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July 7 Minutes

 

 
Wednesday July 7th , 2011
1. Attending
 
Paula Keirstead, Social Planning Council Board
Mario Lopes, Professional Property Managers Association
Louis Ricciuto, Social Planning Council, Poverty Advisory Committee Member
Monique Patenaude, SPCW, Poverty Advisory Committee Member
Christine Samborski, North End Women’s Centre
Dennis Lewycky, Social Planning Council

2. Report on Provincial Bed Bug Coalition

  • The provincial action on the bed bug issue is rolling out slowly. Mario is the co-chair of the Coalition and noted what is being done now. So far, the government has;
  • Bulk ordering of the bb kits is underway, with information being sent out and the Manitoba Distribution Authority (MDA) prepared to facilitate the distribution.
  • A ‘bug and scrub’ program is now available to help individuals deal with BBs in their homes. An individual can get support, with the sponsorship of an organization, that will help pay for dislocation and treatment. Information is available at 1 855 362 2847 – the government’s BB Hotline.
  • A Coalition Coordinator is not yet been hired but someone is expected on the job by September.
  • The next meeting of the Coalition is August 4th

3. BBTF blog

SPCW has set up a Bed Bug Blog for the Task Force – go to http://www.spcw.mb.ca and the Bed Bug Blog button. There will be information for anyone on what is happening with the Task Force or the government programs. Each section of the Blog will also have a Reply button where readers can easily send questions or comments. The blog with be managed for the Task Force by the SPCW.

4. Community Consultation

The SPCW consultation, for the government has started.

  • Sue Hemphill has been hired and is setting up the events for the consultation
  • Different agencies are being contacted to be part of the consultation
  • Different survey tools are being developed so that information can be gathered from a diversity of groups
  • She will be reporting on consultation progress to the BBTF meetings
  • A final report on the consultation will be going to the government in September.

5. Next Meeting

Thursday August 11th, 2011 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm

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Non-profit Grants, Prevention Materials Next Phase of Strategy:

Community-based, non-profit community organizations are eligible to
receive financial assistance to help with bedbug education, treatment,
management and prevention through the province’s new Bed Bug Grant
Program and specialized bedbug prevention materials will be made
available at reduced cost to qualifying organizations through the Bed
Bug Prevention Materials Program, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors
Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.

“These new programs are vital pieces of our bedbug-prevention strategy,
providing supports to the people and organizations that need them most,”
said Rondeau. “This will help to prevent the spread of bedbugs and
ensure that infestations are identified and treated as quickly and
efficiently as possible.”

The Bed Bug Prevention Materials Program will offer a wide variety of
materials at attractive prices to qualifying organizations to help deal
with bedbug infestations, said the minister. Materials will include
bedbug-proof mattress and box-spring covers, insect monitors and record
keepers, insect interceptor traps, dissolvable laundry bags, bedbug
stickers and handouts, and clear-view bedbug monitors.

The program will be phased in to ensure supply meets demand, beginning
with the Manitoba Camping Association and the Manitoba Professional
Property Managers Association, the minister added.

“Each year, approximately 20,000 Manitoba children and youth attend an
accredited Manitoba summer camp,” said Bryan Ezako, executive director,
Manitoba Camping Association. “We want to ensure that their camping
experience is fun filled and unforgettable, and these low-cost
bedbugprevention resources are an important tool that will help to
ensure that camp days are comfortable and worry free.”

Under the $200,000 Bed Bug Grant Program, which is the first of its kind
in Canada, non-profit organizations will be eligible to recover from 50
to 100 per cent of costs related to bedbug treatment or prevention, to a
maximum of $2,000.

Rondeau noted that grants could go towards payment for an approved
integrated pest-management plan or for preventative equipment such as an
industrial dryer which, for example, could be used to heat-treat donated
second-hand clothing that could be given to needy families and
charitable organizations in the community.

Rondeau noted the new programs build on other bedbug strategies
including the recent launch of the bedbug hotline, e-mail address and
website, the formation of a bedbug coalition with representation from
more than 20 Manitoba organizations, and a marketing and education
campaign.

Grant application forms or for more information is available at the
toll-free bedbug hotline at 18553MBBUGS (1-855-362-2847),
www.manitoba.ca/bedbugs or by email at bedbugs@gov.mb.ca.

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Q:  What is the Bed Bug Grant Program?

A:   The Bed Bug Grant Program is a $200,000 initiative designed to provide assistance to community organizations on bedbug education, treatment, management and prevention.

Q:  Who is eligible for the Bed Bug Grant Program?

A:   Community-based, non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for financial assistance in the form of a grant.  The Canada Revenue Agency definition for non-profit organizations will be used.

Q:  How much assistance is available to organizations?

A:   Qualified organizations will be eligible to recover 50 to 100 per cent of costs related to bedbug treatment and prevention to a maximum of $2,000.

Q:  How will qualified organizations be compensated for their costs?

A:   Applicants will be required to submit receipts in order to be reimbursed.  Receipt must be directly related to the cost of treatment or prevention.  Only receipts dated after the grant application has been approved will be eligible for payment.

Q:  What types of bedbug treatment and prevention activities are eligible for grant funding?

A:   Activities and expenses may include, but are not restricted to:

The costs associated with hiring a professional pest-control firm to treat bedbugs or inspect for them.

Purchase of non-chemical controls and products used to prevent bedbugs such as mattress covers, storage containers, monitoring traps and double-sided sticky tape. Please note:  Self-treatment, if applied incorrectly, can be costly and ineffective and can lead to a spread of bedbugs to unsuspecting neighbours.  Professional extermination services are recommended.

Purchase or rental of equipment utilized for bedbug prevention and control.  Examples include industrial strength dryers, vacuums and spot steamers.

