Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday September 17, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Just back from the Terry Fox run. Must have been 400-500 people - running, cycling, walking, horseback riding -  from babes-in-arms to great grandparents. We are regarded as the 14th most successful run in the province in terms of fund raising. A great testament to Terry, the event organizers and to our community. And was it warm - summer is back with a vengeance.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 18th starts with our Fire Department being recognized by Enbridge Gas for their excellent service. A ceremony will take place at 10:00 am at the Fire Hall on Bayshore.  At 11:00 am Big Brother and Big Sisters raises their flag at Town Hall. Then at 6:00 pm you are invited to join them for a social hour at Brooklea as they celebrate the many volunteers who help the children of our area.



On Wednesday September 20th the Service Delivery Review committee meets at Town Hall at 1:00 pm.  The Committee is going through the operations of every municipal department to see if there are better ways of serving our customers and/or for improving efficiency. This process is part of the Midland Forward strategy adopted by Council and led by staff.  A “change champion”, one from each department, will make sure that recommendations are based on insights from our staff. Look for a formal report to Council in October/November.  



Thursday the 21st sees the Heads of Council meeting at 5:00 pm in Tiny. This gathering of the mayors and deputy mayors of the four municipalities reviews issues that affect all of North Simcoe. At 6:00 pm you are invited to attend that Gateway AGM, taking place in the Quest meeting room at MCC.



On Friday the 22nd Bruce Stanton and Patrick Brown are inviting all seniors to their Seniors Day at NSSRC. The event starts at 9:30 am and features a seniors oriented trade show, presentations and complementary lunch. At 7:00 pm Quest Art invites you to witness their 2nd annual Art Slam. This creative event will feature 24 artists who are given a theme and 30 minutes to create a work of art. A crazy good time.



Week - End



Saturday September 23



-       9:00 am - Mental Health in Motion, a run to support the work of Waypoint. The run is at Waypoint with registration open at 8 am and runs of 5K, 10K and a 5K walk starting at 9:00 am http://www.waypointcentre.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=10043&pageId=10059&objectId.502=8381522&contextId.502=10146&parentId.502=10147&ref=mesTP9fg96fVsgzpWYeogCmIWwzV95VNocH2P84r9OY%3d

-       6:00 pm - Tiawenk dinner hosted by Martyrs’ Shrine at the Quality Inn.  Proceeds will help renovations at the Shrine

-       6:30 pm - Wye Marsh by Moonlight, paddle series at the Marsh. Come out and get acquainted with the beauty of nature



Sunday September 24



-       2:00 pm - Fewer and Knox bring you the music of Bach on violin and harpsicord. The concert is organized by Brookside at St. Pauls





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday September 10, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Last week saw a major decision made about Midland’s future. Some 200 people came out to the NSSRC to speak to Council about how they wanted Midland policed and then to hear Council’s decision. Council’s vote was 6-3 to go with the OPP. While the decision will certainly change the economics of our future policing, the fact that all front line officers are expected to move over to the OPP plus the high standards for all policing in the province will ensure that Midland remains a safe community.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 11th starts with good news as Tim Hortons starts its week-long “Smile Cookie” campaign. Please drop by your local Timmys to buy a cheery cookie and help raise funds for our hospital at the same time. And more good news – no General Committee meeting this evening. The few agenda items will be moved to this month’s Council meeting.



On Tuesday at noon Georgian College will celebrate its 50 Year anniversary at our Midland campus. Please drop by and wish them well.  That evening at 7:30 pm at the MCC it’s the first “Our Health” event for the season. It’s entitled “Going Viral” and will tell you all about preventing infections in our community, immunization and precautions you should take while travelling. The evening will be MC’d by Drs. Hanni Darwish and Colin Lee. Please register at www.midlandcomunitycentre.com



Wednesday the 13th sees a meeting of the Downtown Safety Committee at 2:00 pm, dealing with a number of issues to ensure we have a safe downtown.



Thursday September 14th, PeaceWorks invites you to you try a typical meal from Yemen in support of Doctors Without Borders. The luncheon speaker is Kamal Al Solaylee, an author and professor at Ryerson. The lunch is at Explorers restaurant on King Street at noon. And if you see yourself as a creative entrepreneur you may be interested in joining Georgian College and the Networking Effect to learn about an “entrepreneurial ecosystem”.  This portal hosts news, success stories, workshops and events happening in Barrie and surrounding communities. The event is in the Mady Centre in Barrie starting at 5:30 pm.  Please register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/entrepreneurs-connect-relaunch-event-keynote-speaker-charles-plant-tickets-37041554286  





On Friday the 15th the Town hosts a group of Ontario mayors at 1:00 pm to discuss the development of the cruise ship industry in the Great Lakes. Midland has enjoyed some 15 visits this past summer and the potential is there to see 50 or more annual visits within the next five years. But before that happens there will need to be changes to municipal docks, local tourism attractions and international regulations. Last week the province indicated they wanted to help the mayors in growing the industry. More developments to come.



