Regional Council proclaimed the week of May 19
- May 25, 2002 as Public Works Week in the Region
of Peel, as requested by the Public Works department.
Annually celebrated in May, this year's theme
is "Committed to Our Communities". The Region
will be holding various events across the Region,
including a Truck Driving Skills Rodeo, Public
Works Scavenger Hunt and Open House on May 25,
2002 at 10 Peel Centre Dr..
Awareness Week, June 3 - June 9, 2002
Regional Council proclaimed the week of June
3 - June 9, 2002 as Children's Water Awareness
Week in the Region of Peel, as requested by the
Children's Water Awareness Week includes the Peel
Children's Water Festival, held June 3 - June
8, 2002 at Heart Lake Conservation Area. The festival
is expected to educate over 5,000 students about
water use and water conservation.
Councillor Katie Mahoney and Councillor Susan
Fennell updated Regional Council and General Committee
on Social Housing issues in the Region of Peel.
Councillor Mahoney advised Council that Affordable
Housing is gaining attention and stressed the
need for ongoing financial support from the Provincial
and Federal Government. Councillor Fennell informed
Committee that partnerships with both public and
private sectors are essential to finding Affordable
Regional Council approved the Strategic Work
Plan of the Peel Advisory Working Group on Older
Adults' Housing. The Strategic Plan is an action-orientated
document that focuses on real and obtainable goals
through partnerships within the community. The
Advisory Group has been meeting since June 2001
to develop a Strategic Plan based on a process
of identifying key housing priorities.
Regional Council was updated on the status of
West Nile Virus (WNV) and initiatives being undertaken
by the Region of Peel in 2002. The initiatives
include educating the public about prevention
and reducing exposure to the West Nile Virus and
surveillance of activity in birds, mosquitoes
Regional Council passed By-law 28-2002 to amend
By-law 41-2001 to extend the existing 50 km/h
(30 mph) speed limit on Regional Road 1 (Mississauga
Road) to 400 metres north of Queen Street in the
City of Brampton. The extension was in response
to local concerns about high noise levels from
heavy trucks using engine brakes on a downgrade.
The speed limit extension will allow heavy trucks
to reduce their speed on level ground prior to
Regional Council passed By-law 27-2002 to designate
a westbound dual left turn lane at the intersection
of Regional Road 1 (Erin Mills Parkway) and the
Credit Valley Hospital Entrance in the City of
Mississauga. The dual lanes were constructed to
provide safe access to the hospital due to anticipated
heavy westbound left turn volumes.
Regional Council received a report outlining
the results of the Decisions Newsletter Survey
conducted in November 2001. Overall, response
to Decisions was positive with many respondents
choosing to receive future Decisions issues by
electronic distribution through Peel's Website.
Future initiatives for Decisions include possible
changes to the design of Decisions and developing
partnerships with area municipalities to provide
easier access to Council newsletters. We thank
all those who took time to respond to the Decisions
survey. Your input was valuable and appreciated.