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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on May 25, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Pat Bamford
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Michel Brière
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Andrew Marks
  • Veronica Farrell
  • Kevin Osborne
  • Steve Black

Staff:

  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Anna Gauthier
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Sue Lajoie
  • Joelle Aubin
  • Chantal Riopel

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

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

2) Approval of Agenda

Additions: 9)  NEW BUSINESS
                 a) Northern Fruit & Vegetable Program Delivery - Michel Brière

MOVED BY: Veronica Farrell
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.

Carried

3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Kevin Osborne
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held April 20, 2018 be approved.

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes

Re: Resolution regarding the 2018 Annual Service Plan including the 2018 Budget for the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR)

  • Copy of letter, dated April 18th, to HKPR District Health Unit Board of Heath, advising of their Board’s resolution #CR2018-205, supporting HKPR Board of Health’s letter to Minister Helena Jaczek, dated March 13th, urging her to reconsider the decision to implement a four-year budget freeze, for Public Health Units, and request an earlier budget approval than the historic September to November timeframe.

Grey-Bruce Health Unit

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

  • Copy of letter, dated April 19th, to Jody Wilson-Raybould, House of Commons, advising of their Board’s resolution #2018-28, endorsing Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s resolution in support of the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, that justifies the use of physical punishment of children between the ages of 2 and 12, and endorsing the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth.

Re: Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campuses

  • Copy of letter, dated April 19th, to Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, CEO & President, Georgian College, advising of their Board’s resolution # 2018-29, endorsing Public Health Sudbury and District’s resolution/correspondence dated February 27th, urging local post-secondary institutions to enhance existing policies to achieve 100% tobacco and smoke-free campuses.

Re: Annual Service Plan and 2018 Budget

  • Copy of letter, dated April 19th, to Minister Helena Jaczek, advising of their Board’s resolution #2018-30 endorsing Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s letter, also to Minister Jaczek, urging her to reconsider the decision to implement a four-year budget freeze, for Public Health Units, and request an earlier budget approval than the historic September to November timeframe.

Windsor-Essex County Board of Health

Re:  Recommendation/Resolution Report – Oral Health Report Update (2018)

  • Copy of Recommendation/Resolution Report – Oral Health Report Update (2018), together with their Board’s amended motion, dated April 19th, noting that their Board receive the Oral Health Report (2018) and supports the accompanying recommendations.

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

Re:  Mandatory Food Literacy Curricula in Ontario Schools

  • Copy letter, dated April 19th, to Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris, Provincial Minister of Education/Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, advising of their Board’s resolution, endorsing provincial policy action found in 2017 Food EPI Canada Report, calling for an examination of current school curricula with regards to food literacy, and introduction of food literacy and food skills as a mandatory component of school curricula.

6) Program Manager Reports

CHRONIC DISEASE AND INJURY PREVENTION

Comprehensive Tobacco Control – Joelle Aubin, Manager of Chronic Diseases & Injury Prevention

Joëlle Aubin spoke to her written report regarding Comprehensive Tobacco Control, noting that smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in Ontario, with approximately 13,000 tobacco related deaths each year.  Smoking rates for the Porcupine Health Unit area is 23.8% versus the Province at 16.5%.  People typically begin smoking during their teenage years. 

With regard to prevention, participants attended training with the Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) at Cité des Jeunes High School, where they were provided with knowledge and skills to promote health, prevent and reduce commercial tobacco use, and advocate for change in their communities.  With the support of their local Public Health Nurse, we hope to start planning activities in the next school year.

Also, with regard to prevention, indigenous youth attended a North East youth summit, where they participated in brainstorming sessions to guide future plans to address indigenous youth needs regarding commercial tobacco prevention.

Our objective is to have trained nursing staff, in all offices, to provide quit smoking clinics, to the public.

PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTION

Inspection Services Report – Sue Lajoie, Program Manager

Sue Lajoie spoke to her written report regarding Public Health Inspection department statistics, from January 1 to April 30, 2018.

7) Program Committee Report

a)  Strategic Plan Update - Program Managers

Sue Perras thanked the program managers for providing an excellent presentation and complimented management on the comprehensive process.

b)  alPHa Resolutions for Consideration – 2018 Annual Conference

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit direct its voting delegates at the 2018 alPHa Annual Conference as follows:

Resolution
Number

Title

Support
(Y/N)

A18-1

Sustainable Funding for Local Public Health in Ontario

Y

A18-2

Public Health Support for a Minimum Wage that is a Living Wage

Y

A18-3

Public Health’s Role in Food Affordability Surveillance

Y

A18-4

Extending the Ontario Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance to 24 Months

Y

A18-5

A Comprehensive Approach to Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) in Regulated Health Professional Settings

Y

Carried

8) Resource Committee Report

a)  Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Steve Black

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b)  Revenues & Expenditures - Three Months Ended Marh 31, 2018

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the report of revenues and expenditures for the Porcupine Health Unit for the three months ended March 31, 2018 be approved.

Carried

9) New Business

a)  Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program Delivery

A concern was raised with regard to one of our area schools not receiving produce during the weeks of long weekends, and sometimes receiving substitution produce.  
Joëlle Aubin will look in into this and respond directly to the Board member next week.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Kevin Osborne

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held March 1, 2018 be received for information.

Carried

b) Resource Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Steve Black

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held March 1, 2018 be received for information.

Carried

c) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Veronica Farrell
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

 THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held March 28 and April 18, 2018 be received for information.

Carried

11) 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 June 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried