Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday February 18, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



North Simcoe is about to make a splash. Our economic development corporation, EDCNS, is telling Ontario what a great place we have in Midland. Using a combination of promotional advertisements in municipalities such as – Barrie, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor - and a CTV Barrie short film series (airing February 28 to March 2) we tell our story of economic growth and the many employment opportunities in our area.  A great way to spread the word about good things happening in North Simcoe





The Week Ahead



Monday is Family Day.  Whether you are working or have the day off, take some time to be with your family.



From 6:30 to 8:00 pm Quest Art School + Gallery invites you to help them paint the Town’s Canada 150 Mural.  Our first community painting takes place tonight. Additional dates for painting are February 22nd and March 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The mural is being painted in Quest Art’s Classroom 1, on the second level of the Midland Cultural Centre. All ages welcome and no painting experience is necessary as the project coordinator and assistant are there to help.  



On Tuesday the 21st please join the Pregnancy Resource Centre at noon as they open their new location at 522 Elizabeth Street, second floor. Later that day the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” committee gets together to plan this year’s walk in Midland.



Wednesday the 22nd sees the second round of painting for the community mural at Quest from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.



Thursday the 23rd starts with a planning session for the Physician Recruitment Team at GBGH at 9:00 am. Also at 9:00 am the NSCFDC speaker’s series presents “Shifting Your Perspective” an entertaining workshop by Heather Wilson on management techniques for small business. That takes place at the Brian Orser arena in Penetanguishene from 9:00 am to noon. Please book ahead at www.nscfdc.on.ca



At 4:30 pm at our Library introduces a very special program.  Midland Public Library is launching the “tween” space called The Back Corner. Back Corner kids are young adults between 9 and14 who need special resources and their own safe space. This new space for tweens was made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Midland Public Library and their efforts in The Book Cellar Used Bookstore.



On Friday February 24th our museum hosts an art exhibit devoted to the works of the late Midland resident, Dennis Milton. Exhibits of Dennis’ work have taken place across Ontario.  Trained in graphic design, Dennis is known for his flair for colour and abstract motifs.  He has painted with acrylics, latex, liquid tempera and most recently focused on landscape collages.  The exhibit runs until Friday, March 10th at 7pm at which time the pieces will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the museum and local churches.



And at 8:00 pm at the MCC is Quartette featuring songstress Sylvia Tyson.  Your preview https://www.youtube.com/watch/?ref=0&v=TD8qwCTaQwI







Week - End



Saturday February 25



-       CLH fundraising gala with Kim Mitchell takes place at the Quality Inn at 6:00 pm



-       Coldest Night of the Year Walk starting at Robert and Main in Penetanguishene between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. A light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers.





Council Issues Update



Budget



The Town has set the date for its first 2017 budget meeting - March 10th at 1:30 pm at Town Hall. Get ready for an intensive meeting as it expected to last until 8:30 pm 





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In closing, an unusual event.  On March 10th at 8:00 pm at the Boathouse Eatery, our Huronia Players presents Mono Locos.  This is a monologue contest and super social.  The mood will be light, the attitude uproarious. The laughter and compelling drama will overflow with impunity.  Huronia Players has 12 spots available for budding monologue stars in search of their big break.   RSVP as soon as possible to Holly Archer to sign up (archer.holly@gmail.com).





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday February 12, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



This past Wednesday saw the OPP present their policing proposal to Council.  The meeting was attended by some 60-70 persons, the majority of whom were police officers and individuals from other municipalities that are also making policing decisions.



The OPP provided their year one all in cost of some $5.8 million. Council referred this number to our OPP Costing Committee to evaluate and make a fair comparison to the Midland Police Service cost – not a simple task. The Costing Committee will take at least 3 months to make their evaluation. For regular updates on what information has been presented and answers to your questions, please visit http://www.midland.ca/Pages/OPP-Costing.aspx





The Week Ahead



Monday the 13th starts with a number of Town meetings.    At 2:00 pm the Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee meets at Town Hall for further discussions about our development partner. At 6:00 pm Council goes into a special closed meeting to consider labour relations, disposition of land and a personal issue. Then at 7:00 pm is the General Committee meeting. On the agenda:

-       Council will receive its Annual Safe Drinking Water report

-       A review of proposed user fee increases for the NSSRC, Parks and our Harbour.  Most fees are set to go up by 5% in 2017 and 2% per year thereafter

-       A request for the removal of two large trees in front of the Public Library

-       Discussion of whether we should move to telephone/online voting (instead of a paper ballot) for the upcoming election



Tuesday the 14th is a quieter day with only County Council at 9:00 am on the agenda.



