Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday November 20, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Christmas is about to take centre stage.  As you will see below there are a whole host of Christmas activities this week. And if you can believe the weather forecast, Old Man Winter arrives as well.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 21st sees the start of YMCA Peace Week.  The Y will be running a number of activities you can participate in including:

1)     A launch event at the YMCA location in Little Lake Park at 11:30 am. It will introduce the “Be Kind Bells” program symbolized by a string of beads with a bell and a note attached, encouraging you to perform an act of kindness. These bells will be hidden in locations throughout our community

2)     Daily events at the YMCA location in Little Lake Park and at their Elizabeth Street office, such as free Yoga for Peace

3)     On Thursday November 24th YMCA staff hit the streets to spread random acts of kindness.        

At 1:00 pm please join me at Le Caron High School in Penetanguishene for the launch of the annual Red Ribbon Campaign sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At 5:00 pm the Community Healthcare Steering Committee will be meeting in Rm 1 at GBGH – possibly for a final time. The CHSC is the group that brings you the quarterly public meetings with our LHIN and GBGH, allowing you to put your questions to those responsible for our healthcare services. If you feel public involvement is essential to the debate, you may wish to attend.

Tuesday the 22nd starts with County Council at 9:00 am.  The main item on the agenda for Midland is the likely approval by Council of our Midland Bay Landing official plan amendment, allowing for mixed-use development of our waterfront. At noon you will want to be at Askennonia in the NSSRC as they host their annual Honour our Veterans lunch. Then at 3:00 pm the North Simcoe Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to advance a couple of affordable housing projects:

-       A “Housing First” pilot that could lead to more private sector investment in affordable housing

-       An update on the affordable housing style known as “Tiny Homes”

7:00 pm that evening sees a major area event – the Cultural Awards Gala at the MCC. The evening will feature a number of video presentations about culture and Midland, followed by the announcement of our four cultural award winners. For more information visit or call Nicole at 526-4275 ext. 3206. 

Wednesday is National Affordable Housing day. This topic is explored with a half day information event at the Simcoe County Museum staring at 9:00 am. At 10:00 am the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Center - Indigenous Children Wellness Program is hosting a workshop about violence towards our indigenous citizens. The agenda features four speakers including Curtis Copegog, (Indigenous Outreach) and Kathy Willis (Rosewood). Lunch will be provided so please register with Katie at 526-5589 ext. 261 or at The Centre is at 175 Yonge Street. Please come out and meet the members of our local First Nations community.

The County Archives celebrates its 50th anniversary at its building in Midlhurst at 1:30 pm.  If you have never been to the County Archives, this is a great opportunity for you to see the historical treasures that mark the founding and development of our County. And at 5:00 pm step into Christmas with our Christmas tree lighting at Neezhoday Park. Festivities start at 5:00 pm - a visit by Santa Claus and carol singing with the Bell Choir. The actual lighting will be at 7:00 pm.

On Thursday 24th at 9:00 am at the NSSRC you are invited to the third presentation in the NSCFDC Speakers Series. Sarah Durant will guide you through the challenging topic of Mental Health in the Workplace. Register online at

Thursday also sees the start of our famous First Light exhibit at Ste. Marie.  This year the program has expanded to include Martyrs’ Shrine. First Light will take place on November 24, 25 and 26 and December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Event organizers are expecting a large turnout this year so have added overflow parking space in downtown Midland. There will be a shuttle from the Midland library and the 509 Bay St parking lot, running from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm every 30 minutes - and it is free.

And it that wasn’t enough, “A Day in the Life” is bringing Lord Conrad Black to Midland. One of Canada’s most fascinating personalities, Lord Black was born into wealth and ascended to the title of "Lord Black of Crossharbor” with the British House of Lords. He renounced his Canadian citizenship to accept the peerage although he now lives in Canada. That’s at the MCC at 7:30 pm.

Friday the 25th (one month to Christmas) our Police are holding their annual Cram a Cruiser at the Canadian Tire on Hwy. 93 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Please help them out with the donation of a toy or food. Your gift will go to the Salvation Army. Town staff also gets into the spirit with their annual Christmas party at the NSSRC.

Week - End

Saturday November 26

·         The Midland Civitan Club’s 39th Annual Midland Santa Claus Parade takes to the streets at 11am. It will run from Little Lake Park down to the bottom of King Street.  Please bring a food donation as the Midland Police will be collecting for the Salvation Army.

·         Serenata Choir will “Sing Christmas” at 7:30 pm at St. Pauls.

Sunday November 27

·         From 10:00 am to 4:30 pm the Big Brothers and Sisters is hosting a “Curl for Kids Sake” bonspiel at the Midland Curling Club. You can enter a team or come along and watch the fun.

·         At 8:00 pm Pavlo returns to the MCC. Pavlo brings amazing guitar skills as he explores the sounds of folk music set to Greek and Latin themes.

Council Issues Update


The OPP have again pushed off their presentation of a police service costing. It will likely now be in January.

Gord McKay

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


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