Jack Hepworth’s Report, April 4, 2016

Jack Hepworth’s Report, April 4, 2016

Hello Everyone:

Here is The April 4th Report to council and Community.  Topics include: Rosseau Nursing Station Newsletter 2016 by NP Katie Hogue, Delegation to Council – Dan Duggan Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry Parry Sound, Sunday Gun Hunting request, Rosseau Library Board Request for Relocation, Update.  www.jackhepworth.ca

See it directly at: www.jackhepworth.ca

eAgenda Seguin Council April 4, 2016

Ruth Dare Health Clinic: Rosseau Nursing Station Newsletter 2016 by NP Katie Hogue 

Katie Hogue
Nurse Practitioner Katie Hogue of the Rosseau Nursing Station

The Rosseau Nursing Station has issued a Newsletter 2016.  I have posted Nurse Practitioner and Station Manager Katie Hogue’s Newsletter below.  Katie has answered many important questions that community members have.  She has also explained the reasons for administrative changes and the remarkable growth in service numbers that has taken place at this valued facility.  Any comments or additional questions that you might have can be directed to the contact information at the end of the Newsletter.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the Rosseau and Area Nursing Station. Without the community, the Nursing Station would not have been possible. After almost 13 years, the Nursing Station has grown into a new building, with many more resources, and continues to thrive because of instrumental community support! This newsletter serves to clarify the services, mandate, and purpose of the Nursing Station for all of those who may access the Nurse Practitioner for care.

Will the Nursing Station still be open for seasonal residents? 
The Nursing Station will continue to serve both year round and seasonal residents. You may access the nursing station even if you have another primary care provider. In previous years the nursing station has operated with walk-in hours during the summer months. However, due to the increased demand, and growing volume of patients, we have changed our weekday summer hours to a by appointment basis.
This will allow adequate time, better care, as well as ensure primary care patients are seen for ongoing care, rather than having to wait hours. In addition, we have added same day appointment slots, which run throughout the year. We reserve at least one same day appointment, and the Nurse Practitioner (Katie Hogue), may see additional minor same day appointments if time allows, and she can accommodate.

What about the busy summer months?
During the summer months we try to avoid the longer annual health exams to accommodate for shorter episodic visits, and see more people throughout the day. This helps to alleviate some of the pressure on the emergency department as well as serve all of our community members, seasonal and year round.

We plan on having more same day appointments in the summer, without the wait of the walk-in, which will actually be more efficient and reduce the pressure on the Nursing Station staff.

Will the Nursing Station still be open on the weekends, July and August?
We have been very fortunate to have community donations from the Lake Rosseau North Association and other community members, which will allow us to open on the weekends in July and August. The summer weekend hours will remain only if we continue to have the community donation support for funding, and are able to find contract Nurse Practitioners to fill the position. The weekend hours will continue to be walk-in.

What is our mandate?
The Rosseau Nursing Station is funded by the Primary Care Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The funding is provided to ensure that local residents have access to primary care, particularly if they don’t have another provider (ie. Physician or Nurse Practitioner). Since 2003, the focus and the funding have changed, which can be confusing to people who access the Nursing Station. The Nursing Station is funded for only one Nurse Practitioner and no other allied health. While we endeavour to serve all of the community members, the growing local population and full roster of patients makes appointments and triaging of care necessary.

What is primary care?
Primary care is the day-to-day health care given by a healthcare provider (ie. Physician or Nurse Practitioner). Typically this provider acts as the first contact and principal point of continuing care for patients, and coordinates other specialist care that the patient may need. Primary Health Care providers diagnose and treat non-emergent episodic illnesses and injuries, but focus on health promotion, and injury prevention. In Canada, each person is entitled to a primary care provider.

Annual Service Demographics: How many people does the Nursing Station serve?
The full-time Nurse Practitioner, Katie Hogue, has a full roster of patients of over 1050 patients without another provider, and 250 patients in a shared care model for a total of over 1300 regular patients. In 2015, there were 4083 visits, averaging 340 visits per month, which has more than quadrupled since the nursing station opened in 2003. The number of monthly visits increases an average of 41% between May through October, with a 57% influx seen in July. 

What else is new?
As an additional communication tool, we are currently developing our interactive website as a branch off the WPSHC website, so community members will be informed of any changes at the Nursing Station. There will be an interactive calendar as well which will be updated with any closures and will highlight any health related events in the community. All six Nursing Stations will have their own page. We are anticipating going live by June, 2016.

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (By appointment).
Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (By appointment).
Saturday/ Sunday July and August only: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Walk-in).
Lab Work: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (labs only by appointment) or 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (with longer appointment).

If there are any questions about the services available, the Administrative Assistants, Colleen Ward, and Cathy Hayes, would be happy to assist or forward them to Katie.

