To get good insightful answers, how the question is framed matters. I missed an opportunity on Thursday
City Council meets as Board of Health and on today’s agenda are two “hot topics”: Smoking and Gambling. Staff will present an update on the City’s no-smoking in parks bylaw and request more funding for problem gambling prevention.
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Full Agenda on City Website
7.1 Evaluation of By-law #11-080 Prohibiting Smoking Within City Parks and Recreation Properties
(a) North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit respecting OSNPPH Call to Action: Creating a Health Workplace Nutrition Environment
(b) Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit respecting Regulatory Modernization in Ontario’s Beverage Alcohol Industry
(c) Timiskaming Health Unit respecting Enhancing Access to Oral Care Service
Items of Note
In 2012, Council asked each department to look at the cost of providing their City services to Condos. Public Health looked at their larviciding of standing water and have determined that services condos will be cost prohibitive. They are recommending no further action on the item, as other departments have already done. Council has been approving staff recommendations to not extend services to condos.
Public Health is presenting survey findings to Council on the no-smoking in parks bylaw that finds strong public support for the ban.
The ban went into effect on May 31, 2012. From that date until August 31, 2013, Public Health issued six changes, approximately 600 warnings and say addition charges and warnings were issued by Hamilton Police.
With the public support findings, Public Health is recommending the continuing of the bylaw.
Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson is asking to expand problem gambling prevention programs by adding a 0.5FTE position to the Department. The added position will further developed more targetted strategies to address problem gambling in Hamilton.
This new position is a follow-up to Dr. Richardson’s report during the casino debate.
The Timiskaming Health Unit is asking the province to expand funding for low-income dental services and to create the cut-off income.
They have copied Hamilton City Council.
This may open an opportunity to address the coming Fluoride debate scheduled for Wednesday