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
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
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
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.
Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector in
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
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.
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.
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