April 14, 2011 Regional Council Minutes
Page Content:
1. Prayer and Roll Call
2. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Delegations/Presentations
6. Reports
  1. Proclamations
    a) Internal Audit Awareness Day - May 19, 2011
    b) International Year of the Volunteer - 2011 and National Volunteer Week - April 10 to 16, 2011
  2. Staff Reports
     
7. By-laws
8. Other Business
9. Notices of Motion
10. In Camera Matters
11. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
12. Adjournment

THE COUNCIL OF
THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
April 14, 2011

Regional Chair Kolb called the meeting of Regional Council to order at 9:37 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton.


1. PRAYER AND ROLL CALL

Councillor Morrison recited the prayer.

Members Present:

E. Adams; G. Carlson; F. Dale; P. Foley; C. Fonseca; S. Hames; N. Iannicca*¨; E. Kolb; K. Mahoney; H.  McCallion*; S. McFadden¨; G. Miles; E. Moore; M. Morrison; P.  Mullin;P. Palleschi¨; R. Paterak; P. Saito*; J. Sanderson¨; J. Sprovieri;R. Starr; A. Thompson; J. Tovey; R. Whitehead*

   
Members Absent:

S. Fennell , due to illness

   

Also Present:

D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; R. K. Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; N. Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services; J.  Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; Dr. D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health; P. O’Connor, Regional Solicitor and Director, Legal and Risk Management; C. Reid, Regional Clerk; S. Jurrius, Legislative Specialist

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* See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures


2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST - Nil


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a) March 24, 2011, Regional Council Meeting

Moved by Councillor Tovey,
Seconded by Councillor Starr;

That the minutes of the Regional Council meeting held on March 24, 2011 be approved.

Carried 2011-295


4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Sprovieri,
Seconded by Councillor Sanderson;

That the agenda for the April 14, 2011 Regional Council meeting be amended to defer Items Related to Management – Item MA-B1 to a future Regional Council meeting;

And further, that the agenda for the April 14, 2011 Regional Council meeting be approved, as amended.

Carried 2011-296

See also Resolution 2011-315



5. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

a) Daniel Haufschild, Director, Policy and Planning, and Trevor Anderson, Transportation Planner, Policy and Planning, Metrolinx, Presenting an Overview of the Recently Completed Bolton Commuter Rail Feasibility Study

Received 2011-297

See also Resolutions 2011-298 and 2011-326

A copy of the presentation is available from the Office of the Regional Clerk.

Councillor Saito arrived at 9:39 a.m.
Councillor Iannicca arrived at 9:40 a.m.

Daniel Haufschild, Director, Policy and Planning, and Trevor Anderson, Transportation Planner, Policy and Planning, Metrolinx provided an overview of the completed Bolton Commuter Rail Feasibility Study, which provide significant input to the Region of Peel Transportation Planning initiatives.

The feasibility study concluded that commuter service is technically feasible in Bolton; significant infrastructure is required and an estimated 4,400 ridership during morning peak hours by 2031 is anticipated. The study identified Site Number S6-2 (Humber Station Road) as the preferred location for the Bolton Commuter Rail project. The project will be part of GO Transit’s long-term plan but will depend on timing and funding availability to move forward.

Councillor Morrison stated that, in her opinion, the 4,400 ridership in 20 years cited in the study is underestimated. She further stated, that building a GO station will attract residents to buy homes in the vicinity. Councillor Morrison noted that Metrolinx should look at improving its hours of operation, bus services and reducing the number of stops to increase ridership.

In response to a question from Councillor Morrison, Daniel Haufschild responded that Metrolinx is mandated to provide regular updates and subsequently revisit background land use assumptions with the Province to ensure accuracy of data in response to growth.

Councillor Morrison sought clarification if Metrolinx is asking the Region to start the process of property protection to secure the land identified in the Bolton Commuter Rail Feasibility Study as Site Number S6-2 (Humber Station Road). Daniel Haufschild stated that, in partnership with Peel, Metrolinx would like to secure the property and would also consider acquisition if the opportunity arises. He stated that the Region of Peel and its area municipalities are in the best position to make decisions for the properties.

