Ladies and Gentlemen
Ahhhhh summer. School graduation around the corner and the Bay is abuzz with boats. Time to start thinking about kicking-back and relaxing.
Monday June 20th – summer solstice. At 7:00 pm you are invited to the quarterly public meeting of the Community Healthcare Steering Committee at the Oakwood Community Centre in Tay. The gathering will feature Jill Tettmann who will update you on the recent developments with the CCAC and the Penetanguishene Health Hub. Karen McGrath will be there to let you know what is happening with the operational review of GBGH. Then at 8:00 pm you are invited by Chigamik for a Summer Solstice Full Moon Ceremony with Elder Pauline Shirt in Edgehill Park. Bring a lawn chair – soup and baked bread will be provided. Please register by calling Brian George at 527-4154 ext. 204.
Tuesday the 21st is National Aboriginal Day. You are invited to celebrate the day at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is an entrance fee. At 7:00 pm is a special meeting of Council. It begins with a closed session to update Council on IBEW labour negations – should be relatively short. Then it is open to the public for three items:
- Selection of our consultant for the OPP costing process
- Discussion of how we proceed with the sale or merger of the MPUC
- Receipt of the Ombudsman’s report on two recent closed meetings
Also at 7:00 pm is the Lakehead Challenge at the MCC. A captivating expert panel discusses the major issues affecting our society. This evening’s topic is Migration, Identity and Belonging. Admission is $10.
Only one item for Wednesday the 22nd. At 6:15 pm cast off from the Town dock as the CLH volunteers enjoy a well-deserved boat cruise.
On Thursday June 23rd the County is holding an all-day conference at the Nottawasage Inn for municipal officials. Its purpose is to explore new ways to increase cooperation amongst the many municipalities in the County. All in an effort to do things more efficiently. At 10:30 am if you are down in Little Lake Park you may come across the Ontario Early Years Centre having a picnic with the young ones. Takes you back. And at 4;00 pm, GBGH is providing a Report to the Community in the hospital cafeteria. Reception to follow.
Friday the 24th sees the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre hosting its 5th Year Anniversary Strawberry Tea celebrating 5 years of offering support to local families facing cancer. The tea is from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre. To purchase tickets please click: http://gbcancersupportcentre.ca/programs-and-events#cid=1211&wid=301
- Midland’s first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event starts at 10:00 am at the pavilion in LLP. Organized by the Ys-Men, all proceeds go to the Rosewood Shelter. All men should be making their statement for ending violence against women. Please register at: http://midlandysmensclub.ca/events/walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes/
- Set Sail into Summer Gala at the NSSRC starting at 6:00 pm. Our Lions Club is organizing a great night including the Georgian Bay School of Dance and dancing to Passport. For tickets call Ethel at 527-4115.
Council Issues Update
The Tuesday meeting this week will set the general direction of whether we merge or sell our MPUC. Council and the MPUC Board have both agreed that change has to occur to position our very small LDC for the future. Given the significant control exercised over all LDCs by the Ontario Energy Board – everything from setting the customer’s hydro rate, to monitoring service standards, to prescribing profit – there are just a few key areas where Council’s choice can make a substantive difference. These are:
- Protection of our financial investment and dividend stream
- Control over our investments in any future (non-regulated) line of business
Should be an interesting discussion.
Three firms have responded to our Request for Proposal for expert assistance in costing our OPP pricing. Council should make a decision on which one we go with this month.
Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016