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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on January 24, 2019, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Sue Perras
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Mickey Auger
  • Pat Britton
  • Cleo Charlebois
  • Denis Clement
  • Marc Dupuis
  • Sebastien Lessard
  • Kristin Murray
  • George Pirie
  • Marc Ringuette
  • Rock Whissell

Staff:

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

Recorder:  Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

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

2) Approval of Agenda

Addition: 10) New Business

d) 2017 Annual Report 

MOVED BY: Mickey Auger
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.

Carried

3) Election of Chairperson

Dr. Catton called for nominations for the position of Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2019.

Denis Clement nominated Sue Perras. Drago Stefanic seconded the nomination.

Sue Perras accepted the nomination.

Dr. Catton called for further nominations. There being none, Dr. Catton declared the nominations closed and Sue Perras was acclaimed as Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2019.

Sue Perras assumed the Chair.

4) Election of Vice Chairperson

Sue Perras called for nominations for the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2019.

George Pirie nominated Drago Stefanic. Cleo Charlebois seconded the nomination.

Drago Stefanic accepted the nomination.

Sue Perras called for further nominations. There being none, Sue Perras declared the nominations closed and Drago Stefanic was acclaimed as Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2019.

5) Presentations

a) 2018 Audit Plan – Tracey Potvin, MNP Accounting Firm

Tracey Potvin, representing MNP Accounting Firm, presented the 2018 audit plan to the Committee. Ms. Potvin commended the Porcupine Health Unit on the status of its financial records over the years. 

6)  Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Marc Ringuette
SECONDED BY: Pat Britton

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held November 2, 2018 be approved.

 Carried

7) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

8) Correspondence

Dr. Lianne Catton spoke to the following correspondence:

Peterborough Public Health

Re: A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy Reform

  • Copy of letter, dated November 2nd, 2018 to Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, endorsing the recommendations of the Canadian Public Health Association’s 2017 position statement on the decriminalization of personal use of illicit psychoactive substances, and also noting that, considering the extensive evidence that criminalization perpetuates problematic drug-use and compounds its associated harms, Peterborough Public Health strongly urges their government to consider a new approach, as decriminalizing the use of psychoactive substances, together with continued commitment of resources to treatment and related services will more effectively address problematic substance use and reduce related harms in our communities.

Re: Strengthening the Smoke-Free Ontario (2017) to address the promotion of vaping

  • Copy of letter, dated November 5th, 2018 to Minister Christine Elliot, requesting that the Province invest in a timely evaluation of the implementation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to monitor the impacts of the limited promotion of vaping products with a commitment to make the required amendments as soon as possible.

Re: Sustainable Infrastructure and financial Supports for local drug strategies

  • Copy of letter, dated November 5th, 2018 to Minister Christine Elliot, calling upon her government to ensure that local drug strategies are integrated into any future planning for a provincial mental health and addiction program, and that these local drug strategies require a sustainable source of funding as well as support for their coordination, across the province, to ensure their impact is fully operationalized.

Re: Regulatory Framework for Cannabis Storefronts in Ontario

  • Copy of letter, dated November 8th, 2018 to Renu Kulendran, ED, Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat, noting their comments for consideration, while developing their specific regulations relating to cannabis storefront operating parameters, siting requirements, and public notice processes.

Huron County and Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Re:  Ontario Basic Income Research Project

  • Copy of letter, dated November 8th, 2018 from Huron County Health Unit, to Premier Doug Ford, supporting correspondence from Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, dated August 30th, 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.

  • Copy of letter, dated November 21st, 2018 from Thunder Bay District Health Unit, to Premier Doug Ford and Minister Lisa Macleod, urging the province to maintain the continuation of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot and the scheduled increases of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Re:  Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program Funding

  • Copy of letter, dated November 21st, 2018 to Minister Lisa MacLeod, advocating to fully fund all program costs related to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, including all staffing, operating and administrative costs.

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health (KFL&A)

Re:  Cannabis Retail Locations

  • Copy of letter, dated December 5th, 2018 to Minister Caroline Mulroney, expressing their concerns regarding the minimum distance requirement of 150 metres between cannabis retail locations and schools, and urging the government to strengthen regulations by increasing the minimum distance requirements.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts

Re:  Support for Provincial Oral Health Program for Low Income Adults and Seniors

  • Copy of letter, dated December 7th, 2018 to Premier Doug Ford, supporting his plan to invest in oral health programs for low income seniors and further encourage the government to expand access to include low income adults. 

Re: Funding

  • Copy of letter, dated December 21st, 2018 to Minister Christine Elliot, expressing their concerns regarding the increasing fiscal toll to its constituent municipalities to effectively balance the competing needs for fiscal restraint with the needs for enhanced public health programming; and look forward to further engagement with the Ministry and provincial government partners to ensure a sufficiently funded and sustainable public health system that delivers for the people of Ontario.

Timiskaming Health Unit

Re: A population health perspective on Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

  • Copy of letter, dated December 10th, 2018 to Minister Todd Smith and Minister Laurie Scott, endorsing Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s recommendations, in principle, in their letter, dated November 14th, and calling on the Ontario Government to consider close monitoring of the social, health and well-being impacts of Bill 47 for all Ontarians.

9) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

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

Cannabis

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) continues to work with programming to address cannabis legislation.  The PHU will provide municipalities with a briefing document regarding commercial tobacco, vaping and cannabis recommendations for communities.  This includes an offer to support municipalities in the development and/or amendment of current bylaws to increase public protection from exposure to tobacco, e-cigarettes and cannabis.

Annual Service Plan

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) requires all public health units to complete the 2019 Annual Service Plan and Budget Submission. This is the second year of this new and more extensive template. The management team is working to ensure local priorities, the PHU Strategic Plan, and the updated Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) are addressed.

Cultural Mindfulness

A facilitated on-line training program, through the Ontario Enhanced Core ICS Health Training Program, has been selected to ensure cultural competency training for all staff and Board of Health members. Thirteen training spots were secured through the NE LHIN for the management team, Health Equity Lead and Quality Assurance and Professional Standards program co-ordinator. Additional spots have been purchased by the PHU for staff and Board of Health members. Providing opportunities to enhance cultural mindfulness of all team members is an important step in the PHU Reconciliation Framework.

Program Manager Reports

The Program Managers provided brief verbal reports with respect to their Program areas.

10)  New Business

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Sebastien Lessard
SECONDED BY: Marc Dupuis

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried 

b)  Appointment of Auditors

MOVED BY: Denis Clement
SECONDED BY: Pat Britton

THAT MNP LLP be appointed auditors of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year 2019.

Carried

c)  Board Meeting Dates

MOVED BY: Kristin Murray
SECONDED BY: George Pirie

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

Carried

d) 2017 Annual Report

MOVED BY: George Pirie
SECONDED BY: Cleo Charlebois

THAT the Porcupine Health Unit’s 2017 Annual Report be approved for circulation.

Carried

11)  Receipt of Minutes for Information

a)  Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Rock Whissell
SECONDED BY: Denis Clement

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held October 18 and November 22, 2018, be received for information.

Carried

12) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Marc Ringuette
SECONDED BY: Marc Dupuis

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on March 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.           

Carried