Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday April 17, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Spring at last. It’s amazing how a few days of warm spring sunshine change one’s outlook on life. Take the opportunity to get out and say hello to someone you don’t know.

Monday April the 18th will feature a special Council meeting at 6:00 pm to approve the selection of our new interim CAO. I can’t release the name until tomorrow but you are welcome to attend the meeting. Council had decided to retain an interim CAO for a period of up to six months while the search for the full-time CAO position is being conducted.

Tuesday the 19th is a busy day starting with the County’s open houses on the proposed Organics Processing Facility and Material Management Facility to be built at a location in Springwater. There are two sessions, one from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum

All entrepreneurs thinking of starting their own business are invited to a business start-up coaching session at the Midland Library from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Sponsored by the Business Enterprise Resource Network, the session is free. Please register at

At 5:30 pm is the annual Women of Excellence Awards at the Best Western.  You are invited to come out and honour the excellent women of our community.  At 6:30 pm is the Junior Battle of the Books at the Midland library.  Contact Bonnie Reynolds at 526-4216 for more information.

On Wednesday, many North Simcoe residents will be up at an early hour to catch a bus down to Queen’s Park. They will be presenting a petition to the government to protest the potential loss of services at GBGH. At 10:00 am that morning I am chairing a multi-Ministry meeting to provide better understanding and coordination between provincial government programs and local needs. The meeting will focus on infrastructure, economic development and culture/tourism.

Friday April 22nd is Earth Day.  Your chance to do that extra little bit to help your planet, and therefore every one of us who depends upon it. Your Town is organizing a waterfront clean-up. We gather at the Swan sculptor at the waterfront at 2:30 pm. Clean-up supplies will be provided.  Please come out and join us.

At 10 am I attend a thought leadership session at Georgian College in Barrie. This discussion brings the community together to discuss new methods of outreach for Georgian’s educational resources.  At 6:00 pm you are invited to Lot 102 to bid retiring Fire Captain Rob Wilson the best in his retirement after 25 years with Midland Fire.



-       10:30 am at the MCC Hanna Hashimoto is on stage - a delightful recreation of a popular children’s story

-       5:30 pm it’s the Canoe Tripper Rendevous (A Portager’s Party) at Wye Marsh.  Celebrate as a voyageur with some good food and camp fun.  Dress in your best camping attire.  Tickets at Tripps Paint and Ciboulette

-       8:00 pm ABBA tribute at the MCC


-       7:30 pm folk singer David Francey at the MCC

Council Issues Update


The first public meeting on the OPP costing was held this past week. The OPP should have their part of the costing back to us by this fall. Council then has 6 months to make a decision on our policing future.

The OPP Costing Committee has also asked Council to approve the retention of an advisor to help with understanding our Midland Police Service cost situation.  While it may seem a simple question the full cost of our policing must consider the annual budget, provincial funds and supports, pension and transitional obligations, as well as the state to our policing assets. Simply put, it’s complicated.


A note for your June calendar. Margaret Trudeau will be coming to Midland to speak about her lifetime of experiences in support of The Guesthouse Shelter. The event will take place at the Best Western on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm. Early Bird Tickets are $125 per person until May 1st, after which they will be $150.

Gord McKay

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


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