Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday June 26, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Its official – it is summer. And as you can see below it is going to be a great one in the Town of Midland.

On Monday June 27th we start with the regular Council meeting.  The closed portion starts at 5:30 pm covering matters of litigation and personal issues. Then at 7:00 pm it’s a fairly short Council meeting including:

-       Three deputations

o    Terry Fox run

o    County services with Mark Aitken, Simcoe County CAO

o    An MPAC presentation

-       Public meeting (you may speak) respecting signs for home-based businesses

-       OMB appeal of our recent Second Suites by-law

-       A proposed exemption to the Midland 2-dog per household by-law

We will have Council meetings throughout the summer but General Committee meetings will only occur at the call of the Chair.  Check with the Town website before attending.

On to Wednesday the 28th. There will be celebrations across Town as the graduates from our two high schools receive their diplomas and no doubt indulge in a bit of partying. It’s also Midland Movie Night. Head downtown at dusk with the kids and the popcorn to enjoy Who Framed Roger Rabbit. At 8:00 pm the North Pandemic Groove plays at the MCC. Some fabulous jazz stylings from the winners of the Sapporo Jazz Festival.

Thursday June 30th will feature an SSEA Open House at our Library from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. David Philipps, everyone’s favorite meteorologist, will be the guest speaker. Also in Town is Leo Rautins, the renowned Toronto Raptor announcer.  He will be Fred’s guest for a Day in the Life at the MCC starting at 7:30 pm.

Friday July 1 – Canada Day – Time to celebrate.   The Town will be alive with all sorts of activities starting with a parade through Town at 10:30 am and then onto Little Lake Park for games, food, shows, culminating in fireworks in the Park at dusk. Please see the agenda (attached) to help guide you through the day.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is hosting the Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival that will run on Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Admission fees $12.00 per adult, $10.50 per student and $9.25 for youth between 6 to 12 years.  For more information, please contact Sainte-Marie among the Hurons at (705) 526-7838.



A major residential development launches in Midland. The Official Grand Opening of The Seasons on Little Lake takes place from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at their location off of Hwy 12. This is significant milestone for the developer and for Midland, so please drop in and help them celebrate – maybe meet some new neighbours.

Council Issues Update


After many years of debate, Council made the decision to move forward with the sale of our MPUC asset. This significant decision was driven by sector consolidation being orchestrated by the province plus our need to prepare for rapidly changing electrical technology, such as smart grid; co-generation and distributed battery storage. Council’s decision was founded upon the commitment that any sale arrangement would have to result in all MPUC customers being left better off.


Council has chosen a consulting company to assist in evaluating the OPP costing proposal. The work will take place over the summer with a decision likely this fall.


Great news about the provincial funding to expand our ER at GBGH. Now we just need a bit more provincial action to change the funding model for the 19 midsized hospitals in the province. Your mayors have been working to develop a solid understanding of the issue and what an acceptable solution may look like. Mayor Clarke (Orillia) will be hosting a fall conference at Lakehead University to finalize our position.


A book of condolences is available for you to sign at Town Hall for two weeks. The book will be sent to Orlando to show the solidarity of the people of Midland in the face of this horrific shooting.

Economic Development

The recent Manufacturing Conference brought together local industrial leaders and those who want to locate in Midland to discuss how to create new manufacturing opportunities in our area. The attendees enjoyed a new video of our area – take a look

Our newly minted North Simcoe Tourism group is starting to show their stripes. If you have seen the recent “Heart of Georgian Bay” adverts on CTV, you will know who is responsible. They have also launched their new website

And lastly, it’s nice to get some recognition of our progress. Look no further than the recent edition of Moneysense magazine that publishes the Best Places to Live in Canada. In

2014 – we were 197

2015 – we were 173

This year we moved up again to 167.

                                          ***** Now On With Summer *****

Some of the things you may want to include in your summer calendar.

Weekend of July 8th

Town of Midland's "Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend" is happening again this summer on the weekend of Friday July 8th to Sunday July 10th, 2016

Saturday, July 16th 

Join us in Downtown Midland on from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm for our 1st Annual Downtown Midland Road Basketball Game!

Friday July 29th

Wendat opens its new residence in Penetanguishene at 1:30 pm, providing long needed low cost seniors accommodation.

August 9-11

The 2016 Ontario Seniors games come to Town. Hundreds of athletes and visitors will visit us, to see the action with 20 different sports. For more information

September 2-4

Our first annual RibFest comes to the Town dock. A great was to celebrate what is shaping up to be a fabulous summer

All summer

Music in the Park at Little Lake Park. In July it’s on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm; in August its Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm 

-       July 3rd Georgian Bay Brass

-       July 10 Barrie Concert Band. This is a 50 piece band! Should be awesome

-       July 17 TBA 

-       July 24 A workshop concert of young artists from our area.

-       July 31 Huronia Hot Strings 

-       August 7  Sandra Goode Band

-       August 14. Blind Mary 

-       August 21 Penny Love 

-       August 28 TBA 

-       Sept 4 Passport at 2:00 pm 

-       Sept 4 Sensations 4:00 pm 

-       Sept 4 Souled Out 6:00 pm,  winners of the first Midland's Battle of the Bands

Midland Movie Night at the downtown parking at 509 Bay Street.

-       June 29th - Who Framed Roger Rabbit

-       July 13th - Men In Black

-       July 27th - Finding Nemo

-       August 10th - Frozen (Sing-A-Long Version) 

-       August 24th - Jurassic World

Dockside Tuesdays take place every Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm through July and August.  Listen to some great music at the Midland Town dock.


I am going to step back from News from the Town over the summer period to give you a chance to focus on enjoying this lovely place we call Midland. This year I will need a bit of a break as I deal with my cancer diagnosis. I want to thank all of the people who have stopped by to wish me well. It means more than you know. Prognosis is positive. Looking forward to getting back to work in the fall.

Gord McKay

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


1 comment:

G.P. said...

We have had so much going on this summer in the town of Midland! We've really been enjoying movie nights downtown. This was such a great idea, and it's been a great way to bring lots of people together and celebrate our downtown. Music nights in the park have been fantastic,too. Thanks so much for this!