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March 27, 2015 – Peterborough Public Health

In compliance with the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, a listing of Peterborough Public Health’s salaries and benefits exceeding $100,000 for 2014 has been posted on Public Health’s website and is available from the link below:

2014 Public Sector Salary Disclosure

For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391

March 20, 2015 – Board of Health Seeks New Bidders As Conditional Offer Expires

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 Audio Clip: Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health

 

The Board of Health announced today that its building located at 185 King Street is up for sale again and is encouraging interested bidders to submit an offer so Public Health can finalize plans to move to Jackson Square on 185 King Street.

“We had a conditional offer on our building, however we were unable to come to a final agreement with the purchaser, so the Board is now advising those who previously expressed interest in the property and new bidders that it is back on the market,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “While we know there is considerable interest in this property, we continue to follow the prudent path and won’t confirm our purchase of the three floors of Jackson Square until the financing is in place.”

Dr. Salvaterra noted that Public Health’s plan to move downtown has made great progress with municipal approvals for one-time capital funding already confirmed by the City and County of Peterborough, and Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.  “We are confident a new buyer will step forward based on the desirable location of this well-maintained building, making it a wonderful opportunity for a public service enterprise or medical clinic,” said Dr. Salvaterra.  The building is valued in the range of $4 million.

Dr. Salvaterra explained that the Board of Health is hopeful they will find a new purchaser soon, but if not, this may delay the move-in date as the financial arrangements require the proceeds from the Hospital Drive site.  Advertising has already begun in the Toronto area, and details about the property listing are available on www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Supervisor

705-743-1000, ext. 391

March 20, 2015 –  Public Health Recognizes World Oral Health Day by Celebrating Good Science

In celebration of World Oral Health Day today, Peterborough Public Health is promoting the legacy of solid scientific research behind fluoride in community water supplies.

“There is an impressive foundation of quality research that has long established community water fScreen Shot 03-20-15 at 08.26 AMluoridation as safe, effective, and one of the best ways to protect the oral health of our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “Unfortunately there is a small but vocal minority who try to confuse the public about fluoride with obscure, non-peer reviewed studies that use poor scientific methodology.  This World Oral Health Day we want to showcase quality research so residents know what to look for if they’re searching online for fluoride information.”

Dr. Salvaterra says fluoridated water is continually studied and continually shown to be safe and effective.  She points to a study published in the January 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health entitled Community Water Fluoridation and Intelligence: Prospective Study in New Zealand that followed a population for 35 years and found there was no validity to the assertion that fluoride affects people’s IQ.  “This is such a well-designed and strong study, given that it is a prospective cohort and the follow-up was so long,” said Dr. Salvaterra. “Moreover, these findings held after adjusting for potentially confounding variables such as urban and rural status.”

To learn more, visit www.ilikemyteeth.org or click here.

Dr. Salvaterra encourages residents seeking quality fluoride information to visit websites of credible, professional dental health organizations, such as the Canadian Dental Association, Health Canada, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  These are easily accessed from Public Health’s fluoride webpage found on www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Supervisor

705-743-1000, ext. 391

March 16, 2015 – To view the Board of Health Meeting Summary from March 11 please click the image below:

 

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March 13, 2015 – Agreement Ratified by Board of Health and CUPE Members

After this week’s conciliation session, Peterborough Public Health announced this morning that it reached a new collective agreement with CUPE members.

The Board of Health ratified the agreement at Wednesday’s board meeting. CUPE members also ratified their agreement last night, confirming the three-year contract with annual wage increases of 0.5%, 0.5% and 3%.

“We are very pleased that our CUPE members supported the new contract,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra.  “This means that the Board of Health has successfully reached new agreements with all of our unionized employees to ensure there will be no disruption to the public health services that keep our community safe and healthy.”

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For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391

March 12, 2015 – Event Celebrates Healthy Eating and Student Nutrition Programs As Part of 2015 Nutrition Month

Screen Shot 03-12-15 at 02.52 PMToday 8,443 students and staff from 25 schools in Peterborough City and County took part in a Canada-wide synchronized bite of locally grown apples to promote healthy eating and to celebrate local food during 2015 National Nutrition Month.

“The Great Big Crunch is a fun way to bring staff and students together to make noise for healthy eating and local food systems,” said Chris McCarthy, Food For Kids Peterborough and County Student Nutrition Program Coordinator.  “This event is a great way to celebrate March as nutrition month and provide students and teachers the opportunity to connect nutrition to learning.”

At Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School, Principal Mary Cozzarini stated, “We believe that encouraging healthy eating is an important part of being a healthy school.  We are excited to take part in the Great Big Crunch to emphasize eating delicious, healthy, local foods!”

This year, Soroptimist International of Peterborough partnered with Food for Kids to help fund this event. “Our members recognize the importance of this educational opportunity, which coincides with the Soroptimist mission ‘to improve women’s and girls’ lives through a program that will provide social and economic empowerment,” said Tanna Edwards, President of Soroptimist International of Peterborough. “Certainly teaching our children to choose healthy foods and helping them to understand the value of good nutrition will provide better learning outcomes, thereby nurturing their empowerment.”

