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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on October 21, 2016, Timmins Office, Board Room


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


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

1) Call to Order

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

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.


3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Andrew Marks

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held September 16, 2016 be approved.


4) Business Arising from Minutes


5) Correspondence

D. West spoke to the following correspondence:

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Re: Basic Income Guarantee

Copy of letter, dated September 14th, to Minister Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, regarding their Board’s endorsement of a position statement supporting the concept of a basic income guarantee as one component of a multi-pronged strategy to reduce poverty and eliminate health inequities.

Peterborough Public Health

Re: Lyme Disease

Copy of letter, dated September 20th, to Minister Jane Philpott and Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, supporting correspondence from Grey Bruce Health Unit and Niagara Region, and requesting that the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario increase funding in the areas of research, treatment, surveillance and education for Infectious Diseases.

Re: Food Security and Universal Hot Meal Programs

Copy of letter dated September 30th, to Ministers Jane Philpott, Bill Morneau, Amarjeet Sohi and Jean-Yves Duclos and the Hon. Scott Brison, supporting correspondence from Thunder Bay District Health Unit, requesting that the Canadian government invest to leverage provincial efforts for student meal programs through the development of a national Universal Healthy School Food Program.

Re: Changes to the HPV Immunization Programs

Copy of letter, dated October 6th, to Minister Hoskins, advising that their Board passed a motion endorsing the resolution shared by Algoma Public Health regarding Changes to the HPV Immunization Programs, noting that, while expansion of public health delivery of expanded immunizations is a positive move for public health, the funding model for these expanded programs is inadequate, and urge the MOHLTC to increase the annual funding for the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program to levels necessary to meet the mandate.

Corporation of the Town of Hearst

Re: Public Health Inspector

Letter, dated October 14th, from the Corporation of the Town of Hearst, including their Resolution # 332-16, requesting that a bilingual Public Health Inspector be hired in the event of an opening in the Kapuskasing office.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided a brief verbal report with regard to the following items:

Hollinger Park – Timmins

Recent sample results and remediation recommendations are being reviewed by the Porcupine Health Unit, Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Remediation plans and timelines will be reviewed with the City of Timmins, Amec Foster and the MOECC at an upcoming meeting.

Blue-Green Algae

Met with the Ministry of the Environment to review recent discovery of blue-green algae in a more remote waterway in the area.

Discussed strategies for timely communication and roles and responsibilities for future collaborations.  

Public Health Inspection

Inspection Services Report

Bob Bell, Manager of Public Health Inspection

Bob Bell spoke to his written report regarding Public Health Inspection department statistics, from January 1 to September 30, 2016

Preschool Speech & Language Program

Cochrane District Preschool Language Program

Betty Ann Horbul, Program Manager

Betty Ann Horbul spoke to her written report on the Cochrane District Preschool Language Program, where she provided a service provision summary, noting the that the total number of children who received assessment and/or intervention between April 2015 and March 2016 was 524; a 2% decrease from the previous year; and the average age of new children referred to the program was 34 months; an increase from 33 months previous year. Referrals to the program came from a variety of sources including: parents (40%), physicians (24%), Education (10%), childcare (10%) and Healthy Babies Healthy Children (9%).

With regard to the Infant Hearing Program, in 2015/2016, 359 (6 %↑) were screened at the Porcupine Health Unit, with 11 (4% ↓) needing further follow up.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives for Daycares & Ontario Early Years Centres

Caitlin Minard, Public Health Dietitian

Sue Perras thanked Ms. Minard for providing an informative presentation regarding nutrition and healthy lifestyle initiatives for daycares and Early Years Centres.

8) Resource Committee Report

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.


b)  2017 Budget and Per Capita Rate

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Laurier Duciaume

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit establish its net budget for the year 2017 at $14,251,097. This budget covers both cost shared and 100% funded programs.


MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit establish its 2017 per capita rate at $36.19, based on a population of 64,597 for the purposes of assessing its obligated municipalities for the year 2017.


c)   Building Consulting Services

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the Porcupine Health Unit select the firm J. L. Richards and Associates Limited, to provide architectural and engineering consulting services, with respect to the new Timmins office.    


d)  Public Health Inspection - Kapuskasing

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit recruit a bilingual candidate for our northern Public Health Inspector position. This is to be implemented upon said position becoming vacant.


Further discussion ensued, and it was decided that the Porcupine Health Unit’s official language policy, be circulated, for further information, and this matter be brought back for discussion at the January 2017 Board meeting.

9) New Business


10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Sue Perras 
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held September 1, 2016 be received for information.


b) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held June 24, 2016 be received for information.


c) Resource Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held June 24, 2016 be received for information.


11)  Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on December 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and that this meeting adjourn.