Ladies and Gentlemen
Not sure if it is the snow but a pre-Christmas quiet seems to be descending upon the Town. Nonetheless lots of happy shoppers visiting the many new shop fronts along downtown King Street.
The Week Ahead
A quieter week opens on Monday the 11th with a 6:30 pm closed meeting at the Town to deal with a number of personal matters – mainly appointments to Committees. At 7:00 pm you are invited to attend the last Council meeting of the year. Due to the Christmas break we are combining the December General Committee and Council meetings into this evening. The agenda includes:
- Awards of 10 and 25 year service pins to 6 staff members
- Deputation by Rotary for the 2018 Party on the Dock – summer is never far away
- A number of procedural matters to ensure that the Town can continue to operate into the new year
- Direction to staff in response to provincial changes to the Municipal Act. These include developing a Code of Conduct and appointing an Integrity Commissioner
On Tuesday I really get into the Christmas spirit as I take over the Salvation Army bells and kettle at our local Canadian Tire. Please drop by, starting at 6:00 pm.
On Thursday December 14th at 3:30 pm the Governance Review Committee meets at Town Hall. Then at 7:30 pm at the MCC, A Day in the Life interviews Fr. Michael Knox SJ. Fr. Knox is a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and has been the Director of Martyrs’ Shrine and Superior of the Jesuit Community in Midland since February 2016. A truly accomplished gentleman with a Honours B.A. in history, a diploma in philosophical studies, an MA in history, a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology, a Master of Divinity, a License in Sacred Theology, an MA in Theology, and a DPhil in history at Oxford University. Also at 7:30 pm our Physician Recruitment Committee and our new young docs host their Christmas gathering at Tiffin House.
Friday the 15th and Patrick Brown MPP invites you to his Christmas social at his Midland office, 354 Midland Ave. At 8:00 pm you will want to take in the Blues Brothers Christmas at the MCC. Backed by a smokin' hot 7 piece band, these boys are sure to get your toes tapping.
Week - End
Sunday December 17
- 7:30 pm - Songs from around the Bay by Nonie Thompson at MCC. This concert will be performed 'festival workshop' style, with guests Adrien Robitaille, Brian Cusson, Karen Warner, and Sarah Watt all on-stage together swapping songs about Georgian Bay
Council Issues Update
Downtown Health Clinic
As you may have noticed construction has started at the Bayshore site. It will carry on throughout the winter, weather permitting, with occupancy still slated for December 2018.
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has begun Phase 3 of renovations for its Emergency Department (ED). This final renovation phase will include a new main waiting room, a new See & Treat area for sub-acute patients and a new ED administration area. Phase 3 is expected to last approximately six months.
Given the limited space and an expectation the ED will be busy this winter due to flu season, GBGH is asking patients to be accompanied by only one person when visiting the ED. And to really help out - get you flu shot.
The Year for Getting It Done - 2017