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Decisions Newsletter
The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on
Thursday, February 17, 2005.

 Topics in this Issue:
- 1 - Cross-Canada Hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
- 2 - An Overview of the Characteristics and Experiences of Immigrants in the Region of Peel
- 3 - Red Light Camera Program Update
- 4 - Award of Contract for Disposal and Collection Services

 Human Services
  Cross-Canada Hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
Council Report (PDF File,226 KB, 7 pages)

Emil Kolb, Regional Chair, supported by alternate Brampton Regional Councillor Gael Miles, will present Peel's concerns on immigration issues to the hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration when they meet in Toronto in March or April 2005.

In October 2004, the federal government announced its intention to make further revisions to the Immigration Act. A parliamentary committee has been formed to review this legislation, and will be holding hearings in the GTA in March or April, 2005. The federal government will hear suggestions from municipalities on areas that are most contentious. This will give the Region of Peel the opportunity to voice our local issues and concerns.

The Region has asked that several issues related to immigration be addressed by the federal and provincial government. These include improvement to family reunification and sponsorship supports; impact on the property tax base of refugee and sponsorship income supports; and the potential role of municipal government in improved integration of immigrants into the community.

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  An Overview of the Characteristics and Experiences of Immigrants in the Region of Peel
News Release

Regional Council received a report from the Planning Department that provided an overview of the characteristics of immigrants living in the Region of Peel.

The report highlights that immigration is now and is expected to continue as the key driving force behind population growth in Peel for the next 30 years. Peel is the second most popular settlement destination, next to the City of Toronto, for new immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). As of 2003, Peel's share of new immigrants in the GTA and Hamilton was 20.9 per cent.

Currently, a well-developed body of research to determine the impacts of immigration on Regional services, especially on Human Services planning and delivery does not exist. Regional staff will be conducting research to understand the implications of immigration on the planning and delivery of Regional services and will advise Regional Council of the findings at a future meeting.

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 Public Works
  Red Light Camera Program Update

News Release

Council Report (PDF File, 88KB, 3 pages)

The Public Works Department informed Members of Regional Council that the Ontario Transportation Minister, Harinder Takhar announced that the Red Light Camera Program could now operate on a permanent basis in all Ontario municipalities. It was determined that the program is an effective safety tool in reducing intersection traffic collisions and injuries.

Public Works staff will be reporting back to Regional Council with details relating to public awareness campaigns.

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  Award of Contract for Disposal and Collection Services

News Release

Council Report (PDF File, 473KB, 11 pages)

Regional Council awarded a 20-year contract for waste disposal services to Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WMCC) for a term of 20 years effective July 1, 2007, at an estimated total cost of $145 million.

Regional Council will also enter into an agreement with WMCC for the collection of municipal waste, organics, yard waste and recyclables in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga for a term of 10 years, effective April 1, 2006, at an estimated total cost of $412 million.

Negotiations with WMCC have resulted in an offer to provide an opportunity to access Ontario based landfill disposal capacity with no minimum tonnage requirements. Further, WMCC has offered alternate landfill disposal capacity on a contingency basis in the event of a border closure prior to the expiry of the Region's existing disposal contract.

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Meetings at a Glance

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 9:30 a.m.

Next Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
Liaison Committee

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 8:00 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, March 10, 2005- 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 11:30 a.m.

For a complete listing of the Council Meeting Schedule, click here.

All meetings are held in the Region's Council Chamber, Fifth Floor, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, unless otherwise noted.

For additional information on any of the items or to obtain a copy of a report included in Decisions, please contact the
Region of Peel, Clerk's Office at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.

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Revised: Thursday April 16 2009


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