Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday April 8, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen

Hard to argue that it’s not winter when it is snowing outside. Focus on the sunshine. We will get to spring yet.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 9th starts with a ceremony of remembrance for those who took part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  We will assemble at Base Borden at 7:30 am for a moving ceremony, including a tour of the practice trenches created at Borden to help our soldiers prepare for the trials they were to face. Lest we forget.

At 7:00 pm you are invited to the April General Committee meeting at Town hall. A lengthy agenda including:

-       Proposal for the environmental assessment of the Town’s Parks Depot on Fourth Street and the Operations Yard on Ontario Street.  The assessment is a necessary step in converting the lands to other uses, including possible sale

-       A protocol agreement between the Town and Beausoleil First Nations. This is an important first step as we build a more solid and trusting foundation between the Town and our First Nations

-       Staff report on the need for a new aerial fire apparatus

-       Budget considerations, including the funding for safety of our Library and downtown

Tuesday also starts early in the morning, 7:45 am, with the opening of our new Winners location at the Mountainview Mall. Then at 9:00 am our Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee and Council meet in a workshop to discuss the new “development corporation” that will guide the MBL project.  You are welcome to attend the workshop at Town Hall.

Wednesday April 11th is a Day of Hope. The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre is opening its doors from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm to raise awareness of the emotional, physical, social, spiritual support and education it offers to the North Simcoe community.  Please drop in at 15 Jeffery Street in Penentanguishene.

At noon the Town meets with the Provincial Facilitator in Midhurst to provide comment about the recent changes to the planning process and what it means for municipal infrastructure – for example, “Where will new water treatment plants be located?”  At 3:00 pm at Town Hall our Official Plan Review process continues with a meeting of the Steering Committee.

On Thursday the 12th our Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe holds a Manufacturers Roundtable at TRW. This provides an opportunity for area manufacturers to work together on shared challenges. Then at 7:00 pm at the Library,  The Real Deal Student Info. Series” returns with “Advice to My Younger Self”. Hear from our panel of young professionals and recent post-secondary graduates about their experiences post-graduation. How have the choices they made during their post-secondary years affected their career paths and life journeys? Register to attend this free event at or visit the main Library desk.

On Friday (the 13th!) at 5:30 pm ReStore has its grand re-opening in their new location on Balm Beach Road.  The store opens for business on Saturday at 9:30 am.

Week - End

Saturday April 14

-       9:00 am to 2:00 pm - Georgian College, Midland hosts an Open House. Learn about Georgian’s programs and services, win some great prizes and meet some wonderful people

-       9:00 am to 3:00 pm - All Nations Water Ceremony at the prior Site 41 location, 230 Concession Road 2 East, Tiny.  In response to the concern about a water-taking application at the Teedon pit, the ceremony intends to bring about healing through the water, to lift each other up and to create greater awareness.

o    9:00 am to 11:00 am - Welcome to the Territory by Chief/ Council of Beausoleil First Nation

o    11 am to 11:30 am - Open Mic and Water Walk

o    11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Dance and Water Ceremony

o    2:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Potluck Feast and Fellowship

Bring a copper water vessel, a feast bundle (plate, bowl, cup, utensils), a reusable water jug, snacks and a contribution of food or donation to cover costs of the feast

-       1:30 pm - Sistema Huronia Music academy holds their fundraising concert at the Midland Alliance Church, 829 Yonge Street. You will be entertained by our talented local children. Free will offering.

-       7:30 pm - Green River Revival. A attribute to CCR at the MCC

Sunday April 15

-       5:00 pm - Mayors Mac N Cheese at Phil’s Pub and Eatery. Two seatings -  5:00 pm and 6:45 pm.  Advance tickets at WATV offices at 486 Hugel or online at or talk to your mayor. Good food, entertainment by the children and a chance to meet your local mayors. All proceeds to We Are the Villagers, a children’s charity.

Council Issues Update


A lot of coverage this week about inappropriate behaviors at our Library and the subsequent concerns by some Councilors about funding Library security. Like many towns (and libraries) we face the reality of dealing with socially unacceptable and sometimes criminal behaviors on our downtown streets. Safety is clearly the primary concern but we also have a responsibility to ensure that the offending individuals are provided with the help they need.

Town staff has recognized this need for a balanced response and will be presenting Council on Monday with a plan that addresses the security needed by our Library while also asking us to address the long standing challenge of safety in our downtown. It is time for a full examination and a long –term solution.


Our hospital received an award this past week from the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. It recognizes the innovative and cooperative obstetrics program between our hospital and Orillia’s Soldiers Memorial Hospital. By joining forces these two hospitals are able to provide a comprehensive obstetrics service to our area. A great solution allowing our expectant mothers to confidently turn to our own GBGH.


Our Economic Development Corporation invited author Doug Griffiths to Town recently to give a talk on the topic of “13 Ways to Kill your Community”.  A lot of great community lessons. The link below takes you to a short video of the talk prepared by our own Midland Film Company.

And finally Quest Art School + Gallery has launched their Spring Fundraising Campaign.

They are looking to raise $5,000 by April 14th.  Donate $50.00 or more for a chance to win a $200.00 gift card and help their Children and Youth programs. Please donate at:

Gord McKay

The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018

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