May 3,

Board of Health Meets May 4 at 5:30 p.m.

April 29, 2016 – Location: J.K. Edwards Board Room, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, Jackson Square, 185 King St., Third Floor

 Media and the community are advised that the Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to use the buzzer located on the wall to the right of the main front doors to alert Health Unit staff when they are ready to enter the building.  The board room is located on the third floor of Jackson Square, 185 King St. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. on the street or across the road at the King St. Parkade.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:

http://www.pcchu.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

The meeting is open to the community and members of the media.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Protect Your Pets and Families from Rabies: Low-Cost Rabies Clinics on Saturday, May 14

April 26, 2016 – The Peterborough County-City Health Unit is teaming up with local veterinarians to help combat rabies. On Saturday, May 14 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m., there will be multiple clinics running across the County and City to help protect your pets against the disease. These vaccinations are low-cost at $25 per pet, cash only.  Dogs must be leashed and cats caged or restrained.

Provincial law requires that all cats and dogs over three months of age in Peterborough City and County must be vaccinated for rabies. Vaccinations protect pets from rabies and help protect your family if your pet is bitten by a rabid wild animal.

“We hope that the community will take advantage of these low-cost rabies clinics, which are being set up at multiple sites across the County and City,” said Atul Jain, Manager of Environmental Health, who oversees the rabies prevention and control program for the Health Unit. “Not only is vaccinating your cats and dogs the law, but it is the easiest way to protect your pets and family from rabies. While it’s rare, when humans develop rabies from infected animals it is almost 100% fatal.”

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has significantly reduced the number of wildlife rabies cases in Ontario through its Rabies Control Program. However, as of March 31, 2016, there have already been 76 confirmed cases of fox and raccoon strain rabies in Ontario in 2016. Pet vaccination and the provincial baiting program are still required to keep rabies at bay for the protection of Ontario families.

Rabies is a deadly disease of the central nervous system that affects humans and other mammals. The virus is concentrated in the saliva of a rabid animal and can spread through a bite, cut or scratch, or if the saliva comes in contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes. There is no known treatment for rabies once the symptoms appear.  The disease cannot be treated, but it can be prevented through vaccination.

For more information about the low-cost rabies clinics or to find a clinic location near you, please visit www.pcchu.ca and click on Rabies Clinics or call the Peterborough County-City Health Unit at 705-743-1000, ext. 232.

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For further information, please contact:

Atul Jain, Manager, Environmental Health
705-743-1000, ext. 259

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Practical Suggestions for Helping Young Children Listen and Talk

Friday, May 13th, 2016
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Peterborough Healthy Families Workshop

 

Help Improve Your Child’s Listening and Talking Skills

Thursday, May 12th, 7:00-9:00
McDonnell Activity Centre

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Small Butts, Big Problem Takes Aim at Tobacco Industry and Litter

April 22, 2016 – New Health Promotion Campaign to Launch April 23

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A youth-led initiative from the Peterborough County-City Health Unit called “Small Butts, Big Problem” kicks off on Earth Day today in the hopes of mobilizing the community around the contentious issue of cigarette butt littering.

“The Kawarthas are renowned for having some of the most beautiful and natural environments around, but the pollution created by the tobacco industry poses real concerns for wildlife,” said Adam Barnfather, one of the Health Unit’s Peer Leaders who designed the campaign.  “Not only do cigarette butts destroy the beauty of our urban and rural environments, they contain over 4,000 chemicals, 43 of which are known carcinogens.”

Barnfather noted these chemicals eventually make their way into the ecosystem as part of the 8,000 tons of cigarette butts that Canadians litter every year. These chemicals have been shown to harm the reproductive systems of fish, and even be lethal to aquatic wildlife under certain conditions.

The Peer Leaders have partnered with Peterborough GreenUp, the Peterborough DBIA, and the City of Peterborough to tackle this issue on several fronts. To kick things off, they are hosting a series of volunteer butt pickups on Saturday, April 23 targeting 3 different areas downtown.  Everyone is invited to participate in cleaning up the downtown by meeting them at the corner of George and Simcoe streets on April 23 at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m.

The group plans to raise awareness and educate the community by participating in various events such as the National Youth Week, Farmer’s Markets, Peterborough Children’s Water Festival, Peterborough Folk Festival, and Peterborough Pulse among others. They will also bring displays and activities to locations throughout the city and county, including Camp Kawartha, Warsaw Caves, downtown bus terminal, and local beaches.

Screen Shot 04-22-16 at 11.21 AM“We hope that people will realize that a small butt contributes to a very big problem and choose to discard their cigarette butt safely,” said Miranda Doris, another PCCHU Peer Leader involved in the campaign. Everyone is encouraged to follow the campaign’s official Twitter page @SBBP_Ptbo to find out where it will be next.

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For further information, please contact:
Katherine Morin
Youth Development Worker
705-743-1000, ext. 321

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