Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday February 18, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



The days are getting longer and temperatures have retreated from that bone-chilling cold. Not spring yet but well on the way. A tip of the hat to our tireless road crews who have done a great job of keeping our streets plowed and safe this winter.





The Week Ahead



Monday is Family Day and Midland invites you to a free family skate from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the NSSRC. Try to spend some time with your family today.



Tuesday the 20th sees an emergency management meeting at the Town. The group is planning our next emergency scenario test to take place this fall.  



On Wednesday February 21st at 2:00 pm the Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee meets to discuss its future. (This meeting was deferred from last week)  From 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Library the “Between the Covers Book Club” gathers for engaging conversation about this month’s book of choice. Please come and join the discussion.



At 7:00 pm our Library launches a new educational series “The Real Deal Student Info Series” designed to help youth and parents understand what awaits them when they go on to higher education. This evening’s event is about “The First Year”.  Second year student Kody McConkey and his family describe what the first year of university is REALLY like. How did they prepare? What was it like to live independently for the first time? Kody and his family will share their tips, tricks and advice for prospective students. Register to attend this free event at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-real-deal-student-info-series-the-first-year-tickets-42943434970  or visit the main desk.  At 7:30 pm the MCC Intimate Spaces series presents an evening with Bobby Watt, one of Canada's finest traditional singers. Mr. Watt is a Scottish-born master stonemason and ex-police scuba diver with a voice that will melt your heart.



Thursday the 22nd starts with the Employer Breakfast at 7:00 am at Brooklea. The speaker, Brian Wasliw an employment and labour lawyer, will address the topic of Bill 148 and its impact upon local businesses. Please pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EmployerBreakfast2018

At 1:30 pm you are invited to a special Council meeting at Town Hall to start our public discussion of the 2018 budget.  From 2:30 to 4:30 pm Dr. Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, will be at the MCC to talk about protecting our environment, climate change and sustainable communities. There is no cost to attend.



Friday and its Jully Black at the MCC starting at 8:00 pm.  A true Canadian icon, Jully has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by her fans and peers. As a platinum selling recording artist her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home multiple Juno Awards and was selected to sing for the Queen of England. https://www.youtube.com/watch/?ref=0&v=oYsu-_jyfTk



Week - End



Saturday February 24



-       10:00 am to 1:00 pm – MCC Spelling BEE at the MCC conducted in three segments for grades 3-8



Sunday February 25



-       All day - Freedom to Read Week starts at the library. The week showcases a variety of challenging works and invites you to make your statement by being photographed with your favourite book using the Library’s new “green screen”. Another great free event at your Library. The Library’s events calendar is on their website at www.midlandlibrary.com/events



Council Issues Update



Midland Bay Landing



The MBL Steering Committee will recommend to Council the guidelines (aka. shareholders agreement) that will ensure the newly created Municipal Development Corporation is fulfilling Council objectives. These guidelines will be used by the Corporation as they seek a new developer for the MBL property this spring.



Budget



The public budget process gets into gear this week. It has been delayed a bit this year due to the many organisational changes that have affected the budget. This week we look at the operational budgets for the Town’s department and agencies. Next month it will be capital. Please see the schedule of budget meetings at http://www.midland.ca/Pages/treasury.aspx



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Looking ahead, two items:



1)     Peter Mansbridge is coming to the MCC on May 24th for an episode of A Day in the Life. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! You may want to book early.



2)     The Midland Sports Hall of Fame is looking for nominations to be included in their induction ceremony on September 29. Nominations can be for any of four categories: athlete; builder; teams; and historic venues. Check out the web site for the complete list of past inductees. Nomination forms are available at www.midlandonsportshalloffame.com , or from Customer Service at the NSSRC or at the Town of Midland municipal offices. Deadline for submissions is March 31st.



And lastly, I had an opportunity to enjoy Huronia Player’s “Spitfire Grill” last evening. A touching story about a small town told through songs delivered by our incredibly talented local players. You want to see this one. http://www.huroniaplayers.ca/index.php/menu-see-a-show/menu-this-season/289-the-spitfire-grill





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday February 11, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



I recall a few years back when there was speculation that the town of Buffalo, New York would have to be abandoned due to the heavy snow fall.  Well…..



