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Media Release: We're building a new website and want your input!

Town of Midland launches “Midland.ca Makeover" Survey

December 1, 2021 – The Town of Midland has launched a new “Midland.ca" Makeover Survey, looking for feedback from the community on their thoughts about the current Town website, www.Midland.ca, and what they would like to see in a new site.

“The current Town website has been in existence since early 2014, and although it went through an extensive template redesign a few years ago to update the look of the site and provide easier access to information, it is still the same website," said Deputy Mayor Mike Ross. “A new, modernized website is long overdue, and we're excited to get started on this project and hope the community will get involved and help us determine what this new site will offer."

The “Midland.ca" Makeover Survey is the first step in the Town's new website project, a project mainly funded by the Municipal Modernization Program, and will ask participants to provide details on what browsers and devices they currently use; their opinions on the current Midland.ca site; what experiences they've had with current site features; elements they would like in a new site; and examples of any other municipal sites they'd recommend Midland take a look at.

The “Midland.ca" Makeover Survey is open from December 1, 2021 to January 14, 2022, and the community can participate in the survey by visiting EngagingMidland.ca/Project-Website-Makeover

Funding for the Town of Midland's Municipal Modernization Program Project is provided in part by the Province of Ontario. The views expressed in this publication are the views of the Town and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.​

Media Release: Town of Midland to launch Cloudpermit system

November 22, 2021 – The Town of Midland continues to modernize our services and offer more convenient ways to support our residents and businesses safely and efficiently.

The Town's Building Department is excited to announce the soft launch of e-permitting software on November 30, 2021, with full launch on January 1, 2022. The new Cloudpermit system will allow homeowners and industry professionals the ability to submit building permit applications online at Midland.ca/Building.

The switch to a digital permitting system is very exciting for both staff and the community. It provides a more efficient and sustainable approach to our operations, bringing valuable new tools to our community. In March of 2021 the Town of Penetanguishene launched Cloudpermit and the Township of Tiny is also implementing Cloudpermit in 2022.

As of January 1, all applicants are encouraged to use the new e-permitting system online. If residents have a paper-based application, they can still come to the Municipal Office for assistance with the online application.

“The cloud-based permit software is a one-stop shop for professionals or homeowners looking to build in Midland," said Terry Paquette, Chief Building Officer for the Town of Midland. “It provides each user their own portal for application submissions, inspections, and approvals, as well as integration with Building Department staff, scheduling, and online billing."

For staff, the ability to use the mobile tool to conduct site inspections, upload images and reviews to the project remotely, further provides efficiencies within the entire application process.

Building Department staff are excited to conduct community training sessions in the new year. Interested individuals are encouraged to follow the Town of Midland on social media (@TownofMidland on Facebook, @MidlandON on Twitter) for future announcements of specific training dates, or connect with building@midland.ca to be added to an email list.​​

Bee City Mural #1

Media Release: Midland unveils new Bee City mural

October 21, 2021 – Midland has added to its mural collection.

Combining its status as a Bee City with its reputation as a mural community, the Town commissioned two Bee City murals to highlight its commitment to protecting pollinators and pollinator-friendly habitats.

The first mural, led by artist Shandelle McCurdie with members of the community invited to help paint the mural, was unveiled in David Onley Park this morning. Shandelle's design concept allowed for community members of all ages and all artistic levels to participate in this project.

“We are proud to be a Bee City and to feature our community's commitment to protecting pollinators through these beautiful new murals," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Midland is known as a mural community, and it's wonderful to unveil this new mural that the community helped create."

The second Bee City mural is an intergenerational endeavour with residents of Georgian Village, King Place and local high school students working together to complete the painting. It will be installed in Little Lake Park in spring 2022.

The Town recognizes financial support received by the County of Simcoe to assist with some of the costs associated with this project.​​


Media Release: See you in 50 years! Midland buries time capsule linking our history, present and future

October 21, 2021 – Today, the Town of Midland buried a time capsule to commemorate the completion of the King Street Rejuvenation Project as well as Midland's history and current time we live in. It will be unearthed by residents in 2071.

The community was invited to provide suggestions for what to include in the time capsule and items were selected based on their relevance to the history and future of Midland, size, and archival stability.

Among the items included in the time capsule:

  • A letter from Council speaking to current-day events including:
    • King Street Rejuvenation Project;
    • The COVID-19 pandemic, and
    • Plans for future projects and developments.
  • A 3D-printed butter tart;
  • Items from Beausoleil First Nation and Georgian Bay Metis Council;
  • Items recognizing milestone anniversaries, and more!

“When future Midlanders unearth the time capsule, they will gain a small glimpse into this eventful time in Midland's history," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “And it is our hope that Midland in 2071 is still as great a place to live as it is in 2021."

The time capsule is buried at the intersection of King Street and Bayshore Drive, connecting it to the King Street Rejuvenation Project and the Harbour. A large rock (seen beside the time capsule in the attached photos) has been placed on top of the time capsule burial location, and a plaque will be installed on the rock in the coming weeks.​​



Unveiling of Fire Safety Station

Friends of Brian Williams, along with Mayor Stewart Strathearn (far left) and Fire Prevention Officer Ken Corriveau (far right) help unveil the Brian Williams Fire Safety Station.

Media Release: Midland Fire Department unveils new Safety Station honouring one of their biggest fans

October 8, 2021 – Midland resident Brian Williams was a big fan of the Midland Fire Department. Brian would occasionally stop by the fire hall and have a Diet Coke and a chat with the firefighters and was thrilled to hear about what was new with the department. Unfortunately, in 2019 Brian was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

“Brian Williams was a super-fan of all emergency services, and especially Midland Fire. When he was first diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2019, he and his CLH direct support staff made a bucket list of “experiences of a lifetime"," said Deb Duval, Senior Manager Adult Services with CLH Developmental Support Services. “Midland Fire Prevention Officer Ken Corriveau learned of this, and he and the entire Midland Fire team created a fire hall visit to remember for Brian. This meant the world to him! In appreciation for their kindness and for the vital work they do for the community, Brian left a bequest to Midland Fire."

Using that bequest from Brian, this week the Midland Fire Department unveiled the Brian Williams Safety Station, a new fire safety station that will be used on public education sessions for children and visitors of all ages for years to come, thanks to his donation and love of the fire department.

“Brian touched the hearts of the firefighters he met," said Midland Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “The donation and the new fire safety station named in his honour will continue an appreciation Brian had towards Midland Fire and will allow the fire department to continue to provide public education to the residents and visitors to the Town of Midland. We are grateful to Brian and CLH Developmental Support Services for this wonderful donation and example of community spirit."

“The entire CLH Developmental Support Services community is beyond thrilled that Brian is being honoured through the new Fire Safety Education Station," added Duval.

To watch a video of Brian's last visit with the Midland Fire Department please visit: https://youtu.be/EDOYBV6Xmmk

Cutting the cake

Media Release: Town of Midland announces COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for employees

October 8, 2021 – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Midland has been committed to providing a safe environment for Town employees and members of the public, and finding ways to safely offer all the services permitted during the various restriction stages. That commitment continues today with the announcement of the Town of Midland COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for employees.

Under this new procedure, which was presented to staff on October 7, employees are required to disclose their vaccination status by October 15, 2021. Employees who are fully or partially vaccinated, must provide proof of vaccination or documented bona fide medical and human rights exemptions by November 1, 2021. Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, must complete an Educational Program approved by the Town of Midland by November 15, 2021, to ensure they are adequately informed about the COVID-19 vaccines and the risks associated with not being immunized.

“The Town of Midland strongly encourages all employees who can to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a measure to protect their health and the health of their coworkers and the public," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town is committed to providing safe work environments for our staff, and for the visiting public, and implementing this new procedure will help ensure that is possible."​

Starting November 1, 2021, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees will be required to provide a valid current negative COVID-19 test result (antigen screening test or equivalent) prior to attending any work location. This test result must no older than 72 hours. This testing will be done on the employees' own time and at their own expense.

“Our staff have done an outstanding job of adapting to continuous change throughout the past 18 months," said CAO David Denault. “This procedure is another change, but I am confident that our employees will adapt and work together to ensure we continue to offer the services our residents expect, while keeping our coworkers and visitors safe."

The Town of Midland COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure was created through consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, legal experts, municipal partners, as well as recommendations from the Human Rights Commission, and an internal employee survey.

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on our website at Midland.ca/COVID-19, and we encourage residents to follow our social media channels for updates as well, @MidlandON on Twitter, and @townofmidland on Facebook.​

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit their website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.


 News Archive

2021

Media Release: Town of Midland unveils new Rainbow Crosswalk

October 6, 2021 – There are over 30 rainbow crosswalks in Ontario, and today the Town of Midland proudly added to that growing list by unveiling the Town's first ever rainbow crosswalk at an event held at the intersection of Bay Street and First Street.

"Fierté Simcoe Pride suggested the intersection in front of Grounded Coffee as a potential location for a pride crosswalk due to our history with the business," said Colin Nelthorpe, President of Fierté Simcoe Pride. “Grounded Coffee was one of the first businesses to put up a rainbow flag in the Town of Midland shortly after Fierté Simcoe Pride was founded. Since the beginning, they have reached out to offer support to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and provided members of the community with a safe space to gather."

Rainbow Crosswalk Colours

Given the evolving nature and spirit of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and society, the modern pride flag was chosen for the crosswalk as it integrates many of the pride flags into one. The colours each represent an idea that resonates with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community: Red for life, Orange for healing, Yellow for sunlight, Green for nature, Blue for peace, and Purple for spirit. The black and brown stripes represent people who are living with or who have died from HIV/AIDs, LGBTQ indigenous and people of colour. The crosswalk also incorporates baby blue, pink and white stripes to represent the transgender community. The arrow in the crosswalk design symbolizes the forward movement and the progress that still needs to be made.

“This is a great day for the Town of Midland," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Thank you to Colin Nelthorpe and Amy Miller, a member of Midland's 2SLGBTQIA+ community, for participating in the event to unveil our new rainbow crosswalk which is a symbol of Midland's proud commitment to embracing diversity, equality, and inclusion."​

Cutting of the ceremonial ribbon

Members of Midland Town Council along with Colin Nelthorpe, President of Fierte Simcoe Pride, hold the ceremonial ribbon, while Amy Miller, a member of Midland’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community, cuts it.

From left to right: Councillor Jonathan Main, Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Colin Nelthorpe, Councillor Carole McGinn, Amy Miller, Councillor Bill Gordon, Councillor Cody Oschefski, and Deputy Mayor Mike Ross.




Media Release: Town of Midland launches 2022 Budget Survey

October 1, 2021 – The Town of Midland wants your feedback! Today the Town launched its 2022 Budget Survey, seeking input from the public on financial matters to help identify key priorities for Council and Staff to consider during the 2022 Budget exercise.

“This is the third year we have a run a budget survey and given the pressures municipalities face to ensure they balance their budget, it's important that the public gets involved in this process," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “I encourage all residents, business owners and visitors to our town to take the survey and help ensure your views are considered before the 2022 Budget is approved in January."

The 2022 Budget Survey gives participants the opportunity to rank what services/programs they feel should receive higher portions of funding, rank the most important local issues/service gaps, their level of satisfaction with various services, and more.

“We want to hear from as many residents as possible. This is your time to weigh in on the upcoming 2022 Budget before it goes to Council," said CFO Michael Jermey. “We know many residents have views on where the Town raises revenues, supports the community and how we spend the budget. This survey is another opportunity to ensure those perspectives are shared. There will be a public budget meeting in January, but it's important to take advantage of all opportunities to have your voice heard."

To participate in the survey, please visit: Surveymonkey.com/r/2022_Budget_Survey

For more details on the 2022 Budget please visit EngagingMidland.ca/2022-Budget

The 2022 Budget Survey is open until end-of-day on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Results from the 2022 Budget Survey will be used in preparation of the 2022 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets, both of which will be presented to Council at the December Council meeting. The 2022 Budget review exercise will continue through January with budget request presentations by Town-supported Agencies, Boards and Commissions; the public budget meeting; and debate, leading to the 2022 Budget finally being ratified in late January.​​

Media Release: Town of Midland observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 – This morning the Town of Midland observed the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, by lowering the Every Child Matters flag to half-mast at the Town Municipal Office.

“The Town of Midland recognizes and seeks to raise awareness about residential and day schools in Canada," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We all join together in the spirit of reconciliation to honour the victims, the survivors and the lived experience of Indigenous Peoples".

All staff and Council were encouraged to wear an orange shirt as flags at all Town facilities were lowered to half-mast, and a moment of silence was held to honour the survivors, the many children who never made it home, and all who continue to be impacted by former Indian Residential and Day schools.

All flags will be raised to full-mast on October 1st, and the Every Child Matters Flag will continue to fly at the Municipal Office until October 22, 2021.

All residents are encouraged to visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website (www.nctr.ca) for further learning and education and to continue truth and reconciliation efforts.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day, held annually on September 30, is an Indigenous-led commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation. When arriving for her first day of school wearing a new orange shirt, the shirt was taken away from her, and is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.​​​


Municipal Fire Departments advise residents of situation training planned throughout September and October​​

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Fire Department

The Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Fire Departments will be conducting s​imulation training activities utilizing the empty building at 51 Dunlop Street, the former Penetanguishene Secondary School.

This training will consist of wall breaches, smoke movement and ventilation utilizing theatrical smoke, and search and rescue stimulations to practice victim extraction and forcible entry through walls and doors.

