Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday May 28, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Summer weather – at long last. And as if to prove the point, this week sees the start of our cruise ship season. On Sunday June 4th the Pearl Mist makes the first of her 9 visits to Midland. On June 14th, the MS Victory visits Midland, one of its four port calls. Going to be a great summer.  

The Week Ahead

Monday the 29th sees the start of operations of the Guesthouse in there new location.  Our shelter for the homeless has been operating out of the basement of Knox Presbyterian for the last 8 years.  This new location provides much better accommodation for the guests and brings in specialized services, such as addictions counselling and housing support,  that will allow the homeless to move on to a better life. Look for a public launch about mid-June

At 10:30 am you are invited to GBGH for a cheque presentation from the County to help our hospital with the funding for its Emergency Department renovations.

On Tuesday May 30th at 3:00 pm, the NS Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to advance its affordable housing project.  Then at 5:00 pm the Citizens Healthcare Steering Committee meets at GBGH.  Their main agenda item is to discuss how the Committee will work more closely with the NSMLHIN in representing the citizens of North Simcoe.  You are welcome to attend.

Wednesday May 31st is Camp Day at Tim Hortons. The proceeds from all coffee sales plus donations will be used to help low income families send their kids to camp.  I will be at their Hwy 12 location at 8:30 am, so do drop by. At 6:00 pm at Town Hall, Council holds a special meeting to receive the draft Official Plan Review report.  While this is not a public input meeting, you are invited to attend to gauge Council’s first reaction to the document.

A Day in the Life takes place at MCC at 7:30 pm featuring Duncan McCue.  Duncan is the host of CBC Radio's Cross Canada Checkup. He's a journalist, educator, author and public speaker. He has worked and volunteered with indigenous organizations across Canada.  He is the author of The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir. pm).  Tickets are available online at or at the Box Office at 333 King St., Midland.

And at 8:00 pm at Bay and King Streets, it’s our first outdoor movie of the summer.  So grab the kids and some lawn chairs and come out to see Rogue One – A Star Wars Story under the stars.

Thursday June 1st starts at 5:45 am at the paramedic station in Midland. The reason – the Paramedic Push for Cardiology.  Paramedics from across Simcoe County will take turns pushing a gurney all the way from Midland to Midhurst. Their objective is to raise awareness and funds for heart disease, the second leading cause of death in Canada. So come out and cheer them on. The gurney leaves Midland at 5:45 am and arrives in Midhurst about 4:00 pm.

At 6:00 pm at the NSSRC is a public information meeting on the recent MPUC sale. This is your chance to find out more about the sale and get your questions answered. Much of the information is online at

On Friday at 1:30 pm Waypoint invites you to its AGM at Waypoint.  If you are looking for a boat, you will want to be at the Wye Heritage Marina starting at 4:00 pm for their annual In Water Boat Show.  The show goes all weekend.

Sistema is a special charity that helps underprivileged children get involved in learning how to play music. . They invite you to come out to their 50s/60s Dance Fundraiser and have some fun while supporting a great cause.  The event takes place at the Mt. St. Louis Parish Hall, at the Corner of Mt. St Louis Rd and 4th line of Oro Medonte, starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets available from John at   

Week - End

Saturday June 3

-       9:00 am - Kids Fishing Derby and Bike Rodeo at the Town dock

-       10:00 am – The In Water Boat Show at Wye Heritage Marina

-       11:00 am – The grand opening of Triple Tech at 713 Vinden

-       1:30 pm – 724 Midland Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets annual review at NSSRC

-       8:00 pm - Take It Easy – The Story of the Eagles, a musical tribute at the MCC

Sunday June 4

-       8:30 am – The Pearl Mist makes her first visit to Midland. She will be on dock all day

-       10:00 am – In Water Boat Show at Wye Heritage Marina

-       2:00 pm - Drumhead service at St. Margaret’s/ St. Marks cemetery  

Council Issues Update


Council gets its first look at the draft Official Plan Review report this week. This is a very important document for the Town as it will lay out the planning framework for the Town of Midland for at least the next 5 years. It also affects you.  The province has included a number of new features in the Plan including a “Natural Heritage” designation that is likely to apply to many properties in our community. Take a look at the information at   and make sure you are fully informed.  There will be additional meetings in the near future to allow you to provide input on the draft OPR.


It has been publically quiet on this front for the last two months. What has been happening is that soil samples have been taken, a normal development step, and are being evaluated by Barnstormer’s before the final terms are settled. More information shortly.


Our 2017 budget has been put to bed. Included in that budget is a small item for $12,000 that may have escaped your attention. These funds will be used for a “gap analysis” of the broadband coverage in our Town. Essentially to find out what type of digital communication is currently available for you.  When the gap analysis is completed this fall, we will be ready to participate in the roll-out of the SWIFT fibre optic network being planned by the Ontario government. The goal is to have fibre available to every home/business in North Simcoe. High speed connectivity is essential for Midland’s continued growth in becoming a player on the world stage.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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