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Brant County Board of Health

Thursday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m., Boardroom


  • Mr. Greg Anderson, Chair
  • Ms. Helen Mulligan, Vice-Chair
  • 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)


  • Councillor Steve Schmitt
  • Councillor Robert Chambers

Also Present:

  • Mr. Brent Richardson, Acting Director, Corporate Services

1. Call to Order

Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 9:41 am.

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.

3. In-Camera Meeting

Moved by: Ms. Mills
Seconded by: Councillor Sless
“That the meeting move to In-Camera at 9:41 am regarding personal matters about an identifiable individual.” Carried.

The regular Board of Health meeting resumed at 10:36 am.

It was confirmed that the criteria for in-camera discussion is the same as that which regulates municipal meetings, and is set out in the Board of Health Policy and Procedure III-030 Board of Health Bylaws-General. The reason to move in-camera is noted is noted in the motion in the regular minutes.

4. Additions To Agenda


5. Approval of Minutes

5.1 Brant County Board of Health Minutes, September 6 and September 26,, 2018

Moved by: Councillor Kings
Seconded by: Councillor Neumann
"That the Brant County Board of Health Minutes, dated September 6 and September 26, 2018, be approved as presented." Carried.

6. Financial Report

6.1 Q3 Financial Statement ending September 30, 2018
Mr. Richardson presented the Q3 Financial Statement ending September 30, 2018, as distributed with the agenda. The statement incorporates the 2% increase from the Ministry of Health. There are a number of Position vacancies that are still being filled, with some temporary placements in the interim. The variance was confirmed. Members did not pose any questions regarding accounts.

6.2 Update from Board of Health Finance and Audit Committee
Ms. Mills reported that the Finance and Audit Committee met on October 17 prior to the regular Board Meeting. The Committee discussed the financial statement and approved purchases of smart phones, Needle Exchange Program supplies, and a limited option for 2018 vacation time payout to management to a maximum of 10 days. Members discussed the retrieval of used needles on private vs public property, mandates, funding, training, cost of disposal and kiosk placement. Members had many questions and requested a report from staff on the details of needle retrieval and related information.

Ms. Toor left the meeting at 10:44 am.

Moved by: Ms. Mulligan
Seconded by: Councillor Neumann
"That the Brant County Board of Health approve the Financial Statement ending September 30, 2018: and received for information the Report from the Finance and Audit Committee, as presented."   Carried.

7. Business Arising from Previous Minutes

7.1 Report from the Chair
No Report.

Mr. Richardson left the meeting at 10:47 am.

7.2 Report from the Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Lock presented the Medical Officer of Health Report, dated October 17, 2018, as distributed at the meeting. The report provided information on a provincial listeriosis outbreak and a local respiratory outbreak. An infection prevention and control complaint was investigated by Health Unit staff and no lapse was found. As previously discussed by the Board, the City is exploring the development of additional cooling Centre's for next summer; in 2018 the Health Unit issued 9 heat warnings. Dr. Lock attended the Brantford Encampment Response meeting on October 4. The City is taking the lead on multi-disciplinary approach to pop-up encampments.

The report included information on the legalization of cannabis and amendments to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). As well as cannabis, vaping is another component of the SFOA revision. Some communities are choosing to opt out of the cannabis retail outlets; the deadline for this municipal decision is January 22, 2019. Members noted that some condominiums are adopting the same non-smoking rules for cannabis use.

Members noted that Grand River Conservation Authority staff in Cambridge have spent a lot of time on encampments and are tracking information. Members inquired about seasonal influenza vaccine. Dr. Lock explained the differences and intended uses of the 4 influenza vaccines. Morbidity and mortality of seniors over age 65 are the main issues. Supply of the high-dose flu vaccine from the government pharmacy is limited. Each public health unit received different amounts; therefore, each health unit is making individual decisions/provision of vaccines. Pharmacies will not have the high-dose triple vaccine; some physicians will have it once the long-term care facilities have been served. For children, there is the usual vaccine plus a nasal spray.

7.3 Report from the Executive Director
Dr. Tober presented the Executive Director's Report, dated October 17, 2018, as included with the agenda. Dr. Peter Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of Public Health Ontario (PHO) paid an informal visit to the Health Unit on October 5; conversation included the Brant Health Atlas, implementation of the new Ontario Public Health Standards, legalization of cannabis, the opioid crisis, and the mutual collaboration and participation between the Health Unit and PHO. The Ministry of Health conducted in-person and webinar training on October 11 and 12 on enforcement of the cannabis legislation. Dr. Tober presented the Brant County Health Unit 2019 budget information to the City's Executive Leadership Team on October 10.

7.4 Food Safety Disclosure Report
No Report.

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

8. New Business


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

9.1 Correspondence received from Huron County Health Unit, dated September 6, 2018,,re Basic Income Pilot program.

9.2 Correspondence received from Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit, dated August 30, 2018, re Basic Income Pilot program.

9.3 Correspondence received from Middlesex-London Health Unit, dated July 20, 2018, re smoking strategy developments re Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

9.4 Correspondence received from Middlesex-London Health Unit, dated August 30, 2018, re dedicated funding for local public health agencies from cannabis sales.

9.5 Correspondence received from Durham Region, dated September13, 2018, re Publicly-funded Oral l Health program for low income adults and older adults.

9.6 Correspondence received from Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, dated September 20, 2018, re Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

9.7 Correspondence received from Southwestern Public Health, dated September 25, 2018, re repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

9.8 Correspondence received from Southwestern Public Health, dated September 25, 2018, re cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project.

9.9 Correspondence received from Peterborough Public Health, dated July 3, 2018, re Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

9.10 Correspondence received from Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, dated, September 27, 2018, re why Ontario needs a chronic disease prevention strategy.

9.11 Correspondence received from Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, dated September 27, 2018, re drug policy reform.

Moved by: Councillor Kings
Seconded by: Ms. Mulligan
"That the Board of Health receive the correspondence as presented."     Carried.

10. Questions/Announcements

11. Future Agenda Items

12. Next Meeting Date

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 9:30am. Municipal Members advised that their appointments will still be in place until November 30. New Appointments will take effect on December 1.
Finance and Audit Committee Meeting on November 21, 2018 tentatively.

14. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:07 am.