Mayors Message - June 4, 2017

Posted on Monday June 05, 2017

Good morning, Bonjour

What an unpredictable spring so far, the weather seems to change hour by hour.  Here in Ottawa yesterday  we went from cloudy with strong winds, to sunny but cool, to a sunny plus 23 then right back to cloudy with strong winds, all within hours of one another.  Hopefully June settles down into the more normal routine and warmer temperatures.

I am quite enjoying the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference. You would think that the conference would be consumed by the large city issues, but given Canada has a population of just under 36 million with half of us living in ten major cities and the rest living in smaller municipalities such as ours, the conference is for the most part dominated by small  town and rural issues. The plenary sessions have been interesting as has been the opportunity to meet federal decisions makers such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and many of his ministers.  

Given the many accidents that occur, the intersection of Vindin and Hwy 93 is of great importance to many of us. This Thursday evening at six p.m. at the Midland arena sees a public session that will share the study that is underway, improvement options, and identify the recommended solutions for the Hwy 93 corridor. Included in the study is all of the major intersections.  Please see the attachment for further details. 

Tuesday June 20th sees the Our Health: Hunger Games discussion, from the Freedom of Foodies to the Destruction of Eating Disorders occurring at the Midland Cultural Centre. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Free with registration at  The Moderator for the evening is Dr. Keith Rose.

On Saturday, June 24, take part in an afternoon of fun with friends in the Courtyard at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre. There will be live music from Marlon Gibbons, floral workshop with Leanne George. Tea will be served with sandwiches from Basil & Thyme, along with freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.  Tickets are $30.00 each or two for $50.00 with all the proceeds going to support the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre. For more details see the attached poster.

My Week to be 


FCM Conference in Ottawa


From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.the County Staff have an Appreciation BBQ event at Trillium Manor.

In the afternoon I attend a weekly event and media update.

At 5:00 p.m. ( at town hall) the Town of Penetanguishene hosts a very well deserved Employee Recognition Ceremony for Betty Valentine, the recipient for the 2017 Town of Penetanguishene Outstanding Service Recognition.

The North Simcoe Rotaract Club, sponsored by the Penetanguishene and Midland Rotary Clubs is celebrating the official Charter of the Club at the Penetanguishene Curling Club at 5:30 p.m. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to bring this Club to life! The young professionals in our community will benefit from the service the Club provides in our community.


I have a few interviews in the morning, starting at 8:35 a.m. I have a media interview with John Eaton, from the PEAK, and at 9:15 a.m. I have an interview with Janice Dusek to discuss the Georgian Bay General Hospital.

At 10:00 a.m. I meet with Staff to discuss the Local Share report from Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

At 2:00 p.m. I have a team meeting at the County office.

In the evening, come out and check out to the Midland Boathouse for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Big Bike fundraiser. The Town of Penetanguishene and the Town of Midland will be riding at 5:00 p.m. , come see the Big Bike in action!

The Penetanguishene Community Planting Day is at 6:00 p.m. Anyone interested in participating can meet in front of the Old Firehall, located at 10 Robert Street West. The Town has invited the community to join in gardening to help plant flowers in planters for Main Street. So if you have green thumb or if you’re simply interested in donating your time come on out!


At 8:30 a.m. I will be in Collingwood for the Georgian Bay Health and Wellness Research Day.


At 10:00 a.m. the Town of Penetanguishene hosts the Seniors Information Day.

At 1:00 p.m. I review a list of delegations with the Town of Penetanguishene’s CAO for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference.

At 6:00 p.m. I am over in Orillia wishing Lakehead University Dean, Kim Fedderson all the best as he heads into retirement.


I have a SWIFT Board Meeting in Guelph that will occupy the majority of the day.

In the evening Lakehead University hosts the Chancellor’s Dinner at Orsi Family Learning Commons in Orillia.


On Saturday I will be at Georgian Downs enjoying the pony’s and as well  hand out the trophy and blanket for the winner of the Warden’s Pace.

Ok, I am off to the conference,  enjoy the day everyone.

Mayor Gerry