“This is a great opportunity for the two fire departments to train and work together to hone their skills to better serve the residents of both municipalities. Midland and Penetanguishene fire departments work closely together under the County Fire Mutual Aid agreement," says Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “This type of situation training is important for our crews to practice when provided the opportunity, making our response and continued cooperation that much better."

Training will spread out over the next few weeks. The Town of Penetanguishene and Midland Fire Departments advise residents that this is not an emergency, and there is no concern to the public during these stimulations.

For questions or concerns regarding the training, please contact:

Paul Ryan, Fire Chief
Midland and Penetanguishene Fire Departments
705-549-7453. ext. 706
pryan@penetanguishene.ca

Media Release: “Bee" part of the Buzz!

September 16, 2021 – A new Bee City mural is being created and the community is invited to “bee" part of the fun!

Community members, including individuals and households, can pre-register for one-hour time slots to work with mural artist Shandelle McCurdie to help paint one of Midland's newest murals.

The community painting day will take place on September 22 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre (NSSRC). Participants will be pre-screened, required to provide their contact tracing information, and wear a mask. In addition, participants must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 along with photo ID to enter the NSSRC, following the provincial requirements that come into effect on that date. The only exemptions permitted for this activity are for unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and people under 12 years old. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted to participate with a doctor's note until the medical exemption can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.

McCurdie has designed the concept for the mural and will have paint and brushes ready for those who are scheduled to help paint the mural's bees, pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants and flowers.

“We are a mural community and what better way to celebrate our status as a Bee City than by creating vibrant, colourful new murals," said Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator. “These murals will be installed around Midland so residents and visitors can enjoy them for years to come."

No special painting skills are required, and all ages are welcome.

To register for a spot, contact Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator, at kmealing@midland.ca or 705-526-4275 ext. 2200.  Registrations will be accepted until 4 p.m. on September 21, unless all available slots are filled before this date.

The Town recognizes financial support received by the County of Simcoe to assist with some of the costs associated with completing this project.​

Public Notice: Road closure and temporary transit route detour for Midland Avenue resurfacing

September 9, 2021 – Beginning on Monday, September 13, 2021, Midland Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Yonge Street to Hugel Avenue so that this portion of road can be resurfaced. The roadway is expected to be closed until end-of-day on Thursday, September 16, weather permitting.

Sidewalks and municipal parking lots will still be open, and all businesses will be accessible. Residents and business owners will have access to enter their properties, however there may be some delays and we ask that patrons to avoid this area.

Transit Route Detour

Due to this road closure the Mid-Pen Transit stop that is currently located on Midland Avenue, halfway between Elizabeth Street and Yonge Street, will be temporarily relocated to the northwest corner of the Midland Avenue and Elizabeth Street intersection.

The Mid-Pen Transit bus will pick riders up there and continue west to King Street, then proceed south on King Street to Yonge Street, to meet back up with the usual routes.

This temporary detour will be in place until the resurfacing of Midland Avenue is completed and the road closure is lifted.

Transit Stop map

For more information, please contact:

Quinton Kenney, C. Tech.
Operations Technician
1099 MacDonald Road, Midland, ON L4R 0G3
705-526-4275 ext.2407
qkenney@midland.ca 

Group photo from Transit Announcement

From left to right: Councillor Jonathan Main, Seniors Council member Bryde Desroches, Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Councillor Carole McGinn, Transit Operator Gary Wencher.​​

Media Release: Transit improvements continue with addition of new transit bus and a pilot project offering free transit for seniors in Midl​and

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August 16, 2021 – The Town of Midland is pleased to announce improvements to the Mid-Pen Transit Service that will provide a more reliable and more accessible service for residents in Midland. The Town purchased a new transit bus that is already in service and is launching the new Seniors on the Move pilot project that will provide free transit service to seniors in Midland.

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton was on hand in Midland today for these improvement announcements.​

New Midland Transit Bus

The new transit bus was funded, in part, by the federal and provincial governments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Over the past two years, the Town received $604,939 in federal and provincial funding through ICIP, that has been used towards the purchase of two new accessible transit vans in 2020, now operated by Community Reach, and a new Midland transit bus in 2021. This investment has upgraded the Town's fleet of transit vehicles to provide a more reliable service for all residents.

“Ensuring that our transit service runs smoothly and reliable is a continuous challenge for a small municipality," said Shawn Berriault, Director of Community Services. “This funding goes a long way in helping ensure our fleet doesn't age out, and that we can continue to meet the challenge of getting our residents where they need to be. We thank both the federal and provincial governments for their continued commitment to fund transit improvements for municipalities."

Seniors on the Move Pilot Project

Seniors in Midland will enjoy free transit rides over the next several months thanks to funding received in part from the Government of Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

 

The $25,000 grant provides complimentary transportation on our buses to those ages 65 and older, including 'Free Ride Days', ride passes and reloadable transit SmartCards through the Seniors on the Move project. The pilot project will run until March 31, 2022.

“We thank the Government of Canada for their support, and our Midland Seniors Council for their dedication in creating this pilot project, which will allow our senior residents to reach their medical appointments, shop, visit family and friends, volunteer in the community, and more without incurring transit costs," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town has implemented many public safety measures to our transit system during the pandemic and we want seniors to feel comfortable and safe accessing services and programs in the community."

“Facilitating intergenerational initiatives is part of Council's Strategic Plan for a Safe, Sustainable, Healthy Community," added Strathearn. “We are proud to launch this new pilot project to help seniors have easier access to our community."

The Seniors on the Move pilot project launches on Monday, August 16, with two options for seniors in Midland to participate:

  • Free Transit Packages containing 6 free transit passes are available for pickup at the Municipal Office, Midland Public Library, North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (NSSRC), Chigamik Community Health Centre and the North Simcoe Family Health Team. Subsequent passes can be picked up at these locations; or
  • Free SmartCards preloaded with 6 free transit rides can be picked up at the Municipal Office, Midland Public Library, and NSSRC. SmartCards can be reloaded at these locations.

In addition, a series of Free Ride Days for Midland Seniors (no passes/SmartCards required) will be held between now and March 31, 2022, kicking off with a week of Free Ride Days for Midland seniors from August 23-28, 2021. Visit www.midland.ca/transit for Tra details.

Those receiving the Free Transit Packages or preloaded SmartCards will be asked to provide their name and contact information to allow members of the Midland Seniors Council to follow up with participants to evaluate the pilot project.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a federal-provincial cost-sharing program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10 years. Ontario's share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities.

A video of today's announcement is available on our YouTub​e channel.​​

Media Release: Town launches Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program

July 28, 2021 – In an effort to improve safety in neighbourhoods and on roads in the municipality, the Town of Midland has launched a new Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program. This program will see a combination of calming measures, engineering, educational and enforcement tools used to address identified issues in areas around Midland.

“Over the past two years, the Town has been gathering data and information on traffic issues in Midland, both through our Traffic Monitoring Trailer and feedback from residents," said Mitch Sobil, Manager of Engineering. “From this we have developed a Draft Traffic Calming Policy to address identified issues. There are advantages and disadvantages to these traffic calming initiatives, and we invite residents to participate in our upcoming Public Information Session to provide their feedback."

Advantages from traffic calming measures can include:

  • Reduced vehicle speeds;
  • Reduced traffic volumes; and
  • Reduced number of cut through vehicles.

Disadvantages could include:

  • Potential increase in emergency vehicle response times;
  • More difficulty getting in and out of your neighbourhood each day; and
  • Traffic could be shifted/diverted onto neighbouring roadways.

“We have read and heard the feedback and reviewed the data collected, and residents should be confident that the traffic calming measures the Town employs will improve the safety of our roadways," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The King Street Reconstruction Project is a great example of how traffic calming measures, such as traffic lights, curb bump outs at corners, and crosswalks, can make our roads safer and more accessible for all forms of transportation, and the Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program will ensure we can all enjoy safer roadways throughout Midland."

The Public Information Session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7 p.m. The location/format for this meeting will be determined by August 13. The COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time will determine whether this session takes place in person or virtually on Zoom. Updates will be provided on the Town's website, EngagingMidland.ca and on social media.

For more details on the Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program, residents can visit EngagingMidland.ca/Traffic-Monitoring-Program to view the Draft Traffic Calming Policy, Draft Traffic Calming Guide, Traffic Reports from 2019-2021, and more. Residents can also suggest locations where our Traffic Monitoring Trailer should be stationed throughout town.​​

Media Release -​ New Public Art Installation to pay homage to Midland's history

July 27, 2021 – The corner of King Street and Bayshore Drive will soon be the home to a new public art installation.

“Sown," an artwork conceived by local artists Holly Archer and Camille Myles, will be placed in its new home in downtown Midland this summer. The piece is being fabricated by Lafontaine Iron Werks with Toque Innovations of Midland as the technical designer. The inspiration behind “Sown" is the rich industrial history of Midland, with elements of the design representing the five fingers that built this community (logging, shipping, the railway, agriculture and manufacturing) as well as the five bays from the foundational Indigenous legend of Kitchikewana.

“Developing vibrant public spaces and promoting a beautiful Midland is one of Council's current strategic priorities," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “This installation will complete the work on King Street, and we thank the Rural Economic Development program for their grant to assist with this project's streetscaping, including the commissioning of this new work of art. I also want to thank the local artist and fabricators for crafting this piece to pay homage to the unnamed, unsung community members who have been instrumental in building Midland to where it is today."

The artist team responded to a call for proposals that the Town issued in early 2021. “Sown" was selected based on the Town of Midland's Public Art Policy, criteria outlined in the request for proposals, and the installation site.

“The Town of Midland recognizes that art and culture have been and will always be integral parts of our community," said David Denault, Midland's Chief Administrative Officer. “We are very proud of our town and our beautiful new main street and are excited to showcase all that we have to offer to both residents and visitors."

The artwork is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, through the Rural Economic Development program, and the public can learn more about this artwork as it's being created. Visit EngagingMidland.ca/Sown-Public-Art-Installation for artistic descriptions of the artwork, concept boards and details on the elements of design.​


We wanted your feedback, and we got it! Successful Consultation leads to Request for Proposals for new playground equipment

In Spring of this year, the Town of Midland sought feedback from residents to help staff determine priorities in location, design styles and features/themes for new playground equipment. Thanks to the tremendous amount of feedback received, a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been created and issued, which aligns with the comments received from our residents.

The RFP closes on July 21, 2021, and the contract (which includes the design, site preparation, supply and installation of equipment and safety surfacing) is expected to be awarded by mid-August, with construction work to begin in mid/late September of this year. This phase of the playground replacement project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2022.

Based on the input received from residents and keeping in line with the budget available for 2021, new playground equipment geared towards both the 18 months – 5 year old age group, and 5-12 year old age group will be installed in Little Lake Park, Pete Pettersen Park, and Bayview Park.

Thanks to the feedback of residents, we can also determine what locations will be considered for future budgets as we move forward on a program that ensures our playground equipment remain safe and relevant in all our Midland parks.

The online consultation was held on Engaging Midland and more information and updates are available on the Playground Replacement & Restoration Project page.

Media Release: One month of rain in one day puts Midland sewer system and staff to the test

June 29, 2021 – Last year, the Town of Midland received approximately 89 millimetres (mm) of rain for the entire month of June. This past weekend, the Town received almost that much in one day as a ’25-year storm’ passed through our municipality. On Saturday, June 26, 2021, the Town saw 79mm of rain fall over 24 hours, including 57.8mm between 5 and 7 p.m. 

“The level of intensity we saw during this storm, and the amount of rainfall within that two-hour window pushes this closer to a ’100-year storm’ based on the Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) curve in our region,” said Mitch Sobil, Manager of Engineering. “Several sewer mains connect at King Street and Bayshore Drive, so it’s not surprising we saw a large surcharge there. However, the work conducted during the King St. project installed additional storm mains which gave us much more capacity to deal with the situation.  With 2 inches of rain falling during a two-hour window and an inch alone falling between 6:00-6:15 p.m. we’re pleased the system performed very well as it was designed to do. The Town also reported a sewer discharge event which occurred as a result of the overwhelming amount of water overflowing from one chamber.”

 Bar Chart - Precipitation in Millimetres - June 26, 2021

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Sewer systems are designed to contain up to a 5-year storm level of rainfall. In a two-hour window this would equal approximately 34mm of rain. Anything above that could result in a surcharge overland, which is what occurred on Saturday. However, the amount of surcharge was mitigated considerably thanks to the King Street Rejuvenation project.

Town Operations crews were out putting down sandbags during the storm to divert water and limit washouts in neighbourhoods and have since repaired most damage incurred along roadways. Crews are further investigating some problematic areas to help avoid flooding during future storms.

“This truly was a significant rainstorm, and the improvements to our sewer system helped prevent worse damage being done,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The King Street Rejuvenation was a giant improvement in our ability to deal with events like this. As we continue similar work throughout Midland and the continued removal of combined sewer systems, our infrastructure should be even more prepared for the next 25-year level storm. I’d like to thank our staff in Operations, our Water and Wastewater team, and our first responders who managed the situation and events professionally and expediently.”


Bee City-Pollinator Week display at Highway 12 and County Road 93 in Midland

The Town of Midland Operations Team created a Bee City-Pollinator Week display
at the corner of Highway 12 and County Road 93 in Midland

Media Release: The Town of Midland and SSEA are all about the Buzz

June 21, 2021 – This June, the buzz is about the bees, butterflies, bugs, and birds pollinating plants and what we can do to help protect them. To recognize the important services provided by pollinators, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) and the Town of Midland are bringing awareness to National Pollinator Week, happening June 21-27. To kick-off Pollinator Week, Mayor Stewart Strathearn has proclaimed the Town's support for this important celebration, and Midland staff designed and built a display at Highway 93 and 12 to commemorate this!