On Wednesday at 6:30 pm the Midland BIA has asked the Town to meet with them to discuss parking issues in the downtown. That meeting is at ShopMidland.



Thursday the 16th sees two interesting meetings. From 10 am to 11:30 am our Library is hosting a Social Media Drop in Centre – everything you wanted to know about using social media. Please register at http://www.nscfdc.on.ca/upcoming-events.php  . Then at 12:00 noon at the downtown ShopMidlnd location is an information session about how to start a business in our downtown. Sponsored by the BIA, the event will cover how to get started: benefits to opening up a business in downtown Midland; space availability and much more.  Please RSVP by at manager@downtownmidland.ca or call (705) 527-7246.



On Friday our Legion helps with the fundraising for the 2017 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour. The Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary is hosting one of their renowned spaghetti dinners from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.



Week - End



Saturday February 18



-       10:00 am its “Makers & Breakers: What’s On the Inside?” at the Public Library. Geared for the younger set, ages 5 and up, this is your chance to explore ‘What's On the Inside’ of some common devices by busting them open and taking a look! They’ll look at things like lasers, magnets, and circuit boards. What do they do? How do they work? This month’s featured tech is computer hard drives. Register at the Library, 705-526-4216 

-       Winterama weekend in Penetanguishene. The parade starts at 10:30 am.



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Three items in closing:



1.     North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) is accepting applications for the positions of Board Chair and Director for current and upcoming vacancies in 2017. These postings will remain open until February 21, 2017.  Please see




2.     An electric vehicle charging station is coming to Midland. The station should be in place by March 31, 2017 and will be at our Tim Hortons on Hwy 12 - a great way to get a coffee and a charge at the same time.



3.       For all of us who have missed the insightful reportage of Doug Glynn, I am pleased to say he is back. Doug feels he has recovered enough to write again.  So he is launching his own blog. https://doubtingthomas80.wordpress.com/.   I have always enjoyed Doug’s perspective and fairness in reporting local events. I think you will too.





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday February 5, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



This past week has been one of “coming together” with our families and neighbors. On Thursday nearly 100 citizens attended a memorial service to remember those senselessly killed in the Quebec City mosque shooting. A time for Midland to reflect on those who died and to recommit to our Canadian principles of compassion and tolerance.



Then on Saturday a more happy and snowy gathering for our annual Winterfest. The tobogganing was fast, the chili piping hot and Tuxxie was a delight to her (his) retinue of worshipping children.  A great day to be out enjoying Midland.



The Week Ahead



Monday starts with my meeting with Andre Desroches to discuss the Sweet Ontario conference coming to Midland this July.  Your reminder that maple syrup season is but a month away.



On Wednesday the 8th, there will be two Town meetings. At 4:00 pm the Midland Youth Committee meets at the NSSRC. Then at 6:00 pm, a special Council meeting takes place at Town Hall to receive the OPP costing proposal.  Council started this process some four years ago. A consultant, at that time, indicted that there were significant cost savings with using an alternative policing service such as an OPP. Council agreed it would be good to understand what the cost difference would be and requested the costing.  Council will now receive that information and then likely refer it to its OPP Costing Committee. They will analyze the proposed cost and service level, and make recommendations to Council as to whether they should consider the OPP any further.



Thursday February 9th  sees a very special gathering at our Library at 9:00 am – the “Midland Think Tank”. The program is for those who want to start a business or just improve your business skills. The Think Tank is sponsored by the North Simcoe CFDC. Please register at http://www.nscfdc.on.ca/upcoming-events.php



Also starting at 9:00 am is an all-day waste workshop at the County Museum. County Councilors will be considering what our waste and diversion targets should be for the next 5 years and the changes to be made to the County’s many waste collection and diversion programs.