The Week Ahead



A busy Monday February the12th, to start the week.  At 7:30 am the NSCFDC Marketing Monday series continues at the Midland Library. This week’s topic - Social Media – Choosing the Right Platform and Getting Results.  Please register in advance at www.nscfdc.on.ca/upcoming-events.php



While we are at the Library, I have a week’s worth of information about all of their upcoming events.

·         Every day until after Valentine’s Day the Library is having Blind Date with a Book. Patrons can come into the library and select a blind date book (which has been festively wrapped). They check out the book based on just a few profile hints, and who knows, it just might be love! This was a super popular initiative last year and we’ve brought it back due to the demand & fun feedback. (FREE)

·         Monday, Feb. 12th – Wiggle, Jiggle & Dance (this program happens each Monday from 11am – 11:30 until the end of April) Gentle stretching, movements, rhymes & songs for parents & babies from 0-18 months. (FREE)

·         Tuesday, Feb. 13th – Teen Tuesday – Movie day – Spiderman Homecoming (with free snacks provided).   (we have a teen Tuesday event each week from 4:30pm – 6:00pm with a different activity each week, and of course, free snacks for the teens) (FREE)

·         Wednesday, Feb. 14th – Storytime with Miss Bonnie (happening every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 10:30 – 11:30) (FREE)

·         Thursday Feb. 15th – Baby Got Bounce (Every Thursday morning from 10:15 – 11:00am until the end of February) Songs, stories & rhymes for babies aged 0-18 months. (FREE)

·         Friday February 16th - French Conversation Club – Every Friday from 11am – 12pm. Improve your French without the pressure of a classroom environment. Join our friendly conversation group to work on your French skills. All levels welcome. (FREE)

Ladies and gentlemen, we do have an amazing Library.



Also on Monday at 10:00 am the OPP Transition Committee meets at the Town. At 6:30 pm Council holds a special meeting to address:

-       Update on the OPP transition

-       Amalgamation of police reserves to ensure we track the costs associated with the transition and better manage funds derived from the wind-up



At 7:00 pm it is the General Committee meeting at the Town. The agenda includes:

-       Direction on improving our management of bio-solids at the wastewater plant

-       Update on the Midland Forward project

-       Update on actions in support of Council’s strategic objectives. Please refer  http://www.midland.ca/Pages/Council-Strategic-Plan.aspx

-       Legion request to waive an encroachment fee arising from a sign for their building

-       Approval for Butter Tart Festival 2018, set for Saturday June 9th

And lastly at 7:00 pm, Brookside Music presents Moscow Sounds at the MCC.



Tuesday and its County Council at 9:00 am. Key items for Council include new initiatives for affordable housing development in rural areas.



Wednesday the 14th is Valentines Day. What better way to celebrate your special someone than with a fun dinner-theatre. Good Morning Apocalypse invites you to “Bad Dates” at the MCC at 6:30 pm. The comedy show embraces the dark side of Valentine’s Day and all the broken hearts it leaves lying in its wake! From blind-dating Debra to a harrowing date gone wrong at Count Chocula’s castle. Good food – good fun.



On Thursday February 15th  the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs hosts a day-long meeting in Newcastle  to discuss building a stronger rural Ontario. This is an important meeting for Midland and rural communities as it gives us a stage to address many of the systemic issues that negatively affect our long-term survival - everything from needed changes to municipal finance, to infrastructure deficits, to the unique challenges of rural affordable housing will be on the table.



At 1:00 pm the Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee meets to address the changes to its mission in light of the new Municipal Development Corporation authorized by Council.  At 7:30 pm A Day in the Life interviews Mr. Max Eisen, a Hungarian Jew who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. At the age of 15, Max became a slave labourer at the camp. He suffered under horrific conditions in Auschwitz, survived the infamous “death march” in January 1945, and endured a long journey of physical and psychological healing. Max is one of a group of Holocaust survivors who has dedicated the latter part of his life to teaching the next generation about morals and ethics. That’s at the Midland Cultural Centre



Friday the 16th sees me at County again for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. But if you want to have fun, this is your day. Drop into the Town office and see what staff is up to on “Hawaii Day”, as they bring a little warmth to a cold winter climate. If you would rather be outside you may wish to try the skate trail and frosty winter fun at HHP Discovery Harbor from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca/dh/en/Home/index.htm . And if you are looking for something different, how about a murder mystery courtesy of Huronia Museum. This dinner- theatre entitled “It Came from Little Lake” starts at 6:00 pm. For tickets please see:






