Councillor McCann Meeting Report (December 1, 2020)

Belvedere Heights Board of Management Monthly Meeting
On Wednesday morning, November 25, 2020, I attended the monthly meeting of the Belvedere Heights Board of Management via ZOOM.  Our administrator, Kami Johnson, reported that the province has a revised COVID-19 Response Framework, "Keeping Ontario Safe and Open" taking a staged approach to the implementation of public health measures.  Each public health unit region will be classified into one of five levels based on local epidemiological data and framework indicators. Classifications will be reviewed weekly. Each level outlines the type of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations.  Levels include Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and as a last and urgent resort, Lockdown.  There are additional visitor restrictions in place at long term care homes in public health regions within the Orange-Restrict and Red-Control levels.  Only essential visitors, including up to one caregiver per resident at a time, may visit.  Short-stay and temporary absences are not permitted from LTC homes in areas with higher community spread, except for absences for medical or compassionate reasons.  The "Resident and Staff 2020 Immunization Campaign" has seen 97% of residents immunized and 91% of staff immunized!  Halloween was a success!  Residents prepared 'goody bags' for staff who sported costumes and trick-or-treated from room to room!  A special shout-out to our IT lead, Kalen Espe, who was the recipient of the best costume award.  He was the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz.  Remembrance Day ceremonies of course were smaller, with individual ceremonies held in each home area to support physical distancing.  Staff and residents came together to remember and acknowledge the sacrifices made by so many.  A special thank you to Donald Sanderson who played the Bagpipes for our Residents.  Moving forward regarding Christmas, a sincere thank you to Canadian Tire for donating 100 individual table-top Christmas trees for every resident's room!  Outdoor decorations will be the focus this year to minimize infection control risks.  We are currently seeking donations from the community.  The Government has announced a commitment to four hours of care!  It is increasing direct care for LTC residents to four hours per day.  This increase will apply to personal support workers (PSWs), registered nurses (RNs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs).  Our advocacy has recommended that the four hours of care include all staff under the Personal Support Services Envelope and the Nursing and Personal Care Envelope.  These additional hours would reflect a 31% increase in care.  The board also received financial reports, an update from Community Support Services and our Life Lease Manager.  Community Support Services had a very successful weekend raising money for the "Adopt a Senior" program.  Many thanks to all who gave so generously.

West Parry Sound District Museum Monthly Board Meeting
On Thursday evening, November 26, 2020 I attended the West Parry Sound District Museum Monthly Board Meeting via ZOOM.  The Treasurer's Report including Financial Statements were received.  The Corporate Development Committee has put forth a new vision statement now being contemplated.  The vision reflects on the importance of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the West Parry Sound District for future generations.  Prior to the pandemic the Museum had volunteers lined up to raise the barn in the E. Roy Smith Gallery.  They are still willing and the Board has approved a modest amount to purchase the materials required to complete this project.  Our web site will also be getting an update.  Finally, Trestle Brewing Company has a new beer product out, The Arrow German Pilsner in a 473 mL can.  Labelling on the can promotes the connection of the Avro Arrow to the Parry Sound Area and reminds the public that the Museum from time to time has any number of Avro Arrow artifacts and background information.  Our web site will be including a special section dedicated to the Avro Arrow.  We hope to be able to offer a multi-media experience.  And, like most organizations, the Museum continues to struggle with fund raising.  By the end of 2021 we will be in a need to find an additional $40,000 annually to operate within the black.