Councillor Foley commented that Metrolinx should also consider the effect the Bolton line will have on residents, as well as environmental and financial impacts. She sought clarification as to how Metrolinx calculated the 4,400 ridership by 2031 and the 191 average weekday ridership for its bus services.

Trevor Anderson responded that the 191 average weekday ridership is based on actual passenger counts and the number of trips made on a weekday. He stated that the 4,400 figure was based on overall projected population and employment growth. Trevor Anderson advised that the study also considered the ridership of people going to other employment/education locations within and outside the Region of Peel, including passengers from adjacent municipalities who might avail of the rail service, if implemented.

Councillor McCallion arrived at 9:54 a.m.

Councillor Foley inquired how long it would take to complete a significant project like the Bolton Commuter Rail line if it was not part of the Metrolinx 15 year plan. Daniel Haufschild responded that it would be approximately five to ten years. He noted that the corridor is unique because of the substantial gap from Woodbridge to Bolton and would entail extensive planning to complete.

Councillor Foley asked the delegation if there is anything Regional Council can do to expedite the process. Daniel Haufschild responded that Metrolinx would like to seek the Region of Peel support with respect to property protection and would appreciate any financial assistance from the Region of Peel.

In response to a question from Councillor Sprovieri, Trevor Anderson stated that the Bolton line is seen as a peak period service, where trains will go south in the morning and north in the evening with bus services in between and after rush hour. The Georgetown line is seen as an all day two-way service and may attract riders in a different way if the Bolton line is implemented.

Councillor Whitehead arrived at 10:02 a.m.

Dan Labrecque, Commissioner, Public Works, advised that the Region of Peel and the Town of Caledon could amend their Official Plans to acknowledge the location of the preferred GO station and through a Regional Official Plan Amendment. Staff will provide a policy report to Council by the fall of 2011.

Regional Chair Kolb provided an overview of the events that led to the decision to provide commuter GO rail service between Bolton and Union Station. He suggested that Metrolinx should be requested to purchase the Bolton property to secure the land for future use.

Daniel Haufschild responded that Metrolinx could purchase the land similar to other Metrolinx projects, but would require the Region’s support in moving forward.

Items Related to Public Works – Item PW-C1 was dealt with.

PW-C. TRANSPORTATION

PW-C1. Metrolinx Bolton Commuter Rail Service Feasibility Study

Moved by Councillor Morrison,
Seconded by Councillor Whitehead;

That the Regional Chair write, on behalf of Regional Council, to the Chair of Metrolinx with a request to expedite the implementation of GO commuter rail service to Bolton by: initiating the property protection process for the preferred land in Bolton; undertaking the necessary studies such as Environmental Assessment study and detailed design; and, adding the implementation of the Bolton GO rail service to Metrolinx’s GO Transit Capital Budget;

And further, that the Region of Peel request Metrolinx to expedite the purchase of the Bolton GO Site Number S6-2 (Humber Station Road) and the layover sites;

And further, that a copy of the subject letter be sent to the Region of York, the Cities of Brampton and Vaughan, and the Town of Caledon with a request to send similar letters to the Chair of Metrolinx;

And further, that staff be directed to work with Town of Caledon staff to determine the necessary actions required to protect the recommended site located at Humber Station Road and King Street for a future GO rail station in Bolton;

And further, that a copy of the report of the Commissioner of Public Works, dated March 2, 2011, titled “Metrolinx Bolton Commuter Rail Service Feasibility Study” be forwarded to Metrolinx, the Region of York, the Cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Vaughan, and the Town of Caledon, for information.

Carried 2011-298

See also Resolutions 2011-297 and 2011-326

Councillor Morrison requested that the motion include a request to Metrolinx to expedite the purchase of the Bolton GO Site Number S6-2 (Humber Station Road).

Councillor Palleschi sought clarification that if Metrolinx would ensure that the protected land would be used for the Bolton commuter line after 15 years. Daniel Haufschild responded that it is the intent of Metrolinx to include in their long term plan, to move forward with the project.

