Board of Health – 2019
Rev. David Shearman
Cross-Board Member (Non-Voting)
2019 Meeting Schedule
The Board of Health meets monthly, fourth Friday of the month, at the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Boardroom, 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound. Usual start time 10:00 a.m. Dates and locations are subject to change upon Board of Health Chair approval.*
January 25, 2019
February 22, 2019
March 22, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 24, 2019
June 28, 2019
July 26, 2019
August 23, 2019
September 27, 2019
October 25, 2019
November 22, 2019
December 20, 2019*
There may be times when a citizen or group may wish to present to the Board on an issue. You can arrange to be a delegation by contacting the Executive Assistant for the Board of Health. Submit your request by:
Mail: 101 17th Street East Owen Sound ON N4K 0A5
E-mail: Erin Meneray at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519-376-9420 ext. 1241
All requests must be received no less than 10 days prior to the meeting date and should include the name(s) of the speaker(s) and the subject matter to be discussed. Delegations are limited to 15 minutes.
Communications addressed to the Board of Health will become part of the public record and may be placed on a public agenda and identified in minutes.
Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Arra joined the Grey Bruce Health Unit in 2015 during postgraduate training and following that working as a Physician Consultant.
As well as his medical degree, Dr. Arra completed postgraduate training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
He has worked on a variety of public health initiatives including - road safety, nuclear Emergency Response Planning, health effects of wind farms, resource prioritization, electronic documentation implementation, climate change mitigation, and the built environment. He has served on multiple postgraduate committees that are leading and shaping Canadian Public Health research and education.
Dr. Arra strongly believes that knowledge through research empowers both the individual and the community.
History of the Grey Bruce Health Unit
The Public Health Act (1884) established the first boards of health. By 1900, there were over 800 public health units in Ontario including several independent boards across Grey and Bruce Counties. Owen Sound formed a Public Health Department in 1911. Provincial grants to municipalities for health units were established in 1945 prompting Bruce County to establish a consolidated health unit in 1946. Grey County amalgamated several local boards to a county health unit in 1963. The Public Health Act was amended in 1967 requiring municipalities to provide full-time public health services. The Owen Sound and Grey County units amalgamated that year. In 1983, the Health Protection and Promotion Act was proclaimed (revised in 1997). Grey-Owen Sound joined with Bruce in 1989 and as a result of municipal restructuring in 2001 was re-named the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
Legislative Mandate for Ontario’s Boards of Health
Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) provides the enabling legislation for boards of health and the statutory basis for the Ontario Public Health Standards. The guiding purpose of the act is to “...provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of disease and the promotion and protection of the health of the people of Ontario.” R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s.2
The Ontario Public Health Standards identify guidelines for the provision of mandatory health programs and services including goals, societal outcomes, board of health outcomes and requirements.