Week - End



Saturday February 17



-       10:30 am - The Penetanguishene Winterama parade down Main Street





Council Issues Update



Service Delivery Review



The Service Delivery Review Committee will wrap up its work this month.  Its final report presented over 60 recommendations for changes to the Town’s operation. The report stressed the need to apply modern IT solutions to many of the Town’s functions; to streamline the controls over financial management in all departments and improve our voice-mail system to better serve our citizens. These changes will be implemented in a staged fashion over the next few years.





OPP



Training is underway for the MPS staff that has transitioned to the OPP. They are likely to be back in our community in early March. For staff that is not transitioning, their salary and benefits will be continued until the arbitration process concludes, likely next month. At that point they will be protected by the employment contract terms approved under the police arbitration process.

The transition has been difficult for many. The Town its doing its utmost to ease the process. We are thankful for the many years of service that the MPS has provided to Midland. We look forward the continuation of this level of service to the community under the OPP.



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Two items for the following week;



1)     Monday the 19th is Family Day. Town offices are closed.



2)     The NSCFDC is hosting an Employer Breakfast on February 22nd at 7:00 am at the Brooklea. The speaker will be Brian Wasliw, an employment and labour lawyer who will address the impact of Bill 148 and how it is affecting local business. Please pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EmployerBreakfast2018







Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              




Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday January 28, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Temperatures are back on the plus side and have put a damper on local snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Early forecasts are that the lake level will be higher this year than last. Mother Nature keeps us on our toes.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 29th has a 7:30 am start as the NSCFDC Marketing Monday series continues with “Networking – Identifying local networking opportunities and how to become a star networker”.  This free program is at the Midland Library.   Register online at www.nscfdc.on.ca/upcoming-events.php



On Tuesday the action is in the evening. At 7:00 pm you are invited to a travelogue about two intrepid Midlanders and their adventures in Morocco. Please see  http://www.midlandlibrary. com/event/an-evening-in-morocco-with-kevin-lise/


At 7:30 pm at the MCC, Keith Rose’s Our Health series returns with, INTERVENTION – A LOOK AT THE REALITY OF ADDICTIONS. A challenging and thought provoking event as three panelists take a look at the reality of addictions. Jack Vandenberg, the manager for addiction services in Simcoe County. Tina Brand-Lawson a frontline addiction counsellor in Midland. Andrew Hurst, a recovering addict and alcoholic, who has experienced firsthand the devastating effects of addiction. Dr. Rose will moderate the questions from the audience.  Admission is FREE with registration.



On Wednesday the 31st the cruise ship business case project moves forward as the Committee selects the consulting firm to conduct the work. This Ontario-wide study should wrap up in July and include recommendations about upgrades for the port of Midland.



Thursday the 1st of February. The Governance Review process starts its second phase at 8:30 am with our procedure by-law (how Council operates). At 6:00 pm is a special meeting of Council to consider recommendations arising from our Service Delivery Review project. I have not seen the agenda yet. Please check the Town website. The meeting may be closed.



On Friday – let the good times roll – its Winterfest.  A weekend of winter fun for the entire family. Festivities start with one of my favorite events – the good ‘ol downtown road hockey game. Starting at 4:00 pm, bring a stick, a smile and dress like Wayne Gretzky. Games will take place between Dominion Avenue & Hugel Avenue and between Hugel Avenue & Elizabeth Street. There is FREE Hot Chocolate from Grounded Coffee; FREE Pizza from Papa's Pizza Mama's Chicken after the game. Come and join the fun.



The rest of the weekend is packed with Winterfest activities. Check it out at:   http://www.midland.ca/Shared%20Documents/2018winterfestschedule%20Updated.pdf





Week - End



Saturday February 3



-       6:00 pm - We Are the Villages Snow Angel Gala at Restaurant Ste. Marie www.wearethevillagers.com or 1-855-528-5252

-       7:30 pm - Jack de Keyser is at the MCC. Jack and his 6 piece band return with a brand new tribute to the great Chicago blues giants. https://www.youtube.com/watch/?ref=0&v=GHrzwWxfwX0

-       8:00 pm – The Legion honours 125 years of policing in Midland with a tribute to the Midland Police Service



And the Week After



I will be away next week-end so will not be able to publish News from the Town.  Here are some of the events to look forward to for the week of February 4th.  Always busy in Midland.



Monday February 5      

-       NSCFDC Marketing Monday education session at 7:30 am at the Library.  The topic - Traditional Marketing – Using the Basic Channels – radio, print, TV, the web.




Wednesday February 7

-       The Planning and Development Committee meeting at 7:00 pm at the Town hall. Check the Town website for the agenda



Thursday February 8

-       Doug Griffiths makes a presentation based upon his book “13 Ways to Kill Your Community”.  https://www.13ways.ca/speaking/book-doug-griffiths/  That is at 7:00 pm at the NSSRC.

-       North Simcoe is one of eight communities in Ontario selected to participate in the Business for the Arts’ Sponsorship and Governance Mentorship Program.  The program equips small arts organizations with in-depth training, tools and mentorship to help them deal with Corporate Sponsorship and Board Governance issues.  The information session starts at 10 a.m. at the Library. More information at bit.ly/NorthSimcoe

-       Champlain Farms, an applicant for cannabis production, is holding an open house at
177 Robert Street East, Penetanguishene at 1:00 pm. There will be a presentation, a light lunch and tours.



Saturday February 10th

-        CLH annual gala dinner at 5:00 pm at the Quality Inn

-       Township of Tiny Carnival D’Hiver  from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Perkinsfield Park



Council Issues Update



OPP



This past week the Ontario Civilian Police Commission agreed to permit the transition of policing in Midland to the OPP. It is expected that on February 8th the MPS officers and staff who have accepted positions with OPP will be sent for training at the Police College. In parallel all outstanding issues on severance and contracts will go to the police conciliation/arbitration process.



Midland Bay Landing



Over the last few months the Town has received a lot of interest from various developers about our waterfront property. This underscores the need to get our Municipal Development Corporation in place, under proper Council direction. I expect the Town will post for MDC Board members early spring.  Another opportunity for you to get involved.





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              








Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday January 21, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Our weather rollercoaster continues. Lately I have been receiving more calls about cleaning up the sand than to remove the snow.  Such is life in the Town.



The Week Ahead



Monday January 22nd starts at 7:30 am when the NSCFDC hosts Marketing Monday, an education series to help small business learn about marketing fundamentals.  The first event is entitled – “Marketing Foundations – Define your market and develop your marketing plan”. The workshop is free and takes place at Midland public library. Register online at www.nscfdc.on.ca/upcoming-events.php



At 6:30 pm Midland Council holds a closed meeting covering two items – nominations for the Youth Committee and staff changes related to our Service Delivery Review project. At 7:00 pm it’s the regular Council meeting including:

-       Three awards of merit for outstanding citizens

-       A deputation by SSEA on our climate change plan

-       Tender results for a new transit bus

-       Recommendations on snowmobile trails in Midland

-       Preparatory by-laws for the 2018 municipal election



On Tuesday County Council takes place at 9:00 am. Council will learn about the new Georgian College Advanced Technology Innovation and Research Centre.  Later that day at 3:00 pm the Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall.



Wednesday at 2:00 pm our OPP Transition Committee meets to discuss the latest developments. Please see OPP item below.



On Thursday the 25th the Town has scheduled two meetings for you to help us determine the future of our bus transit system. The Transit Operational Review Public Open House will be held from 2 – 4 pm and again 5 – 7 pm at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Please attend one of the meetings and/or provide your comments on-line at www.surveymonkey.com/r/midlandtransit.



Friday sees a meeting of the Physician Recruitment Committee at 8:30 am. The Committee is dealing with the question of whether it is still needed (seems we now have a good supply of doctors) and if so what its go forward plan should be.  Then at 1:00 pm the Cruise Ship Industry  Group meeting reviews the start-up activities for our cruise ship business case project.



Week - End



Saturday January 27



5:00 pm – Robert Burns annual dinner at the Midland Legion

8:00 pm - Sugar and Gold – Stories of the Underground Railroad. This full length stage production is a dynamic musical featuring riveting stories of the Underground Railroad written by Diana Braithwaite, a direct descendant of the first fugitives who arrived in Canada from America. That’s at the MCC.



