Councillor McCann Meeting Report (October 6, 2020)

Belvedere Heights Board of Management Monthly Meeting
On Wednesday morning, September 23, 2020, I attended the Belvedere Heights Board of Management Monthly Meeting via ZOOM.  Our Medical Director Dr. Clarke made a presentation, finance and executive reports were received and the Board was brought up to date on the fund raising efforts of the Friends of Belvedere and how the monies raised are helping with extra expenditures not covered by provincial funding or municipal levies.  Management reported that staff surveillance testing for COVID-19 remains ongoing.  An update on new management software, "Point Click Care" was presented.  The Board received various updates from the Ministry of Housing and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) regarding news that a class action lawsuit has been launched on behalf of residents in 96 Ontario long term care homes over the COVID pandemic.  Additional lawsuits are also being launched.  The Board wishes to assure that Belvedere continues to follow recommendations related to this matter.  There is some concern over what new insurance rates could amount to when our renewal is up in February of 2021.  The Ministry is also streamlining long term care home inspection reports.  Our Life Lease Manager reported on regular maintenance, equipment replacement and that one Life Lease Unit, Number 205, is currently for sale.  Last but not least, we welcome Cheryl Ward of Seguin Township who has been appointed one of our two Provincial Representatives on the Board of Management.


West Parry Sound District Museum Monthly Board Meeting
On Thursday evening, September 24, 2020, I attended the West Parry Sound District Museum Monthly Board Meeting via ZOOM.  The Treasurer's Report, Financial Statements and Business Manager Report were all received.  Our Collection Policy was reviewed in order to ensure it meets financial requirements related to the audit.  The Museum will be participating in the SPEEDIER Project with the installation of a hot water controller, a level 2 charger and a Tesla Power Wall.  Emergency MAP Funding in the amount of $32,000 was received, as well as an $8,000 wage subsidy.  The Museum has applied for a Trillium Grant to go towards the completion of the E. Roy Smith Gallery.  Our Business Manager is also working on a Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) application in favour of the development of a virtual exhibit featuring the Beatty Covenant.  The Board is also considering an asset planner.  Board Member and Chair Jim Marshall has announced his resignation effective immediately over the weekend.  He has served on the board for six years, a board member during his term of Council and afterwards as Chair.  It is anticipated that Rob Wood, a present Board Member will take over as Chair, most likely officially at our next meeting at the end of this month.  On behalf of the Board, management and staff we wish to thank Jim for his service and dedication, not to mention passion for the Museum.  We wish him well.


Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Training
On Friday morning, September 25, 2020, I attended a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) training session at the Parry Sound Fire Hall.  This and other training sessions have been made available to staff and volunteers of Parry Sound Community Support Services.