Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday March 24, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

The sunshine has returned mightily.  Spring flowers – hyacinths, crocii, daffodils - are all bursting with new found energy.  It’s just too bad they all happen to be indoors. Someday it’ll warm up.

The County has held its public meetings and the new County waste service is set to start April 1.  There will be changes as to when and how your waste is collected.  As with all changes we can anticipate some teething problems. If you have any questions/problems please contact the County at 705-726-9300 ext. 1192. Also take a look at the County’s waste web page at:


Monday March 25th will start at County with an interesting meeting on the impact of alcohol consumption in our region.  The meeting will bring together a few activist mayors who want to go beyond just worrying about the negative effects of alcohol and take measures to reduce the social harms.

At 4:00 pm will be a closed meeting of the Midland Police Services Board to deal with a personal matter.   Starting at 5:00 pm, friends of Frank Graham will gather at Boston Pizza for a final fundraiser for his Cycle Liberation Tour of Holland in April.  If you want to support our WWII veterans come out for dinner.  Boston Pizza will donate a percentage of every meal purchased to defray the cost of veterans and school children participating in the Tour.

Still with Monday, there will be a closed meeting of Council starting at 6:00 pm. A lengthy agenda including a number of personal matters related to Committee appointments. At 7:00 pm is the regular Council meeting at Town Hall. Not too challenging an agenda including:
-       Two presentations: Physician Recruitment; and our Hospital Care campaign
-       Four deputations: information on the 422 King St. development; Waypoint redevelopment; zoning for a property on Hwy 12; the range lights business plan
-       Announcement of Party on the Dock set for June 21st
-       Review of our planning procedures including “complete applications”

On Tuesday March 26th I am at County at 9:00 am for the County Council meeting. The matter of Midland’s request for an augmented fall leaf vacuuming service will be discussed. At 10:00 am, County Council will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed change to make the Warden’s position a four year tenure (It is currently 2 years).  You are welcome to participate in this discussion.

Tuesday at 5:00 pm is the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce AGM at the Best Western. Please call the Chamber for tickets if you plan to attend. 

At 7:00 pm that evening, your Council meets in closed session to discuss a land acquisition matter.  Also at 7:00 pm at the Library is a seminar about “Iindigenous and Canadian Approaches to the Environment and Natural Resources”. It will feature Bob Bowels a noted naturalist and Brian Charles an Anishinabe educational leader. I understand there will be some discussion on the declining water levels as well.

Wednesday March 27th, starting at 7:30 am and going until 5:00 pm is the 2013 edition of Curl with the Pros.  Curlers of all abilities will have an opportunity to share the ice with the elite of the World Curling Tour, as reigning world champions Glenn Howard and Wayne Middaugh will headline a field of professional curlers taking part in the event.  Funds raised will go to the Hospital Foundation.

Wednesday will also see a regular meeting of our areas Physician Recruitment team at the Penetanguishene campus of GBGH. Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm at the MCC, the TD Bank is sponsoring a public seminar on the effects to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Thursday March 28th is a bit quieter as Mayor Warnock and I meet with the new CEO of our hospital, Karen McGrath. At 2:00 pm that afternoon Scott and I travel to Penetanguisehene for the Huronia Economic Alliance meeting.  The four Huronia municipalities will discuss the launch of our Healthcare action plan and refinements to our economic strategy.

Good Friday and the Town will be closed. Do enjoy the Easter week-end.

Gord McKay

PS.  Moneysense magazine has rated Midland #161 in Canada as a great place to live.  We are on the map.

Be part of Midland’s Year of Getting Involved - 2013.


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