Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday December 7 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

The Christmas season is upon us with a vengeance. With the “Cram a Cruiser” toy drive, Salvation Army kettles, neighbourhood parties, Christmas choral events – if it wasn’t so much fun it might be too much. Try to get some time to enjoy the quiet spirituality of the season.

Monday December the 8th sees me joining the “Eat the Math” food bank challenge.  For the next five days I will be living off of the food that is provided to our less fortunate who use our food banks. First impressions - lots of peanut butter and pasta. The program is organized by the Karma Food market for the purpose of drawing attention to the reality that every one of us should eat healthy foods. I believe that while food banks are well intentioned they are not able, on their own, to provide a healthy diet to those who often need it the most.

At 6:00 pm that evening is a closed session of Council to talk about committee appointments and labour relations. At 7:00 pm it’s a combination General Committee and Council meeting. This format is being used because of the recent election that disrupted the normal Council process.  A fairly long agenda that may take more than one evening:
-       Deputation from Fred Hacker on our Cultural Plan
-       Public meeting (you may speak) regarding the signage for the new LCBO on Highway 12
-       Announcing a date for Council’s Strategic Planning session
-       Decision on changes to the snowmobile routes in Town
-       Decision on our 2015 Water and Sewer rates – currently set to increase by 5%

On Tuesday December 9th at noon, Askennonia will be hosting their Christmas luncheon.  Please call them if you wish to attend.  At 1:00 pm its pomp and circumstance at the County Council inauguration, as the new Council is sworn in. Then to work. Councillors will choose the new Warden (Mayor Marshall is in the running) and Deputy Warden (Mayor Warnock is a candidate). The three Business Sections chairs will also be selected – I am running for Performance Management.

Wednesday December 10th at 7:00 pm you are invited by Penetanguishene to a meeting in their Town hall to hear about their transit plan. Discussions are underway between our two municipalities about an interconnecting transit link. A Midland meeting will be upcoming so you may wish to hear what our neighbours have to say.

On Thursday December the 11th you had better be up bright and early as the Dock’s Greatest Food Drive of All Time rolls into Town at the  Midland Foodland - 795 Balm Beach Rd. East 5:00 am -10:00 am – and the Penetanguishene Foodland - 2 Poyntz St. 11:00 am -1:00 pm. All donations will come back to our own area food banks to help those in need.

Thursday continues my regular meetings with area manufactures, with a visit by Elcan. Numerous meetings with our large employers over the last six months have shown a generally positive outlook towards expansion and job growth.

At 7:30 that evening, A Day in the Life features J. Patrick Boyer, a university professor, an author, a publisher, a writer, a journalist, a lawyer and a former Member of Parliament.  You’ll find Patrick to be charming, funny, very bright and quite outspoken.  Tickets at the MCC Box Office or online at



-       Victorian Christmas Home Tour sponsored by our Heritage Committee. Four lovely period homes will be featured all decked out for Christmas.  Visit from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets available from Town Hall.
-       7:30 pm enjoy Carols by Serenata at St. Marks
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The Town of Midland has a new mascot. (No jokes) A darling penguin will be representing the Town at various events including the recent tree lighting. The problem, our cute new addition to the Town has no name.  If you have any creative ideas for a name please come to Winterfest Weekend January 30th – February 1st, 2015 and let the Town know.  Prizes will be awarded to the winner!

Gord McKay

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