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alPHa Resolutions - Environmental Health
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alPHa Position:

Healthy environments are among the most important determinants of health. Clean air, safe water and conscientious use of land must be top priorities for strong policies for health protection and disease prevention.

Resolution A16-3 - Health-Promoting Federal, Provincial and Municipal Infrastructure Funding
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) endorse the pursuit of health and health equity through the design of communities and transportation systems; and AND FURTHER that alPHa request that the federal Ministers of Infrastructure and Communities, Health, Transportation, Finance, and the Environment and Climate Change include improving population health as an objective, and include evidence informed health and health equity-promoting design criteria for federal community and transportation infrastructure funding; AND FURTHER that alPHa request that the Ontario Ministers of Economic Development Employment and Infrastructure, Health and Long-Term Care, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (LongTerm Care and Wellness), Municipal Affairs and Housing, Transportation, Finance, the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and the Environment and Climate Change include improving population health as an objective, and include evidence informed health and health equity-promoting design criteria for provincial community and transportation infrastructure funding; AND FURTHER that the Prime Minister, the Premier of Ontario, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Ontario Public Health Association and the Canadian Public Health Association be so advised; AND FURTHER that alPHa advocate for health and health equity through the design of communities and transportation systems as opportunities arise on an ongoing basis.

  

Developments on #A16-3:

July 13 2016

alPHa has transmitted a letter to the provincial Minister of Infrastructure introducing this Resolution.  

July 13 2016

alPHa has transmitted a letter to the federal Ministers of Infrastructure & Communities and Transportation introducing this Resolution.   

June 29 2016

Response received form the Minister of Infrastructure Canada to the March 18 alPHa letter. 

May 3 2016

alPHa has received acknowledgement from the federal Ministry of Transport of alPHa's March 18 letter, which also confirms that the issues raised are the responsibility of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. 

March 18 2016

alPHa has written a letter that calls on the federal Ministers of Transport and Infrastructure & Communities to include health promotion criteria for the allocation of federal infrastructure funding. 

March 11 2016

alPHa has written a letter in response to several items of interest that were included in the 2016 Ontario Budget, including an entry on its infrastructure investment pledge. 


Resolution:  # A10-6, Provincial Adoption and Promotion of the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to make the Air Quality Health Index available to all health units across the province; AND FURTHER that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to replace the Air Quality Index with the Air Quality Health Index to eliminate public confusion about these two public awareness tools; AND FURTHER that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies partner with health units and other interested stakeholders to build on existing AQHI health promotion activities and promote the AQHI across the province.

                                                                                      
Developments on #A10-6:

June 22, 2012
Letter co-signed by the Chair of the Council of Medical Officers of Health and the President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians urging province-wide rollout of the Air Quality Health Index; includes a copy of this resolution. Please click here to read.

October 14, 2010
Response received from the Minister of the Environment, which suggests that some technical and advisory work remains to be done before the AQHI can be fully adopted province-wide. Please click here to read.

August 20, 2010
alPHa Letter sent to the Minister of the Environment introducing the Resolution. Please click here to read.

Resolution:  # A05-6, Expert Panel on Sound-Sorb
THAT aIPHa urges the Government of Ontario to act immediately to implement all the recommendations of its Experts Panel on Sound-Sorb as soon as possible.

Developments on #A05-6:

May 9, 2006
Durham MPP John O'Toole has called on the provincial government to take action concerning the control of paper fibre biosolids following the recommendations of the provincial experts' panel. Mr. O'Toole has introduced his own Private Member's Bill (Bill 24) to require that a person obtain a certificate of approval from the Ministry of the Environment before spreading or storing sewage sludge, other biosolids and products derived from them. Please click here to view the first reading of the Bill.

March 31, 2006
Brock Council (part of Durham Region) has taken steps to consider a by-law that would ban paper sludge as there is no clear motion on the issue by the MOE.

February 22, 2006
alPHa has received a response from the Minister of the Environment indicating that the findings of the Expert Panel on Sound Sorb are being considered by the Ministry. Please click here to read the response.

December 15, 2005
alPHa sent a letter to the Minister of the Environment introducing Resolutions A05-6 and A05-11. Please click here to read.

April 25-May 24, 2005
Local Municipalities (Scugog, Clarington, Oshawa) and Region of Durham have passed motions endorsing the Expert Panel Report on Sound-Sorb and calling for full implementation of its recommendations. 

January 31, 2005
Report of the Experts Panel on Sound-Sorb released. Among other recommendations, it urges that the "product formulation" exemption be removed so that it is subject to Certificates of Approval prior to its deposition:

" The Expert Panel is recommending that the bulk use of PFBs be handled under MOE Certificates of Approval for all steps of its life-cycle or by other legal instruments that can provide equal or better protection for both human health and the environment. The product formulation exemption should not be applied to Sound-Sorb" (p.9).

