This past Saturday morning the Georgian Bay Leaders held their fourth public meeting of the year on the low water level in Georgian Bay. Approximately 200 people attended to hear an update on the state of the Bay and the status of the Leader’s initiative. Attendees were informed that the water level continues to hover near the low water extreme. And while the initiative has made some progress through meetings with the provincial PC and NDP caucuses, the Premier has still not made time for us on her agenda. The meeting with federal Minister Baird has just been postponed due to his attendance at the funeral of past Prime Minister Thatcher.
With cottage season fast approaching many more people will soon see the evidence of the water’s decline. Progress in getting action from senior government has not been as fast as we had hoped. That said, your Leaders remain optimistic that we will receive assistance from senior government this year to help our affected businesses and residents.
Georgian Bay aside, it should be a fairly quiet week in the Town.
On Wednesday April 17th the Police Service Board will meet at 4:00 pm at the Town to advance their budget. Part of the meeting, including the budget discussion, will be closed to the public. As you may recall, the Town passed most of its 2013 budget in January except for the police budget because it was still under review by the Board. The Town would like to receive the budget by May so that it can be factored into the final tax statements being prepared in June.
Friday the 19th the Town gets a jump on celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 21-27) with a volunteer appreciation breakfast for our GBGH hospital volunteers. The Trillium Foundation will make a cheque presentation for heritage at 11:00 am at MCC. Then at 1:00 pm the Huronia Incubator group will gather at the Town to continue their efforts in bringing a business incubator to our area. While many are unfamiliar with the concept of a business incubator, it is an essential part of guiding young entrepreneurs in growing new businesses - a major pillar in bringing jobs to our area.
And lastly, this Sunday April 21st at 11:30 am, the Ontario Youth Volunteer group is hosting a “Change the World” event at the County Museum. You are invited to come and get involved in the many activities being planned to make our entire world a better place. (More like Midland)
Be part of Midland’s Year of Getting Involved - 2013.