Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday November 24, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

Suddenly winter.  The Town Christmas tree was barely alight when the wind strengthened, the snow came in and Midland is now all frosty white.  It was a fun ceremony with hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.  Thank you to the Southern Georgian Bay Relators, Midland Pipes and Drums, Huronia Harmonizers, the Boathouse Restaurant, Midland Police, Town staff and our secret Santa.  

Christmas festivities were tempered by the announcement of CCL closing in Penetanguishene with the loss of 170 jobs.  The shutdown will begin next year and complete in 2015.  I am constantly perplexed that we live in province that is facing significant economic challenges and we have no plan to deal with the structural changes impacting our manufacturers. Picking up the pieces seems to be left to the smaller communities, most recently Leamington and Penetanguishene.


Monday November 25th will start at Barrie City Hall at 4:00 pm with the launch of the 2013 Mothers Against Drunk Driving campaign.  Then at 5:30 pm back to Midland for a closed meeting of Council dealing with matters of litigation and labour. At 7:00 pm is the November Council meeting. The agenda includes:
-          Three deputations:
o    Update on the SSEA budget arrangement
o    Presentation on the new Tiffin House retirement home
o    Information about Marina Park (the four story residential development next to Bayport)
-          Direction on the sale of four surplus Town properties – 349 Lakewood Dr; 1037 Ingram Cres; 1041 Ingram Cres; and 347 Estate Court.
-          Shawn Berriault, our Director of Public Works, will be recognized for his outstanding sustainability work with the SSEA
-          Discussion of appointing a temporary municipal representative to the Police Service Board
Right after Council another closed meeting dealing with personal, litigation and land acquisition. 

Tuesday’s highlight is the short County Council meeting in Midhurst at 9:00 am.

Two items for Wednesday November 27th.   At 7:00 am the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corp. is hosting an Employers Breakfast at Brooklea.  Please call NSCFDC if you wish to attend.

From 9:00 am to 11 am the OPP will be holding a car seat clinic at the Southern Georgian Bay OPP, Hwy 12. If you wish to have your infant seat professionally assessed you will need to make an appointment by calling 705-526-3761. 

On Thursday November 28th the four municipalities will meet at Midland Town Hall at 2:00 pm for their monthly Economic Alliance meeting.  This meeting will discuss the management structure for the Alliance and progress on the $400,000 funding request from the County. You are welcome to attend these meetings.

At 5:00 pm the downtown merchants are organizing a grass roots gathering to critique and revitalize the downtown. This spontaneous discussion is being done in parallel with the BIA.  The event will take place at the Shopmidland location at Hugel and King. Then at 5:30 you may wish to go to Ste. Marie for the first evening of “First Light”. This memorable event with take place for three nights starting on the 28th and is open from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

And be sure to wish your American friends a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Friday is a quiet day with Town staff attending their Christmas party in the evening.


Ending on a Christmas theme, the annual Civitan Christmas parade will take place on Saturday at 11:00 am.  It will start at Little Lake Park and move down King Street to the waterfront. Please come out for our wonderful annual event.

Gord McKay

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


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