Councillor Saito questioned the need to purchase the Bolton property. She stated that the Region did not purchase the land on Argentia Road which was instead designated for utility use in the Official Plan. Councillor Saito suggested that the Region and Town of Caledon initiate an Official Plan Amendment to designate the Bolton property for utility use. She stated that it would be less costly to designate the land and the main goal is to reserve the land. Councillor Saito requested that staff look into the feasibility of initiating an Amendment to the Region of Peel and Town of Caledon Official Plan, to designate Bolton Site Number S6-2 for utility use.

b) Safra Farouque, Participant, Summer Job Challenge 2010, Providing an Overview of Her Personal Experience in Support of the Summer Job Challenge 2010

Received 2011-299

See also Resolution 2011-300

Janet Menard, Commissioner, Human Services, provided an overview of the Summer Job Challenge program, and introduced Safra Farouque, Participant, Summer Job Challenge 2010, who outlined her experience coming from a family of immigrant parents and the difficulties experienced by new immigrants in finding a good job and fully integrating into the workplace.

Councillor Palleschi departed at 10:30 a.m., due to other municipal business.
Councillor Sanderson departed at 10:30 a.m., due to a personal matter.

Safra Farouque stated that Peel’s Summer Job Challenge is an excellent bridge program between education and gaining practical experience as part of the workforce. Safra Farouque commented how her experience working as an Administrative Assistant in the Human Services department was invaluable to her plans for a future career, and greatly improved her practical skills; specifically related to interaction with citizens seeking service and working as part of a team. A short video, made by several other successful participants in the 2010 program, was presented, outlining their support for renewal of the program in 2011.

Councillor McCallion stated that she was in full support of the program and the recommendation for its continuation and expansion. Members of Regional Council commended Janet Menard and Human Services staff on the success of the program.

Councillor Fonseca asked if the Region has a template of hiring tools that could be provided to local businesses in her ward who have expressed interest in hiring recent graduates. Janet Menard, Commissioner, Human Services, responded that the Region of Peel produced excellent resources and tools for hiring and undertook to provide the materials to the Councillor.

Councillor McCallion stated that this type of information should also be passed along to the local Boards of Trade so that all businesses can hire new graduates should they choose.

Items Related to Human Services – Item HS-A1 was dealt with.

HS-A. DEPARTMENTAL

HS-A1. Summer Job Challenge: 2010 and 2011

Moved by Councillor McCallion,
Seconded by Councillor Mahoney;

That seventy-five youth be hired in the summer of 2011 in support of the Summer Job Challenge;

And further, that associated costs of approximately $300,000 to support this initiative be funded from the Human Services Budget or Ontario Works Reserve (R1260), if required.

Carried 2011-300

See also Resolution 2011-299


6. REPORTS

1. Proclamation Reports

a) Internal Audit Awareness Day – May 19, 2011

Moved by Councillor Dale,
Seconded by Councillor Foley;

That May 19, 2011 be proclaimed “Internal Audit Awareness Day” in the Regional Municipality of Peel.

Carried 2011-301

b) International Year of the Volunteer – 2011 and National Volunteer Week – April 10 to 16, 2011

Moved by Councillor Dale,
Seconded by Councillor Foley;

That 2011 be proclaimed as “The International Year of the Volunteer (IYV+10)” in the Regional Municipality of Peel;

And further, that the week of April 10 to 16, 2011 be proclaimed as “National Volunteer Week” in the Regional Municipality of Peel.

Carried 2011-302

Councillor Iannicca departed at 10:48 a.m.


2. Staff Reports

ITEMS RELATED TO HUMAN SERVICES
Chaired by Vice-Chair Councillor G. Miles

HS-A. DEPARTMENTAL

HS-A1. Summer Job Challenge: 2010 and 2011

This item was dealt with under Resolution 2011-300


HS-B. HOUSING

HS-B1. Region of Peel Centralized Waiting List for Housing: 2010 Update

Referred back to the Commissioner of Human Services 2011-303

Councillor Sprovieri asked whether the Region is tracking how long people are living in subsidized social housing units, and where they go once they leave. Janet Menard, Commissioner, Human Services, responded that this kind of information is not monitored by the Region but could be investigated to see if it would be possible to track such information.

Councillor Sprovieri stated that eligibility of residents should be constantly monitored and confirmed to ensure that those who do not qualify for subsidized housing are removed and qualified applicants accepted. He noted that the staff report indicates that there are still plenty of applicants waiting for subsidized housing.

Councillor Morrison asked whether a subsidy program could be utilized as an alternative to the Centralized List, whereby two-income households who experience job loss, are given a small subsidy temporarily in order to avoid having lose their homes and eventually end up on the waiting list. Janet Menard, responded that staff would investigate the feasibility of such a program.

The Commissioner of Human Services was requested by Councillor Tovey to provide a statistical report on the status of the Long Term Affordable Housing Program. Janet Menard confirmed that a report would be forthcoming in the near future.

Councillor Paterak stated that this realm of housing used to be provided by the private sector in the form of rental properties that are now almost non-existent. He stated that the housing provided by the Region is not only affordable but is also very nice and people want to stay in the Peel Housing Corporation (PHC) properties.

The Commissioner of Human Services was requested by Councillor Paterak to report back to a future meeting of Regional Council on the state of any non-profit housing co-operatives and the movement towards the more community-based housing in Peel Region, including information on the stability of management, community upkeep of buildings, ensuring all infrastructure are current; and the status of such a model and its effectiveness.

Councillor Paterak expressed caution about getting too involved with subsidizing mortgages only to take the funds away due to the fact that the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) would have to find billions of funds to replace Peel’s contribution. He added that in Town of Caledon has made it a “right” of any homeowner to operate an extra rental apartment in their home subject to all lawful conditions of the Ontario Building Code and other planning instruments.

Councillor McCallion stated that municipalities have done much in the area of affordable housing, even though it is a provincial responsibility that has been downloaded. Councillor McCallion further stated that the Province would be inclined not to take responsibility if the lower-tier governments continue to improve housing programs. Councillor McCallion requested that a motion be brought forward to a future meeting demanding action by the Province in this area.

Councillor Mullin proposed that the subject report be referred back to the Commissioner of Human Services for a recommendation on an action plan to address long waiting lists.

Councillor Miles suggested that the subject report be received as noted, but direction be given to staff to report back with information on an action plan that details some of concerns made by Council.

Councillor McCallion requested that the information contained in the future report be distributed to Regional taxpayers.

Councillor Moore concurred with Councillor Miles’ suggestion however, she stated that the recommendation should provide accurate costs that could be shown to the public to put the housing issue in proper context. She stated that in her opinion, such a costed recommendation would underscore the need to find alternative solutions rather than constantly talking about increased funding.

Councillor Fonseca emphasized education as a key component of helping people to understand the different housing options already available to them that might not be known. She stated that the Peel Advisory Working Group on Older Adults’ Housing (PAWGOAH) provides an effective booklet that people should read prior to being placed on waitlist.

Councillor McFadden departed at 10:59 a.m.

ITEMS RELATED TO MANAGEMENT
Chaired by Vice-Chair Councillor R. Whitehead

MA-A. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CORPORATE SERVICES

MA-A1. 2011 Tax Capping Policy

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Paterak;

That the necessary by-law be presented for enactment authorizing the Region of Peel to apply all of the optional tools for tax capping available to it under paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 of subsection 329.1(1) of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended;

And further, that the subject by-law authorize the exemption of a property from the application of Part IX of the Act (removal of properties from capping and clawbacks) as provided under Part II.1 of Ontario Regulation 73/03, as amended, for the calculation of the amount of property taxes for municipal and school purposes payable regarding commercial, industrial and multi-residential property classes for the 2011 taxation year.

Carried 2011-304

See also Resolution 2011-336

Councillor Paterak expressed concern regarding education tax levels on commercial properties noting that commercial taxes should not be based on the square footage of the business but rather on its success. He suggested that discussions occur with the Province to update the tax capping tools by billing the education portion of the taxes separately.

MA-A2. Report of the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC-2011-3) meeting held on March 29, 2011

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Tovey;

That the report of the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC-2011-3) meeting held on March 29, 2011, be adopted.

Carried 2011-305

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

RECOMMENDATION AAC-4-2011:

That the agenda for the March 29, 2011 Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting be approved.

