Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday December 4, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

A definite chill is in the air but it’s more than made up for by the many smiles from those whom you meet. Stores are busy, helped along by the 3 hour free parking for December in the downtown. Do get out and enjoy your Town at this special time of year.

The Week Ahead

On Tuesday December 6th at 3:00 pm our manufacturers gather at a local plant to advance plans for increasing employment in our area. Our commercial attractiveness is growing with an unprecedented number of inquiries at Town Hall about locating in Midland. At 6:00 pm you are invited to Askennonia to take part in a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This moving annual event is organized by our Rosewood Women’s Shelter.

Wednesday sees the return of a unique event – the Christmas Toy Caravan. Captain Eric Conroy (of Keewatin fame) and Mayor Warnock have been able to organize a truck load of toys that will be delivered to children’s charities across our area. Groups such as We are the Villagers, the Boys and Girls Club plus many others will benefit from this Christmas gift. A big thank you to all who have made this possible.

At 5:15 pm at Town Hall is the monthly meeting of the Midland Youth Committee. From what I hear, our future is in good hands. Then at 7:00 pm is the Planning and Development Committee.  The agenda includes:

-       Public Meeting (you may speak) regarding draft plan of subdivision and zoning for 283 Barnett Ave, the old St. Theresa site

-       Master Stormwater Management Study for the Pratt lands (open parcel adjacent to the soccer fields)

Thursday the 8th starts with the County Audit Committee meeting at 9:00 am in Midlhurst. On Thursday evening you have a choice of what you want to do:

-       First Light begins its final weekend. Its last dates are December 8, 9 and 10. You can catch a shuttle at Midland library and at the 509 Bay St. parking lot from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm every 30 minutes

-       At 7:00 pm get a “Handle on Handel” - a free workshop at St Pauls featuring the Cellar Singers

-       At 7:30 pm A Day in the Life brings Lawrence Fox, Canada’s own “James Bond”, back to the MCC. Tickets at or at the Box Office

-       And at 8:00 pm our Huronia Players celebrate the season with the launch of their zany Christmas production “Miracle of Elizabeth Street. Tickets at

On Friday you are invited to witness another step forward for our hospital as they break ground for an extension to the Emergency Department. That’s at 1:30 pm at GBGH. At 5:30 pm our MPP Patrick Brown invites you in for some seasonal cheer at his office at 354 Midland Ave. And if you are still in good voice you may wish to participate in a Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 pm at St Pauls. The event includes an orchestra and soloists.

Week - End

Saturday December 10

-       10:00 am to 3:00 pm please help our Police and Fire Departments with a food donation for Cram a Cruiser.  They can be found at Canadian Tire, Superstore, Foodland, Valu-Mart, Wal-Mart and No Frills

-       The Christmas Home Tour runs from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Your chance to see some of Midland’s heritage homes in holiday attire. Tickets at the Midland library, Town Hall, and the NSSRC

-       The Midland library’s Christmas Wreath fundraiser closes today. The auction is happening live in the library and online:

Sunday December 11

-       We Are The Villagers Christmas Dinner. A great turkey dinner and entertainment at Phils Eatery, 519 Hugel. Seatings are at 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 pm. Reserve tickets by calling 705-529-1247 or

Council Issues Update


The Request for Proposal process is underway with initial contact with a number of organizations who have expressed interest in the MPUC. Responses are expected in February/March.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday November 27, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Christmas is in the air. This past week saw our Town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, the Civitan Santa Claus parade and the twinkle of First Light at Ste. Marie.

