Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday November 15, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

A little bit of snow this past week-end - a reminder of what’s ahead.  Also a memorable Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph.  It has to be the largest crowd that I can recall. A large contingent from Base Borden, our veterans, air and sea cadets, school children, a sprinkling of politicians and lots of townsfolk. The freedoms we enjoy do not come without cost.  A sincere thank-you to all veterans and to those who serve. We will never forget.

Monday November the 16th has two meetings for you. The Audit Committee meets at 2:00 pm at Town Hall. Perhaps of greater interest is the Official Plan Review meeting at the NSSRC at 7:00 pm. This meeting is part of the regular 5 year planning cycle where all citizens are asked to provide input on the future of their community -  what should it look like?; what services should be provided?; how it should grow?  Please come and provide your views on your Midland community.

On Wednesday the 18th is one of my favourite duties as the children from Huron Park School will tour Town Hall and the Police station. It is always a lot of fun answering their questions, including that perennial favorite – “Does the mayor get to boss everyone around?”

Thursday the 19th will see the North Simcoe mayors gather to discuss bringing fibre optic infrastructure to our area. With modern business and citizens becoming more and more connected, having high speed access in no longer a “nice to have”. The four municipalities are working together to ensure it is coming to North Simcoe soon. Look for more information in the days ahead.

At 6:00 pm the Syrian Refugee committee meets in the basement of Midland Library.

The theme is "$5 Pizza Night", salad and can of soda, cookie/sweet for $5. All funds raised will help the cause. You are welcome to come along and show your support.

On Friday I travel to the Nottawasaga Inn for a full day meeting with the County. This meeting will give County councilors a rare chance to really discuss topics such as service delivery, economic development and active transportation.



  • 9:00 am Candy Cane Bazaar at our Legion until 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm Habitat for Humanity dedicates its new home in Penetanguishene
  • 6:30 pm Martyrs’ Shrine lights up its Christmas tree.  This 85 foot spruce is considered to be the tallest Christmas tree in Simcoe County


The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be collecting coats and winter apparel at their main office in Midland, as well as the Penetangushene office. Donations can be made during regular business hours from Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from November 5 to November 30, 2015.

‘Midland’s Best’ Maple Butter Tart Ale is Ready!  Our award winning beer should be on LCBO shelves by December 4th.  You may recall that Midland along with11 other area municipalities entered the Muskoka Craft Beer Festival in Bracebridge this past August.  We won that contest and as a result, the reward was having our beer concept made a reality and sold in regional LCBO stores.  Look for a media launch at Ciboulette et Cie on Friday, November 27th

Gord McKay

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