The Town of Midland commits to local climate action as a member of FCM's Partners for Climate Protection Program
October 5, 2018 (Midland, ON) – On September 24, the Town of Midland became the latest municipality in the region to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection Program (PCP) – making a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or GHGs. Currently, there are over 350 municipalities across Canada that participate in the PCP program.
Not only is the Town committing to taking local action in response to the climate change challenge, they are doing so as member of Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS), a collaborative sustainability program supported by 7 local municipalities, 3 community organizations and the County of Simcoe, thereby reducing costs through cooperative efforts and by sharing the services of the SSS staff. “By joining the PCP program, the Town will have access to tools that will aid the municipality in integrating climate change into our day-to-day operations," says Councillor Jonathan Main, a representative to SSS's Sustainability Committee on behalf of the Town. Adding that, “the work completed by SSS to establish our first GHG emissions baseline will identify the costs associated with those current emissions, while spurring ideas for action and opening up options for external funding to support innovative carbon reduction projects."
The Town and SSS will work together to increase awareness of the local impacts of climate change, recognize GHG reduction initiatives by the municipality and the community, and identify new opportunities to reduce GHG emissions to decrease the Town's environmental footprint. Other area municipalities that have joined the PCP program include the Town of Penetanguishene and the Townships of Tiny, Tay, Severn, Georgian Bay and the County of Simcoe.
Based on a 5-milestone framework, the PCP program will guide the Town in creating a municipal and community-wide GHG inventory, setting realistic GHG reduction targets, developing a local action plan, and implementing said plan using specific, measurable actions. SSS has already completed Milestone 1 on behalf of the Town, and is beginning work on the subsequent Milestones.
To read more about the Town's GHG emission profile, visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca or contact SSS's Sustainability Coordinator, Tracy Roxborough, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705.526.1371 ext. 112.
About Sustainable Severn Sound
Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) is a regional sustainability program supported by seven of the municipalities in the Severn Sound area, including the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay. This project also receives in-kind support and Sustainability Committee representation from the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation / Société d'aide au développement des collectivités Simcoe Nord (NSCFDC), the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA), and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). The SC serves as an advisory committee to SSS by supporting the SSS objectives to (1) Educate municipalities and their communities on sustainable practices and policies and connect them to resources, tools and funding, (2) Advance the adoption of practices/policies within municipal operations to support climate change action, greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable communities, and (3) Advocate for sustainable environmental, social and economic practices and policies at the direction of the partner municipalities
MEDIA RELEASE: Sale of Midland PUC to Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. Finalized
(MIDLAND, ON) The amalgamation of Midland PUC (MPUC) and Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. (NT Power) has now been finalized, with the closing of the sale and transfer of service and properties to NT Power.
“MPUC and its dedicated hard-working staff have provided high quality reliable hydro services to the Town for generations." said Mayor Gord McKay. “Ensuring that every one of those employees would have a job in the new organization was a key component of the sale. I am pleased that we were able to accomplish that."
Council voted to sell MPUC in June of 2016, in large part due to the challenges of delivering innovation in a highly-competitive regulatory environment. The financial capacity to provide research and service innovation within a small utility presents some very real challenges. The Town initiated a Request for Proposals in November 2016 to find a potential buyer, and on April 21, 2017, the Town agreed to sell MPUC to NT Power for the amount of $22 million.
The funds from the sale will be used in the following way:
$1,500,000 – A Dividend Replacement Reserve, to end the Town's reliance on the historical MPUC dividend over the next five years.
$10,500,000 – A MPUC Legacy Reserve Fund that will be permanently invested (initial capital is never touched) with the interest from those investments being used to benefit the community.
$10,000,000 – A Community-Wide Initiatives Reserve Fund, used by Council as an internal bank to invest in specific projects it deems appropriate.
“These investments will provide the financial flexibility to fund key projects and initiatives for years to come," added McKay. “That, combined with ensuring the long-term stability of our power distribution is a major step forward for the Town of Midland."
Click here for a PDF version of the release.
Chelsea McBride enjoys the first official ride on Midland's new accessible swing with sister Kaylie nearby to lend a push, as Mayor Gord McKay and Norma Johnston from the Midland Civitan Club cut the ribbon officially opening the new accessible swing set.
MEDIA RELEASE: Thanks to the Midland Civitan Club for making Little Lake Park Playground accessible!
(MIDLAND, ON) Thanks to a generous donation from the Midland Civitan Club, Midland’s Little Lake Park playground now has an accessible swing set. The swing set was unveiled today during a ceremony at the park, and includes one swing bay for children and adults using wheelchairs, and one JennSwing Child Safety Swing Seat for children with special needs.
“The playground at Little Lake Park is much more inclusive today, thanks to the generosity of the Civitan Club” said Mayor Gord McKay. “We are constantly making efforts to be inclusive in the Town of Midland, and the donation of this accessible swing set helps to advance that cause.”
After seeing a video showcasing the accessible swing set online, Midland resident Harvey Mann secured a supplier in Toronto, and then approached the Midland Civitan Club with a proposal.
“Harvey really did all the leg work on this project,” said Mike Tinney, President of the Midland Civitan Club. “The Civitan Club is dedicated to improving the community by helping people with developmental challenges. Following a review of Harvey’s proposal, we were quite excited to put our efforts into supporting this addition in Little Lake Park.”
In addition to the accessible playground equipment, a new bench for the park was also donated through the combined efforts of the National Bank Financial and Jeff Lilley. Both the accessible swing set and new bench are located adjacent to the parking lot, and right off the main paved path.
Click here for a PDF version of the release.
Midland Fire Department is recruiting Volunteer Firefighters
The Midland Fire Department is looking for volunteer firefighters. Interested? Please check out the Joint Firefighter Recruitment Orientation Guide, which includes important information, dates and the required application package.
The application period has now closed.
If you have any questions, please call 705-526-4279 ext. 2239
North Simcoe Treasure Days are back for a second weekend!
For the second time in 2018, Treasure Days will be held in Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay. Here's your last chance this year to snap up some unwanted items and vintage finds from fellow residents for free, or find new homes for your unwanted household items!
Treasure Days will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, and Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Items can be placed curbside starting at 8am on Saturday, October 13. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5pm on Sunday, October 14. Failure to do so could result in fines.
Make room. Find free, cool stuff!
Pre-Authorized Payments for Water/Wastewater Bills delayed
As many residents may have noticed, the September 15 pre-authorized payment for water/wastewater bills were not withdrawn from resident accounts. This was due to our network connection with the bank being shutdown during the recovery efforts from the recent ransomware incident.
Those payments will be withdrawn immediately once our network connection has been restored with the bank. There has been a delay in re-connecting as precautions are being taken to slowly bring all connections back online. This is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Residents are advised to please leave the funds owed in their account so that payments can be withdrawn at that time.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
Council Highlights – September 2018
Local Governments for Sustainability
Council has agreed to join other municipalities from across Canada in the Partners for Climate Change Program (PCP). This Federation of Canadian Municipalities program requires that the Town set reduction targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions and implement action plans that address climate change.
Sewer Back-ups on Ellen St. residents
Residents from Ellen Street presented persuasive arguments for Council's consideration related to a financial assistance program that would help homeowners who install sanitary sewer back flow prevention devices. The Town has been gradually replacing the numerous combined storm and sanitary sewers over the past several years however with the increased intensity of storms lately there have been instances where these combined systems have overflowed. In August such a storm impacted several homes on Ellen Street. Council directed staff to prepare a policy that would provide financial assistance to homeowners to install sanitary sewer back flow devices with the understanding that the elimination of the combined sewers will take a number of years to replace. All new homes in Midland must have back flow devices but older homes do not have them.
Employee Substance Use Policy
This evening the Town of Midland introduced their "Substance Use Policy" in advance of the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018. Impairment can adversely affect the health, safety, performance and conduct of employees on the job, and impose hardships on employees, colleagues, families and residents we serve as representatives of the Corporation.
The Substance Use Policy is focused on supporting employees:
- fostering a safe and healthy workplace, free from the negative effect of substance use,
- protecting employees and others from unnecessary risks of harm,
- respecting employees' dignity, self-worth and privacy,
- ensuring they utilize the services of qualified professionals to properly assess the situation,
- ensuring they are in appropriate treatments when warranted,
- allowing the use of benefits while seeking treatments as defined in the respective collective agreements, or provided by the Municipality,
- providing support for a workplace accommodation if required.
Bayport Village receives further Development Approvals
In keeping with the rezoning and other development approvals obtained from the Town earlier this year, the Kaitlin Group received additional planning approvals at Council last night respecting the Townhouse component of Phase 1. The final planning approvals from the Town, required to permit the creation of 40 townhouse lots, were approved and which see the development of the units this fall and spring of 2019. A sample of the townhouse product to be built is below.
Purchase of new Aerial truck for Midland Fire Department
The aerial project will upgrade the Fire Departments current aerial to provide fire protection to the properties and residents of the Town of Midland. This project replaces the current aerial which is 29 years old. The aerial is a key piece of equipment in the delivery of fire protection services. The approval of the aerial project comes in approximately $100,000 below the approved 2018 budget.
Investment of the MPUC Proceeds
Council received and approved a report on investment of the MPUC sale proceeds. These investments will allow Council to improve the Town's financial sustainability while allowing some flexibility moving forward. The report recommendations achieve:
- Creation of 3 new reserve funds each with a specific purpose.
- Established method to wean the Town from annual dividends.
- Confirms the existing overarching “Investment Policy" already in place but never used.
- Proposes the adoption of a new policy which has been simplified from the initial draft presented last year. The same standards of care, governance and management apply to both the Legacy fund and the Community-wide initiatives fund although each have specific investment guidelines that align with their unique objectives, each outlined in the appendices to the policy
Community Safety Task Force Recommendations
The CSTF began in May 2018 with the Midland Public Library, Downtown Midland BIA, Salvation Army Street Outreach, Guesthouse Shelter, Canadian Mental Health Association, County of Simcoe Social and Community Services, Southern Georgian Bay OPP, Midland Police Services Board, and the Town of Midland all acting as stakeholders. Over the past several months the CSTF surveyed residents in numerous formats, held one-on-one interviews, held a Town Hall meeting and stakeholder workshops. From this the CSTF was able to identify four problem statements and solutions that could be used as part of short-term and long-term strategic planning efforts to address the safety concerns in the downtown area. The recommendations of the Community Safety Task Force were approved by Council unanimously.
MPS/OPP Transition Update
Council received an update report on the Midland Police Service transition to the Ontario Provincial Police. The report noted that there are a number of outstanding matters some of which are outside of the Town's control. These issues include:
- Final negotiations of the former Police Chief's settlement provisions (between the former Chief and the Police Services Board);
- Final sale/disposal of MPS assets to take place at a public auction on Saturday October 13th at 10 a.m., located at the site of the former Public Works Yard, 731 Ontario St., Midland;
- Pension related adjustments for those employees who transitioned to the OPP;
- This matter is currently with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement (Pension) System which should be nearing finalization and to be communicated to the employees within the next month.
The report concludes that the original savings projected for the transition to the OPP should be realized.
Media Release: Newmarket-Tay Power purchase of Midland PUC approved by Ontario Energy Board
Acquisition to add value for customers and shareholders in the communities of Newmarket, Tay and Midland
NEWMARKET, Ontario, August 30, 2018 – Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.'s (NT Power) purchase of Midland Power Utility Corporation (MPUC) has been approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The approval marks the official transfer of MPUC's distribution system and rate order to NT Power. The closing date for the purchase agreement will be set within the next 35 days and the amalgamation of NT Power and MPUC will take place immediately afterwards.
“This amalgamation will make us a more competitive utility, allow us to combine our resources to respond to customer needs, and create cost savings through the realization of efficiencies over time," says Paul Ferguson, NT Power President. “We look forward to finally becoming one team working together to best serve our customers."
For customers, there will be no changes as MPUC customers will continue to contact the local business office they currently do and there will be no impact for Newmarket and Tay customers. No job losses will result from the transaction.
Tay and Midland border each other, presenting a number of strong synergy opportunities between NT Power and MPUC. The two utilities are already working together for after-hours service. While Newmarket is over 100 kilometres away, this also acts as a benefit, as each community can take advantage of geography to deploy critical resources during weather-related emergencies.
About Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution
Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. is an electricity distributor licensed by the Ontario Energy Board. It provides electricity distribution services in the Town of Newmarket and certain parts of the Township of Tay. The shareholders are the Town of Newmarket and the Township of Tay. Newmarket-Tay Power currently serves approximately 35,000 electricity distribution customers across its two service areas.
About Midland Power Utility Corporation
Midland Power Utility Corporation is currently owned by the Town of Midland, serving over 7,100 customers with a service area of 20 square kilometers within the Town of Midland.
For the full media release, please click here.
For more information on the sale of Midland PUC, please visit PoweringMidland.ca
The Ontario Energy Board has approved the sale of Midland PUC to Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.
Please click here to read the full decision made on August 23, 2018, from the Ontario Energy Board.
The sale of Midland PUC to Newmarket-Tay Power is expected to be completed the week of September 3-7, 2018. More details to come once the sale closes.
LINX Transit Free Fare Promotion extended until September 17, 2018!
LINX Transit News - The free fare period for the LINX Transit service has been extended until September 17, 2018! Please keep in mind that when fares do start being charged, your only options to pay will be by using a re-loadable pre-paid LINX Card, or by having exact cash when you get on the bus. LINX Cards will be available soon. They will handed out on the bus, and also available at the Town of Midland Municipal office.
Please note, the Municipal Office will only accept debit/cash when loading your LINX Card.
*The Midland Public Library will also have LINX Cards available when they reopen on October 1, 2018.*
For more information, check out the LINX Transit Route 1 Ride Guide.
Council Highlights – August 2018
The proposed new Council Procedural By-Law was up once again for discussion during a Public Meeting session. Council elected to make one minor modification to the proposed by-law before enacting the by-law which will come into effect with the next Council term. These changes will include moving to two Council meetings per month, rather than the one General Committee meeting/one Council meeting per month. By moving to two Council meetings per month, it will allow Council more opportunities to consider various initiatives on a more-timely basis. In addition these changes will provide enhanced public participation opportunities by granting up to 10 deputation opportunities per month (5 per meeting). Council hears deputations on variety of issues where residents and organizations can present concerns and matters of interest to Council. The new by-law also includes a change in the Council meetings. The new procedural by-law schedule will see meetings occurring on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Retirement of Fire Captain Mike Gagnon
Congratulations to Midland Fire Captain Mike Gagnon, who was recognized for his 39+ years of service at tonight's Town Council meeting. Mike is retiring at the end of the month following a distinguished fire services career in Midland. All the best, Mike...and thank you for your dedicated service!
Mike Gagnon receives recognition from Deputy Fire Chief Tom Toole, and Midland Mayor Gord McKay
Second Quarter Financial Report
Council was presented with a report on the second quarter financials. The “January 1 - June 30, 2018" variance report was presented to Council. Council was pleased with the trending financial data which suggests that the Town should be in a favourable year-end financial position.
Purchasing Card Program policy
A new Purchasing Card Program was approved by Council. This program addresses a recommendation arising from the 2017 Service Delivery Review, which recommended improvements to a number of Town policies, procedures and processes. This new program will supplement the new and recently adopted Procurement By-law. The new program will reduce administrative costs while adding stronger controls and overall efficiency while also reducing Town costs.
