Mayor's Message - April 2, 2017

Posted on Monday April 03, 2017

Good morning, Bonjour

What a great start to the month, yesterday was simply fantastic weather wise, Jan and I got some yard work completed, bagged left over leaves from the fall and made a couple of trips to the dump, it sure was nice to spend the bulk of the day outside and we slept well to boot!  The one thing about being outside all day is you get to be a nosy parker. I noted the activity at my neighbours real estate open house yesterday and there had to be more than 100 people stopping by to check things out, a sure sign the housing market is on the upswing.  I also see it in the new subdivision homes as well where more than 50% of the lots have been presold.  I can tell you that job wise things are picking up where we see more than a few of our manufacturers in a real upswing mode sales wise and in hiring modes.  All good things for our town.

A quick question, what does a retired OPP Officer, Restaurant owner, Library volunteer and an engineer all have in common ??  Answer, they were just a few of the folks I caught with yesterday’s April Fool Sandbag email I sent out.  That said, I did get quite a few “nice try” emails back as well !!

With April being having arrived it means the end of another successful PMHA season that will culminate with the banquet on April 20 on the arena floor,  part of the evening I am sure will  include a special  moment for our Penetang Sand and Gravel Peewee Rep Team  for their winning the OMHA Championship, well  done !!

Of course the arena never sleeps as ice removal and general maintenance will be performed in anticipation of the April 9 start of the ball hockey season.

Things to take note of

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 poster for details.

The GBGH Board of Directors have openings, if you are interested or know of someone may be  please see the files attached.  The deadline to apply is April 7th 

The Our Health Series continues this Tuesday night at the Midland Cultural Centre. The topic this month is “A HAPPY MOUTH-A HAPPY BODY”, an oral health connection to overall health. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Moderator is Dr. Keith Rose. Free with registration at

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.

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


In the morning I meet with Deputy Mayor Anita Dubeau and CAO, Jeff Lees for a weekly breakfast update.

I join our Director of Recreation and CAO for a meeting to discuss our Sports Hall of Fame space needs.

And this month the Town has two flag raisings that are being shared by two organizations; the first is for Autism Awareness Month and will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. The next flag raising will be to celebrate the Penetanguishene Lions Club 100th Anniversary of Service to Humanity so stay tuned for those details

In the afternoon I have a meeting to go over events and media updates within Simcoe County.

And in the evening come and join me at LOT 102 to support We Are The Villagers at their Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Fundraising Dinner. Enjoy an evening of great entertainment, comfort food, and rub elbows with your local Mayors! Tickets are available at the following locations; Lot 102, Villagers Office (486 Hugel Ave, Midland) or Ciboulette et Cie (248 King Street, Midland), and at the main office at the Town of Penetanguishene. Proceeds go towards helping families and their children participate in extracurricular activities of interest to them.


Tuesday I have a bright and early start to the day, as I will be joining The Peak in Collingwood for an interview.

At 10:00 a.m. I will be travelling with the Town’s Director of Planning and Development, and CAO, Jeff Lees, to Christian Island to meet with the Beausoleil First Nation Office of Council.

I will be wrapping up the afternoon with a team meeting.

Our Trail’s Committee meets in the John Desroches Boardroom at the Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre.


Our Downtown Improvement Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Town of Penetanguishene.

Our Seniors Committee will be meeting at the Bayfield House at 9:30 a.m. for a special meeting.

In the morning I attend the Municipal Advisory with Simcoe County Health Care Planning.

In the afternoon I have a meeting at the Town to discuss the Penetanguishene Georgian Hospital.

I will be heading over to the Simcoe Manor in the evening for “Magical Moments” Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.


In the evening I am Toronto for a SWIFT Board AGM Dinner.


I remain in Toronto for the conclusion of the SWIFT AGM and April Board Meeting.

That is it for today, I see the sun popping up, looks like we could be in for another pleasant day, do enjoy !