Many people are wondering what is going on and what comes next.
Below is a photograph taken at the March 3rd Board of Health Meeting in Huron County. Over 80 people at a meeting that typically no one attends.Please try not to be too discouraged by the recent decision made by the Board of Health to pause the health investigation begun by Dr. Owen in Huron County.
For those not yet aware, the Board of Health in Huron County, Ontario Canada (comprised of current or past municipal councillors) voted unanimously (other than one abstention /conflict of interest) at a closed meeting, to oust Dr. Owen (Acting Medical Officer of Health). We were assured afterwards by Mayor Tyler Hessel / Chair of the Board of Health that the investigation was to continue and we felt badly for Dr. Owen but we were also relieved to know her work was still going to matter. After all, when an agency is mandated to investigate health complaints, it would seem reasonable to assume that they would do so once started, even in the absence of the person in charge who initiated it. If this investigation involved water or food and the public expressed concerns, they would have to follow through with it, would they not? Mayor Hessel had assured us that the Health Unit’s epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Clark was the lead in the investigation and things were proceeding ‘at this point’.
It turns out, those last three words were pretty significant.
Just a few weeks later, Mayor Hessel and the Board of Health voted unanimously to put the investigation on hold. Read article