Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday November 5, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

The cool winds of autumn are upon us but business developments in our Town continue at a torrid pace. Over this last week Council discussed:

-       The downtown health centre should start construction over the next few weeks

-       The Jarlette geriatric health centre was moved to Council for approval, likely at the end of the month

-       A four story condominium building planned for our downtown (the corner of Hugel at Midland) was moved to Council for the end of the month

-       EDCNS estimated that over 100 new jobs were created by our local major manufacturers over the last 6 months

-       The Lamand Wealth Management group opens their new downtown office this week

-       Another of our downtown firms is working with the Town find more expansion room

-       Montana’s will start building at Mountain View Mall in spring 2018

On the recreational front, the Town has just learned it will be part of the Tall Ships 2019 Tour slated for August 9 – 11, 2019.

Never a dull moment.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 6th at 10:00 am, the OPP Transition Committee meets at Town Hall. Our decision to change services will shortly go before the Ontario Civilian Police Commission and assuming a positive response will see us transfer to the OPP in February 2018.

On Tuesday at noon you are invited for lunch with “Spuds for Sistema”.  Sistema is a charity that helps kids in grade school cope with the challenges of life through music. The lunch takes place at the NSSRC and consists of a baked potato with several choices of toppings, coffee, tea and a piece of cake. For more information about Sistema visit

That evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, children from ages 7-13 are invited to a free painting workshop for young artists at the MCC. Children will spend an evening creating paintings inspired by their surroundings in Simcoe County. Paintings will then go into a Simcoe Sightings art exhibit that starts in November.  All young Picassos please register with Quest Art at 526-2787.

Wednesday November the 8th starts early with an 8:30 am Governance Review Committee meeting at Town Hall. At 5:00 pm please join me in welcoming a new business Lamand Wealth Management Group to their new home at 267 King Street. The Guesthouse invites you to its AGM, taking place at 7:00 pm in the upstirs meeting room at St. Paul’s church. And finally at 7:30 pm it’s a Day in the Life with “Red Green”.  Red Green is a self-proclaimed handyman who constantly extols the virtues of duct tape. He has a syndicated newspaper column and last year he did a North American tour entitled “I’m Not Old I’m Ripe”. He has just authored a book “Red Green: The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Guide to Canadian Inventions”. The book will be available for purchase after the show at the MCC.

On Thursday the 9th at 10:00 am Shelter Now holds the regular meeting for its affordable housing project.  They plan to construct 30-40 new affordable housing units on their property on Hartman Drive. At 6:30 pm the Severn Sound Environmental Association hosts its partner reception at the Oakwood Community Center, on Park Street in Victoria Harbour. And if quality artwork is to your taste, please join Quest for their annual “Take Home an Original Art Work for $1 a Day” event. The program starts at 7:00 pm at their MCC gallery. The take-home artworks are currently on display at Quest.

Friday the 10th - Town Hall is closed for Remembrance Day.   At 8:00 pm Big Wigs returns to the MCC for its 6th year. Big Wigs features live performances staring the Immaculate Miss Conception and the fabulously, talented Christopher Peterson. A spectacular evening produced by the ever creative Jaime Crouch of Splash Events Inc. 

Week - End

Saturday November 11 – Remembrance Day

-       10:30 am – Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cenotaph. All are welcome

-       1:00 to 3:00 pm – Quest’s free Christmas tree ornament making workshop. A family event at the MCC

-       5:30 pm – Legion Branch 80 hosts its Remembrance dinner at the Legion hall

-       8:00 pm – Big Wigs second night at the MCC

Sunday November 12

-       3:30 to 5:30 pm - Guitar Workshop with Wendell Ferguson at the MCC.   Wendell will be showing you guitar playing techniques including: the basics of finger-style guitar, picking techniques, a system for finding and spelling chords, common chord progressions, harmonics and their use, and anything you want to know. Just bring your guitar and an open mind

Council Issues Update

Downtown Health Clinic

Construction is getting close. The first step will be clearing some of the trees and brush. The original intention to save the three larger trees that border along Bayshore had to be put aside when an arbourist determined them to be diseased.  Waypoint/Chigamik understand the importance of preserving the canopy on the property and will be undertaking an extensive tree planting program on the site. To stay current with the project, please link to their webpage


Last month I asked for your assistance with an “internet speed test”. The purpose was to gather data so we can better plan the installation of high speed fibre throughout North Simcoe.  Some 1,700 of you have already helped out but we need a few more. Please take literally one minute, follow the steps below and help us build the high-speed network we all need in our area.

In closing, two public service announcements.

1)     It’s the start of fall heating season. Our Fire service typically sees an uptick in Carbon Monoxide related calls at this time of year.  Please take a moment to check your CO2 and smoke alarms and ensure they are in proper working order. If you need any help, please call Midland Fire at 705-526-4279 ext. 2239

2)     The County of Simcoe will be holding its BATTERY COLLECTION WEEK from November 6th to 10th. Watch for battery collection bags in your mail. Place acceptable alkaline and heavy duty AA, AAA, C, D, 9-VOLT, and button batteries inside the bag and seal it. Then place your battery bag out on your regular collection day, in a visible location BESIDE your recycling box, during the week of November 6th only.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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