Region Becomes the First Government in Canada to
Earn Top Honour for Excellence from the National
Quality Institute (NQI)
Region of Peel was presented with the prestigious
Canada Award for Excellence (CAE) Gold Trophy,
by the National Quality Institute (NQI) at the
Regional Council meeting on October 26, 2006.
The NQI Canada Awards for Excellence are presented
annually to private, public and not-for-profit
sector organizations that have displayed outstanding
levels of performance as measured by the NQI.
This journey to excellence has been over six years
in the making for the Region, which has been recognized
for sound leadership, planning, and citizen/client
focus, among other criteria.
attendance at the October 26, 2006 meeting of
Regional Council was Allan Ebedes, President and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the NQI. Mr.
Ebedes brought greetings and salutations on behalf
of her Excellency, Michaëlle Jean, Governor
General of Canada and Patron of the Canada Awards
present before Council was the Honourable David
Tilson, Member of Parliament (MP) for Dufferin-Caledon,
who read a congratulatory statement that he delivered
on the floor of the House of Commons, and shared
a letter from the Right Honourable Stephen Harper,
Prime Minister of Canada. A congratulatory message
was also received from the Honourable Dalton McGuinty,
Premier of Ontario, through a video presentation.
response to the award presentation, Regional Chair
Emil Kolb remarked, "This is an exciting
day for our employees and our organization. As
a quality-focused organization, we are committed
to future enhancement of services that add value
to our community." Council unanimously voted
to see the Region of Peel continue the journey
of excellence in pursuit of the highest award
of recognition from the NQI, the Order of Excellence.
Council Proclaims the Week of December 11 to 17,
2006 "9-1-1 Awareness Week"
in 1988, the Regional 9-1-1 service has responded
to millions of callers requiring assistance from
Police, Paramedics and Fire services. Last year,
274,537 calls were made to the 9-1-1 centre.
the tremendous success of the service, only half
of all 9-1-1 calls received at the centre represent
valid requests for emergency assistance. The other
calls received are either duplicate calls, non-emergency
or prank calls. However, the number of non-emergency
calls decreased by 6 per cent from 2004 to 2005,
which can be attributed to the continuous education
campaign by 9-1-1 communicators and emergency
partnership with local media outlets, the Region
of Peel is continuing with the 9-1-1 Awareness
Campaign to focus public attention on proper use
of the 9-1-1 emergency number. This will ensure
that required emergency services continue to be
reached as quickly as possible by Peel citizens.
Council Supports Peel Youth Violence Prevention
Committee in Moving "Towards a Bright Future
for Peel Youth"
Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee will
receive $80,000 in 2007 to support implementation
of the new Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy.
The Committee has determined that although there
are presently over 100 programs available for
Peel youth, existing programming reaches only
a small proportion of youth, as Peel's population
continues to grow.
a forum hosted by the Peel Youth Violence Prevention
Committee in June 2006, participants voted on
priority areas for action concerning service gaps
and challenges to programming. These priority
actions are identified in the Peel Youth Violence
Prevention Committee Report, and each priority
will be addressed by a working group.
Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee was created
in December 2005, and includes representation
from Peel Regional Council, the Peel Health Department,
Peel Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP), local school boards, Brampton Safe City
Association and Mississauga Crime Prevention Association.
view the inventory of programs currently available
for Peel youth, and to learn more about the Peel
Youth Violence Prevention Strategy, click on the
Committee banner on the Region of Peel home page:
Council Approves Continuation of Highway 50/Highway
427 Extension Area Arterial Network Study
study was initiated in March 2006 to address the
need for arterial road network improvements in
the area of a Highway 427 extension. The study
will assist the Ministry of Transportation of
Ontario (MTO) in determining the need for the
Highway 427 extension, the location of its future
terminus point, route alignment, and the number
and location of interchanges with major arterial
study is being conducted by the Region of Peel,
City of Brampton and the Town of Caledon, with
the technical involvement of the MTO, Region of
York and City of Vaughan. The next step in the
planning process is a Master Plan Environmental
Assessment that will focus on an area extending
from Airport Road to Highway 427, and Castlemore
Road to Mayfield Road. This environmental assessment
will be initiated in collaboration with Brampton