Week - End



Saturday September 16



-       11:00 am to 4:00 pm - Toy Day in the Heart of Georgian Bay. Help the Salvation Army toy drive by bringing a new toy to the Midland Recreation center in Coldwater



Sunday September 17



-       9:00 am – the 17th Terry Fox Run starting at the Perkinsfield arena.  9:00 am check in, with the runs at 10:00 am. The event includes 2K, 5K, 10K runs and a silent auction.



Council Issues Update



OPP



With the decision made to move to the OPP, the Town will now go through an orderly transfer of its policing services.  All of the uniform front-line officers will be offered employment with the OPP. Senior officers will have to decide if they wish to join the OPP. Civilian members will be offered the opportunity to apply for a number of new positions that will now open up with our local detachment.



In parallel the Town will go through a provincial Ontario Civilian Police Commission review to ensure that the transition will continue to provide Midland with proper policing. The actual transfer of responsibility should take place early in the new year.





Jarlette Health and Long term Care Centre



Last Wednesday Council directed that a meeting be held for the public to hear about the Jarlette Health Services plans for their site on King Street. While the first phase of the development will be to transfer and upgrade the Long Term Care beds from their Yonge Street location, it will eventually include seniors’ housing and a “geriatric health hub”, a development that should significantly improve the quality of care for all seniors in our area.  The public meeting date should be announced shortly.







Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              






Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday September 4, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Well it may not have been hot but that was a great summer. Many people have stopped me and said that they could not recall when Midland had had so much summer fun -  Butter Tart Festival;  The Big Duck;  RibFest;  Zuchinni Mania – to name a few. My thanks to all the organizers for the “Summer of 17” and looking forward to more to come.





The Week Ahead



Tuesday September the 5th and students head back to the classroom. Please watch out for excited youngsters as you head out on Tuesday. I also head out to a meeting in Toronto with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. We are going to talk about the growth of the cruise ship industry in our area. 



This summer cruise ships have been visiting many ports around the Great Lakes with Midland receiving some 15 visits from two ships. The potential exists for 50-60 visits a year but challenges such as docking the ships in many ports and federal regulations restricting cruise ship operations on the Great Lakes need to be addressed. Minister McMahon is interested in helping us develop the industry. This meeting is a first step in a multi-year initiative.



At 7:00 pm it’s the Planning and Development Committee meeting at Town hall. A busy agenda including:

-       Zoning by-law amendment for 536 Dominion as they add a residential unit on the ground floor

-       Site plan for a new gas station at 9620 Highway 93

-       Start of the Official Plan amendment process for the development of the new Jarlette Long Term Care facility at 658 King Street



At 7:30 pm at the MCC it’s “A Day in the Life” featuring Tommy Ambrose. Tommy’s musical career launched at the age of 5 when he began singing at religious rallies for evangelist Charles Templeton. By 20, he was hosting “Cross Canada Hit Parade” on CBC TV and later “The Tommy Ambrose Show” on CBC TV. He found his niche in singing commercially, including “jingles” for Brylcreem, milk (the “mike moustache), Labatt’s, Wrigley’s gum, eggs (get crackin) and many other iconic commercials. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keewatin so all who buy a ticket will receive a free pass to visit the Keewatin.



Wednesday the 6th features an important public meeting as Council decides on the future of policing in Midland. Council looks forward to hearing from you. Please review the background information about the decision at  http://www.midland.ca/Pages/OPP-Costing.aspx  The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at NSSRC,



Week - End



Saturday September 9



12 noon – Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre Pow-Wow at Ste. Marie Park. All are welcome



Sunday September 10



12 noon – Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre Pow-Wow at Ste. Marie Park. All are welcome

1:30 pm – Suicide awareness commemoration at Midland Bay Landing Park, off of Bayshore

2:00 pm – Drumhead Ceremony to remember our war dead at Lakeview Cemetery

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Bruce Stanton and Patrick Brown sponsor their Shore Supper Fish Fry at the pavilion in Little Lake Park





Council Issues Update



OPP



Over the last six months the Town has invested significant time and energy in providing a fair assessment of the costs associated with going with the OPP or staying with the Midland Police. In developing this assessment the Town retained the services of an experienced consultant, called in outside specialists in legal matters, HR and pension/benefit costs, used our own financial staff to double check the numbers and contacted many other OPP municipalities to confirm the findings.  Those results have now been relayed to Council for its decision this Wednesday.



