All three fire stations in the South Dundas Fire Department held open houses on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. complete with tours, free souvenirs and barbecue munchies. Fire Chief Chris McDonough said the open houses were a a great success and that he’s “looking forward to doing it again next year.” At the Williamsburg location the local children were having fun climbing into, out of, and on the fire trucks. From all appearances, they were loving every minute of it.
Ontario is helping high school students eat more nutritious meals to improve their health and help them learn more effectively.
Through the province's new Healthy Eating in Secondary Schools program, high schools and school boards can apply for one-time grants of up to $50,000 to support innovative projects that encourage students to eat healthier. Projects will begin rolling out this September and can include partnerships with postsecondary institutions or non-profit organizations that promote healthy eating.
Examples of projects that could be eligible for funding include:
- A training program run by a chef school to help cafeteria staff create healthier food options.
- A healthy eating club for students.
- A partnership with farmers to provide healthy, local Ontario foods to students.
- An updated cafeteria space that incorporates healthy eating information or an urban garden.
Improving student health and well-being is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, one of the three pillars of the province's plan to build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. The province is investing a total of $2.2 million in the Healthy Eating in Secondary Schools Grants.
An update on the state of the sewers in Iroquois, Morrisburg and Williamsburg was given at the July 17 South Dundas council meeting.
Todd Grant of AECOM was on hand to deliver a presentation outlining the issues found in each of the locations as well as an account of what needs to be done and a timeline and cost approximation for the work to be completed.
The 2011-2012 study of the sewers in Iroquois, which has 14 kilometers of “mainly concrete” pipe and 125 manholes, revealed “clear evidence of infiltration and pipe deterioration.”
The streets needing work in Iroquois were divided into high priority and low priority, with the high priority streets expected to be addressed first.
The study of Morrisburg’s sewers took place from 2009 through 2011, revealing that the 19 kilometers of pipes and 250 manholes also had “clear evidence of infiltration and pipe deterioration.”
All listed streets needing work in Morrisburg were listed as high priority. In addition, a section on Lakeshore Drive is in such a state of disrepair that it cannot be rehabilitated, but requires replacement.
Grant’s report also covered the findings from the 2011 study of Williamsburg’s sewers, which include four kilometers of pipe and 20 manholes. These, he said, were in “generally good condition” and need only minor repairs.
The studies revealed extraneous flow, which is a combination of infiltration and inflow issues.
Infiltration refers to ground water entering the sewers through defective pipes and/or cracks in manholes while inflow refers to water entering the sewers through inappropriate connections.
Inappropriate connections can include such things as roof drains, foundation drains, sump pumps, street catch basins and yard drains.
The impact of the extraneous flow is loss of capacity in the sewer collection system as well as higher water treatment costs.
It was suggested that operating costs could be reduced by as much as 30 percent if all systems were completely repaired.
Grant suggested council look into an education program for residents highlighting and explaining the various inappropriate connections.
He informed council that final reports will be submitted by July 27 with the expectation that tender preparation will be completed by August 31 with a tender closing of September 21. Rehabilitation work would then begin on October 1, 2012 and run through to October 31, 2013.
The section of Lakeshore Drive requiring replacement has a design deadline of October 30, 2012 with the expectation that tender preparation will be completed by November 9, 2012 with a tender closing of March 2013. Work would take place between May and September of 2013.
“That was very interesting,” said deputy-mayor Jim Locke, following Grant’s presentation, “and not frightening.”
The Cancer Care Program at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) has a new team member named ISAAC.
ISAAC (Interactive Symptom Assessment and Collection) is an online computer tool that allows patients to record how they are feeling related to the nine most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients.
Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has developed ISAAC and WDMH is the first satellite site in the Champlain Regional Cancer Program to use the new technology.
Before their appointment, patients complete a pre-assessment at the touch-screen computer kiosk located in the waiting room.
They assign a score to each symptom such as pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and depression. Each patient receives a print out and the information is automatically transferred to the patient’s electronic health record.
“Many patients struggle with the physical and emotional pain caused by cancer symptoms,” explains Lynn Hall, vice president, clinical services and chief nursing officer at WDMH.
“ISAAC helps put patients in control by assessing their own symptoms.”
Each patient’s care team reviews the assessment, resulting in appropriate treatment and better care.
For example, if a patient records a pain level of five, treatment can be provided to reduce the pain. The caregiver can then track this symptom over time and across various health care settings.
WDMH’s Cancer Care Program supports patients through every step of their journey.