Saturday, December 12, 2015

Saturday December 12, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

The days are getting busier as Christmas approaches. Still no snow on the horizon but that has not slowed down the Christmas shopping. Get out there and enjoy the season.

Monday Dec 14th at 3:30 pm will see the retirement reception for Father Bernie Carroll, Director of Martyr’s Shrine. The gathering at the Shrine will celebrate Father Carroll’s stewardship in making the Shrine a more welcoming part of our North Simcoe community.

At 5:30 pm is a closed meeting of Council for personal matters.  Then at 7:00 pm is the December combination General Committee and Council meeting. A lengthy agenda including:

-       Our annual Civic Awards to deserving citizens and organizations

-       Three deputations:

o    Midland Seniors Council on the needs of the elderly in Midland

o    Lakehead University`s Kim Fedderson and its impact upon Simcoe County

o    We Are the Villagers will tell us about this excellent local charity

-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) on the proposed signage on the health building on Highway 12

-       Confirmation of Council’s intent to proceed with an OPP costing

-       Review of the progress on the Tiffin Phase 6 work plan

-       A vote on the agreement with our professional fire fighters

-       Introduction of our new Customer Service Feedback form

-       Review of our operations Dashboard – a way to keep Council and the public up to date on how well we are meeting our strategic objectives

On Tuesday Dec 15th the Town will engage in its annual table-top emergency planning exercise. Not to worry. You will not be seeing any additional emergency vehicles on our streets. That evening at 6:00 pm I join our 726 Midland Sea Cadets for their annual Christmas dinner celebration.

Wednesday the 16th seems to be healthcare day. It starts at 8:00 am with the quarterly meeting of the Physicians Recruitment Committee. Then at 4:00 pm the mayors are invited to meet with Karen McGrath, President of GBGH, to hear the results of the recent external assessment of our hospital. As you are aware, the four mayors remain committed to working to keep our community hospital healthy and well-funded.

Thursday December 17th starts at 9:00 am at the County for an Audit and Finance Committee meeting. At 12 noon the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre is opening their doors to the entire Town for a free festive meal at their location on Yonge Street. I know you will be warmly welcomed by our urban First Nations’ community.

On Friday the 18th, the Good Lovelies are at the MCC for their Christmas concert – unfortunately it’s all sold out.



-       2:00 pm at the MCC a Day in the Life features Santa Claus.  If you have young ones who want the inside scoop on Santa, this is for you

-       5:00 pm Victorian Christmas – Your chance to visit 4 Midland homes all decked out for the season. Tickets are still available at the Town; the N.S.S.R.C.; the Library; SerendipiTea, and Tripp's Paint.



I am not sure that this is in the festive category but Midland`s Best Butter Tart beer sold out its first run at the local LCBO`s in just four days.  I understand that they have a new supply in. You have to try this local taste of the season.

Gord McKay

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