Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday June 24, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



This past Wednesday saw a “Town Hall” meeting at St. Paul’s on the downtown safety issue. It was attended by some 40 people many of whom chose to speak to the matter.  Two key take-a-ways were that this is a long standing issue in the downtown and it is causing some significant distress in certain areas. A good discussion that will lead to recommendations for action in both the short and long term.



The Week Ahead



On Monday the 25th Council meets at 6:15 pm in closed to discuss three matters including potential litigation and nominations to a committee. At 7:00 pm it’s the June Council meeting including:

-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) regarding Building Permit fees.  Since Town staff now provides these services in both Midland and Penetanguishene, staff is proposing that we harmonize our fees to minimize confusion

-       Presentation of Senior of the Year Award to Mr. Tom Barber

-       Three deputations:

o    Midland Public Library update

o    Guesthouse Shelter request for forgiveness of their $25,000 loan

o    EDCNS year in review with Roy Ellis

-       Discussion of the workplan of the Community Safety Task Force, especially given that no external consultant has been hired

-       Introduction of “lame duck” provisions for Council. The Municipal Act allows for some of the authorities of Council to be delegated to staff during the post nomination period if it is likely that less than 75% of current Councilors will continue into the new term. The election draws nigh.



Tuesday the 26th sees County Council start at 9:00 am in Midhurst.  At 3:00 pm the North Simcoe Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to consider a proposal for a new housing style called “shared accommodation”.  If developed properly this method could provide much needed affordable housing in our area.  Then at 5:00 pm Heads of Council meet in Penetanguishene to review a number of area issues, including the work of the Community Safety Task Force and the Huronia Airport.



Wednesday the 27th is also a busy day starting at 2:00 pm with a Community Safety Task Force meeting at Town Hall.  At 4:00 pm our MCC hosts its AGM at the MCC. And at 7:00 pm you are invited to a special meeting of Council to hear about our new Procedural By-Law. This By-Law will set the ground rules for how Council deals with all matters set before it.



On Thursday the Pearl Mist returns to our Town dock and is met with an all day celebration. Please do come down and welcome our visitors.  At noon please join the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation AGM being held at the MCC. Lunch will be served while they provide you with an update on the Foundation and the hospital. Not to be outdone, our hospital hosts its own AGM in Conference Room 1 at the hospital at 4:00 pm.



The energy starts to build at 7:00 pm with both GBDSS and St. Theresa`s hosting their graduation ceremonies. Drive carefully. And at 8:00 pm it’s an evening with the Bee Gees at MCC.  



Friday June 29 – time to celebrate summer. The Midland Rib Fest returns with great BBQ and craft beer!  Northern Heat Rib Series is bringing the BEST BBQ in Canada right to your backyard! Join us for a weekend full of food, fun, and entertainment as you enjoy all the event has to offer.

-       Location: David Onley Park - 475 Bayshore Drive, Midland

-       Friday 4PM - 11PM, Saturday 11AM - 11PM, Sunday 11AM - 7PM

FREE Admission, FREE Parking; Great weather – can it get any better.



And the Huronia Braves Lacrosse Tournament gets underway at the NSSRC.



Week - End



Saturday June 30



-       10:00 am to 3:00 pm - Hospice Huronia is holding a HOT DOG & BAKE SALE at the Penetanguishene Curling Club. Call 705-245-7611 for information

-       11:00 am to 11:00 pm – Ribfest at David Onley Park

-       Huronia Braves lacrosse tournament all week end at the NSSRC

-       At dusk (9ish) – Downtown Movie Night featuring Canadian Bacon



Sunday July 1- Canada Day



-       All day - Canada Day festivities from the parade at 10:30 am to fireworks in the evening. For more information: http://www.midland.ca/Shared%20Documents/Events%20page/Canada%20Day%202018%20schedule%20v4.pdf

-       11:00 am to 7:00 pm – Ribfest at David Onley Park

-       Huronia Braves lacrosse tournament all week end at the NSSRC



Council Issues Update



Official Plan Review



The Town held its last public OPR status meeting of this Council term this past week. The draft plan reflected the input received on the Natural Heritage designation in addition to changes to the definition of ``employment  lands``. These changes, once agreed by Council, will then be presented to County Council for its approval.



