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May 10 Board of Health Meeting Summary

May 17, 2017 – To view the meeting summary for the May 10 Board of Health Meeting click image below:

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BOH May meeting summary

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Hundreds of Apsley Students Make Water Their Drink of Choice


May 11, 2017 – Healthy Kids Community Challenge Wraps Up “Water Does Wonders” Campaign at Apsley Public School

Today, every student at Apsley Public School took home a complimentary reusable water bottle to celebrate the “Water Does Wonders” campaign, thanks to the support of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC), Peterborough.

“The County is so proud to be a part of the amazing and important work of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge team,” said Joe Taylor, Warden of Peterborough County who attended today’s school assembly. “Our most precious resource is our children! We need to help to educate and empower them to make smart, healthy and active lifestyle choices – with simple things like drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables and getting outside to play! We have such an amazing region full of active lifestyle choices and farmers markets and stores selling locally grown fruits and vegetables. I encourage everyone, young and old to participate in this important initiative and get out and enjoy Peterborough County.”

The “Water Does Wonders” campaign started in July 2016 and ended in March 2017 with the goal to promote water as the healthiest drink for kids.

This campaign involved making water more available in key settings such as recreation facilities. The Township of North Kawartha partnered with the HKCC to install water filling stations at the North Kawartha Community Centre and the Wilson Park Community Centre. The Township of North Kawartha also requested water bottles for the children in their community and decided to distribute the bottles to the entire public school student body.

In February, 17 local elementary schools took part in different water month activities. Most elementary schools in the region have received water resource packs to assist in the support of student health and wellbeing. Both Apsley Public School and St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School will receive a school set of water bottles.

HKCC encourages all families and organizations to visit for more information and to consider “Taking the Pledge”.  Stay connected with HKCC to learn about upcoming opportunities that are part of the third theme: “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit” which runs from April 2017 to December 2017. The goal of this theme is to promote and support kids in our region to eat more vegetables and fruit, and try to include one in every meal and snack.

Find HKCC on Facebook (HKCC Peterborough), Twitter (@HKCCPtbo), or on the web (

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is a community program where partners from different sectors work together to organize activities that promote and support healthy behaviours for children, including healthy eating and physical activity.


For further information, please contact:

Deanna Moher, MPH

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Project Coordinator

705-743-1000, ext. 355


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Peterborough Public Health Reminds Residents on Wells about Drinking Water Safety

May 6, 2017 – Peterborough Public Health is reminding the public about drinking water safety following the recent notification from the City of Peterborough that the Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Plant is in by-pass mode.

“The good news is that wastewater entering the Otonabee River is still 99% treated so with the current volumes and rate of flow there  should be no significant risk to those downstream and there is no serious risk to public health,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “However, this is still a good reminder to all residents who draw water from wells to take the necessary precautions when flooding occurs to prevent illness.”

People who live south of the sewage treatment plant and draw their water from the river should check that their water treatment systems are functioning properly. Residents are advised to ensure their wells are safe by testing regularly and using a method of disinfection prior to drinking, especially during flooding periods. Water from flooded wells can be treated and made safe for drinking by rapidly boiling the water for at least one minute or by adding two drops of household bleach per one liter of water, stirring, and allowing the water to sit for 30 minutes before use.

Residents who live on the municipal water system are not impacted.

Further information about well water safety, well testing, and how to stay safe during a flood can be found online at



For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Board of Health Meets May 10 at 5:30 p.m.

May 5, 2016 –  Location: J.K. Edwards Board Room, Peterborough Public Health,

Jackson Square, 185 King St., Third Floor

Media and the community are advised that the next Board of Health meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

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

This meeting is open to the community and members of the media.  Guests are asked to use the buzzer located on the wall to the right of the main front doors to alert Peterborough Public Health staff when they arrive.  The board room is located on the third floor of Jackson Square, 185 King St. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. on the street or across the road at the King St. Parkade.



For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 391

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The Earlier, The Better

May 1, 2017 – ‘Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late’ to Identify Problems with Child’s Speech Skills

When it comes to your child’s speech, hearing and language skills, time is of the essence.

The early identification of delays or problems with a child’s communication abilities is essential to getting the help that he or she will require for future success in school and life.  “Simply put, don’t wait until it’s too late,” says Leisa Baker, a Public Health Nurse with Peterborough Public Health (PPH).

May is Speech and Hearing Month, and PPH is promoting the importance of a child’s speech, hearing and language skills.  Approximately one in 10 Ontario preschool children has a communication delay, which if not identified early on, can pose problems in the future.

“A child needs well-developed communication skills to make friends, learn new things and to start reading and writing,” Baker notes.  “That makes it important for parents to not only look for potential problems or delays, but to also nurture and support good communication skills in children.”

The local Preschool Speech and Language Program is a valuable service for local families in Peterborough County and City.  It includes a network of community agencies – including PPH – that can provide speech and language services for children six years of age and younger.  The Speech and Language Program’s KidTalk website ( is a good starting point for families who want to learn about local resources and supports available in their community.

“The KidTalk portal is great for learning more about enhancing your child’s speech skills, getting tips for communicating with your child, and the importance of hearing and vision in the development of language,” Baker notes.


For further information, please contact:
Leisa Baker, Public Health Nurse
705-743-1000, ext. 312

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