Council approves appointing members to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health

GUELPH, ON, January 30, 2012 – Guelph City Council will be appointing three councillors to serve on the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health to signify its commitment to rebuilding the City’s relations with the Board.

The appointments will take place at a future Council meeting.

The City will seek the Board’s support to appoint an independent mediator to help with the City’s return to the Board and improve relationships.

If the Board accepts the City’s request, the mediator could assist the Board and its member municipalities in reviewing organizational standards for boards of health – which are set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – and considering ways to strengthen accountability, transparency, governance and administration. These may include the conduct and reporting of meetings, a dispute resolution mechanism and consideration of creating a chief administrative officer position for the Board

“Our hope is that the Board of Health will work with the City’s three representatives and support our request to normalize the environment at the Board with help from a mediator,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “An effective and well-functioning Board is the foundation for providing excellent public health services to the residents of Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph.”