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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on June 19, 2015, Timmins Office, Board Room

Approved by Board, September 18, 2015—Steve Black


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


  • Don West
  • Chantal Riopel
  • Maria Cook
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Bob Bell
  • Lynn Leggett

Recorder: Maria Cook  

1) Call to Order

Steve Black, Chair, 5:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda


9) New Business

b) alPHa Conference Update - Michael Shea

MOVED BY: Andrew Marks

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.


3) Adoption of Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa 
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held May 22, 2015 be approved.


4) Business Arising from Minutes


5) Correspondence

D. West spoke to the following correspondence:

Perth District Health Unit

Copy of letter dated May 10th to the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, encouraging the Ontario Ministry of Housing to develop government policy and programs to facilitate the provision of smoke-free multi-unit Housing.

Ontario Nurses Association

Letter dated June 18th, objecting to our reduction in Nurse Practitioner Services.

6) Program Manager Reports

Nutrition Services and Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Focus on a Healthy Weight - Betty Ann Horbul, Manager of Nutrition Services/Dental Services/Preschool Speech & Language and Joëlle Aubin, Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

In Joëlle’s absence, Betty Ann spoke to their joint written report, Focus on Health Weight, noting that risk factors for chronic disease and for obesity include genetics, poor diet, obesity, physical inactivity and alcohol misuse. Obesity becomes a chronic disease when it plays a role in disease. The focus needs to be on behaviours of healthy eating and physical activity, as people of normal weight with poor habits can be unhealthy, and those overweight and obese with good habits can be healthy.

Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences reported that we could gain seven more years in life expectancy and have a better quality of life by living healthier lives. They looked at the burden of smoking, unhealthy alcohol consumption, poor diet, physical inactivity, and high stress, and their impact on life expectancy in Ontario. Behaviour change is possible when individuals have strong intentions, no barriers that make it impossible to change, and the skills to make the change.

We have built capacity to meet the gaps in our area with strategies such as Motivational Interviewing. We have trained public health nurses, dietitians, and health promoters who deliver programs and sessions in all communities. We continue to work with community partners to enhance the built environment to support healthy choices. Our goal is to make healthy choice the easier and possible choice.

Public Health Inspection

Bob Bell, Manager, Public Health Inspection Services

Bob Bell spoke to his written report regarding Public Health Inspection department statistics from January 1 to May 31, 2015.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Nicole Ethier, Program Coordinator and Alison Dubien, PHN

Laurier Duciaume thanked Nicole and Alison for providing a very informative presentation on the Porcupine Health Unit’s Triple P Program.

8) Resource Committee Report

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.


9) New Business

a) 2014 Annual Report

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the Porcupine Health Unit’s 2014 Annual Report be approved for circulation.


b) alPHa Annual Conference Update

Michael Shea provided an update with regard to items discussed at the alPHa Annual Conference held on June 7 to 9, 2015 in Ottawa.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Andrew Marks

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held April 24, 2015 be received for information.


b) Resource Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held April 24, 2015 be received for information.


c) Management Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Marie Leonard
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held April 23, 2015 be received for information.


11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on September 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. and that this meeting adjourn.