Community Engagement Strategy
Council approved a new Community Engagement Strategy. One element of the new strategy includes the redevelopment of the Town website. Future website changes will create a new user-friendly site, with an improved look and feel, and feature the addition of online engagement tools that will allow residents to have multiple avenues to communicate with staff and Council. The strategy also outlines a three year plan to roll out initiatives and actions designed to improve engagement with residents in various ways and increase the feeling of ownership, and that they have an impact on the decision-making process.
Deferral - Yonge Street Road Diet Special Council Meeting
With the Road Diet project only partially completed, Mayor Gord McKay has elected to defer the meeting scheduled for August 27 until sufficient data has been collected on the intended outcomes.
Town administration will continue to gather traffic volume and bike lane statistics over the course of this calendar year (including the critical school year start-up this fall). Having concrete data will enable future decisions to be made based upon factual evidence. The additional time will also ensure the community has an informed understanding of the full impact of the King St to County Road 93 project.
In the meantime please continue to keep your Council apprised of your thoughts as we progress through the project. The public meeting will be rescheduled for later this fall, allowing residents to speak to the incoming Council. Comments on the Road Diet can also be sent to Madelaine Twitchin at email@example.com.
For more information about the Yonge Street Road Diet project, click here.
Route 1 of the new Simcoe County LINX Transit Service launched August 7!
Get Your Brass on the Bus! There's a new transit service that runs north and south from Midland/Penetanguishene to Barrie, and until September 4 it's free to ride!
“We’re officially in the transit business and we’re pleased to offer another crucial public service to our residents and communities,” said Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall. “Route 1 is just the first stop on an ambitious plan to link our municipalities across the region and connect residents to health services, jobs, education centres and retail hubs in other communities.”
Regular fare rates will start after Labour Day, with exact cash fares only being accepted, or payment using LINX reloadable cards, which will be available to purchase in late August.
Click here to read the full media release from the County of Simcoe.
For more information on the LINX Transit Service click here.
Automatic Doors a big success at Askennonia Senior Centre
Last fall, new automatic doors were installed at the Askennonia Senior Centre at the NSSRC, making the entrance to the centre, and the dressing rooms, much more accessible.
"Many of our 1250 members have commented on how much more accessible the entrance is with these automatic doors," said Judy Contin, Askennonia Senior Centre Executive Director. "Many of our members come into the facility using canes or a walker, or their hands are full of equipment for wood carving, water colour lessons or pickle ball. The automation is extremely useful to many, allowing them to be more independant."
The purchase and installation of the automatic doors for the entrance, and the automatic door openers for the dressing rooms were made possible thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2017.
Council Highlights – July 2018: Butter Tarts, Internet and more!
North Simcoe Broadband Gap Analysis Project
Council heard a report from the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, regarding this project. The project's purpose is to analyze the current level of internet service available in this region, identify gaps in the service, and to develop a business case for improving service in North Simcoe.
The project discovered that:
- Approximately 20-33% of properties (depending on the type of property) have less than 5Mbps download capability, the service standard set by the CRTC in 2011, and to be in place by the end of 2015.
- Approximately 70-94% of properties (depending on the type of property) have less than the 50Mbps download capability service standard set by the CRTC in 2016. By the end of 2021, 90% of the population should have 50Mbps download/10Mbps upload capability.
The North Simcoe Region partners rain in the bottom 25th percentile when compared to other regions/cities with available data. Council would like to participate in a workshop setting later this fall to gain a better understanding of how Midland might become more active in supporting this initiative.
2018 Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival Highlights
The sixth annual Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival took place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The estimated attendance for this year is 65,000 to 70,000 visitors, an increase of 30% from 2017.
The festival had an economic impact of $3.8 million on the County of Simcoe (based on the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model). Visitors to the festival purchased a little more than 150,000 butter tarts.
Ninety-three different butter tarts were entered into the contest with Doo Doo's Bakery in Bailieboro taking top prize. The festival included 174 vendors and food trucks selling everything from butter tarts, other baked goods, other foods, clothing, jewellery, home décor items, and much more.
This year, the inaugural two-day tART Music and Art Festival allowed for Saturday evening entertainment and activities for those who were in town on Sunday. The festival's success relies on the support and involvement of sponsors, volunteers, Town of Midland staff, and community partners.
See you on June 8, 2019!
Council received and approved a report from the Official Plan Review Steering Committee from the Public Information Meeting held on June 21, 2018, regarding the Town's Official Plan Review Project. The meeting was an opportunity for residents to hear more about the 2017 Provincial Growth Plan, how it will impact the Town's new Official Plan, and what changes and refinements to the new Plan are required. A report summarizing the meeting, titled “What we Heard", is now available on the Town's website, and at Town Hall and the Midland Public Library. Further information about the Official Plan Review is available on the Town's website at https://www.midland.ca/official-plan-review.
Simcoe County Hazardous Response
Council was presented a report from Director of Fire Service/Fire Chief Paul Ryan regarding the memorandum of understanding with the Simcoe County Hazardous Material Response Team. This is an agreement the Town is a member of, and the new agreement updates the requirements for the Team to be called out and deployed to any Hazardous Material occurrences in the Municipality.
Downtown Subsurface Investigation
The Town undertook a Contamination Overview Study in late 2017 to better understand the possibility of historical industrial hazardous waste use in the downtown area, through the review of written historical records and aerial photographs. The consultant, Stantec Consulting Ltd., has recommended additional testing around 526 Bay Street, King Street and Dominion Avenue.
Soil and groundwater samples will be taken and analyzed to determine if volatile organic compounds or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are present. The Town is aware of contamination at 526 Bay Street and this study will help clarify the nature and extend of any remedial actions that need to be taken. The work will be completed this fall.
Governance Review Procedural By-law
The second phase of the governance review is nearing completion with the introduction of an updated procedural by-law. The new by-law consolidated a number of changes imposed by the province when it updated the Municipal Act. The proposed changes in the Town's updated by-law call for 2 regular Council meetings per month, release of the Council agenda a week prior to the meeting, utilization of a consent agenda, 5 delegations per council meeting, and other legislative provisions to ensure Midland is compliant with provincial requirements (conflict of interest, transparency and accountability measures). Council will host a public meeting in August to invite public comments prior to enacting the new by-law.
Revised Tax Installment Due Dates
Council approved a recommendation from Finance that installment due dates for Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential tax bill payments be changed to September 28, 2018, and November 15, 2018. Preparation of these tax bills was delayed, and as a result notice deadline was missed.
Installment due dates for Residential tax bills were not affected by this delay, and they remain July 31, 2018, and September 28, 2018.
Council Highlights – June 2018: Ontario Senior of the Year, New Procurement By-law, Blood Donor Clinic, and more!
Mayor & Council
It's in you to give
Midland Mayor Gord McKay and Council are adopting the Midland Blood Donor clinic on August 4, 2018, and want to help bring awareness to the need for blood around long weekends. We will be working together to help Canadian Blood Services reach their 60 blood donation goal.
Please book an appointment to donate blood on August 4 by visiting www.blood.ca. If a group of 3 or more want to donate together, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midland Blood Donor Clinic – North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
Saturday, August 4, 2018
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ontario Senior of the Year Award
Tom Barber is an inspiring volunteer who has contributed to the Town of Midland in many different ways, and through many organizations throughout his business career and into his retirement. If we could give out gold stars to those seniors who bring a high level of commitment, selflessness, cheerfulness, leadership and dedication to volunteerism and humanitarian activities - Mr. Barber would definitely receive one.
As a former operator of a family business (Barker and Haskell appliances) he has been a long time community contributor in the Town. His service to the community includes service on the Business Improvement Area Board of Management, Cub Leader 9Scouts of Canada for St. Pauls' 4th scout troop for over 20 years, volunteer for the past 5 years with Out of the Cold as well as participating as an organizer with the Civitan Club and the delivery of the Santa Claus parade along with other club activities.
He has a love of regional heritage issues and has been on the Board of Directors for the Huronia Museum in the Town of Midland. He recently helped with restoration efforts for the Coldwater Mill in a neighbouring community, after joining the board in 2012, which included making it fully accessible as one of the Canada 150 projects. Mr.Barber is also active in his church, St. Paul's United Church in downtown Midland, having been on the property committee for 20 years and also a Trustee for the Church for 10 years.
