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ticular establishment meets the standards. Business licensing is not under the juris- diction of the counties, but Dr. Roumeliotis explained that he is making presentations to both, the counties councils for Prescott- Russell and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, so that the members of the member mu- nicipalities can let their own councils know why the EOHUwill ask themall for amend- ments to their business licensing bylaws.The amendment proposed is similar to one that the City of Cornwall has added to its business licensing bylaw, requiring anyone involved in the food industry to post, in a prominent public place, their food safe inspection cer- tification.
The regional health unit wants municipa- lities to help make sure restaurants and other outlets which serve food let the public know that they pass inspection for safety and cleanliness. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) made a presentation during the January 13 committee of the whole session of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. The EOHU wants local municipalities to amend the sec- tion of their business licensing bylaws which deals with restaurants and other food han- dlers. The requested amendment is all part of the regional agency’s strategy for better public awareness and attention to provincial regulations dealing with food safety. «It (regulation) is already in place,» said Dr. Roumeliotis during his presentation and later during interviews with local media. The amendment that the EOHUwants for local licensing bylaws would require busi- nesses involved in preparing and providing food to the public, to post in plain view their food inspection certificate so that patrons will knowwhether or not the business meets provincial standards for cleanliness, food quality, and safe handling procedures under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The legislation covers a wide range of busi- nesses and also public institutions where food is served. Included are restaurants, daycares and schools which provide snacks and meals for children, retirement homes, grocery stores, and other facilities. The focus right now for the EOHU cam- paign is on restaurants, but Dr. Roumeliotis noted that other businesses and operations that provide food to the public will also come under the awareness campaign over time. He emphasized that the EOHUwants both, the public and business owners, and others to be aware of the regulations and tomake sure that proper public notice is given that a par- New achievement protocol for students in need The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and half a dozen other regional school boards along with four regional children’s aid societies (CAS) and the provincial govern- ment are working out the guidelines for a joint protocol to support the well-being and achieve- ments of students who may be Crown or CAS wards. The protocols include development of edu- cational success plans that would provide these students with enhanced educational, community and post-secondary opportunities. The plans will cover both the academic goals of the students and also their personal dreams for the future, including their own involvement in the community. The school, government and CAS partners in the protocol development hope it will help improve the graduation rates for students who are Crown or CAS wards. – Gregg Chamberlain has added to its business licensing bylaw, requiring anyone involved in the food industry to post their food safe inspection certification. The amendment proposed is similar to one that the City of Cornwall
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the EasternOntarioHealthUnit, answers questions from local media during a scrum following his presentation on food safety regulations to the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council.
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