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has launched a second phase of the “No money for food is ... Cent$less” campaign. Aside from continuing with awareness raising about food insecurity, it advocates for income-based policy solutions. SMDHU has created new tools and resources, including a downloadable package, available on our website to encourage people to take action and advocate - not just donate - during the holiday food drive season. The campaign was developed in partnership with many food banks across our area as well as a small advisory group of people with lived experience.







Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday November 5, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



The cool winds of autumn are upon us but business developments in our Town continue at a torrid pace. Over this last week Council discussed:

-       The downtown health centre should start construction over the next few weeks

-       The Jarlette geriatric health centre was moved to Council for approval, likely at the end of the month

-       A four story condominium building planned for our downtown (the corner of Hugel at Midland) was moved to Council for the end of the month

-       EDCNS estimated that over 100 new jobs were created by our local major manufacturers over the last 6 months

-       The Lamand Wealth Management group opens their new downtown office this week

-       Another of our downtown firms is working with the Town find more expansion room

-       Montana’s will start building at Mountain View Mall in spring 2018

On the recreational front, the Town has just learned it will be part of the Tall Ships 2019 Tour slated for August 9 – 11, 2019.



Never a dull moment.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 6th at 10:00 am, the OPP Transition Committee meets at Town Hall. Our decision to change services will shortly go before the Ontario Civilian Police Commission and assuming a positive response will see us transfer to the OPP in February 2018.



On Tuesday at noon you are invited for lunch with “Spuds for Sistema”.  Sistema is a charity that helps kids in grade school cope with the challenges of life through music. The lunch takes place at the NSSRC and consists of a baked potato with several choices of toppings, coffee, tea and a piece of cake. For more information about Sistema visit www.sistemahuronia.com.



That evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, children from ages 7-13 are invited to a free painting workshop for young artists at the MCC. Children will spend an evening creating paintings inspired by their surroundings in Simcoe County. Paintings will then go into a Simcoe Sightings art exhibit that starts in November.  All young Picassos please register with Quest Art at 526-2787.



Wednesday November the 8th starts early with an 8:30 am Governance Review Committee meeting at Town Hall. At 5:00 pm please join me in welcoming a new business Lamand Wealth Management Group to their new home at 267 King Street. The Guesthouse invites you to its AGM, taking place at 7:00 pm in the upstirs meeting room at St. Paul’s church. And finally at 7:30 pm it’s a Day in the Life with “Red Green”.  Red Green is a self-proclaimed handyman who constantly extols the virtues of duct tape. He has a syndicated newspaper column and last year he did a North American tour entitled “I’m Not Old I’m Ripe”. He has just authored a book “Red Green: The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Guide to Canadian Inventions”. The book will be available for purchase after the show at the MCC.



On Thursday the 9th at 10:00 am Shelter Now holds the regular meeting for its affordable housing project.  They plan to construct 30-40 new affordable housing units on their property on Hartman Drive. At 6:30 pm the Severn Sound Environmental Association hosts its partner reception at the Oakwood Community Center, on Park Street in Victoria Harbour. And if quality artwork is to your taste, please join Quest for their annual “Take Home an Original Art Work for $1 a Day” event. The program starts at 7:00 pm at their MCC gallery. The take-home artworks are currently on display at Quest.



Friday the 10th - Town Hall is closed for Remembrance Day.   At 8:00 pm Big Wigs returns to the MCC for its 6th year. Big Wigs features live performances staring the Immaculate Miss Conception and the fabulously, talented Christopher Peterson. A spectacular evening produced by the ever creative Jaime Crouch of Splash Events Inc. 



Week - End



Saturday November 11 – Remembrance Day



-       10:30 am – Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cenotaph. All are welcome

-       1:00 to 3:00 pm – Quest’s free Christmas tree ornament making workshop. A family event at the MCC

-       5:30 pm – Legion Branch 80 hosts its Remembrance dinner at the Legion hall

-       8:00 pm – Big Wigs second night at the MCC



Sunday November 12



-       3:30 to 5:30 pm - Guitar Workshop with Wendell Ferguson at the MCC.   Wendell will be showing you guitar playing techniques including: the basics of finger-style guitar, picking techniques, a system for finding and spelling chords, common chord progressions, harmonics and their use, and anything you want to know. Just bring your guitar and an open mind



Council Issues Update



Downtown Health Clinic



Construction is getting close. The first step will be clearing some of the trees and brush. The original intention to save the three larger trees that border along Bayshore had to be put aside when an arbourist determined them to be diseased.  Waypoint/Chigamik understand the importance of preserving the canopy on the property and will be undertaking an extensive tree planting program on the site. To stay current with the project, please link to their webpage






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Last month I asked for your assistance with an “internet speed test”. The purpose was to gather data so we can better plan the installation of high speed fibre throughout North Simcoe.  Some 1,700 of you have already helped out but we need a few more. Please take literally one minute, follow the steps below and help us build the high-speed network we all need in our area. https://performance.cira.ca/northsimcoe/






In closing, two public service announcements.



1)     It’s the start of fall heating season. Our Fire service typically sees an uptick in Carbon Monoxide related calls at this time of year.  Please take a moment to check your CO2 and smoke alarms and ensure they are in proper working order. If you need any help, please call Midland Fire at 705-526-4279 ext. 2239



2)     The County of Simcoe will be holding its BATTERY COLLECTION WEEK from November 6th to 10th. Watch for battery collection bags in your mail. Place acceptable alkaline and heavy duty AA, AAA, C, D, 9-VOLT, and button batteries inside the bag and seal it. Then place your battery bag out on your regular collection day, in a visible location BESIDE your recycling box, during the week of November 6th only.





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              






Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday October 29, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Over the last few weeks News from the Town has covered the Town’s Service Delivery Review process - essentially a top to bottom look at the services we provide to our residents with the view to see where we can improve. So it’s not surprising that the Town wants your input on what you think of our current services and those we should be implementing.  To this end the Town has prepared a survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/midlandcomsurvey).



It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be accessible until Wednesday, November 15th.  If you do not have a computer, paper copies are available at the following locations:

·         Town of Midland Municipal Office (575 Dominion Ave.)

·         North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd.)

·         Midland Public Library (320 King St.)​

·         Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (175 Yonge St.)

Thank you for your help.



The Week Ahead



Monday October 30th the Midland Bay Landing Steering committee meets at Town Hall at 3:00 pm to review the proposed Municipal Service Corporation (MSC).  Council was informed earlier this month about using a MSC to manage the development of the Midland Bay Landing property. The MSC would be an arms-length corporation controlled by Council and made up of members of the public and Council.  The MSC would bring the benefits of faster development decisions and a more skills-based management of the development. The potential downside may be that Council would not be involved directly in all development decisions. You will have your opportunity to learn more about the MSC and chance to comment at 6:00 pm when a public meeting about the MSC is hosted in the Council Chambers.



Also at 6:00 pm Haunted Huronia takes place at the Penetanguishene amphitheater.  This free event will feature our local improv group Good Morning Apocalypse, and an introduction to their new film series about haunted locations in Huronia.  And at the same time at NSSRC, you are invited to a discussion by medical professionals on Diabetes and Your Health. This free event is sponsored by Diabetes Canada.  For information call Fran at 705-245-7611.



Tuesday is Hallow’een. Looks a bit soggy but get out and have fun.



On Wednesday November 1st Rosewood Women’s Shelter hosts the public launch of their new Operation Grow location at 436 Bay Street, the old LCBO. The event is from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. You are invited to see Midland’s first “vertical garden” in our downtown that will supply us with fresh produce year round. At 7:00 pm it’s the Planning and Development Committee meeting at Town Hall. Topics include:

-       OPA and ZBA direction for the new Jarlette geriatric center at 858 King Street

-       ZBA direction for a proposed four story condominium apartment building at 281 Midland Avenue



On Thursday the 2nd MCC proudly presents the award winning Canadian musical Billy Bishop Goes to War. It dramatizes the life of Canadian World War 1 fighter pilot Billy Bishop and is one of the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre history. Doors open at 7:00 pm.





Week - End



Saturday November 4

-       7:30 am – Join the Water Walk with Beausoleil First Nation, celebrating the Alliston aquafer that passes under the territory of the pre-confederation treaties 5 and 16. The walk starts at Cedar Point, French’s Road in Tiny, with a sunrise ceremony.  Visit www.facebook.com/events/1951551501766738/ or call Vicki Monague at 705-427-0512

-       10:00 am - Tribal Visions Dance in Visions of Turtle Island takes place at MCC. Tribal Vision Dance Troupe is from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. It includes champion singers and dancers with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with young audiences and families and a desire to build deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nations culture

-       1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - St Pauls Renovation Celebration and dedication of their recent accessibility renovations. Greetings are at 1:15 pm, followed by music and refreshments. All are welcome.



