Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday October 2, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

The best of autumn awaits with Thanksgiving next week and the lovely fall colours on standby. However there will be cold days ahead and those who do not have a place to stay will turn again to our shelters and soup kitchens. The Guesthouse is looking for volunteers.  If you can spare a few hours to help serve a meal, play some cards or simply be there to help, call Laura at 528-1096 ext.206.

The Week Ahead

A slower start to the week. On Wednesday October the 5th at 1:00 pm, the Javelin Co-op celebrates their 20th anniversary at their location on William St.  All are welcome. Later that day, Community Living Huronia hosts an open house and AGM at their Olive Street facility. The Social starts at 5:30 pm and the AGM at 6:30 pm. Please attend and show your support for these many delightful individuals who make our community such a special place for all. 

At 5:30 pm it’s Council’s turn with a special closed meeting of Council. The meeting will receive an update on OPSUEU negotiations (see announcement below) and on recent Midland Bay Landing discussions.  At 7:00 pm the Planning and Development Committee meets. The agenda includes:

-       Proposed changes from the Province affecting our Growth Plan. Staff is voicing a number of concerns including: increased technical review requirements and loss of local planning autonomy to higher levels of government: increased scrutiny of developers: likely delay in our current OPR process including more cost; a 60% intensification target eventually moving to 80 persons/jobs per hectare that would start to significantly change the look of Midland.

-       A verbal update by staff on Source Water Protection

On Thursday the 6th The Heart of Georgian Bay will be having an Online Reputation Management & Digital Marketing Master Workshop hosted by Jim Brody at the Midland Cultural Centre from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. This event will be completely FREE and there will also be a lunch provided. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to our event through the following link:

Week - End

Saturday October 8

·         Wye Marsh starts its Marsh by Moonlight paddle series from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Paddling will also take place on October 15 and 22.

·         The colourful Thanksgiving Harvest Festival returns to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. The celebratory Thanksgiving Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th.  It’s an all-day event and features 40 artisans throughout the grounds.

·         Sharon and Bram at the MCC at 10:30 am. A perennial favorite with the younger set

Sunday October 9

·         The Bombadils at the MCC from 7:00 - 9:00 pm – for those who enjoy folk songs and good fiddle music.

·         Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons – all-day.


Two items in closing:

1)     The NSCFDC is sponsoring Small Business Week. A key gathering is the Business Breakfast on Thursday October 20th at Brooklea – registration/networking starts at 7:00; 7:30 breakfast; 8:00 to 9:30 a presentation by Chef Dean Petit of Matty’s Seafood Brands and Rock Lobster restaurants. The fee is $20. Pre-registration required by Oct 13th  at

2)     The Town is negotiating with its OPSEU union and has just released the following media release. Hopefully we will be able to negotiate a settlement acceptable to all parties.


(Midland, ON)  The collective bargaining process between the Town of Midland and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 328 which represents the Municipality’s Parks & Recreation, Operations (roads) and Water/Wastewater staff, has resulted in a request by OPSEU to the Ministry of Labour for a ‘no-board’ report.  The union’s request for a no-board report will allow OPSEU Local 328 to be in a legal strike position 17 days after the Ministry of Labour processes their request.  Similarly, the employer (Town of Midland) would be in a position to lock-out the employees. 

The Town and the Union have been at the bargaining table since June 16th, 2016.  The Town remains optimistic that a new collective agreement can be reached given their ability to reach a negotiated settlement with the Town’s other employee union IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).  Council has been consistent with its unionized and non-union employees alike, and is committed to reaching an agreement that is fair and reasonable to both employees and ratepayers.  Council continues to be committed to delivering services that respond to the needs of Midland residents and businesses. 

"We are hopeful of reaching a new collective agreement, but at the same time it is critical for the Town’s administration to commence with the development of contingency plans in light of a potential labour disruption," said Midland CAO, John Skorobohacz.  "As always, our priority is to ensure the effective delivery of our municipal services.

The Town would like to assure our residents and businesses that many of the Town’s services will not be affected by any potential labour disruption.  Ongoing communications with the public will provide more details as the potential for the labour disruption approaches.  Updates respecting the potential labour disruption will be posted on as well as the Town’s social media outlets.

Gord McKay

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


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