While there are numerous details supporting the analysis, the essence of Council’s decision will likely come down to the following facts:

1)     Both the MPS and OPP are quality police services and both are capable of policing Midland

2)     The OPP offers Midland a savings of approximately $6 million over ten years – all in. Operationally, the OPP will cost about $1 million dollars a year less than the MPS once the Town is brought into their regular costing model in year 4

3)     The OPP offer provides more front line officers than the MPS currently employs or expects to employ

4)     The MPS has been with the Town for over 100 years. The MPS arguably knows the community better. If the Town goes to OPP almost every officer is expected to transfer to the OPP.



The analysis and recommendations that Council will be receiving from the OPP Costing Committee are contained in the report at the following link.






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Midland lost a good friend this past week. Julianna Matyas was an inspiring charismatic lady who worked tirelessly on behalf of children and the good of the community.  Julianna was always positive and looked on the bright side of life even as she battled cancer. She will be sorely missed.





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              






Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday July 2, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



July is upon us and it is time for a summer break.  News from the Town will also be taking a break over the next two months, returning after Labour Day.  I have changed my format for this blog to make it easier for you to locate the many the good things happening in Midland this summer. And if something important crops up over the summer I will be sure to send you a special notice.



The Town office may slow down a bit but as you will see in the section “Council issues Update” there will still be a lot going on.  Both the regular Planning meeting and the General Committee meeting will only be held at the call of the Chair. The Council meetings should take place at their normal times. To make sure a meeting is taking place, please check http://www.midland.ca/Pages/meetingagenda.aspx before attending. 



On a more summery note you can look forward to:

-       Dockside Tuesday - Local live music at the Midland Town Dock every Tuesday night in July and August from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm “rain or shine”

-       Midland Movie Night in Downtown Midland every second Wednesday starting May 31st. All movies start at dusk (approximately 9:00 pm). Bring your own lawn chair

-       Music in the Park every Sunday at the Rotary stage in Little Lake Park



Starting at 6:00 pm

o    July 2                     Georgian Bay Brass 

o    July 9                     Barrie Concert Band

o    July 16                    to be determined 

o    July 23                    Jim MacMillan and Scott Cooper

o    July 30                    Rock'n the House 



Starting at 7:00 pm

o    August 6                 to be announced 

o    August 13               Penny Love Band 

o    August 20               Winnie Brave

o    August 27               Sandra Goode Band 

o    Sept 3                    Passport /Souled Out /Huronia Hot Strings





The Month Ahead – July



July 3 – A very important Canada 150 blood donor clinic.  The clinic will be held at the NSSRC from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. I will be there at 4:00 pm. Your help is urgently needed.



July 7 – Georgian Bay Blast Around the Bay displays the fastest boats on the Bay at our Town dock starting at 4:00 pm. Then on Saturday the week-end fun run starts will all proceeds going to our hospital.



July 7 to 9 – Midland Rib Fest. If you like mouth-watering BBQ ribs come down to David Onley Park (next to the Town dock) this week-end and meet some the best rib chefs in the country.        https://northernheatribseries.ca/midland/  



July 8 - Airport Fly-In at the Huronia airport from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come out for a great display of vintage airplanes, antique cars and take a guided tour of the airport.



July 8 – Georgian Bay Garden tour all day. Supporting the GB Cancer Support Centre. More information at http://gbcancersupportcentre.ca/fundraising-events/georgian-bay-garden-tour



July 12 to14 - Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association host their Sweet Ontario Summer Tour and AGM at the Quality Inn & Conference Centre. More information at https://www.omspa.ca/events/



July 13 to 16 – One of our great area events, Festival du Loup, takes place in Lafontaine. http://festivalduloup.on.ca/en/



July 14 - A free Phragmites workshop is being held by Georgian Bay Forever and the Severn Sound Environmental Association at the NSSRC from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm. Please register at https://phragmitesworkshopmidland.eventbrite.ca



July 21 - More than 30 people, comprised of Indigenous, Jesuit, English and French Canadian paddlers will embark on a month-long, 850-kilometre canoe trip starting at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons.  In response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage will begin at Midland, travel up Georgian Bay, across the French River, Lake Nipissing, the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers, and end near Montreal. Please check https://canoepilgrimage.com/#about for times.



