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City can’t do much over Public Health Merger

Metropolis council desires the Doug Ford authorities to hit the brakes on its plan to merge Hamilton’s public well-being unit with three others — however, in the end, there’s not a lot the town can do about it.

Council voted Wednesday unanimously to ask the province to take time to listen to what cities and public well-being consultants suppose. Mayor Fred Eisenberger will draft a letter to the Minister of Wellbeing asking her to carry off on funding cuts and restructuring till a minimum of 2020.

That letter will emphasize that public well being must occur on the native stage. The unit oversees restaurant inspections, illness prevention, overdose prevention, and sexually transmitted an infection monitoring, amongst different roles. The province plans to merge Hamilton’s public well-being unit with Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara. It is a part of a plan to carve 32 general well-being items down to 10.

Public well being requires “on-the-floor intelligence,” stated Brad Clark, Ward 9 (higher Stoney Creek) councilor. Clark was an MPP within the Conservative Mike Harris and Ernie Eves governments, however, opposed municipal amalgamation.

Chad Collins of Ward 5 (Centennial) mentioned there’s not a lot town can do about it anyway. The province would not pay attention, and there is “little recourse.”

Laura Ip, a Niagara regional councilor, says she plans to convey the same movement to the subsequent Niagara Area council assembly.

Ford provided $7.35 million this yr to municipalities and faculty boards keen to bear a 3rd get together audit to seek out four percent in financial savings.

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