Approved 2011-306

3. COMMUNICATION ITEMS

a. Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist, Region of Peel, Memo dated February 7, 2011, Regarding Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee Member Participation on Proposed Subcommittees for the 2010 – 2014 Term

Received 2011-307

See also Resolution 2011-308

RECOMMENDATION AAC-5-2011:

That William Goursky, Naz Husain, Pavlo Tourko and Glenn Barnes, be appointed to serve on the Site Plan and Facility Audit Subcommittee, for a term ending November 30, 2014, or until their successors are appointed by Regional Council;

And further, that William Goursky, Naz Husain, Raj Chopra and Ram Iyer, be appointed to serve on the Education and Awareness Subcommittee, for a term ending November 30, 2014, or until their successors are appointed by Regional Council;

And further, that William Goursky, Naz Husain and Maria Parker, be appointed to serve on the AODA Standards and Accessibility Planning Subcommittee, for a term ending November 30, 2014, or until their successors are appointed by Regional Council.

Approved 2011-308

See also Resolution 2011-307

b. Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committees, Article dated March 15, 2011, titled “761-Unit Second Phase of Mason Homes Subdivision OK’d”

Received 2011-309

c. Access Ontario, Invitation to “Actioning Accessibility Through Customer Service” Information Sessions

Received 2011-310

4. PRESENTATIONS

a. Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist, Region of Peel, Providing Information Regarding the 2011 Peel Children’s Water Festival and Seeking Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Participation for the 2011 Event

Received 2011-311

b. Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist, Region of Peel, Seeking AAC Input Regarding Planning and Organizing of 2011 National Access Awareness Week and International Day for Persons with Disabilities Celebrations

Received 2011-312

c. Kirsten Barnes, Strategic Planning Specialist, Region of Peel, Providing Information on the Community Partners Engagement Forum as it Relates to Homelessness

Received 2011-313

5. REPORTS

a. Region of Peel Accessibility Planning Program Update – Nil

b. Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee Member Updates – Nil

6. OTHER BUSINESS

Additional Item – Item 6a:

a. Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes (Oral)

Received 2011-314


MA-B. EXECUTIVE OFFICE

MA-B1. Public Engagement, Education and Validation of Regional Council’s 2011 – 2014 Strategic Plan and Term of Council Priorities

Deferred to a future meeting of Regional Council 2011-315

See also Resolution 2011-296


MA-C. COMMUNICATIONS

MA-C1. John Britto, Legislative Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Letter dated February 24, 2011, Providing a Copy of the City of Mississauga Report Regarding Provincial Modifications to Regional Official Plan Amendment 24 (ROPA 24)

Received 2011-316

MA-C2. Michael Baran, Planner, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Letter dated February 25, 2011, Inviting Comments on the Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan Amendment

Received 2011-317

MA-C3. Jean Williams, Citizen Appointee, Conservation Halton, Letter dated February 28, 2011, Notifying of the Appointment of the Chair and Vice-Chair and Providing an Update of Conservation Halton Activities

Received 2011-318

MA-C4. Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Letter dated March 25, 2011, Providing Notice of Meeting to Approve 2011 Non-Matching Levy for the TRCA

Received 2011-319

MA-C5. Jessica Reid, Legislative Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Letter dated March 31, 2011, Providing a Copy of the City of Mississauga Resolution Regarding Recommendations for Appointments to Conservation Halton

Received 2011-320

See also Resolution 2011-321

Moved by Councillor Saito,
Seconded by Councillor Foley;

Whereas Conservation Halton has requested that the Region of Peel appoint two Mississauga representatives to the Conservation Halton Board of Directors;

And whereas, correspondence received from Jessica Reid, Legislative Coordinator, City of Mississauga, dated March 31, 2011 requests that Keith Lalonde and Jean Williams be considered for appointment as representatives to Conservation Halton;

Therefore be it resolved, that Keith Lalonde and Jean Williams be appointed to Conservation Halton for a term of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013, or until their successors are appointed by Regional Council;

And further, that Keith Lalonde and Jean Williams be appointed to Conservation Halton for a term of January 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014, or until successors are appointed by Regional Council.

