Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday October 4, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

Its fall and looking forward to Blue Jays baseball and some Hallow’een fun. While tickets for the Jays are in short supply, I visited Discovery Harbour’s new Pumpkinferno display. Amazing – impressive area displays and some frightening haunted houses. Great family fun at:

This past week saw the decision by Council to proceed with the Downtown Health Centre located in part of Edgehill Park.  A tough decision for Council but one that is necessary for improving the healthcare for thousands of Midland residents.  With the decision made, I know that Chigamik and Waypoint will be reaching out to area residents to see what can be done to make the Centre a place that is well accepted by neighbours and clients alike.


Monday is a quiet day at the Town.

On Tuesday October 6th at 5:30 pm a very special Council meeting takes place at Town Hall. Council will establish its objectives for considering any sale or merger of our hydro distribution utility, MPUC.

Over the last few years provincial policy changes in the energy sector and advancements in technology have put small distribution utilities at increasing risk.  Midland Council has decided to respond to that risk by determining if there is a better business arrangement for our MPUC that satisfies our long-term objectives.  The meeting will consider those objectives – for example: improved cash flow; job protection; stability of hydro rates – and decide which must be met in any new arrangement. These objectives will become part of our “Request for Proposal” process, as we seek out an appropriate electricity company partner.

On Wednesday October 7th at 6:00 pm you are invited to provide input (you may speak) to the Town’s 2016 budget. To date we have had two first round budget meetings. Links to the reports from those meetings are:

Capital Budget

Operating Budget

Thursday the 8th will see a meeting of our Georgian Bay Refugee Support committee at the Library at 7:00 pm.  The group now has been assigned a three member Syrian refugee family who are expected to arrive in Midland within 3-6 months. If you want to get actively involved, please attend the meeting.  If you can help out financially, the group is now fundraising at

Weekend (Its Thanksgiving)

A weekend for gathering family and friends together to share a meal. But if you wish to get out of the house, there is lots going on at our Midland Cultural Centre.


Our Library is launching the first Midland Public Library Survey to better determine what you think of our library service and how they can improve in future. You are invited to complete the survey at

Our hospital is making every effort to provide the facilities needed to keep our community heathy. Hospital staff has made arrangements with the Aviva Community Fund to compete for a grant to refurbish the existing patio on Level 1 at the hospital. Our chances of winning depend on the number of votes they can generate for the project. To see our proposal go to and scroll down to #ACF32642.  Please vote from Oct 6th at noon until Oct 23rd, one vote per day. All help greatly appreciated.

Gord McKay

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