On Friday the 10th  you are invited to attend an employment Fair at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. Running from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the Fair will feature a number of educational sessions to help individuals find work plus allow them to meet prospective employers. At 7:00 pm the Swing Series returns to the MCC. Come and enjoy your favorite melodies as Brenda Brown sings her Swing Standards and Love Songs.



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Saturday February 11



-       9:00 am Valentine’s Breakfast at St. Marks

-       7:30 pm Serenata Choir Cabaret and Silent Auction at Restaurant Ste. Marie. For information call Midland Optical at 705-526 -6800



Sunday February 12



-       8:00 pm Michael Kaeshammer comes to MCC. Michael is an award winning Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie piano player. A sample of his work at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch/?ref=0&v=4sq0146FXgI



                                                               

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Three additional items for your consideration.



1.     Huronia Players production Aberhart Summer is now underway at MCC. Not your typical HP presentation, it melds themes of politics, foreshadowings of war and a murder into an engaging ride for the audience. And if you enjoyed John Leclair in previous productions, this is for you.



2.     The Simcoe County Museum is providing Snowshoeing by Lamplight.  Snowshoeing takes place Tuesday evenings in February from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm



3.     Our North Simcoe Tourism group has just launched their 2017 Heart of Georgian Bay Discovery Guide.  To view the guide online http://gbay.ca/explore.aspx.  Looking good!



And for your calendar.



Paul Henderson, one of the most famous hockey players in history, will be the guest on A Day in the Life on February 15th at 7:30 pm at the MCC.  If you want a ticket you will want to get it early.



We Are the Villagers is hosting a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner, on March 4th at the Maitre'D Restaurant in Penetanguishene. This is a very special “murder” as the script is written by our own Brendan Main and directed by Christine Killing. A small number of tickets are available at info@wearethevillagers.com





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday January 29, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Development in the downtown has been a hot topic of late. Two weeks ago nearly 100 citizens came out to see the second phase of the Downtown Master Plan unveiled.  The presentation can be seen at:




The downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) has just announced the 2017 edition of their fa├žade improvement program, with grants up to $3,000. The Town’s Downtown Community Improvement Program (CIP) continues with grants up to $6,000.  And last week, Council declared the parking lot behind the downtown Chamber of Commerce surplus, clearing the way for an exciting new development.



Lots of activity underway, shaping our downtown to serve the merchants and people of Midland.





The Week Ahead



A relatively quiet start to the week.  Then things get busy on Wednesday February 1st.



From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the County Museum in Midhurst is the Affordable Housing Innovations Forum. This workshop brings together planners and politicians to identify new methods to solve the long standing shortfall in affordable housing.  If you wish to attend please RSVP the County at 705-735-6901.   



At 2:00 pm is a special Audit Committee meeting at Town Hall.  Following that at 3:30 pm at Town Hall is a meeting of the King Street Redesign Steering Committee.  They will be receiving the input from the recent public meeting and starting to decide on the work plan for downtown. Finally at 7:00 pm it’s the Planning and Development Committee.  A short agenda including a request to change the zoning at 438 Hugel from a duplex to a triplex.



On Thursday the four municipalities get together to exchange information about issues affecting our area. The agenda will include topics such as affordable housing and sharing of fire service resources.



Friday the 3rd starts in Orillia with a special meeting of the Simcoe County Healthcare Pilot.  This initiative, led by Warden Marshall, looks for better methods to deliver healthcare in the County.  Depending how this develops, Simcoe County may become a test bed for new service ideas that will help the province better manage its extensive healthcare operations and budget. Later that day I will be meeting with MPP Hoggarth about healthcare issues affecting the Midland area.  



At 4:00 pm grab your hockey stick and head downtown to take part in the annual BIA Downtown Road Hockey Game. A big thank-you to Poppas Pizza who will be providing free pizza. And sticking with the food theme, “Dinner in your Hands” will take place at Huronia Museum from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.



