Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday November 25, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

Suddenly white. On Thursday you’re relaxing in an outdoor patio on King Street and on Saturday you have to remember how much oil to mix with the gas in your snow blower.  Midland – never dull.

A reminder of the seasonal Gifts to Give program sponsored by your YMCA.  You can drop re-gifting items at their premises at 334 King Street, Unit 1, November 26th – 30th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday December 1st from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.  The actual giving event is at the NSSRC on December the 3rd.

Monday November 26th sees two meetings at Town Hall.  A closed meeting at 6:30 pm to discuss a land acquisition matter. Then at 7:00 pm the Council meeting.  A relatively short agenda including:
-          Three deputations;
o   Seniors Committee
o   A complaint about a parking ticket
o   Zoning at 17077 Hwy 12
-          A public meeting about a land swap for a property on Penetanguishene Road

Tuesday November 27th at 9:00 am in Midhurst is County Council.  The main item on the agenda is the 2013 budget.  The County tax and waste levy increase is likely to be 0.4%. Then at 6:00 pm that evening at the Town Hall we tackle our own budget.  We are also moving towards a 0.4% budget increase but two major departments, Fire and Police, are still bringing their budgets into alignment.
On Wednesday I am a guest of Politically Speaking on Rogers Local TV at 5:00 pm.  I suspect we may be talking about the budget.
Thursday November 29th has a number of items:
-          The Unimin Working Group meets to begin the assessment of the social, planning and technical requirements for these waterfront lands
-          The Huronia Economic Alliance meets to discuss restructuring the Alliance and attracting more healthcare jobs to our area
-          At 5:30 pm is the opening of the First Light festival at Ste. Marie. The event runs for three evenings and has been judged one of Ontario’s top 100 tourism attractions.

Friday starts the annual Silver Stick Hockey Tournament – so expect to see lots of visitors in our community.  I am to drop the ceremonial puck at 3:15 at the NSSRC.

Saturday December 1st – it’s time for the Civitan Christmas Parade. The parade leaves Little Lake Park at 11:00 am and will proceed down King Street. Afterwards enjoy the downtown with Christmas caroling and some creative new decorations. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Gord McKay

Be part of Midland’s exciting Year of Having Fun - 2012.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday November 18, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

A quieter week as Midland steps towards Christmas. The Town Christmas tree is now lit. Out of the Cold has again opened its doors for our homeless citizens. The Salvation Army has placed its kettles in the stores. Can snow be far off?

The YMCA is organizing its annual “Gifts to Give” event. If you have any good quality items (except clothing and furniture) that you would think of re-gifting to others, you can donate them to the event at the YMCA offices at 334 King Street. They will be receiving gifts during the periods November 19th to 23rd and November 26th to 30th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays November 24th and December 1st from 10 am to 1:30 pm. 

Then on Monday December the 3rd from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the NSSRC, the YMCA will offer your gifts to needy families who want to give a gift to their loved ones, but do not have the means to buy their own.

On Tuesday November 20th at Town Hall at 6:00 pm, we will receive the second draft operating and capital budget. Our 2013 budget should be ready for Council approval in December.

Thursday November the 22nd, the YMCA Employment Centre hosts its annual Peaceworks awards ceremony. These awards honor those who have made a significant contribution to making Midland a better place for all.  The ceremony takes place at their office at 334 King Street starting at 7:00 pm.

The evening of the 22nd is also the Rotary TV auction.  This popular annual event is one the major fund raisers for our Midland Rotary club, a great service club that does so much for our community. The bidding opens on-line on the 19th of November and wraps up with the TV broadcast on the 22nd.  Get ready for Christmas by checking out the on-line bidding at:

Every time I visit our new Cultural Centre I become more convinced it is one of the best things that has ever happened to our Town. You have another chance to visit Midland’s exciting cultural centre on Friday November 23rd when “Red Chamber” performs starting at 7:30 pm. These performances are brought to us by John French’s Brookside Music. Tickets are available at the MCC or on-line at

This Saturday November 24th you are invited to attend the opening for the new expansion at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre.  The ceremonies start at 2:30 pm.

Gord McKay

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday November 10. 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

A very special week-end coming up as we celebrate Remembrance Day. It’s an emotional event that binds us together as a community and as a nation. I hope to see you at the Cenotaph at 10:30 am.

On Monday the Town offices will be closed but others will be busy. At 11:00 am the Salvation Army launches their Christmas food drive at their building on 2nd Street.

