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Decisions Newsletter
The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on
Thursday, October 26, 2006.



 Topics in this Issue:
- Peel Region Becomes the First Government in Canada to Earn Top Honour for Excellence from the National Quality Institute (NQI)
- Regional Council Proclaims the Week of December 11 to 17, 2006 "9-1-1 Awareness Week"
- Regional Council Supports Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee in Moving "Towards a Bright Future for Peel Youth"
- Regional Council Approves Continuation of Highway 50/Highway 427 Extension Area Arterial Network Study


 Delegations/Presentations
Peel Region Becomes the First Government in Canada to Earn Top Honour for Excellence from the National Quality Institute (NQI)
 

The 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.

In 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 for Excellence.

Also 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.

In 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.

(2006-1032)
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 Proclamations
Regional Council Proclaims the Week of December 11 to 17, 2006 "9-1-1 Awareness Week"
 

Introduced 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.

Despite 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 workers.

In 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.

(2006-1113)
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 Human Services
Regional Council Supports Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee in Moving "Towards a Bright Future for Peel Youth"
 

The 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.

At 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.

The 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.

To 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: www.peelregion.ca.

(2005-1049)
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 Planning
Regional Council Approves Continuation of Highway 50/Highway 427 Extension Area Arterial Network Study
 

The 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 roads.

The 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 and Caledon.

(2006-1061)
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Meetings at a Glance

Inaugural Meeting of Regional Council
Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:30 p.m.
Rose Theatre, Brampton

Next Regional Council Meeting
Thursday, December 14, 2006 -- 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, December 14, 2006 -- 11:30 a.m.




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

For additional information on any of the items in Decisions,
please contact the Region of Peel, Clerk's at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.


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