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The Midland Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the launch of a new website on September 15th, 2021!

While the domain name will remain the same (www.midlandculturalcentre.com), the new website will feature an updated look, a more user-friendly navigation experience and a calendar of upcoming events and programming. The website will provide direct access to our social media platforms, links to purchase tickets to upcoming shows and events, offer information on Rental Bookings as well as highlight the current exhibition in the MCC Gallery of Indigenous Art.

On September 17th, the Inaugural Exhibition of the Midland Cultural Centre Gallery of Indigenous Art, “Andy Trudeau 1924-2013, The Drawings”, will make its virtual debut on the new website.

This Exhibition will be available to view in-person when the Midland Cultural Centre reopens later this



The MCC Staff and Ambassadors have been busy preparing to safely open the doors and will be making an official announcement regarding the reopening very soon.

When the Midland Cultural Centre officially reopens to the public, it along with its tenant-partners Huronia Players and Quest Art (currently open through pre-booked appointments) will be following the Government of Ontario’s COVID Reopening mandate issued by the Premier’s Office on September 1st, 2021, which comes into effect on September 22nd requiring proof of full vaccination (2 doses plus 14 days) along with photo ID for entry into event spaces.

To access proof of full vaccination in advance of the COVID-19 passport system our audiences and patrons are urged to visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-booking-support#proof-ofvaccination so they are prepared for when we reopen.

We look forward to welcoming our amazing community back into our arts & culture facility once again.


TORONTO, ON – Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Cheryl Ryerse of Barrie. She matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the May 12, 2021 LOTTO 6/49 draw to win $100,000!

ENCORE offers 22 ways to win and can be played in conjunction with most lottery games for an extra $1. There is an ENCORE draw every day.

OLG is currently booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto only for those claims that require a face-to-face interview. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 should continue to be submitted by mail. The health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority and OLG looks forward to providing future updates on the further availability of in-person prize claims.

The winning ticket was purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart on Essa Road in Barrie.

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided approximately $55 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

Local Athlete Wins Reid Family Scholarship

2021 Reid Family Scholarship winner Kaya Maracle is congratulated by Soldiers’ Foundation Executive Director, Mark Riczu.

ORILLIA, ON – Kaya Maracle of Severn is the 2021 recipient of the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation’s $2,000 Reid Family Scholarship.

Started in 2005 through the generosity of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Reid of Oro Station, the scholarship is intended for students in Orillia and area entering into a field of health study in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. The scholarship is meant to assist the Hospital in recruiting new healthcare professionals, while at the same time assisting deserving students in their education.

A recent graduate of Patrick Fogarty Secondary School, Maracle is heading to Kingston, Ontario to pursue studies in Kinesiology. With plans for a future in chiropractic or sports medicine, Maracle is entering her first year of undergraduate studies this fall at Queen’s University.

“My passion for sports has naturally influenced my interest in the human body and its biomechanics,” shared Maracle, who is an elite athlete in her own right, having played on the U19 Haudenosaunee Women’s Lacrosse Team in the 2019 World Championship. “My desire is to help amateur and professional athletes become successful in their area of athletic discipline.”

Off the field, Maracle has proven to be a top-notch academic, volunteer and burgeoning entrepreneur, founding her own online beaded jewellery and accessories company, Solana Kreations. Through her beadwork, she aims to “promote and showcase Indigenous culture.” The move to Kingston brings Maracle closer to her home community of Tyendinaga, where she currently volunteers as a media and event coordinator on the youth council.

As a member of the Reid Family Scholarship Committee, Soldiers’ Foundation Executive Director, Mark Riczu noted that selecting the award recipient is never easy. “Every year, we have a hard time choosing a winner but this year was exceptionally difficult,” said Riczu. “Many of the applicants were worthy of this award and in the end, we narrowed it down to three great candidates and ultimately Kaya was the lucky winner.”

Of her scholarship award, Maracle said, “It is a lot of money and helps alleviate my expenses. I hope it also provides an example and inspires both on- and off-reserve Indigenous youth.”

About Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation

The OSMH Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and the people of Orillia and North Simcoe/Muskoka. The foundation provides funds to the hospital to buy medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community-based healthcare.

Trent-Severn Waterway Community Update Port Severn Fixed Bridge Opens to Vehicle Traffic

September 3, 2021 – Parks Canada would like to advise that the Port Severn Fixed Bridge has reopenedto vehicle traffic. The bridge has been closed to complete a full demolition and reconstruction of the main dam, fixed bridge, piers, and abutments.

Parks Canada will now begin partially mechanizing the Main Dam. This work includes the installation of four fully mechanized vertical steel gates in sluices 1 through 4, adjacent to the lock, which will further enhance water management capabilities. Short intermittent bridge closures are expected to accommodate the delivery of mechanization materials. The pedestrian crossing will remain closed for the duration of the mechanization project for the safety of the public and the workers.


