Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday May 8, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Happy Mothers Day. A time to honour the importance of mother’s wherever they may be.

On Monday May 9th a local group, together with the Ontario Health Coalition, is rallying citizens to support a “ballot petition” asking the Ontario government to stop cuts to hospitals. The rally takes place at 1:00 pm in the Wal-Mart parking lot. At 2:30 pm you may wish to attend a meeting of our OPP Costing Committee at Town Hall. The committee is considering retaining expert assistance to help it with the costing process, comparing our own service costs to the OPP.

There will be a closed meeting of Council at 6:30 pm to consider a legal matter. Then at 7:00 pm is the regular General Committee meeting. A modest agenda including:

-       Decision who will be providing fireworks for our upcoming Canada Day

-       Direction on the budget for our Operations Centre

-       Discussion on having summer movies in our downtown.(more about this below)

-       A proposal from our BIA for a bike repair station on the waterfront

-       Consideration of establishing a committee on aboriginal relations

Tuesday May 10th starts with County Council at 9:00 am. At 11:00 am the County will hold a public meeting to consider the development charges it plans to level on all municipalities. You may recall Midland decided to freeze its development charges at the 2015 level. This decision was made to spur growth in our Town. Having the County now increase its share of the development charge does not sit well with your Council.

On Wednesday the 11th you are invited to the Boathouse restaurant at 1:00 pm for the launch party for the 2016 Butter Tart festival. A sticky good time. Then on to a busy evening:

-       Guys Who Care will hold their second event at Lot 102 starting at 5:00 pm. This spontaneous group expects to raise $20,000 in about an hour. The funds will then be turned over to a local charity also selected that by the group.

-       7:00 pm is the annual Candlelight tribute for our veterans at the Cenotaph. Please arrive early

-       At 7:30 pm some superlative talent as the Trio D’Argento comes to the MCC. Thank you to Brookside (John French) for making this possible

Thursday the 12th is also a busy day. It starts for me with an afternoon at Queens Park, as Warden Marshal, Mayor Cornell and I meet with the Ministry of Health to advocate for better funding for GBGH and other mid-sized hospitals. At 5:00 pm please join me for the opening of our newest business Simply Home Furnishings at 900 King St. Unit 2.

If you are looking for a good spot for dinner, you may want to take in the Wye Marsh fundraising lasagna dinner at the Oakwood Community Centre, 290 Park St. in Victoria Harbour.  Open seating between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. After dinner, you may wish to take in the Official Plan Review Steering Committee at the Library. Or at 7:30 pm join Fred for a Day in the Life at the MCC as he interviews Penetanguishene native Jacquie Gauthier and learns about her fascinating travels to Africa.

Friday is pretty quiet – enjoy it.



-       Its North Simcoe Treasure Days.  For more details please visit

-       8:00 am to 1:00 pm it’s the Huronia Pregnancy Resource Centre garage sale at the River of Life parking lot on Eighth Street.  Proceeds go to the Centre as it helps all women with the challenges of motherhood

-       8:00 am to 2:00 pm is the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre yard sale at their Yonge St location

-       10:00 am to 4:00 pm is the Midland District Railroad Club's 27th Annual Train Show and Sale at the NSSRC. Adults $6 / Seniors $5 / Children $2

-       7:00 pm at the MCC is the “Wonders of the Circus” – a circus of French song with Le Cirque et ses Merveilles brought to you by Le Cle

-       7:00 pm our own Children’s’ Community Choir joins with the Young Sudbury Singers children’s choir at St Paul’s. A musical extravaganza you will certainly enjoy.  



-       North Simcoe Treasure Days continues

-       12:30 pm Community Living Huronia tees off at Brooklea for its annual golf event

-       10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Midland District Railroad Club's Train Show continues at the NSSRC


On May 9th Council is likely to endorse something brand new for our community – a free public movie night. Throughout the summer, movies will be screened at dusk at the downtown parking lot at Bay and King. Mark your calendar for the following features:

June 1              Star Wars - The Force Awakens

June 15             Finding Nemo

June 29             Who Framed Roger Rabbit

July 13              Ghostbusters

July 27              Back to the Future

Aug 10              Frozen (the sing-along edition)

Aug 24              Jurassic World

So gather your kids, grab the popcorn and come down to meet your fellow Midlanders. Gotta love this Town.

Gord McKay

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


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