Carried 2011-321

See also Resolution 2011-320

ITEMS RELATED TO PUBLIC WORKS
Chaired by Chair A. Thompson

PW-A. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

PW-A1. Bramalea City Centre Application for Holiday Openings Under the Retail Business Holidays Act by Morguard Corporation

Moved by Councillor Miles,
Seconded by Councillor Hames;

That the Regional Municipality of Peel hold a Public Meeting on June 23, 2011 to consider an application for exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act by Morguard Corporation for the Bramalea City Centre in the City of Brampton.

Carried 2011-322

Councillor Sprovieri requested Regional staff to ensure that sufficient public notice is given for the June 23, 2011 Public Meeting. Dan Labrecque, Commissioner, Public Works, responded that the Notice will be provided in accordance with the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA), however, he undertook to follow-up with staff on ways to expand the notification requirements for the Public Meeting.

Councillor Moore noted that the Town of Caledon has proided official comments on the Bramalea City Centre application for exemption under the RBHA and she advised that the City of Brampton will be submitting its formal position on the application on or before the June 23, 2011 Public Meeting.

Councillor Morrison advised that some retail business establishments in Bolton expressed interest in applying for exemption for holiday openings. She stated that the Town of Orangeville adopted a by-law that would permit retail business establishments in their municipality to open from May 1st to Thanksgiving Day. Councillor Morrison requested that staff investigate whether other municipalities have implemented policies or by-laws that address the opening of retail business establishments on certain holidays.

Regional Chair Kolb stated that Notice of the Public Meeting is provided in accordance with provincial regulations and advised that section 11 of Schedule A to Region of Peel By-law 18-1999 stipulates how notice should be given to the public, the applicant and the parties who requested notification of the public meeting. He acknowledged the due diligence of Public Works and Clerk’s staff in ensuring that all requirements have been met.


PW-B. OPERATIONS SUPPORT

PW-B1. Execution of the Renewal of a Service Level Agreement to Provide After Hours Service to the Town of Caledon

Moved by Councillor Whitehead,
Seconded by Councillor Paterak;

That the Commissioner of Public Works be authorized to execute the renewal of the Service Level Agreement for the After Hours Service provided to the Town of Caledon by Public Works Customer Service.

Carried 2011-323


PW-C. TRANSPORTATION

PW-C1. Metrolinx Bolton Commuter Rail Service Feasibility Study

This item was dealt with under Resolution 2011-298


PW-D. WATER

PW-D1. Consulting Services for the 2012 Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plan for the Lake-Based Systems, Capital Projects 10-1504 and 10-2520, Document Number 2010-794P, Region of Peel

Deferred to the April 28, 2011 Regional Council meeting 2011-324

Councillor Sprovieri inquired if York Region should be paying part of the cost for the lake-based system study. Dan Labrecque, Commissioner, Public Works, responded that York has reached its water and wastewater capacity and the proposed study will only be for Peel Region purposes.

Councillor Starr sought clarification regarding the technical and financial ranking for procurement awards presented to Council. Dan Labrecque, Commissioner, Public Works, provided a brief overview regarding the selection process for consulting engineering services. He stated that the evaluation was based on the number of hours submitted by the consulting engineering firms and the consultant who provided the highest number of hours to be incurred for the project resulted in higher costs to complete the project.

Councillor Starr inquired what the difference was between highest and lowest bids submitted for the tender. Dan Labrecque responded that the difference in the high and low price was approximately $0.5 million and stated that staff determined AECOM Canada Limited presented the best proposal that would address the technical scope of the project and meet the needs of the Region. He undertook to provide additional information to Councillor Starr regarding the financial ranking related to the RFP process on the subject matter.

Councillor Starr requested that the report be deferred to the April 28, 2011 Regional Council meeting to enable him to discuss the financial information with staff in more detail.

Councillor McCallion questioned why financial data was not included in the report. Dan Labrecque responded that standard procurement reports only provide the ranking system for Council’s information.

Councillor McCallion requested that future procurement reports to Regional Council include financial data related to the ranking system.