It’s also the time of year when our thoughts turn to those who are not as fortunate. From December 5th to 9th a group of our civic leaders will challenge themselves to live on the contents of a typical food bank food hamper. Having taken the challenge two years ago, I can say that after 5 days of eating pasta, peanut butter, canned vegetables and little else, you understand that food banks are not the real answer. Look for future reports on how our participants are doing.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 28th features a closed meeting of Council at 5:30 pm to discuss three items: a labour matter, review of the MPUC sale process and consideration of committee appointments. At 7:00 pm Council meets to consider:

-       Certificate of Commendation for two citizens who helped save the life of one of our residents

-       Notice of Motion concerning a new park in Sunnyside

-       Three deputations:

-       Stefan Walma on by-laws to encourage Second Suites

-       Chris McLaughlin, Director NSCFDC, on why Midland should participate in a broadband communications gap analysis

-       R. Stacey on the need for security services

Tuesday the 29th sees me involved in an all-day emergency planning exercise. The Emergency Response Team will be given a realistic situation and then go through the steps of coordinating a response, just as they would in a real emergency. Practice makes perfect.

From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm the Severn Sound Sustainability project invites you to a discussion on sustainability for our communities.  The event is at the NSSRC and it is free. At 4:00 pm Waypoint hosts a reception for its supporters to learn more about the services they provide both at the hospital and within the community at large.

Lots to choose from on Wednesday the 30th. At 6:00 pm the Town hosts a Snowmobiling Open House in the Midland Library Community Room. This is your opportunity to comment on the future of snowmobiling within the Town boundaries. The 724 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets salutes the departure of Petty Officer Second Class Edward Roberts with a farewell dinner. The dinner is at the NSSRC at 7:00 pm. At 7:30 pm at the MCC, Dr. Keith Rose invites you to a discussion on “Our Health - Huff and Puff Your Way to Wellness”. Your chance to pick up some tips and insights on healthy living. No charge to attend.

Thursday December 1st.  I have a meeting with our Physician Recruitment team to plan how we will continue to attract doctors to our area. The good news is that doctors have started to discover North Simcoe and regard this as a good place to set up practice. Still lots of work to be done.

First Light at Ste. Maries continues into its second week this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is event parking in Town lots and a free shuttle service from the Midland Library and the 509 Bay St parking lot from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm, every 30 minutes. At 7:00 pm that evening, our Library is host to the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre’s launch of their new cookbook, “Rez Recipies” – a compendium of traditional and modern First Nation’s fare. The event features food samples and drumming. All proceeds will go to the Friendship Centre’s youth programs.

On Friday at 9:00 am Midland meets with Penetanguishene to discuss a coordinated taxi service that will better serve residents in both communities. Then at 2:00 pm the four mayors get together for a photo, celebrating our collective response to the Guesthouse Shelter’s request for $100,000 to fund the building of their new shelter.

Week - End

Saturday December 3

·         A “Day in the Life” sits down with Santa Claus at the MCC at 10:30 am. All children and the young at heart are invited to this free event

·         Midland Library hosts Pancakes & Pajamas with Santa at 10:30am. A free program for children but please pre-register with Crystal at 705-526-4216  ext. 3301

·         Penetanguishene Christmas Parade and Festival of Lights kicks off at 4:00 pm with the tree lighting at 5:30 pm

Sunday December 4

·         Midland Fire Captain Jim Ironside celebrates retirement at Lot 102 at 1:00 pm

·         Christmas Chopsticks with the Children’s Community Choir led by Juli Bridgeman at St Pauls at 7:00 pm

·         Christmas at the Wye Marsh and wreath making. Pre-register at

Council Issues Update


Council will meet this Monday to finalize its Request for Proposal for the sale of the MPUC. The RFP is a fairly legalistic document that specifies what the potential purchaser must provide for the Town to consider them at all. Council and the MPUC Board are looking to continue the good services that residents have received from the MPUC and also bring in the resources that will permit us to respond to the rapidly changing electricity generation and distribution sector. The RFP asks the question. But if we are not fully satisfied with the response there will be no sale.


John Kurvink, CFO of GBGH, will be stepping in as interim CEO until the Board’s search committee completes its work. The CEO replacement process could take 4-6 months.


I was down to see my doctor on Friday and she says that my cancer is in complete remission. It’s been quite a journey. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you who dropped by to wish me well, sent me a “thinking of you card” or prayed for my recovery. You make Midland a very special place.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday November 20, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Christmas is about to take centre stage.  As you will see below there are a whole host of Christmas activities this week. And if you can believe the weather forecast, Old Man Winter arrives as well.