“The Town of Midland is proud to celebrate our first Pollinator Week as an official Bee City," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We have established “no-mow" zones throughout the town where mowing will no longer take place to provide suitable areas for pollinator habitat to be created, and I encourage all residents to get involved and learn more about what we can all do to help ensure pollinator populations thrive in our region."

Pollinator populations have been declining at an alarming rate due to habitat loss, misuse of pesticides, and climate change There are nearly 1,000 different pollinators in Canada alone, and not only do pollinators provide us with the food we eat but they also help sustain our ecosystems by helping our native plants reproduce. In turn, these healthy ecosystems can absorb greenhouse gases, prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and offer habitat for many important plants and animals.

The Town has made a commitment to helping and supporting pollinators as a designated Bee City municipality and our Municipal Climate Change Action Plan. As a Bee City, Midland is taking on-the-ground action, including piloting a strategic mowing project, planting new pollinator habitat, and working with SSEA to plant native trees and combat invasive species. Visit Town staff at the Midland Summer Market, 526 Bay Street, Midland on Sunday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to pick up free wildflower seeds and learn more about how you can protect pollinators.

Here are some simple things everyone can do in their back yard to help bees, butterflies, and other pollinators:

  1. Plant native flowers or trees. Our native pollinators have evolved along side our native plants, so they are better matched as food sources for them than cultivated or non-native species of plants.
  2. Pledge to not use chemicals in your garden. Rather than chemical herbicides, planting mint, thyme and marigolds attract beneficial insects that will prey on typical garden pests. 
  3. Education is the best tool in a gardener's pocket! Check out Pollinator Partnership Canada's website at www.pollinatorpartnership.ca and follow SSEA's Sustainability and Climate Action Project Team on social media for more tips to be 'bee-friendly'! 
  4. Read more about Bee City Canada or take the 'Pollinator Pledge'. Visit www.beecitycanada.org.

Follow the SSEA's Sustainability and Climate Action Project Team on Facebook: @sustainablesevernsound or Twitter: @sustainsevsound, or learn more about the programs led by Team SSEA at @ssea_ssrap and Instagram @severnsoundea.

Full details on the Town of Midland's Bee City initiative, including maps identifying “no-mow" zones in the municipality, can found at: Midland.ca/Midland-is-a-Bee-City.

Learn how you can get involved in Pollinator Week, visit: https://pollinatorpartnership.ca/en/pollinator-week-canada

To find out more about the Bee City Canada Program, and to access pollinator information and resources, visit: https://beecitycanada.org/ ​​

Media Release: New Pay-by-Plate parking system to launch on July 1, 2021, residents can provide feedback on Engaging Midland

June 16, 2021 – On July 1, 2021, the Town of Midland will be launching its new paid parking system for parking spaces downtown and in all municipal parking lots, including Midland Harbour. The new “Pay-by-Plate" system will allow drivers to simply pay at the new meters, enter their licence plate number, and continue on their way. There is no need to display tickets on the vehicle dashboard.

“Our new pay-by-plate parking system is really the finishing touch to our King Street Rejuvenation project," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Not only do we have a fresh, beautiful looking downtown main street, we now have a modernized parking system. Replacing the 350 old meter machines with 70 of these modern pay-by-plate meters not only provides more convenient payment options for drivers, but it will also allow us to maintain our accessible and flexible streetscape."

Highlights of the system that will be in place on July 1:

*Update - June 17,2021*

  • The Town of Midland will be applying a graduated enforcement education program until August 1, 2021

Complimentary Times

  • 15 minutes of parking will be complimentary for all street parking; or
  • 1 hour of parking will be complimentary for all municipal parking lots.

Complimentary p​arking may be used once per day (either street parking or lot parking, not both), per licence plate. Drivers will still be required to register at the parking meters.​​


Parking Rates

  • 25 cents/15 minutes.
  • $1/hour.​

Hours of Operation

Paid parking will be in effect using the following schedule:

  • Downtown streets & Municipal Lots: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Harbour Lot: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Overnight parking remains free from April 1 to November 15.

Payment Options

The new machines offer convenient options for payment. Coins, debit/credit card, Apply Pay and Google Pay will all be accepted.​

ParkedinTM Mobile App

Using the mobile app customers enjoy:

  • Paying by simply scanning a QR code with their phone at the parking meter, or at parking signs throughout municipal lots.
  • Receipt email upon successful payment.
  • Email alerts at 10 minutes left on your session.
  • A link in the receipt and email alert to extend/top up the parking session.​

Full details on the app can be found at ParkingSupport.ca/Precise-ParkLink-Parkedin.

Permit Parking through IPASS

Parking permits can now be obtained using the Interactive Parking Access Subscriber System (IPASS). The IPASS system allows users to register for permits on a monthly or annual basis, $30/month or $99/year.

Through IPASS, customers can register, pay and manage their accounts at any time – no need to visit the Municipal Office to acquire permits. For full details on IPASS, please visit: ParkingSupport.ca/Precise-Parklink-IPASS-Monthly-Parking-Support.

Customized Event and Holiday Parking

The new parking system will allow for the Town to create custom parking options around events and holidays, taking advantage of the new flexible streetscape along King Street, while still providing parking options for drivers.

Updated Parking Web Page Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, an updated parking web page with customer support/FAQs will be added to Midland.ca, with an instructional video on how to use the new Pay-by-Plate parking meters.

Have Your Say – Online Engagement

Make suggestions on how we can customize the parking system to best suit residents, businesses and their staff at Engaging Midland. The online engagement is available now and will continue through July. Residents are encouraged to submit their feedback and help shape the parking system as we move forward. To participate, please visit: EngagingMidland.ca/Midlands-New-Parking-System.​


Changes to Mid-Pen Transit: New Transit Rates

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland​

May 28, 2021 –Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Council members approved changes to the current fare rates for the Mid-Pen Transit Service​​. As of June 14, 2021, the fare rates for all riders will increase to the following amounts:

Adult:

Cash Fares – $3.00/ride

Reloadable Smart Card – $45.00/20 rides

Senior (65 years and over) & Students (ages 7-17):

Cash Fares – $2.50/ride

Reloadable Smart Card – $40.00/20 rides

Child (ages 6 and under​):

Free for all services

These fare increases also apply to the Accessible Transit service in Midland.​

Mid-Pen Transit riders are reminded that they can reload their transit SmartCards online using the Mid-Pen Transit Service Online Portal, or by appointment at the Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Municipal Offices​.

Access to the portal can be found here: midland.usetransit.com.

The Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland remind passengers to limit public transportation travel for essential purposes only. If you must use public transportation, please remember it is mandatory to wear a mask while on the bus and to sanitize your hands when boarding the bus.

For more information regarding the Mid-Pen Transit system, please visit the Town of Penetanguishene Transit Webpage or the Town of Midland Transit Webpage.​

Media Release: Midland tunes up its pipes! Water & Wastewater Services Team using innovative acoustic technology to inspect sewers

May 14, 2021 – Throughout the Town of Midland, there are over 90 kilometers of sewer pipe infrastructure, helping deliver wastewater from homes and businesses to our Wastewater Treatment Centre on William Street. Clearly, it is important to ensure that this infrastructure is in proper working order and maintained to not only provide the services residents expect, but to also reduce the potential for sanitary sewer overflows.

Until recently, the inspection of sewer infrastructure was a time-consuming process, not to mention the health and safety risks involved with sending staff down into the sewers. Thanks to innovations in technology, our Water & Wastewater Services department can avoid those risks, and inspect sewers safely and more efficiently from above ground, using the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT®).

The SL-RAT® is an acoustic pipe inspector that uses acoustic inspection technology to determine if there is clear flow through each section of sewer pipe or if there are blockages/obstructions. By measuring the sound energy through the airspace between the wall of the sewer pipe and the flow of sewage, a blockage assessment can be made up to 20x faster than using CCTV, at a fraction of the cost.

“This technology is allowing our team to inspect our sewer infrastructure so much more efficiently than in previous years. Assessments for each section of sewer pipe (maintenance hole to maintenance hole) can be made in three minutes or less. In past years this would be costly work, requiring specialized cleaning and camera (CCTV) equipment to determine potential problems within the pipe," said André Pepin, Acting Manger of Water & Wastewater Services. “Not only is this innovative technology helping to save an immense amount of time, it's also saving a considerable amount of resources, allowing us to shift those to other projects."

In over 230 municipalities, including the City of Toronto, City of Vancouver and City of Victoria, the SL-RAT® technology has provided more than one hundred million feet of sewer line assessment. We can soon add another 296,000 feet to that impressive total!​

Midland staff member showing how the SL-RAT technology is easily operated at a maintenance hole.

A Town of Midland Water & Wastewater Services team member shows the ease of use and efficiency involved with using the SL-RAT® technology. Another team member would be located at the next maintenance hole, and combined the units inspect that section of sewer using acoustic inspection technology. The units are lightweight, can be operated by one team member per unit, and results of the acoustic inspection are available within three minutes, and they can move on to the next section of sewer.​

Media Release: Town of Midland announces new Executive Director of Planning, Building and By-Law

May 13, 2021 – Adam Farr joins Town of Midland as the Executive Director of Planning, Building and By-Law effective June 21, 2021.

Adam joins the Town with a wide range of experience as a professional planner, in Alberta and Ontario. Adam has managed a number of diverse portfolios including but not limited to downtown revitalization; community engagement; Official Plans; heritage area zone design standards; advisor to First Nations Chief and Council on land management and economic development issues; performance based approaches to Industrial Land Planning; customer service; and continuous improvement projects for building and planning services.  

Adam is a Registered Professional Planner with a Master's in Environmental Studies, Environmental Planning and Management from York University and​ Honours Bachelor of Arts in Policy Analysis from Western University.

The last two (2) years Adam has played a key role with the Town of Collingwood, as Director of Planning, Building, By-Law and Economic Development. Previously Adam held positions of: Manager of Development Review for City of Brampton and Town of Halton; Principal planner, City of Edmonton and Land and Resources Management Coordinator for Woodland Cree First Nation, Alberta.


Media Release: Town of Midland ranked one of the Top 100 best communities in Canada

May 4, 2021 –According to Maclean's Magazine's most recent assessment of 415 communities in Canada, Midland is ranked #98 - making the Top 100. This is a significant improvement from the 2019 assessment where we were ranked #247.

The MacLean's Best Communities list considers several different categories, determining scores based on how each community compares to its peers. Midland had a number of top features highlighted including “Community involvement".

“It's fantastic news to see our community ranked among the Top 100 Best Communities in Canada," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “As people and businesses continue to re-evaluate what is important to them through this pandemic, we are finding much more interest in communities like ours. To be highly ranked in the country reinforces the hard work the entire community has embraced to make this a special place. We live our motto of Persequi qualitatem vitae, meaning "in pursuit of quality of life" and welcome this recognition."

To visit MacLean's bi-annual Best Communities list visit Macleans.ca for the full ranking list and details on the methodology used to rank the 415 communities.​


Media Release: Town of Midland launches Public Consultation on Affordable Housing

April 19, 2021 – Midland Council's Task Force on Affordable Housing has launched its public consultation project. Engaging Midland, the Town's engagement website, is hosting the online consultation, providing a virtual forum for all residents to participate in understanding Midland's need for more affordable housing. In addition, the site provides information on the housing situation in Midland along with updates on measures being taken to build additional housing.

Council's Task Force on Affordable Housing is looking for opportunities to increase the number of affordable housing units available in Midland. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reports that over the period from 2015 to 2019 the vacancy rate for rental row-housing and apartment units declined from 3.3% to 2.0%. The Task Force wants to see this trend reversed.

Launched in June 2020, Council's Task Force was directed to seek options for addressing Midland's affordable housing needs. Its objectives include encouraging new accessible and affordable housing.  This mandate reflects Council's recognition that the lack of such housing presents challenges to the wellbeing of our residents and economy.

The County of Simcoe has legislative responsibility for housing and manages many programs targeting social housing. Accordingly, the Task Force will focus on the segment of the affordable housing market known as “attainable housing" – housing not eligible for government social supports. This segment of the market is often referred to as the 'missing middle". The Task Force will coordinate its work with the County of Simcoe.

The Task Force's initial work involved reviewing municipalities across Canada to understand how they addressed their housing challenges. All municipalities stressed the importance of active participation from residents. The launch of the public consultation on Engaging Midland starts this outreach process. In addition to information on the housing situation in Midland, links to resources that Council's Task Force is using and updates on housing activities will be provided, and residents are encouraged to submit questions. The public consultation project will also include housing surveys and Town Hall meetings in the near future.​

For full details please visit EngagingMidland​.ca/Councils-Task-Force-on-Affordable-Housing

For media enquiries, please contact:

Gord McKay
Chair, Council's Task Force on Affordable Housing
gordonmckay@rogers.com

Randy Fee
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Town of Midland
rfee@midland.ca​​

Annual Street Cleaning ahead of schedule in 2021

Town of Midland Operations staff have had an early jump on the spring sand clean up. Look out for the sand clean up crews as they work through cleaning up every Town street no matter the size. Main and high trafficked streets are nearly completed and crews will soon turn their focus to side streets and subdivisions. 

Once all main streets have been completed, to ensure equal servicing for all residents, clean ups are scheduled in varying orders of sequence from year to year so look for the crews coming by your neighbourhood soon!​

A street clearner clearing sand from the road/curb.A street clearner clearing sand from the road/curb.

A front loader with sand in it's scoopMobile directional sign to direct traffic around the street cleaning work​​
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Media Release: What playground structures should we install? Take our survey and let us know!

