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Brant County Board of Health

Thursday, August 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m., Boardroom
Minutes

Present:

  • Mr. Greg Anderson, Chair
  • Ms. Helen Mulligan, Vice-Chair
  • Councillor Robert Chambers
  • Councillor Larry Kings
  • Ms. Janice Mills
  • Councillor David Neumann
  • Councillor John Sless
  • Ms. Ruby Toor
  • Dr. M. Lock
  • Dr. J. Tober
  • Ms. L. Johnson (recorder)

Guest:

  • Councillor John Wheat, on behalf of Councillor Steve Schmitt representing the County of Brant.

Also Present:

  • Mr. Brent Richardson, Acting Director, Corporate Services

1. Call to Order

Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 9:35 am. Chair Anderson welcomed Ruby Toor back from leave of absence, and noted former Councillor Willem Bouma's resignation from the Board subsequent to his election to a provincial Member of Parliament seat. A letter of appreciation was sent to Mr. Bouma on behalf of the Board. The Chair also welcomed County Councillor John Wheat to the meeting. The County has unofficially appointed Councillor Steve Schmitt to the Biard of Health to replace Mr. Bouma; however, Councillor Schmitt was unable to attend today's meeting and arranged for Councillor Wheat to attend on his behalf.

2. Conflict of Interest

Board members were reminded to declare a conflict of interest, if one so arises, at the time the item is discussed.

Councillor Wheat was excused from the meeting during the In-Camera session commencing at 9:39 am.

3. In-Camera Meeting

Moved by: Councillor Sless
Seconded by: Ms. Mills
"That the meeting move to In-Camera at 9:38 am regarding personal matters." Carried.

The regular Board of Health meeting resumed at 10:28 am, and Councillor Wheat rejoined the meeting.

As a result of discussion at the In-Camera session, the 2019 cost-shared budget was approved:
Moved by: Councillor Chambers
Seconded by: Ms. Mulligan
"That the Brant County Board of Health approve the municipal portions of the Brant County Health Unit 2019 Cost-Shared Budget with the following revenue sources:
City of Brantford          $2,481,463
County of Brant                917,802."     Carried.

4. Additions To Agenda

None.

5. Approval of Minutes

5.1 Brant County Board of Health Minutes, June 20 2018
Moved by: Ms. Mulligan
Seconded by: Councillor Sless

"That the Brant County Board of Health Minutes, dated June 20, 2018, be approved as presented." Carried.

6. Financial Report

6.1 Financial Statement ending June 30, 2018
Mr. Richardson presented the Q2 Financial Statement ending June 30, 2018, as distributed with the agenda. The statement showed a surplus due in part to a number of vacant positions. Several new employees will start work on September 4. Mr. Richardson noted the 2% increase from the Province has not been figured into the statement. The 100% - funded Healthy Smiles Ontario Program is traditionally underspent, but has seen a recent increase in service uptake. The expenditure of health promotion funds has been delayed as the Ministry has Smoke-Free Ontario Act implementation on hold. Mr. Richardson stated that unspent funds due to gapping are tracked. A number of large expenditures are planned before the end of Q3, including the elevator replacement, information technology (IT) products, and Human Resources expenses.

6.2 Update from Board of Health Finance and Audit Committee
Ms. Mills reported that the Finance and Audit Committee met on August 15 prior to the regular Board meeting. The Committee discussed the financial statement in more detail, and approved 3 IT contracts as follows: Enterprise Data Protection/Back-up Recovery Solution for $80,025; Microsoft Office 365 Email Migration for $19,747; and Rogers Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Hosted Service for mobile devices at $14,346. All of these expenses were included in the approved 2018 budget.

Moved by: Councillor Chambers
Seconded by: Councillor Kings
"That the Brant County Board of Health approve the Financial Statement ending June 30, 2018; and receive for information the Report from the Finance and Audit Committee, as presented."     Carried.

6.3 Cost-Shared Budget for 2019
The Finance and Audit Committee supported the presented 2019 cost-shared budget for Board approval. (See Item 3 above).