The Week Ahead

Monday the 21st sees the start of YMCA Peace Week.  The Y will be running a number of activities you can participate in including:

1)     A launch event at the YMCA location in Little Lake Park at 11:30 am. It will introduce the “Be Kind Bells” program symbolized by a string of beads with a bell and a note attached, encouraging you to perform an act of kindness. These bells will be hidden in locations throughout our community

2)     Daily events at the YMCA location in Little Lake Park and at their Elizabeth Street office, such as free Yoga for Peace

3)     On Thursday November 24th YMCA staff hit the streets to spread random acts of kindness.        

At 1:00 pm please join me at Le Caron High School in Penetanguishene for the launch of the annual Red Ribbon Campaign sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At 5:00 pm the Community Healthcare Steering Committee will be meeting in Rm 1 at GBGH – possibly for a final time. The CHSC is the group that brings you the quarterly public meetings with our LHIN and GBGH, allowing you to put your questions to those responsible for our healthcare services. If you feel public involvement is essential to the debate, you may wish to attend.

Tuesday the 22nd starts with County Council at 9:00 am.  The main item on the agenda for Midland is the likely approval by Council of our Midland Bay Landing official plan amendment, allowing for mixed-use development of our waterfront. At noon you will want to be at Askennonia in the NSSRC as they host their annual Honour our Veterans lunch. Then at 3:00 pm the North Simcoe Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall to advance a couple of affordable housing projects:

-       A “Housing First” pilot that could lead to more private sector investment in affordable housing

-       An update on the affordable housing style known as “Tiny Homes”

7:00 pm that evening sees a major area event – the Cultural Awards Gala at the MCC. The evening will feature a number of video presentations about culture and Midland, followed by the announcement of our four cultural award winners. For more information visit or call Nicole at 526-4275 ext. 3206. 

Wednesday is National Affordable Housing day. This topic is explored with a half day information event at the Simcoe County Museum staring at 9:00 am. At 10:00 am the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Center - Indigenous Children Wellness Program is hosting a workshop about violence towards our indigenous citizens. The agenda features four speakers including Curtis Copegog, (Indigenous Outreach) and Kathy Willis (Rosewood). Lunch will be provided so please register with Katie at 526-5589 ext. 261 or at The Centre is at 175 Yonge Street. Please come out and meet the members of our local First Nations community.

The County Archives celebrates its 50th anniversary at its building in Midlhurst at 1:30 pm.  If you have never been to the County Archives, this is a great opportunity for you to see the historical treasures that mark the founding and development of our County. And at 5:00 pm step into Christmas with our Christmas tree lighting at Neezhoday Park. Festivities start at 5:00 pm - a visit by Santa Claus and carol singing with the Bell Choir. The actual lighting will be at 7:00 pm.

On Thursday 24th at 9:00 am at the NSSRC you are invited to the third presentation in the NSCFDC Speakers Series. Sarah Durant will guide you through the challenging topic of Mental Health in the Workplace. Register online at

Thursday also sees the start of our famous First Light exhibit at Ste. Marie.  This year the program has expanded to include Martyrs’ Shrine. First Light will take place on November 24, 25 and 26 and December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Event organizers are expecting a large turnout this year so have added overflow parking space in downtown Midland. There will be a shuttle from the Midland library and the 509 Bay St parking lot, running from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm every 30 minutes - and it is free.

And it that wasn’t enough, “A Day in the Life” is bringing Lord Conrad Black to Midland. One of Canada’s most fascinating personalities, Lord Black was born into wealth and ascended to the title of "Lord Black of Crossharbor” with the British House of Lords. He renounced his Canadian citizenship to accept the peerage although he now lives in Canada. That’s at the MCC at 7:30 pm.

Friday the 25th (one month to Christmas) our Police are holding their annual Cram a Cruiser at the Canadian Tire on Hwy. 93 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Please help them out with the donation of a toy or food. Your gift will go to the Salvation Army. Town staff also gets into the spirit with their annual Christmas party at the NSSRC.