Operations Department launches Park Playground Replacement Project

March 30, 2021 – With the 2021 Budget approved we are anxious to get our new playground equipment on order so we can all enjoy them this year, but we need your help.

During the summer of 2020, several playground structures in Town parks were cordoned off following an extensive inspection that identified several pieces of equipment needing repairs and/or removal. A frustrating time for residents looking to enjoy the outdoors just as COVID-19 restrictions were being relaxed.

Today, the Town of Midland's Operations Department is launching the Park Playground Replacement Project, a project that will see new playground structures installed at up to four popular parks in Midland.

What will be installed? That's a decision we invite residents to play a part in!

“We want the public to help us decide what kind of playground features we install this year," said Dylan Flannery, Manager of Operations. “To do that we have launched a project on Engaging Midland, where residents can review structure options and themes for all four proposed parks, then complete a survey to help us narrow down the choices."

The four playgrounds recommended by staff for replacement are:

  • Little Lake Park East Playground;
  • Pete Pettersen Park Playground;
  • Bayview Park Playground; and
  • Tiffin Park Playground.

There are a variety of options available in different themes and styles, structures for ages 18 months old to 5 years of age, 5 to 12 years of age, and potentially some outdoor workout equipment.

“There are a lot of options out there and we want to maximize our approved budget for the project," said Flannery. “We also want to ensure these playgrounds are inclusive for people of all abilities, and offer physical and sensory play, including visual, tactile and auditory elements. We want all children to be able to enjoy these new structures."

Once the survey is completed Town staff will review the results and issue a request for proposals for equipment/structure installation.

The Park Playground Replacement Survey is open until Friday, April 16, 2021. To participate, visit EngagingMidland.ca/Park-Playground-Replacements-Restorations and browse the style and theme proposals for each park, then take the survey to help ensure we are building inclusive playgrounds for everyone to enjoy for years to come. ​​


Media Release: Town of Midland CAO and Simcoe Muskoka colleagues recognized by OMAA for commitment during COVID-19 pandemic

March 17, 2021 – When David Denault joined the Town of Midland as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Town, like much of the country, was in the middle of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Municipal Office was closed to walk-in service, offering only by-appointment services, with many staff working remotely. A challenging way to start ​a new position, to say the least. Despite all of this, David hit the ground running and has not only led Town staff through a challenging time of change, but he has also stepped in and helped make an impact in our region.

During this time, CAOs in Simcoe Muskoka formed a partnership that began having weekly meetings with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) for guidance and advice on facing the challenges posed by the public health crisis. This partnership has not only helped ensure Simcoe Muskoka municipalities are working from the same playbook on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also opened regular lines of communication between CAOs, greatly assisting in these efforts and other initiatives.

On February 25, 2021, David and the team of CAOs were recognized for their efforts at the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association (OMAA) Awards Event with a special OMAA achievement award for their commitment to this partnership and to the SMDHU in responding to the challenges our region has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“David, along with his Simcoe Muskoka team members, was nominated by a fellow CAO colleague and recognized in front of members of the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association at a recent online Award event. The Association considers it a real honour for one member to take the time to nominate their peers," said OMAA President Gayle Jackson, CAO for the City of Orillia. “During the time of the pandemic, CAOs have demonstrated leadership in their communities and shown through professional management how they, their staff and colleagues are able to develop innovative approaches to new challenges while sustaining municipal service delivery."

The OMAA works to enhance good government by promoting professional management in local government and leadership for Ontario municipalities. This year awards celebrated milestones, innovation, professionalism, and exemplary leadership by CAO members.

“It's been a pleasure to work with David over the past year as his experience and leadership has helped guide both staff and Council through this challenging time," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “It's a difficult task to step in and not only lead an organization through a pandemic, but also the day-to-day operations of a municipality, primarily through virtual means. David's management style is focussed on the power of a team effort. This award is a great example of what that can accomplish."

“We're proud to share this news and congratulations to David and the team of Simcoe Muskoka CAOs, from Council and staff!"​


Media Release: Town of Midland joins the Bee City Canada program; No-Mow Zones in low-use park lands will create pollinator habitat, reduce costs and GHGs

March 8, 2021 – The Town of Midland has committed to protecting pollinators as a designated Bee City. A Bee City municipality commits to provide pollinator habitat within the municipalities' boundaries.

As part of this commitment, the Town is starting a pilot project to test the outcomes of No-Mow and Reduced-Mow Zones. These Zones are areas of Town land that will either no longer be mown or will be mown less. This is being done to save resources, reduce pollution and create pollinator habitat. As the watershed's leading environmental agency, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) will support the Town in this initiative.

By allowing these areas to grow, the Town is creating sustainable landscapes, saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and limiting noise from mowers. No-Mow Zones reduce storm-water runoff, protect water quality are a safe place for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

As a member of the Sustainability Committee which prepared the Town's Climate Plan, Midland Councillor Jonathan Main was keen to have the Town join the Bee City Canada program. “Municipalities influence up to half of Canada's GHGs, making local action key to the success of the climate fight. This effort helps to mitigate the Town's carbon emissions by developing green and vibrant public spaces that protect and expand our pollinator habit and biodiversity," said Councillor Main. According to data from the Government of Canada, a gasoline powered lawn mower emits about 48 kilograms (106 lbs) of GHGs in one season. Gas-powered lawn mowers are inefficient and produce a lot of air pollution.

In 2019 the Town invited residents to have their say on the future of the municipalities' management of their 26 plus parks and trails. The updated Parks and Trails Master Plan includes comments from stakeholders that the Town's program was not cost effective, and that staff needed to find ways to reduce those costs. Recommendations included limited mowing and naturalization of some park areas to realize environmental benefits and reduce costs, as unnecessary mowing uses staff time, equipment and fuel. The Town will continue to mow most areas with only select areas designated as No-Mow or Reduced-Mow Zones. The sites will not interfere in any way with the enjoyment of the Town's parks and trails.

Quotes

Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Town of Midland:

“The Town of Midland is committed to applying a 'sustainability' and 'climate-lens' to our corporate decision-making process. The No-Mow and Reduced-Mow Pilot Project will allow our team to assess the opportunities in our parks and public spaces to develop aesthetically pleasing pollinator habitat which will also provides valuable environmental services, not only for pollinators, but for the ecosystem as a whole. The decline in pollinator populations requires action, and as a member of the SSEA Services Board, the Town is responding in an efficient and fiscally-responsible manner while utilizing the knowledge and science-based services of the SSEA Team."


Andy Campbell, Executive Director of Environment and Infrastructure, Town of Midland:

“The Town's decision to commit to the Bee City Canada program has given our staff a platform to investigate alternatives to traditional turf-management through learning and sharing of best-practices for pollinators among the other Ontario and Canadian Bee City municipal program members. The resources available through the Bee City program combined with the valuable services of the SSEA will ensure our actions are effective and that the results are evaluated to justify the Town's efforts."

Julie Cayley, Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association:

“By supporting the Town of Midland in their membership to the Bee City Canada program, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is supporting the health of our important pollinator species. Our collaborative efforts will contribute to a healthy and resilient environment, and establish long-term, pollinator habitat. We thank the Town for this demonstration of their commitment to sustainable land management and to the implementation of their municipal Climate Change Action Plan."

To find out more about the Bee City Canada Program, and to access pollinator information and resources, visit: https://beecitycanada.org/

To learn more about the actions and recommendations in the Town of Midland's Climate Change Action Plan, visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca.

To view the Midland's Parks and Trails Master Plan, visit https://www.midland.ca/Pages/Parks-and-Trails-Master-Plan.aspx. ​

You can also check out the Town of Midland's Bee City Canada Designation web page.


Media Release: Onta​rio's Best Butter Tart Festival cancelled due to pandemic

March 4, 2021 – June 12th won't mark the sweetest day of the year for 2021.

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival has been cancelled again this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sadly, this year we will once again not be able to hold our renowned butter tart festival in downtown Midland. Even though vaccinations are being delivered as supply increases, this serves as another reminder that we are not out of the woods yet with COVID-19," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “In order to provide fair notice to all involved with the festival, the decision has been made to announce the cancellation of the Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival now. That does not prevent you from enjoying butter tarts while staying home, staying safe, and saving lives."

Pending public health guidelines, Ontario's Best Butter Tart Contest may take place so bakers watch for details.

This would have been the 9th year for the award-winning festival which was slated to take place on our newly renovated main street.

The festival website will host a list of confirmed vendors, with links to their websites to encourage would-be festival visitors to reach out to downtown Midland merchants and festival vendors for online ordering and curb-side pick-up options.

Town of Midland will miss welcoming butter tart lovers in June and we encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe so we can hopefully enjoy butter tarts together on June 11, 2022!​


Media Release: Midland Town Council approves Budget for 2021

February 24, 2021 – After three full days of budget deliberations beginning February 22, 2021, Council approved the Town's 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets today, on the final day of deliberations. Highlights in the 2021 Capital Budget include addressing current and future infrastructure needs; while replacing playgrounds in some local parks, aged-out capital assets; and building upon the services offered to residents.

With County and Education rates being factored in, residents will see an increase to their municipal property taxes in 2021 at a blended rate increase of 2.5%. This equates to an approximate increase of $36 per $100,000 of property assessment. The blended tax rate includes the portion allocated to the Town's Agencies, Boards and Commissions. The final Tax Rate By-law will be approved by Council in May.

Council has also approved increases to the water and wastewater user rates of 5% and 4%, respectively. This approval continues Council's dedicated effort to build infrastructure reserves to replace aging water and wastewater infrastructure in the future. For a typical user, the impact will result in a $0.35/week increase on both water bills and wastewater bills.

“Each year Council and staff work to approve a budget that will continue to enhance our community's way of life and build upon the services we offer, while also trying to minimize the tax levy impact on our residents," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We faced a new challenge this year in the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has impacted us all. With that in mind Council tasked staff with developing a budget with a 2.5% tax increase or less, and I'm pleased to say we have achieved this goal while preserving our services and the additional community support contained within."

“The 2021 Budget not only delivers value for the taxpayers, it also continues the course correction efforts of this Council to build our community through growth and improvement of our services and those provided by our Agencies, Boards and Commissions."

“2020 has been a challenge for everyone, with COVID-19 forcing all of us to change the way we live and work. With many changes internally, staff took a new approach to the 2021 Budget, led by our Chief Financial Officer, Michael Jermey," said David Denault, Chief Administrative Officer. “This was our first budget under his guidance and through his hard work and the hard work of all staff, we managed to prepare a comprehensive and transparent draft budget and meet Council's goal of a 2.5% tax increase."

2021 Budget Highlights include:

  • Gross Operating Expenditures of $31,585,011, including:
    • ​$29,385,598 for Municipal Operations,
    • $2,099,413 for Agencies, Boards, and Commissions, and
    • $100,000 for Council request in support of Affordable Housing.
  • 2021 Capital Budget of $9,218,680; and
  • Water & Wastewater Operating Budget of $7,050,911.

For more details on the 2021 Budget, please visit www.midland.ca/Budget.​​​

We want to hear from you: North Simcoe Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Survey

The Town of Midland, in partnership with the Town of Penetanguishene, Township of Tay, and Township of Tiny, are joining together to develop a North Simcoe Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan.

Throughout the County of Simcoe, eight (8) community safety and well-being priority areas (areas of risk) have been identified. After a comprehensive prioritization process that was informed by current data, the North Simcoe CSWB Plan will focus on the following three (3) areas of risk:

  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Attainable Housing
  • Education (with a focus on skilled trade)

We are looking for your assistance in advising us on what you believe, or have experienced to be, any challenges, obstacles or gaps in addressing the above issues.

We welcome your thoughts or ideas on how best to create solutions to the above areas of risk.

To take the survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/northsimcoeGMG


Clearing snow from roadways and cutting back snow banks, an ongoing process for Town of Midland Operations Team

Due to recent significant weather events, that included heavy snowfalls, the Town has seen a rise in high snow banks Town-wide. The Operations Department is well aware of this and is performing snow removal duties beginning in high priority areas and locations such as school zones, collector roads, and high traffic intersections. 

Once priority areas have been addressed, and if there is no additional snowfall, the Operations Team can begin removal in other less priority areas.​ This includes road and sidewalk clearing as well as cutting back/down snow banks along roadways and on corners to ensure safe travel for residents.

For more information on this and other winter operations, including some FAQs, please visit our Winter Operations & Snow Removal web page​.

Check out the photos below for a glimpse at how our snow removal operation works:

Snow Dump" located behind the Operations Centre.

A front loader snow blower blowing snow

A front loader snow blower blowing snow with a large mountain of snow in the background
As the snow is delivered/dumped at the "Snow Dump", a front loader snow blower blows the snow onto an already substantial ​mountain of snow that has already been cleared from Midland roadways this winter.


Media Release: Town of Midland receives $250,000 grant towards King Street beautification​

January 12, 2021 – The Town of Midland has successfully secured a grant in the amount of $250,000 through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream. The funds will be used to assist with streetscaping costs for the King Street Rejuvenation Project and will include items such as street furnishings, trees and plantings, and a public art installation to reinvigorate Midland's distinctive and memorable downtown.

The RED program, which is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), provides cost-share funding that supports activities that create strong rural communities in Ontario, and helps increase rural economic development.

“The construction phase of the King Street Rejuvenation Project was completed in 2020, on-time and on-budget through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing Midland with a modern, fully-accessible main street. This funding will help ensure that the remaining beautification work to be completed in the spring will result in a beautifully enhanced and vibrant downtown, where residents will want to shop, live, work, be entertained and more," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town of Midland has a rich history and as a focal point, King Street plays a large role in this. This rejuvenation project will help maintain this history and solidify Midland as a leader in Simcoe County and a top tourist destination."

“Supporting local jobs and removing barriers to investment and economic growth in rural communities is more important than ever," said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “Investments in the Rural Economic Development program will have a very real impact for communities like Midland and across rural Ontario."

Community consultations during the development of the 2015 Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan identified a desire to make King Street more pedestrian-friendly. By improving the greenery and street furniture and adding public art, the Town will enhance the pedestrian experience within the downtown and create a liveable space enjoyed by residents and visitors. The beautification improvements will enhance existing events and provide a backdrop for year-round visitors and cruise ship passengers who visit Midland each summer, contributing to our thriving tourism economy.

A call for public art proposals will be announced later this year.

“Thank you to the Government of Ontario, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, and Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop, for your continued support of community improvement efforts," added Mayor Strathearn.

The $14 million King Street Rejuvenation Project saw Midland's main street dug up from Yonge Street north to Bayshore Drive, to replace century-old underground infrastructure (storm/sanitary systems, and watermains), create a new road alignment that allows for a flexible configuration along the street for parking and events, and to make the roadway completely accessible with mountable curbs and upgraded traffic signals.​






2020

Jack Charlebois, former two-term Councillor and long-serving member of Midland Police Service has passed away

On the evening of Sunday, December 27, former Midland Town Councillor and 30-year member of the Midland Police Service, Jack Charlebois, passed away.

"Jack Charlebois ​was a very community​-minded person serving in the Midland Police Service for many years rising to the rank of sergeant. His dedication to the community continued in the political realm where he served two terms as councillor; one under Mayor Jim Downer and the second under Mayor Gord McKay," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. "Jack is well-known throughout ​our community for his service and support of residents in seeking solutions to their issues. Jack had many ardent supporters and will be remembered fondly."

"I wish to recognize Jack's longstanding service to his community, and on behalf of Council and the residents of Midland, I extend heartfelt condolences to Jack's family."

'Very community-minded person': Former Midland councillor, police officer, Jack Charlebois, dies after battling COVID-19​ - Midland Mirror, December 28, 2020


Media Release: Town of Midland Building Team donates $500 prize to two local food banks

December 23, 2020 – The Town of Midland Building Team has chosen to help two local food banks in need of support this time of year, by donating a $500 charitable donation prize evenly between The Salvation Army ($250) and St. Vincent de Paul ($250). The Building Team were the fortunate winners of an annual draw held by the County of Simcoe Chapter of the Ontario Building Officials Association. The draw normally awards one municipality with $100 to make a charitable donation, however with COVID-19 impacting all communities, this year the chapter awarded $500.

“Our team got together as a group and decided how best to use this generous prize, and the consensus was that the food banks could use it the most given the holiday season puts the most strain on their resources, especially this year with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting everyone," said Rob Elliott, Executive Director of Community Services. “Our team works hard to go above and beyond providing services to our community, and to win this prize and have the opportunity to help those in need was a great reward to end 2020 on a positive note."

The two donations were sent to the food banks in mid-November, ensuring that they could be put to good use in time for the holiday season to arrive.

The Building Team

The Building Team: Sarah McKeown, Mike Campitelli, Dan Canzanese, Robert Liberty and Terry Paquette (*Photo was taken pre-COVID)

Fire Safety Contest: You could win a Rink In A Box!

The Midland and Penetanguishene Fire Departments want to see your photos! 

From December 22 until January 7, submit photos of your family practicing fire safety over the holidays and you could win a Rink In A Box (a full backyard ice rink kit).

One family from Midland and one family from Penetanguishene will win the ice rink kits.

How can you enter? 

Simply email your photos to Fire Chief Paul Ryan.

Midland residents email: pryan@midland.ca

Penetanguishene residents email: pryan@penetanguishene.ca​

Rink in a Box, one of the prizes available

Media Release: MBLDC to commission study aimed at pursuing UNESCO Global Geopark Designation​

December 15, 2020 – Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) announced on Wednesday, December 9, that it intends to commission a study regarding pursuing a UNESCO Global Geopark designation.​

UNESCO is a global network of expertise, experience, potential partnerships and investment that brings the power of 191 countries committed to the knowledge sharing ideals of UNESCO.

Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas of international geological significance that are managed holistically for protection, education, and sustainable development. Geoparks celebrate regional heritage and sustain local communities.

Joining the UNESCO global network of 161 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 44 countries will enable the exchange of ideas and experiences that will have valuable cultural, economic, and trade benefits for Midland and the region.

“MBLDC's mandate is to support economic development, community growth, and innovation. Having a UNESCO Global Geopark designation will act as the catalyst for branding and marketing MBL, Midland, and the region," said Bill Kernohan, Chair of MBLDC. “In addition, we believe it will enhance development and investment opportunities that will benefit the whole area by expanding tourism with new global tourists and inviting development of the kind we envision for this property."

One example of this is the Stonehammer Geopark in New Brunswick - North America's first Geopark. Since designation in 2015, tourism has blossomed in St. John, five adjoining towns, and the Bay of Fundy area, Geoparks are not only about geology, but it's also about people, society and culture. A UNESCO Geopark designation sends a strong message of excellence, research, culture and prosperity for communities like Midland who are aspiring to evolve into the new world economy and a changing planet.

The study that MBLDC is going to commission will develop a vision and positioning for a UNESCO Global Geopark and to outline the scope, process, stages, timeline, and budget required to obtain a Geopark designation through UNESCO.

Council unanimously approved MBLDC proceeding with the study.

Midland Bay Landing, through extensive public consultation, is planned as a 16-hectare mixed use commercial, retail, educational, and residential community adjoining a continuous waterfront promenade overlooking Georgian Bay and connected to new public parks. Connections to the revitalized downtown Midland and the deep-water harbour will create a destination for both residents and visitors.​​

North Simcoe Service Delivery Review: Public Consultation​

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene, Town of Midland, Township of Tay and Township of Tiny

The Town of Penetanguishene, Town of Midland, Township of Tay, and Township of Tiny are reviewing services provided by each municipality. Service Delivery Reviews are a common exercise for municipalities to gauge their level of service across all business units and see where opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness exist.

An important part of Service Delivery Reviews involves providing members of the public the opportunity to participate in the engagement process. Over the next month, residents and businesses will be able to provide feedback on services they currently receive, and their expectations over the coming years.

In mid-December, the four municipalities will each be hosting virtual townhalls that will provide an overview of the Service Delivery Review engagement, and allow for participants to ask questions, provide feedback on current services, and offer their ideas on the future.

In an effort to promote public health guidelines associated with the response to COVID-19, these townhalls will be hosted through virtual methods. Information on each townhall's timing, and how to access them will be posted on the website of each municipality.

In addition to the virtual townhalls, the municipalities will make a survey available online, or by pickup from each Municipal Office. This community survey will provide an additional method for residents and businesses to provide input to the Service Delivery Review.

The virtual townhall and survey will both look to understand:

  • Service delivery expectations;
  • Strengths, and activities that each municipality should continue, and;
  • Challenges faced by residents and businesses with respect to receiving services. ​

The services being reviewed at this time include:​

  • Human Resources/Health & Safety
  • Procurement
  • Communications/Marketing/Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Services
  • Land Use Planning
  • Building Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Fleet Management

Input provided by the public will support the development of recommendations for future service delivery enhancements.

Specifically, the four municipalities are looking to explore opportunities to make it easier for residents and businesses to access municipal services in a consistent manner, processes to deliver efficient and effective local services, and possibilities to reduce unnecessary and duplicate processes, to be more cost effective.​

Public Consultation Dates:

All meetings will be held electronically and begin at 7:00 p.m.

Town of Penetanguishene - Monday, December 21, 2020

Town of Midland - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Township of Tay - Thursday, December 17, 2020

Township of Tiny - Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Additional information on the specific timing associated with each townhall will be posted to municipal websites along with the electronic meeting information in the coming days.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Tim Leitch, P. Eng.

Director of Public Works/Acting CAO
Township of Tiny
tleitch@tiny.ca
705-526-4204

David Denault

Chief Administrative Officer,
Town of Midland
ddenault@midland.ca
705-526-4275

Jeff Lees, CPA, CGA

Chief Administrative Officer,
Town of Penetanguishene
jlees@penetanguishene.ca
705-549-7453

Lindsay Barron

Chief Administrative Officer,
Township of Tay
LBarron@tay.ca
705-534-7248​​

Mayor Stewart Strathearn speaking at reopening ceremony, with guests standing behind him
Town of Midland Mayor Stewart Strathearn speaking about the success of the King Street Rejuvenation Project and thanking everyone involved​, with Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop, members of Council, staff and project contractors on hand for the ceremony.

Media Release: Town of Midland celebrates the on-time completion of construction for Phase 2 of the King Street Rejuvenation Project​

November 27, 2020 – The Town of Midland celebrated the completion of construction for Phase 2 of the King Street Rejuvenation Project today at a road reopening ceremony held on King Street. The road is expected to be fully reopened to vehicle traffic on Monday, November 30.

The $14 million “big dig" project saw Midland's main street dug up from Yonge Street north to Bayshore Drive, to replace underground infrastructure (storm/sanitary systems, and watermains), create a new road alignment that allows for a flexible configuration along the street for parking and events, and to make the roadway completely accessible with mountable curbs and upgraded traffic signals.

"This is a great day for the Town of Midland, in a year when we could really use some good news," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Over four years ago we set out to undertake this project, and through the hard work of our staff and contractors we're happy to say the construction portion of this project has been completed on time. More importantly, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this portion of the project has been completed safely, a testament to the protocols our contractors have put in place in order to continue with this project as planned."

The King Street Rejuvenation Project started in earnest in 2016 with design work and public consultation taking place over the following years. In 2019, the first phase of construction began, which was a proactive measure to complete the northern end of King Street at Bayshore Drive. By doing so it allowed Bayshore Drive, a major east-west roadway, to remain open in 2020 during Phase 2 of the project.

“This project has had a major impact on the town and will continue to do so as we move forward," said Andy Campbell, Executive Director of Infrastructure & Environment. “Our downtown businesses have been impacted by the closure of King Street, and even though we could plan for this project what we couldn't plan for was COVID-19. Successfully completing this portion of the project on time, during the pandemic will alleviate added impact on businesses next year. In addition, the town now has a modern underground infrastructure along King Street, which will operate much more effectively than the nearly century-old infrastructure it replaced."

In 2021 the King Street Rejuvenation Project will be fully completed with aesthetic and beautification work being done, consisting of tree and garden planting, bench installations and more.

“Thank you to our staff and our contractors, Arnott Construction Ltd, Tatham Engineering and Envision-Tatham, and their staff for their hard work over the course of this project. King Street has been the focal point of much of Midland's rich history, and this rejuvenated main street will help maintain that and provide a top attraction for visitors to our region for years to come, added Mayor Strathearn. “I would also like to thank our downtown businesses for their patience and cooperation throughout this process, and our residents for their continued support of our local businesses during both the construction and COVID-19 pandemic."

For more information on the King Street Rejuvenation Project, please visit EngagingMidland.ca/King-Street-Rejuvenation.​​​​



Media Release: Mid-Pen Transit Service launches online payment portal with more to come

November 18, 2020 – Mid-Pen Transit riders can now reload their transit SmartCards from the comfort of their homes or on their mobile devices when they're on the go using the new Mid-Pen Transit Service Online Portal.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic still a concern, everyone is looking for ways to limit their risk of exposure, and the launch of this online payment portal not only reduces the reason to visit another public building, it also offers riders a digital alternative that they can use to reload their SmartCards wherever they are, and whenever they need to," said Shawn Berriault, Director of Community Services. “This online portal has been in the works for quite some time and we're pleased to finally be able to offer it to our riders."

The Mid-Pen Transit Service Online Portal will provide riders with the ability to:

  • Create an online user account;
  • Register their SmartCard to their account;
  • Link more than one SmartCard to a user account;
  • Reload their SmartCard online via credit card;
  • Activate an auto-reload feature where the system will automatically load their SmartCard when your balance falls below your set threshold;
  • Report a lost or stolen SmartCard to immediately deactivate the lost or stolen SmartCard and request a replacement; and
  • Review usage history.

Other Features to Enhance the Experience for our Riders:

Live Transit Mapping Feature – Coming Early 2021

We are working to provide users with real-time transit updates so riders can track where the buses are, next departure times, and system alerts. This service will be available in early 2021 via the Transit App.

New Buses for both Routes

The Town of Penetanguishene has received their new bus, which is already in service providing a larger capacity for riders. The Town of Midland is expecting a new bus in the new year and will be used as the primary bus.

Route Changes – Penetanguishene (January 2021)

The Penetanguishene route will see several efficiency modifications for a trial period in January 2021. If there are no issues identified during this trial period, the changes will become permanent.

New Benches (2021)

Riders can expect new benches along the routes for added comfort while waiting for pickup.

“Many residents need the transit service in order to access work, shop for supplies, get to personal appointments, and to visit friends and family when safe to do so," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Thanks in part to funds received from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), we are pleased to provide these new service features to our riders to help ensure they can plan their travels more conveniently and accurately. Our thanks go out to Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop and the Provincial Government for continuing to support our efforts to improve our infrastructure."

“The Mid-Pen Transit service provides a convenient and affordable way for community members to travel within our municipalities. It is easy to see the benefit that this service provides, and we are pleased with the amount of community support for the service" said Mayor Doug Leroux. “With the impacts of COVID-19, we are proud to be able to offer an easy online payment option for community members. Thank you to our Provincial partners for this timely support in our Public Transportation." 

To access the Mid-Pen Transit Service Online Portal visit midland.usetransit.com

Transit riders can continue to reload their SmartCards in-person at the following locations:

  • Midland Municipal Office
  • North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (Midland)
  • Penetanguishene Municipal Office
  • Penetanguishene Public Library

Reminder, that transit riders are required to wear a non-medical mask when riding the bus, with exceptions given to certain individuals based on the Chief Medical Officer's instructions. Masks will be provided when boarding if you don't have one, and refusal to wear one will result in refusal of service and could result in fines ranging from $750-$1000 up to a maximum of $100,000.

As per the directive of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, exemptions will be made for: children under the age of two, and those under five who refuse/cannot be persuaded to wear one by their caregiver; those who cannot wear a mask due to their religious beliefs; and persons with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent a person from wearing a face mask.

For more information on the Mid-Pen Transit Service, please visit:
Midland.ca/Transit or www.Penetanguishene.ca/en/residents/Transit.asp​​


Media Release: North Simcoe Service Delivery Review

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene, Town of Midland, Tiny Township and Tay Township

October 27, 2020 – In early 2020 the Town of Penetanguishene, Town of Midland, Township of Tay and Township of Tiny were successful in receiving provincial funding to review services provided by each municipality.  Service Delivery Revie​ws are a common exercise for municipalities to gauge their level of service across all business units and see where opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness exist.  

The intent of the North Simcoe Service Delivery Review is to consider “who does what" in the context of what is best and meets the needs of North Simcoe residents and businesses looking ahead to the next twenty years. It is the goal of the four Municipalities to investigate service delivery improvements and to identify more efficient and effective ways of operating.  

Specifically, the four municipalities are looking to explore opportunities to make it easier for residents and businesses to access municipal services in a consistent manner, processes to deliver efficient and effective local services, and possibilities to reduce unnecessary and duplicate processes, to be more cost effective. Addressing these opportunities will allow the four municipalities to maintain their individual municipal identities, while focusing on improving current delivery standards.

Phase 1 of the Municipal Modernization Program total project cost will fall within the $100,000 grant funding which has been provided by the Province of Ontario.

In early August, it was announced that Optimus SBR Inc. was awarded the project to undertake the comprehensive review of eleven (11) Municipal services and service levels, collectively agreed upon by the four Municipalities.

  • Human Resources/Health & Safety
  • Procurement
  • Communications/Marketing/Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Services
  • Land Use Planning
  • Building Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Fleet Management

Optimus SBR Inc. has experience working with public sector and government funded organizations in North Simcoe and have demonstrated a strong understanding and historical experience in community engagement and consultation techniques. These techniques will include engaging members of council, staff, municipal stakeholders, and members of the community.  Members of the public will have an opportunity to engage with Optimus SBR Inc and municipal staff to provide their feedback on the proposed delivery review. The final report with recommendations will be submitted to each Council for review and consideration. 

For media enquiries, please contact:

David Denault
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Midland
ddenault@midland.ca
705-526-4275

Jeff Lees, CPA, CGA
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Penetanguishene
jlees@penetanguishene.ca
705-549-7453

Lindsay Barron
Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Tay
LBarron@tay.ca
705-534-7248​

Tim Leitch, P. Eng.
Director of Public Works/Acting CAO
Township of Tiny
tleitch@tiny.ca
705-526-4204​



Public Meeting - Future Site of Habitat for Humanity Homes in Midland

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North begins fundraising for 2 homes in Midland​

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Mayor Stewart Strathearn was on hand, along with Town of Penetanguishene Mayor Doug Leroux, Township of Tay Mayor Ted Walker, Township of Tiny Mayor George Cornell, and representatives from Simcoe North MPP Bruce Stanton's office and Simcoe North MP Jill Dunlop's office, to unveil the future site of two new, energy efficient homes, to be located at 808 Birchwood Drive in Midland.

The Town of Midland is proud to donate this land to such a great cause, and Council has approved a recommendation to waive the Planning​​ Application fees for the project ($6,500).

A public meeting will be held at the November 18 Council meeting regarding an application to amend the Zoning By-law for 808 Birchwood Drive.

Notice of Public Meeting.

Media release from Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North.

Town of Midland welcomes new Executive Director of Corporate Services & Town Solicitor

Please join us in welcoming Tina Lococo to the Town of Midland as Executive Director of Corporate Services & Town Solicitor, effective October 26, 2020.

​Tina joins the Town of Midland with over 15 years of legal and management experience as a strategic and visionary executive, in-house counsel, and former municipal CAO and publicly appointed board member.  Tina is an excellent collaborator, communicator, and innovator who leads by example.  She prides herself on being a down to earth mother, athlete, and outdoorswoman.

Raised in Northern Ontario, Tina has lived in small towns as well as large urban centres. Tina loves adventure (Machu Picchu trek, Tambopata River in the Amazon), travel (Galapagos Islands, Europe, and coast to coast in North America), sports (volleyball, swimming, kayaking) and each year challenges herself to learn to do something new (skydiving, surfing, hang gliding).​

Tina's educational background includes:

  • University of Ottawa, B.A. Honours English

  • Dalhousie University, combined MBA (Finance / Human Resources)/ LL.B (Business / Environmental)

  • Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP, Toronto, summer student and legal Articles​

"We’re all excited to have Tina join our team at the town," said David Denault, Chief Administrative Officer. "Her leadership and experience along with a love of the outdoors will help us continue to focus on council’s strategic direction and priorities.​"

Media Release: Quick actions help contain small diesel spill in Midland Harbour

October 6, 2020 – Late in the afternoon on October 5, Rick Dalziel, Harbour Master for the Town of Midland noticed a sheen on the water in Midland Harbour and the strong smell of diesel in the air. Acting quickly, Rick notified Town Staff and the Ontario Ministry of Environment Spills Action Centre were notified. The Coast Guard responded to investigate the potential size and spread of the spill, and the Town enlisted the services of a professional cleanup crew.​

Absorbent mats were laid in the water by the cleanup crew to help extract the diesel fuel, and the Coast Guard surveyed the area by helicopter this morning looking for signs of diesel in other areas of the harbour. At this point, no other instances of a diesel spill have been located and the investigation has been closed.

“Our storm sewer system was investigated as a possible source, however there was no sign of any diesel fuel within the system, and the boats still in the harbour did not show any indications of being the source either," said Andy Campbell, Executive Director of Environment and Infrastructure. “The Coast Guard estimates this was approximately 5 to 10 gallons of diesel fuel. One litre of diesel fuel has the potential to spread over 3,000 square meters. Thanks to the quick action by Rick, this situation appears to be contained and the potential spread avoided." 

Cleanup crews are expected to be on site for the remainder of the day to ensure the fuel is cleaned up.

Though the source of this diesel spill has not been identified, watercraft operators are reminded that in the event of a fuel spill they must report it as soon as possible to the Canadian Coast Guard by calling 1-800-265-0237 (in Ontario). You may also report marine pollution incidents by contacting a MCTS centre on VHF channel 16.​

Rick Leaney presented with a street sign that says "Rick Leaney Way"
Town Councillor, and former Mayor, Jim Downer (left) and Mayor Stewart Strathearn (right) present Rick Leaney with his own personal Rick Leaney Way street sign.​

Media Release: Long time Harbour Master recognized with street named in his honour​

September 29, 2020 – Rick Leaney spent more than three decades with the Town of Midland, many of those years spent as Harbour Master in Midland Harbour. To recognize his dedication to Midland and all of his contributions over the years, a street was named in his honour today. The roadway that stretches between the Midland Harbour Office and the restaurant will now be known as Rick Leaney Way.

“For many years Mr. Leaney was the familiar face that greeted boaters and visitors to Midland Harbour, in addition to helping guide the large ships into port," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “His 35 years as Harbour Master was not his only contribution to our great town. Mr. Leaney was also one of the town's biggest promoters, being a mainstay at the Midland booth at the Toronto International Boat Show for 25 years. That in itself is worth honouring, but his dedication went to further lengths than that, and so today the Town was proud to unveil Rick Leaney Way to thank him for all he has done and continues to do for the Town of Midland."

For decades, Rick was the face of the harbour and assisted not only transient boaters, but the Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian naval ships, Tall Ships and cruise ships. In addition to his love of promoting the town at the boat show each year, Rick also created the Kid's Fishing Derby, an annual event that gives local children the chance to win prizes for catching fish in the harbour.

“I had the pleasure of working with Rick for over 25 plus years, and witnessed first hand the dedication he had for his work and for Midland," said Bryan MacKell, former Director of Planning, Economic Development and Harbour Committee Administrator. “I can't think of anyone who walked this stretch of road more in the course of his time as dedicated Harbour Master and town ambassador, ensuring visitors were greeted and taken care of, and it's fitting that it will now be known as Rick Leaney Way."​

The two new accessbile transit vans​Media Release: New Accessible Transit Vans presented to Community Reach​

September 25, 2020 – Accessible transit in our region received a large boost today, as the Town of Midland and Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop presented Community Reach with two new accessible transit vans. The vans will help Community Reach continue to provide access to barrier-free transportation for residents in North Simcoe.

The accessible transit vans were funded, in part, by the federal and provincial governments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The Town of Midland received news in April 2020 that it had been approved for a combined $568,309 for two projects under the Public Transit stream, in addition to a $36,630 investment previously announced in August 2019.

“The Town of Midland is fully committed to ensuring our town is accessible to all residents and being able to purchase these new accessible transit vans goes a long way in furthering those efforts," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town will add a new transit bus to our Mid-Pen Transit service next year, and work is currently underway on completing an online transit portal that will provide both accessible and conventional transit riders with access to scheduling, vehicle tracking, and online transit smartcard reloading. Combined with these new accessible transit vans, Midland will have a much more reliable and user-friendly transit service to get residents where they need to go."

“We are fortunate to have Community Reach provide critical transit services for people with accessibility challenges in the Town of Midland," said Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop. “The addition of these new specialized vans through ICIP funding, is an exciting project which will allow access for more people to move around the community."

“We have experienced some breakdowns with a couple of the aging Midland Accessible Transit vans so these new vans will be reliable and ultimately safer going into the winter months," said Cathy Greer, Executive Director of Community Reach. “Ride requests doubled from 7,072 in 2018 to 13,128 in 2019 so these new vans will be a great asset to help serve the increasing demand on our fleet."

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a federal-provincial cost-sharing program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10 years. Ontario's share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.

A playground structure with snow fencing around it
​A playground structure with snow fencing around it, indicating it is 'Out of Service'.

Media Release: Residents urged to not use 'Out of Service' playground structures

September 11, 2020 – When the Town of Midland was permitted to move into Stage 3 of the Ontario Government's recovery framework in mid-July, many playground structures and equipment in Town parks were opened for public use. However, due to safety concerns, several playground structures have been cordoned off using snow fencing to prevent these structures from being used. 

“An extensive inspection of our playground structures and equipment was completed earlier this summer, and while many structures were able to be reopened when Stage 3 arrived, several were found to be in need of repair and/or removal and are considered 'out of service'," said Dylan Flannery, Manager of Operations. “Unfortunately, over the course of the summer the snow fencing around some structures has been continually removed by park patrons in an attempt to use the unsafe structures."

A report went to Council in August outlining the inspection results, and efforts are currently underway to identify which structures can be repaired, which structures will be removed, and what may replace them. 

“We understand that this may be a frustrating inconvenience, however we ask that residents respect the fact that these structures are not safe for use. Even if the structure looks safe and was used last year, circumventing or removing the fencing will put themselves and those who may use it afterwards at risk," added Flannery.

Many playground structures/equipment are in service and available for use at Bob Merkley Park; Cook Drive Park; Griffin Street Natural Park; Harbourside/Rotary Park; Little Lake Park; and Regent Park.

Playground users are reminded that these structures are not sanitized, and that physical distancing must be practiced when using them. Signage is posted at all structures advising of this.​


Mayor Strathearn and artist Murray Van Halem

Mayor Stewart Strathearn (holding Winter Layup) accepts the painting donation from local 
artist Murray Van Halem (holding Baie Comeau at Night).

Media Release: Local artist donates two paintings to the Town of Midland

August 20, 2020 – Earlier this month, the Town of Midland received two beautiful paintings donated by Murray Van Halem, a local artist from Victoria Harbour. The paintings, titled 'Winter Layup' and 'Baie Comeau at Night', both feature the Baie Comeau bulk cargo vessel, a frequent visitor to Midland Harbor that has laid up in port many times for the winter season.

"The two paintings that depict the Baie Comeau in Midland Harbour are emblematic of this Georgian Bay community and the Midland Municipal Office is the natural home for these works," said Murray Van Halem. “I am delighted that they will be displayed here for years to come."

Murray has been active in the local arts community, with his home studio being a popular stop on the Coldwater and Area Studio Tour, and many of his paintings have been exhibited at the Quest Art School + Gallery in Midland. His art has also been featured at exhibitions in Toronto, Royal Victoria Hospital, Orillia Museum of Art and History, and the Collingwood Public Library.

Murry and his wife, Bayla Fishman, are moving to Dundas to be closer to their children at the end of the summer, which prompted the donation of the paintings to the Town.

“The Town of Midland has a beautiful harbour, complemented by the historic mural on the grain towers and the numerous vessels that visit our port," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Mr. Van Halem's paintings capture the beauty of our harbour at different times of the year and we're grateful and thank him for this generous donation. I look forward to displaying them in the halls at the Municipal Office for all to admire."​

Painting of the rear of the Baie Comeau Paining of the side of the Baie Comeau

(Click to view larger images)

North Simcoe Treasure Days are back​!

Treasure Days in Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay has returned. 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, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 2020. 

Items can be placed curbside starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 17. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. Failure to do so could result in fines.

