Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday May 14, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Spring may be taking its time getting started but a projected high of 28 degrees C next week has to get you thinking about summer.

Statistics Canada has released the second round of data from the 2016 Census of Population. It provides a more information about the age distribution and housing style of Canadians, including Midlanders . Use this link and enter “Midland”  Census Profile

The Week Ahead

Monday the 15th is a busy day.    At 9:00 am the Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin are hosting a full day of learning at the Simcoe County Museum focused on the relationship and issues affecting First Nations and Simcoe County. Then at 6:00 pm it’s the Guys Who Care meeting at Lot 102. This semi-annual gathering raises thousands of dollars for a selected local charity. All men are welcome to attend. Just show up with a blank cheque for $200 and be prepared to vote on the charity of your choice.  A good social time as well.

Also at 6:00 pm is a public information session on the proposed “road diet’ for Yonge Street.  The Town intends to paint new lines on Yonge Street between First and Eighth. The repainting will add new bike lanes and reduce the car travel lanes from four to three, with the centre lane being a left turn lane. This meeting gives you the opportunity to hear further details and allows you to provide comments. The meeting is at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre

On Tuesday at 3:00 pm the mayors gather with the NS Community Futures Development Corporation to start bringing improved broadband access to all of North Simcoe. Following that the mayors meet again at 5:00 pm in Penetanguishene to discuss issues that affect all four municipalities.

At 7:30 pm “A Day in the Life” hosts Frank Iacobucci (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada).  Mr. Justice Iacobucci served as a Justice of the Supreme Court from 1991 to 2004. He formerly served as Dean of the University of Toronto Law School, as a Deputy Minister of Justice and as Interim President of the University of Toronto. The event is at the MCC.

Friday the 19th starts at 9:00 am at the County with the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.  This committee is working with the Town to meet our own affordable housing target of 90 new affordable units by 2024. The good news is that we have created over 30 new units over the last three years, well ahead of our target.

At 12 noon the union at the CNCC in Penetanguishene holds a rally at their facility to make the government more aware of upcoming contract talks. Then at 4:00 pm the fun begins at MCC. “Uke Fest” returns with all its noisy exuberance. I attended this event two year ago and was treated to room full of people all playing their ukuleles in harmony. The Fest is on all weekend – you are most welcome to drop by.

Week - End

Saturday May 20

-       Marsh by Moonlight paddle series at Wye Marsh starting at 8:45 pm

Sunday May 21

-       2:00 pm – the grand opening of Midland Indoor Playground at Mountainview Mall

-       Remember Monday May 22nd is the Victoria Day holiday. Town offices are closed.

Council Issues Update


The consultants are just about finished their cost analysis and expect to have their draft report to Council by the first week of June.


To wrap up I have three items that you may want to put on your calendar.

1)     Soccer is beginning at the Midland soccer fields behind Lot 102 every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  All interested adult players between the ages of 16 and 100+ are welcome. If you are interested, you can come out any Thursday evening or visit

2)     On June 15th and 16th it’s the Zero Waste Ontario conference at Lakehead University in Orillia. The 2017 Conference features Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, who will outline the new Waste Free Ontario Act. The theme of the conference is making Simcoe a “Circular Economy”. Please register today by going to the website,

3)     Summer time is coming and the need for blood will be greater than ever. Canadian Blood Services is hosting its “Canada 150” donation drive on Monday July 3rd at the NSSRC from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They have challenged Midland to deliver 150 donations at this clinic. Your help is needed for this very worthwhile cause. Please consider giving the gift of life this summer to someone in need.


Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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