Week - End

Saturday November 26

·         The Midland Civitan Club’s 39th Annual Midland Santa Claus Parade takes to the streets at 11am. It will run from Little Lake Park down to the bottom of King Street.  Please bring a food donation as the Midland Police will be collecting for the Salvation Army.

·         Serenata Choir will “Sing Christmas” at 7:30 pm at St. Pauls.

Sunday November 27

·         From 10:00 am to 4:30 pm the Big Brothers and Sisters is hosting a “Curl for Kids Sake” bonspiel at the Midland Curling Club. You can enter a team or come along and watch the fun.

·         At 8:00 pm Pavlo returns to the MCC. Pavlo brings amazing guitar skills as he explores the sounds of folk music set to Greek and Latin themes.

Council Issues Update


The OPP have again pushed off their presentation of a police service costing. It will likely now be in January.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday November 13, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Just over two months ago Council hired our new CAO, John Skorobohacz. Once John was settled in, one of the first tasks given him by Council was to come back with a report on how he would organize staff and municipal resources to deliver on Council’s strategic objectives. John has responded amazingly well to this challenge and has just released his draft report “Midland Forward” to Council and the public. You may view it at

This Report represents a critical step in bringing Council and staff together to deliver on some very big municipal challenges. The Report will be tabled on Monday (see below) and is likely to be revised based upon feedback from Council and staff. Once approved it will be turned into a set of business plans with implementation expected to start early in the New Year. If you have any comments on this draft document you may send them to or to me at

The Week Ahead

Monday November 14th. There will be a closed meeting at 5:30 pm to discuss three items: a potential land sale; an update on Midland Bay Landing; and recommendations for the Town’s Award of Merit. General Committee starts at 7:00 pm. The agenda includes:

-       Council review of the Midland Forward report prepared by CAO Skorobohacz

-       Direction on how to handle downtown parking during the Christmas season

-       An update on the recent provincial changes for municipal elections and a decision on whether we want to consider a voting method other than “first-past-the-post”.

On Wednesday the 16th, the local realtor community will be meeting with our planning staff to discuss developments in the real estate market and their potential impact upon Town plans. At 10:00 am Midland’s Aboriginal Relations Committee meets in the Harbourview Room of Town Hall. This is a newly formed committee established to improve our relationship with the First Nations and Metis groups and to develop a plan to effectively include them in the Town’s municipal affairs. And if you are over at the Library at 1:00 pm you will witness the launch of the Red Scarf program – providing clothing to keep the less fortunate warm as we get into the colder months.

An interesting start to Thursday the 17th.  At 10:30 am you are invited to join the Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors who will be hearing from Midland’s own Larry Fox.  Larry has a fascinating life story, leading a “James Bond” type of life during the Cold War.  The presentation is at 300 Balm Beach Road, Balm Beach.

At 5:00 pm the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation celebrates its 30th anniversary at Café St Marie. This remarkable organization has helped hundreds of individuals and companies in our area build successful businesses. One of their specialties is public educational events – so sign up for their November 24th event on Mental Health in the Workplace, led by Sarah Durant. Please register online at  No cost to attend.

Then at 6:00 pm Chigamik (our Community Health Centre) will be screening the documentary “Milk”.  This film tells the story of a man who sets out to find the facts about milk and instead discovers the growing controversy surrounding it. He is left with more questions than answers amidst the contradictory positions of doctors, scientists and experts about a drink we all trust.  There is no charge to attend this event at the MCC.

Friday features a very special event for one of our local companies. Kee Bee Play is a manufacturer of play equipment. You may have seen their products in the play areas of McDonalds restaurants. While we typically associate play with children, Kee Bee Play has developed new products that will help seniors with dementia. They are working on this project with the University of Toronto and three of our local Long Term Care facilities. On Friday morning they will host a reception at their plant to reveal their plans and show off two of the new products. This is a significant step for Kee Bee Play, a local manufacturer that most of us probably never knew existed.

