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This is a selection of local resolutions on
current public health issues, organized by topic. They include recommendations made by boards of
health, health and social services committees and medical officers of health to
regional or city councils. Once adopted, many of these in turn form the basis of
advocacy initiatives to senior levels of government. Please note that these do
not necessarily reflect the Association of Local Public Health Agencies'
position on the subject, but are posted in the spirit of enhancing understanding
of local perspectives on public health matters. Also note that this is not a complete list, as alPHa is not always notified of local public health decisions.
November 18 2010- SMDHU call for a minimum 1.2-metre paved shoulder to accomodate pedestrians and cyclists as a requirement in Bill 100 (Highway Improvement Act) when resurfacing secondary highways. (Similar motions - GBHU, Timiskaming, NBPSHU, Northwestern)
September 19 2012 - SMDHU letter expressing support for Bill 74, Skin Cancer Prevention Act, which would prohibit selling or supplying tanning services or ultra-violet light treatment services to persons under the age of 18 in Ontario.
October 3 2012 - The Board of Health for the Timiskaming Health Unit commendation of the Premier for his September announcement to support Bill 74, Skin Cancer Prevention Act, 2012 to prohibit selling or supplying tanning services or ultra-violet light treatment services to persons under the age of 18 in Ontario to protect them from skin cancer.
October 22, 2012 - The Middlesex-London Board of Health commendation for the Premier's announcement on September 14, 2012 to adopt a private members’ bill, Bill 74, “Skin Cancer Prevention Act, 2012” to prohibit the use of and access to tanning services by youth under 18 years of age to protect them from developing skin cancer.
November 29 Resolutions by the HKPR Board of Health in support of recommendations made in the Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario report, namely benefit adequacy and improvements to Ontario's low-income dental programs.
October 1 2012 endorsement of WECHU resolution on food insecurity, which calls for a 100.00 per month Healthy Food Supplement for recipients of social assistance and an Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy.
May 3 2012 - KFL&A call on Government to consider moving the child and infant related public health services that are (inadequately) funded through Ministry of Children and Youth Services to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
February 15 2012 - PCCHU call on MCYS for enhanced support for the Infant - Toddler Development program, with increased linkages to Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (Similar or supporting motions: Durham)
June 25 2008 - North Bay Parry Sound call for consistent and sufficient funding for HBHC to support the intended outcomes of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy (Similar motions: Peterborough; Durham)
March 27 2009 - GBHU Support for Renewable Energy (Wind Turbines) with a call to the federal government to develop materials that address public health concerns related to them (Follow-up resolutions, November 2009, Aug 2010, Jan 2011)
January 18 2013 Windsor - Essex Board of Health resolution urging reversal of Cancer Care Ontario’s decision to withdraw funding for lung and esophageal cancer surgery performed in Windsor at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital
April 25 2013 Board of Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District endorsement of the Healthy Kids Panel report: No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy, and call on the inter-ministerial working group to develop a comprehensive action plan to implement The Healthy Kids Strategy.
November 21 2012 Simcoe-Muskoka motion urging the Minister of Health and Long Term Care to develop strong and comprehensive legislation requiring large-scale foodservice establishments to provide nutrition information at point of purchase that will support Ontarians in making informed decisions regarding foods and beverages available in restaurants and other food premises.
November 21 2012 Simcoe - Muskoka resolution urging the Minister of Health to support and enact Bill C-460 Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada Act and to implement a Federal Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada.
Sept 19 2012 - Letter from the SMDHU Board of Health commending Dr, Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health and her expert panel on the report titled Oral Health, More than Just Cavities April 2012 and endorsing its four recommendations.
August 30 2012 - Waterloo call on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a review of funding allocations and eligibility criteria for the Healthy Smiles Ontario oral health program. Board report is included.
September 21 2012 - GBHU support for the the findings of Oral Health – More Than Just Cavities (A Report By Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Of Health, 2012), calling on the province of Ontario move to adopt the four recommendations for action supporting improved and equitable access to oral care services in Ontario.
February 23 2012 - Peel Region request for confirmation that 100% Provincial funding of the Healthy Smiles Ontaro program will continue beyond 2013, for enhanced compensation for dentists providing the service and for a review of eligibility criteria
Durham endorsement of September 18 2008 Toronto Board of Health call for provincial commitment to dental care for low-income Ontarians (Similar motions: Waterloo, Chatham-Kent, SMDHU, NBPSDHU, Halton, LGL, WECHU)
October 1 2012 call from the North Bay - Parry Sound District Health Unit for the creation of a capital budget line for public health which includes multi-year cost-shared funding for capital projects similar to what currently exists for hospitals.
July 23 2010 - Briefing co-signed by NBPSHU calling on the federal government to reverse its decision to eliminate the mandatory long-form census questionnaire (Similar Motions: ASPHIO, AOHC, alPHa, APHEO, GBHU, NWHU, Waterloo, Brant)
January 25, 2008 - SDHU Endorsement of the OPHA Resolution that calls for further efforts on public health system renewal through implementation of the CRC Report recommendations (OPHA Resolution - Click Here) (Similar motions: Durham) (Reply from CMOH - March 5 2008)
October 16 2008 - SDHU call for ongoing 100% funding for small drinking water systems oversight (Similar or supporting motions: Grey-Bruce, Simcoe, Durham, North Bay-Parry Sound,NBPSHU 2, Peterborough, Porcupine, Township of Morley (NWHU)) (Reply from Ministry indicating that the intent is to "cost-share" this program following start-up)
April 17, 2013 Peterborough County-City Health Unit letter outlining The Potential Health Impacts of a Casino in Peterborough, and asking the Government to reconsider its plan to expand gambling throughout the province;direct the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to implement stronger harm reduction policies and criteria, including the use of tools such as a casino social contract; and plan to commit a larger percentage of its gaming revenues for public awareness, prevention and treatment of gambling disorders and research
January 19, 2005 - Timiskaming support for retention of the provincial alcohol monopoly. Other boards of health that hav notified alPHa of similar supporting motions: Perth; Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge;
April 14 2011 - MLHU call for regulatory action on curtailing exposure to smoking in movies (Similar motions / endorsements - KFLA, Peterborough, GBHU, WECHU) NB: alPHa's membership endorsed a modified version of the Smoke-Free Coalition recommendations at its 2011 AGM).
Mar 28 2008 - Grey Bruce call to use unused funds to extend vaccination against HPV to certain categories of individuals not included in the original public program. (Endorsements: Sudbury; Timiskaming; Northwestern, Durham)