Tom Barber receives his award from Mayor Gord McKay
Midland Public Library Update
Crystal Witzke, CEO of the Midland Public Library, presented an update on the Library's new branding initiative along with the array of ongoing programming. Council was exposed to the Ozobots, and the Library's foray into Virtual Reality. From the Green Screen station to their Maker Space, the Midland Public Library has something for all ages. This is the place!
The Guesthouse Shelter
Steve Pelletier, CEO of The Guesthouse Shelter, gave a presentation about the services The Guesthouse Shelter provides, and the fundraising efforts undertaken to address the Shelters construction costs. He also requested that Council consider the Guest House loan be forgiven by the Town of Midland. Council has approved in principle the waiver of the capital loan of $25k provided to the Guest House in 2017 for completion of the new facility. The final determination will be made upon the receipt of a staff report from Town Administration in the coming months.
Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe
The Chair of the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe Board of Directors, Roy Ellis, provided an update on the Corporation's efforts over the past year with specific emphasis on the EDCNS prosperity summit held June 22, 2018. The event showcased the area's manufacturing and health care hubs and the innovative work in these fields. The summit was a huge success and demonstrated efforts of the Power of Four (Tiny, Tay, Midland and Penetanguishene) and the dedicated efforts of the Board of Directors. George Cornell, a member of the EDCNS Board of the Directors, and Mayor of the Township of Tiny, made a request that the Town of Midland have staff undertake a review of the potential of the adoption of a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to help support tourism in our region, and further that Council endorse that staff incorporate consideration of an increase to the funding to the EDCNS by .25% for 2019.
New Procurement By-law
Midland Town Council approved a new Procurement By-law this evening. This new by-law will reduce the Town's liability risk and align policy with current provincial and federal trade agreements.
The new by-law also positions the Town with provincial procurement directives that ensure procurement processes across the broader public sector are consistent, fair and transparent. This helps ensure the Town is following current best practices across the procurement spectrum.
Comprehensive training for all staff involved in procurement activities as well as our valued suppliers/vendors will occur over the next couple of months.
New Operations Centre
Council authorized the Town's Treasurer to borrow $5.78 Million to complete the funding of the New Operations Centre, estimated to cost $8.8 Million including the land purchase. Roads and Parks staff moved into the building in late fall of 2017. Some minor construction remains outstanding but will be completed later this year.
PL-2018-54 Ontario Trillium Foundation Application – Penetanguishene Road Signage Collaboration Agreement
Midland Council approved a Collaboration Agreement with the Town of Penetanguishene as part of its proposed Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Application for the Penetanguishene Road Signage Project.
The Towns are cooperating on a joint application to the OTF to complete the heritage signage project for the historic Penetanguishene Road started in 2015. The Penetanguishene Road Signage project is intended to celebrate and raise awareness of the historic road connecting Kempenfelt Bay in the south of Simcoe County to the naval and military establishments in Penetanguishene.
By-law 2018-46 - A by-law to amend Zoning By-law 2004-90, as amended, respecting 786 William Street
Council approved the rezoning application for the property at 786 William Street to a Residential Apartment zone, to permit the development of 80 rental apartment units in 2 five-storey apartment buildings. The developer, The Gonneau Building Group, is hoping to advance Site Plan and building permit applications later this year with a projected construction commencement in the spring of 2019. The passing of the zoning by-law amendment is still subject to a 20 day appeal period before it comes into full force and effect.
Rendering of how the 2 five-storey buildings may look when completed
Council 'Lame Duck' Provisions
After Nomination Day (July 27, 2018), if less than 75% of current Members of Council are potentially returning to the new Council, By-law 2018-53 – 'Lame Duck' Provisions will come into effect, delegating the following authorities to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) during the period of July 27, 2018, to December 3, 2018:
Authority for approving expenses exceeding $50,000;
Authority to execute purchase or sale of municipal property with a value exceeding $50,000; and
Authority to appoint or remove any employee of the Town of Midland.
This by-law is in compliance with Section 275 of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.25 .
Water Meter Maintenance begins July 2, 2018
Residents should be advised that Neptune Technology Group will be performing maintenance on water meters in Midland beginning on Monday, July 2, 2018.
Not every home will be contacted by Neptune Technology Group technicians, only homes that have faulty meters in need of repair.
Please note that these technicians will have Neptune identification badges, and they have police-issued background checks.
The maintenance will take approximately three weeks to complete. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our Waste & Wastewater Services department at 705-526-4275 ext. 4207 or 2253, or email@example.com
The Town of Midland's Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend is back!
The Town of Midland's Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend is back from July 6-8, 2018! Garage Sale Permits are normally required to have a garage sale in Midland and cost $10.00. But on Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend you can skip the permit, SAVE $10, and just get selling! Consider joining forces with your neighbours and have a community-wide garage sale!
Tay, Tiny, Severn, Midland and SSEA win Wege Award for forward-looking sustainability projects
At the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax this week, the multi-municipality partnership of the Township of Tay, Township of Tiny, Township of Severn, Town of Midland and the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) was awarded the annual Wege Award.
Here's an excerpt from the conference media release:
At the conference, the annual Wege Award, in recognition of forward-looking sustainability projects in smaller municipalities, was given to the Township of Tay in conjunction with the Townships of Tiny and Severn, the Town of Midland, and the Severn Sound Environmental Association for their multi-municipality invasive species project to address environmental and socio-economic impacts of invasive species.
Township of Tay Mayor Scott Warnock accepted the award on behalf of the partnership.
“Since invasive species are not restricted by municipal borders, cross-municipal collaboration is critical," said Scott Warnock, mayor of Tay Township and Cities Initiative board member. “This partnership with the Townships of Tiny and Severn, Town of Midland, and SSEA will improve environmental integrity and water quality, strengthen the natural resource and tourism-based economy, and foster community well-being by promoting connectivity with nature and improving accessibility of natural areas in these Great Lakes Communities."
To read the full media release about the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference, click here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Midland Community Safety Task Force wants your feedback
(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland's newly-formed Community Safety Task Force is bringing the community together to identify and address the safety issues facing our downtown.
“We are asking residents to provide their feedback on safety in the downtown, and what issues they've encountered," said Mayor Gord McKay. “We are using a multi-pronged approach. We have launched an online survey that residents can participate in, and we are also holding a public Town Hall meeting that residents are invited to attend."
The results of the survey and feedback from the Town Hall meeting will be used to develop a Downtown Community Safety Plan that will be presented to Council by August 31, 2018.
The Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at St. Paul's United Church, located at 308 King Street, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Please use the Easy Street entrance.
The survey is now closed.
“We take community safety very seriously and encourage residents to get involved so that we can ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable community for us all." added Mayor McKay.
For the full version of the media release, please click here.
For more information about the Community Safety Task Force, click here.
Town of Midland seeks website/telecommunication
The Town of Midland is extending an invitation to industry experts and suppliers to present ideas for a solution that brings together our website, telephone system, e-commerce platform, communication applications for internal and external customers, etc... The proposed solution should speak to the future and to the art of possibilities.
The Town’s vision is to increase community engagement by providing the residents with a solution that offers the following:
• A redesigned, modern website that offers:
• A search-centric interface, to allow users to easily find what they’re looking for;
• Self-service features for financial transactions (pay taxes, bills, tickets, buy dog tags,
permits, etc... etc... etc...);
• Online engagement tools that allow users to communicate with us in a variety of ways, and us with them;
• Streamlined, easy-to-use features/functionality;
• Latest trends/tools in website/e-platform industry;
• Linked phone numbers that allow you to click-to-call on your mobile device
• A mobile platform that interfaces with our website, offering the same tools.
• A telecommunications system that links to the website (preferably they have synced functionalities)
eg. click-to-call services, etc...) and provides residents/staff with:
• Reliable, easy-to-use menus;
• Integrates with work calendars/availability, with forwarding to cell phones;
• You tell us! We want solutions that open our eyes to what’s available.
On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the Town will be hosting one (1) hour individual vendor presentations for suppliers to present and showcase their solutions.
Suppliers wishing to participate must register via Biddingo by Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
Once registration is confirmed a presentation time slot will be provided.
Disclaimer: This event is not to be considered as a commitment to issue a subsequent solicitation or award contract(s). The vendor presentations are not a bid solicitation; a contract will not be awarded as a result of the
presentations or its contents. All communications, feedback, and recommendations related to this notice,
the presentations, and its contents will be used solely for information and planning purposes.
Council Highlights - May 2018: A 1.2% reduction of residential taxes per $100,000 assessment, and more!
The 2018 Tax Rate By-law were approved by Council. Council worked hard during budget deliberations to bring the 2018 Tax Rate By-law was approved by Council. Council worked hard during budget deliberations to bring the Town tax levy increase in at 2.25% and the resulting effort, combined with changes with tax policy made by other levels of government, will result in the Town portion of taxes for the residential and commercial classes of assessment increased by only 0.2% each on $100,000 of assessment. Multi-Residential Property Taxes, due to the reduction in tax ratio, will drop by 9.5% on each $100,000 of multi-residential assessment, and Industrial Property Taxes will drop by 6.1% on $100,000 of industrial assessment for the same reason.
Final Property Tax Bills will be mailed by the end of June.
There were several other items on the agenda at this month's Town Council Meeting. Here are more highlights from the meeting:
Terry Fox Run
Council heard a deputation from Mr. Don Chapman in regards to the Midland Terry Fox Run. Last year saw the event grow once again, with more money raised and more participants, and they're hoping to continue that trend on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Council once again approved the closure of Balm Beach Road and use of our accessible bus and driver.
Ontario Municipal Leadership Institute (OMLI)
Council received correspondence from Town of Midland CAO, John Skorobohacz, informing them that he is looking forward to meeting with the new Council following the upcoming municipal election to determine their interest and desire to have him continue in the current role as the Town's CAO. Mr. Skorobohacz/OMLI is under contract with the Town for the provision of this key leadership role.
However there is a recognition that with each municipal election there are often Council changes and at times a different focus and desire for a new direction. Skorobohacz will meet with the new Council following the election to determine if there continues to be a fit with the new Council's vision for Midland.
In the meantime it will be business as usual pursuing Council's Strategic Priorities and the implementation of the results of the recently completed Service Delivery Review. By providing this letter, Mr. Skorobohacz has opened a six-month window that allows the new Council the freedom to make a change once they're in office, should they see fit, or continue with his agreement.
Two reports from Director of Human Resources, Laura Yourkin, were received. Council approved a request to provide a cost of living adjustment to management and non-union employees of 1.5%, retroactive to January 1, 2018.
Council also approved the adoption of a new Code of Conduct policy, and a Respectful Workplace policy, in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Council voted to approve the site plan for Phase 1 of the new Jarlette Seniors Campus development at 658 King Street. The plan includes a 128-bed, long-term care home, and a 2715 square metre corporate office for Jarlette Health Services. This facility will have a 'Seniors Hub' that will offer health and social services, and a 'Centre for Excellence' for academic studies regarding local senior health-related issues.
Phase 2 of the development has plans for a five-storey retirement lodge with up to 140 units, and the Phase 3 plan includes up to three seniors rental apartments with a total of 90 units.
A report from Town Clerk, Karen Desroches, was presented that outlined Midland Youth Committee's development of a new logo to help brand the committee. Council approved the logo and supported the purchase of t-shirts with the logo predominantly displayed to help increase visibility and promote the committee.
Midland Transit Service Survey!
Over the past six months, the Town of Midland has engaged residents in an operations review of our transit system, through a series of open house consultations.
Those consultations have been helpful, but we want residents to provide more feedback to help us create a new transit strategy to move forward with.
Please take a few minutes to fill our our five-question Midland Transit Survey. You'll be asked to select which proposed strategy you prefer, your thoughts on transit fare increases, and be able to provide your general comments/concerns/opinions.
To view the presentation from the last open house held on May 16, 2018, please click here.
Take this opportunity to have your say and make your voice heard!
Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival is almost here!
The Town of Midland's 6th Annual Butter Tart Festival is this weekend! Soon our downtown will be flooded with sweet treats, vendors and amazing entertainment for the whole family!
This event will also attract thousands of people, so to ensure everyone's safety there will be road closures setup. Here are the details to keep in mind:
Road Closures (from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 8 until approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9)
King Street - From Yonge Street to Bayshore Drive
Dominion Avenue - From Borsa Lane to Bourgeois Lane
Hugel Avenue - From Borsa Lane to Bourgeois Lane
Elizabeth Street - From Borsa Lane to Bourgeois Lane
Bayshore Drive - From First Street to Midland Avenue
Transit will be free on Saturday, June 9, but will not be travelling on King Street. Transit buses will be diverted to First Street with a stop at First Street and Easy Street. Click here for a map of where the Penetanguishene and Midland buses will stop.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, there will be a free shuttle service, with pick-ups at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and Wye Valley Business Park (north lot), with stops at Hugel Avenue and Midland Avenue. The last shuttle will leave Downtown Midland at 5:30 p.m.
Please be advised that there will be no parking available at the Town Dock on Saturday, June 9.
For a look at the full event map, including vendor locations, click here.
For more information about Ontario's Butter Tart Festival, including a schedule of events, please visit Buttertartfestival.ca.
Town of Midland and Beausoleil First Nation officially sign Protocol Agreement
Photo courtesy of Andrew Mendler/Midland Mirror
A historic day in Midland on Tuesday, May 22, when Mayor Gord McKay and Chief Mary McCue-King signed the new Protocol Agreement between the Town and Beausoleil First Nation. Several dignitaries were on hand to witness the event, and to celebrate this committment.
View the CTV Barrie news report on the Protocol Agreement.
To read the full media release about the Protocol Agreement, please click here.
'Pay it Forward' on Midland's 7th Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day
On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the Rotary Club of Midland will be holding their yearly Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAKD), a day where we hope people are inspired to do random acts of kindness to help their fellow residents, in an effort to make our community an even better place to live.
The Rotary Club is organizing a free lunch from 12-1 pm at the Midland Town Dock.
You can also take part in the online conversation by posting photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RandomKindnessMidland
Remember, kindness inspires kindness.
For more information on the Rotary Club's RAKD, visit their Facebook page here.
View the full event poster here.
MEDIA RELEASE: New Protocol Agreement between the Beausoleil First Nation and the Town of Midland
(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland and Beausoleil First Nation have established a new relationship through the signing of the new Protocol Agreement. The Town of Midland, which lies within the Traditional and Treaty Territory of the Beausoleil First Nation, is committed to ensuring that the rights and interests of the local First Nation community are recognized and protected, as with all other Indigenous groups which call Midland home.
“The Town of Midland recognizes the deep history that Indigenous peoples have with the area where Midland is now located," said Mayor Gord McKay. “We look forward to strengthening our historical ties with Beausoleil First Nation, and this agreement shows our joint strong commitment towards achieving that."
The purpose of the new Protocol Agreement is to ensure there is transparent, open dialogue and engagement with regards to municipal and indigenous matters, specifically relating to project and planning matters and shared efforts to advance each community's development.
As part of this agreement a new Joint Indigenous Relations Group will be established, focusing on the following priorities:
“The signing of this Protocol Agreement represents two elements to us," said Beausoleil First Nation Chief Mary McCue-King. “First, it is a good first step in the National Reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of the area. Second, the agreement is the first flower bloom of the historical deep rooted ties BFN has with the Town of Midland and we look forward to the future growth of those ties."