If girls just want to have fun, Friday is their opportunity with the start of the Girls Holiday Event. This downtown Midland event features entertainment, food and a chance to shop. For more details see;

Week - End

Saturday November 19

·         9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Candy Cane Bazaar sponsored by our Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary at the Legion building.

·         10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Craft and artwork sale at Huronia museum

·         8:00 pm - Gavin Crawford’s “Friends Like Me” comedy show comes to the MCC

Council Issues Update


Karen McGrath has just announced that she is stepping down as President and CEO effective January 13, 2017. Karen has led GBGH for three years and will move on to a prestigious position as President and Chief Executive Officer at Horizon Health Network in New Brunswick.

This is a challenging time for GBGH as they have just made a number of difficult choices affecting their services and their budget. Hopefully the GBGH Board will soon acquire a replacement of Karen’s stature to take on these challenges.


I am pleased to report that the Town of Penetanguishene and the Township of Tay have joined Midland in each offering a $25,000 loan to the Guesthouse Shelter for their redevelopment project. The Township of Tiny will consider the matter later in the month.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday November 6, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

A big thank you to all those who responded to the Guesthouse Shelter appeal as they work to get into their new location before the snow flies. Over the last 3 weeks they have received over $40,000 towards their $150,000 reconstruction project.

The four North Simcoe municipalities are also getting behind the project.  This past week the Town of Midland voted to advance a $25,000 construction loan to the Guesthouse. Our three neighbouring municipal Councils will be considering their own $25,000 loans later this month. We are well on our way to having a safe place for our homeless this winter. Thank you to all.

The Week Ahead

The first municipal meeting of the week is Tuesday November 8th at 9:00 am at the County. The major agenda item is the review of the County budget.  The current County tax rate increase is at 2%. Please note that this levy increase will likely be lower when applied to Midland due to the greater assessment growth for municipalities in South Simcoe.

On Wednesday the 9th I am in Oro Medonte at 9:00 am for a presentation on their affordable housing plan. The presentation is being delivered by the County and lays out local objectives and targets that will “roll up” to meet the County’s overall housing objectives. The County’s visit to Midland has yet to be scheduled – will let you know when that happens.

Thursday the 10th will see a meeting of the Town’s MPUC Transaction Committee as they prepare the technical RFP documents for the sale of the MPUC. Then at 6:30 pm the Severn Sound Environmental Association hosts its Partners Reception at the Café Ste. Marie.

Friday is Remembrance Day. You are invited to join your fellow citizens as we pay respect to those who have fallen defending our country. You will want to be at the Cenotaph by the NSSRC at 10:30 am. At 6:00 pm that evening the Legion will hold a Remembrance Day supper at the Legion Hall. Friday also launches the Huronia Players fall season with Crimes of the Heart.  That is at the MCC at 8:00 pm.

Week - End

Saturday November 12

·         The Victorian Christmas Gift and Craft Show takes place at the NSSRC from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Show is sponsored by the OSPCA and our local animal shelter.

Sunday November 13

·         Silver Goose – Ontario Provincial Cyclocross Championship Race takes place at Little Lake Park from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. This is quickly becoming one of the premier cross country cycling races, right here in Midland.

Council Issues Update


The MPUC Transaction Committee has now been formed and is starting its work to prepare the Request For Proposal documents to see who may be interested in acquiring our MPUC.  The Committee is also preparing a communications plan to ensure the public is properly informed about developments.

Downtown Health Centre

The North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN has now given its support to the construction of the Downtown Health Centre project. They have also clarified the roles of the two major tenants – Chigamik and Waypoint. The last hurdle in moving this forward will be the final approval by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Capital Branch.


The GBGH Board has rejected most of the service cut-back options recommended in the Geyer report. While this augurs well for maintaining our needed services in the short term, it will create a significant challenge with the hospital’s budget. The four North Simcoe mayors have become increasingly engaged with the Ministry to obtain proper funding for medium-sized hospitals. Our goal is to ensure that GBGH remains a sustainable community hospital that meets the needs of our residents.


