Public health information previously only available through freedom of information searches will now be made available via the internet.
The Northern Health Authority’s environmental health division will post information about local restaurants, water systems, sampling results and public health notices on a link from its web site, said Doug Quibell, NHA environmental health officer.
“We now want to provide the public an easier way of getting that data.”
The web site will provide access to inspection reports and hazard ratings for food, drinking water and recreational water operations throughout Northern B.C. It will also highlight such things as restaurants’ FoodSafe excellence programs, smoke-free environments and the status of health reports.
“From time to time, there may be operators who don’t have a favourable report,” said Quibell. “We’ll be sure to post follow-up reports to show the work they’ve done to correct any slips in standards.”
The web site is accessible via the “public health protection” page on the NHA’s web site at northernhealth.ca.
Renters get info again
Renters will once again have access to information about landlord-tenant issues.
The Notary Foundation has stepped up with $7,400 in funding to resume a weekly “Tenants’ Clinic” that was axed when the provincial government cut funding to the Legal Aid Society, which had previously funded the program.
The Prince George Housing Coalition, in partnership with Active Support Against Poverty, will provide information to tenants regarding the Residential Tenancy Act, its forms and regulations.
The clinics will be held every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. beginning November 19 at the ASAP office. For more information, call PG Housing at 564-6616.
Parks marketing expected
It’s still early in the process, but the recreation stewardship council will include at least one recommendation that varies from its goal of ensuring B.C.’s parks system become more cost efficient.
“One thing that we will ask the government to do that’s a little outside our mandate, and it came in as a recommendation from a number of tourism organizations, is that we’ve got to do a far better job of marketing recreational opportunities,” said Bruce Strachan, chair of the panel. “The message we got was that we need to have an integrated marketing plan that focuses on the high quality of recreation opportunities in B.C.”
The panel was struck by the provincial government to look at ways to save money on the running of the province’s parks system.
The Ministry of Water, Land and Air protection has a budget of roughly $30 million this year on expenditures of about $42 million. Even then, that budget will be reduced by $8 million in each of the next two years.
Strachan has maintained throughout the process that user fees will become more prevalent in provincial parks as a result of his report. But he also said there was strong support for keeping the parks system public.
Strachan and co-panelists are currently sifting through recommendations from stakeholders and writing a report to the provincial government. The report is due November 29.