The official signing of the new Protocol Agreement is scheduled for 2:00 pm on May 22, 2018, at Neezhoday Park on King Street, between the Midland Public Library and St. Paul's United Church.
To view this and previous media releases, please click here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Midland Fire Department Launches SAFE Home Program
(MIDLAND, ON) – Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home? Do they work? The Midland Fire Department wants to ensure all homes are properly protected which is why on May 15, 2018, they're launching the SAFE Home program.
Smoke Alarms For Every (SAFE) Home is a home survey program that will focus on fire and CO safety, in the spirit of education and prevention. Fire crews will be assigned to designated neighborhoods in Midland and helping residents ensure their families and homes are safe and protected.
“Having properly installed and working smoke and CO alarms, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan are the most important steps a person can take to protect their family," said Midland Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “Smoke and CO alarms wear out and must be replaced approximately every 10 years, so we encourage residents to take advantage of this voluntary program to ensure their homes are properly protected."
According to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, 35% of residential fires (excluding arson fires) where a fatality occurred, there was no smoke alarm warning.
In 17% there were no smoke alarms, and in 18% the smoke alarms did not work.
One working smoke alarm is required on every floor of a home.
If your home can produce CO, a CO alarm must be outside of every sleeping area.
The SAFE Home program will run until October 31, 2018, however residents can request a home survey any time of the year by calling 705-526-4279 ext. 2239.
To view this and previous media releases, please click here.
Midland Transit Operational Review Open House!
The Town of Midland, in cooperation with Dillon Consulting, is currently conducting an operational review of Midland Transit. A public open house will be held at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The public is invited to come and review the Consultant’s preliminary transit service improvements/changes and share their transit thoughts and suggestions with the study team.
Transit will be free to all during these times.
For more information, please contact the Town of Midland offices at 705-526-4275 ext. 2217.
Simcoe County is seeking public input on Vacant Unit Rebate Program reform
The County of Simcoe and its member municipalities will be hosting a public information centre to discuss the reform of the property tax rebate program currently in place for vacant commercial and industrial buildings. The goal is to provide background information to those interested, and seek feedback on the proposed changes.
The public information centre takes place:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
5:30pm - 7pm
Simcoe County Museum
You can also provide feedback by taking their survey, which is available here.
For more details on the Public Information Centre, please click here.
North Simcoe Treasure Days are back!
Once again, Treasure Days will be held in Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay this year. Here's your chance to snap up some unwanted items and vintage finds from fellow residents for free, or find new homes for your unwanted household items!
Treasure Days will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Items can be placed curbside starting at 8am on Saturday, May 12. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5pm on Sunday, May 13. Failure to do so could result in fines.
Make room. Find free, cool stuff!
Reminder - The OPP Downtown Station is open and available to assist residents
Since the OPP Southern Georgian Bay Detachment took over policing Midland in early February, they have seen a significant increase in walk-in traffic at the Highway Station. However, walk-in traffic at the Downtown Station has dropped considerably.
The OPP would like to remind residents that the Downtown Station is completely open for business, and can assist them with everything the Highway Station can.
“We want residents to realize that they don't have to go all the way out to the Highway Station for assistance," said Detachment Commander Andrew Ferguson. “The Downtown Station is situated where it is so that it's convenient for residents to make use of, and we hope they do."
Downtown Station (former MPS Headquarters)
250 Second Street, Midland
Highway 12 & Beamish Road, Midland
OPP Communication Centre
OPP Headquarters, Orillia
Call 9-1-1 for all emergency situations.
Ontario Alert Ready System Test
On Monday, May 7 at 1:55pm, the Province of Ontario will be testing the Alert Ready System on TV, radio and cellphones. These alert messages, sent through the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, are just a test of the system's functionality.
The Alert Ready System will be used to alert the public of emergency situations, so that everyone can be better prepared if/when emergency situations arise.
For more information on the test and the Alert Ready system, please visit www.ontario.ca/alertready.
Town of Midland to begin annual Uni-Directional Flushing program
Each year, the Town of Midland Water Wastewater Services conducts a Uni-directional Flushing (UDF) program. This process is one of the best ways to preserve high water quality and maintain the reliability of the water distribution system.
The UDF program will start on May 7, 2018, and run until completion of the entire distribution system.
The UDF method cleans the water mains through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from a fire hydrant. A UDF program involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific hydrants at the end of that sequence. This technique allows higher water flow velocities by isolating certain sections of water mains. The higher water velocity allows for better scouring of the pipes and will use 30-40% less water in the flushing process than conventional flushing methods. Flushing pipes at higher velocities will dislodge and remove mineral deposits, biofilm and sediment that accumulate in the water mains.
In most cases, customers will not notice any changes to their water delivery during the UDF process. However, in some instances, homes may experience a temporary slight drop in water pressure and/or discolouration in cold water. There should be no disruption in service.
Due to varying rates and directions of flow in the water distribution system, our customers may experience a slight discolouration in their water, which at times is unavoidable. Under most circumstances, you can run your faucets for a short time after the testing is completed and the water should clear at your residence. Discoloured water in itself does not pose a health hazard, however if the water does not clear up after running your tap for a few minutes please contact Water Wastewater Services at 705-526-4268 ext. 4207.
Town of Midland Parks & Trails Master Plan Survey
We are interested in surveying Midland residents on their household's use of and opinions regarding, municipally-owned parks and outdoor recreation facilities, as well as the community trail network.
Your input is important to ensuring that the Master Plan provides direction on specific projects that will meet the needs of the community.
The survey is now closed.
For more information about our Parks & Trails Master Plan, please visit the project page here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Council approves creation of Community Safety Task Force
(MIDLAND, ON) Midland Town Council takes proactive steps to develop a Community Safety Plan.
Council has approved the creation of a Community Safety Task Force which will include representation from several community stakeholders, including: the Canadian Mental Health Association, County of Simcoe Health and Social Services, Downtown Midland BIA, The Guesthouse, Midland Police Services Board, Midland Public Library, the OPP, and the Salvation Army/Street Outreach.
“Community safety is of paramount importance for our Town, our businesses and our residents" said Mayor Gord McKay. “This Task Force brings our community together in an effort that will ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable community for us all."
The Task Force is charged with developing a Community Safety Plan by August 2018. The 2018 approved budget includes an allocation of $50,000 towards the creation of the Plan with guidance and assistance from a wide range of stakeholders. The consultation process will ensure that all voices in the community are heard, meeting the needs of the community and the requirements of the Safe Ontario Act (Bill 175).
“A request for proposals (RFP) has recently been issued to secure the expert resource and support for the Community Safety Task Force," added Mayor McKay. “This Task Force is ready to hit the ground running, and Council looks forward to seeing their safety plan report later this summer."
For a PDF version of this release, please visit our Media Release page here.
Public Meeting: Town of Midland Accessibility Plan
As a conventional and specialized transportation service provider, and pursuant to section 41(2) of Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation 191/11, the Town of Midland will be holding a public meeting on:
Monday, May 7, 2018
Municipal Office Council Chambers
This public meeting is to give those with disabilities an opportunity to participate in a review of the Town’s Accessibility Plan and provide feedback.
Any person who wishes to speak may provide verbal and written comments at the Public Meeting. Any written comments to be included on the agenda must be submitted to the Deputy Clerk by 12:00 noon on April 25, 2018.
Midland Public Library and Sustainable Severn Sound invite the community to a free public screening of 'Just Eat It' in recognition of Earth Day
An enlightening documentary, Just Eat It, is coming to our community on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Midland Public Library, 320 King Street in Midland. This event is part of Sustainable Severn Sound's Earth Week Film Series, which involves multiple screenings of environmental films throughout the area. This event will include a screening of Just Eat It, and a 'Climate Talk' following the film. The Climate Talk is a community conversation on climate action led by Tracy Roxborough and Victoria Ervick from Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS). SSS is working with our municipal partners to provide the community with a venue to talk about the Local Climate Change Action Plan. “The Climate Talks have been organized to create new relationships and partnerships within the community, share information and ideas, and provide the foundation needed to take meaningful steps in response to climate change," noted Tracy Roxborough, SSS's Sustainability Coordinator.