Click here for the full report .

January 17, 2005
At a meeting held on January 17 ,2005, the Council of the Municipality of Clarington endorsed the resolution of the Regional Municipality of Durham to end the exemption of paper fibre biosolids under O. Reg 347.

        

October 14, 2004
Bill 125 introduced for first reading. It is an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act to require that a person obtain a certificate of approval from the Director before spreading or storing sewage sludge, other biosolids (paper fibre biosolids are explicitly included in the definition) and products derived from them. A certificate of approval may be subject to the testing, recording and reporting requirements that the Director sees fit.

January 8, 2004
Response received by Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky, indicating that while no environmental impacts have been made clear, a detailed technical review is being conducted by an expert panel. Please click here to read.

December 4, 2003
Letter sent by alPHa to Environment minister Leona Dombrowski reintroducing the Resolution, and calling for a reversal of the exemption of Sound-Sorb from environmental regulation. Please click here to read.

November 27, 2003
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario's Annual Report, 2002-2003 - Thinking Beyond the Near and Now, has been posted, and contains a specific entry on Sound-Sorb, the "product" that is the subject of this Resolution. In summary, the Commissioner argues that the exemption of this paper fibre biosolid/sand mix from the requirements of Ontario Regulation 347 (by considering it a product rather than waste) is a mistake. Please click on the link below to view the full report. The section on Sound Sorb is on pp 150-155, with Ministry comments on page 210. http://www.eco.on.ca/english/publicat/ar2002.pdf

December 20, 2001
Received a letter from Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Brian Coburn, assuring alPHa that his Ministry is committed to the passage of Bill 81, the proposed Nutrient Management Act.
 


Resolution:  #A01-12, Indoor Air Quality in Schools
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) petition the Province of Ontario to establish indoor air quality standards in Ontario schools.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Developments on #A01-12:                                                                      

September 25, 2002
Received a letter from Education Minister indicating that IAQ in schools is to be addressed by a $4 million per year Action Plan against asthma, which includes the Air Quality School Guidelines initiative to be spear headed by the MOHLTC.

September 12, 2002
Received a letter from Community, Family & Children's Services, indicating that primary jurisdiction over this issue falls to the Ministries of Health and Education.

July 10, 2002
Received a letter from Municipal Affairs & Housing Minister Hodgson, indicating that OBC does not regulate operation and maintenance of HVAC systems after they are installed. The letter also indicated that the MOHLTC has established an Asthma Strategy Committee, which will address indoor air quality among other issues.

March 14, 2002
alPHa executive director Andy Papadopoulos and staff member Gordon Fleming met with Bill Crawford (CMHC) to discuss the possibility of an educational tele-conference on indoor air quality. Focus is on residences, but information should be useful background for what desired standards should account for.
Note:  alPHa may consider requesting representation on the project advisory committee for the Air Quality School Guidelines.

CLOSED Resolution:  # A05-11, Stormwater Management Ponds
aIPHa urges the Government of Ontario to act immediately to update its Stormwater Management Planning and Design Manual and/or related materials such that the prevention of the breeding of West-Nile virus vector mosquitoes in wet stormwater management ponds is adequately addressed and continually updated as required.

Reason for Closure:

May 9, 2008
The Ministry of the Environment has released Best Practices for Reducing the Risk of West Nile Virus in Stormwater Management Ponds manual, which is now available on the Ministry of the Environment Web site. http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/cons/6665e.pdf

 

                                                    

CLOSED Resolution: CLOSED Resolution: # A03-5, Monitoring of Human Exposure to Chemicals
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies petition the federal government to establish and fund a program of human chemical testing in Canada modeled upon the current American program.

 

Reason for Closure:

April 26 2013

 

 

The alPHa Board has closed this resolution as The Canadian Health Measures Survey was implemented in 2007 and has now been through two cycles.
 

 

CLOSED Resolution:  # A01-14, Paper Fibre Biosolids Disposal 
alPHa urges the Government of Ontario to amend the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) such that the spreading and storage of all biosolids, including paper fibre biosolids, requires a certificate of approval issued by a Director.


Reason for Closure:

December 11, 2006
alPHa Advocacy Committee recommends closure of Resolution A01-14, as Resolution A05-6 is a more recent and specific resolution that reflects recent developments, namely that the Report of the Experts Panel on Sound-Sorb urges that the "product formulation" exemption for PFB be removed so that it is subject to MOE Certificates of Approval prior to its deposition.


 

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