Northern Health Report – Revised April 2012


Northern Health Report 2012
(Revised April 2012)

 

1. What have you done in the last 12 months?

Northern Health, through its Healthy Community Environments Lead position, supports airsheds management groups throughout the northern region. This includes the Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable (QAQR). We do this by bringing relevant health science, information and issues to the table and, conversely, bringing the concerns of the QAQR back to Northern Health and provincial venues (such as the Health Authority Air Quality Council). Northern Health also provides support through in-kind committee and education and awareness work associated with the QAQR. For 2011/2012, Northern Health was an active member of the ‘Mid-term Review’ committee, working closely with Norm Zirnhelt during the midterm review process. Northern Health has also been working together with MoE to issue advisories for the Quesnel airshed. The QAQR presented to the Northern Health Board of Directors on February 20th. Shortly thereafter, a letter from Cathy Ulrich, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Health, affirmed our continued support to the QAQR.

a. Does this action address a recommendation from the Air Shed Management Plan

Not directly, but these actions have helped to support and shape actions under the Airshed Management Plan

b. If yes, please provide the recommendation number.

 

2. What are you planning to do in the next 12 months?

Northern Health will continue to support the QAQR as identified above and expects to play a part in the public forum(s) proposed for the fall of 2012. Northern Health is currently moving towards working more closely with municipal governments to create healthier communities. As this develops further, Northern Health will try to work with the municipalities to incorporate the recommendations made by the QAQR into municipal planning, bylaws and operations. Northern Health has been commenting on industrial air emission permits that are issued by the Ministry of Environment. For those permits being issued within the Quesnel airshed, Northern Health will ask proponents to ensure that the permit aligns with the Quesnel Airshed Management Plan and that Best Achievable Technology is being used. Lastly, Northern Health will continue to work on provincial committees and initiatives, such as the Health Authority Air Quality Council, to ensure that northern issues are represented.

a. Does this action address a recommendation from the Air Shed Management Plan

b. If yes, please provide the recommendation number.

Although Northern Health does not have jurisdiction or responsibility over any specific recommendation in the airshed management plan, Northern Health aims to help the Baker Creek Enhancement Society in education and outreach activities (recommendations #15 and #27) and strive to influence municipal and regional bylaws, operations and zoning (recommendations # 5, #6, #8, #10, #12, #13, #14, #18, #19, etc ), industrial emissions (recommendation #22) and provincial policy.

 

3. What are your long term plans for meeting the 2016 Goals?

Our long term plans are very similar to those identified for the next 12 months. Northern Health will continue to support the QAQR and work towards incorporating health related air quality issues into policy and community/industry plans and actions.

a. Does this action address a recommendation from the Air Shed Management Plan

See #2 above

b. If yes, please provide the recommendation number.

 

Overall self Assessment of your progress for this year – High, Medium or Low Success

Medium to high