Tuesday November 13th will feature a special luncheon by Peaceworks. Monies raised by this noon event at Explorers Restaurant will be used for charitable works in many third world countries.  At 6:00 pm that evening your Council meets in closed session for a variety of topics (See agenda at:
Then at 7:00 pm at Town Hall is the General Committee meeting.  A long agenda including:
-       A review of how the 2013 summer tourism season fared
-       Direction on parking fee changes for the downtown
-       Discussion on accessibility plans, including accessible taxis
-       Two more (positive) reports from the Ombudsman’s office

On Wednesday November 14th the four mayors will convene at the Out of the Cold shelter at Knox church at 8:00 pm for a sleepover. We will spend a night experiencing the same conditions that our homeless do. You may wish to come out (before the 10:00 pm curfew) to encourage your mayors. The following day the shelter will start full year operation for the first time in its history.

Early Thursday the 15th it’s off to County to discuss the 2013 County budget.  Preliminary indications are that the overall County tax levy increase may be in the 1% range. At 6:00 pm that evening, Midland gets back to its own budget discussions with our third budget meeting.  The topic will be our capital budgets.

Friday Nov 16th starts with the Salvation Army kettle drive kick-off at 10:00 am at Wal-Mart. Later that day a whole series of activities:
-       At 5:00 pm the Wye Marsh hosts its annual fund raising dinner at the Marsh.
-       The lighting of the Town Christmas tree starts at 6:30 pm. It begins with a parade down King Street, starting from Yonge, followed by lighting the tree.
-       At 8:00 pm, Huronia Players starts its 2012/2013 season with the play Noises Off at the MCC. A must see play.

Saturday November 17th, our own Bob Whitam will be holding a book signing at the MCC starting at 1:00 pm.   Your chance to acquire a signed copy of Bob’s new book Birds of Georgian Bay.

Gord McKay

Be part of Midland’s exciting Year of Having Fun - 2012.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday November 3, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

A little bit of snow and suddenly there is Christmas music.  And to think my dahlias are still out.

The Town received the final installment of the KPMG operational review report this past week.  The report will be used by staff and Council to develop the 2013 budget, as well as future budgets. Council has directed staff to present a 0% Town cost increase for 2013. Next budget meeting is November 15.

Monday November the 5th starts at 10:30 am with the official opening of the new Tim Hortons on Midland Avenue.  That afternoon your Emergency Management Team meets at the Fire Hall for a mock exercise. As we saw this past week, we all need to be prepared for disaster situations.  And at 7:00 pm that evening the SHARE group hosts a public meeting at the library to discuss cooperative solar power projects in our area.

Wednesday November 7th sees two municipal meetings. At 6:30 pm is a closed meeting to discuss a matter subject to litigation.  Then at 7:00 pm is the regular PDC at Town Hall. The agenda Includes:
-       Recommendation for increased planning fees
-       Discussion on how public involvement on planning matters can be improved
-       A report on our Town’s employment lands.  Some of the highlights of this 50 page report are:
o    We have 121 ha of vacant employment land – will need 4 ha by 2031
o    We have 64 ha of vacant commercial land – will need 16 ha by 2031

On the morning of November the 8th I will be out in the Town with Rogers shooting the Mayors’ Christmas Message. At 1:30 area politicians will receive an update by the County about their Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). The LIP is an initiative to assist immigration into our area. Midland is slated to grow by 5,000 residents over the next 20 years. Many of these people will come from outside of our area.

Later that evening, at 6:30 pm the SSEA will host a reception and awards at the library.  All are welcome.

On Friday November 9th, starting at 10:00 am, Lakehead University in Orillia will hold a round table on economic development followed by a Report to the Community. Lakehead is quickly becoming the local university for our area.

Sunday November 11th is a Day of Remembrance. You are invited to join our Legion for a special ceremony at the Cenotaph. Please arrive by 10:30 am.  That evening the Legion hosts a dinner at the Legion Hall. Please contact them if you wish to attend.

The Town offices will be closed on Monday November 12th. The General Committee meeting will take place on the following Tuesday.

People throughout our area are aware and concerned about the declining water levels that we have seen on Georgian Bay.  The four municipalities of Huronia are leading an initiative to obtain federal assistance for affected marinas, water plants and residents. More information and results will be posted in the days ahead.

Gord McKay

Be part of Midland’s exciting Year of Having Fun - 2012.