Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday January 28, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen

Temperatures are back on the plus side and have put a damper on local snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Early forecasts are that the lake level will be higher this year than last. Mother Nature keeps us on our toes.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 29th has a 7:30 am start as the NSCFDC Marketing Monday series continues with “Networking – Identifying local networking opportunities and how to become a star networker”.  This free program is at the Midland Library.   Register online at

On Tuesday the action is in the evening. At 7:00 pm you are invited to a travelogue about two intrepid Midlanders and their adventures in Morocco. Please see  http://www.midlandlibrary. com/event/an-evening-in-morocco-with-kevin-lise/

At 7:30 pm at the MCC, Keith Rose’s Our Health series returns with, INTERVENTION – A LOOK AT THE REALITY OF ADDICTIONS. A challenging and thought provoking event as three panelists take a look at the reality of addictions. Jack Vandenberg, the manager for addiction services in Simcoe County. Tina Brand-Lawson a frontline addiction counsellor in Midland. Andrew Hurst, a recovering addict and alcoholic, who has experienced firsthand the devastating effects of addiction. Dr. Rose will moderate the questions from the audience.  Admission is FREE with registration.

On Wednesday the 31st the cruise ship business case project moves forward as the Committee selects the consulting firm to conduct the work. This Ontario-wide study should wrap up in July and include recommendations about upgrades for the port of Midland.

Thursday the 1st of February. The Governance Review process starts its second phase at 8:30 am with our procedure by-law (how Council operates). At 6:00 pm is a special meeting of Council to consider recommendations arising from our Service Delivery Review project. I have not seen the agenda yet. Please check the Town website. The meeting may be closed.

On Friday – let the good times roll – its Winterfest.  A weekend of winter fun for the entire family. Festivities start with one of my favorite events – the good ‘ol downtown road hockey game. Starting at 4:00 pm, bring a stick, a smile and dress like Wayne Gretzky. Games will take place between Dominion Avenue & Hugel Avenue and between Hugel Avenue & Elizabeth Street. There is FREE Hot Chocolate from Grounded Coffee; FREE Pizza from Papa's Pizza Mama's Chicken after the game. Come and join the fun.

The rest of the weekend is packed with Winterfest activities. Check it out at:

Week - End

Saturday February 3

-       6:00 pm - We Are the Villages Snow Angel Gala at Restaurant Ste. Marie or 1-855-528-5252

-       7:30 pm - Jack de Keyser is at the MCC. Jack and his 6 piece band return with a brand new tribute to the great Chicago blues giants.

-       8:00 pm – The Legion honours 125 years of policing in Midland with a tribute to the Midland Police Service

And the Week After

I will be away next week-end so will not be able to publish News from the Town.  Here are some of the events to look forward to for the week of February 4th.  Always busy in Midland.

Monday February 5      

-       NSCFDC Marketing Monday education session at 7:30 am at the Library.  The topic - Traditional Marketing – Using the Basic Channels – radio, print, TV, the web.

Wednesday February 7

-       The Planning and Development Committee meeting at 7:00 pm at the Town hall. Check the Town website for the agenda

Thursday February 8

-       Doug Griffiths makes a presentation based upon his book “13 Ways to Kill Your Community”.  That is at 7:00 pm at the NSSRC.

-       North Simcoe is one of eight communities in Ontario selected to participate in the Business for the Arts’ Sponsorship and Governance Mentorship Program.  The program equips small arts organizations with in-depth training, tools and mentorship to help them deal with Corporate Sponsorship and Board Governance issues.  The information session starts at 10 a.m. at the Library. More information at

-       Champlain Farms, an applicant for cannabis production, is holding an open house at
177 Robert Street East, Penetanguishene at 1:00 pm. There will be a presentation, a light lunch and tours.

Saturday February 10th

-        CLH annual gala dinner at 5:00 pm at the Quality Inn

-       Township of Tiny Carnival D’Hiver  from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Perkinsfield Park

Council Issues Update


This past week the Ontario Civilian Police Commission agreed to permit the transition of policing in Midland to the OPP. It is expected that on February 8th the MPS officers and staff who have accepted positions with OPP will be sent for training at the Police College. In parallel all outstanding issues on severance and contracts will go to the police conciliation/arbitration process.

Midland Bay Landing

Over the last few months the Town has received a lot of interest from various developers about our waterfront property. This underscores the need to get our Municipal Development Corporation in place, under proper Council direction. I expect the Town will post for MDC Board members early spring.  Another opportunity for you to get involved.

Gord McKay

The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018


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