Complicating this process are the upcoming elections, which will require a work stoppage and the requirement of the County to undertake a Municipal Comprehensive Review, which once completed will require us to further adjust our plan.



Who said planning was easy.


 

Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              




Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday June 17, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



The summer season is upon us.  Party on the Dock is just wrapping up. The Pearl Mist visits us again plus a couple of free BBQs this week. Then Ribfest and Canada Day at the end of the month.  Get out there and enjoy the good life in Midland.





The Week Ahead



On Monday at 9:00 am the second Community Safety Task Force stakeholder workshop takes place at Town Hall.  The first workshop was quite instructive in identifying the causes underlying many downtown safety issues.



Tuesday the 19th will see the return of the Pearl Mist to our Town dock.  Look for a day of entertainment dockside - all are welcome to attend. At 7:30 am the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation holds its AGM at Restaurant Ste. Marie.  At 9:00 am, at the County Museum, County Council meets for its last strategic planning session before the election.



At 10:00 am Tiny hosts a Senior Symposium at the Township of Tiny Community Centre. Then at 1:30 pm you are invited to join Waypoint as it presents its annual report to the community at Waypoint. And lastly at 5:00 pm Hospice Huronia hosts a celebration for their new building project. The party takes place at their premises at 25 Jeffery St. Penetanguishene.



On Wednesday you are invited to participate in a traditional Town Hall meeting that will hear from the public about the downtown safety situation. The Community Safety Task force is conducting a full review of the issues and behaviors that affect our downtown. You are asked to participate by completing a short survey at www.surveymonkey.ca/r/midland-safety and also by attending the Town Hall meeting at St Paul’s church on King Street starting at 6:30 pm.



At 7:00 pm at the Midland Public Library, Marina Nemat will present the memoir of her life and political imprisonment in Iran – the Prisoner of Tehran. Her extraordinary tale of faith and survival is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.



Thursday the 21st is National Aboriginal Day.  Ste. Marie among the Hurons will host a special celebration.  Further details at: http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/SpecialEvents/NationalAboriginalDay/index.htm



At 4:30 pm Georgian Village hosts a staff appreciation BBQ at their location in Penentanguishene.  Keeping with the BBQ theme, you are invited to a FREE community BBQ to celebrate local climate action.  This Severn Sound Environmental Association sponsored event will welcome Robert Canning, SSEA's new Invasive Species Coordinator. The event runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. Then at 6:30 pm at the NSSRC, the Town will provide you with an update of its evolving Official Plan. The meeting will present the latest changes and impacts of 2017 growth plan targets.



Friday the 22nd starts early with the 8:00 am launch of the Prosperity Summit.  This annual event, hosted by our Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS) will focus on a new area of economic opportunity for North Simcoe - the convergence of our local manufacturing and healthcare sectors. This has the promise of many new well-paying jobs in the years ahead.



As Friday is the gateway to the week-end it is not surprising that Tay is moving ahead with celebrating an early Canada Day. Please click the link for a listing of all the great things our neighbours want to share with you this week-end. http://www.taycanadaday.ca/



And that evening get ready to be moved with the First Annual Gospel Music Festival at the MCC. The Band of Christians featuring Titus Chapman returns to the MCC. Last year’s sold out performance had audience members in awe. The best of black gospel music starts at 8:00 pm and lasts all weekend. A full weekend pass is available at  All Weekend Pass $60 PLUS HST & FEES




Week - End



Saturday June 23



-       All day - Tay Canada Day celebration http://www.taycanadaday.ca/ 

-       10:00 am - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser for Rosewood  at the Town Dock

-       1:30 pm - HMCS Trillium Sea Cadets Annual Review at NSSRC

-       8:00 pm - First Annual Gospel Music Festival at the MCC featuring Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires





Sunday June 24



-       All day - Tay Canada Day celebration http://www.taycanadaday.ca/

-       3:00 pm - First Annual Gospel Music Festival at the MCC featuring Calvary Baptist Church Choir

-       7:00 pm - Music in the Park returns to the Rotary Bandshell in Little Lake Park. Good sounds from “Brutthers from Another Mudder”





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The County of Simcoe is introducing a new curbside collection program for textiles to help divert these materials out of landfills. Simcoe County residents will receive one textile collection this June, with our area’s pick-up scheduled for June 18-22 (Zone 2). Similar to Leaf and Yard Waste collection, pick-up does not necessarily coincide with your regular collection day. Items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week. For more information visit www.simcoe.ca/textilecollection



The County has provided additional information based upon experiences from the first week of textile collection:

-       Textile collection day is not the same as your garbage day. Textiles must be placed at curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of the collection week.

-       A number of residents have called into Customer Service indicating that their textiles were not collected but acknowledging that they were not in the pink bag provided or clear plastic bags but in garbage bags or other containers.  The pink bag or a clear bag identifies that the bag contains textiles for collection whereas black or green garbage bags should not be collected as textiles as they may contain garbage which would become a contaminant to the textile diversion program.  

-       Many residents have continued to place yard waste out for collection although the final yard waste collection for the north zone was the week of June 4th.  We believe that this is due to residents assuming that the colour coding in the calendar which identifies the collection zones meant that this was also a yard waste week when in fact it is a textile collection week. 

To help ensure accuracy for future waste collections, residents should be encouraged to subscribe for free waste collection alerts and reminders at www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder in order to make certain that they are aware of scheduled collections for their area. 





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              








Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday June 10, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Another great Butter Tart Festival has wrapped up with many of us still coming down from that sugary high. Estimates are that somewhere near 200,000 butter tarts were on sale and 50,000 plus visitors. Official word has yet to come.  A big thank-you to Karen Mealing and her team who pulled this off without a hitch.  Making Midland proud.



The Week Ahead



Monday June 11th at 5:00 pm is the AGM for the MPUC shareholder (the Town). The MPUC sale to Newmarket-Tay is still not closed as we await the OEB decision. Cannot believe it is taking this long. At 7:00 pm is the Town’s General Committee meeting including:

-       Progress report on our Midland Forward initiative

-       Direction on surplus lands, specifically the potential sale of the Parks Depot on Fourth St. and the Works Depot on Ontario St.

-       Direction on our new procurement by-law – how we go about buying things in our Town

-       Terms of Reference for some of our 30 plus committees and Boards



On Tuesday the 12th County Council takes place at 9:00 am in Midlhurst.  A number of interesting items that may impact Midland:

-       Approval of new organics site on Horseshoe Valley Road

-       Discussion of coordinating all emergency services in North Simcoe

-       By-law for the new inter-urban transit – the first leg being the Barrie to Midland link. One of the new Simcoe County LINX Transit Service buses will be on display at the County. Our Midland-Barrie route is scheduled for launch on August 7th, 2018



At 2:00 pm the Community Safety Task Force meets at the Town. Then at 7:30 pm Dr. Keith Rose hosts - OUR HEALTH: SPIRITUALITY & WELL-BEING  at the MCC. A sold out night but walk-ins may still be available. Those who wish to attend can come to the entrance to Rotary Hall at the MCC, where seating will be on a first-come first-served basis.



Wednesday the 13th invites you to celebrate Seniors Month. The Midland Seniors Council is hosting a free noon lunch at the NSSRC.  Right after that from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm the Midland Library is launching a new Seniors’ Drop-In. Come for an afternoon of companionship, conversations and fun!  Every other Wednesday, starting June 13th, and it’s free.



At 7:30 pm A Day in the Life returns to the MCC.  Fred’s guest is Dr. Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance. Prior to her appointment in December 2015, Commissioner Saxe was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. Commissioner Saxe has been recognized as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers.



On Thursday June 14th at 10:00 am, the first Community Safety Task Force workshop takes place at the Town. This meeting will invite key stakeholders, such as the Library, the OPP and Guesthouse to the table.  The Task Force is going to use a number of methods to get your input on our downtown safety situation including an online survey, a public Town Hall scheduled for June 20, stakeholder workshops and one-on-one interviews - a lot of information gathering this month. All meetings are open to the public. The online survey should be available this Monday.



And from 10:00 am to noon EarlyON hosts its annual family picnic at Little Lake Park.



