Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday March 19, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

A beautiful sunny day, and a week before Easter. The prognosticators have us down for a warm busy summer in Midland. You can see the excitement building with two items from the transportation file.

1)     The Town has just received a grant from the Ministry of Transportation for new bike lanes on Midland and First streets. This project is one of the major 2016 deliverables of our Downtown Master Plan. Please see attached documents.

2)     The County has released the results from its recent inter-urban transportation study. The top recommendation – bus service between Midland and Barrie.  The recommendation is for hourly service and a fleet of three new buses. County Council will now review the report.

On Monday the 21st Councillor Oschefski and I will meet with Minister Jeff Leal and a group of area youth to talk about youth services in our community. Over the last year the Towns of Penetanguishene and Midland have launched youth initiatives.  The meeting will inform the Minister about what we have accomplished and explore how we can leverage the province’s interest in better supporting local youth.

At 5:00 pm the Community Healthcare Steering Committee meets to review its recent public meeting on health. The agenda also features are report from Karen McGrath on GBGH.  The meeting takes place at GBGH, Meeting Rm 1.

Tuesday the 22nd starts at 9:00 am with County Council.  At 3:00 pm it’s the regular NS Housing Working Group meeting at Town Hall. The North Simcoe group works closely with the County to coordinate the development of affordable housing in our area. This past week the County met with developers from our area and across the County. As a result, 58 requests for further information have been received from developers to work with the County in building rental accommodation. This is an unprecedented level of interest.

5:30 pm at the MCC, the SSEA presents Bob MacDonald, the CBC host of Quirks and Quarks to tell you about “environmental conundrums”.  Tickets are available at the MCC. Then at 6:00 pm at the Brooklea, the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber hosts its annual business awards.  A chance to recognize exemplary businesses and business people in our area.

On Wednesday the 23rd I have been invited by the Red Cross to assist them in delivering meals to shut-ins with their Meals on Wheels program. That afternoon our Town Interview Committee starts the process for selecting our Interim CAO. We have 6 good candidates to be interviewed over the next two days. Hopefully a decision can be announced by the end of the month.

Wednesday will also see a special meeting of Council at 6:00 pm to discuss the budget and our strategic plan. The agenda has not been published yet, so please check the Town website next week for further details.

Thursday the 24th starts with an introductory meeting with the OPP to kick-off the police service costing process. Look for dates for public meetings on the costing process to be announced shortly thereafter.

It is Good Friday on the 25th. Town offices will be closed today and on Easter Monday.



-       Be downtown from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to meet Buster Bunny. Make sure to ask him for an Easter treat

-       10:30 am it’s a “Munsch Mash” – Theater for Kids at the MCC

-       8:00 pm a Pink Floyd tribute at the MCC

Council Issues Update


It may appear quiet on the MPUC front but there is a lot happening. Our MPUC Board is contacting an extensive number of other LDCs to see if they can locate an appropriate sale/merger partner. Also an increasing number of communities are exploring the sale of their LDC – the latest one being Peterborough.

The Town will be providing background information on this complex decision in the days ahead. I expect the sale/merger decision to return to Council this spring.


Our hospital continues with the implementation of many of the 108 recommendations from its recent operational report. The contentious recommendations affecting service levels continue to be parked.

The four mayors have held three meetings this past week with GBGH, the LHIN and other mayors from communities with hospitals.  Our intention is to get to the root of the funding problem that is bedeviling mid-sized hospitals across the province. We need to put new hospital funding measures in place to secure appropriate hospital services in smaller communities like Midland.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016

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