Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday January 8, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Staff reports are just starting to come out about how Midland fared in 2016 and our building permits tell an interesting tale. The 2016 summary shows that the Town issued $71.5M in building permits, which I believe is an all-time high. This compares to $22.3M in 2015. While much of this is as a result of large one-time projects such as our new high school and Operations Centre, there is more than enough left over to indicate that we are definitely growing.

The report also shows that Midland built 143 new housing units in 2016. Midland has an average household density of 2.1 individuals per dwelling, so a first approximation shows a one year population lift of 300 people or 1.8%. This is well ahead of our recent population growth of close to 1%. Note, this is a rough approximation but it supports the reality that Midland is starting to get noticed.

The Week Ahead

Monday January 9th will feature two Town meetings. At 6:00 pm Council meets in closed session to discuss two matters - a personal issue and a potential land sale. At 7:00 pm is the General Committee meeting. The agenda is short and will feature one major topic – the voting process for our 2018 municipal election.  The discussion will begin with a presentation by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and then Council will provide direction about whether the voting system should be changed from the “first past the post” to some other format.

On Tuesday the 2017 work begins in Midhurst with the County Council meeting at 9:00 am.

Wednesday the 11th features a number of interesting events. There will be a community consultation on “Basic Income” at the Orillia public library, 36 Mississauga St., at 6:00 pm.  (Basic Income is a social program currently being explored by the provincial government that would provide an unqualified financial support to every citizen of the province.)   If you plan on attending, please book in advance at

You can also participate by sending your comments to the province at or by taking the online survey at

Also at 6:00 pm, MPP Marie-France Lalonde, the Minster of Government and Consumer Services and the Minister of Francophone Affairs will be visiting our area.  She will be available to meet you at La Cle de la Baie, 63 Main Street, in Penentanguishene.  Please RSVP to by Monday if you plan to attend this event.

Then at 7:00 pm it’s the Planning and Development Committee at Town Hall.  An interesting agenda including:

-       A draft plan of subdivision for 283 Barnett St., the old St T’s property

-       A zoning by-law amendment to allow the owners of Mountainview Mall to use the inside area in the back of the mall for warehousing/storage

-       Planning staff’s report on their work plan for 2017. The plan includes such items as:

o    Update on the discussions with the Smart Centre (Hwy 12 and Jones Rd.) to improve traffic flow

o    Application by Castel of Paul Inc. (the old Castle Village) to add a camp ground to their site

o    Ongoing work with the County on our Official Plan Amendment concerning Second Suites

o    Building permit follow-up for large construction projects including Georgian Bay District High School, the GBGH ER and the Town’s new Operations Centre.

For a copy of the staff report visit and scroll to the bottom.

On Thursday at 7:00 pm the Library Board holds its regular meeting at the Library.

Friday the 13th starts us into the week-end with Ruth Hurdle’s exhibition “Beyond the Trees”. It features a number of her new paintings.  The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm in the upper gallery at the MCC.  Also at 7:00 pm at the MCC is the start of a new “Swing Series” sponsored by our local Caisse Populaire – Desjardins. Come out and enjoy the hot sounds of the Dixie Demons.

Week - End

Sunday January 15

-       7:00 pm Jack de Keyser entertains at MCC with his Voodoo Boogie Revue


Another new attraction is about to open in our area. Huronia Historical Parks is announcing its brand new Discovery Harbour Skate Trail. Come skate through the historic British military and navel establishment, and experience two kilometres of outdoor skating and entertainment for all ages. The trail is open starting mid-January through to March.  Hours of operation are: Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  

Fun in the snow.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting it Done - 2017


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