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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on March 18, 2016, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Marie Leonard
  • André Rhéaume
  • Steve Black
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Michel Brière
  • Laurier Duciaume
  • Gil Hébert
  • Drago Stefanic

Staff:

  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Bob Bell
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Joëlle Aubin
  • Chantal Riopel                               

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Gilles Chartrand, Chair, 5:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.

Carried

3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Laurier Duciaume

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held January 22, 2016 be approved.

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

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

Copy of letter, dated January 20th, to Smoke-Free Housing Co-chairs, advising of their Board’s resolution to sign the Smoke-Free Ontario Housing Coalition’s letter of Endorsement of Action for Smoke Free Multi-Housing in their actions and policies to reduce the exposure of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing.

Grey Bruce Health Unit

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

Copy of letter, dated January 20th, to Prime Minister Trudeau, advising of their Board’s resolution in support of Sudbury & District Health Unit’s resolution regarding cannabis regulation and control and supporting a public health approach to cannabis legalization.

Re: Basic Income Guarantee, Food Security and the Transformation of Social Assistance in Ontario

Copy of letter, dated January 27th, to the Minister of Community & Social Services; Minister of Employment, Workforce & Labour; Minister of Labour; Minister of Children & Youth Services; Minister of Families, Children & Social Development; Minister of Health; Minister of Health & Long-Term Care; and Minister responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, supporting Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit’s recommendations supporting a joint federal-provincial (Ontario) investigation into a basic income guarantee for Ontarians and all Canadians; and the request from Huron County regarding food security and the transformation of social assistance in Ontario.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Re: Legislation to Enforce Infection Prevention and Control Practices within Invasive Personal Service Settings under the Health Protection and Promotion Act

Copy of letter, dated January 21st, to Premier Wynne, urging the Government of Ontario to enact legislation for infection prevention and control requirements for invasive PSS under the Health Protection and Promotion Act with a suitable enforcement program such as short-form working under the Provincial Offences Act.

6) Program Manager Report

Falls Prevention

Joëlle Aubin, Manager of Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention

Joëlle Aubin highlighted the work that has been done around the Stay on Your Feet strategy across our area in 2015. Highlights included the creation of a local coalition involving seniors to determine our priorities, the promotion of the 9 steps to prevent falls, and the work done in collaboration with 4 other Health Units, the NE LHIN, and different community partners.

a) Dental Program

Anna Gauthier, Program Coordinator

André Rhéaume thanked Anna Gauthier for providing an informative presentation on the Porcupine Health Unit’s Dental Program.

b) Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

MOVED BY: Marie Leonard
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

WHEREAS smoking in multi-unit housing results in significant exposure to the health harming effects of tobacco smoke; and

WHEREAS area municipalities and service boards that are landlords of multi-unit housing can adopt no-smoking policies that set an example and protect health;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit support the efforts of the Smoke-Free Housing Ontario Coalition, and others, in the following actions and policies to reduce the exposure of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing:

  1. Encourage all landlords and property owners of multi-unit housing to voluntarily adopt no-smoking policies in their rental units or properties;
  2. Advocate that all future private sector rental properties and buildings developed in Ontario should be smoke-free from the onset;
  3. Encourage public/social housing providers to voluntarily adopt no-smoking policies in their units and/or properties;
  4. Advocate that all future public/social housing developments in Ontario should be smoke-free from the onset;
  5. Encourage the Ontario Ministry of Housing to develop government policy and programs to facilitate the provision of smoke-free housing.

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT a copy of this motion be submitted to the Smoke-Free Housing Ontario Coalition, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, local members of Provincial Parliament (MPP), the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa), all Ontario Boards of Health, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FNOM) and Porcupine Health Unit municipalities for their information and support.

Carried

c) Northern Ontario Evacuations of First Nations Communities

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Marie Leonard

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit support Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s resolution # 50-2015, and The Corporation of the Town of Iroquois Falls resolution # 2015-307, requesting that 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;

AND THAT this resolution be forwarded to the Premier of Ontario, Ministers responsible for Health and Long-Term Care, Community Safety and Correctional Services, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa), local area Members of Provincial Parliament and Ontario Boards of Health.

Carried

8) Resource Committee Report

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b) Revenues & Expenditures – 9 months ended September 30, 2015

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Laurier Duciaume

THAT the report of revenues and expenditures for the Porcupine Health Unit for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 be approved.

Carried

c) Consultant RFP – New PHU Building

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit authorize a Request for Proposal in order to hire a consultant with respect to the proposed new Health Unit office in Timmins.

Carried

d) MOH Appointment

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit appoint Dr. Lianne Catton to the position of Acting Medical Officer of Health effective April 1, 2016.

Carried

e) alPHa Board Nominee

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Steve Black

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit nominate Patrick Bamford to stand as a candidate for election to the Association of Local Public Health Agencies Board of Directors at alPHa’s 2016 annual meeting.

Carried

9) New Business

None.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Marie Leonard
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held December 17, 2015, January 15 and February 4, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

b) Committee of the Whole

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting held January 22, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on April 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried