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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on December 9, 2016, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Sue Perras
  • André Rhéaume
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Michel Brière
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Pat Bamford
  • Laurier Duciaume
  • Gil Hébert

Staff:

  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Chantal Riopel
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Bob Bell
  • Joëlle Aubin

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Gilles Chartrand, Chair, 4:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Michel Brière
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.

Carried

3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Gil Hébert

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held October 21, 2016 be approved.

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

D. West spoke to the following correspondence:

Re: A Public Health Approach to the Legalization of Cannabis

Algoma Public Health

Copy of letter, dated November 4th, to Prime Minister Trudeau, regarding their Board’s Resolution #2016-94, advising that their Board of Health will continue to support staff in their alignment with the “Provincial Marijuana Collaborative” on cannabis, with the purpose of forwarding public health recommendations to the Federal Task Force reviewing the legalization, enforcement and regulation of cannabis.

Re: Nutritious Food Basket 2016

Peterborough Public Health

Copy of letter, dated November 4th, to Minister Ballard, (Poverty Reduction Strategy), Minister Hoskins and Minister Jaczek (Community and Social Services), urging them to continue provincial monitoring of food insecurity rates through participation in the Canadian Community Health Survey Household Food Security Survey Module, and also requesting that the Ontario government participates in the development and implementation of pan-Canadian government-led strategy that includes coordination of policies and programs to ensure all households have consistent and sufficient income to be able to pay for basic needs, including food, as proposed in the Dietitians of Canada Household Food Insecurity Reports.

Sudbury & District Health Unit

Copy of letter, dated November 17th, to Premier Wynn, advising of their Board’s resolution #50-16, commending the provincial government on taking steps to investigate basic income guarantee as a policy option for reducing poverty and that social assistance rates be increased to reflect the actual cost of nutritious food and adequate housing as informed by the current results of MOHLTC’s Nutritious Food Basket and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Rental Income (Ontario) reports.

Re: Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children)

Peterborough Public Health

Copy of letter dated November 4th, to Minister Philpott, expressing their support for her government’s plan to consider marketing restrictions, similar to those imposed in Quebec, as part of her recently announced Healthy Eating Strategy, and also their gratitude for her government’s openness to review Senator Greene-Raine’s private member bill, Bill S-228, which, if passed by both Houses, would prohibit the advertisement of foods and beverages to children under the age of 13.

Re: HPV/Immunization Program Funding

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Copy of letter dated November 8th, to Minister Hoskins, advising of their Board’s resolution # 2016-97, endorsing correspondence from Peterborough Public Health Board of Health (attached), urging the MOHLTC to increase the annual funding for the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program to levels necessary to meet the mandate.

Durham Region

Copy of letter dated November 10th, to Premier Wynne, endorsing the correspondence from Peterborough Public Health with respect to funding for the enhanced HPV Immunization Program.

Re: Lyme Disease

Durham Region

Copy of letter dated November 10th, to Prime Minister Trudeau, endorsing correspondence from Peterborough Public Health, dated September 20th, requesting that the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario increase funding in the areas of research, treatment, surveillance and education for Lyme Disease.

Re: 2016 Ontario Public Health Standards Modernization/Review

Grey Bruce Public Health

Copy of letter dated November 25th, to Jackie Wood, Director, Ontario Public Health Standards Modernization Committee, strongly recommending that the MOHLTC, Population Health and Public Health Division, adopt a "Health in all Policy" approach when reviewing the current Ontario Public Health Standards. This evidence-based approach will assist public health leaders to work across sectors to integrate considerations of health, well-being and equity during the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and services.

Re:  Bill 5 – Greater Access to Hepatitis C Treatment Act 2016

Sylvia Jones, MPP, Dufferin Caledon

Copy of letter dated September 27th, (received via mail October 26th) to Gilles Chartrand and members of the Board, from Sylvia Jones, MPP, Dufferin-Caledon, advising of her private Bill 5, regarding greater access to the Hepatitis C Treatment Act, which will ensure individuals with Hepatitis C receive greater access to highly effective treatments; and if we are in support of her bill, encouraging us to write a letter of support, to Minister Hoskins, to adopt this legislation to combat Hepatitis C.

Peterborough Public Health

Copy of letter dated November 28th, to Minister Hoskins, encouraging the government to support the principle of treating at risk individuals before evidence of harm exists, noting that a universal program, where physicians are able to access curative treatment for their patients based on their own assessments of readiness and sustainability, would be far better than the current limited access that exists.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update/report with regard to the following items:

Hollinger Park – Timmins

A meeting was held with the City of Timmins, AMEC Foster, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Control and the Porcupine Health Unit to review the results of the Preliminary Risk Management Recommendations for Hollinger Park, City of Timmins. AMEC Foster provided recommendations for soil remediation. The Health Unit along with consultation from Public Health Ontario supports the recommendations. Repeat sampling revealed no new concerns and there remains no immediate health risk to the residents/users of the park. The recommendations for residents to reduce exposure should continue as outlined and posted at the park.

While recognizing this remediation will include extensive planning, it is expected that other activities will be moved from Hollinger Park to allow the remediation process to be a priority. The City will provide a detailed timeline of phases and steps to be taken to remediate the soils. A letter will be sent to the City of Timmins regarding these recommendations. 

New PHU Building

Meetings with J.L. Richards & Associates continue with regard to the planning/design of the new PHU Building. As this progresses, Board member input will be sought. 

Locally Driven Collaborative Projects - Indigenous Engagement in the Northeast 

Collaborative research project with Public Health Ontario and other health units to examine potential engagement models with First Nation communities.

North East Boards of Health & North East LHIN Governance Engagement Meeting

A North East Boards of Health & North East LHIN Governance Engagement Meeting was held on November 29th in Sudbury. Dr. Catton and Don West attended via teleconference and Gilles Chartrand attended in Sudbury. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the engagement between the NE LHIN and NE Boards of Health to improve health and health equity in northeastern Ontario and to further mutual understanding of respective mandates; explore the current context of change including Patients First proposals; and to discuss relationships, roles and respective expectations and identify next steps. Don West provided a presentation on the Public Health Funding Model for mandatory cost?shared budgets of boards of health, which he will share with the Board at its March meeting.

Program Manager Reports

The Program Managers provided brief verbal reports with respect to their Program areas.

7) New Business

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b) New Building Public Consultation

Discussion ensued as to whether a public consultation is required with regard to the PHU new building. After further discussion, it was decided that a public consultation is not required, as the land was purchased previously and the costs will not impact our operating budget.

8) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Sue Perras 
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held September 29, October 27 and November 10, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

b) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held September 16, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

c) Resource Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held September 16, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

11)  Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on January 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried