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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on January 22, 2016, Timmins Office, Board Room

Approved by Board, March 18, 2016—Gilles Chartrand

Present:

  • Steve Black
  • Michael Shea
  • Andrew Marks
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Marie Leonard
  • Sue Perras
  • Michel Brière
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Pat Bamford
  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Gil Hébert
  • André Rhéaume
  • Drago Stefanic

Staff:

  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Joëlle Aubin
  • Chantal Riopel                                                                                                      

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Don West, CAO, 5:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

Additions:

10) New Business

d) Chair’s Role/Membership’s Role – Steve Black

e) alPHa Report/Update – Pat Bamford

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.

Carried

3) Election of Chairperson

Don West called for nominations for the position of Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2016.

Steve Black nominated Gilles Chartrand. Sue Perras seconded the nomination. Gilles Chartrand accepted the nomination.

Don West called for further nominations.

Gil Hébert nominated Michael Shea. Claude Bourassa seconded the nomination. Michael Shea accepted the nomination.

Don West called for nominations a further two times. There being none, Don West declared the nominations closed.

Both Mr. Chartrand and Mr. Shea agreed to let their names stand.

Ballots were circulated, collected and tallied. Don West then announced that Mr. Chartrand was elected as the Chair for 2016. The ballots were destroyed.

Don West declared the nominations closed and Gilles Chartrand was acclaimed as Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2016.

Gilles Chartrand assumed the Chair.

4) Election of Vice Chairperson

Gilles Chartrand called for nominations for the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2016.

Sue Perras nominated Michael Shea. Gil Hébert seconded the nomination. Michael Shea accepted the nomination.

Gilles Chartrand called for further nominations.

Pat Bamford nominated Andrew Marks. Claude Bourassa seconded the nomination. Andrew Marks accepted the nomination.

Gilles Chartrand called for nominations a further two times. There being none, Mr. Chartrand declared the nominations closed.

Both Mr. Shea and Mr. Marks agreed to let their names stand.

Ballots were circulated, collected and tallied. Gilles Chartrand announced that Mr. Shea was elected as the Vice Chair for 2016. The ballots were destroyed.

5) Presentations

a) Preschool Speech & Language Program

Linda Malette-Durepos, Program Coordinator

Gilles Chartrand, Chair, thanked Linda for providing an excellent presentation on the Preschool Speech & Language Program.

6) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Andrew Marks
SECONDED BY: Gilles Chartrand

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held December 11, 2015 be approved.

Carried

7) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

8) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Sudbury District Health Unit

Re: Provincial Public Health Funding

Copy of letter, dated November 30th, 2015, to Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, advising of their Board’s resolution endorsing alPHa’s Board of Director’s correspondence and resolution concerning the public health funding formula, passed October 30, 2015; and call on the MOHLTC to increase investments in public health, ensuring Ontarians benefit from a world-class public health system within Ontario’s transformed health system.

Re: Cannabis Regulation and Control: Public Health Approach to Legalization

Copy of letter, dated December 1st, 2015, to Prime Minister Trudeau, advising of their Board’s resolution supporting a public health approach to the forthcoming cannabis legalization framework, including strict health-focused regulations to reduce the health and societal harms associated with cannabis use.

Re: Endorsement of Action for Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

Copy of letter, dated December 2nd, 2015, to Smoke-Free Housing Co-chairs, advising of their Board’s resolution supporting Northwestern Health Unit’s motion; the efforts of the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition; and others, in their actions and policies to reduce the exposure of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Re: Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

Copy of letter, dated December 17th, 2015, to Steve Black, PHU BOH Chair, advising of the release of Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, a discussion paper that outlines proposed changes for the health system, noting that the proposed structural changes would see LHINs assume responsibility for home and community care and system integration, and have greater involvement with primary care, and improved linkages with population health planning.

Corporation of the Town of Iroquois Falls

Re: First Nations Communities in Northwestern Ontario and James Bay Coast

Copy of resolution #2015-307, dated December 21st, 2015, supporting Sudbury and District Health Unit’s resolution requesting the provincial government address the ongoing lack of resources and infrastructure to ensure the safe, efficient and effective temporary relocation of First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario and the James Bay coast, when they face environmental and weather related threats in the form of seasonal flooding and forest fires.

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Re: Basic Income Guarantee

Copy of letter, dated December 21st, 2015, to Ministers Duclos, Mihychuk, Philpott, Flynn, Hoskins, MacCharles and Matthews, expressing support for a joint federal-provincial investigation into a basic income guarantee for Ontarians and all Canadians.

Huron County Health Unit

Re: Food Security and the Transformation of Social Assistance in Ontario

Copy of letter, dated January 7, 2016, to Minister Jaczek, Ministry of Community and Social Services, requesting an update on the transformation of social assistance in Ontario, detailing next steps towards Social Assistance Reform as supported by Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy; noting that people in Huron County, living on income from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program are unable to make ends meet; and that their urgent attention is required to ensure people living with low incomes have access to healthy food.

9) Program Manager Reports

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

10) New Business

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Michel Brière
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b) Appointment of Auditors

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT Ross, Pope & Company be appointed auditors of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year 2016.

Carried

c) French Language Services

André Rhéaume, who invited media representatives to the meeting, presented the following resolution for consideration:

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

WHEREAS the French Language Services Commissionner has identified the fact that the French Language Services Act does not apply to public units as a matter of concern,

WHEREAS the Porcupine Health Unit is located within a French language service area designated under the Act,

WHEREAS the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has produced a guide to help public health units deliver services in French,

WHEREAS the report Patients First has identified that the Franco-ontarian community is one of the groups not well served by the health system,

AND WHEREAS as an example, the Porcupine Health Unit can use the Sudbury & District Health Unit designation of positions with French language proficiency.

Be it resolved that the Porcupine Health Unit sets as a goal to provide health services in all its departments in both official languages,

And be it resolved that the Porcupine Health Unit determines which positions should be designated bilingual in the accomplishment of that goal.

Discussion ensued, and the following amendment was proposed:

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: Gil Hébert

THAT the last two paragraphs be amended as under:

Be it resolved that the Porcupine Health Unit sets as a goal to provide health services, as necessary, in both official languages.

The original resolution was then voted on.

Defeated

Further discussion ensued, and the Porcupine Health Unit’s official language policy, of which a copy was circulated, was also discussed, noting the purpose statement as under:

Purpose Statement

In recognition of the important Francophone presence in our communities, being the majority in some, all services provided by the Porcupine Health Unit are in both official languages, in compliance with the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines and the French Language Services Act.

A listing of PHU employee percentages indicated that 55% are bilingual, and of those employees who directly serve the public, 59% are bilingual.

It was decided that the Health Unit’s existing language policy appropriately addresses the needs of our French language population.

d) Chair’s Role/Membership’s Role

Steve Black, as former Chair, reminded the Board members that any media contact/requests should go through the Chair.

e) alPHa Report/Update

Pat Bamford provided an update of items discussed at the alPHa Board of Directors meeting held in December.

11) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held November 19 and December 3, 2015 be received for information.

Carried

12)  Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on March 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried