Mayor's Message - November 12, 2017

Posted on Sunday November 12, 2017

Hello, Bonjour


Well winter arrived with an attitude, nothing like jumping right into things!  Jan and I are in North Bay and it hit -15 with a wicked wind that had our cheeks going from warm, to rosy red to holy smokes I can’t feel them !


Being in North Bay is a weekend of sadness for us as Jan’s Father passed away on Friday.  Our family gathered to say our goodbyes and to reflect back on a life led, that resulted in three wonderful children, 7 terrific Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren whose presence just puts a smile on your face.  As much as it was a weekend of great sadness for our family, our being together, even in the most difficult of times, was very special.  There were many moments of tears, laughter and memories.  Yesterday, as I heard the Remembrance Day Pipers it made me most cognizant of the quality of life that Jan, myself and our families lead. It made me reflect that the lives we lead and that Jan’s Father led, are a result of a great debt of gratitude we owe to all of our soldiers both past and present, including Jan’s two twin uncles who served in World War II.  It is only due to all our veterans and to those whom currently serve our great nation that we get to be who we are and that  we get to live the lives that we do.  Thank so very much to all who have served or are serving today. 


The week ahead

At both the County and Town levels the 2018 budgets come up for review by both councils this week.  The County budget currently sits at a 1.5% tax increase while the Town budget sits at a 1.96% increase.  The OPP increase to the town budget is 0.23%.  The link below will send you to the town agenda for this week.


Please note that Town hall is closed tomorrow.


Beyond the two council meetings I attend an economic development meeting, an affordable housing meeting, attend a session to better connect new immigrants to our area, our Seniors Council meets, I attend a Salvation Army Christmas Season Kettle Campaign breakfast and I get join in on a tree planting ceremony at our Ecology Garden.


Things to take note of


Main Street Reconstruction - A public meeting with the contractor is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Brian Orser Hall. Please see that attached for further details.


North Simcoe Community Futures speakers series continues on November 23rd. . The topic is Wave Accounting, We certainly feel that this session will be very beneficial for businesses who get bogged down with the paperwork.  Online registration required and there is no fee to attend.  Please see the attached for details.


The Annual First Light event kicks off at Sainte-Marie and the Martyrs’ Shrine. The event runs from 5:30-9:00 p.m. November 23-25, November 30 to December 2 and December 7 to 9. For more information visit their website at


Wye Marsh Annual Fund Raising Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Join them for an evening of fun, food and prizes as they raise funds to PRESERVE OUR POLLINATORS. The evening features live entertainment from Nick Howell, a silent auction and wonderful food. Tickets are $ 85.00 each and can be purchased on line at or by calling 705-526-7809 extension 217.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe is hosting a charity bonspiel Sunday, November 26 at the Midland Curling Club- 474 King St. Midland. 2 open draws- Teams of 4 play two 4 end draws.  Lunch and prizes included.  I have attached their poster for your reference.

Join our Town of Penetanguishene at their Annual Santa Claus Parade, hosted in partnership with the Penetanguishene Lions Club. Saturday, December 2nd. Parade starts at 4:00pm on MAIN STREET from Jeffery Street to the Town Dock.  PARADE ENTRIES ~ VOLUNTEERS Please contact; Marlena Ladouceur, Recreation & Events Coordinator
705-549-7453 x 223  AND  Our FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS will follow immediately after the parade, with the Annual Tree Lighting at the Town Dock, followed by Christmas festivities at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum. Face Painting, BBQ, Live Music, Crafts, Hot Beverages, Cookies, Horse & Wagon Ride and more!

A startling one third of all deaths, in people over 35, are due to blockage of blood supply to the heart (coronary heart disease). To reduce this mortality, experts are emphasizing prevention and using new protocols to speed intervention, more specific tests for diagnosis and advanced techniques to improve blood supply. The next “OUR HEALTH” event speaks to this issue and is titled  ”Heart Ache”.  They have three very knowledgeable panelists: a cardiologist, a pharmacist, and a heart patient, to bring us up-to-date on the latest and best care for North Simcoe residents with coronary heart disease.  Join in on December 5 at 7:30 PM at the MCC to hear about new directions in cardiac care. Please invite your friends and colleagues. Thanks to their generous sponsors, admission is once again free with registration. Obtain your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  PS this event is the 10th in the “Our Health” series and to date we have heard from over 30 speakers!

Please click on the link below for the Fall issue of the Council of the Great Lakes Region Current Magazine.  They are always interested in feedback and ideas for other topics of interest. You can send your thoughts suggestions along to Mark Fisher, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region.

That is it for this week, speak soon,


Mayor Gerry

Gerry Marshall

Warden County of Simcoe,

Mayor Town of Penetanguishene,

County (705) 726-9300 Ext. 1260

Town (705)-549-7453


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