Make room. Find free, cool stuff!​​​

With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, we ask that all participants adhere to they physical distancing rule (2 metres/6 feet), wear masks when you can't ensure proper distancing, and follow the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's guideline for cleaning/disinfecting ​goods and surfaces​.​

Little Lake Park Beach and Boat Launch reopen as blue-green algae bloom dissipates

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that a blue-green algae bloom that has been present at Little Lake since July 20 has now dissipated. As a result the beach and boat launch at Little Lake Park ​have reopened and are available for use. ​

More details on blue-green aglae. Stay up to date on beach water testing/swim advisories by visiting the SMDHU's dedicated web page.

Public Notice: Parking at Pete Pettersen Park Boat Launch for Midland residents only

July 22, 2020 – With the warm summer weather having fully arrived, boaters are reminded that parking at the Pete Pettersen Park Boat Launch is for Town of Midland residents only. Non-residents are permitted to use the boat launch at no cost; however, they must make alternative arrangements to park at nearby Bayport Marina.

Midland residents are required to obtain a free boat launch parking pass , which permits parking of vehicles and trailers in the parking lot area at the boat launch. Proof of residency is required along with the vehicle being used for transporting and launching boat. This permit must be displayed in the vehicle with your boat trailer and is valid only in designated parking areas. A maximum of two nights parking is permitted.

Free boat launch parking passes can be obtained from the Midland Harbour Office, between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Vehicles not displaying a valid 2020 parking pass on their windshield will be ticketed and possibly towed at the owner's expense.​

For more information, please contact:

Jim Reichheld

Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Town of Midland
575 Dominion Avenue, Midland, ON L4R 1R2
705-526-4275 ext.2227
jreichheld@midland.ca​​

Little Lake Park Beach and Boat Launch closed due to blue-green algae bloom

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that a blue-green algae bloom is present at Little Lake Park Beach. As a result the beach and boat launch at Little Lake Park ​will remain closed until further notice. 

Public notice from the SMDHU.​

Little Lake Park Beach Closed due to potential blue-green algae bloom

As of July 8, the beach at Little Lake Park will be closed until further notice due to a potential blue-green algae bloom discovered by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). 

Below is the media release f​rom the SMDHU:

Visitors to Little Lake Park in Midland cautioned about potential algae bloom​

Midland — Beach goers and visitors to Little Lake Park in the Town of Midland are being cautioned about a potential blue-green algae bloom. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says illness can result from exposure to blue-green algae, whether for drinking, swimming, bathing, cooking, washing or through eating fish caught from the lake. Persons are being advised not to use the water for drinking or food preparation, including infant formula. Safe water sources include municipal water, bottled water or a well that is not affected by lake water. 

Swimming and other water sport activities should also be avoided in areas where algae is visible. As well, do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible 

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks will be collecting water samples that will be analyzed to confirm if a bloom is present. Because wind and water currents can change the location of algae blooms, the caution is being issued around the entire lake. Blooms may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup or turquoise paint.

Blue-green algae are capable of producing toxins that can be harmful to humans and animals. Boiling the water will not destroy the toxins, and home treatment systems should not be relied on.

Symptoms from consuming toxins from a blue-green algae bloom can include headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and can be more serious if water is swallowed in large quantities. 

To learn more about blue-green algae visit the health unit website at www.simco​emuskokahealth.org, or call Health Connection weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.​​

Media Release: 2020 King Street Community Art Project now installed

July 10, 2020 – The construction fencing in downtown Midland now boasts a collection of original paintings created by 39 Simcoe County artists.

The 2020 King Street Community Art Project includes 2' x 2' paintings by artists from Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny, Beausoleil First Nation, Orillia, Midhurst and Innisfil, ranging in age from 13 to some in their seventies. 

“It was such a creative and uplifting project to undertake during this time of self-isolation and uncertainty," said Bridget Dewyze, one of the participating artists who incorporated her family when completing her panel. “Our whole family was able to participate in some way and find joy in the process."

The goal of the Town of Midland project is to beautify the downtown core during the King St. Rejuvenation Project and welcome shoppers back as stores and businesses begin to re-open and continue to provide curbside pick up.

“The paintings showcase the amazing talent that we have in our area and we thank all of the participating artists," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Given the long history of creativity and artistry in Midland, and with the current restrictions on accessing indoor spaces, the Town is very excited for this opportunity to bring art outdoors for our residents to enjoy."

The paintings will be on display until the construction fencing remains on King St. While the original intent was for a temporary art project, some panels may find a permanent home at the Harbour office at the Town Dock. 

The complete collection of paintings, with artists' names, is available at:https://www.midland.ca/Pages/King-Street-Community-Art-Project.aspx​​

Media Release: Time Capsule to commemorate Midland's history and future​

June 25, 2020 – In 2071, Midland residents will gain a glimpse of life in the early 2020's when they unearth a time capsule to be buried next year.

Upon completion of the King St. Rejuvenation Project in spring 2021, the Town of Midland will bury a time capsule and they are looking for ideas from the community on what to include. The time capsule will contain items relevant to the history and future of Midland.

“It has been a very long time since King Street was last reconstructed, and I think it's important to commemorate this historic project," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Not only will this time capsule celebrate the completion of our King Street Rejuvenation project, it will also shed light on what life was like in Midland in 2021 for those opening it 50 years from now. For some it will be distant memories, and for others it will open a door to a time well before they were born.".

The Town of Midland is looking for ideas on what items should be included in the time capsule. Please note that the size and archival stability of suggested items will need to be taken into consideration. Those interested in suggestion items for the time capsule are invited to visit Engagin​gMidland.ca/Time-Capsule by Sept. 7, 2020. Those without internet access can mail their ideas to:

Town of Midland
Attn: Time Capsule Project
575 Dominion Avenue
Midland, ON, L4R 1R2

Final selection of the items for inclusion will be conducted by a jury of citizens. Those interested in being appointed by Council as a jury member can find the application form at EngagingMidland.ca/Time-Capsule. The final items selected will be announced in the Fall of 2020.​​

Media Release: Virtual Canada Day Celebration taking place in the Heart of Georgian Bay​

Canada Day 2020 celebrations in North Simcoe are moving online.

June 16, 2020 – With current restrictions on large gatherings, Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny are collaborating to bring fun family-friendly activities to the community to enjoy online.

“Since we can't gather in person, we started to look at ways to engage the community online," said Nicole Major, Tourism and Special Events Manager with the Town of Midland. “We approached Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny, and together we have come up with some great family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy safely from the comfort of their own home."

The festivities will include the national anthem with Emma Reynolds, an art lesson with Make A Mess, learning how to juggle with the Fire Guy, a Franco sing along with Michel Payment, Pioneer Crafts with the Penetanguishene Museum, an appearance by the Huronia Museum's Museum Man, Canadian Animals with the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Story Telling with Star Otter Art, baking butter tarts with the Boys and Girls Club and much more.​

All activities, with the exception of a performance by Dylan Lock, will be pre-recorded and available at www.cultureallia​​​nce.ca from July 1 to July 31. This will allow community members to create their own Canada Day schedule and watch favourite videos multiple times.

Major noted that she is looking forward to Lock's performance, which will be the only activity streamed live that day, as well as the videos of the magicians, smoothie-making with MegaMindful Living and family yoga with Retreat Yoga and Wellness.

While all activities are free, the organizing municipalities ask that everyone consider making a donation to a local charity that is doing great work in our community. Those unsure of which charity to support, could consider a donation to the Huronia Community Foundation who will see the money directed to where it is needed.​

There are also a few offline activities being planned and organized. Free cookie decorating kits will be available to the first 100 families from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the June 28 Farmer's Market in Midland. There will also be a Canada Day colouring page available for download at culturealliance.ca and everyone who emails a photo of their completed coloured page to CanadaDay@midland.ca by 4 p.m. on July 3 will be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of 10 prizes of $50 in Downtown Midland shopping dollars.​

The 2020 online Canada Day festivities have been made possible through a grant from the Government of Canada.​

Media Release: Province sees spike in fire fatalities since start of 2020

Fire Chief Urges Residents to Keep Fire Safety Top of Mind

May 5, 2020 – Since January 1, fire fatalities across Ontario increased by 65% compared to the same time last year, with 17 Ontarians dying in fires in March alone. Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene Fire Chief Paul Ryan wants to remind everyone how important it is to keep fire safety top of mind.

“I urge you to be vigilant in preventing fires in your home, especially now with so many people at home practicing physical distancing because of COVID-19," said Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “It's just as important that you test your smoke alarms and practice your home fire escape plan."

Between January 1 and May 4, 2019, there were 31 fire fatalities in Ontario. Over that same period this year, there have been 51 fire fatalities.

“Only you can make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in our communities," continued Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “You need to do everything you can to prevent a fire in your home."

There are simple things that you can do to prevent a fire from happening in your home and ensure that everyone knows what to do if a fire starts. ​

How to protect yourself and your loved ones​

Reduce fire risks in your home:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of home fires.
  • Keep a close eye on anyone drinking alcohol and attempting to cook or smoke.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside the home and outside the garage. Thoroughly extinguish all smoking materials in water or sand.
  • Always blow out candles before leaving the room.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets. Extension cords should be used only as a temporary connection. Avoid running electrical cords under rugs, which can damage the cords and cause a fire.
  • Ensure items that can burn are at least one metre away from space heaters.
  • Do not attempt to sterilize or decontaminate face masks for re-use by heating them in a microwave oven. Various fabric or metal components can overheat or create sparks and cause a fire if heated in a microwave. 

Make sure your alarms work:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Only working smoke alarms can give you the early warning you need to safely escape a fire in your home.​

Practice your home fire escape plan:

  • Ensure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible. 
  • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use. 
  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for. 
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or a neighbour's home.
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
  • If you live in an apartment or high-rise building talk to the building superintendent to learn about the emergency procedures outlined in the building's fire safety plan.

For more information, please contact:​

Ken Corriveau
Fire Prevention Officer
Midland Fire Department
705-526-4279 ext. 2236
kcorrivea​​u@midland.ca

Pierre Genier
Deputy Fire Chief
Penetanguishene Fire Department
705-549-7453 ext. 707
pgenier@p​​enetanguishene.ca

Annual Uni-Directional Flushing program begins on March 30

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.

This year the UDF program will start on Monday, March 30​, 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 serve.

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.​​​​​

Parking Permits for Pete Pettersen Park Boat Launch now available!

The 2020 parking permits for boat launch users at Pete Pettersen Park have arrived and are now available for residents, for free, at the Midland Harbour office from Harbour Master Rick Dalziel.​

The office is currently open Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and currently closed over the weekends until arrangements have been made to fully staff the office and safely reopen other harbour amenities. 

Residents of Midland are required to obtain a boat launch pass​, which permits parking of vehicles and trailers in the parking lot area. Proof of residency is required along with the vehicle being used for transporting and launching boat. This permit must be displayed in the vehicle with your boat trailer and is valid only in designated parking areas. No overnight parking is permitted.

Non-residents are permitted to use the ramp at no cost; however, vehicles with trailers are required to make arrangements to park at the adjacent Bay Port Marina for a nominal fee.​

Safety and Health Week - May 3-9, 2020

On any given workday in Canada, three (3) people will die from a job-related fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Even one (1) is too many."

The goal during Safety and Health Week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the​ public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.​

For more information about the history of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week – Link http://www.naosh.ca/en​glish/history.html​​

Media Release: #PrepareYourSelfie – Midland & Penetanguishene Fire Departments Celebrating Emergency ​Preparedness Week with contest

May 4, 2020 – The Midland Fire Department and Penetanguishene Fire Department are celebrating Emergency Preparedness Week from May 3-9, and is encouraging all residents in both municipalities to #PrepareYourSelfie for an emergency by making a plan, building a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit, and staying informed.​

“We want our residents to be as prepared as possible for an emergency all year round," said Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “You never know when an emergency will come up, and we're encouraging residents to plan ahead and be prepared so they have the best chance of keeping themselves and their families safe."

Make a Plan

Residents should make a plan for emergency situations. When putting together their plan, remember that your family may not be all together. Ask yourself, what would you do in different situations? Make your plan by involving all members of your family.

Build a Kit

A 72-hour emergency preparedness kit should have everything you and your family members would need over a three-day span. Your kit should be easy to carry and ensure that you store it somewhere dry and easy to access when needed.

Stay Informed

It is important that residents stay informed so they're aware of potential emergency situations by signing up for emergency and weather alerts. Stay up to date by following local media online and on social media for the latest updates.

For more details on how to prepare for an emergency, visit: www.emergencymanagement​ontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html

To enter our contest for a chance to win a vehicle emergency kit, residents must build a 72-hour emergency kit; take a selfie picture of themselves with their kit; share it on social media and tag the Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene while using the hashtag #PrepareYourSelfie. Residents can also enter by emailing their photo to Fire Chief Paul Ryan at pry​​an@penetanguishene.ca. The contest closes on May 31, 2020.​

Online tax and utility payment issues resolved

Please be advised that the issues with online payments to the Town of Midland have​ been resolved.

If you encounter any further issues, please contact our Customer Service at 705-526-4275 and press '0'.

Media Release: Town of Midland announces hiring of new Chief Administrative Officer​

April 16, 2020 – The Town of Midland is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). David Denault, a distinguished senior executive with both public and private sector experience, will join the Town as its new CAO.

“After a thorough recruitment process, Council is extremely happy with this result," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “David brings a breadth of talent and experience to the Town of Midland, and we are excited to have him on board to lead our Administration."

Before joining the Town, David, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the Ivey Business School, most recently served as Associate Deputy Minister and CEO of ServiceOntario, one of the largest public service organizations in Canada. Before that, he was with AT&T for over 15 years, the last 10 serving as President of Global Services Canada and Executive Director of Global Operations Strategy.