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? In Just Eat It, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.
This event is free, and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will also be entered to win a free rainbarrel, and everyone will be offered free native tree and wildflower seeds for planting.
For more information about SSS or to receive updates, please contact Tracy via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705.526.1371 x.112.
Click here to view full film series lineup.
About Sustainable Severn Sound
Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) works to support municipalities and their residents in planning, developing and implementing sustainable, environmental programs and projects. We are currently working on the region's first Local Climate Change Action Plan. SSS is supported by seven of the municipalities in the south-eastern Georgian Bay area (Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay). This project also receives in-kind support from the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC), the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).
The Town of Midland Rain Barrel Giveaway is back for 2018!
Once again, the Town of Midland's Water Department is giving away rain barrels! How do you get yours? Easy!
Visit the 2018 Midland Spring Home Show on April 20th & 21st, and visit the Water Department's booth! They will be giving away 75 rain barrels each day, from 1-9pm on Friday, April 20, and 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 21.
To get your rain barrel you will need:
- Your Midland water bill
- ID that matches the address on the bill
*Rain barrels will be given out on a first come, first serve basis, so don't miss your chance!*
For more information about the 2018 Midland Spring Home Show www.midlandhomeshow.ca
King Street Rejuvenation Project Public Information Session held March 19th, 2018.
What does your ideal downtown look like? On Monday, March 19, 2018, we held a Public Information Session regarding the King Street Rejuvenation project. A report was given by C.C. Tatham & Associates outlining their plans for the rejuvenation, highlighting the objectives, and overviews/images of the proposed changes.
To view the full report, click here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Midland Police Service Interest Arbitration Award
(MIDLAND, ON) March 26, 2018 - Following a Conciliation and Interest Arbitration Hearing held on March 15, 2018 in Toronto, the Arbitration Award has been released, which will have an impact on the former employees of the Midland Police Service.
The award provides for a 1.9% salary increase to both the civilian and uniform employees of the former Midland Police Service, and finalizes the Arbitration Award provisions:
- Uniform Members hired by OPP:
- No severance or salary & benefits continuation.
- Top-up for uniform members hired by OPP at a lower rate for a period of 18 months.
- Civilian Members hired by OPP:
- Severance at a rate of 2 weeks per year of service, pro-rated for partial years; (The payment is inclusive of Employment Standards Act (ESA) entitlements).
- No option for severance as salary & benefits continuation.
- Top-up for civilian members hired by OPP at a lower rate for a period of 18 months.
- All other former Midland Police Service Members not hired by OPP:
- Employment Letter to each member confirming that disbandment of the service is the only reason for termination of employment.
- Education, upgrading or retraining up to $5,000 within 18 months will be reimbursed upon receipt of legitimate receipts or invoices.
- Option of either:
- Lump Sum equal to 5 weeks per year of service, prorated for partial years; OR
- Salary continuation to 4.25 weeks per year of service, prorated for partial years, with:
- Benefit continuation until the end of the salary continuation or until one year from the last day of employment.
- Members who retire during their salary continuation will be entitled to retiree benefits.
“Efforts to reach a negotiated settlement had stalled following the decision by Council to disband the Midland Police Service, and the parties agreed to a conciliation and interest arbitration exercise," said Police Services Board Chair George Dixon. “This Arbitration Award will help provide closure to the former Midland Police Service employees, and this outcome, stemming from a difficult situation, is a fair one for them as well as the community."
Mayor Gord McKay expressed his appreciation to all sides for bringing the matter to a favourable and quick resolution. “This will allow the Town of Midland to move forward with the next chapter of providing policing services to the community."
For a PDF version of this release, please visit our Media Release page here.
Town of Midland is hosting three events for the Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games!
The Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games kick off today, March 1, 2018, at 6:30pm in Orillia, with the opening ceremonies at Couchiching Beach Park. Over 3,000 athletes will compete in 25 sports over the 5 days. While some events have already started, Midland will play host to three sports that begin on Friday, March 2:
BoxingNorth Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
March 2: 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Session 1
March 3: 1pm to 4pm - Session 2
March 3: 7pm to 10pm - Session 3 Finals
March 3: 10pm - Medal Ceremony
March 4: 12pm to 3pm - Session 4 Finals
March 4: 3pm - Medal Ceremony
JudoSt. Theresa's Catholic High School
Schedule (all on Friday, March 2):
10am - Opening Ceremony
10:15am - Preliminaries
Women:-48kg, -52kg & -63kg
Men: -50kg, -55kg & -60kg
1:15pm - Preliminaries
Women: -57kg & +70kg
Men: -66kg, -73kg, -81kg & 90kg
3:45pm - Medal Ceremony
KickboxingNorth Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
March 2: 1pm to 3:45pm - Session 1
March 2: 7pm to 10pm - Session 2
March 3: 10am - 1pm - Session 3
March 3: 4pm to 5:30pm - Session 4
March 4: 3pm to 5pm - Session 5
March 4: 5pm - Medal Ceremony
If you're using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, be sure to use and follow: #Orillia2018 #YourTimeToShine and #OntarioWinterGames so you can share/check out all the photos and news from the Games!
Good luck to all the athletes!
Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games
OPP Downtown Location will be closed on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
To help expedite the contruction work being done at the Downtown Location (250 Second Street, Midland), the OPP will be closing this location completely for the entire day on Tuesday, February 20. It will re-open at 8am on Wednesday, February 21.
For all non-emergency issues, please visit the Host Location (Hwy 12 & Beamish Road, Midland) or call 705-526-3761.
Snow Clearing Update
So far this winter, the Town of Midland (the Town) has received a lot of snow, including significantly more last night/this morning. In response, our snow plow crews have been out working since 12am. Crews have plowed all roads and side streets at least once, and they have started to make second passes in most areas.
Sidewalks have been plowed along major routes and the downtown core at least once, and a few side streets have had their sidewalks cleared. Crews are still out and will continue to try and get through all sidewalks by the end of day today.
Our crews will be plowing all streets again tonight, and the Town will have trucks arriving to haul away snow from the downtown area.
Here is a detailed timeline over the past 12 hours:
Priority Roads: Combination units were plowing since last evening. Town sand/salt trucks were dispatched at 12 a.m. to sand/salt the arterial roads.
Secondary Roads: Town plows were dispatched at midnight to plow residential streets. Town plows sand while plowing and apply sand to hills, curves and intersections etc.
Priority Sidewalks: Priority sidewalk units were dispatched at midnight, and continue to plow and sand. They will continue until the sidewalks are in a good passable state
Secondary Sidewalks: Secondary sidewalk units were dispatched this morning to plow and sand. They will continue until 4:30pm and the crews will start again this evening.
The Town realizes that this weather, as well as the driveway and road conditions it leaves behind, can be frustrating. But we ask that residents take their time and be safe when shovelling, driving and walking, help neighbours who may need assistance, and to please be patient and understand that our crews are working hard to clear all streets/sidewalks as quickly and safely as possible.
Why does the snow plow leave a pile a snow (windrow) at the end of my driveway?
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways with snow. The snow plows have limited control over the amount and direction of snow that comes off the plow. If possible, please try to pile the snow on the right side of your driveway (when standing on your driveway looking towards the street). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed on your driveway when a snow plow passes by.
Does the Town of Midland remove snow/cut down snow banks?
The Town does not remove snow from driveways (windrows) or cut down snow banks, however we do cut snow banks back from the road, so that the roadways are wider and safer.
Why can't I push snow out onto the road?
Depositing snow or ice on the street creates hazardous traffic conditions and this could result in an accident. Make sure your snow removal contractor is aware this practice is unsafe and not permitted.
I live on a corner lot – why do I have more snow in my driveway than my neighbours?