Both of these events are a prelude to the main weekend event – Winterfest.  Tuxxie (our penguin mascot) has spent the last year preparing an awesome line-up and is looking to see everyone there.  For a complete list of activities, please see:




Week - End



Saturday February 4th

-       Winterfest – all day

-       EDCNS holds its visioning session at Brooklea



Sunday February 5th

-       8:00 am to 6:00 pm Atom Hockey Tournament at the NSRC





Council Issues Update



OPP



As mentioned earlier, we will be receiving our OPP costing information on February 8th, at 6:00 pm in the Council chambers. A number of other communities are also in the process of receiving their costings. You can check out how they are doing with the links below.









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For those of you who are still debating if you need to be getting more exercise in 2017, you will be pleased to know that “VeloFit: Indoor Cycling Studio” is about to open on Woodland Avenue in Midland.  Please visit them at http://velofit.ca/   Another vote of business confidence in our community.





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday January 29, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Not to start on a gloomy note but the lack of sunshine this past week is starting to wear thin. It has also been a rough couple of weeks for waste pick-up across the County. Discussions are underway with the contractor to minimize any future disruptions.



The delayed closing of the Midland Pillsbury plant will take place this month. Our thoughts are with the nearly 100 employees who will be losing their jobs. While the closing announcement was made almost two years ago, it still hurts. A bit of good news is that there is another manufacturer looking to acquire the facility.  All our efforts are going into make that happen. 





The Week Ahead



Monday 23rd will start with a closed meeting of Council at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will address appointments to boards and committees and a potential land sale.  At 7:00 pm is the January Council meeting. The agenda includes:

-       Four deputations;

o    County update on how Midland is doing with its affordable housing target

o    A presentation on the 2017 Silver Goose cycling event

o    Update on the Active Transportation Committee

o    Mr. A. Arlett will speak to Second Units in Midland

-       Council will make its decision on “First-Past-the-Post” voting for future elections

-       Declaration of 526 Bay Street (behind the Chamber of Commerce) as surplus land. This is being done as part of a new downtown development

-       By-Law to recognize Ms. Laura Lee as our new Deputy Clerk.  You may recall that Ms. Lee was recently with the Town, filling in for a temporary absence.



On Tuesday at 9:00 am County Council meets in Midhurst at 9:00 am. Council will be reviewing the recent waste collection outages and the corrective actions to be taken. At 7:30 pm at the MCC you are invited to A Day in the Life featuring Rob Reader.  Rob is a well-known restauranteur and avid adventurer.  Sure to be spellbinding.



On Wednesday the 25th at 8:30 am (yes in the morning) you are invited to a special meeting of Council to decide on changes to the MCC by-laws. The meeting is at the Library. Then at 9:00 am at the Library Council starts into a two day workshop on our strategic plan – Midland Forward. Council will be defining its Mission, Vision and Values as a corporation and identifying the major objectives for the next two years. You are welcome to attend.



At 7:00 pm Gateway Centre for Learning and Georgian College invite you to learn about their new Plumber Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The Program is 35 weeks in length and is free to qualified applicants.  The information event takes place at Georgian College, 649 Prospect Blvd, Midland.  For information call Jennifer Ellis 705-527-1522 or http://www.gatewaycentreforlearning.ca/



Thursday the 26th sees the second day of Council’s Midland Forward deliberations at the Library. Starting at 9:00 am, Council will set expectations and actions for:

-       Fiscal responsibility and cost containment

-       Organizational excellence

-       Economic development

-       A healthy and sustainable community

-       Working with partners and collaboration

This meeting is open to the public.



Also at 9:00 am the NSCFDC Speakers Series starts its 2017 season with the presentation “Find Your Inner Leader”.  This inspiring talk by Tracey Evans will answer all your questions about what effective leadership means for an organization and how to go about achieving it.  The talk is at the NSSRC. Please book in advance at www.nscfdc.on.ca.   At 4:30 pm the 2nd annual Mayors Mac & Cheese dinner committee meets to plan this year’s event. Please make a note in your calendar for April 3rd to come out and support We Are the Villagers while enjoying a great Mac & Cheese dinner.



Friday is Family Literacy Day and the place to be is our Library. Starting at 10:00 am and running all day are literacy-related activities for the whole family. Join the fun with educational games, activities, and movies.  



