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April 12 BOH Meeting Summary

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170412 Board of Health Meeting Summary – April

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Protect Your Pets and Families from Rabies:

April 18, 2017 – Low-Cost Rabies Clinics on Saturday, April 29

Peterborough Public Health is teaming up with local veterinarians to help combat rabies. On Saturday, April 29 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m., there will be multiple clinics running across the County and City to help protect pet dogs and cats against the disease. These vaccinations are low-cost at $25 per pet, cash only.  Dogs must be leashed and cats caged or restrained.

Provincial law requires that all cats and dogs over three months of age in Peterborough City and County must be vaccinated for rabies. Vaccinations protect pets from rabies and helps protect your family, if your pet is bitten by a rabid wild animal.

“We hope that the community will take advantage of these low-cost rabies clinics, which are being set up at multiple sites across the County and City,” said Atul Jain, Manager of Environmental Health, who oversees the rabies prevention and control program for Peterborough Public Health. “Not only is vaccinating your cats and dogs the law, but it is the easiest way to protect your pets and family from rabies. While it’s rare, when humans develop rabies from infected animals it is almost 100% fatal.”

While the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry had significantly reduced the number of wildlife rabies cases in Ontario through its Rabies Control Program, in 2016 the number of cases rose significantly. As of December 31, 2016, there were 288 confirmed cases of fox and raccoon strain rabies in Ontario, compared to just 24 cases in 2015. Pet vaccination and the provincial baiting program are still required to keep rabies at bay for the protection of Ontario families.

Rabies is a deadly disease of the central nervous system that affects humans and other mammals. The virus is concentrated in the saliva of a rabid animal and can spread through a bite, cut or scratch, or if the saliva comes in contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes. There is no known treatment for rabies once the symptoms appear.  The disease cannot be treated, but it can be prevented through vaccination.

For more information about the low-cost rabies clinics or to find a clinic location near you, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca and click on Rabies Clinics or call the Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000, ext. 232.

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For further information, please contact:
Atul Jain, Manager, Environmental Health
705-743-1000, ext. 259

 

 

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Food for Kids Volunteers Celebrated

April 12, 2017 – Serving 2.5 Million Breakfasts and Snacks Last Year to Local Students

Hundreds of Volunteers Recognized at Appreciation Luncheon

Today, more than 200 volunteers were honoured for their amazing contributions that make school breakfast and snack programs possible in schools throughout Peterborough County and City.

“We are honoured to celebrate all of the incredible volunteers who help to make Student Nutrition Programs in so successful,” said Susan McEwen, Chair of the Food for Kids Steering Committee. “Without them, these programs wouldn’t exist.”

“Last year Food for Kids served over 2.5 million healthy breakfasts and snacks to 17,364 students in 48 local schools.  Over 1,000 volunteers gave 1,100 hours each week to programs to feed kids for better learning,” said Angela Fuchs, Food for Kids Student Nutrition Program Coordinator.  “Volunteers contribute in many roles.  Some do grocery shopping, or picking up food.  Others help with food prep, serving meals or fundraising. Every contribution makes a positive impact to student success in the classroom, day in and day out.”

The Food for Kids partnership supports 48 school breakfast programs. Nutritious foods are served by volunteers in a friendly, welcoming environment.  “There are many reasons why kids arrive at school with empty stomachs.  Long bus rides, skipped breakfasts, and not enough food at home are some of them. Universal breakfast and snack programs help students get the energy they need to focus and learn,” said Lauren Kennedy, Registered Dietitian at Peterborough Public Health.  “Healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit, cheese, yogurt, and whole grains help kids get the nutrition they need for the busy school day.”

Today’s luncheon recognized the contributions and dedication of Food for Kids’ many volunteers.  There will also be 44 Student Nutrition Program volunteers honoured at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards in May, for two, five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years of service.  Susan McEwen expressed her sincere gratitude for the more than 150 community partners and sponsors who provide support.

“Thank you to all who contribute time, food, funding, supplies and space. Food for Kids needs you! Thank you for making an important impact on kids in our community.”

To get in touch with Food for Kids, call 705-743-1000 or go to www.foodforkidsptbo.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

Lauren Kennedy, MScFN, RD
Registered Dietitian
705-743-1000, ext. 233

 

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Dispelling the Myths

April 12, 2017 – Free Event on April 26 for Parents and Caregivers Clarifies Misconceptions

Peterborough Healthy Families invites parents and caregivers to a free presentation entitled “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Dispelling the Myths” on Wednesday, April 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Peterborough Public Health, 185 King St., in downtown Peterborough.

The guest speaker will be Shelly Lamain who has worked as an ASD consultant with Kinark Child and Family Services for 13 years.  ASD is a common label that is increasingly used in society today, yet myths still remain around this complex diagnosis.  These myths can lead to misconceptions and stigma, which can create barriers to inclusion.  This session will differentiate between the common myths and facts about ASD.

Ms. Lamain is an expert trainer on topics related to ASD and Applied Behaviour Analysis. In her current role she supports students with ASD when they transition to school from more intensive services.

This event is open to the general public, free to attend and wheelchair accessible.  Metered street parking is free after 6:00 p.m. The King St. parking garage is free when leaving after 7:00 p.m. Accessible parking is located right beside Peterborough Public Health.

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For further information, please contact:

Leisa Baker, Public Health Nurse
705-743-1000, ext. 312

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Board of Health and OPSEU Approve New Collective Agreement  

April 11, 2017 –  Peterborough Public Health announced today that the Board of Health ratified an agreement reached with OPSEU Local 327 at its March 8, 2017 meeting.

Earlier in March, this deal was ratified by OPSEU members, thereby securing a new five-year contract ending March 31, 2021.

“We are very pleased with the commitment to collaborate effectively demonstrated by OPSEU and Peterborough Public Health in this negotiation. The outcome is something we can be proud of because this agreement reflects many of the objectives both parties wanted to achieve. Our focus now is for our employees to continue delivering the great programs and services that make this community one of the best in Ontario,” said Larry Stinson, Director of Operations for Peterborough Public Health. “This agreement is a win-win, because it supports our high-quality programs and services to continue and was negotiated with fairness and equity in mind.”

The OPSEU members at Peterborough Public Health include Public Health Nutritionists, Health Promoters, Infant Development Workers and Dental Hygienists.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence

Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 391

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