Council to get update on WHO conference

With the World Health Organization’s 11th-annual Conference on Safe Communities coming up here in May, conference co-ordinator Jeannette Cawston will make sure council is up to speed on what’s shaping up at tonight’s regular meeting.
“I’ve never presented to council before. I’ve presented to different councillors at different levels but never together,” Cawston said this morning.
“I want to bring them all up to date. The clock is ticking away, but I have to say that with less than three months to go, the communities and team leaders have done an excellent job,” she added.
“Things are falling into place.”
Cawston said she’ll outline the conference schedule to stress the scope of the three-day event (May 7-9), which is expected to attracts hundreds of delegates and volunteers.
“There will be 100 papers to be presented on injury prevention, keeping in line with the SEEDS [Safety Education Equal Opportunity Dedication Sustainability] theme,” she noted.
“We’ve seen interest from 23 countries, and there’s registrations coming in every day—we’re talking big numbers,” she added.
Cawston also said she expects to see more local registrations as the conference date draws closer.
“Once the schedule of events gets out there in the paper, people can choose a day they might want to check out and just pay the one-day fee of $150,” she remarked.
Cawston also stressed it’s important to let potential sponsors and volunteers know there’s still plenty of opportunity to contribute to the conference.
The fifth-annual Canadian Safe Communities Conference also will be held here in conjunction with the WHO one. And a youth conference will be held May 6 at Couchiching.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:10 p.m. at the Civic Centre. The committee of the whole meets first at 5 p.m. downstairs.
Other business at tonight’s meeting includes:
•airport lease agreements;
•a request from the Economic Development Advisory Committee for support of a resolution to plant trees and flowers at the airport;
•a request from the Police Services board for council’s support of an Award of Excellence in Crime Control;
•four municipal bylaws up for amendment or approval;
•a request from Pitch-In Ontario to proclaim April 22-28 as Pitch-In Canada Week in Fort Frances;
•a petition regarding deregulation and privatization of the Ontario electrical system;
•a request from Crime Stoppers to promote a “Battle of the Badges” hockey game featuring Eddie Shack as referee;
•a request from the Canadian Cancer Society to proclaim April as “Cancer Month” in Fort Frances; and
•information correspondence dating from Jan. 14-Feb. 5.