If there are questions about the eligibility of any treatment or prevention activities being planned, call the bedbug hotline.

Q:  How can my organization apply for a grant?

A:   For grant applications, call the bedbug hotline toll-free at 1-855-3MB-BUGS  (1‑855‑362‑2847).  The hotline operator will provide all of the necessary information.

Q:  What is the Bed Bug Prevention Materials Program?

A:   The program offers a wide variety of specialized bedbug specific materials to qualifying organizations at attractive prices to combat bedbug infestations.

Q:  What materials are available in the Bed Bug Prevention Materials Program?

A:   Materials include bedbug-proof mattress and box-spring covers, insect monitors and record keepers, insect interceptor traps, dissolvable laundry bags, bedbug warning stickers, educational handouts and clear-view bedbug monitors.

Q:  Who will have access to the Bed Bug Prevention Materials Program?

A:   The program will be phased in to ensure supply meets demand.  It will initially be available to the Manitoba Camping Association, the Manitoba Professional Property Managers Association and other qualifying organizations.

Q:  How can I find out more information about bedbugs and the provincial strategy on bedbugs?

A:   Call the toll-free bedbug hotline at 1-855-3MB-BUGS (1-855-362-2847), visit www.manitoba.ca/bedbugs or email bedbugs@gov.mb.ca.  The hotline is staffed by trained operators from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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1. Bed Bug Coalition report

BED BUG TASK FORCE Meeting Wednesday June 17, 2011 – Minutes

Very little happening as the Coalition is meeting but few decisions or actions have taken place or been finalized, except for the bed bug website and phone number. Dave Funk has gone to Toronto to examine methods being used there to deal with the BB infestation

Next meeting is June 30th

2. Social Planning Council

The SPCW has a contract with the Department of Healthy Living, Seniors and Youth to assist the Task Force and the Coalition to deal with the BB infestation. For $15,000 the SPCW will contract a consultant to research what Winnipeg residents need to deal with the infestation and to advise the government on what should be done. The contract is for three months and will end with a report to the Government in September.

Sue Hemphill has been hired to work on the contract and will be reporting on her work to the Task Force at each meeting. She will also be contacting individuals and agencies involved in dealing with the BB infestation. She will be gathering information on what residents Know about BBs, what their Attitude is about the infestation and what Practices are available for remedial action (this is a basic KAP research model).

We offered some suggested questions that could be part of her questionnaires; Have you had BBs? If so, how often? Did you know where to get help? How did you deal with the BBs?

How did you feel you found BBs in your place? Have you changed your habits to avoid BBs? Did you need to get help? Who helped you deal with the BBs? Are you more concerned or cautious now to avoid contact with BBs?

3. Information Sharing

Paula has been invited to All Saints Church to discuss BBs and what can be done about the infestation for their constituents. She will follow up.

4. Next meeting July 7th, 1:30 to 3:30 at SPCW.

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Bed Bug Task Force Meeting Wednesday June 1, 2011 – Minutes

Paula Keirstead, Social Planning Council Board Mario Lopes, Professional Property Managers Association Kerri Scott, Resource Assistance for Youth Louis Ricciuto, Social Planning Council, Poverty Advisory Committee Member Karen Hoeft, Salvation Army Booth Centre Gord McIntyre, Winnipeg Renters Network Dennis Lewycky, Social Planning Council

Participant Update on Bed Bug Infestation

1. Attending

Salvation Army Have an established strategy; share information with staff, convenient instructions for action and practical suggestions on how to deal with BB Constantly helping residents cope with infestation of their rooms etc. Use chemical treatment to eradicate BB Conscious of importance of trained staff to use chemical treatments

Manitoba Renters Network Concerned with the unskilled people applying chemical treatment Have placed information for tenants on their www Getting and distributing the BB kits There is a proposal going to Neighbourhoods Alive to assist the neighbourhood associations in controlling BBs

Resource Assistance for Youth Are buying bedding and beds for residents ($300 from Hart Bedding) Spraying in designated units and training staff to do properly Collaborating with Manitoba Housing

Professional Property Managers Association (PPMA) Are helping landlords provide steel beds and leg dishes for tenants Producing ‘treatment guidelines’ for PPMA membersEncouraging landlords to use the Leon Wilder heat trailer method of eradication as it is convenient and inexpensive compared to other treatment methods

3. Report on Provincial Bed Bug Coalition and Strategy

The provincial action on the bed bug issue is rolling out since the funding and strategy announcement in April. Mario is the co-chair of the Coalition the government formed and Paula has been attending the Coalition meetings. So far, the government has;

Held a number of meetings of the Coalition and more will be held Produced a kit of resources available to residents and companies for $85 Launched http://www.gov.mb.ca/bedbugs/index.html for public information and education on how to deal with bed bugs.

4. Discussion on Provincial Funding/Contract

SPCW has submitted a proposal for government funding on behalf of the BBTF. When the contract is approved, a consultant will be hired and the SPCW will put more support into the work of the BBTF. The contract deliverables that have been proposed are:

5.

Collect information from the network of the Social Planning Council and other community stakeholders about effective strategies to prevent and control infestation of bed bugs. Liaise with the Bed Bug Coalition, utilizing information and strategies undertaken by the Coalition and the Provincial Bed Bug Steering Committee, to inform and communicate with the public.

Provide provincial officials and the Collation with identified needs, ideas and suggestions about effective communication, prevention methodologies, and

education undertaken with respect to bed bug matters. Liaise with and advise provincial officials in the development of processes for affected communities to access low cost materials program, educational program, etc Provide provincial officials with relevant research related to prevention and control of bed bugs, generated by the Task Force and the SPCW. Provide a report to provincial officials about the above undertakings (1-6) at the end of the project period.

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