The Government of Canada has invested over $48 million dollars over several years to support infrastructure work in Port Severn. The life and function of these structures have been extended for decades, continuing to connect the community of Port Severn between Georgian Bay and Severn Townships.

More Information

For questions or concerns, or to receive email updates regarding this projec t, please contact us at pc.trentsevern.pc@canada.ca and include “Port Severn” in the subject heading. For news about this or other infrastructure projects in your area, or for Questions and Answers on this project, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/tswSevernGravenhurst.

Township of Tiny Launches Lymantria dispar dispar LDD (European Gypsy Moth) 2022 Program Survey

(Tiny, ON) The Township of Tiny Lymantria dispar dispar LDD (Gypsy Moth) 2022 Program Survey is now available to obtain public feedback on the impact of the LDD and consideration of a 2022 Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (BTK) program.

As part of the 2021 budget deliberations in February, Council made the decision to follow the advice of the County of Simcoe Forestry Department and the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA), not to perform a spray program on municipally owned property, due to the cyclical nature of these outbreaks, and the potential cost of the program.

Council is currently reviewing the LDD situation and any plans for 2022 as part of the 2022 budget discussions. As such, this 10-minute anonymous survey has been developed to gather public input on the matter to inform the 2022 budget deliberations.

To participate in the short, 10-minute anonymous survey, please follow the link to the Township of Tiny website www.tiny.ca. The deadline to respond to the 2022 Budget Public Engagement Survey is Friday, October 1, 2021, by 4:30 p.m. Any questions or comments can be directed to Tim Leitch, Director of Public Works, at tleitch@tiny.ca.

Royal Society of Canada will honour two Lakehead University professors for their remarkable contributions

Two Lakehead University professors will soon be part of the Royal Society of Canada.

On Friday, Nov. 19, Dr. Lori Chambers will be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and Dr. Ruth Beatty will be inducted into the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Chambers, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies in Thunder Bay, is only the second Lakehead professor to become a Fellow of the RSC, joining Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology, who was elected as a Fellow in 1994.

Fellows of the RSC are distinguished Canadians from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.

The RSC elected Dr. Chambers as a Fellow for her research, which has transformed understandings of the history of Canadian law, particularly with regard to women and gender. Her original and ground-breaking research includes discussions of property law, unwed parenthood, adoption, violence against women, and, more recently, Indigenous histories in the North. Highly esteemed by historians and law professionals, her work has revealed how the past continues to shape our legal present.

“I am honoured to receive this award and thank my colleagues and Lakehead University for their wonderful support over the past two decades,” she said.

Dr. Chambers joined Lakehead University in 1999. Chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, she is a former Lakehead University Research Chair on Gender, Law, and Equity, and was the Chair of the President’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Education, Prevention, and Support.

She has won numerous awards, including Lakehead’s Distinguished Researcher Award and awards from the Ontario Historical Society and the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.

The author of four monographs, Dr. Chambers has edited four books and published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is currently President of the Canadian Law and Society Association.

Dr. Beatty, Associate Professor of Education in Orillia, is one of several new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which recognizes those who have demonstrated a high level of achievement at an early stage of their career.

Members of the College represent the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership and will provide new advances in understanding, resulting from the interaction of diverse intellectual, cultural and social perspectives.

She is the third Lakehead professor, and the first from Lakehead Orillia, to be inducted into the College since it was launched in 2014, joining Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Psychology, inducted in 2017, and Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Education, inducted in 2020.

Dr. Beatty was selected for the College as a result of her collaborative and community-based research on the connections between Indigenous ways of knowing mathematics and the Western mathematics found in the Ontario curriculum.

“I am honoured to receive this award for our work, which is primarily about building reciprocal relationships with Indigenous knowledge keepers, leaders, artists, and educators as we investigate the mathematics inherent in cultural practices.”

Dr. Beatty joined Lakehead University in 2009 and is a mathematics education researcher who works with Anishnaabe, Cree, and Métis communities to decolonize education. She does this by collaboratively designing culturally responsive mathematics instruction for all students, and emphasizing learning from and incorporating Indigenous pedagogical perspectives in inclusive classroom settings.

She has received a number of awards for this work, including Lakehead University’s Community Engaged Research Award and Indigenous Partner Research Award and an eagle feather presented to her by Colinda Clyne, who is Anishinaabe kwe (Kitigan Zibi First Nation) and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Curriculum Lead for the Upper Grand DSB.

She presented it to Dr. Beatty for her leadership in Indigenous mathematics education during the Relationships and Reciprocity: Indigenous Education and Mathematics conference held May 3-5, 2019 at Lakehead Orillia.

“I extend sincere congratulations to Lori and Ruth. I am so impressed with the work that they are doing and the contributions they have made to their respective scholarly disciplines. Thank you to the RSC for recognizing their important achievements,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada recognizes excellence and makes significant and substantial contributions of knowledge, understanding, and insight to help build a better future in Canada and around the world.

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