Regional Council proclaimed November 8 “World Town Planning Day” to highlight the importance of planning professionally and for the general public. World Town Planning Day is celebrated in over 30 countries November 8 and has been celebrated since 1949.
For more information on World Town Planning Day, visit the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) website.
Regional Council proclaimed the Month of October “Child Abuse Prevention Month” to raise awareness of issues regarding child abuse. Prevention and public education are the best ways to end neglect and abuse. In the Region of Peel, programs such as Children’s Services, Human Services, Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, Child and Reproductive Health Programs and Peel Regional Police Services demonstrate a commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children in Peel. Purple wristbands will be worn throughout the month of October as a reminder of the problem of child abuse and to become involved in keeping children safe and healthy.
Week of the Child – October 13 to 21, 2007,
Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day – October 24, 2007
Regional Council proclaimed October 13 to 21 “Week of the Child” and October 24 “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day”.
The Week of the Child was established in 1979 by the Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario (AECEO), during the United Nations International Year of the Child. Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day was established to recognize the influence, dedication and commitment of child care workers and early childhood educator to children, their families and the quality of life in the community.
Provision of Transit Services in Caledon for Seniors Through Caledon Community Services, Application for Provincial Dedicated Gas Tax Fund
Regional Council approved the entering into an agreement between the Region of Peel and the Town of Caledon to provide bus services for seniors in the Town of Caledon. The funding for the senior’s bus program will come from the dedicated gas tax. Caledon Community Services will be providing the service as one of 86 transit providers receiving funding from the dedicated gas tax.
Regional Council supported the full implementation of the Immunization Risk Mitigation Strategy, to enhance resources to implement full screening of immunization records, progressive enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act, and ongoing management of student immunization records. The following are approved targets that the Immunization Risk Mitigation Strategy are aimed at achieving: screening of records and enforcement of the Act for 130 schools each year until all schools in Peel are complete in 2009; screening and progressive enforcement of the Act for all schools every year thereafter; and ongoing management of all immunization records, including new registrants. The Pilot Phase of the Immunization Risk Mitigation Strategy found that 15 per cent of students did not have the required immunizations, 45 per cent of the records were not up to date and 70 per cent of parents were not aware of their obligation to submit immunization records to Peel Public Health. Working with the Boards of Education, Peel Public Health hopes to proactively manage the risks related to low vaccine coverage and to ensure that Peel residents are protected from outbreaks of communicable diseases.
Cervical Cancer, HPV Vaccine and School-Based Immunization Program
Regional Council received information on the new provincially funded school-based immunization program to provide grade eight girls with immunization against future infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Each week in Ontario, approximately 10 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women die from the disease, making it the second most common cancer in women under age 50. In Canada, 70 per of cervical cancer is caused by two high risk strains, which, along with two lower risk strains, the vaccine will now offer almost 100 per cent protection from the virus.
For more information on the Provincial HPV Vaccine and School-Based Immunization Program, please visit their website.
Regional Council passed a resolution calling for Chair Kolb to meet with the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to advocate for equitable funding for public health in light of the fact that the 2007 provincial grant to the Region had a shortfall of $8.8 million. Currently, the Ministry is not recognizing the funding shortfall which needs to be addressed to adequately fund the current essential public health programs.