Skip to main content Skip to Navigation Skip to Footer

Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on May 27, 2016, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Sue Perras
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Marie Leonard
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Pat Bamford
  • Steve Black
  • Gil Hébert

Staff:

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

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

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

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.

Carried

3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

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

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Perth District Health Unit

Re: PDHU Response – Patient’s First Report

Copy of letter, dated March 24th, to Minister Hoskins, supporting alPHa’s response to the Patient’s First Report, and urging the MOHLTC to include the alPHa recommendations in any implementation of Patients First.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Re: A Public Health Approach to the Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

Copy of letter, dated April 20th, to Prime Minister Trudeau, recommending that a public health approach to legalizing cannabis should include some or all of the following evidence informed guidelines for a regulatory framework, as proposed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):

  • Establish a government monopoly on sales;
  • Set a minimum age for cannabis purchase and consumption;
  • Limit availability;
  • Curb demand through pricing;
  • Curtail higher-risk products and formulations;
  • Prohibit marketing, advertising, and sponsorship;
  • Clearly display product information;
  • Develop a comprehensive framework to address and prevent cannabis-impaired driving;
  • Enhance access to treatment and expand treatment options; and
  • Invest in education and prevention.

Northwestern Health Unit

Re: Position Statement of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health on Responses to Food Insecurity

Copy of letter, dated April 26th, to Evelyn Vaccari, Chair, Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health and Lydsay Davidson, Chair, Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health Food Security Workgroup, advising of their Board’s resolution, endorsing the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity.

Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Re: Formula industry violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitute

Copy of letter, dated April 27th, to Minister Philpott, expressing concerns regarding formula industry violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitute (the Code), and requesting that her government advocate for legislation of the Code in Canada.

Re: Environmental Health Program Funding

Copy of letter, dated April 28th, to Minister Hoskins, echoing recommendations outlined in North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s BOH Resolution #2016/01/13, regarding Environmental Health Program funding.

Algoma Public Health

Re: Herpes Zoster Vaccine

Copy of letter, dated May 3, 2016, to Minister Hoskins, noting Peterborough County-City Health Unit’s letter dated February 25th, requesting the addition of the herpes zoster vaccine to the list of publicly funded vaccines available to Ontario’s adults; and also noting the statement in the Ontario 2016 Budget that “The government is making the shingles vaccine free for eligible Ontario seniors between the ages of 65 and 70 – saving them about $170 and reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations”; and commending his government on adding the herpes zoster vaccine to the list of publicly funded vaccines available to Ontario’s adults and looks forward to the speedy implementation of this new cost-effective initiative which will benefit thousands of Ontario senior citizens.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update with regard to the Hollinger Park situation in Timmins. The Porcupine Health Unit, together with the City of Timmins will be notifying the public regarding higher than normal levels of lead, arsenic and antimony in the soil in various areas of the Park. In consultation with Public Health Ontario, the potential risk needs to be acknowledged; however, want to reassure people that we do not expect any adverse health effects. Normal use of the park may continue while the City undertakes a more comprehensive assessment to determine next steps that may be required. There are precautions visitors can take when visiting the park to reduce exposure, which will be posted on signage.

Dental Services

Betty Ann Horbul, Manager of Nutrition Services/Dental Services/Preschool Speech and Language

Betty Ann Horbul, Program Manager, spoke to her written report on Dental Services, reviewing the School Dental Health Survey results which included percentage of school children found with acute tooth decay during annual school screenings over the 10 years 2003/2004 to 2014/2015 and acute visual decay for 2014/2015 school year. It was noted that the lower PHU urgent decay rate compared to the Province may be due to the positive effects of the fluoride varnish program and access to dentists and dental programs in the PHU area. Also, in reviewing the results of the hospital emergency and day surgery use for oral health conditions for 2011-2013, it is evident that a comprehensive vulnerable adult program needs a CINOT component. Slightly over 50% of young adults (aged 19-44) in PHU has a repeat visit.

Chronic Disease Prevention – Comprehensive Tobacco Control

Joëlle Aubin, Manager, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Joëlle Aubin, Program Manager, was not present at the Board meeting, but provided a report in the Board meeting package on comprehensive tobacco control. The report noted that the focus of our tobacco efforts will be to improve equitable access to effective smoking cessation supports throughout our community. This includes expanding our internal PHU services; implementing brief contact intervention into all services at the health unit; as well as working with our community partners to increase their capacity and willingness to provide evidenced based smoking cessation services, including brief contact intervention.

Also included in Joëlle’s report, was the LGBTQ survey results, together with an action plan, which has been initiated with the attempt to start Gay Straight Alliance groups for youth, to assist with addressing stigma and promoting inclusion.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Immunization 2020 Report

Sue Perras thanked Nathalie Roy for providing an excellent presentation on the Immunization 2020 Report.

b) alPHa Resolutions for Consideration – 2016 Annual Conference

MOVED BY: Marie Leonard
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit direct its voting delegates at the 2016 alPHa Annual Conference as follows:

Resolution Number: A16-1
Title: Change to Quorum in Constitution
Support: Yes

Resolution Number: A16-2
Title: Amending alPHa Resolution Submission Guidelines
Support: No

Resolution Number: A16-3
Title: Health-Promoting Federal, Provincial and Municipal Infrastructure Funding
Support: Yes

Resolution Number: A16-4
Title: Enactment of Legislation to enforce Infection Prevention and Control Practices Within Invasive Personal Service Settings (PSS) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Support: Yes

Resolution Number: A16-5
Title: Healthy Babies Healthy Children 100% Funding
Suport: Yes

Carried

c) Environmental Health Program Funding

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

WHEREAS, the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit recognizes the additional workload and mandate being placed upon our Public Health Inspectors, as detailed in the Board of Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Resolution of January 27, 2016;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit support the Board of Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Resolution # BOH/2016/01/13, with respect to the provision of additional resources and training with respect to Environmental Health Program field staff; and

FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Roselle Martino, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Ontario Medical Officers of Health, and Ontario Boards of Health, and member municipalities.

Carried

8) Resource Committee Report

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Steve Black

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b) 2015 Audited Financial Statements

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the audited financial statements for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year ended December 31, 2015 be approved.

Carried

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Gilles Chartrand

THAT the audited financial statements for the Porcupine Health Unit Building Trust for the year ended December 31, 2015 be approved.

Carried

MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Gil Hébert

THAT the audited financial statements for the Porcupine Health Unit Foundation for the year ended December 31, 2015 be approved.

Carried

c) Revenues & Expenditures—3 months ended March 31, 2016

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the report of revenues and expenditures for the Porcupine Health Unit for the three months ended March 31, 2016 be approved.

Carried

9) New Business

None.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Marie Leonard
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held March 17, April 14 and 28, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

b) Resource Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Marie Leonard

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held March 18, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

c) Program Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held March 18, 2016 be received for information.

Carried

11)  Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Marie Leonard

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on June 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried