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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on September 14, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room


  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Michel Brière
  • André Rheaume
  • Pat Bamford
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Laurier Duciaume
  • Andrew Marks
  • Kevin Osborne
  • Steve Black
  • Rick Lafleur


  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Sue Lajoie
  • Joëlle Aubin
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Chantal Riopel
  • Anna Gauthier

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

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

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.


3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held June 27, 2018 be approved.


4) Business Arising from Minutes


5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Public Health Sudbury & Districts;
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit;
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
Timiskaming Health Unit;
Grey Bruce Public Health; and
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit

Re: Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 

  • Copy of letters, dated July 3rd, 19th, 23rd and 27th, to Premier Doug Ford, and copy of letters, dated July 12th and 16th, to Minister Christine Elliot (MOHLTC), urging the Government of Ontario to implement the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, without delay, so all Ontarians can benefit from reduced risks of illness and death associated with tobacco, vapour, and cannabis use.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Re: Public Health Approach to Drug Policy Reform

  • Copy of letter, dated July 10th, to Ministers Petitpas Taylor and Wilson Raybould, endorsing recommendations of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) from their 2017 Position Statement, regarding decriminalization of illicit psychoactive substances (IPS).

Peterborough Public Health

Re: Mandatory Food Literacy Curricula in Ontario Schools

  • Copy of letter, dated July 16th, to Ministers Christine Elliot and Lisa Thompson, supporting Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Board of Health’s correspondence dated April 26th, urging the Provincial government to examine the current school curricula with respect to food literacy and introduce mandatory food literacy and food skills training curricula in schools.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit;
Peterborough Public Health;
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Timiskaming Health Unit
North Bay, Parry Sound District Health Unit
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
; and
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Re: Ontario Basic Income Pilot

  • Copy of letters, dated August 1st, 3rd and 17th, to Minister Lisa MacLeod, on August 3rd, August 8th and August 30th to Premier Doug Ford and Ministers Lisa MacLeod, and Christie Elliott, and on August 16th to Premier Doug Ford and Minister Lisa MacLeod, urging the province to reconsider the decision to cancel the basic income pilot, maintain the planned increase to social assistance rates, and act on the recommendations from the “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” report.

Toronto City Clerk’s Office
Re: Toronto Overdose Action Plan: Status Report 2018 (Item HL27.1)

  • Copy of correspondence dated August 1st, from the Toronto City Clerk’s Office, Board of Health, urging the MOHLTC to extend approval of the maximum term for overdose prevention sites from the current 6 months to a 12 month period, and to support urgent implementation of managed opioid programs across Ontario.

Re: Student Nutrition Program: Impact of Municipal Plan 2013-18 (Item HL28.5)

  • Copy of correspondence dated August 3rd, from the Toronto City Clerk’s Office, Board of Health, requesting Ontario-based public health boards express their support and endorsement for a federal universal health school food program called for by Senator Art Eggleton and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Masters of Public Health (MPH)

Dr. Catton reported successful completion of the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Waterloo as of the end of August. This fulfills the final requirement for appointment as permanent MOH for the PHU.

Northeastern Health Unit (NE HU) Collaboration

There is a meeting scheduled with the 5 NE HU’s as well as the consultants next week, September 19, in Sudbury. The consultants held phone interviews with management teams from the NE HU’s and will be reviewing results of their data collection and next steps.

Porcupine Lake

The Inspection team has been reviewing reports from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) and the City of Timmins (COT). Reports from previous years as well as PHU Beach Sampling as per Ministry requirements have been assessed along with consultation with experts at Public Health Ontario (PHO). The MOECP report received at the end of August regarding the 2017 COT Porcupine Lake report is currently under review. Once this process is complete, the PHU will again meet with the MOECP and the COT. The PHU website contains information on PHU Beach sampling as well as information on healthy use of recreational water sources. The PHU will share key messages with the COT and all municipalities to promote healthy use of local beaches and waterways.

Weeneebayko Health Authority (WAHA)

Another meeting with the WAHA team and PHU managers and MOH occurred to review the current state of the WAHA Public Health model. WAHA has extended the invitation to further discuss a more formal partnership with the PHU. The PHU remains committed to supporting WAHA in the development of their Public Health model.

