Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday May 31, 2008

Lots of interesting items for you this week.

On Tuesday June 3rd at 7pm, the Town will discuss the SOS street-worker program that now serves the downtown Midland area. (You may speak at the discretion of the Chair) The program funding runs out at the end of June and Town needs to locate more. Should be lively.

On Wednesday June 4th at 7pm we will have our first PAC meeting in two months (“You May Speak”). No we do not have our new Director of Planning yet. One interesting item will be the discussion of moving the Canadian Tire Gas Bar from in front of the Mountainview mall to the front of the Canadian Tire property.

On Thursday June 5th from 11am to 4pm, the Severn Sound Environmental Association will be hosting an Open House at the NSSRC. They will tell you about drinking water protection plans for the area and the other good work they are involved in.

Friday June 6th, join the Mayor’s Walk. The Midland leg will be starting at the NSSRC at noon.

And on Saturday June 7th, two items:
- Penetanguishene will have a grand opening of its new Roberts Street Town Hall starting at 10am
- Enjoy free family rock wall climbing at the NSSRC from 4:40 to 7:00 pm

Lastly, the County has set July 24th and 27th (middle of the summer) as the two dates for the public meetings on the new Simcoe County Growth Plan. Locations to be advised. Hope you can attend these important sessions.

Gord McKay

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday May 25, 2008

Too nice a day for a long e-mail, so here goes.

Council will meet on Monday at 6:30 for a closed meeting to discuss some personnel matters. Then at 7:00 pm the full Council meeting (“Deputation Only”). A few of the interesting items:
- The Midland Curling Club has written the Town about a new curling facility
- The Shelter Now group will petition the Town to waive/reduce its development fees on their assisted housing project

Product Stewardship (a better approach to waste management) will be discussed at a public meeting taking place at the NSSRC this Tuesday May 27 at 7:00 pm. At the same time a public meeting will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion (196 King Street, Midland) to discuss Dr. Smith’s recommendations on the future of our area hospitals.

And lastly, Party on the Dock festivities seem to be expanding with the downtown merchants ready to “Jimmy Buffet-ize” their stores starting June 13.


Gord McKay

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday May 18, 2008

A quiet week coming up in the Town. Council members will be attending a variety of meetings including Emergency Management, Huronia Museum, Police Services, BIA and the Huronia Airport. The Town is also well into the process of hiring our new Planning Director. Should keep us all busy.

One non-Town meeting that I have a personal interest in takes place on Tuesday May 27th at 7pm at the NSSRC. It deals with “Product Stewardship”. Our society, including those of us in North Simcoe, continues to generate increasing amounts of waste. While our Blue Box allows us to divert some of this waste, the cost to taxpayers and the environment is rapidly escalating. I think we all know something more has to be done. This meeting will tell you about our waste situation, what is happening with other jurisdictions (such as BC where Product Stewardship is well established) and should see the creation of our own Simcoe Product Stewardship Council. You are cordially invited to attend.

Gord McKay

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sunday MAy 11, 2008

And just when you thought you could ease quietly into Spring……it gets busy!

This Monday May 12th we Councillors will start off at 5:30 pm with a Closed Meeting at the Town to discuss contracts. Then at 6:00 pm the Midland Power Utility Commission will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Town (you may attend). And finally at 7:00 pm we get to the regular General Committee Meeting (“Written Comment”). It will be a busy one including:
- Discussion of a donation to Community Link for assisted transit
- A review of what should happen with the Drummond Wall
- A presentation of a plan to build 3 soccer fields by 2010
- A new policy to have the Town promote and support tourism events
- The announcement of draft terms for the new Trails Committee. It includes a proposal to have 6 civilian members.
(If you need further information on these items, please let me know.)

On Saturday May 17th the Midland Horticultural Society will be hosting its plant sale at the NSSRC. Also on Saturday, the Penetanguishene Town Dock will be the location of the commissioning of the new 32 foot OPP boat, the “Tom Coffin”. Penetanguishene will also be holding its Emergency Services Day event at that time.

Saturday May 31st; get ready for the Annual Kids Fishing Derby, 9am to 12 noon, at the Midland Town Dock.

On June 22nd expect a visit from a group of canoeists from Quebec City. They will be completing their 10 day voyage and will be in Midland to tell us about the Champlain 2008 celebrations.

And one last item that I would like you to consider, as it is important for our economic development. The County is running an online survey until the end of May asking residents to tell them about their internet access. What they hope to determine is what your problems are so they can get the industry to fix them. The internet is our highway for the next generation. Please let the County know we want to be connected. The survey can be accessed through or by calling 705-726-9300 extension 1092 for a telephone survey.

Gord McKay

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sundcay May 4, 2008

A quieter week coming up for the Town. There will be no Planning Advisory Committee this month, due to a lack of pressing issues and the departure of our Director of Planning. A search for his replacement is underway.

The murmur at our last Council meeting sounds like the “Trails Committee” may soon be announced.

And a number of items on the Arts and Culture front:
- Direction Ontario will hold an information session about the upcoming Champlain events in our area. It will take place at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons at 2:30 pm on Thursday the 8th. If you are planning to go call Kelly Kraby at 1-877-684-6673x105
- Serenata Singers will be holding a concert on May 10th at St. Pauls church. It will feature our own amazing Jessica Lalonde singing Mozart's Exultate Jubilate.
- The Carriage House Gallery is presenting an exhibition by Donald Petit this month. If you like landscapes and want to meet a charming artist, please drop in or visit him on the web (Let me know if you can guess what the opening graphic is?

And don’t forget Mother’s day!

Gord McKay