Simcoe County will be picking up that special bag for used batteries this week. Please put the used battery bag beside your blue bin for pick-up.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday October 30, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Well it’s getting to be that scary time of year – and I am not referring to the US election. Halloween weather looks excellent so get out and enjoy what is always a fun evening in Midland.

The Week Ahead

Monday 31st - Halloween. Rumor has it that some staff will be in costume. Is there anything more frightening than coming in and paying your taxes?

Tuesday moves us into the month of November, a month that gives us all pause to recall our fallen soldiers and veterans.  Please buy a poppy and wear it proudly to show your support. At 9:30 am I am back into training for Emergency Services as we continually prepare for any potential disaster that may befall our municipality.

Wednesday November 2nd starts with an internal meeting to discuss the issue of students smoking on Town property near St Ts. We will be looking for solutions that help reduce student smoking while ensuring local residents concerns are addressed.

At 5:15 pm at the Midland Library is the formative meeting of the Midland Youth Committee.  This Committee will play a key part in our town’s development by having young people participate in shaping their future community.  Thank you to Councillor Oschefski who is largely responsible for pulling this together.

At 6:00 pm there may be a special meeting of Council to discuss a number of recent requests of Council such as the Guesthouse and the Villa redevelopment. The special meeting has not yet been posted so check the Town website before you show up.  Regardless at 7:00 pm is the regular PDC. A short agenda including:

-       Draft Plan of Subdivision for 283 Barnett (the old St Ts property)

-       Draft Plan of Subdivision for storm water management on the Pratt lands (near Galloway).

On Thursday the 3rd is a special workshop on STORYTELLING IN THE DIGITAL AGE FOR NON PROFITS.  The event runs from 1:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. at the Midland Library. The workshop will show you how to create and deploy an engaging digital and social media storytelling campaign to enhance your targeted recruitment efforts. The cost is $25.00. Register on line at or contact Louise Sparrow 705-528-6999.

Friday November 4th sees the start of a new chapter for our Mountainview Mall. At 9:30 you are invited to join me at the re-opening of Maurices in their new mall location. Mall construction is just about completed with a target for full operation by Christmas. At 11:00 am at the Town is the Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee.  The Committee will consider the latest information from our development partners.

“Tim Finnegan, long-time resident of Midland, passed away recently. Well-known to many of the community, particularly the female members, Tim's wish was to invite all to his wake which will be celebrated at the Midland Cultural Centre, aka Murphy's Funeral Home, Public House, Post Office and Grocery Store.”   The MCC invites you to this fun evening of Irish entertainment. Please dress appropriately for a 1950's style wake, and plan to take part in the rituals as we give Tim a rip-roaring send-off.  Festivities begin at 7:30 pm at the MCC.

Week - End

Saturday November 5

·         North America's most authentic sounding CCR tribute band entertains you with GREEN RIVER REVIVAL at 7:30 pm at the MCC

Sunday November 6

·         Time to turn your clocks forward as we go to Standard Time.  


A reminder to get those nominations in for our Cultural awards. Your opportunity to recognize cultural leaders in four categories:

-       Emerging Talent

-       Excellence in Culture

-       Founders, Builders and Historical Contributors

-       Education in Culture

Submissions are required by November 1st. For more information visit or call Nicole at 526-4275 ext. 3206

The Town is undertaking a major reconstruction of the retaining wall at 615 Yonge Street, near the Javelin Co-op.  Construction starts November 7th and continues for about 3 months. Traffic on Yonge Street will be maintained but may be restricted from time to time.

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday October 23, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

The cool winds of autumn are upon us. Seems like it was summer just last week. Canadian eh!

The Week Ahead

On Monday the 24th I head to Welland with Jarlette Health Services to take a look at their long-term care facility. This visit is a backgrounder for the redevelopment of the Villa Retirement Lodge which will see it move to a new location on King Street. Further information on this redevelopment will be provided at the Council meeting later in the day.