Sunday January 28



7:30 pm - The Real Rabbie Burns with the Celts, a Celtic music supergroup well-known for their themed shows. Drawing heavily on the back-story, they entertain and amuse with true stories and anecdotes of the real Rabbie Burns.



Council Issues Update



OPP



A bit of drama in these final days. The Midland Police Service Board and the four police bargaining units have gotten into some protracted discussions that question whether the transfer will take place as hoped in mid-February. The matter is now before the Ontario Civilian Police Commission who will decide on Monday whether to let the transfer go ahead or delay their approval resulting in a three month delay in moving to the OPP. See attached letter for further details. I will update you Tuesday on what has happened on this important issue.  



Keewatin



Lots of rumors on the potential move of the Keewatin from Port McNicol to Midland. What can be said with some certainty is that the owners of the Keewatin have indicated they will likely have to move the ship and that they would like to keep it in North Simcoe. No information has come to Council on this matter. So while we are all interested in the future of this significant tourism attraction we will have to wait until February when the principals come before Town Council.





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Last year the County announced its long term Transportation Plan. It focused on inter-urban connections with the first bus route being from Barrie to Midland. The County plans a soft launch of the service right after Canada Day, with a free introductory service likely until Labour Day. Hopefully early ridership will lead to the long term success of this much needed link.





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              






Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday January 14, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



To paraphrase Charles Dickens - It was the coldest of times. It was the warmest of times. And the result has been a significant challenge for our road crews in plowing the streets and removing the excess snow. Many of you have called about the conditions and Public Works is literally moving mountains to get our streets back in good repair. A collective thanks to the men and women who are out all night in -30 degree weather keeping our streets cleared.



The cold weather has also brought a significant increase in the number of fatal fires. They have devastated families as close as Waubaushene. Our Fire Department asks that you make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Make sure everyone recognizes the sound of the alarm. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan. Fire prevention is everyone’s job - stay safe!



The Week Ahead



On Monday the Town’s Humans Resources Committee meets at 2:30 pm. The Committee will be addressing some of the recommendations from the Service Delivery Review, and how to better deploy our staff.



Tuesday the 16th I head to Toronto for a meeting with staff at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. This is all in aid of establishing Midland as a long term cruise ship port.



On Wednesday the 17th the Downtown Safety Committee meets at Town hall at 2:00 pm to review how recent changes to programs have affected our collective safety. Over at the Midland Cultural Centre, “A Day in the Life” will host sports personality Rod Black. Rod has been hailed as one of Canada’s most recognizable and distinguished sportscasters. Having worked for both CTV and TSN, Rod has been involved in hosting and announcing almost every sport: hockey, basketball, baseball, football, tennis, figure skating, golf, curling, boxing, auto racing and horseracing. He was involved as host or announcer at the 1992, 1996 and 2012 Summer Olympics. A Day in the Life starts at 7:30 pm.



A quieter close to the week. On Thursday I visit Father Knox, Director of the Martyr’s Shrine to discuss how we can work together in welcoming the many visitors to our area.  And on Friday I am at County for the 9:00 am meeting of the Housing Advisory Committee. This meeting will recommend our affordable housing targets for the next 3 years.





Week - End



Saturday January 20



-       8:00 pm - ABBA magic at the MCC. Your chance to enjoy all the ABBA classics



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Three items you may find interesting.



1)     Midland’s 2017 building permits totaled $34.9M, compared to $28.6M in 2016. While year over year comparisons have to be taken with a grain of salt, this still represents significant growth in development activity – and a vote of confidence in our municipality.



Within those numbers are 27 new single detached and 50 new second suite housing units.  Second suites represented 59% of all housing units created and has become a major contributor to resolving our affordable housing shortage.



2)     Hospice Huronia has come up with a novel fund raising method – an annual “No-Golf Tournament”.  So don’t come out and play. Just register with Hospice Huronia - $125 each or $500 for a foursome  - and then spend your time doing nothing. You can donate at  www.hospicehuronia.ca.  An anonymous donor will match all funds raised up to a maximum of $25,000. The No-Golf date is January 20th, rain or shine.



