Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday October 23, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

The cool winds of autumn are upon us. Seems like it was summer just last week. Canadian eh!

The Week Ahead

On Monday the 24th I head to Welland with Jarlette Health Services to take a look at their long-term care facility. This visit is a backgrounder for the redevelopment of the Villa Retirement Lodge which will see it move to a new location on King Street. Further information on this redevelopment will be provided at the Council meeting later in the day.

At 6:30 pm Council meets in closed session to discuss an appointment to the Youth Committee. 7:00 pm is the Council meeting including:

-       Three deputations

o    Guesthouse Shelter update – Robert Sykes

o    Request from the Villa Care Centre regarding their redevelopment project

o    BIA request for transit assistance with the First Light event

-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) about the sale of public land on Ingram Cres.

-       Council chooses members for its MPUC Sale Transaction Committee

-       The proposed “Harbour By-Law” returns to the Council table for further discussion

Tuesday the 25th starts with County Council at 9:00 am in Midhurst.  At 2:00 pm at the Town you are invited to the regular meeting of the North Simcoe Housing Working Group. The Group has recently completed a set of draft by-laws that are being shared with Simcoe County municipalities.  The by-laws simplify the implementation of Second Units. The Group has also just proposed a feasibility study to the County for a new housing form called “Tiny Homes”. Take a look at some the examples of Tiny Home communities across North America.

On Wednesday I will be in conference in Orillia all day. A group of municipalities and the County are hosting an educational day for municipal leaders and hospital executives to learn from each other about the funding problems affecting medium-sized hospitals. This discussion includes our own GBGH. The Symposium should provide greater clarity on the potential hospital service impacts facing Midland and allow us to work with the Ministry to improve healthcare outcomes for all.  

At 5:30 pm you are invited to the meeting of King Street Rejuvenation Project Committee at Town Hall.

Thursday the 27th will be a busy day at County as they start the review of their 2017 budget. Also at 9:00 am is the second of the NSCFDC Speakers Series at the NSSRC. The topic is “Keeping Things Fresh” presented by the memorable Jamie Tripp. Please register online at

On Friday the 28th you are invited to the launch of our areas first “Situation Table” from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 522 Elizabeth St. I suspect the term “Situation Table” is new for many of you. Since 2009, many communities across Canada have been looking for a better model for intervention in situations of social crisis, other than just having the police respond. The Situation Table is based upon the premise that by rapidly bringing together key social agencies, including the police, social crisis situations can be better handled and in fact avoided in future. The model has shown its worth across Canada – it is now coming to Midland. So please drop by the launch event and have your questions answered.

Then the fun begins. The biggest Halloween Bash of the year! CLH Foundation puts the "fun" in fundraiser with the Day of the Dead Halloween Bash!  Meet Premier Tattoo Artist Mark Zammit of Stained of the Art Tattoo! who has donated his services for a tattoo.  That’s at NSSRC from 8:30 pm to 1:00 am.

Week - End

Saturday October 29

·         Midland Movie Night is back for a special Halloween event brought to you by the Downtown Midland BIA and the Town of Midland! We'll be showing ''The Nightmare Before Christmas''. The movie will start at dusk in the parking lot at 509 Bay. Bring your own lawn chair and dress warmly.

·         The Wye Marsh Monster returns for a spooky good evening.  Wye Marsh from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Sunday October 30

·         The Community ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Educational Event takes place at NSSRC from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. ADHD if left untreated results in significant socioeconomic costs to our community. This full day educational event is geared towards adults with ADHD and their families, parents, educators and medical professionals.  Please visit: Community ADHD Educational Event

Council Issues Update


Our new CAO and Treasurer are still working on the numbers to give Council and the public the comprehensive budget statement we need for decision making. The first draft may not be ready until December or January. Late but manageable.

Midland Bay Landing

The current development agreement with our partners faces a major milestone in four months where they must inject significant capital into the project. Discussions will continue over the coming few months to ensure our original agreement is respected.


The Culture Midland Committee is seeking nominations from the public for our cultural leaders. These are individuals or businesses who you feel communicate the importance of culture, inspire the cultural community or have taken a significant role in the recognition and development of cultural talent in our area. The four award categories are:

·         Emerging Talent

·         Excellence in Culture

·         Founders, Builders and Historical Contributors

·         Education in Culture

The deadline for submissions is November 1st with awards to be presented at the Cultural Gala on November 22nd. For more information visit or call Nicole at 526-4275 ext. 3206

Gord McKay

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


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