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Brant County Board of Health

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 9:30 a.m., Boardroom


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


  • Councillor Steve Schmitt
  • Councillor Robert Chambers
  • Councillor John Sless

Also Present:

  • Mr. Brent Richardson, Acting Director, Corporate Services

1. Call to Order

Chair Anderson called the meeting to order at 9:35 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. Toor
Seconded by: Ms. Mulligan
“That the meeting move to In-Camera at 9:33 am regarding personal matters and performance appraisals for the Medical Officer of Health and Executive Director.” Carried.

The regular Board of Health meeting resumed at 10:26 am.

4. Additions To Agenda


5. Approval of Minutes

5.1 Brant County Board of Health Minutes, August 15, 2018
Moved by: Ms. Toor
Seconded by: Councillor Kings
"That the Brant County Board of Health Minutes, dated August 15, 2018, be approved as presented." Carried.

6. Financial Report

6.1 Financial Statement ending July 31, 2018
Mr. Richardson presented the Financial Statement ending July 31, 2018, as distributed with the agenda. As well, Mr. Richardson provided updates on facilities projects; Replacement of the east-end elevator was to have started on September 4, but has been delayed by the contractor until early October. In working toward the boiler replacement, the current HVAV supplier will be conducting diagnostics on pipes to gain a more informed assessment of the system.

6.2 Update from Board of Health Finance and Audit Committee
Ms. Mills reported that the Finance and Audit Committee met on September 6 prior to the regular Board meeting. The committee discussed the financial statement and approved two contracts to purchase security/auditing software and replacement computers.
Moved by: Ms. Mills
Seconded by: Ms. Mulligan
"That the Brant County Board of Health approve the Financial Statement ending July 31, 2018; and receive 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 10:28 am.

7.2 Report from the Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Lock presented the Medical Officer of Health Report, dated September 6, 2018, as distributed at the meeting. Three cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) have been confirmed in Brant; a medical advisory has been issued to healthcare practitioners. Four new cases of rabies in raccoons have been confirmed within the Niagara, Haldimand and Hamilton region. The Health Unit's Travel Clinic has been suspended die to the inability to get some vaccines: Yellow fever vaccine cannot currently be ordered from the supplier and Hepatitis A vaccine may become available again in January. Vivaxim, a combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccine, is also unavailable. Dr. Lock reported that 3 pools have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv) this season and 3 human cases of WNv have been confirmed. There are often more unreported/unconfirmed cases of WNv, as many people are not tested and recover quickly. The potential for WNv transmission will continue until the fall frost.

7.3 Report from the Executive Director
Dr. Tober presented the Executive Director's Report, dated September 6, 2018, as included with the agenda. The Ministry of Health held education and training sessions from July through September on some new Ontario Public Health Standards. The Ministry released general feedback on the 2018 Annual Service Plans submitted by public health units, with individualized feedback expected soon. There was a wide variations in the Plans submitted by the 35 health units in programming, foundational work and administration. The 2019 Annual Service Plan template is expected in September/October; however, planning should be underway prior to that time for the next year.

7.4 Food Safety Disclosure Report
No Report
Moved by: Councillor Kings
Seconded by: Ms. Toor
"That the Board of Health accept Reports 7.1 through 7.4 as presented."  Carried.

8. New Business


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

9.1 Correspondence received from Timiskaming Health Unit, dated August 8, 2018, re Basic Income Research Project and Social Assistance Rate Reduction and Reform.

9.2 Correspondence received from Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, dated August 17, 2018, re Cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project.

9.3 Correspondence received from North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, dated August 16, 2018, re Cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project.

9.4 Correspondence received from the County of Brant, dated August 24, 2018, re appointment of Councillor Steve Schmitt to the Board of Health
Moved by: Ms. Toor
Seconded by: Ms. Mulligan
"That the Board of Health receive the correspondence as presented."   Carried.

10. Questions/Announcements

10.1 There will be no fall Association of the Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) Board of Health Section Meeting in the fall of 2018, due to municipal elections.

10.2 Councillor Neumann reported on a presentation on Basic Income Guarantee at a Social Services meeting. There was a video on a Brantford resident who told of how the Basic Income program helped her to make decisions for herself and become more independent. While the program has been cancelled by the Province, it may be reinstated at a future time.

11. Future Agenda Items

12. Next Meeting Date

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 am.
Finance and Audit Committee Meeting on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

14. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:49 am.