World Breastfeeding Week – September 30 to October 6, 2007
Regional Council proclaimed September 30 to October 6 “World Breastfeeding Week” to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding for the health and development of babies. The theme of this year’s event is “Breastfeeding: the 1st Hour—Save ONE MILLION Babies.” This year’s theme emphasizes the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of birth which is the first and most vital step towards reducing global infant and under-five mortality rates. Best practices in breastfeeding encourage the immediate contact between mothers and babies within the first hour after giving birth as a proven intervention to better health outcomes for all mothers and babies and to promote the successful establishment of breastfeeding. Peel Public Health is committed to the World Health Organization global initiative called the Baby-Friendly Initiative to implement standards of care that promote and support breast feeding. Peel Public Health plans to seek a Baby-Friendly Initiative designation in 2008.
Regional Council proclaimed October 1 – 5, 2007 “Customer Service Week” to promote the importance of excellence in customer service as a goal for staff in all Regional programs and services. The first week of October every year is recognized as Customer Service Week by the International Customer Services Association. Regional Staff will participate in activities that recognize achievements in customer service excellence and encourage the continued commitment to customer service.
Food Premises Regulation Amendment – Street Food Vending Carts
Regional Council received information about recent changes to the Food Premises Regulation and its impact on the Region of Peel. Previously, the regulations restricted the sale of food at vending carts to the sale of pre-cooked wieners or sausages served on a bun. With the recent changes, additional foods will be permitted. These include pre-packaged food such as salads, sandwiches and baked goods, as well as other types of pre-cooked food like pizza, samosas, beef patties and burritos and finally, non hazardous food, which includes french fries and fruit juices.
Peel Public Health will work with the local area municipalities’ licensing staff to institute appropriate health protection measures as the potential menu of street food expands.
Clean Water Act , 2006, Nomination of Municipal Members to Source Protection Committees
Regional Council approved the appointment of Mark Schiller, Director of Water Diversion, to act as the Region of Peel representative as a municipal member of the CTC Region Source Protection Committee.
The CTC is a source protection region that is made up of three source protection areas: Credit Valley, Toronto and Region, and Central Lake Ontario. The CTC Source Protection Region is one of 11 source protection regions in Ontario.
Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation, and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority have been working together on drinking water source protection (DWSP) activities since 2004 when draft legislation for source protection planning first appeared. Under the regulations of the Clean Water Act the three conservation authorities now become source protection authorities and will continue to work collaboratively on DWSP.
Regional Council was informed of key learnings from a recent study tour of European Energy from Waste facilities. Regional Councillors and staff toured nine facilities in five different countries. The tour confirmed that ‘mass burn” technology is the modern standard for Energy from Waste Facilities. Mass burn refers to burning the waste as is (except for large bulky items) in large single stage furnaces. The technology has proven to be dependable and efficient in terms of extracting heat energy. Staff will to report to Council in October with a proposed strategy for the future role of Energy from Waste in Peel.
Regional Council received a workbook highlighting funding issues in the Region of Peel. The workbooks will be made available to all provincial election candidates as well as local community groups and members of the media. Regional Council approved the direct mail distribution of a pamphlet providing residents with information on the under funding of human services by the Province so they may make an informed decision on provincial Election Day – October 10, 2007. The pamphlet includes examples of how the funding
shortfalls are affecting individuals, the community and the Region.