In the afternoon Kee Bee Play, a local manufacturer of commercial play products, will host a special meeting to look for new business opportunities. Kee Bee Play is best known for creating commercial play structures for children - think of the play structures you see in malls or at McDonalds. They have identified a new business area of play structures that can help adults with dementia. The meeting will assess how we can leverage this insight into brand new businesses.



Week - End



Saturday January 28



·         8:00 pm enjoy Billy Joel and the Piano Men at the MCC



Sunday January 29



·         Brookside presents music by Americas (violin and piano) at the MCC at 2:00 pm





Council Issues Update





Budget



Due to a large amount or preparatory work, our public budget process will start in February.





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Two items in closing.



1)     The Our Health presentation on PTSD to be hosted by Dr. Keith Rose is now sold out. A tremendous interest in this topic from our first responders

2)     Midland will be receiving a federal grant of $131,000 for a new accessible transit bus



Gord McKay





The Year for Getting It Done - 2017

                                                                                              


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday January 15, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Cold days ahead but lots happening in Midland to keep you warm.



The Week Ahead



Monday the 16th you are invited to Boston Pizza for a fundraiser for the 2017 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour.  This Tour is all about the special bond between the people of Holland and the Canadians who liberated their country in WWII. This is the third iteration of the Tour. Young people from Midland and Chatham, Ontario will ride from England to Markelo, Holland visiting war memorial sites along the way. Their participation ensures the torch of remembrance will be passed on to the next generation. To help fund their ride Boston Pizza will donate 10% of your bill for food purchased between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.  See you there.



At 7:00 pm Quest Art School + Gallery launches its special project to honour Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. They are creating four murals, one for each North Simcoe municipality.  Midland’s opportunity to come up with ideas for our mural is tonight at

7 pm at the MCC. If you can’t attend but have some great ideas, send them to murals@questart.ca before January 27.



On Tuesday our Legion helps fundraise for the 2017 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour. The Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary is hosting one of their renowned spaghetti dinners starting at 6:00 pm.



Wednesday January18th our Library launches a brand new program called “1-on-1 Tech Help”. For those of us at wits end trying to cope with modern technology, this program is for you. Join a ‘tech tutor’ for 30 minutes of hands-on learning. They’ll walk you through the steps you need and answer questions along the way. The program is every Wednesday afternoon and it’s free.  Please register in-person or by phone 526-4216.



At 6:00 pm you are invited to an important public meeting to help design your downtown. Last year a committee was formed to start visioning our future downtown. They now have their initial report and again need your feedback on how they are doing. The meeting is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the MCC.



Thursday the 19th sees a second innovative program from our Library - Genealogy 101 Workshops. The workshop will tell you everything you need to know about researching your own genealogy and introduce you to the many Library resources to get you started.  Workshops will take place every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm during January and February. It’s free. Please register in-person or by phone 526-4216.



On Friday the 20th I am at County for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Then at 8:00 pm that evening you will want to catch the renowned Canadian group 54-40 Unplugged at the MCC.  



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Saturday January 21



-       5:00 pm the annual Robbie Burns supper at the Midland Legion



Sunday January 22



-       Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Market – from  9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Museum all winter



Council Issues Update



OPP



The Town has been advised by the OPP that they will present their costing information to us on February 8th.  



GBGH



This past week the mayors met with GBGH and Waypoint about their upcoming budget discussions with the provincial government.  Their overriding concern is receiving sufficient funding to cover the ever growing costs of delivering hospital services. Key points from our discussion:

·         GBGH and Waypoint are key parts of a sustainable health care system in North Simcoe. Health care dollars must be apportioned appropriately.

·         A properly funded community hospital is needed to serve the North Simcoe community - ensure access, reduce wait times and provide high quality patient care.

·         Hospitals have already absorbed zero increases in hospital funding from 2011 to 2015.  No financial capacity remains to face the ever rising costs of hydro and utilities, new provincial regulations and pressures from wage and benefit increases

·         Healthy community hospitals are a must for a strong health care system and are a foundation for the local economy



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And finally, two upcoming items.



1)     CLH has its major fundraising event featuring the legendary Kim Mitchell on Saturday February 25th at 6:00 pm at the Quality Inn (former Best Western)



2)     A group of local representatives will meet on Monday, January 23rd to discuss the historical and cultural importance of Ste. Marie and Discovery Harbour. If you would like to provide your views on these important historical sites, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stemarie_discoveryharbour.





