January 20, 2011 Special Regional Council Minutes
Page Content:
1. Prayer and Roll Call
2. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Presentations
5. Next Meeting
6. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
7. Adjournment

January 20, 2011

PURPOSE: To consider the Strategic Plan and Term of Council Priorities

Regional Chair Kolb called the special meeting of Regional Council to order at 9:36 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton.


Councillor Foley recited the prayer.


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

Members Absent:

G. Carlson; S. Fennell, due to a personal matter; N. Iannicca;S. McFadden; R. Paterak, due to other municipal business; R. Whitehead, due to a personal matter


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; A. Prasad, Director, Planning Policy & Research; C. Reid, Regional Clerk; C. Thomson, Legislative Specialist


* See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures



Moved by Councillor Mahoney,
Seconded by Councillor Saito;

That the agenda for the January 20, 2011 Special Regional Council meeting be approved.

Carried 2011-41

Regional Chair Kolb stated that the development of a new Strategic Plan will help ensure a vibrant, safe community with thriving businesses and a high quality of life for residents is maintained. He further noted that in addition to the issues faced today, there is a need to focus on a long term strategic plan and today’s session will provide Council with the opportunity to step back from the day to day pressures and determine how the need for Regional programs and services are changing and how these needs will be met.



Introductory Remarks

      David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer

David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer, advised that the discussions arising from the day’s presentations will lead to the development of the Region’s sixth Strategic Plan.

Councillor McCallion stated that Mississauga’s demographics are changing rapidly and up to date information is essential for the proper planning of future priorities. She noted that generally, the public is not aware of the function and challenges of Regional government and inquired if sufficient input from the public is available to undertake a Regional Strategic Plan.

David Szwarc responded that input from the public has been received through previous documents and consultations but at the end of the Strategic Planning exercises with Regional Council, Council may direct staff to validate the Plan with the public. If such direction is received, a process for validating and receiving public input will be proposed.


Major Trends and Issues in Peel Region

      Arvin Prasad, Director, Planning Policy and Research

  c) Program Issues and Emerging Trends
Financial Overview
        Norma Trim, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services

Internal Services, Planning and Heritage
        R. Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services

Councillor Palleschi arrived at 10:39 a.m., due to other municipal business

Public Works
        Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works

Councillor Sanderson arrived at 10:50 a.m., due to other municipal business.

Human Services
        Janet Menard, Commissioner of Human Services

Health Services

Janette Smith, Commissioner of Health Services

  d) Issues and Emerging Trends Summary

Received 2011-42

  e) Questions of Clarification

Councillor McCallion inquired if members of the public have access to the departmental presentation material and suggested that many residents are not aware of the social and health needs of Peel’s community.

Councillor McCallion stated that in her opinion, the time has come for municipalities to deal with immigration, noting that as evidenced throughout the departmental presentations, immigration is essential to future growth but if not monitored and controlled, it can have a detrimental impact. She noted that many social and health programs should be funded through income redistribution and not by property taxes and that message needs to be heard at the senior levels of government. While the provincial fiscal review made some progress on the issue, it needs to be expedited.

Councillor McCallion advised that Regional staff have been requested to present the draft Regional budget at a meeting in Mississauga and she requested that prior to the budget presentation, staff present information from the departmental presentations on the issues related to human services and health services.

Councillor Thompson requested that the Regional budget also be presented at the Town of Caledon.

Councillor Thompson advised that his ward has experienced significant demographic changes whereby multiple families live in rented farm houses or combine their resources to purchase a home. He stated that this impacts the services required and the property taxes paid do not cover the costs. He noted that the statistics presented are per household and do not take into account the number of people living in the homes.

Councillor Sprovieri requested that the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer provide a pie graph depicting the Regional, area and school board portion of the property tax bill and illustrate how the Regional portion compares to five years ago.

Councillor Starr requested that the breakdown of the property tax bill include the breakdown for each area municipality.

Councillor Starr inquired if unemployment rates vary significantly across the Region and in particular, in highly populated areas. Regional Chair Kolb requested that the data compiled by staff from the 2006 Census and previously presented to Regional Council be redistributed.

Councillor Starr requested a copy of the population pyramids referred to in the presentation titled “Major Trends and Issues in Peel Region”.

Councillor Starr requested that staff determine if comparisons can be made between the impact of immigration on human services in Peel versus the rest of the 905 areas and report to a future meeting with findings. He further requested that staff include information on the issues faced by municipalities who are not experiencing significant immigration growth.

Councillor Fonseca noted that there needs to be increased dialogue between municipalities and the federal government with respect to the workforce skills that will be required in the future.

Councillor Mahoney inquired if statistics are available with respect to how many illegal housing units are in operation in the area municipalities, noting that she visited one single family home that contained five separate living units, which far exceeds the property tax collected from the residence.

Councillor Miles concurred that the issue of multi-apartment dwellings in single family homes is significant but enforcement of the issue would result in more displaced people. Councillor Miles suggested that information on the number of people actually living in homes could be obtained through school registration records.

Several members of Council commended staff for the informative presentations.

Council recessed at 12:12 p.m.

Members of Regional Council participated in workshops during the recess.

Council reconvened at 3:09 p.m.

  Members Present: E. Adams; P. Foley; C. Fonseca; S. Hames; E. Kolb; G. Miles;E. Moore; P.  Mullin; P. Palleschi; P. Saito; J. Sanderson; J. Sprovieri; R. Starr; A. Thompson
  Members Absent: G. Carlson; F. Dale; S. Fennell, due to a personal matter;N. Iannicca; K. Mahoney, due to other municipal business; H.  McCallion; S. McFadden; M. Morrison, due to other municipal business; R. Paterak, due to other municipal business; J. Tovey; R. Whitehead, due to a personal matter


Moved by Councillor Thompson,
Seconded by Councillor Starr;

That a Special Meeting of Regional Council be held on February 3, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. for the purpose of determining the Strategic Plan and 2011-2014 Council Priorities.

Carried 2011-43


Moved by Councillor Saito,
Seconded by Councillor Palleschi;

That By-law 3-2011 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its special meeting held on January 20, 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 2011-44


The meeting adjourned at 3:12 p.m.


C. Reid
Regional Clerk

E. Kolb
Regional Chair