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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on March 1, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room


  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Pat Bamford
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Michel Brière
  • Sue Perras
  • Laurier Duciame
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Drago Stefanic
  • André Rhéaume
  • Andrew Marks


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

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Gilles Chartrand, Chair, 5:30 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

Additions: 8)  Resource Committee Report
                      e) 2018 Budget Enhancement Requests

                 9) New Business
                      a) Attendance to alPHa Functions

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Kevin Osborne

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.


3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held January 26, 2018 be approved.


4) Business Arising from Minutes


5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Northwestern Health Unit

Re: Income Security: A Roadmap for Change

  • Copy of letter, dated January 5th, to Minister Jaczek, Ministry of Community and Social Services, and a copy of resolution No. 10-2018, dated January 19th, supporting the recommendations of “Roadmap to Change”, in particular income adequacy, and income as it relates to early child development and to housing, noting that, moving forward with these recommendations will be investing in human health and wellbeing which will lead to the improvements in population health, and decrease future demands on the health care system, social service system and justice/enforcement system.

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Re: Monitoring of Household Food Insecurity

  • Copy of letters, dated February 1st, to Dr. Hassan Hutchinson, Director General, Health Canada, Nutrition Policy and Promotion, and to Lorelle Taylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Health Systems Information Management Division/Chief Information Officer, MOHLTC, expressing their Board’s support for regular and consistent monitoring of household food insecurity.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Re:  Repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code Refresh 2017

  • Copy of resolution #2017-03, dated December 7th, 2017, advising of their Board’s support of the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Catton reviewed recent discussions to explore potential collaborations with other North Eastern Health Units. With decreasing budgets and increasing demands on public health, it is a good time to review opportunities to increase capacity. It was emphasized that this exercise is not designed to cut positions, and strong local public health representation and municipal connections remains the goal.

Dr. Catton continues to be involved with the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) Public Health Model working group and spent two days at a recent validation session with representatives from the First Nation communities from the James Bay Coast.

The management team continues to assess the modernized standards, protocols and guidelines as they become available.

FALLS PREVENTION – Joelle Aubin, Manager of Chronic Diseases & Injury Prevention

Joëlle Aubin spoke to her written report regarding Falls Prevention, noting that the risk of serious fall-related injury is nine times greater for those 65 years of age and older than for younger age groups. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and in-hospital deaths. Effective injury prevention interventions can reduce the demand for hospital care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, residential care and home care. Most important, it can help seniors preserve their independence and quality of life.

STAND UP! is a free 12-week group exercise and education program that includes how to address the 9 risks of falls. We were able to bring STAND UP! facilitator training opportunities, in French and English, to 12 partner practitioners. This is to increase local capacity to deliver the program in their agency, thus increasing local capacity and availability of the program. Most of our communities have received one or more STAND UP! sessions. The socialization component of the program provides added benefits including decreased isolation and depression.

7) Program Committee Report

a)  Strategic Plan Update

Sue Perras thanked Dr. Catton for providing an update on the progress of the Porcupine Health Unit’s Strategic Plan.

b)  Menu Labelling

Sue Perras thanked Sandra Lapajne, Program Coordinator, for providing a presentation, to the Committee, on Menu Labelling.

8) Resource Committee Report

a)  2017 Audit Planning Letter

Michel Brière thanked Tracey Potvin, MNP Accounting Firm, for presenting the 2017 audit plan, noting that Ms. Potvin commended the Porcupine Health Unit on the status of its financial records over the years. 

b)  Staff Changes

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.


c)  Revenues & Expenditures - 9 months ended September 30, 2017

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the report of revenues and expenditures for the Porcupine Health Unit for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 be approved


d)  2017 Financial Controls Checklist

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit receive the Financial Controls Checklist, for their information.


e)  2018 Budget Enhancement Requests

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit approve the 2018 budget enhancement requests, in the amount of $787,107, for submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


9) New Business

a)  Attendance at alPHa Functions

The Board will review member attendance needs at alPHa functions, on an ad hoc basis.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information


11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Kevin Osborne
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on April 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.