Building Relationships with Indigenous Communities

The LDCP project continues and is currently engaging with First Nation communities. The knowledge gained from this will help inform the development and implementation of the PHU Reconciliation Framework. Indigenous cultural competency training is currently being planned. The PHU continues to work to build meaningful relationships with First Nations communities and community members and welcomes any opportunities for further sharing and/or collaboration.

2018 Annual Service Plan (ASP)

Feedback from the new ASP template submitted to the Ministry for 2018 was very positive. We continue to work to ensure the ASP and PHU Strategic Plan priorities align and to confirm ongoing reporting mechanisms to both the Ministry and the BOH that reflect this.

Risk Assessment

We have been reviewing risk assessment and management frameworks which are in line with the Ministry template for reporting risk management due with the Q3 report at the end of October. The management team will be meeting to discuss risks for the PHU and will report to the BOH as necessary on an ongoing basis.

Youth Wellness Hub

The PHU team has been working with many local community partners to support the Youth Wellness Hub in Timmins, an important opportunity to support children and youth in Timmins by providing a safe place to make connections, be active and access supports for health and wellness.


Immunization Coverage Report – 2016-2017 School Year – Lynn Leggett, Program Manager

Lynn Leggett spoke to her written report noting the provincial and health unit specific immunization coverage estimates for Ontario’s publicly-funded childhood immunization programs for the 2016-17 school year. Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) coverage for these mandated vaccines is above the provincial average for all diseases. School-based vaccine programs are an effective way to offer vaccinations to adolescents who tend to have a lower frequency of visits to health care providers. Publicly funded immunization programs are effective at preventing diseases that would otherwise cause illness and death. Programs that are designed to achieve immunization targets help to ensure the health and well-being of the community. The PHU has surpassed the provincial coverage estimates for all publicly funded childhood programs.


Healthy Growth and Development – Early Childhood Development – Chantal Riopel, Program Manager

Chantal Riopel spoke to her written report noting that childhood development in the early years (birth to 6 years) is an important indicator of a child’s health and well-being as an adult. A child’s environment at home, at school and in the community has a significant impact on the child’s developmental trajectory. Indigenous children are at increased risk for poor growth and development outcomes due to systemic inequities present in our society. The PHU, in collaboration with community partners, offers several programs and services throughout the district to support families and children.  Municipalities also play an important role in promoting and supporting early childhood development via the built environment, by-laws, advocacy and programs and services. Creating supportive environments for children and families promotes healthy growth and development and decreases risks to health and well-being of children, families, as well as communities. Access to resources and supports increases parents’ knowledge, skills and confidence in parenting. Public health plays a role in providing and facilitating access to these resources and supports.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Presentation: Tobacco, E-Cigarettes and Cannabis

Drago Stefanic thanked Joëlle Aubin, Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, for providing an informative presentation regarding tobacco, electronic cigarettes and cannabis.

b) Strategic Plan Update

Drago Stefanic thanked Dr. Catton for providing an update with regard to the PHU’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.

8) Resource Committee Report

a)  Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.


b)  Revenues and Expenditures - 6 Months Ended June 30, 2018

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the report of revenues and expenditures for the Porcupine Health Unit for the six months ended June 30, 2018 be approved.


c)  MOH Appointment

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit appoint Dr. Lianne Catton as Medical Officer of Health, effective October 1, 2018, subject to the approval of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.


d)  Policy # H-II-11 – Student Sponsorships

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Steve Black

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit approve General Administrative Manual Policy # H-II-11, regarding student sponsorship, dated July 2018, as circulated.


9) New Business

a) 2019 Schedule of Board Meeting Dates

MOVED BY: Kevin Osborne
SECONDED BY: Andrew Marks      

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit approve the 2019 schedule of Board meeting dates, as circulated.


10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur      

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held May 25, 2018 be received for information.


b) Resource Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held May 25, 2018 be received for information.


c) Management Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held June 17 and July 25, 2018 be received for information.


11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Kevin Osborne

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on November 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.