Murray Calder, MP, provided an update on provincial
issues and heard comments from Regional Councillors
on issues impacting the Region of Peel such as
SARS, and the cost of immigration. Murray Calder
appealed to Peel political representatives and
citizens to continue supporting the Canadian Beef
Janet Menard, Director, Ontario Works provided
an overview of Ontario Works in Peel caseload
activities and highlighted a corresponding declining
Ontario Works caseloads have increased by 12%
since January, 2002 with the trend expected to
continue in 2004. Ontario Works employment services
programs have exceeded the annual provincial placement
targets for the past three years resulting in
an additional $2.9 million in Incentive Funding.
St. Leonard's House
Furniture Building Procurement
Regional Council passed a resolution approving
the supply and delivery of furnishings from St.
Leonard's House in Peel for the Millbrook and
Peel Youth Housing initiatives in the amount of
$209,165. St. Leonard's Social Enterprise (SE)
furniture building strategy provides youth opportunities
for re-employment and training while allowing
these initiatives to re-direct funds to other
social services purposes.
Regional Council authorized the participation
of the Region of Peel in the Provincial Community
Rental Housing Program Pilot Project Component
under the terms of the Community Rental Housing
Regional Council approved and awarded the construction
contracts to Martinway Contracting Limited in
the amount of $5,100,000 for the John Street apartment
complex in Brampton and to Andrin Breakwater Limited
in the amount of $5,096,000 for the Breakwater
Court Townhouse project in Mississauga.
Regional Council received a report from the Commissioner
of Health and Medical Officer of Health, providing
an update on West Nile Virus Program Funding.
The report outlined that the Ministry of Health
and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) approved a budget
of $2,697,500 as submitted by Peel Health staff
in April for WNV prevention and control with 50%
to be funded from Peel Health's working fund reserves
and 50% funded from the Ministry of Health and
Disease Control in Public Health
Regional Council approved the addition of 12
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Complement positions
for Communicable Disease Control. Staff enhancements
planned for 2004 will be accelerated to 2003 to
deal with new challenges which have emerged since
the public health three year staffing plan was
Public Education Campaign 2003-2004
Regional Council received a report
from the Commissioner of Health and Associate
Medical Officer of Health titled "Smoke-Free
By-law Public Education Campaign 2003-2004".
The report informs Regional Council of the Smoke-free
By-law Public Education Campaign that will be
implemented in the next year in the Region of
The Public Education Campaign will inform business
owners/operators and the community of the New
Smoke-Free By-law requirements and will include
newspaper and radio advertisements, information
kits for business operators, and mini board
Regional Council passed By-law Number 52-2003,
a by-law to impose development charges against
lands to pay for increased capital costs required
because of increased needs for services arising
from development within the Regional Municipality
The by-law ensures the continuation of Council's
historical financing policy of ensuring that growth
related expenditures are financed by development
charges revenues without impacting existing taxpayers.
of Certain Lands from the City of Vaughan in the
Region of York to the Town of Caledon in the Regionof
Regional Council authorized staff to make all
necessary arrangements for a public meeting pursuant
to Section 173 (3) of the Municipal Act, regarding
the proposed annexation of certain lands owned
by Muscillo Transport Limited now within the Town
of Vaughan in the Region of York to the Town of
Caledon in the Region of Peel.
Regional Council confirmed its intent to cooperate
with the Region of York, City of Vaughan and the
Town of Caledon to schedule and conduct combined
public meetings to satisfy the public consultation
requirements for a municipal restructuring proposal
under the Municipal Act, 2001.
Regional Council received
a report from the Commissioner of Public Works titled
"Second Quarter Waste Management Tonnage Report".
The waste tonnage summary shows that overall garbage
tonnage collected from January to June 2003 increased
by 440 tonnes, compared to the same period in 2002.
This represents a Region-wide increase in garbage
of about 0.4%. The increase is a result of higher
than projected garbage tonnage being collected during
the scheduled May Three Bag Standard Exemption Weeks.
Blue and Grey Box recycling increased by more than
2,590 tonnes or over 6% in the first 6 months of
2003, as compared to 2002. This increase is attributed
to the Three Bag Standard along with the overall
Waste Management communication strategy on recycling.