Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday November 17, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

It was the wettest coldest Remembrance Day anyone can recall and now it’s 15 degrees outside. Quite the rollercoaster we are on   - but nothing like our friends in Toronto.

On Thursday past County Council discussed its 10 year Affordable Housing Strategy.   (You may recall that the housing providers in our area had some serious concerns about the proposed strategy.)  Working together, we four mayors were able to make amendments for allowing North Simcoe to regionally manage its own housing solutions and set targets that would improve the affordable housing shortfall, as opposed to just maintaining it. Better results when we work together.

We were all taken aback to learn of the closing of the Heinz plant in Leamington with the loss of 730 well-paying jobs.  It shows that the manufacturers across Ontario are still under considerable pressure. I make a point of visiting with most of the large manufactures in Midland on a regular basis. While they are facing headwinds the good news is that they are hanging in and in many cases hiring. It’s going to be a long haul but there is a lot of good news for Midland out there.

On Monday November 18th the Big Brothers Big Sisters invite you to their AGM at NSSRC at 5:30 pm.

Then on Tuesday you are invited to another AGM, this one for the Huronia Foundation for the Arts at 7:00 pm at the library.

Wednesday puts me on Rogers Politically Speaking at 7:00 pm. You are invited to phone in questions to the live show – mayor Ford questions will be handled delicately.

Thursday November 21st at 9:00 am, you are invited to the official opening of Georgian Village in Penetanguishene.  This state of the art facility demonstrates the County’s commitment to helping our elderly live quality fulfilling lives.  At 4:00 pm at the Town Hall, you may wish to attend the November Police Service Board meeting.

On Friday at 11:00 am at Town Hall, the Town holds its public bi-weekly meeting on our Waterfront project.  One of our challenges is to come up with a memorable name for the to-be-created district. You are invited to participate in the Town’s “Name Our Waterfront Contest”. Creative people should check out contest details at:

And later that day we step into Christmas with the Town and the Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate Board lighting the Town Christmas tree.  The ceremony starts at 6:30 pm with a parade from Yonge at King down to our waterfront. We will celebrate our tree with Christmas carols, hot chocolate and I am told a visit from the big man himself.  Come and enjoy the festivities.


            Shopping .

A reminder about the YMCA’s Gifts to Give event. If you have unused and nearly new gift items to donate (no furniture or clothing please) take them to the YMCA Employment Services – Midland, 334 King Street:
·         November 18th to 22nd, November 25th to 29th, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
·         Saturday November 23rd   and 30th, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

And finally, if you want to hear what the Orillia theatre scene thinks about our MCC, take a look at :

Gord McKay

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


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