Originally from Iroquois Falls​, Ontario, David will take over the position from Interim CAO, Amanpreet Sidhu, who will resume his role as Executive Director of Corporate Services and Town Solicitor. Amanpreet has served in this role since the start of the year, when former CAO John Skorobohacz retired.

“To bring someone on board with David's background is a real win for the Town of Midland," said Amanpreet Sidhu, Interim CAO. “Town Administration is excited to have him join the team and we are looking forward to working with him as he leads us into the future."

David will begin work with the Town of Midland on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Media Release: Town of Midland receives over $500,000 in Federal & Provincial funding for transit improvements

April 15, 2020 – The Town of Midland has been approved for federal and provincial funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). In a letter received today from Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney, two Town of Midland projects under the Public Transit stream will receive a combined $568,309, in addition to the $36,630 investment announced by Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop in August of 2019.​

“This funding will go a long way in helping to improve the Mid-Pen Transit Service," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Not only will this funding help improve the reliability of our service, it will fund new technology for ride scheduling and vehicle tracking. This is some great news for Midland during these difficult times."

Projects and approved funding:

Ride Scheduling and Vehicle Tracking Systems

  • Federal Contribution = $44,000.00
  • Provincial Contribution = $36,630.00

Town of Midland Transit Vehicle Replacement

  • ​Federal Contribution = $286,000.00
  • Provincial Contribution = $238,309.50

“After the initial announcement last summer, the Town began work on the Ride Scheduling and Vehicle Tracking Systems project," said Shawn Berriault, Director of Community Services. “This announcement not only allows us to complete that project, it gives us financial assistance towards the purchase of new transit vehicles to help modernize our aging fleet."

The Transit Vehicle Replacement project will use the ICIP funding towards a new transit bus and two accessible transit vans. Once purchased, the new bus will take approximately a year to be delivered and put in service, while the accessible vans could be received and put in service within 4-6 months. The Ride Scheduling and Vehicle Tracking Systems project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a federal-provincial cost-sharing program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10 years. Ontario's share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.

Annual Uni-Directional Flushing program begins on March 30

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.

This year the UDF program will start on Monday, March 30​, 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 serve.

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.​​​​

Online tax and utility payment issues

The Town has received reports from several residents that they are having issues making online payments for tax and utility bills. Town staff are currently working on the issue with our banking institution and an update will be provided once the situation has been resolved.​

For those with questions/concerns you can contact our Customer Service at 705-526-4275 and press '0'.​

Media Release: Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival cancelled due to pandemic​

June 13 won’t mark the sweetest day of the year for 2020.

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This was not a decision that the planning committee undertook lightly or without great consideration, however cancelling now allows us to give fair notice to all involved with the multiple facets of the festival,” said Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator for the Town of Midland and festival organizer.

This would have been the 8th year for the award-winning festival which was slated to take place on Midland Ave in 2020 due to the King St. Rejuvenation Project.

The festival website will host a list of confirmed vendors, with links to their websites to encourage would-be festival visitors to reach out to downtown Midland merchants and festival vendors for online ordering and curb-side pick-up options.

The festival has plans to sell a limited-edition t-shirt via their website at buttertartfestival.ca with a portion of all sales directed to the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation. Those who purchase a shirt will also have their nam​e entered into draws to win Downtown Midland BIA Bucks.

The festival is also working with an artist to create a colouring page which will be made available digitally. Photos of the coloured pages can be emailed to the festival and all participants will have their names entered in a draw for gift certificates from Minds Alive and for Downtown Midland BIA Bucks.

More information about the t-shirts and colouring page will be made available shortly.

In February the festival was named one of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario for the second year in a row and in 2019 was included by Forbes in their top 12 list of Canada’s Best Summer Food and Drink Festivals. The next festival is scheduled for June 12, 2021

For media enquiries, please contact: 

Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator Town of Midland
575 Dominion Avenue, Midland, ON L4R 1R2
705-526-4275 x2200 | 705-333-3512 (cell)
kmealing@midland.ca​

Media Release: Phase 2 of King Street Rejuvenation Project to begin March 30

March 26, 2020 – With the early arrival of spring weather, The Town of Midland is pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the King Street Rejuvenation Project will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. Continuing where Phase 1 left off in 2019, Phase 2 will see continued work along King Street to replace underground infrastructure, sidewalks, trees and lighting.

"We understand many downtown businesses are impacted by COVID​-19," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn “Moving forward with this project now, as planned, we expect to complete the project this year avoiding any carryover and added disruption in 2021."

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Arnott Construction Ltd., the contractor on the project, is taking all reasonable precautions necessary in order to follow the most up to date industry best practices in order to fight the spread of the virus. Changes have been made to Health & Safety procedures and protocols, as well contingency plans have been put into place. The situation will continue to be monitored and changes will be implemented where necessary.

“In discussions with both Arnott Construction Ltd. and Tatham Engineering, a plan was developed permitting Phase 2 to continue as scheduled, with extra precautions in place given these ever-changing times," said Andy Campbell, Executive Director of Environment & Infrastructure for the Town of Midland. “We encourage the community to continue to support all of the downtown businesses during construction once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted."​

Phase 2 will be done in one-block increments, with the first block of work being done from Bayshore Drive to Dominion Avenue. The project will continue south, with Elizabeth Street to Yonge Street being the final block. A work schedule and traffic control plan have been posted on Engaging Midland, and more updates will be provided throughout Phase 2. Visit EngagingMidland.ca/King-Street-Rejuvenation for more details.

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit their website at simcoemuskokahealth.org

Daylight Savings Time: Spring Forward with safety in mind!​

Don’t forget on Sunday, March 8th, when you move your clocks ahead 1 hour, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

  • All alarms wear out; replace yours according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Install smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
  • For best protection, install smoke alarms in every bedroom.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to all sleeping areas.
  • Dust can affect your alarms. Periodically vacuum the face, and vents of your alarms with a soft bristle brush.
  • Practise your home escape plan with the entire family.​

Midland and Penetanguishene Fire Department Patch logos​2020 Heritage Award Winners Announced!

At Council on Wednesday, March 4, the 2020 Heritage Award winners were honoured for their dedication to preserving and maintaini​ng local built heritage and promoting awareness and appreciation of local history.

The winners for 2020 are:

Heritage Merit Award

576 Dominion Avenue - Cherel & Melissa Martin (Cherel Martin accepting the award)

Cherel Martin and Mayor Stewart Strathearn - Heritage Merit Award 

Heritage Appreciation Awards

Terry Bates

Terry Bates - Heritage Award


Jack Wilford

Jack Wilford - Heritage Award

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for your dedication to preserving Midland's heritage!

Where to go to stay warm during the extreme cold weather

During extreme cold weather, those in need can stay warm during business hours at the:​

  • Midland ​Public Library
  • 320 King Street  (click to view hours of operation)
  • Municipal Office
  • 575 Dominion Avenue (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday)
  • North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
  • 527 Len Self Boulevard (7:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.)
  • The Guestho​use  
  • 522 Elizabeth Street (Open to the public from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m., ​11 a.m.- 1 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.​)

If you see anyone who might be at risk in this weather, please let them know where they can find warmth.

Media Release: Town of Midland announces next steps in Corporate Reorganization​

(MIDLAND, ON) – In continuing the implementation of structure changes that began in August 2019, the Town of Midland has announced the next steps in its corporate reorganization that will take effect on February 10, 2020. These changes represent further efforts to streamline the organization, so it aligns staff resources with Council's strategic direction and the services offered by the municipality.

“The Regional Government Review and, previous to that, our Service Delivery Review helped us identify key adjustments that could be made to streamline our organization," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “These adjustments, building off the changes we introduced last summer, will help us meet the challenges that come our way, while continuing to improve the services we offer residents."

The new alignment will see the following changes:

  • Executive Director of Environment and Infrastructure
    Andy Campbell, currently Director of Infrastructure, is promoted to this position with oversight of Town Capital and Development Engineering; Water & Wastewater; Operations; Parking Lots and Harbour Management; and Storm Water Management facilities.

  • Executive Director of Corporate Services/Town Solicitor
    Amanpreet Sidhu, currently Interim CAO, Director of Corporate Services and Town Solicitor, is promoted to this position with oversight of the Office of the Clerk; Finance; Corporate Communications; Culture and Tourism; IT Services; Legal and Risk Management; Customer Service; and By-law and Parking Enforcement.

  • Executive Director of Community & Develop​ment Services
    Recruitment will commence shortly for this role which will have oversight of the Director of Community Services, who is responsible for the Town's Asset Management program; Procurement; Facility Management; Lease Administration; the Town's Real Estate Portfolio; and Transit. Also reporting to the Executive Director will be Fire Services and Planning & Building Services.

The new organizational structure, effective February 10, 2020:

New organizational structure as of Februarly 10, 2020

“These next steps not only align the corporation with Council's strategic priorities, they also provide a structure that allows for improved succession planning and employee retention," said Councillor Cher Cunningham, Chair of the Human Resources Committee. “With some key positions being recruited in 2020, implementing this reorganization now will allow us to be more successful in filling those roles and ensure we continue to move Midland forward."

Media Release: Midland Town Council approves Budget for 2020

(MIDLAND, ON) – On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Council approved the 2020 Budget for the Town of Midland. The 2020 Budget will see the Town continue to address current and future infrastructure needs; support tourism, events and recreation; boost the quality of customer service and more.

With County and Education rates being factored in, residents will see an increase to their municipal property tax rate of 1.34%, well below the current rate of inflation. This equates to an approximate increase of $19 per $100,000 of property assessment. The final Tax Rate By-law will be approved by Council in May, once the County rate has been officially announced.

In order to maintain and proactively-plan for future infrastructure needs, Council, on December 18, 2019, approved increases to water and wastewater rates of 5% and 4% respectively. For a typical user, the impact will result in a $0.37/week increase on water bills and $0.35/week on wastewater bills.

“With this budget, Council has not only accelerated the budget process so that our annual budgets align with the beginning of the calendar year, we have also continued our commitment to being fiscally prudent while also moving forward with proactive saving for infrastructure needs," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “This commitment to funding reserves, combined with the proceeds and investments from the sale of Midland PUC, will allow the Town to absorb the costs of current and future infrastructure needs with less impact to residents."

“Staff were given a target to work within by Council, and we are very pleased with the outcome of the 2020 budget," said Interim CAO, Amanpreet Sidhu. “Council and staff have managed to limit the impact this budget will have on residents from a tax levy-standpoint, while providing flexibility to continue moving Midland forward."

2020 Budget Highlights include:

  • Municipal Operating Budget of $29,643,022;
  • Municipal Capital Budget of $21,013,255;
  • Water & Wastewater Operating Budget of $6,664,059;
  • Water & Wastewater Capital Budget of $1,972,193;
  • A splash pad for the Town of Midland (location to be determined);
  • Funding for physician recruitment;
  • Funding for reinstatement of interlibrary loans; and
  • Funding for Floatie Fest.

For more details on the 2020 Budget, please visit www.midland.ca/b​udget.​

2020 Dog Tags: Save now!

Extended until end-of-day on Tuesday, March 3!

Did you know there is a $105 fine for not having your dog properly tagged?​

Purchase your dog tag(s) by end-of-day March 3, 2020, and you can save! Also, you now have the option of purchasing 1, 2 or 3 year tags!​

2020 pricing - by end-of-day March 3, 2020:

1 year tag = $20​
2 year tag = $40
3 year tag = $60

2020 pricing - starting March 4, 2020:

1 year tag = $35
2 year tag = $50
3 year tag = $70

Dog tags can be purchased at the Customer Service desk at the Town Municipal Office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dog owners will need to have the Dog Tag Applicat​ion Form​ filled out and provide a copy of their dogs up-to-date vaccination records in order to purchase a new tag.​​

The Town of Midland has launched a new online agenda management portal

On Wednesday, November 13, the Town of Midland launched our CivicWeb Portal, the Town's new online agenda management portal. This new portal will increase accessibility to information, while also providing residents/visitors with a user-friendly interface to access meeting calendars/schedules, agendas and minutes for Council. Boards & Committees meetings/agendas/minutes will migrate over to the CivicWeb Portal in the coming weeks as well. 

The CivicWeb portal will also allow residents/visitors to subscribe to meeting updates, which will provide them with notifications via email alerting them when an agenda or meeting minutes package has been published, and provide direct links to them.

When viewing the agendas on the CivicWeb Portal, ​corresponding documents will be one click away, with links to staff reports and other documents appearing in the agenda. 

CivicWeb Portal​

Upcoming Changes to Midland Transit: New Smart Cards, New Transit Rates and Route Changes​

On September 18, Council approved a series of transit fare increases. The first, which takes effect on Monday, September 23, 2019, is an increase to the electronic fare cards (i.e. Smart Cards) from $3.00/card to $3.25/card. New cards are now available that have a unique 14-digit card number which allows for more security for the user. In the event a card is lost or stolen, the card number can be used to look up the user's account in our system, and it can then be blocked/cancelled so that the user's pre-paid funds are not being used. Those funds can then be transferred to a new card. 

Midland Transit smartcard - frontMidland Transit smartcard - back

This fall we also expect to rollout a new online transit portal, which will allow users to register their account, link their card, and reload their card online.

The other increases are as follows, effective January 1, 2020:

  • Cash fares for Adults to $2.50 and for Seniors/Students to $2.25

  • Electronic fares for Adults to $1.50 and for Seniors/Students to $1.25 (Fares can be purchased in groups of 5 rides)​


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