Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday February 5, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

This past week has been one of “coming together” with our families and neighbors. On Thursday nearly 100 citizens attended a memorial service to remember those senselessly killed in the Quebec City mosque shooting. A time for Midland to reflect on those who died and to recommit to our Canadian principles of compassion and tolerance.

Then on Saturday a more happy and snowy gathering for our annual Winterfest. The tobogganing was fast, the chili piping hot and Tuxxie was a delight to her (his) retinue of worshipping children.  A great day to be out enjoying Midland.

The Week Ahead

Monday starts with my meeting with Andre Desroches to discuss the Sweet Ontario conference coming to Midland this July.  Your reminder that maple syrup season is but a month away.

On Wednesday the 8th, there will be two Town meetings. At 4:00 pm the Midland Youth Committee meets at the NSSRC. Then at 6:00 pm, a special Council meeting takes place at Town Hall to receive the OPP costing proposal.  Council started this process some four years ago. A consultant, at that time, indicted that there were significant cost savings with using an alternative policing service such as an OPP. Council agreed it would be good to understand what the cost difference would be and requested the costing.  Council will now receive that information and then likely refer it to its OPP Costing Committee. They will analyze the proposed cost and service level, and make recommendations to Council as to whether they should consider the OPP any further.

Thursday February 9th  sees a very special gathering at our Library at 9:00 am – the “Midland Think Tank”. The program is for those who want to start a business or just improve your business skills. The Think Tank is sponsored by the North Simcoe CFDC. Please register at

Also starting at 9:00 am is an all-day waste workshop at the County Museum. County Councilors will be considering what our waste and diversion targets should be for the next 5 years and the changes to be made to the County’s many waste collection and diversion programs.

On Friday the 10th  you are invited to attend an employment Fair at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. Running from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the Fair will feature a number of educational sessions to help individuals find work plus allow them to meet prospective employers. At 7:00 pm the Swing Series returns to the MCC. Come and enjoy your favorite melodies as Brenda Brown sings her Swing Standards and Love Songs.

Week - End

Saturday February 11

-       9:00 am Valentine’s Breakfast at St. Marks

-       7:30 pm Serenata Choir Cabaret and Silent Auction at Restaurant Ste. Marie. For information call Midland Optical at 705-526 -6800

Sunday February 12

-       8:00 pm Michael Kaeshammer comes to MCC. Michael is an award winning Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie piano player. A sample of his work at:



Three additional items for your consideration.

1.     Huronia Players production Aberhart Summer is now underway at MCC. Not your typical HP presentation, it melds themes of politics, foreshadowings of war and a murder into an engaging ride for the audience. And if you enjoyed John Leclair in previous productions, this is for you.

2.     The Simcoe County Museum is providing Snowshoeing by Lamplight.  Snowshoeing takes place Tuesday evenings in February from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

3.     Our North Simcoe Tourism group has just launched their 2017 Heart of Georgian Bay Discovery Guide.  To view the guide online  Looking good!

And for your calendar.

Paul Henderson, one of the most famous hockey players in history, will be the guest on A Day in the Life on February 15th at 7:30 pm at the MCC.  If you want a ticket you will want to get it early.

We Are the Villagers is hosting a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner, on March 4th at the Maitre'D Restaurant in Penetanguishene. This is a very special “murder” as the script is written by our own Brendan Main and directed by Christine Killing. A small number of tickets are available at

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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