July 21 – At 7:00 pm board the Miss Midland for a Brookside fundraiser and cruise featuring Jessica Lalonde, Leslie Dawn Knowles on violin and the Huronia Hot Strings. There is no better music on gorgeous Georgian Bay.



July 21 to 23 - Ontario 150/Feast Fest!  Gather up your family and friends to explore and enjoy The World’s Largest Rubber Duck (and duck-themed games), Rhythm of the Nation Dancers, the Lumberjack shows, thrilling midway rides and of course Feast Fest - over 200 vendors, craft beer tent, amazing live entertainment and fireworks.  The legendary Canadian rockers Honeymoon Suite will be performing a FREE concert to cap off an already amazing line-up of 150 fun! 



July 22 – Township of Tiny's Canada 150 Celebration and annual Community BBQ take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Perkinsfield Park.



July 22 - Join us for the Downtown Midland Road Basketball Game at the Midland Town Dock from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Free pizza provided by Poppas Pizza.



July 22 – The Live Art music event takes place at 509 Bay Street from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  The best in local music, food and of course “live art”.





The Month Ahead – August



August 5 – The third annual Floatie Fest will take to the Rotary stage in Little Lake Park from 10:00 am to midnight.  This free and barrier free event will have live entertainment all day, vendors and a waterfront movie at dusk - “Jaws 2”.



August 12 – The 4th Annual Georgian Bay Pops takes place in Tiny. All funds raised go to the purchase of a much needed CT scanner for our Georgian Bay General Hospital.  Tickets are available through the MCC - http://midlandculturalcentre.ticketfly.com/event/1437083-georgian-bay-pops-2017-tiny-township/



August 18 to 20 - Farm Fresh Food Fest is taking place in the Township of Tiny. Your chance to experience all the foods grown and prepared locally. More information at https://www.farmfreshfoodfest.ca/

  

August 19 - The Second Annual Zucchini Mania in beautiful Little Lake Park.  It’s a family-friendly festival with activities designed to engage kids of all ages!  You will experience the shaded market, live entertainment on Rotary Stage, horse-drawn wagons transporting you into the Park, zucchini tastings, a bigger BBQ, Chef’s demonstrations, additional buskers, amazing flying dogs show, gigantic bubbles, Zucchini Contests and more. Admission is free but Askennonia Senior Centre will happily take a donation at the entrance!  https://www.zucchinimania.com/



August 25 to 26 – The magic of Tugfest is back.  Come down to the Town dock to see the parade of tugboats on Friday evening. Then on Saturday the boats participate in contests of strength and agility that only tugboats can do. More information at:  http://www.tugfestgeorgianbay.com/Intro2.html



August 26 – Artwalk.  Throughout our downtown you will see a colorful display of the works of our many local artists.



August 26 - Cycle Camelot 2017 comes to Rotary Park in Penetanguishene. This annual cycling event supports the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre. www.cyclecamelot.com



Council Issues Update



Service Delivery Review



Over the summer the Service Delivery Review Steering and Advisory Committees will be meeting to review all of the Town’s operations to determine how to improve our level of service to Midland residents. The committees should have a report to Council in the fall.



OPP



The consultant’s police service costing report is due the first week of July. These results should be made public shortly thereafter and I expect a public input meeting will follow.  Council will then take your comments plus the costing information and make a decision on our future policing service by September the 8th.



Midland Bay Landing



Last month Council directed staff to complete the four main environmental studies for the site.  This work will take place over the next few months.  This fall the search for a new development partner should pick up. 



MPUC



With the sale complete, the matter now proceeds to OEB for their review. Expectations from both sides are that we will have the OEB’s approval before year’s end. At that point we will be joined with our neighbours in Tay-Newmarket in providing power to the citizens of Midland.



Downtown Health Clinic



The project is still experiencing delays within the Ministry of Health despite consistent support from local municipalities, healthcare partners and our NSMLHIN. That said, work on the site is expected to start this fall.



GBGH



Lots happening at GBGH. The GBGH Board has just announced the new hospital CEO, Gail Hunt. Last year GBGH received additional base funding from the province. As a result our hospital is now starting to achieve annual operating surpluses. Work continues on the emergency room expansion with completion expected next year. The hospital’s next major project is to move 20 acute care mental health beds from Waypoint to GBGH.  GBGH’s Penetanguishene site, earmarked for a healthcare hub, still has not received provincial funding despite a positive business case for the hub being developed.



