Mayor's Message - April 9 2017

Posted on Monday April 10, 2017

Good morning, Bonjour

A super early mayors message as I am heading out the door in a moment to join in on the Vimy Ridge Sunrise Ceremony occurring at Base Borden.  I have attended this ceremony the past two years but suspect this year will be extra meaningful given it is the 100th anniversary.    I caught this link of King Edward speaking at Vimy that I thought was worth sharing.

This past week saw me have the privilege of leading a round table discussion with Premier Wynne.  We had a good 1½  hour chat covering topics from affordable housing, infrastructure, Donald Trumps impact on cutting funding for the Great Lakes and his buy America program, we spoke as well about growth and jobs.  It was quite nice to have the opportunity to chat in a relaxed one on one environment.  

The past week also saw me re-elected as Chairman of the Board for SWIFT, locally I am joined on the board by Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes who was elected as our Treasurer.  As to where we are with the SWIFT Fibre rollout we are just in the process of prequalifying  potential bidders. We will release an Request for Proposals this late summer.  Our timing is such that we should see fibre being built in small town/rural communities at this time next year.  

Things to take note of

Our Public Works Department would like to advise everyone that Spring Clean Up will commence the week of April 10th, 2017.  During the Spring Clean Up, our Public Works staff will pick up winter sand and dead grass that has been raked to the roadside/curb only. For more information on Spring Clean Up follow the link provided:

And on April 12th is the community painting day for the Penetanguishene mural.  People can join the North Simcoe Canada 150 Mural Project coordinator, Ruth Hurdle, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and paint a bit of the mural.  No previous painting experience is necessary.

The Georgian Bay Garden Tour has Easter Gift Certificates available to purchase at the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre in Penetanguishene.   All proceeds raised this year are supporting the Cancer Care Centre.

Our Museum’s Eggstravaganza Event is happening on Saturday April 15th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hunt for colour coded eggs and receive a prize from the Easter Bunny! Participate in games, crafts and a jelly bean guessing contest.$2.00 per child. For more information contact the museum at 705-549-2150.

The Sistema Huronia Music Academy is hosting a fundraising variety show on Saturday, April 22nd from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. If anyone would like further information please see the attached.

April 28th –MP Bruce Stanton and his wife Heather present Feast for Learning in support of the Gateway Centre for Learning at the Royal Canadian Legion, 196 Queen Street, Midland. The event features a reception, Roast Beef Dinner, Dignitary Dessert Dash and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $ 30.00 each which includes a $ 10.00 donation to Gateway. Tickets are available at Bruce’s Midland office 504 Dominion Avenue, 705-527-7654 or at Gateway Centre for Learning 488 Dominion Avenue, 705-527-1522.

On April 29, Quest Art School + Gallery is hosting their annual Kaleidoscope of the Arts fundraiser in support of visual arts education programs.  The evening includes a champagne reception, a sit-down dinner, and live entertainment provided by Marlon Gibbons and Louis Lefaive.  Tickets are $140 each with a $75 tax receipt and may be purchased at the Scotiabank in Penetanguishene, at Quest Art and online at

And you’re invited to Bunn’s Kids 25th anniversary being held at the Brian Orser Hall May 27th.  The Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame along with the Bunn’s Kids organization hosted by Buzzy Deschamps  will have a dinner catered by ELM.  The unique feature will be a hot stove discussion hosted by Ric Nattress [former Montreal Canadien/Toronto Maple Leaf]...Special guests Bryan Trottier [HOF], Jiggs McDonald [HOF], Pierre Pilote [HOF], Chris Kontos, Wayne King, and potential others....great weekend with legends in support of our local kids.  Tickets are $50 each - Please contact Waxy Gregoire at 705 549-7912 (home) or 705 528-9230 (cell) for further information.

The Week to be:


I attend the 4th Annual Vimy Ridge Ceremony and Breakfast is on Sunday at Base Borden


Monday morning I attend a Weekly Breakfast Meeting with Deputy Mayor, Anita Dubeau and the Town’s CAO, Jeff Lees.

At 10:00 am I have agenda review for County Council.

After the agenda review I meet with the Penetanguishene Lions Club for a photo op before the flag raising. The Club has its 100th Anniversary of Service to Humanity. The theme for the Anniversary Celebration is “Where There’s A Need, There’s A Lion”. Lions around the world have done great things in and for their communities and The Penetanguishene Club has worked extremely hard in our community over the years. Thank you for all that you do!

At 11:15 am I have an agenda review for the Town of Penetanguishene Council.

In the afternoon, the Town’s CAO and I meet with Hospice Huronia.

At 2:00 I attend a teleconference meeting with the Western Ontario Warden’s Economic Development Sub-Committee.

In the evening I will be travelling to the Township of Adjala Tosorontio for a Municipal Deputation.


County Council meets from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other meetings for the day include a team meeting, newsletter preparation, and a weekly event and media update.

At 4:15 pm I will be at Georgian College in Barrie for the 2nd Annual Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Day.


I will be in Toronto for a meeting with the AMO Board, What's Next Ontario The Local Share.

I hustle back from Toronto to attend our Penetanguishene Town Council and Committee of the Whole meet at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers.

To watch Council and Committee of the Whole meetings follow the link to our live stream:

To preview the Council and Committee of the Whole agendas follow the link to the agenda:


I will be travelling to Milton on Thursday morning to attend a Tour of Gordon Food Service Ontario Distribution Centre.

In the afternoon I make my way over to Midhurst for the 10th Annual Simcoe County Public Safety Communications (9-1-1) Awards.

Friday - Saturday

No scheduled meetings to attend on these two days (do not tell Jan, she’ll put  me to work !!).

In closing I did want to take a moment to pay respects to our former Mayor Vince Moreau who passed away this past week.  I have been told by former members of Council and residents in the community Mayor Moreau’s time in Townhall included moments of kindness, of generosity to his council colleagues and real efforts to do what he thought was best for Penetanguishene.  Mayor Moreau was a part of Penetanguishene Town Council from 1970-1978.  He was also inducted into the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 for his early love of sports and his active role in the community sports either as a participant, organizer, executive or spectator. He was the catalyst for the creation of the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame, having chaired the committee at its inception in 1987. During his eight year tenure, he organized and MC’d the Induction Dinner and Ceremonies. In 1995, he retired as chairman and Charter member.  Our condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace.