Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday October 8, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

It was an amazing week for healthcare in North Simcoe. First of all the Ministry of Health visited GBGH to make two announcements:

-       Funding will be provided to transfer 20 acute care mental health beds from Waypoint to GBGH.  The funds will be used to construct a new wing at GBGH

-       Go ahead for the Waypoint/Chigamik downtown health center.  The sod turning is scheduled for October 23rd

Both of these announcements come after years of work by many different stakeholders – the hospitals, the North Simcoe LHIN, the province and all North Simcoe municipalities. A major step towards effective mental health care in our community.

The second development was Council’s support for the new Jarlette long term care and geriatric centre.  This project will both upgrade long term care in our community and build a geriatric centre of excellence, bringing together many of the services needed by an aging population. The facility will also undertake research on how to improve care for the aged. A significant development for Midland’s future. Look for a public meeting on the Jarlette project to be announced shortly.

The Week Ahead

October 8th to 14th is Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out”.  Our Fire Fighters are setting up all sorts of opportunities for you to come out and get your questions answered:

-       Thursday October 12th Fire Fighters will be at McDonalds at both Hwy 93 and Walmart locations from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

-       Friday October 13th at Huronia Mall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

-       Saturday October 14th at Midland Home Depot (Hwy 12) from 9:00 am to noon. Activities for the kids and a chance to try your hand with a fire hose

On Tuesday the 10th, County Council holds its regular meeting at 9:00 am. Then at 7:00 pm it’s our October General Committee meeting including:

-       Consideration for forming a “Municipal Services Corporation” – a corporate entity that would allow the Town to better manage the development of its Midland Bay Landing asset

-       Proposal to expand the BIA boundaries to include such areas as the Boathouse and the Midland Bay Landing property

-       Discussion on having free parking downtown in December

-       Proposal for a new committee to review the Towns’ property standards bylaw.

At 7:30 pm at the MCC Dr. Keith Rose presents a discussion on Bridging the Gap – Navigating the Youth Mental Health System.  Please preregister at:

Wednesday the 11th sees me at Lakehead University in Orillia at 5:00 pm for a special business innovation event. This open ended discussion speaks to how business can be more entrepreneurial and better able to take on new ideas to significantly grow their business,

On Thursday  October 12th Askennonia's Seniors Health & Active Living Fair takes place at the NSSRC from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Fair features a variety of presentations by Dr. Richard Thomas, Pharmacist Mike Tolmie and Sarah Orr-Shaw RN. They will address the topic of

opioids and their impact upon seniors. Also look for 35 vendors showing you all the latest in services and products for seniors.

Week - End

Saturday October 14

-       6:00 pm - Civitan Annual Recognition Dinner at “The Place” in Balm Beach

-       6:00 pm – Fundraiser for Wye Marsh’s famous Sonic the Turtle. Nick Howell ( a great local musician) will be entertaining at the Hidden Agenda nightclub on Hugel

-       6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Wye Marsh by Moonlight paddle series

Council Issues Update

Service Delivery Review

The process is starting to get into gear. I have been personally impressed with how Town staff have risen to the challenge and are now taking leadership of the change initiative. Council should receive a second report at the October Council meeting giving us a better insight into some of the improvements we can expect to see over the next few months.

Downtown Health Clinic

With the announcement from the province it’s all ahead full.  The sod turning is set for the 23rd and work on the site may be as early as the 24th.


Three items in closing…

The Guesthouse has a new CEO.  Mr. Steve Pelletier will be replacing Robert Sykes effective immediately. Steve has been involved in many homelessness prevention programs including the County’s Alliance to End Homelessness. He is a faculty member of Georgian College’s Indigenous Studies and Vice President of our local FACE organization. A big thank you to Robert Sykes for all he has done over the years and welcome to Steve.

Karen Mealing will be taking over as the Town’s Cultural Development Coordinator. Karen’s responsibilities will include managing our Butter Tart festival and developing exciting cultural attractions for our area. If you thought the summer of 2017 was fun, wait ‘til 2018.

The 2017 Terry Fox Run proved to be very successful.  886 participants braved hot weather to run, walk, cycle and horseback ride in raising more than $71,000. Over 1,000 local organizations helped out with goods and services. The run, first taking place in 1983, is now closing in on $2M in total donations.  A wonderful testament to Terry, our community and the many volunteers led by Don Chapman who make this happen.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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