Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday February 18, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen

The days are getting longer and temperatures have retreated from that bone-chilling cold. Not spring yet but well on the way. A tip of the hat to our tireless road crews who have done a great job of keeping our streets plowed and safe this winter.

The Week Ahead

Monday is Family Day and Midland invites you to a free family skate from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the NSSRC. Try to spend some time with your family today.

Tuesday the 20th sees an emergency management meeting at the Town. The group is planning our next emergency scenario test to take place this fall.  

On Wednesday February 21st at 2:00 pm the Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee meets to discuss its future. (This meeting was deferred from last week)  From 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Library the “Between the Covers Book Club” gathers for engaging conversation about this month’s book of choice. Please come and join the discussion.

At 7:00 pm our Library launches a new educational series “The Real Deal Student Info Series” designed to help youth and parents understand what awaits them when they go on to higher education. This evening’s event is about “The First Year”.  Second year student Kody McConkey and his family describe what the first year of university is REALLY like. How did they prepare? What was it like to live independently for the first time? Kody and his family will share their tips, tricks and advice for prospective students. Register to attend this free event at  or visit the main desk.  At 7:30 pm the MCC Intimate Spaces series presents an evening with Bobby Watt, one of Canada's finest traditional singers. Mr. Watt is a Scottish-born master stonemason and ex-police scuba diver with a voice that will melt your heart.

Thursday the 22nd starts with the Employer Breakfast at 7:00 am at Brooklea. The speaker, Brian Wasliw an employment and labour lawyer, will address the topic of Bill 148 and its impact upon local businesses. Please pre-register at

At 1:30 pm you are invited to a special Council meeting at Town Hall to start our public discussion of the 2018 budget.  From 2:30 to 4:30 pm Dr. Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, will be at the MCC to talk about protecting our environment, climate change and sustainable communities. There is no cost to attend.

Friday and its Jully Black at the MCC starting at 8:00 pm.  A true Canadian icon, Jully has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by her fans and peers. As a platinum selling recording artist her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home multiple Juno Awards and was selected to sing for the Queen of England.

Week - End

Saturday February 24

-       10:00 am to 1:00 pm – MCC Spelling BEE at the MCC conducted in three segments for grades 3-8

Sunday February 25

-       All day - Freedom to Read Week starts at the library. The week showcases a variety of challenging works and invites you to make your statement by being photographed with your favourite book using the Library’s new “green screen”. Another great free event at your Library. The Library’s events calendar is on their website at

Council Issues Update

Midland Bay Landing

The MBL Steering Committee will recommend to Council the guidelines (aka. shareholders agreement) that will ensure the newly created Municipal Development Corporation is fulfilling Council objectives. These guidelines will be used by the Corporation as they seek a new developer for the MBL property this spring.


The public budget process gets into gear this week. It has been delayed a bit this year due to the many organisational changes that have affected the budget. This week we look at the operational budgets for the Town’s department and agencies. Next month it will be capital. Please see the schedule of budget meetings at


Looking ahead, two items:

1)     Peter Mansbridge is coming to the MCC on May 24th for an episode of A Day in the Life. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! You may want to book early.

2)     The Midland Sports Hall of Fame is looking for nominations to be included in their induction ceremony on September 29. Nominations can be for any of four categories: athlete; builder; teams; and historic venues. Check out the web site for the complete list of past inductees. Nomination forms are available at , or from Customer Service at the NSSRC or at the Town of Midland municipal offices. Deadline for submissions is March 31st.

And lastly, I had an opportunity to enjoy Huronia Player’s “Spitfire Grill” last evening. A touching story about a small town told through songs delivered by our incredibly talented local players. You want to see this one.

Gord McKay

The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018


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