Katie Hogue, MN, BScN, NP
Rosseau Nursing Station Manager
West Parry Sound Health Centre- “We Care For People”
Phone: 705-732-1095
Fax: 705-732-1807
Email: khogue@wpshc.com

Delegation to Council – Dan Duggan 

Ministry of Natural Resources and ForestryDan Duggan will address Council to provide updates on the following topics:

  • Provincial approvals now required for “at shore/in-water development” (i.e. boathouses and docks).

Here is a brief outline of that change:

  • As a result of a 2015 decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, authorization is required to construct or place a dock or single-storey boathouse that occupies (i.e., that is on or above) more than 15 square metres of shore lands.
  • This includes the placement of seasonal structures on shore lands as well as expansions or replacements of existing structures that are greater than 15 square metres.  The area of shore lands occupied by a dock or single-storey boathouse can be calculated based on the perimeter of the structure. 
  • This is a change from how MNRF authorized the majority of structures in the past and at this time, there is no fee associated with applying for and receiving an authorization for this activity or occupation of Crown Land.
  • Applicants should contact their local MNRF District Office to initiate the application process.  District Staff will provide an estimate of the time required to process your application.
  • Best practices for development and terms of reference for studies in Class 1, 2 and Unclassified Fish Habitat.  This information will provide Council and Staff with background to help with Zoning By-law Amendments for construction in EP zones where clarification is required between Type 1 and Type 2 Fish Habitats.
  • Emerging provincial policy with respect to “at shore/in-water development”.

Sunday Gun Hunting

Excerpt from the Staff Report: AD-2016-008

The Township of Seguin has received a request and will be reviewing the matter of supporting and authorizing Sunday Gun Hunting in the Township of Seguin.  The matter will be considered by Council at 4:30 p.m. or later during the Regular Meeting of Council to be held on April 4th, 2016 in the Township of Seguin Council Chambers located at 5 Humphrey Drive.

Currently Approved Sunday Gun Hunting Map – yellow are approved. Click on the map to enlarge the image.

Authorize Sunday Gun Hunting:

Should Council pass the resolution authorizing Sunday Gun Hunting in the Township of Seguin, staff will forward a copy of the resolution to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry requesting the legislative changes to permit Sunday Gun Hunting in the Township.

Should Council pass the resolution, Sunday Gun Hunting won’t be effective until September, 2016 as the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry would then proceed to bundle any other requests from other Townships/Municipalities that are received for regulation drafting and Minister approval. The changes would be passed and filed for a September 1, 2016 effective date. The regulatory changes are set to have twice-annual effective dates to come into force either on April 1st or September 1st of each year.
Should Council pass the resolution authorizing Sunday Gun Hunting, and in the future, Council wishes to rescind Sunday Gun Hunting, it can be rescinded in the same way and process that it is passed. The Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry would require a signed resolution detailing the change, and then a subsequent regulatory amendment would be made to remove the Township or Municipality from the list.

Not Authorize Sunday Gun Hunting:

Should Council defeat the resolution, Sunday Gun Hunting remains prohibited in the Township of Seguin and staff would advise the Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters, the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry of Council’s decision.

Some members of the public may think if Council passes a by-law supporting Sunday Gun Hunting that the Township would be assuming some role in enforcing the by-law; that would be incorrect. As noted previously, Sunday Gun Hunting is subject to all restrictions associated with public safety and conservation, including the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Those regulations are enforced by the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry Conservation Officers and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Financial Impacts:

Neither authorizing Sunday Gun Hunting nor not authorizing Sunday Gun Hunting in the Township of Seguin has any financial impact on the Township’s budget.

Rosseau Library,  Board Request for Relocation …..

From the Community Hall to the Ruth Dare Wellness Room (Rosseau Nursing Station Lower Level)

Rosseau Nursing Station

Since March 23rd, 2016 I have received a significant number of inquiries, phone calls and conversations regarding the relocation of the Rosseau Branch Library to the Ruth Dare Wellness Room. Correspondence on this proposal has been received by Seguin Clerk Craig Jeffery and has been included in the April 4th Seguin Council Agenda.  Council will discuss this correspondence under Item 10 Business at 7:00 p.m. April 4th.  No public input will be received at that time.

April 18th a Staff Report on the Motion to relocate the Rosseau Branch Library from the Community Hall to the Ruth Dare Wellness Room will be tabled under Staff Reports.

If you wish to make Public comment regarding this relocation please express yourself in writing (email or letter) to the Township Clerk Craig Jeffery cjeffery@seguin.ca prior to Monday April 11, 2016 to ensure your comments become part of the public record.

eAgenda Seguin Council April 4, 2016

A summary of the April 4th Seguin Council Meeting will be posted.

Respectfully Submitted

Jack Hepworth