Gord McKay





The Year for Getting it Done - 2017

                                                                                              


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday January 8, 2017


Ladies and Gentlemen



Staff reports are just starting to come out about how Midland fared in 2016 and our building permits tell an interesting tale. The 2016 summary shows that the Town issued $71.5M in building permits, which I believe is an all-time high. This compares to $22.3M in 2015. While much of this is as a result of large one-time projects such as our new high school and Operations Centre, there is more than enough left over to indicate that we are definitely growing.



The report also shows that Midland built 143 new housing units in 2016. Midland has an average household density of 2.1 individuals per dwelling, so a first approximation shows a one year population lift of 300 people or 1.8%. This is well ahead of our recent population growth of close to 1%. Note, this is a rough approximation but it supports the reality that Midland is starting to get noticed.



The Week Ahead



Monday January 9th will feature two Town meetings. At 6:00 pm Council meets in closed session to discuss two matters - a personal issue and a potential land sale. At 7:00 pm is the General Committee meeting. The agenda is short and will feature one major topic – the voting process for our 2018 municipal election.  The discussion will begin with a presentation by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and then Council will provide direction about whether the voting system should be changed from the “first past the post” to some other format.



On Tuesday the 2017 work begins in Midhurst with the County Council meeting at 9:00 am.



Wednesday the 11th features a number of interesting events. There will be a community consultation on “Basic Income” at the Orillia public library, 36 Mississauga St., at 6:00 pm.  (Basic Income is a social program currently being explored by the provincial government that would provide an unqualified financial support to every citizen of the province.)   If you plan on attending, please book in advance at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-consultation-on-basic-income-tickets-29901223364

You can also participate by sending your comments to the province at BasicIncome@ontario.ca or by taking the online survey at www.ontario.ca/basicincome



Also at 6:00 pm, MPP Marie-France Lalonde, the Minster of Government and Consumer Services and the Minister of Francophone Affairs will be visiting our area.  She will be available to meet you at La Cle de la Baie, 63 Main Street, in Penentanguishene.  Please RSVP to fredlarsen@xplornet.com by Monday if you plan to attend this event.



Then at 7:00 pm it’s the Planning and Development Committee at Town Hall.  An interesting agenda including:

-       A draft plan of subdivision for 283 Barnett St., the old St T’s property

-       A zoning by-law amendment to allow the owners of Mountainview Mall to use the inside area in the back of the mall for warehousing/storage

-       Planning staff’s report on their work plan for 2017. The plan includes such items as:

o    Update on the discussions with the Smart Centre (Hwy 12 and Jones Rd.) to improve traffic flow

o    Application by Castel of Paul Inc. (the old Castle Village) to add a camp ground to their site

o    Ongoing work with the County on our Official Plan Amendment concerning Second Suites

o    Building permit follow-up for large construction projects including Georgian Bay District High School, the GBGH ER and the Town’s new Operations Centre.

For a copy of the staff report visit http://www.midland.ca/Shared%20Documents/plan/PDCCAgendaJan11.pdf and scroll to the bottom.



On Thursday at 7:00 pm the Library Board holds its regular meeting at the Library.



Friday the 13th starts us into the week-end with Ruth Hurdle’s exhibition “Beyond the Trees”. It features a number of her new paintings.  The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm in the upper gallery at the MCC.  Also at 7:00 pm at the MCC is the start of a new “Swing Series” sponsored by our local Caisse Populaire – Desjardins. Come out and enjoy the hot sounds of the Dixie Demons.



Week - End

Sunday January 15



-       7:00 pm Jack de Keyser entertains at MCC with his Voodoo Boogie Revue



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Another new attraction is about to open in our area. Huronia Historical Parks is announcing its brand new Discovery Harbour Skate Trail. Come skate through the historic British military and navel establishment, and experience two kilometres of outdoor skating and entertainment for all ages. The trail is open starting mid-January through to March.  Hours of operation are: Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  



Fun in the snow.



Gord McKay





The Year for Getting it Done - 2017