Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday June 8, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

Butter Tarts. This Saturday June 14th will see our 2nd Annual Butter Tart Festival. By all accounts this festival will bring Ontario to our doorstep. Some 50,000 (yes 50,000) butter tarts will be ready for the day – 5,000 plus visitors are expected. King Street will be full of entertainment and captivating vendors.  Celebrity judges, including the Honorable David Onley will be in attendance. Our first annual Town Crier competition will be held and much more.  This is your chance to invite family and friends up for a truly remarkable day. For further information click on

Monday June 9th will start in the dark.  Due to required work on the hydro transformer, the NSSRC will not have hydro and the usual telephone or internet/email service on Monday. All affected user groups have been informed. If you can hold off until Tuesday, it might be a good idea.

At 6:00 pm is a closed meeting covering committee appointments and the Unimin land acquisition.  Then at 7:00 pm is the regular General Committee including:
-       Presentation of the Towns Energy Management Plan
-       Discussion of the Huronia Museum lease
-       Release of the 2015 budget schedule and discussion of 2015 targets
-       Discussion of the $59,000 windfall from the Hydro One solicitation of the MPUC
Right after the General Committee is a special meeting of Council to change the Council appointment on the Midland PSB.

On Tuesday June 10th the County Council will meet at 9:00 am.  Then throughout the day you may catch glimpses of the Annual Big Bike Event for Heart and Stroke.  Midland Kelseys is the lead sponsor for this worthy cause.

Wednesday June 11th will feature a Rotary civic luncheon at noon at the Best Western.  Mr. Chris Mathers a renowned RCMP undercover agent will address sophisticated crime and criminal methods. Please get you tickets in advance at Terri’s Travel, Tripps Paint or Simply Country.

Wednesday at 6:00 pm at Town Hall is the first meeting of the Downtown Master Plan committee. Later at 7:30 pm is a tentative closed meeting to discuss the Unimin land acquisition.

All quiet until Friday June 13th at 1:30 pm when the newly reconstituted Audit Committee will meet at the Town Hall.  The agenda will include the consideration of the civilian member.

From 7:00 to 9:00 pm Quest Art School + Gallery will be hosting two opening receptions.  Quest Art’s Upper Gallery will be presenting The New Canadian Naturalist, an exhibition featuring multi-media artist and Victoria Harbour resident, Michael Farnan.  Georgian Perspectives, a community exhibition celebrating our local landscapes, will be on display in the Quest Art’s Atrium Gallery.  Both exhibitions continue to the end of August and as always, there is no fee to visit.  Quest Art is located within the Midland Cultural Centre.


-       Yes its Butter Tart day
-          Home Depot continues its Orange Door campaign in support of Community Reach Youth Services. Visit Midland’s Home Depot and enjoy:
o    June 14 BBQ
o    June 21 Lemonade stand
o    June 28 BBQ and fun day
-          The Children’s Community Choir will celebrate 20 years with a concert at St Pauls starting at 7:00 pm


Two interesting items for you:
-          Huronia Museum has prepared a series of historical plaques that will be placed at various locations around Midland. Be on the lookout for these and be prepared to use your QR reader (What is QR ? link to )
-          Ontario's 1st Zero Waste Conference will be held on August 10 and 11 at Lakehead University in Orillia.

And in closing – this last week saw a significant debate in Council regarding the Guesthouse moving out of its Knox Church location and into 522 Elizabeth St. While Council decided to permit the rezoning that would allow the move, many who live and work in the downtown remain concerned. Further consultation and work is needed. I anticipate the Town and the BIA will use this as a catalyst to take action to improve safety and social supports so that our important downtown can be enjoyed by all.

Gord McKay

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