Sunday November 5



-       7:30 am – Join the Water Walk - Day 2. The walk starts at Cedar Point, French’s Road in Tiny, with a sunrise ceremony.  (See Saturday description)

-       7:00 pm - Guy David brings his southern music to the stage at MCC. His musical storytelling was influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy and Lightnin’ Hopkins. https://www.youtube.com/watch/?ref=0&v=p5xrwYxOO-k





Council Issues Update



MBL



While the Midland Bay Landing site may appear quiet these days, there is lot going on in the background.  Three of the four foundational site studies are now completed. The funding request for the fourth study is with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and we are expecting a positive response. The market is active too with developers making inquiries and the occasional unsolicited offer.  Council will consider the Municipal Service Corporation proposal before we take the MBL properly back out to market.





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This week we received the not unexpected news that Barnstormers Brewery was not going to go forward with their Midland waterside project at this time. (See Midland media release at http://www.midland.ca/Pages/News-room.aspx#Barnstormer.) The reason simply was that the site is a brownfield site and contains pollutants left over from past industries that have been part of our 100 year old downtown. With regards to public safety, the level of contamination does not exceed Ontario guidelines so does not pose any immediate health risk.  But if we are to continue our downtown redevelopment we must take action.



The Town will start immediately with an analysis of historical records to identify the likely sources of historical pollution. With that information some site drilling will occur to properly map out the area. This information will then be used to develop a remediation plan to ensure that we can continue to enjoy and develop our downtown confidently for the next 100 years.



Dustin Norlund, President of Barnstormers, still intends to be part of Midland’s downtown. We will get this cleaned up and enjoy a good glass of Barnstormer’s in Midland yet.







Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              






Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday October 22, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Quite something when it’s October 22nd and people are out in shorts and sea-dooing on the Bay. But beneath it all is that feeling of apprehension – must be snow out there somewhere.  The reality of living in Canada.





The Week Ahead



A good start to Monday the 23rd with the official groundbreaking for the new downtown health centre at 11:30 am. You are invited to join the ceremony at Edge Hill Park, close to the corner of Manly and Bayshore.



At 5:00 pm Council goes into a closed meeting to discuss the sale of municipal property, security of municipal property and personal matters. At 7:00 pm you are invited to attend the October Council meeting. The meeting will include:

-       Two deputations;

o    Update by Sharon Vegh of EDCNS on what they have accomplished

o    Update on our North Simcoe Tourism initiative

-       Proposed tribute to Gord Downie scheduled for Little Lake Park on October 28th

-       Recommendation for heritage protection of the “Grand Mansions``  district on King Street

-       Interim report on the results of the Service Delivery Review project

-       A number of proposed changes to the Town`s financial arrangements, specifically reserve allocations and internal loans policies



Tuesday the 24th starts with County Council in Midhurst at 9:00 am.   The most interesting agenda item is the proposal to have all residents of Simcoe County use a standard sized garbage container. At noon Grandmothers Hands Huronia invites you to an afternoon of learning about their mission to the third world and celebrating their success -

12:00 pm. - African luncheon (Donations accepted)

1:00 pm. - “Powered by Love” book launch presentation and introduction of guest Grandmothers from Africa

2:30 pm.  Close of launch event

All this takes place at the Midland Legion Hall - 196 Queen St.



Wendat invites you to its AGM and social at 6:30 pm at its new residential location, 44 Dufferin Street in Penetanguishene.



Thursday October 26th the County starts its budget deliberation at 9:00 am. Midland is not expecting to start our own public budget process until January. At 5:30 pm Quest host a special evening for the whole community -

            5:30 pm – Dinner. Please call to reserve your spot at 705-526-2787

            6:00 pm – AGM and business meeting

7:15 pm - Screening of the 20 minute documentary of the North Simcoe Canada 150 Mural Project

8:00 – Screening of the French version of the documentary

This free-entry event (except for dinner - $20) is open to all at the Midland Cultural Centre at 333 King Street.



Also on Thursday at 6:30 pm, the County of Simcoe honors its newcomers with a series of awards. That  takes place at the Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Thornton.