If you live on a corner property and the driveway is close to the corner, you can experience a larger volume of snow in your driveway than your neighbours. This is an unavoidable condition caused by the nature of the snow plow and its ability to maneuver turns.
Why is my lawn sometimes damaged by the sidewalk plow?
While operators try to be careful, some degree of damage is unavoidable. Sidewalk plows have to be large enough to move deep, heavy snow. Deep or drifted snow conditions often hide the sidewalk edge and, unfortunately the plow can cause damage to grass. When sod is frozen damage is minimal however; when sod is not frozen it lifts away very easily. To report sod damage, please call the Town at (705)526-4275 ext. 2400. Staff will inspect the damage and make repairs in the spring.
What is "snow pack"?
Snow pack is hard-packed snow on a roadway. It is the condition that can be expected periodically on residential roads. Snow pack develops quickly as vehicles travel on snow-covered roads and snow plows are not able to scrape it off because it is usually bonded to the pavement.
MEDIA RELEASE: The Town of Midland welcomes the Ontario Provincial Police
(MIDLAND, ON) At 6 p.m. today, Thursday, February 8, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officially becomes the policing service for the Town of Midland.
Even with the changeover of policing service, residents can expect to still see some familiar faces given that many members of the MPS officers/civilian employees will be making the transition to the OPP.
“We would like to sincerely thank the MPS for their dedication and service," added Mayor McKay. “This transition was a bittersweet one, but the Town will embrace the future and looks forward to working with the Detachment Commander and members of the OPP. We are confident that these men and women will continue to meet the policing needs of our residents and businesses."
Residents should note the following phone numbers:
For emergencies call:
For non-emergencies call:
705-526-6558 to reach the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment – Downtown Location
(250 Second Street, Midland)
705-526-3761 to reach the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment – Host Location
(Highway 12 & Beamish Road, Midland)
1-888-310-1122 to reach the OPP Communication Centre
(OPP Headquarters, Orillia)
Please click here for some Frequently Asked Questions.
Sustainable Severn Sound wants you to become a #ClimateChanger!
Climate change is here, but so are possible actions to reduce our contribution and minimize our greenhouse gas emissions. These actions are in the ideas and opinions of the people in our towns and cities, our local businesses, and the First Nations and Métis communities of our region. In collaboration with the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Severn, Oro-Medonte, Georgian Bay, Tiny and Tay – Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) is developing a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP). As part of this process, we are calling on our local community to be #ClimateChangers and become involved in this project that is the first of its kind in this area.
Climate change is a complex issue. But as a problem that people are clearly contributing to, it is also one that we are beginning to help resolve. In order to make informed decisions on future climate change actions, SSS needs a better understanding of the view held by you – OUR community. The #ClimateChanger campaign gives you the opportunity to tell us what actions and projects you want to see taken by SSS and the 7 municipalities we work alongside with. SSS also wants you to tell us your climate change story. Was it heavy rain and flooding, extreme heat, loss of plants or trees, wind events, property or infrastructure damage? We'll bring attention to the local impacts of climate change, and by sharing your story – you get another chance to win some FREE eco-incentives.
Projects undertaken from the LCCAP will aim to reduce overall GHG emissions in the region, while also delivering on municipal energy conservation goals. The participation of our partner organizations and the larger community will ensure a holistic perspective on the development of the LCCAP, with feedback being sought from stakeholders representing the sectors of People and Health, Ecological Assets and Water, Economy and Employment, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture and Local Food, Land Use Planning, and Waste.
Becoming a #ClimateChanger is simple! Complete the quick 10-question survey today to shape your Local Climate Change Action Plan. As part of this project, the public is invited to join SSS and our partner municipalities on Thursday, February 22nd at 2:30pm, at the Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street in Midland. At our first Sustainability Speaker Series of 2018, SSS welcomes the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe for 'A Conversation on Climate Change'. Dr. Saxe and other guests will speak to the state of Ontario's changing climate and solutions for local governments and their citizens.
For more information about Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) or the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) project, please visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca or contact Victoria Ervick at email@example.com or by phone at 705.526.1371 x 111.
MEDIA RELEASE: OCPC Approves Disbandment of Midland Police Services
(MIDLAND, ON) On January 23, 2018, the request by the Town of Midland (the Town) and the Midland Police Services Board to disband the Midland Police Service was approved by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). This allows for the transition to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to take place by February 8, 2018, as planned.
As part of the approval, the OCPC has ordered that any outstanding issues relating to severance pay with any member of the Midland Police Service, including the Chief of Police, be submitted to arbitration for resolution.
“We are pleased that the OCPC has allowed this process to move forward," said Mayor Gord McKay. “This paves the way for us to transition to the OPP, as scheduled, and now allows the OPP to make offers of employment to transitioning officers and civilian staff."
Officers and staff who transition to the OPP will take part in a four week training program. During this time the OPP will provide policing resources for Midland.
“We anticipate that the future policing of Midland under the OPP will be carried out by current Midland Police officers and staff," added Mayor Gord McKay. “It's re-assuring to residents and the Town to know that the local knowledge and goodwill developed by our officers and staff within the community will continue to be preserved as we move forward."
For more information on the OPP Transition, please click here.
Midland Transit Service Operational Review Open House Sessions take place today!
The Town of Midland sought input from all residents about the role of Midland Transit and how to improve the service by making a survey available to residents over the past two months. The survey ended yesterday, and today we are holding two open house sessions to discuss the results of the survey.
The two sessions will take place from 2-4pm and 5-7pm today, Thursday, January 25, at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Please come out and take part in shaping the future of Midland Transit.
To make attendance more accessible for anyone wishing to participate, the Town is offering free Midland Transit service this afternoon, starting with the 1:45pm route leaving Midland Public Library and continuing to the end of service today. Please note: this free service is for Midland Transit users only. Penetanguishene Transit is not part of this promotion.
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EDCNS seeks applications for a Board Director
The Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS), supported by the County of Simcoe, the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Tay and Tiny, is seeking to maximize the effectiveness of its Board of Directors. To augment our current complement of skills and talents, special attention will be given to applicants with a broad healthcare related background. If you have an interest in Economic Development and a passion to contribute to your community, we want to hear from you.
Volunteer Board position responsibilities and mission, aims and objectives of this dynamic organization are available on the EDCNS website at www.edcns.ca.
Please submit applications in confidence to: Board Selection Committee Chairperson, EDCNS, 105 Fourth Street, PO Box 8, Midland, ON L4R 4K6 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
for more information on the EDCNS.
MEDIA RELEASE: EDCNS to host presentation on building successful communities
(MIDLAND, ON) On February 8, 2018, the four Simcoe North municipalities (Penetanguishene,
Midland, Tay and Tiny) will be holding a joint presentation of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community by
author Doug Griffiths.
The presentation will focus on the factors and roadblocks to building successful communities, using
the author’s vast experience as a former politician, and from talking with municipal and community
leaders throughout North America.
“Our communities are all looking to grow and thrive, and the success of new and existing small
businesses is a major element,” said Roy Ellis, EDCNS Chair. “This presentation discusses ways
that residents and local government can help build these businesses up and the community-wide
successes that result in doing so.”
The presentation will be held from 7-9pm in the Community Room at the North Simcoe Sports and
Recreation Centre located at 522 Len Self Boulevard in Midland. Tickets are free to residents of all
four municipalities, and available through www.eventbrite.ca
. For more information please contact
Ice Safety Reminder
The OPP and the Town of Midland would like to remind everyone that recent cold temperatures have not created as much ice as you might think. Have a plan and communicate with family and friends before venturing out on the ice, and have the following:
- Fully charged cell phone
- Floater suit
- ice picks
- a throw line
- a GPS
No ice is safe ice. Be safe and consider the risks to yourself and others before venturing out on frozen surfaces.
Sawlog Bay Point photo showing poor ice (courtesy of Matt Harnett, January 2, 2018)
OPP Media Release - January 5, 2018
OPP Sled Safe poster