Budget



The public portion of the 2018 budget process will start in September.  While this year’s tax rate came in at 1%, challenges in funding infrastructure – roads, buildings, equipment, etc – will make it difficult to keep future increases at or below the rate of inflation.



Official Plan Review



The public input portion of the Official Plan is about to start. Expect the consultation schedule to be published after the July Council meeting. Your input is critical as the Town plans out what Midland will look like over the next decade,



Microbrewery – Barnstormer



The site environmental review has been completed. Council will receive a report at the July Council meeting detailing the future of this project.





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A safe and happy summer to you and your family.



Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday June 25, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Summer is officially here and the excitement is building around our upcoming Canada Day festivities. It’s going to be a great summer for getting out with a planned Ribfest, Feast Fest, Tug Fest and Floatie Fest to name just a few special activities. Invite your friends up and introduce them to Midland at its best.



The Week Ahead



On Monday the 26th at 10:00 am the OPP Transaction Team meets to receive an update from our consultant on the costings for the OPP and the MPS.  At 5:30 pm Council holds a closed meeting at Town Hall to review three items; 1) labour negotiations; 2) committee appointments; and 3) disposition of land. This is followed at 7:00 pm by the June Council meeting including:

-       Presentation to the Midland Mystics – Division 8 Provincial Basketball Champions

-       Three deputations:

o    Request for a heritage district on King Street by Ms. Scarth

o    An update on the Rosewood “Operation Grow” by K. Willis

o    Presentation on the upcoming Terry Fox Run

-       Recommendation for fencing around the Tiffin storm water management pond

-       Request to complete the technical studies required for the Midland Bay Landing property

-       Proposal to create a Municipal Services Corporation to manage the Town’s land assets

-       Recommendations to help our Town staff serve you better



On Tuesday County Council meets at 9:00 am; the last meeting before its summer break. The meeting will take place at the County museum and considers some of the longer term financial and operational issues confronting the County.



Two interesting items on Wednesday the 28th. The property at 118 Main Street (old Brule Hotel) in Penetanguishene is going through a dramatic internal refurbishment. Through the efforts of some 15 community agencies and local companies the building will be brought up to modern residential standards.  This project brings 29 affordable housing units to our area. While the media tends to focus on new builds, it is the improvements to our existing housing stock that will solve our affordable housing shortfall.



At dusk come on down to 509 Bay St. (the parking lot at King St) and enjoy the Midland Movie Night screening of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". Bring your own lawn chair.



On Thursday I attend a full day meeting in Orillia on coordinating the healthcare initiatives taking place in Simcoe County with the municipalities and residents.  This education day prepares the mayors to work with the LHIN and the province to better guide the changes that are occurring to our healthcare system.  At 7:00 pm both GBDSS and St Theresa’s hold their 2017 graduation ceremonies. Then at 7:30 pm Buffy St. Marie plays to a sold out house at the MCC.



Friday the 30th and the Town offices are closed. If you are looking for something to do, our Library invites you to join them at 2:00 pm to celebrate their 50 years on King Street.  



Week - End



Saturday July 1 – Happy Canada Day



-       An all day celebration.  Check out the program at http://www.midland.ca/Shared%20Documents/CanadaDay-Schedule2017.pdf

-       Some of special Canada Day items:

o    10:30 am Civitan Parade down King Street

o    11:30 am unveiling of the Midland mural at NSSRC

o    Pickleball tournament at Tiffin Park. It starts at 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Bring a chair

o    Fireworks at our neighbours in Penetanguishene



Sunday July 2



-       6:00 pm Music in the Park at the Little Lake Park Rotary bandshell.  The music plays every Sunday until September with July shows starting at 6:00 pm and August shows starting at 7:00 pm





Council Issues Update



OPP



The Town OPP Costing Committee should receive the cost analysis from the outside consultant this week. That will give us the long awaited “apples to apples” comparison of the costs of an OPP service versus an MPS service. The costing will cover many financial aspects including wages, benefits, transition costs, government grants, etc - and project those costs over a number of years so that the full impact can be seen. I expect the content of the report to be made public in short order.



Midland Bay Landing



Council will be asked to authorize a number of environmental studies that were to have been completed by our previous development partner.  Fortunately we have $250,000 from our previous partner that can be used for this purpose. Combine that with anticipated funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and we should be able to complete all outstanding studies with no cost to the Midland taxpayer.  With that done we will be fully ready to negotiate with future development partners.









Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




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