Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday June 1, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

The weekend weather was beautiful and Midland was out having fun on the water - our Midland Bay Sailing Club launched their season with a sail past; Bayport marina hosted its first in-water boat show; and Sunday I sailed the HMS Badger back to Penetanguishene dressed as Samuel de Champlain. We truly live in one beautiful place.

On a more serious note there were two major developments on the healthcare front this week.  GBGH announced it would be closing its Penetanguishene site within two years. The closure is seen as the only solution to deal with the 1.7 million dollar operating deficit at GBGH. In-patient programs will move to Midland within the next five months. The eight dialysis stations, the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre and Hospice Huronia will be moved to Midland by 2016.  Plans are already underway to ensure that the legacy of PGH will be remembered at the Midland location.

This past Thursday saw some 500 seniors gather to start the discussion about what we need in healthcare services in North Simcoe. Key healthcare challenges were introduced by Drs. Dan Scanlon and Marty McNamara. Karen McGrath answered questions about the recent hospital closure announcement. But most importantly hundreds of our seniors provided input on how they see the future of our healthcare in North Simcoe. This information will form the basis of a “healthcare charter” that the area mayors are pulling together. Look for further information in the day ahead.

Monday June 2 - a good day for giving. Best Western Highland hosts an all-day blood donor clinic. Blood donations become all the more critical during the summer season.

At 5:30 pm the Town will hold a closed meeting to discuss the pending purchase of the Unimin lands. At 6:30 pm is a GI Jane movie themed Zumba Class to support of the Midland Drive In as they convert to digital technology.  The event takes place at Victoria Harbour School, 1 Mackenzie Cr. Victoria Harbor. A suggested minimum donation is $10.

At 7:00 pm that evening the Guesthouse will host its own meeting at the NSSRC to better inform the public about its intentions for their proposed 522 Elizabeth Street location. 

Tuesday June 3rd will see Councilors attend an all-day strategy session at the County of Simcoe. At 6:30 pm the BIA hosts its June meeting at the Shopmidland location.

You will want to start your Wednesday June 4th at Tim Hortons in support of Camp Day. All funds will go to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.  At 6:00 pm there will be a special Council meeting at Town Hall to vote on the Guesthouse re-zoning. Then at 7:00 pm is the regular Planning and Development Committee. Please check the website for the agenda as it was not available at the time of writing.

Thursday at 1:30 pm will see the Waypoint AGM at Waypoint. And lighter fare for the evening with the opening of Peter Pan at the Kings Wharf Theater.  Lots of local youngsters are involved – tickets are on sale.

Friday June 6th will feature a meeting of our Waterfront Steering Committee at11:00 am at the Town. The Vasey theatre group puts on an evening of entertainment at the Vasey United Church in Vasey starting at 7:00 pm.


Remember those days when there was nothing to do in Town?

-       Kids fishing derby from 9:00 am to noon at the Town dock
-       Bike rodeo from 9:00 am to noon at the Town dock
-       Blessing of the boats at the Town Dock at 11:00 am.  This event is organized by Parkbridge and Martyrs’ Shrine
-       Midland Lions Royal Canadian Air Cadets Review at 2:00 pm at the NSSRC
-       “Tango of Poetry” – a celebration of dance and poetry at the MCC at 7:00 pm
-       Doors Open returns allowing you to tour 25 unique area homes from 10:00 am to 4 pm.  Take a look at

-       Doors Open continues - 10:00 am to 4 :00 pm
-       Drumhead Ceremony at St. Margarets/St. Marks cemeteries at 2:00 pm


Penetanguishene is conducting a survey about a possible new transit service in Penetanguishene.  This service may connect to and help Midland residents traveling to/from Penentanguishene. If you wish to take the survey you can find it at     

Gord McKay

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