Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday September 21, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

The last day of summer – they are making summers far too short these days.

Monday September 22nd will feature our Council meeting at the Town Hall. It will begin at 6:15 pm in closed session to discuss committee appointments and a personal matter. Then at 7:00 pm is the public meeting. A moderate agenda that includes:
-       Presentation by Roy Ellis on our sustainable economy
-       OPP costing deferred to late summer 2015 (OPP decision)
-       Decision to implement free downtown parking for this Christmas season
-       Report to Council on the recommendations from the downtown safety meetings
-       Decision on bike lane connections to the new Fuller bike lanes

Tuesday will start at County Council in Midhurst at 9:00 am with Council receiving the province’s master transportation strategy. While there are a number of supportive statements about multi-modal transportation there are no specific projects identified for North Simcoe.

That evening you may wish to attend the Gateway AGM at 7:00 pm at the NSSRC. (Gateway is a local charity dedicated to improving adult literacy).  At 7:30 pm it is “A Day in the Life” at MCC where Fred Hacker will interview investigative journalist Paula Todd who wrote “Extreme Mean”, a book about abuse of the internet and who tracked down and interviewed Karla Homolka on a Caribbean island.

On Wednesday September 24th there is an important public meeting on senior’s healthcare at 10:00 am at the NSSRC.  The meeting is the start of a profound conversation between the LHIN and the senior’s community of North Simcoe.  We will receive the report from the May meeting where 400 seniors met to discuss healthcare. The LHIN will attend to learn what we want.

At 6:00 pm that evening at Town Hall is the public input budget meeting.  The budget is now at first draft and shows a tax increase of about 2%.  This is your chance to help you Councilors decide on your tax future.

Thursday the 25th will be an exceptional day for our downtown as two new businesses celebrate their respective openings. At 1:00 pm the Harbourview Denture Clinic (Yonge at King) will cut the ribbon. Then at 3:00 pm it’s over to the Advanced Foot and Orthotic Clinic (Hugel at Midland).

And Friday the 26th is just plain busy. At 11:00 am is the regular Waterfront Steering Committee at Town Hall. Our Midland Bay Landing project is getting some serious inquiries from developers and future employers.

At noon I am over to Waypoint where they will update the community on recent developments. Martyrs’ Shire will host its first annual Taiwenk dinner at Café Ste. Marie.  The 6:00 pm dinner is a thanksgiving feast for the many who support the Shrine. Tickets are $75. At 7:00 pm the MCC is hosting a special photographic exposition entitled “Seven Nights in Havana”.  It features the travels of Reinhart Weber, Ken Woods and Rodrigo Moreno.



-       Start of Coldwater Fair. This great fall fair runs all weekend
-       7:00 pm at the NSSRC is the Midland Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner

Gord McKay

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