HALTON CHAIR GARY CARR MANDATED TO ACT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF HALTON CITIZENS…BUT DOES HE?
OCTOBER 9, 2018 ANNE MARSDEN CANDIDATE FOR HALTON CHAIR SPEAKS OUT ABOUT CHAIR CARR AND 24 REGIONAL COUNCILLORS FAILING TO ADDRESS ENCEPHALITIS/MENINGITIS RATES IN HALTON SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN ONTARIO AVERAGE RATE.
The number of cases of encephalitis/meningitis in Halton reported to Council through Halton Infectious Disease Report in 2016 (31) in 2017 (45).
2017 Halton Infectious Disease Report before Council July 11, 2018 states number of encephalitis/meningitis cases in Halton (45) significantly higher than Ontario average but does not state Ontario average rate.
Gary Carr was presiding over the Region Council July 11, 2018 when this report was before Halton Regional Council under the Health Services Committee Report to Committee and then Council. There were no minuted concerns the minutes simply stating Council agreed with the MOH recommendation to receive and file the report rather than set out recommendations for action on this significant Halton infectious disease issue.
Anne and Dave Marsden Community Health, Safety and Access Advocates believe Chair Carr and the 24 Regional Councillors who sit on Regional Council who did not ask any questions associated with the significantly higher rate or what action has been taken to lower Halton rates, are not acting in the best interests of citizens of Halton. They believe the public needs to know and Council members should have asked:
1. What does significantly higher than Ontario rates mean in terms of numbers?
2. Was a vaccination program offered to Halton students at any time during 2017/2018 as normally occur during meningitis outbreaks in schools/colleges/universities?
3. Has an education program been introduced in Halton to alert families to the symptoms etc. and the number of deaths or serious debilitation associated with the 45 reported cases in 2017?.
4. Was any action taken to reduce the burden of this infectious disease which in 2017 was significantly higher than the Ontario average rate?
5. Are the January 1, 2018 to October 1, 2018 number of cases higher or lower than those that occurred in 2017 during this same period of time?
Who acts in the best interests of Halton citizens; Gary Carr and the 24 current Regional Councillors who failed to address this serious issue before Council or Anne Marsden who has vigorously addressed infectious disease issues in Halton and how they affect resident quality of life and our health care costs for the past three decades, Anne Marsden, Candidate for Halton Chair, 905-467-2860 firstname.lastname@example.org 308-1425 Ghent Avenue, Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1X5.