Friday the 27th sees the Grand Opening of the Brick at 9:00 am in its new location on Hwy 12 in the Walmart plaza. That evening at 7:00 pm Sharon Mackinnon invites you the opening of her new exhibition in the Quest Art gallery at the MCC.



Week - End



Saturday October 28



-       9:30 - 3:30 pm - Simcoe & District Maple Syrup Producers Association meets at Peter & Anne Lorriman's Windlee Farms Maple Syrup farm in Tiny to discuss maple syrup

-       2:00 – 9:00 pm - Proposed tribute to Gord Downie at Little Lake Park

-       6:00 pm - Midland Lions Club celebrates 80 years with a dinner at the Midland Legion



Sunday October 29



-       7:30 pm - Blues singer Suzi Vinnick graces the stage at the MCC.  Ms. Vinnick is a  10-times Maple Blues Award winner, 3-times Juno Nominee and finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis 



Council Issues Update



Downtown Health Clinic



Now that Council has approved the health centre`s site plan construction should start this fall.  They are looking to open by December 2018.





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Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday October 15, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Cooler weather and color in the trees - starting to look like fall. Spooky decorations are eerily arising all over Town. And if you want a real treat for the Halloween season check out Pumkinferno at Discovery Harbour - a seasonal “must see”.






The Week Ahead



On Monday the 16th our Premier will be visiting the area to find out about the many great things happening in North Simcoe. That morning I will get a sneak preview of our newly built Operations Centre out on MacDonald Road.  The Centre will officially open later this fall and be the home of Town Operations and Parks. Look for an Open House announcement shortly.



At 6:00 pm the Guys Who Care will be meeting at Lot 102. This “flash charity” event should raise about $20,000 in one hour, to be donated to one charity selected that same evening. If you are a guy and have $200 to help a local charity, please come and enjoy the event.



Wednesday will see me in Orillia for a meeting of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, Simcoe County and a number of area mayors. We will be discussing the development of local healthcare and raising issues important for residents. Then at 2:00 pm the Town’s Service Delivery Review Committee meets to continue the discussion on improving the services we provide to Midland residents.



At 5:00 pm you are invited to a special event at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 527 Len Self Blvd. (the NSSRC). The Open House will take you through a “Day in the Life of an After-Schooler”, showing you all the challenges and creative activities that our children have in store.



Thursday October the 19th sees us in the middle of Small Business Week. The NSCFDC is honouring the week with a breakfast and presentation featuring Sami Jo Small, Canada Women’s Hockey Team goalie and 3-time Olympic medalist. The event starts at 7:00 am at the Quality Inn. You must preregister at www.nscfdc.on.ca.



Later that day Shelter Now will bring a group of interested individuals together to discuss their new affordable housing project. Shelter Now has serviced land available on Hartman Drive and will look for partners to help make this much needed project a reality. At 6:30 pm you may wish to attend the King Street Rejuvenation Committee discussion taking place at Town Hall. 



Friday starts at the County where we meet to discuss affordable housing. Then from 5:00 to 7:00 pm you are invited by the ladies of the Legion Branch 80 to come down for one of their famous fundraising spaghetti dinners.





Week - End



Saturday October 21



-       5:30 to 7:30 pm - Penetanguishene Museum hosts its 50th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser. The event will take place at the Penetanguishene Legion and features music, a silent auction and a fish fry.  For more information call 705-549-2150



-       All day – The Silver Goose Cyclo-Cross Race in Little Lake Park. The event features 275 high performance cyclists from across Canada and the US. Your chance to see some great cycling

-       7:30 pm - The Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation Gala takes place at the MCC. This year’s theme is Moonlight Masquerade - An Evening in New Orleans





Sunday October 22



-       1:00 pm at the Midland Public Library – mayor Gerry Marshall is going to formally announce his intention to seek the nomination for the provincial Liberals



Council Issues Update





Midland Bay Landing



This past week Council started the process to look at forming a “municipal service corporation” (MSC). An MSC is a corporation entirely controlled by the Town that allows for greater flexibility and efficiency in dealing with private sector partners on complex projects.



It is proposed that the MSC will take on the task of being our management face when dealing with the development of the Midland Bay Landing property. This multi-year and complex project will require a better form of management than referring the many development decisions back to the Council table. The MSC will bring together a skills based group of local residents and councilors to guide the development.  The MSC is in turn guided by Council developed policy and represented by individuals selected by Council.  A public meeting will be called shortly to give you a more complete background and answer questions about this management tool.







Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017