Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday May 20, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen

No spring this year – it seems like we are headed right into summer. Time for BBQ, festivals and enjoying the good life in Midland.

The Week Ahead

Monday 21 – Victoria Day - holiday – what more needs be said. 

On Tuesday the 22nd at 9:00 am it’s County Council. Council will receive the Transportation Tomorrow Survey results, that you may recall participating in last year.  A few survey facts: 95% of all trips made by residents in Simcoe County involved a car/light truck.  In Midland about 60% of our trips are within Midland, with our next most popular destination being Penetanguishene. Staying local – shopping local.

At 2:00 pm a very special signing ceremony will take place at Neezhoday Park on King Street.  The Town of Midland and the Beausoleil First Nation will be entering into a Protocol Agreement – a formalization of how we will cooperate in economic development, land use planning and generally the sharing of a common geography.  The Town of Midland is established on the Traditional and Treaty Territory of the Beausoleil First Nation. 14% of Midland residents identify as having an aboriginal identity.  This formal recognition is long overdue. Please do come and witness this historical event.

At 3:00pm the North Simcoe Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to further their work on the affordable housing file.

Wednesday the 23rd starts with the Community Safety Task Force at 10:00 am at Town Hall.  The meeting will decide the form of engagement on the topic of safety for our Midland community. At noon Rotary celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day with a free hot dog lunch at the Town Dock.  I understand that free coffee is also available at the Town Hall, and something about parking violations being overlooked…

At 1:00 pm the Governance Review Committee meets at Town Hall to consider the committees and procedures your elected officials will follow in the years to come. And at 5:00 pm at the MCC it gets political as our provincial election candidates square off in a debate. All are welcome to attend and learn more about who our next MPP will be.

Thursday sees the SS Keewatin open for its summer season in Port McNicoll.  At 1:00 pm the Cruise Ship Industry Group reconvenes at Town Hall to review the progress on our Town led project to grow cruising in the Great Lakes.

On Friday the 25th the Huronia Museum invites you to look at our history through the eyes of local residents.  The Four Jewels Oral History Project takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and it’s free.  A DVD containing the stories is available for purchase.  At 6:00 pm the OPP host their Veterans’ Dinner at Quality Inn.

Week - End

Saturday May 26

-       11:00 am - The Midland Bay Sailing Club has its start-of-season Sail Past from their location

-       11:30 am – The Hanson Development Group hosts the groundbreaking for the Seasons on Little Lake project on Hwy 12.  You are invited to attend

-       8:00 pm - Stef Paquette entertains à La Clé d’la Baie, 63 rue Main, Penetanguishene.  Chanteur-auteur-interprète franco-ontarien, il reprend la route, sans sa guitare, ni de musiciens pour prouver aux gens qu'il n'est pas drôle pantoute!

Sunday May 27

-       12:30 pm – The Lions Guide Dog Walk steps out at the Town Dock

-       1:00 pm - Hike for Hospice takes place at Wye Marsh.  Registration opens at 11:00 am.

-       4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Mayors Mac and Cheese dinner takes place at Phil’s Pub and Eatery on Hugel. Come enjoy a festive family meal with the mayors and help out the We Are the Villagers children’s charity.

Council Issues Update


General Committee recommended the Shareholders Agreement for our new Municipal Development Corporation, that will look after our Midland Bay Landing project. Once approved by Council we should be out looking for a new development partner by this fall.


Following the review of the natural heritage system, the project team is now finalizing Midland’s Draft Official Plan, a framework to guide and support future development in the Town.  Key features in the draft include:

-       Disaggregation of the “employment” designation into employment lands, employment areas, mixed use corridors and commercial corridors.  This will allow us greater flexibility if building a more livable community

-       Implementation of the Downtown Master Plan recommendations to support ongoing development, investment and revitalization in Midland’s downtown

The next step will be a Public Information Session scheduled for June. All recommended revisions will be incorporated into the Draft Official Plan. The OPR process will then pause for the election with the final Draft Official Plan targeted to be presented to Council in spring 2019.


Three items in closing:

1)     Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Markets will be returning to the 526 Bay Street Parking Lot (behind Subway) in downtown Midland, every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (May 20th - October 7th, 2018)!

2)     On May 15th the Midland Fire Department will be launching the S.A.F.E program to educate residents on the need for working home smoke alarms.  This home program is completely voluntary - residents are free to participate or not.  The purpose of the program is to help residents with the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.  The MFD will be knocking on doors throughout the Town to help residents with the location and operation of their alarms. 

3)     Summer movies return to the downtown at dusk at the 509 Bay Street Parking Lot. A hot summer lineup for you:

-       June 2 – Jungle Book

-       June 3- Canadian Bacon

-       July 4 - Jumanji

-       July 18 - Coco

-       August 1 - Avengers

-       August 15 - The Muppets

-       August 18 – Tragically Hip Concert

-       August 29 – Star Wars – The Last Jedi

-       October 13 – Hotel Transylvania

Gord McKay

The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018


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