Councillor McCann Meeting Report (October 6, 2015)

On October 2nd, I attended the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association meeting along with Mayor McGarvey and Councillor Marshall. This time around it was hosted by Archipelago, at the Point Au Baril Community Centre.

Insurance Bureau of Canada - CAMP - Doug McCann - Parry SoundHighlighting the day was Guest Speaker Pete Karageorgos, of the Insurance Bureau of Canada and he spoke about its CAMP program.  It is known as The Community Assistance Mobile Pavillion and is an army of experts and volunteers in the insurance industry who come to areas where disaster has hit.  Such disasters include but are certainly not limited to tornadoes, flooding, ice storms and so on.  They are able to quickly set up 'camp' as it were and provide help and assistance to those who are otherwise lost and overwhelmed as to what to do next, particularly in determining what kind of insurance coverage they have and with whom.  In disasters like these, precious documents can often go missing.  The CAMP program can very quickly assist victims of disaster and help set their minds at ease.

We also heard from Pam Hiller and the 2-1-1 service available to the public.  It’s is a quick and accurate means to obtain information on Call 2-1-1 Service - Doug McCann - Councillor Reportsuch things as Home Care services, utility assistance, chronic disease programs, elder abuse advocacy, grocery assistance, retirement homes, volunteer centres, social clubs, recreation programs, after school programs, and so on.  Just as if you were calling 4-1-1 or 9-1-1, dial 2-1-1 for this information service, manned 24 hours a day.  You can also go on line at http://www.211ontario.ca/. Watch the video below for more information on 2-1-1 Service!


We also heard updates on the Continuous Improvement Fund and Waste Diversion Act, updates from Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, update on Phase II of the Health Unit accommodation Review (New Building), and on Recouping Municipal Firefighting Costs.

Chris Carrier of Fire Marque was also on hand to make a presentation to the association's members.  This is a privately owned Canadian company which is licenced in all provinces and territories.  Through its Intellectual Property Fire Marque is able to provide funding to the Fire Marque - Doug McCann - Councillor Reportcommunity's fire departments.  The Board of Directors have over 150 years of insurance claims experience and over 33 years of firefighting experience.  For more information on Fire Marque, visit http://www.firemarque.com/home.html.
As always, a great way to meet our counterparts from other municipalities and discuss ongoing matters and issues.

Congratulations to Chief Dave Thompson and his crew in conducting the Mock Evacuation Exercise Sunday Afternoon.  This exercise was based on a scenario in which there was a train derailment in Forest Street area of Parry Sound.  The train was known to be carrying hazardous material and there was a fear of fumes spreading out over a significant part of this town.  In this exercise, fire fighters went door-to-door documenting the number of individuals in each residence, asking them how long it would take for them to evacuate and were there any special needs for people who may be bed ridden or immobile.  The focus of the exercise was "Be prepared!  Not scared!".  Fire fighters also handed out handy informative cards describing what a family's Emergency Survival Kit should include.  Aiming for Emergency Preparedness, every household should have such a kit which should include, a flashlight and batteries, radio and batteries - or a crank radio, spare batteries, a first-aid kit, candles and matches or lighter, extra car keys and cash, important papers including your identification, food and bottled water, clothing and footwear, blankets or sleeping bags, toilet paper and other personal items, medication, whistle to help attract attention if necessary and playing cards and games.

Finally, a great means to keep all these together and ready to grab would be a duffel bag!  AND, check it from time to time ensuring the batteries are properly charged and any food or bottled water has not expired.