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Mehreen Shahid

Mehreen Shahid

Mehreen Shahid covers civic matters in Midland and Penetanguishene under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada

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Council composition on the table for Tay council

Council composition on the table for Tay council

Staff report recommends status quo for the township's next elections as part of Wednesday's meeting agenda
Tiny to open three skating rinks for residents this season

Tiny to open three skating rinks for residents this season

Township to invest in two travelling monitors as well as ambassadors to ensure dedicated skating times are not taken over by hockey players
Tiny wants to do something about recurrent traffic complaints and surveys

Tiny wants to do something about recurrent traffic complaints and surveys

'We need to make it very clear that walking and self-conveyance is something very dangerous,' councillor says, noting it's not always safe to walk or bike on township roads
New Midland-Orillia bus route won't stop in Port McNicoll

New Midland-Orillia bus route won't stop in Port McNicoll

'It was an arbitrary decision made by the county,' Tay councillor says. 'It just seems like Port McNicoll is an inconvenience. I just feel they dropped the ball on this.'
Midland management, non-union employees getting pay hike

Midland management, non-union employees getting pay hike

'I can't support a pay increase for anybody given what's been going on in our community,' says council member. 'I think it would be irresponsible for us to give people a pay increase when people in the community are struggling.'
Midland dissolves ward boundaries, adopting 'free-for-all' election voting

Midland dissolves ward boundaries, adopting 'free-for-all' election voting

Only one participant joined in the public meeting to voice support. Two residents wrote in their comments, one in favour and one against the move.
Terriers' rival may have to leave town to play hockey this year

Terriers' rival may have to leave town to play hockey this year

'Penetang is the only arena around that's not allowing anyone to use the changerooms,' says official, noting team 'might have to go to Midland'
More information needed before municipalities ante up money for YMCA

More information needed before municipalities ante up money for YMCA

CAOs for all four North Simcoe municipalities will be gathering more information around YMCA financials and funding requirements before councils can make decision around how much help can be given
Could Lucky and Tigger start tackling Midland's Canada geese population?

Could Lucky and Tigger start tackling Midland's Canada geese population?

'I'm not a hunting guy, but I wouldn't cry if we filled a dump truck with geese carcasses once a year and made our parks more livable,' Coun. Bill Gordon says regarding the town's Canada goose population
Midland residents invited to voice their opinions about ward system Wednesday

Midland residents invited to voice their opinions about ward system Wednesday

'Presently, the council is made up of a majority of members, who at one time or another were mentored by or are now mentored by a person or group for whom they do their bidding at the expense of the majority of ratepayers,' resident warns