Councillor McCann Meeting Report (July 7, 2020)

Belvedere Heights Board of Management Monthly Meeting
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 I attended a Belvedere Heights Board of Management Monthly Meeting via ZOOM.
We are pleased to welcome back Ted Knight, one of two Provincial Appointees.  Our second however, Karen Insley Stewart, will be leaving the board.  She has not applied for reappointment as she and her husband will be moving out of the catchment area.  Administration, Financial and Treasure Reports were received.  Reports from Community Support Services and Life Lease operations were also presented.  CSS applied for and received funding from District Social Services Administration Board for providing food assistance for families and individuals in need.  A total of $9,000 has been allocated.  CSS also applied for and received funding from the Ontario Community Association for Meals on Wheels and essential food deliveries in the amount of $9,710.

COVID-19 Outbreak At Belvedere Heights
On July 2, 2020 the Belvedere Heights Board of Management was made aware of a COVID-19 outbreak at Belvedere.  Two of our team members tested positive for COVID-19 FOLLOWING bi-weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing for all of our team members.  These two individuals have been asymptomatic and at the time of writing this report, remain asymptomatic.  These team members wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when in the home and they practiced thorough hand hygiene.  The Public Health Unit was notified and the workers will remain off work for a minimum of 14 days.  I'm pleased to announce that at this time no residents are in isolation or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19.  Belvedere Heights has therefore cancelled all outdoor and essential indoor until further notice.  We have been very fortunate to have been provided with the necessary hardware to continue to support visits through Skype, window visits and other means.  The outbreak also means that the home is unable to accept admissions or re-admissions until such a time that we have a resolution of this outbreak.  Belvedere Heights has a robust COVID-19 outbreak response plan in place and our team members have received comprehensive training and we are most fortunate to have a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment on hand.

Property Standards Committee Meeting
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 I chaired a Property Standards Committee Meeting in which the committee heard an appeal filed by a local business operator following a particular order issued from the By-law Department.

West Parry Sound District Museum Monthly Board Meeting
On Thursday evening, June 25, 2020 I attend the West Parry Sound District Museum Monthly Board Meeting electronically via ZOOM.  The Chair of the Corporate Development Committee provided a PowerPoint report with information and facts as to how and where we fit in with the operation of other similar public museums and to help identify the direction this committee will take in its goals and planning.  Please see our website's "Donating Artifacts" page for an update on artifact donations ( ).  At this time due to COVID-19 we can not accept donations, however we do have an update on new procedures for donating to the Museum in the future.  Currently staff is compiling historic photos and information so the Museum can develop a historic interactive map of downtown businesses.  The West Parry Sound Geography Network is a partner on this project.  The Board passed a motion to subscribe to an online resource tool, "Asset Planner" for the next two years.  This is an exceptional tool and the vendor offered a substantial discount in consideration of COVID-19.  The Museum typically holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June, but due to the emergency orders in place we have postponed this meeting, hoping to conduct such a meeting in the fall.  Discussion on a virtual meeting vs a physical meeting was held.  The Museum must hold an AGM within 120 days following the lifting of emergency measures and we must give the public a 30-day advance notice of the meeting date and location.

Demolition of St. Joseph's Hospital
Finally you may have noticed that only a portion remains, barely standing, of St. Joseph's Hospital.  Although the grounds are somewhat overridden with debris, I know we are all looking forward to a nice clean site very soon.  These photos were taken on July 5, 2020.