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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on January 26, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room


  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Steve Black
  • Michel Brière
  • Sue Perras
  • Laurier Duciame
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Claude Bourassa
  • André Rhéaume


  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Anna Gauthier
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Sue Lajoie
  • Mary France Caron-Bruneau
  • Marisa Bedard

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), 4:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Michele Brière

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.


3) Election of Chairperson

Dr. Catton called for nominations for the position of Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2018.

Rick Lafleur nominated Gilles Chartrand. Michel Brière seconded the nomination.

Gilles Chartrand accepted the nomination.

Dr. Catton called for further nominations. There being none, Dr. Catton declared the nominations closed and Gilles Chartrand was acclaimed as Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2018.

Gilles Chartrand assumed the Chair.

4) Election of Vice Chairperson

Gilles Chartrand called for nominations for the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2018.

Laurier Duciaume nominated Michael Shea. Sue Perras seconded the nomination. 

Michael Shea accepted the nomination.

Gilles Chartrand called for further nominations.

Steve Black nominated Sue Perras. Sue Perras declined the nomination.

Gilles Chartrand called for further nominations. There being none, Gilles Chartrand declared the nominations closed and Michael Shea was acclaimed as Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2018. 

5) Presentations

a)    Harm Reduction Program – Mary France Caron-Bruneau, Program Coordinator and Marisa Bedard, Public Health Nurse

Mary France Caron-Bruneau and Marisa Bedard provided a presented on Harm Reduction Program Enhancement, noting information with regard to local opioid response, community distribution of naloxone and early warning and surveillance.

Gilles Chartrand thanked Mary France and Marisa for their informative presentation on the Porcupine Health Unit’s Harm Reduction Program.

6) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held December 1, 2017 be approved.


7) Business Arising from Minutes


8) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Sudbury & District Health Unit

Re: Food Insecurity/Nutritious Food Basket Closting

  • Copy of letter, dated December 5, 2017, to Premier Wynne, advising of their Board’s resolution #48-17, requesting that social assistance rates be increased to reflect the cost of the Nutritious Food Basket and local housing costs; and that the SDHU Board of Health advocate to the Province to ensure continuation of a Nutritious Food Basket Protocol and Guidance document; and advocate to Statistics Canada for the Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM) to become a core module of the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit

Re: Ontario Public Health Standards

  • Copy of resolution #2 SB 2017-Dec-13, dated December 13, 2017, noting that their Board adopt a resolution that any increased obligations arising from the revised Ontario Public Health Standards trigger a commensurate increase in MOHLTC funding.

Corporation of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls - Resolution #2017-316, dated December 18, 2017
Corporation of the Town of Iroquois Falls – Resolution #2017-242, dated December 18, 2017

Re:  Expert Panel on Public Health

  • Copies of resolution #2017-316 and #2017-242, supporting Porcupine Health Unit Resolution #2017-61 regarding significant concerns with regard to the recommendations of the Expert Panel Report, and urging the Province to clearly identify the concerns it is trying to address, and consider alternative courses of action to address those concerns and further strengthen the Public Health system in Ontario.

9) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update/report with regard to the following:

Dr. Catton reviewed the very positive feedback from both the staff and Board of Health strategic plan surveys. Overall, there was agreement with the four priority areas and feedback has been helpful in the editing process. There was also excellent staff engagement in the strategic planning exercises at the Christmas Conference. Many staff reported appreciation for the opportunity to have their voice heard. The next phase is community and key stakeholder engagement. The surveys for community engagement are in the midst of being finalized and will be available in French and English. The surveys for the general public will also be translated into Cree. There will be more in-depth interviews booked with key stakeholders.

Dr. Lianne Catton reported she and Don West have met with the other Northeastern health units to review the potential for collaborations. With decreasing budgets and increasing demands on public health, this is an opportunity to increase efficiencies and capacity. The group has applied for funding to further explore these possibilities.

The program managers and Dr. Catton continue to review the new Ontario Public Health Program Standards and assess priorities as well as areas where efficiencies are needed. As a result, there were changes made to the Nutrition Program. One dietitian joined the Family Health Team, and two joined the Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention Team, which aligns with their current work and will increase capacity to address the new standards. 

Dr. Catton has invited several key community partners to join a Steering Committee regarding the development of a comprehensive community drug strategy. While we continue to address the opiate enhancements as per the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there is a need to continue work upstream to address the critical issue of substance misuse and abuse.

DENTAL SERVICES – Anna Gauthier, Program Manager

Anna Gauthier presented the Dental Services activities for 2017. A total of 4,210 children were screened to identify urgent dental needs in 51 elementary schools. Of these, 35 schools were identified as being high risk for dental disease. Overall, the Porcupine Health Unit Visual Dental Decay percentage has seen a decline, this year, and is now below the provincial average, which can be linked to the Fluoride Varnish activities done in our district area Daycare Program. The Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program continues to provide many low income families access to dental care in our area, with 211 new children enrolled in 2017. Dental staff continue to work with community partners to promote oral health and to advocate for those in the community who cannot access dental care. 

10) New Business

a)  Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

 THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.


b)    Appointment of Auditors

MOVED BY:  Michael Shea
SECONDED BY:  Claude Bourassa

THAT MNP LLP be appointed auditors of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year 2018.


11) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume     

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held November 23 and December 21, 2017 be received for information.


12) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on March 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.