Organized locally by Food For Kids Peterborough and County, the Great Big Crunch is a national event initiated by FoodShare Toronto to raise awareness about healthy eating and local and global food systems.  This year, local apples will be distributed by RJ’s Fresh Produce in Peterborough.

Food For Kids Peterborough and County is a non-profit community partnership which supports student nutrition programs in 48 elementary and secondary schools throughout Peterborough County and City. Student Nutrition Programs in Peterborough City and County are supported by our generous community through financial and in-kind donations, as well as funding from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, and Breakfast for Learning through their local charitable partner, the Peterborough Family Resource Centre.

Each student nutrition program is staffed by volunteers who offer healthy food choices in an inviting, inclusive and welcoming environment to all students.  In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 1000 volunteers dedicated over 900 hours each week to help serve almost 2.2 million breakfasts and snacks to local students.  Over 180 local community partners donated food, funding, supplies, space, and volunteer time to support Food For Kids programs.

For more information about Food For Kids, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/ffk.  Follow Great Big Crunch activities on Twitter: #greatbigcrunch.

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For further information, please contact:

 

Luisa Magalhaes, MHSc, RD
Public Health Nutritionist
Peterborough Public Health
705-743-1000 ext. 233
lmagalhaes@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

 

Chris McCarthy
Food For Kids Peterborough and County Student Nutrition Program Coordinator
cmccarthy.snp@live.com

 

 

 

March 12, 2015 – Agreement Ratified by Board of Health and ONA Members

After a full day of bargaining, Peterborough Public Health announced this morning that it had reached a new collective agreement with ONA members.

The Board of Health ratified the agreement at last night’s board meeting. ONA members also ratified their agreement yesterday evening, confirming the three-year contract with annual wage increases of 0.5%, 0.5% and 3%.

“We are very pleased that our conciliation sessions with ONA proved successful,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra.  “Through the hard work of both sides we were able to reach a fair agreement and this allows us to avoid a labour disruption and resume our focus on the important work of public health.”

The Board is still in negotiations with CUPE and further details will be released as they become available.  Residents are advised to check www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca for the latest updates on public health services and the current negotiation status.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Supervisor

705-743-1000, ext. 391

 

March 9, 2015 –  Visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca for Updates on March 13

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The Peterborough Public Health would like to advise residents that a potential strike could impact operations at local public health facilities, as early as March 13.

A total of 85 employees belonging to two unions (CUPE 4170 has 53 members, ONA local 3 has 32 members) have been negotiating a new collective agreement with the Board of Health. These employees provide services in the areas of public health inspections, community support workers, dental care, health unit administration, tobacco enforcement, youth development work, public health nursing, and others.

The Board continues its efforts to negotiate a fair collective agreement with both unions. However, if a new contract cannot be reached, these employees are in a lawful strike position as of Friday, March 13 at 12:01 a.m.

Contingency plans are in place, which are designed to ensure the continuity of essential public health services in the event of a strike. If this happens, Public Health will remain open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., however, several services and programs will be affected.  Residents are advised that an inclusive, up-to-date list of affected services will be available online at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca if there is a labour disruption.

Individuals who continue to access public health services are reminded that there could be picket lines at Public Health locations.  Please keep the following tips in mind, as safety is very important to us:

  • Be prepared for large crowds.
  • If arriving by car, please drive slowly. You may accept or decline brochures/flyers.
  • Be patient and courteous; try to keep the conversation to a minimum.
  • Arrive early; allow for extra time since delays are likely.
  • Inappropriate behaviour, by either side, is not acceptable (and possibly illegal). Security services will be on hand to assist if necessary.

The Board of Health remains hopeful that conciliation meetings planned with both unions during the week of March 9 will avoid a labour disruption.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391

 

 

 

March 6, 2015 – Location: Peterborough City Hall, Council Chambers

The community is advised that the next meeting of the Board of Health will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Peterborough City Hall, 500 George St. North.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:

http://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

The meeting is open to the community and members of the media.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391

 

March 6, 2015 – With the forecast of warmer temperatures Peterborough Public Health is lifting the Frostbite Alert issued on March 4, 2015 for residents of Peterborough County and City and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.

Even though the Frostbite Alert has been lifted, residents are reminded to take precautions in cold weather, including dressing warmly and in layers, watching for signs of hypothermia and frostbite, and checking on the elderly and people with disabilities who live alone.  The Public Health will continue to monitor the weather forecasts throughout the winter and issue frostbite alerts, warnings or emergencies when forecasted temperatures or wind chill values reach thresholds as indicated in the Extreme Cold Response Plan.

Further information about staying healthy in extreme cold conditions and Public Health’s Extreme Cold Response Plan can be found at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca under “My Home & Environment” by clicking on “Extreme Weather – Cold”.