Friday the 15th it’s back to Midhurst for a meeting of the County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. The Committee will receive a report on the recent “Place in Time” count that enumerated the homeless population in our area.  Also the Committee will propose a date for all of us to hear about the Federal/Provincial approach to the National Housing Strategy - flowing $13B over 10 years into affordable housing projects.  And at noon the Chamber of Commerce invites you to a public BBQ on the Town Dock.



Week - End



Saturday June 16



-       2:00 pm onward - Party of the Dock returns with a full day of music - https://www.partyonthedock.ca/







Council Issues Update



Downtown Safety



The Task Force is underway but not quite as planned. Due to the aggressive timeframe it has not yet been able to retain the services of an external consultant. So in the short term the many agency reps on the Task Force have taken up the challenge and will direct the initial Problem Statement phase. Another example of our community working together.





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              






Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday June 3, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Summer draws closer, though we haven’t done too badly with the recent spring heat wave. Our first cruise ship is coming in this week and the Butter Tart Festival takes place on the week-end. Can’t beat Midland.



The Week Ahead



Monday June 4th. As you may recall your mayor is leading a provincially sponsored study of the Great Lakes cruise ship industry. The study consultant is in Town today to assess the port of Midland and our ability to handle cruise ships and their passengers.  This information will be complied along with that of 7 other Ontario ports to develop an overall assessment of the cruise potential in the Great Lakes.  This could be the first step in us becoming a cruise ship terminus and moving Midland into the main stream of international tourism.



And you are invited downtown today as Kathleen Wynne is expected to drop by the Gerry Marshall campaign office on Bay Street (next to Grounded) at 6:00 pm.



On Tuesday the 5th the Simcoe County District School Board is hosting a public meeting to hear your concerns about their intention to significantly raise the education development charges on new buildings.  The meeting is at the SMCDSB, Catholic Education Center, 46 Alliance Blvd. in Barrie, starting at 6:00 pm.



Wednesday sees the Pearl Mist return to our harbor.  Please come down as the Town has quite a day of fun and festivities planned for everyone at the Town dock.  It’s also Tim Horton’s Camp Day.  All money from coffee sales goes to deserving kids who need help attending summer camp. I will be at the Tim’s on Hwy 12 at 8:00 am, so do drop by.



At 10:00 am the Community Safety Task Force meets to set its work plan for our Community Safety Plan. At 2:00 pm, the Governance Review Committee meets at Town Hall to finalize its changes to the Procedural By-law, the rules that govern how Council operates. Then at 5:00 pm our Youth Committee meets to organize their summer events. And finally at 7:00 pm Planning and Development Committee meets at Town Hall.  The agenda includes:

-       Zoning By-Law Amendment for 786 William Street, concerning the building of two apartment buildings

-       Site plan and pre-servicing agreement for the Seasons on Little Lake subdivision



Thursday June 7th is provincial Election Day.  Please take the time to get out and vote for the best candidate for Midland and the province.



On Friday the 8th you are invited to join the Physician Recruitment team as they honour our rural candidates for medical internship with a BBQ at Waypoint at noon.



Week - End



Saturday June 9



-       Butter Tart Festival - all day – downtown King Street. Come out for a day of great family fun

-       The tART Music and Art Festival, a two-day fair, featuring artists and artisans, a midway and a beer garden in downtown Midland


Sunday June 10



-       10:30 am – Martyrs’ Shrine invites you to a special mass at the Shrine to dedicate the 4 new community gardens.  Our own Midland Garden Club has prepared the Midland garden as our show of support for Martyrs’ Shrine and its many visitors. All are welcome

-       The tART Music and Art Festival, a two-day fair, featuring artists and artisans, a midway and a beer garden in downtown Midland



Council Issues Update



Downtown Safety



The Community Safety Task Force is starting it “problem definition” phase – what are the safety issues we see in the downtown and what are their likely causes?  A public Town Hall meeting will be held at St. Paul’s for all residents who want to speak to the matter. The meeting should be on Wednesday June 20th at 7:00 pm. I will let you know when the date is finalized.









Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              




Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday May 27, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



Our lovely summer weather continues and about 60 new home purchasers were at the Seasons on Little Lake sod turning event on Saturday to appreciate it. This is a major residential project that will add over 1,000 homes and some 2,000 to 3,000 new residents. They expect to get the first phase ground work done this summer and possibly start foundation work on the homes in the fall.  Occupancy is slated for spring 2019.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 28th and right to business with a closed meeting at Town Hall at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing a personal matter (staffing).   At 7:00 pm it’s the May Council meeting including:

-       Public meeting (you may speak) on two topics:

o    Removal of the holding symbol at 960 Sumac Lane

o    Midland’s 2018 water and wastewater rates

-       Three deputations

o    Georgian Bay Fisheries presentation by Mary Muter

o    2018 Terry Fox Run organization with Don Chapman

o    Request to rename the seniors room at NSSRC

-       2018 tax rate by-law should be passed. We are looking at an all in average tax reduction of 1.2%. (Yes, that was reduction)



On Tuesday the 29th at 11:00 am the OPP Central Region will be holding its Awards Ceremony at the Quality Inn. Then at noon the Askennonia Senior Center, along with Huronia Museum and students from Georgian Bay District Secondary School will be showcasing their project  "A Peek at the Past".  It's an oral history project and students have interviewed three North Simcoe residents.  The interviews have been recorded and edited by local videographer, Eamonn O'Connell. Askennonia is hosting a free, open-to-all luncheon at noon. That’s at the NSSRC.



Wednesday sees an Audit Committee meeting for the County at Midhurst. You can attend that too.



Thursday the 31st features a very timely discussion on Lyme Diseases at the Weybridge community centre, 8340 Hwy 93. Starting at 7:00 pm the evet features expert speakers Jackie Davenport, SMDHU; Dr. Sheila Driver; and veterinarian Larry Herr. No admission charge.



Friday June 1.  One week until the provincial election.  Advance polls are open so vote early and avoid the lineup. Find you closest advance poll at https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html



Week - End



Saturday June 2



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

-       Air show at Base Borden. You want to be there before noon

-       12:00 pm - Lakeside Massage opens at their new location 238 Midland Ave

-       1:45 pm the Midland Lions 724 Squadron Air Cadets have their annual ceremony at the NSSRC

-       9:15 pm - Downtown movie night The Jungle Book, 509 Bay Street, Midland



Sunday June 3



-       Air show at Base Borden. You want to be there before noon





Council Issues Update



Downtown Safety



The Community Safety Task Force had its first working meeting.  The work has been divided into two phases: Problem Statement – what are the problems we are seeing in the downtown and what are the root causes; Solution – development of a Midland specific safety model and techniques



The CSTF has set itself an aggressive agenda and intends on meeting its August 31st target.



Midland Bay Landing



With the formation paperwork now approved by Council, the search is one for quality directors to help develop our 40 acre waterfront gem.  The Town is now advertising for Board of Director positions for the new Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation. If you or someone you know may be interested please go to the Town web page http://www.midland.ca/Pages/Midland-Bay-Landing.aspx





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The County of Simcoe is introducing a new curbside collection program for textiles to help divert these materials out of landfills. Simcoe County residents will receive one textile collection this June, with our area’s pick-up scheduled for June 18-22 (Zone 2). Similar to Leaf and Yard Waste collection, pick-up does not necessarily coincide with your regular collection day. Items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week. For more information visit www.simcoe.ca/textilecollection





**  Reminder for Today – Sunday May 27.  The Mayors Mac and Cheese dinner takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Phil’s Pub and Eatery in Midland.  All proceeds to We Are the Villagers children’s charity.  Hope to see you there.  **





Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

                                                                                              








Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday May 20, 2018


Ladies and Gentlemen



No spring this year – it seems like we are headed right into summer. Time for BBQ, festivals and enjoying the good life in Midland.



The Week Ahead



Monday 21 – Victoria Day - holiday – what more needs be said. 



On Tuesday the 22nd at 9:00 am it’s County Council. Council will receive the Transportation Tomorrow Survey results, that you may recall participating in last year.  A few survey facts: 95% of all trips made by residents in Simcoe County involved a car/light truck.  In Midland about 60% of our trips are within Midland, with our next most popular destination being Penetanguishene. Staying local – shopping local.



At 2:00 pm a very special signing ceremony will take place at Neezhoday Park on King Street.  The Town of Midland and the Beausoleil First Nation will be entering into a Protocol Agreement – a formalization of how we will cooperate in economic development, land use planning and generally the sharing of a common geography.  The Town of Midland is established on the Traditional and Treaty Territory of the Beausoleil First Nation. 14% of Midland residents identify as having an aboriginal identity.  This formal recognition is long overdue. Please do come and witness this historical event.



At 3:00pm the North Simcoe Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to further their work on the affordable housing file.



Wednesday the 23rd starts with the Community Safety Task Force at 10:00 am at Town Hall.  The meeting will decide the form of engagement on the topic of safety for our Midland community. At noon Rotary celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day with a free hot dog lunch at the Town Dock.  I understand that free coffee is also available at the Town Hall, and something about parking violations being overlooked…



At 1:00 pm the Governance Review Committee meets at Town Hall to consider the committees and procedures your elected officials will follow in the years to come. And at 5:00 pm at the MCC it gets political as our provincial election candidates square off in a debate. All are welcome to attend and learn more about who our next MPP will be.



Thursday sees the SS Keewatin open for its summer season in Port McNicoll.  At 1:00 pm the Cruise Ship Industry Group reconvenes at Town Hall to review the progress on our Town led project to grow cruising in the Great Lakes.



On Friday the 25th the Huronia Museum invites you to look at our history through the eyes of local residents.  The Four Jewels Oral History Project takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and it’s free.  A DVD containing the stories is available for purchase.  At 6:00 pm the OPP host their Veterans’ Dinner at Quality Inn.





Week - End



Saturday May 26



-       11:00 am - The Midland Bay Sailing Club has its start-of-season Sail Past from their location

-       11:30 am – The Hanson Development Group hosts the groundbreaking for the Seasons on Little Lake project on Hwy 12.  You are invited to attend

-       8:00 pm - Stef Paquette entertains à La Clé d’la Baie, 63 rue Main, Penetanguishene.  Chanteur-auteur-interprète franco-ontarien, il reprend la route, sans sa guitare, ni de musiciens pour prouver aux gens qu'il n'est pas drôle pantoute!





Sunday May 27



-       12:30 pm – The Lions Guide Dog Walk steps out at the Town Dock

-       1:00 pm - Hike for Hospice takes place at Wye Marsh.  Registration opens at 11:00 am.  https://www.hospicehuronia.ca/event.php?id=202

-       4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Mayors Mac and Cheese dinner takes place at Phil’s Pub and Eatery on Hugel. Come enjoy a festive family meal with the mayors and help out the We Are the Villagers children’s charity.



Council Issues Update



MBL



General Committee recommended the Shareholders Agreement for our new Municipal Development Corporation, that will look after our Midland Bay Landing project. Once approved by Council we should be out looking for a new development partner by this fall.



OPR



Following the review of the natural heritage system, the project team is now finalizing Midland’s Draft Official Plan, a framework to guide and support future development in the Town.  Key features in the draft include:

-       Disaggregation of the “employment” designation into employment lands, employment areas, mixed use corridors and commercial corridors.  This will allow us greater flexibility if building a more livable community

-       Implementation of the Downtown Master Plan recommendations to support ongoing development, investment and revitalization in Midland’s downtown



The next step will be a Public Information Session scheduled for June. All recommended revisions will be incorporated into the Draft Official Plan. The OPR process will then pause for the election with the final Draft Official Plan targeted to be presented to Council in spring 2019.



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Three items in closing:



1)     Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Markets will be returning to the 526 Bay Street Parking Lot (behind Subway) in downtown Midland, every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (May 20th - October 7th, 2018)!



2)     On May 15th the Midland Fire Department will be launching the S.A.F.E program to educate residents on the need for working home smoke alarms.  This home program is completely voluntary - residents are free to participate or not.  The purpose of the program is to help residents with the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.  The MFD will be knocking on doors throughout the Town to help residents with the location and operation of their alarms. 



3)     Summer movies return to the downtown at dusk at the 509 Bay Street Parking Lot. A hot summer lineup for you:

-       June 2 – Jungle Book

-       June 3- Canadian Bacon

-       July 4 - Jumanji

-       July 18 - Coco

-       August 1 - Avengers

-       August 15 - The Muppets

-       August 18 – Tragically Hip Concert

-       August 29 – Star Wars – The Last Jedi

-       October 13 – Hotel Transylvania



Gord McKay









The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018