Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday May 3, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

Summer is here with a vengeance – It’s about time. If you have been downtown lately you have probably noticed the buzz - lots of early visitors; lots of homes are being sold; and lots of discussion about new business and new people coming to Town.  Augurs well for our lovely community.

Monday May 4th will see your Council out on the road – literally. They will be touring many of the Town facilities to get acquainted with all parts of Town operation. I on the other hand will be in Midhurst with the County’s’ Audit Committee meeting –-- oh well. If you are downtown at 2:00 pm at Neehozday Park (next to the library) the staff of the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre will be conducting a ceremony recognizing the conclusion of the trial for the murder of Andrew Mixemong.

Relatively quite on Tuesday.  I will be in Bradford West Gwillimbury for the launch of the meetings to develop Affordable Housing Plans in each Simcoe community.  Midland will be visited on the 25th.

Wednesday May 6th.  Up bright and early for McHappy Day. This annual charitable event raises funds for Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. Come by for a coffee. At 4:30 pm, a reception will be held at Ste. Marie to welcome in the newly appointed Board for our new Destination Marketing Organization (DMO).  Tourism in our area is about to really get into gear.

At 7:00 pm it’s the May Planning and Development Committee meeting at Town Hall.  Lots of good development news including:
-       Zoning amendment regarding the Hanson lands along Hwy 12
-       Home occupation by-law review
-       Midland Bay Landing official plan amendment regarding the noise study

On Friday May 8th at 11:00 am you are welcome to attend the Waterfront Steering Committee at the Town. Then at noon is a very special event for our entire area. Men and women from North Simcoe will gather at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (175 Yonge St.) to begin the journey of ending men’s violence towards women.  This powerful testament will include the men present signing the pledge to take action to end that violence. All are welcome.

That 6:00 pm evening it’s the ever popular Huronia Museum Heritage dinner at the NSSRC. Call the museum for tickets.


-       9:00 am come down to Little Lake Park for a cleanup of our park trails
-       7:30 pm the Toronto Mass Choir visits St Pauls.  This cutting edge choir just has to be heard. TMC’s music incorporates contemporary gospel, traditional gospel and Caribbean music influences. A quality Brookside event.


Things will go quickly now with the warm weather. Please mark on your calendar:
1)     Thursday May 21st at noon Gord Hume will be at the Midland Public Library. He will present on “Places and Spaces” – donations to Library. Please RSVP – to
2)     The Pan Am torch will be in town on June 10th.  I will let you know of its route later
3)     The Martels will be making their farewell performance at the NSSRC on Saturday July 11th. Proceeds from this final dance are going to assist the Bunn's Kids program. All tickets are $25 at Johnstone's Music Land and the Harbourmaster, Midland Town Dock
 And three more items in closing:
1)     There is a lot if information and misinformation out there about the police dispatch. I have provided some answers on my blog at
2)     The link shows the Mayor of Guelph speaking to Rotary about Community wellbeing. These comments resonate with where we are headed in Midland.
3)     And lastly we are looking for a few good citizens to direct the Citizen’s Healthcare initiative over the next few years. Information was provided in my April 19 blog. If you are interested in applying, please forward your resume to Mr. Claude Marchildon at before May 15, 2015.  The Terms of Reference for the Committee are posted on

Gord McKay

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