7. Business Arising From Previous Minutes

7.1 Report from Chair
No report

7.2 Report from Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Lock presented an oral Medical Officer of Health Report. There have been 3 human cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Brant to date in 2018. The second application of larviciding will occur imminently. There appear to be more cases this year across the province then in previous years.

7.3 Report from the Executive Director
Dr. Tober stated that there has been minimal communication from the Ministry of Health since the new provincial government took power. Health Units are waiting for direction in many areas of public health programming.

7.4 Food Safety Disclosure Report
No Report

Moved by: Ms. Mulligan
Seconded by: Councillor Kings
"That the Board of Health accept Reports 7.1 through 7.4 as presented."   Carried.

8. New Business

None.

9. Correspondence (Board members may request a copy of items that are not attached from Board of Health Secretary)

9.1 Correspondence received from County of Brant, dated July 3, 2018, re resignation of Count of Brant appointee to the Board.

9.2 Correspondence received from Gray Bruce Health Unit, dated June 18, 2018, re youth exposure to smoking in movies.

9.3 Correspondence received from Grey Bruce Health Unit, dated June 18, 2018, re mandatory food literacy curricula in Ontario schools.

9.4 Correspondence received from Windsor Essex County Health Unit, dated June 18, 2018, re Oral Health Report Update.

9.5 Correspondence received from Grey Bruce Health Unit, dated June 18, 2018, re dedicated funding for local public health agencies from cannabis sales taxation revenue.

9.6 Correspondence received from Public Health Sudbury & Districts, dated July 3, 2018, re Smoke-free Ontario Act.

9.7 Correspondence received from the City of Brantford, dated July 3, 2018, re New Hospital for Brantford Working Group.

9.8 Correspondence received from City of Brantford, dated June 27, 2018, re appreciation for flood evacuation site support.

9.9 Correspondence received from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, dated July 10, 2018, re public health approach to drug policy reform.

9.10 Correspondence received from Timiskaming Health Unit, dated July 12, 2018, re Smoke-Free Ontario.

9.11 Correspondence received from Peterborough Public Health, dated July 16, 2018, re mandatory food literacy curricula in Ontario schools.

9.12 Correspondence received from Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, dated July 16, 2018, implementation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

9.13 Correspondence received from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, dated July 19, 2018, re pause in implementation of Smoke-Free Ontario, 2017.

 9.14 Correspondence received from Chatham-Kent Public Health, dated July 23, 2018, re pause in implementation of Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

9.15 Correspondence received from Grey Bruce Health Unit, dated July 27, 2018, re pause in implementation of Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

9.16 Correspondence received from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, dated August 1, 2018, re Ontario Basic Income Pilot Cancellation.

9.17 Correspondence received from City of Toronto, dated Aug 1, 2018, re Toronto Overdose Action Plan.

9.18 Correspondence received from City of Toronto, dated August 3, 2018, re Public Health approach to Drug Policy.

9.19 Correspondence received from City of Toronto, dated August 3, 2018, re Student Nutrition Program: Impact of Municipal Plan.

9.20 Correspondence received from Public Health & Sudbury & Districts, dated August 3, 2018, re Ontario Basic Income Research Project and the reduction in the scheduled social assistance rate increase.

2.21 Correspondence received from Peterborough Public Health, dated August 3, 2018, re Ontario Basic Income Pilot cancellation.

Moved by: Councillor Chambers
Seconded by: Councillor Neumann
"That the Board of Health receive the correspondence as presented."  Carried.

10. Questions/Announcements

11. Future Agenda Items

11.1 Date of Performance Appraisals for Medical Officer of Health and Executive Director
Members agreed that the annual performance appraisals for the Medical Officer of Health and the Executive Director will be conducted at the September Board meeting, in light of the October municipal election.

12. Next Meeting

Thursday , September 6, 2018, 9:30 am.
Finance and Audit Committee Meeting, Thursday, September 6, 2018, 9:00 am.

14. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:42 am.