Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday April 20, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

It’s been unsettling this past week as we watched the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and the destruction in West Texas.  You have to admire the spirit and resilience of our American neighbors. And appreciate this safe place we call Midland.

The meetings start on Monday April 22nd at 6:30 pm with a closed meeting of Council. It will cover committee appointments and the acquisition/disposal of land. At 7:00 pm is the April Council meeting. The meeting will feature;
-       Two deputations: 1) A Metis Transportation proposal 2) Information about the road completion by LRG on the old Penetanguishene Road
-       Request to hold the first annual “Buttertart Festival” in downtown Midland on June 15 (hopefully not too much debate)
-       Preparation to release the RFP for the new Public Works depot

On Tuesday April 23rd Deputy Mayor Kramp and I will be at County at 9:00 am to request that the County allow us to provide a reduced leaf vacuuming service. The County will also decide on providing $50,000 annually to municipalities to assist with their economic development efforts.

That afternoon the Georgian Bay Leaders will meet in Midhurst on the low water issue, to finalize their approach to senior government.  I wish I could be more positive but there has been little response from either the provincial or federal governments on a matter that affects everyone in our area. We will continue our efforts to change that.

And as the day closes I will be headed over to Martyrs’ Shrine for a discussion about their upcoming season and how we can better work together.

Wednesday April 24th will see a free Car Seat Clinic at the Southern Georgian Bay OPP location on Hwy 12.  It runs from 9:00 am -11:00 am and is by appointment only – call 705-526-3761.  At 10:00 am the Town will host the next Unimin Lands Planning meeting.  A draft report has been prepared by the consultant.  It will be reviewed and the public process to release the document will be discussed.

That evening at the Midland Cultural Centre, Fred Hacker’s “A Day in the Life” will host the legendary Canadian soldier, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie. The event takes place at 7:30 pm. Tickets are at the Box Office (333 King St) or online at Please take advantage of this opportunity to hear from one of Canada’s senior leaders in our own community.

The week-end starts on Friday April 26th with the opening of the Midland Spring Home Show at the NSSRC.  A must see for area residents. The hours are Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

On Sunday April 28th, Shelter Now will be holding the wrap-up event for their Bowl for Beds campaign. They have had children (and politicians) throughout our area create colorful bowls while learning about homelessness. Come and see what the children have created and help the less fortunate. The event takes place at the Native Friendship Centre from 12 noon to 3:00 pm.  Please call Shelter Now (Tina) for tickets ($25) at 705-528-6941, ext. 24.


I have been telling you about the YMCA project to engage youth in our area. The first step was to create on online survey to ask youth about their issues and help direct where the initiative should go. The survey is now live on “survey monkey” -

Please get the word out to young people in our area to get involved.

At the end of this week, I will be heading over to Holland with a group of our veterans and young people to honour Frank Graham. It will be an inspiring and memorable trip as we follow the route and visit the locations that Frank and his fellow veterans liberated during WWII.

There will be no News from the Town next week. And so you don’t feel entirely abandoned, please visit the Town’s improved website - note the new “Tourism” section.

For information on Town meetings:

I will be back before you know it.

Gord McKay

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


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