BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody made a notice of motion at the Sept. 28 council meeting regarding optometry, stating the provincial government has not yet made a binding commitment to cover the cost of optometrists to deliver an eye exam.
He noted in his motion that the amount Ontario’s health insurance plan pays the lowest amount in the country for eye exams. Fees for seniors’ eye exams would have to increase by 70 per cent to reach the next lowest province – Manitoba.
Peabody told council that optometrists have not been providing eye exams paid for through OHIP, creating a problem for children, seniors, and people on disability.
The motion called on the provincial government to commit to compensating Ontario optometrists an amount that’s in line with what their counterparts in other provinces with comparable publicly funded optometry systems. Compensation should, at a minimum, be enough to cover overhead and the costs of providing eye exams.
Council opts not to participate in FoodCycler study
Most members of council preferred to decline the opportunity to participate in the FoodCycler pilot program.
Christina Zardo of the Food Cycle Science Corporation, had made a presentation to council in July about a small electrical appliance that drastically reduces the amount of organic waste a household puts into the landfill.
Zardo proposed that Brockton partner with the company to participate in the federal government’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge program.
Her proposal involved a study of 100 Brockton households for a trial period of 12 weeks, at the end of which participants would get to keep the FoodCycler appliances. The municipality would subsidize the cost of the appliances. Seven Ontario municipalities are participating in the same project.
Although the possibility of reducing waste is a plus, there were other aspects of the program that council questioned.
One was the cost of filters; another was the cost of disposing of the appliance itself when it ceased functioning.
Coun. Steve Adams said he “somewhat supported the project,” although he’d prefer to wait and see the results from the other municipalities.
Council voted against participating in the pilot, which would have involved an unbudgeted expense to the municipality.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times