3)     It’s not every day that our Butter Tart Festival gets a mention in the New York Times… https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/dining/butter-tarts-canada.html.  Pretty cool.



In closing something for your calendar.



NSCFDC is starting a Marketing Monday education series. This series of free programs takes place from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Midland Public Library.  Upcoming lectures are:

-       January 22nd - Marketing Foundations – Define your market and develop your marketing plan

-       January 29th - Networking – Identify local networking opportunities and how to become a star networker

-       February 5th - Traditional Marketing – How to use the basic channels – radio, print, TV, web

-       February 12th - Social Media – Choosing the right platform and getting results








Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              






Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday January 7, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



I hope that you survived the “Deep Freeze of O-18”.  When the snowmobilers tell you it is too cold to go sledding you know that it’s cold. With the freeze behind us, the Town is back to work.





The Week Ahead



Monday January 8th starts at 10:00 am with a meeting of the Aboriginal Relations Advisory Committee at Town hall.  At 2:00 pm the Midland Accessibility Advisory Committee meets.



At 7:00 pm, it’s the General Committee of Council.  A very short agenda with one critical topic - a report from the Governance Review Committee on recommended changes to many of the Town’s committees. We currently have over 40 committees that municipal Council and staff participate in. More committees are likely to be added as we deal with new services, such as the new Municipal Services Corporation that will look after the Midland Bay Landing development.  While the report recommends keeping most of the Committees it emphasizes the need for an improved “Terms of Reference” for each committee. The Terms of Reference are Council’s “marching orders” to ensure a committee is properly tasked and responsive to the overall direction of the Town.



Tuesday the 9th features the first County Council meeting of the month at 9:00 am in Midhurst. Then at 6:00 pm, the Midland Public Library is hosting an “Arteprenuer” information session.  This County-wide program helps equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. The session is open to all.  And at 7:00 pm the Midland Heritage Committee meets at Town hall, also open to all.



On Wednesday the 10th Councilors will participate in interviews throughout the day on our transit operations. The review was directed by Council last year to ensure that we have the bus services and resources to serve the people of Midland.



At 7:00 pm the Planning and Development Committee takes place at the Town. The agenda includes;

-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) regarding a zoning change request from Oz Developments to permit office use in their building at 1000 Wye Valley Rd.

-       Kaitlin will present their new vision for the Bayport development

-       Staff reports on the three recent zoning by-law public meetings:

o    Hanson Lands zoning changes for their Hwy 12 development

o    Lot separation at 344 Fuller

o    De Santis application for a residential building at 281 Midland Ave.

-       Site plan review for Bourgeois Leasing development at 290 Cranston Cres.



Thursday starts in Orillia as the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, the County and local mayors meet to discuss area healthcare services. The meeting focus will be on:

-       Involving local government in health care capital decisions

-       Providing better at-home healthcare supports to those not able to care for themselves

At 4:30 pm the Committee of Adjustments meets at Town Hall. You are welcome to attend.



Friday January 12th at 10:00 am, the OPP Transition Committee meets at Town hall. This Committee oversees the transition of our policing service from the MPS to the OPP.



Week - End



Sunday January 14



-       10:00 am - Connexus Church celebrates its formation with a gathering at the Galaxy theatre. (You may already be aware of Connexus as they provided the music we enjoyed at our downtown Christmas tree lighting)





Council Issues Update



OPP



The Town has now received an Agreement in Principle from the Ontario Civilian Policing Commission to transition to the OPP. They are still looking for full certainty that the Town will properly respect termination details for existing MPS contracts. Still anticipating the transition to occur in mid-February



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I want to end on a note showing the true “Spirit of Midland”.  Kevin Leonard through his association with the Ys-Men’s club, has led the organization of the Midland “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Campaign” over the last two years. This Campaign seeks to stop violence towards women - all funds going to our local women’s shelter , Rosewood.



Recently Rosewood launched its new social enterprise – Operation Grow.  Operation Grow is a high-tech urban farm that provides a safe environment for Rosewood clients while making fresh locally grown greens available to our community all year long. Kevin has again stepped forward by having his firm Huronia Alarm & Fire Security donate the access control security system to the Operation Grow facility.



Thank you to Kevin, Huronia Alarms and the Ys-Men for all they do for Midland.





Gord McKay





The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018