Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday February 25, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen

While you may have already put winter behind you, the 2018 Ontario Winter Games are underway right here in Midland. This year’s games host city is Orillia but a lot of the action takes place right here in our home town.

Friday March 2

Saturday March 3

Boxing – @ North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre

Sunday March 4

Boxing – @ North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre

Kickboxing – @ North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Schedule to be determined. Medal ceremony at 5:00 pm

So if you missed the Olympics, this is your chance to come down and cheer on our athletes.

The Week Ahead

Monday February 26th at 2:00 pm is the Audit Committee at Town Hall. The meeting will feature a closed session to deal with the recent MPS audit, followed by an open session dealing with the annual Financial Information Report (FIR) that we provide to the Province.  At 4:00 pm you are invited to celebrate Tony Vipond’s 43-year career with CLH at his retirement reception at the NSSRC.  

At 7:00 pm it’s the February Council meeting. An interesting agenda with:  

-       Heritage awards presented to Mr. and Mrs Johnstone and Mr. John Todd

-       Three deputations:

o    Update on the Guesthouse Shelter

o    An offer to move the SS Keewatin to Midland harbour

o    Summary of the Town led Cruise Ship Industry Group project to grow the cruise ship industry in Midland and the Great Lakes

-       Wind up of three ad-hoc committees of Council

On Tuesday you are invited at 6:00 pm to attend the BIA AGM at 538 Bay Street

Wednesday the 28th at 5:00 pm, the Midland Youth Committee meets at Town Hall. Then at 7:00 pm the action is at the Library with the First Chapter Book Club exploring indigenous authors and their cultural topics. .

On Thursday the First of March you are invited at 3:30 pm to a special meeting of Council at Town Hall to continue the discussion on the Town’s operating budget. At 7:00 pm it’s the 2018 edition of Midland Reads at the MCC. This year the audience selects the book best able “To Open Your Eyes”. The contestants are:

-       David Bayfield defending Brother by David Chariandy

-       Jane Barnet defending Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

-       Will Baird defending The Measure of a Man by JJ Lee

-       Brendan Main defending Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks

-       Camille Girard-Ruel defending The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

On Friday the Big Brothers Big Sisters roll out their annual Bowl for Kids' Sake event.

-       Friday March 2nd starting at 4:30 pm is corporate/ business-nite. The opportunity for community businesses to show their stuff

-       Saturday March 3rd there are lanes available from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and 9:00 – 11:00 pm in both Penetanguishene and Midland

-       Sunday March 4th its Family Bowl from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Teams and individuals are encouraged to sign up and collect pledges. For more information on the event, visit

At 6:00 pm the Waypoint Gala gets underway at their location. Each year they feature a speaker whose life has been significantly affected by mental illness. This year’s presenter is Jessica Holmes, a comedian you likely know from her days with CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce. She shares her story called Depression, the Comedy. A frank and hilarious account of how it took two years to be diagnosed as depressed. Her story, which has a deeply happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory.

Friday also sees the start of the Remax Hockey Tournament at the NSSRC.

Week - End

Saturday March 3rd

-       6:00 pm – We Are the Villagers hosts its fundraising murder mystery “The Parting Shot – A Mardis Gras Mystery”. That’s at Le Maitre’D Restaurant, Penetanguishene

-       8:00 pm - Sass Jordan takes to the stage at the MCC.  Canada’s Queen of Rock Ms. Jordan is on her ‘Racine Revisited Tour’ to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of her 1992 Sophomore album, ‘Racine’. Songs you may remember include “Make You a Believer”, “I Want to Believe”.

Council Issues Update


The first public budget meeting lasted a mere seven and a half hours. We complete the second half of the meeting this Thursday.  At this point the Town portion of the levy increase looks to be about 2%. After the County and school portions are factored in, your 2018 tax increase should come in somewhere under 1%.


Make a note of your invitation to the annual Mayors Mac N Cheese dinner scheduled for April 15th. This year’s event will feature an expanded menu and take place at Phil’s Fine Dining on Hugel.  More details to come.

And lastly, Freedom to Read Week continues until March 3rd.  The Library will be showcasing a variety of works that will challenge your accepted views about life and living. All week at our Library.

Gord McKay

The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018


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