At 6:30 pm Council meets in closed session to discuss an appointment to the Youth Committee. 7:00 pm is the Council meeting including:

-       Three deputations

o    Guesthouse Shelter update – Robert Sykes

o    Request from the Villa Care Centre regarding their redevelopment project

o    BIA request for transit assistance with the First Light event

-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) about the sale of public land on Ingram Cres.

-       Council chooses members for its MPUC Sale Transaction Committee

-       The proposed “Harbour By-Law” returns to the Council table for further discussion

Tuesday the 25th starts with County Council at 9:00 am in Midhurst.  At 2:00 pm at the Town you are invited to the regular meeting of the North Simcoe Housing Working Group. The Group has recently completed a set of draft by-laws that are being shared with Simcoe County municipalities.  The by-laws simplify the implementation of Second Units. The Group has also just proposed a feasibility study to the County for a new housing form called “Tiny Homes”. Take a look at some the examples of Tiny Home communities across North America.

On Wednesday I will be in conference in Orillia all day. A group of municipalities and the County are hosting an educational day for municipal leaders and hospital executives to learn from each other about the funding problems affecting medium-sized hospitals. This discussion includes our own GBGH. The Symposium should provide greater clarity on the potential hospital service impacts facing Midland and allow us to work with the Ministry to improve healthcare outcomes for all.  

At 5:30 pm you are invited to the meeting of King Street Rejuvenation Project Committee at Town Hall.

Thursday the 27th will be a busy day at County as they start the review of their 2017 budget. Also at 9:00 am is the second of the NSCFDC Speakers Series at the NSSRC. The topic is “Keeping Things Fresh” presented by the memorable Jamie Tripp. Please register online at

On Friday the 28th you are invited to the launch of our areas first “Situation Table” from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 522 Elizabeth St. I suspect the term “Situation Table” is new for many of you. Since 2009, many communities across Canada have been looking for a better model for intervention in situations of social crisis, other than just having the police respond. The Situation Table is based upon the premise that by rapidly bringing together key social agencies, including the police, social crisis situations can be better handled and in fact avoided in future. The model has shown its worth across Canada – it is now coming to Midland. So please drop by the launch event and have your questions answered.

Then the fun begins. The biggest Halloween Bash of the year! CLH Foundation puts the "fun" in fundraiser with the Day of the Dead Halloween Bash!  Meet Premier Tattoo Artist Mark Zammit of Stained of the Art Tattoo! who has donated his services for a tattoo.  That’s at NSSRC from 8:30 pm to 1:00 am.

Week - End

Saturday October 29

·         Midland Movie Night is back for a special Halloween event brought to you by the Downtown Midland BIA and the Town of Midland! We'll be showing ''The Nightmare Before Christmas''. The movie will start at dusk in the parking lot at 509 Bay. Bring your own lawn chair and dress warmly.

·         The Wye Marsh Monster returns for a spooky good evening.  Wye Marsh from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Sunday October 30

·         The Community ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Educational Event takes place at NSSRC from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. ADHD if left untreated results in significant socioeconomic costs to our community. This full day educational event is geared towards adults with ADHD and their families, parents, educators and medical professionals.  Please visit: Community ADHD Educational Event

Council Issues Update


Our new CAO and Treasurer are still working on the numbers to give Council and the public the comprehensive budget statement we need for decision making. The first draft may not be ready until December or January. Late but manageable.

Midland Bay Landing

The current development agreement with our partners faces a major milestone in four months where they must inject significant capital into the project. Discussions will continue over the coming few months to ensure our original agreement is respected.


The Culture Midland Committee is seeking nominations from the public for our cultural leaders. These are individuals or businesses who you feel communicate the importance of culture, inspire the cultural community or have taken a significant role in the recognition and development of cultural talent in our area. The four award categories are:

·         Emerging Talent

·         Excellence in Culture

·         Founders, Builders and Historical Contributors

·         Education in Culture

The deadline for submissions is November 1st with awards to be presented at the Cultural Gala on November 22nd. For more information visit or call Nicole at 526-4275 ext. 3206

Gord McKay

Your Year for Getting Aboard – Midland is on the Move - 2016