Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday June 11, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Butter Tart Festival 2017 is behind us and another resounding success.  I am still awaiting the official total but 50,000+ visitors seem quite reasonable. The Butter Tart Festival has had a tremendous impact on Midland not only from the direct dollars generated but also in introducing Midland to the rest of Ontario and beyond. While walking the street I met people who had come from Windsor, Montreal, Ottawa and Nova Scotia just for our Festival. My congratulations to the Butter Tart committee and especially Angela Bird for making Midland proud.

The Week Ahead

At 10:00 am on Monday June 12th I receive the students from Bayview School for a tour of Town hall. At 3:00 pm you are invited to celebrate the opening of the new Guesthouse shelter at 522 Elizabeth Street.  The Guesthouse is moving out of their current location at Knox Church and into a modern shelter facility that will be able to better serve our homeless.  This move signifies a major step forward for our communities in being able to help those who are challenged in life to have a better future.

At 7:00 pm is General Committee of Council. Lots of decisions being made to approve operational expenses seen in the 2017 budget. In addition:

-       Approval of the Enbridge gas franchise agreement for Midland

-       Establishing a new Governance Committee , as part of the Midland Forward initiative

-       Discussion on Floatie Fest in Little Lake Park

On Wednesday the 14th the County will be hosting a food security forum at the County museum.  This all day event will review the actions and plans to ensure that the County remains a food producing region for the foreseeable future. That evening at dusk Midland Movie Night is back! Catch a FREE movie - E.T. Extra-Terrestrial - under the stars at 509 Bay Street.  Movies are every second Wednesday throughout the summer.

Thursday the 15th sees the start of the two day Zero Waste Ontario conference at Orillia’s Lakehead University. The keynote speaker is the honorable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change.  For further details please see

And Friday its back to celebrating the summer with Party on the Dock starting at 7:00 pm at the Midland waterfront.  A perennial favorite of all those who want to celebrate summer.

Week - End

Saturday June 17

-       10 am to noon at Midland Town Dock – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, in support of Rosewood Women’s Shelter. Registration and pledge sheets at

-       2:00 pm – The official opening of “Along the Healing Path” in Waubaushene. The ceremony is by Pine Street near the beach.

-       8:00 pm – Zepology, a tribute to Led Zeppelin at the MCC. A must attend for all Led Zeppelin fans

Council Issues Update

Service Delivery Review

This major Council project will examine all aspects of the Town’s service delivery. It will not only examine efficiency but also ask the questions about what services the Town should be providing.  The process will be led by a Steering Committee including 6 staff and 2 Councilors and is co-chaired by Town Engineer Andy Campbell and Amanpreet Sidhu, Head of Corporate Services.  There will also be an Advisory Committee that currently has 6 public members and 2 Councillors. The project will be supported by a consultant from WSCS consulting. For more information on this key project and to find out how you can participate please visit


In closing, two items from the County.

1)     The County of Simcoe wants residents to feed your green bin not your garbage. To encourage greater participation in its green bin program and raise awareness about proper waste disposal techniques, the County launched its #GreenBintoWin contest running June 1 through August 21, 2017. The social media contest offer green bin “feeders” a chance to win prize packs and a grand prize consisting of a weekend for two adults and two children at Fern Resort.

How do you enter? Simply take a photo showing "How You Feed Your Green Bin" Post/share it and follow/tag us on Twitter @SimcoeCounty and/or Facebook @CountyofSimcoe. Use the hashtag #GreenBintoWin

In addition to the social media contest, County staff are hitting the road with the #GreenBintoWin tour in neighbourhoods across the County in search of some of the region’s best green bin users. A happy green bin is a full green bin and some of the area’s most generous “feeders” will receive County merchandise in recognition of their efforts.:

2)     An advisory about the Emerald Ash Borer affecting our ash trees in Midland.  Please see attached item.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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