Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day – November 14, 2007
Regional Council proclaimed November 14, 2007 “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day” to engage people in learning and caring about geography. GIS Day is proclaimed to promote the awareness and appreciation of the GIS enabling technology. November 12 - 18, 2007 is being promoted by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and ESRI as Geography Awareness Week.
National Child Day and the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights
Regional Council proclaimed November 20, 2007 “National Child Day” to promote awareness of the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled and to celebrate children as actors in their own lives as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making as we create a Canada fit for children.
National Child Day is held on November 20 each year since enacted by the Parliament of Canada in 1993 and
is consistent with Regional Council’s support of the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights.
The Regional Municipality of Peel Accessibility Plan – 2007
Regional Council approved the fifth annual Region of Peel Accessibility Plan. The Accessibility Plan was prepared with input from the Accessibility Planning Service Strategy Business Plan Steering Committee and the joint Peel-Caledon Accessibility Advisory Committee. The overall goal of the 2007 Accessibility Plan is to ensure that an accessibility component is incorporated into the Service Strategy and Business Planning processes of each department.
The Accessibility Plan is available electronically on the Region of Peel website, or is available on audio CD and CD-ROM and other accessible formats through the Clerk’s Office. For more information please visit their website.
2007 Update on Peel Children’s Water Festival and Ecofair
Regional Council received information on the events of the 2007 Peel Children’s Water Festival held from May 24 to 30 at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton. The theme of the 2007 festival was “Only Tap Water Delivers.” More than 9,414 people participated in this year’s festival, which was the 12th annual festival since its inception in 1996. Over 55,000 people have participated since the inception in interactive activities that focus on environmental conservation and stewardship.
For more information about the Peel Children’s Water Festival please visit the website.
Regional Council approved entering into a Research Collaboration Agreement with the University of Guelph and other research partners to evaluate the use of compost in engineered biofilters for storm water management systems. Previously in 2005, the University of Guelph School of Engineering proposed a two year research project to evaluate the use of compost material in engineered biofilters to improve storm water quality and prevent soil erosion. The results of the first phase of the project were encouraging and led the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to incorporate control findings in their guidance manual for new construction projects. The second phase of the project will allow for a larger field trial of an engineered biofilter using compost produced from source separated organic waste. The research should lead to greater demand for compost which will benefit Peel and the compost industry as a whole.
Regional Council received information on Peel Public Health’s Influenza Immunization Program, including availability of influenza vaccine and related plans for clinics and vaccine distribution. Influenza immunization is the most effective strategy in controlling the spread of influenza illness in our community. Influenza vaccine continues to be recommended for all individuals over the age of six months living in Ontario. There is no expected delay or shortage of the vaccine this season. Clinics will be set up to maximize uptake and will be located throughout Peel.
For more information please visit Public Health’s website.
Affordable Housing Delivery Plan – Delivery of Affordable Rental Units
Regional Council approved a proposal to develop 290 affordable rental units in Brampton. The approval is a positive step towards developing new affordable housing units in the Region at fair market value.
For more information please visit the Housing Division’s website.