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Decisions Newsletter
The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on
Thursday, March 8, 2007.



 Topics in this Issue:
- 1 Presentation of Cheque to the United Way of Peel Region
- 2 Proclamation of Event Weeks
- 3 Rental Market Conditions in Peel, 2006
- 4 Updated Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector in Peel
- 5 Children's Services: WholeHealth Menu
- 6 Public Information Campaign on the Impacts of Provincial Under Funding
- 7 Peel Regional Budget - 2007

 Delegations/Presentations
Presentation of Cheque to the United Way of Peel Region
 

Emil Kolb, Regional Chair; David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; and Mike Metcalf, Chief, and Larry Button, Chief Administrative Officer, Peel Regional Police presented a cheque to the United Way of Peel Region for $374,559 on behalf of the 2006 Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police Employees' United Way Campaigns to Shelley White, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel Region.

The Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police donation of $374,559 was ranked third highest of all campaign donations in Peel Region. Both campaigns are entirely organized and run by employees; money generated from each campaign comes solely from employee donation.

For more information on the United Way please visit the United Way of Peel Region website

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 Public Works
Proclamation of Event Weeks
 

Regional Council proclaimed the following events on behalf of the Public Works Department.

"Earth Week" in the Region of Peel has been proclaimed the week of April 15 to 21. Events include participation at the Caledon Home Show where information will be provided on programs and services provided by the Public Works Department.

May 6 to 12 was proclaimed "Drinking Water Awareness Week". On Saturday May 5th, the Region of Peel will host the inaugural Green Home and Garden Expo, in Brampton, which will actively promote wise water use and conservation.

"Public Works Week" has been proclaimed from May 13 to 26. The theme of the 2007 National Public Works Week Celebration is "Public Works: Moving Life Forward". Events in the Region of Peel will focus on promoting and understanding the importance of the Public Works Department within the community. Events will include school tours of Public Works facilities and a truck driving rodeo, with drivers from the Region of Peel, the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon.

From May 24 to 30 was proclaimed "Children's Water Awareness Week". During this week the 12th Annual Peel Children's Water Festival will take place at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton, where environmental protection and stewardship of water resources will be promoted through 50 different interactive activities.

"Waste Reduction Week" has been proclaimed from October 15 to 21. The focus of this week is to increase awareness within the community of using the 3Rs - reducing, reusing, recycling. Advertisements in local newspapers will invite residents to tour the Brampton Community Recycling Centre and Peel's Integrated Waste Management facility.

For more information on any of the events please visit the Public Works Department's webpage

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Housing and Property
Rental Market Conditions in Peel, 2006
 

Regional Council received the Rental Market Conditions in Peel, 2006 Update, which found that the average vacancy rate has decreased in Peel to 2.8 per cent from 4.1 per cent from the previous year. This report also highlighted that affordability of rental units in Peel remains a crucial issue for many residents during their search for stable and adequate housing.

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Human Services
Updated Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector in Peel
 

Regional Council approved the Peel Public Health 2007 Pandemic Influenza Plan. This plan, to be released in April, outlines the steps that health-care organizations and services should take to prepare for and respond to a pandemic. The Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector in Peel 2007 is a guide for local pandemic planning and includes roles and responsibilities of health-care organizations in Peel, surveillance, public health measures, communications and logistics for anti-viral and mass immunization activities.

The 2007 Plan has been updated and enhanced in accordance with the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan (2006) and the 2006 version of the Ontario Health Pandemic Influenza Plan. To ensure effective planning for pandemic influenza, Peel Public Health has been working collaboratively with many local health partners including hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, multi-faith leaders, long-term care centres and other organizations who contributed to the Pandemic Influenza Plan.

For further information on the Pandemic Influenza Plan please visit the Health Department on the Region of Peel website

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Children's Services: WholeHealth Menu
 

Regional Council was informed that a WholeHealth menu has been implemented at all Regional Learn.Play.Care Child Centres at no additional cost to participants. The change in menu was based on collaboration with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and parent focus groups. The goal of the new WholeHealth Menu is the promotion of consistent messaging to children and parents from the Learn.Play.Care Child Centres and Peel Public Health while recognising the significance nutrition plays in children's growth, development, physical and mental health, and resistance to disease.

For further information please visit the Region of Peel's Social Services Department's website

(2007-283)
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Management
Public Information Campaign on the Impacts of Provincial Under Funding
 

Regional Council established a committee to raise awareness and the understanding of Peel's residents and businesses of the impacts to property taxes, programs and services delivered by the Region of Peel, the area municipalities, and community partners due to chronic Provincial under funding to be known as the Public Information Campaign Ad Hoc Committee (PIC Ad Hoc Committee).

Members of the PIC Ad Hoc Committee are Chair Kolb and Councillors G. Carlson, A. Groves, C. Parrish, J. Sanderson and A. Thompson.

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Budget
Peel Regional Budget - 2007
 

Regional Council approved the 2007 Current and Capital Budget containing an operating budget of $1.3 billion; a tax rate increase of 3.9 per cent or $57 per average household; and a 9.2 per cent or $30 per average household increase to the water and wastewater utility rate.

The approved 2007 Capital Budget to maintain, build and enhance infrastructure is $722.3 million.
The proposed budget was first presented to Council at the January 18, 2007 General Committee Meeting. As part of the budget approval process, Council received presentations from each Regional Department, Peel Regional Police, Caledon Ontario Provincial Police and the Conservation Authorities.

For further detail on the 2007 Region of Peel Budget please visit the Finance Department on the Region of Peel Website

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Meetings at a Glance
Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 22, 2007- 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:30 a.m.

Next Greenlands Securement
Subcommittee Meeting

Thursday, March 29, 2007- 8:00 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, March 29, 2007- 9:30 a.m.

Next Regular Waste Management
Subcommittee Meeting

Thursday, March 29, 2007- Immediately following the Council Meeting



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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