Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday January 15, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Cold days ahead but lots happening in Midland to keep you warm.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 16th you are invited to Boston Pizza for a fundraiser for the 2017 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour.  This Tour is all about the special bond between the people of Holland and the Canadians who liberated their country in WWII. This is the third iteration of the Tour. Young people from Midland and Chatham, Ontario will ride from England to Markelo, Holland visiting war memorial sites along the way. Their participation ensures the torch of remembrance will be passed on to the next generation. To help fund their ride Boston Pizza will donate 10% of your bill for food purchased between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.  See you there.

At 7:00 pm Quest Art School + Gallery launches its special project to honour Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. They are creating four murals, one for each North Simcoe municipality.  Midland’s opportunity to come up with ideas for our mural is tonight at

7 pm at the MCC. If you can’t attend but have some great ideas, send them to before January 27.

On Tuesday our Legion helps fundraise for the 2017 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour. The Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary is hosting one of their renowned spaghetti dinners starting at 6:00 pm.

Wednesday January18th our Library launches a brand new program called “1-on-1 Tech Help”. For those of us at wits end trying to cope with modern technology, this program is for you. Join a ‘tech tutor’ for 30 minutes of hands-on learning. They’ll walk you through the steps you need and answer questions along the way. The program is every Wednesday afternoon and it’s free.  Please register in-person or by phone 526-4216.

At 6:00 pm you are invited to an important public meeting to help design your downtown. Last year a committee was formed to start visioning our future downtown. They now have their initial report and again need your feedback on how they are doing. The meeting is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the MCC.

Thursday the 19th sees a second innovative program from our Library - Genealogy 101 Workshops. The workshop will tell you everything you need to know about researching your own genealogy and introduce you to the many Library resources to get you started.  Workshops will take place every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm during January and February. It’s free. Please register in-person or by phone 526-4216.

On Friday the 20th I am at County for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Then at 8:00 pm that evening you will want to catch the renowned Canadian group 54-40 Unplugged at the MCC.  

Week - End

Saturday January 21

-       5:00 pm the annual Robbie Burns supper at the Midland Legion

Sunday January 22

-       Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Market – from  9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Museum all winter

Council Issues Update


The Town has been advised by the OPP that they will present their costing information to us on February 8th.  


This past week the mayors met with GBGH and Waypoint about their upcoming budget discussions with the provincial government.  Their overriding concern is receiving sufficient funding to cover the ever growing costs of delivering hospital services. Key points from our discussion:

·         GBGH and Waypoint are key parts of a sustainable health care system in North Simcoe. Health care dollars must be apportioned appropriately.

·         A properly funded community hospital is needed to serve the North Simcoe community - ensure access, reduce wait times and provide high quality patient care.

·         Hospitals have already absorbed zero increases in hospital funding from 2011 to 2015.  No financial capacity remains to face the ever rising costs of hydro and utilities, new provincial regulations and pressures from wage and benefit increases

·         Healthy community hospitals are a must for a strong health care system and are a foundation for the local economy


And finally, two upcoming items.

1)     CLH has its major fundraising event featuring the legendary Kim Mitchell on Saturday February 25th at 6:00 pm at the Quality Inn (former Best Western)

2)     A group of local representatives will meet on Monday, January 23rd to discuss the historical and cultural importance of Ste. Marie and Discovery Harbour. If you would like to provide your views on these important historical sites, please visit

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting it Done - 2017


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