Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday September 25, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

You have probably heard enough bragging from me about our manufacturers but this part of our local economy seems to be taking flight. This past week I attended our area’s Manufacturers Round Table at Weber Manufacturing. Of the seven major manufacturers at the table everyone but one (and they didn’t say) are hiring. Six years ago the message would have been exactly the opposite. This is about as positive a hiring situation as I have seen. All they need are good qualified workers.  So if you know of someone who might make the move to the Heart of Georgian Bay and has some solid skills to offer our manufacturers, invite them up.

The Week Ahead

Monday September 26th sees the start of the NSCFDC Speakers Series. The first session is at 9:00 am at Brian Orser Hall in Penetanguishene. The guest speaker, Jane Barnett, will inform you about the “Customer Connection”. There are two other presentations in the series:

1)     Thursday October 27th 9:00 am at NSSRC – Keeping Things Fresh, with Jamie Tripp

2)     Thursday November 24th 9:00 am at NSSRC – Mental Health in the Workplace, with Sarah Durant

Please register online at

At noon our faithful GBGH Volunteer Association celebrates 110 years of service with a gathering at Café Ste. Marie.

6:00 pm starts the Town business. It begins with a closed meeting to learn about the status of our OPSEU negotiations. We will also consider nominations for the Youth Committee. The September Council meeting starts at 7:00 pm and includes:

            Four deputations:

-       Sharon Vegh provides on update on economic development/ EDCNS

-       Huronia airport reports on their many new developments

-       A report on our 2016  Butter Tart Festival – not to be a spoiler but we are going to hear some great numbers

-       Sustainable Severn Sound updates their many activities

Discussion about allowing ATVs on Town roads

Three by-law reports:

-       The property at 168 William Street

-       The property at 228 Chaingate

-       The smoking/loitering issue affecting residents on Christine and Maxwell

Further discussion on retaining Mark Rogers for the sale of MPUC

On Tuesday I am down to County Council at 9:00 am for a couple of key topics. We will vote on accepting the transit plan that will see improved bus service from Midland to Barrie/Orillia. Then the Committee of the Whole will consider a number of changes to how we collect waste with the view to increasing our diversion rate to 70%.

Wednesday the 28th at 2:00 pm at Town Hall features a Midland Bay Landing steering committee meeting to further discuss how to deal with our development partners

On Friday September 30th you are invited to an Age-Friendly Community Consultation sponsored by the County. These focus groups will include caregivers, service providers, social club members, Francophones, newcomers, business owners, aboriginals and senior-living communities to discuss how we need to change our communities to accommodate the increasing demands of elderly citizens. The consultations are at Georgian Village in Penetanguishene at 2 – 4 pm and then again from 6 – 8 pm.

Week - End

Saturday October 1

·         Treasure Day weekend in Midland. Have your treasures out by 8:00 am

·         9:30 am to 4:30 pm Big Brothers/Sisters Thanksgiving Home Tour

·         Pumpkinferno starts at Discovery Harbor HHP.  A spooky great time. Open from October 1st to 30th but only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

·         7:00 pm Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner at NSSRC

Sunday October 2

·         Treasure Day weekend. Have your treasures back in by 5:00 pm

Gord McKay

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


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