Mayor's Message - July 9 2017

Posted on Monday July 10, 2017

Good morning, Bonjour

Usually I start of my message with a comment about the weather, today I recalled  that age old adage , if you cannot say something nice than say nothing at all.  Soooo I am moving on !

GBGH confirmed for me early last week that they have decided to  undertake a new approach to the PGH site. Under the new approach, the Board of GBGH would donate the land to Hospice Huronia.  Hospice Huronia would construct a new 12,000 sq. ft. building with the option to sever the land to allow for the building of an additional structure for the Georgian Bay Metis to serve that community. Hospice Huronia would construct the new build on the property while GBGH decants the existing tenants from the building. Hospice Huronia is under tight guidelines to complete their building by the end of the 2018 calendar year. Demolition of the existing building is estimated at $880,000.00 which would include demolition, abatement, and land remediation.

Beyond the Metis and Hospice organisations the Habitat for Humanity and Georgian Bay Cancer Support organisations have expressed interest in better understanding if opportunities exist under this new scenario for them.

The GBGH board supports the position of leaving Dialysis in Penetanguishene but recognize that that decision is the responsibility of the Renal Dialysis Network.

There are a few risks to the new approach.

No one currently has the $880,000 to knock PGH down.

Hospice does not have money in place to build a new facility and they will have to go into high gear for a very quick fund raising effort. 

There still remains some thought to moving Dialysis out of Penetanguishene. I have cautioned the LHIN and the Interim Hospital CEO that there would be significant backlash from residents not only from our town but as well from Tiny Township and  Beausoleil Island should this be attempted.  The backlash would place the GBGH Boards new approach at severe risk and would also significantly put at risk the Hospice Huronia efforts to raise their building funds.  

Not all the groups involved believe that PGH should be knocked down and they are supported by the many folks in our town whom have raised millions to keep PGH in great shape.

I should note that this GBGH board decision lands ahead of the Osborne report.  The Osborne group was hired to undertake a review of PGH and to bring forward their recommendations.

I do not see a scenario that sees receiving Ministry funding for any of this unless we create a pathway to a HUB environment. With this in mind I am meeting with all involved this week with the hope that we can create a HUB plan complete with any financial support required that I can present to Minister Hoskins in August.

My Week to be

Politically things are fairly quiet as we are at the onset that sees both the county and town councils take a summer hiatus for most of July and August and my week to be reflects that. 

Sunday, July 9

No scheduled meetings to attend today.

Monday, July 10

In the morning I attend a weekly breakfast update meeting at 8:30 a.m. with Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau and CAO Jeff Lees.

At 10:45 a.m. I attend a conference call with North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

In the afternoon I will be headed over to the Seniors Celebration Ribbon Cutting at the Georgian Village in Penetanguishene.

Other meetings for the day include an infomal culture meeting, preparation meeting for the Warden’s Newsletter, a Weely Event and Media Update, and a meeting to discuss the PGH Community Hub.

Tuesday, July 11

I have no scheduled meetings to attend on this day.

Wednesday, July 12

I have no scheduled meetings to attend on this day.

Thursday, July 13

I have no scheduled meetings to attend on this day.

Friday, July 14

The Tiny Township Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner will take place at the Brooklea Gofl and Country Club this year. In support of Hospice Huronia, Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre, Township of Tiny Bursary Program Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation, Wheels for Wheels, Huronia Seniors’ Volunteer Care Team, Barn Buddies Equine Assisted Wellness Program, We Are the Villagers, Penetanguishene and Midland Guides, Brownies, Sparks, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Community Reach and Quest Art School. For more information about how to get involved check out the link:

Upcoming July Events

Cupcake festival July 21 and 22.


Enjoy your day everyone !

 Mayor Gerry