PW-E. COMMUNICATION

PW-E1. Bruce McCuaig, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx, Letter dated March 22, 2011, Regarding Presto, the Regional Farecard System that will Transition to become an Operating Division of Metrolinx

Received 2011-325

PW-E2. Barbara Karrandjas, Legislative Administrator, Town of Caledon, Letter dated March 28, 2011, Providing a Copy of the Town of Caledon Recommendation and Report titled “Bolton Commuter Rail Service – Feasibility Study”

Received 2011-326

See also Resolutions 2011-297 and 2011-298

ITEMS RELATED TO HEALTH
Chaired by Councillor E. Moore

HE-A. LONG-TERM CARE

HE-A1. Peel Long Term Care 2010 Resident Satisfaction Survey Results

Received 2011-327

Councillor Paterak suggested a more robust survey process with different samplings for those who are able to complete surveys independently versus those unable to do so might provide more valuable results. Carolyn Clubine, Director of Long-Term Care, replied that each resident can indicate whether they would like to complete the survey independently or with the help of an assistant. The assistant used is completely removed from management thus allowing for the methodology to remain free of bias.


HE-B. PARAMEDIC SERVICES

Councillor Fonseca requested that the Commissioner of Health Services ensure that the issues raised at the Emergency and Protective Services Committee (EPSC) meeting have been addressed and consider all efficiencies wherever possible, noting concern with the increasing costs related to emergency services.

Councillor McCallion inquired about the Winnipeg Model. The Commissioner of Health Services advised that a report on the Winnipeg site visit would be tabled at the next EPSC meeting.

HE-B1. Report of the Emergency and Protective Services Committee (EPSC 2011 1) meeting held on March 24, 2011

Moved by Councillor Hames,
Seconded by Councillor Saito;

That the report of the Emergency and Protective Services Committee (EPSC-2011-1) meeting held on March 24, 2011 be adopted.

Carried 2011-328

1. ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR

RECOMMENDATION EPSC-1-2011:

That Councillor Palleschi be appointed Chair of the Emergency and Protective Services Committee for the term ending November 30, 2012, or until a successor is appointed by Regional Council.

Approved 2011-329

RECOMMENDATION EPSC-2-2011:

That Councillor McFadden be appointed Vice-Chair of the Emergency and Protective Services Committee for the term ending November 30, 2012, or until a successor is appointed by Regional Council.

Approved 2011-330

2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST - Nil

3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

RECOMMENDATION EPSC-3-2011:

That the agenda for the March 24, 2011 Emergency and Protective Services Committee meeting be approved.

Approved 2011-331

4. DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

a) Peter Dundas, Chief and Director, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, Providing an Overview of Peel Regional Paramedic Services – Orientation for the 2011–2014 Members of the Emergency and Protective Services Committee (EPSC)

Received 2011-332

5. REPORTS

a) GTA Ambulance Communications Centre Review - Update

Received 2011-333


HE-C. PUBLIC HEALTH

HE-C1. Enhanced 18 Month Well Baby Visit Initiative

Received 2011-334

  HE-C2. Follow Up on the Comprehensive Health Status Report: Low Birth Weight and Stillbirth in Peel
     

Presentation by Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health

Received 2011-335

A copy of the presentation is available from the Office of the Regional Clerk.

Regional Chair E. Kolb presided.


7. BY-LAWS

Three Readings:

By-law 50-2011: A by-law to adopt the optional tools for calculating the amount of taxes for municipal and school purposes payable in respect of property in the commercial classes, industrial classes and multi-residential property class for 2011.

Moved by Councillor Mullin,
Seconded by Councillor Morrison;

That the by-law listed on the Regional Council agenda, being By-law 50-2011, be given the required number of readings, taken as read, signed by the Regional Chair and the Regional Clerk, and the corporate seal be affixed thereto.

Carried 2011-336

See also Resolution 2011-304


8. OTHER BUSINESS
- Nil


9. NOTICES OF MOTION
- Nil


10. IN CAMERA MATTERS
- Nil


11. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Moore,
Seconded by Councillor Miles;

That By-law 51-2011 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its meeting held on April 14, 2011, and to authorize the execution of documents in accordance with the Region's by-laws relating thereto, be given the required number of readings, taken as read, signed by the Regional Chair and the Regional Clerk, and the Corporate Seal be affixed thereto.

Carried 2011-337


12. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 11:59 a.m.


C. Reid
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Regional Clerk

E. Kolb
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Regional Chair