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Decisions Newsletter
The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on
Thursday, January 24, 2008.



 Topics in this Issue:
- 1- Gary Wilkins - Humber Watershed Specialist, from The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Presents Report Card on the Health of the Humber River Watershed
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2 - Municipal Immigration Web Portal

3 - Contract Award for Microsoft Licenses

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4 - Environmental Initiatives at Community Recycling Centres

 

5 - Salt Institute Storage “2007 Continuing Excellence” Award – Repeat Winner

  6 - Peel Long Term Care 2007 Resident Satisfaction Survey Results
 

7 - Amendments to the Waste Collection By-law


Delegations/Presentations

Gary Wilkins - Humber Watershed Specialist, from The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Presents Report Card on the Health of the Humber River Watershed

 

Regional Council received an update on the health of the Humber River Watershed. Since the first issue of the Report Card in July 2000, there has been a tremendous investment of effort to protect and restore the health of the watershed. In the future, it is expected that the watershed will continue to come under significant stress from the increasing population and urban development.

The second report card, released in 2007, examined twenty-six indicators of watershed health. On average, conditions were assessed as fair and the watershed was given an overall grade of “C”.

For more information on the Humber River Watershed Report Card, please visit www.trca.on.ca

(2008-20)
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Human Services

Municipal Immigration Web Portal

The Region of Peel received funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to develop a web portal geared to new and prospective immigrants in Peel Region. The portal is designed to act as a single point of reference pertaining to relevant information for newcomers. The first component of the project has been completed and the launch date is set for May 2008.

A copy of the findings of the Community Consultation and Focus Group Process is available on the Region of Peel website: http://www.peelregion.ca/social-services/spec-inits.htm

(2008-63)
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Management
 

Contract Award for Microsoft Licenses

 

The Region of Peel’s existing contract for the purchase of Microsoft Licenses has expired. Dell Corporation was selected by The Ontario Ministry of Government Services to supply the Microsoft Select Licenses at an estimated cost of $2,325,000 for a three year term ending September 30, 2010. The Province’s new Microsoft Select Agreement provides for a significant discount off retail prices and is available to all Ontario municipalities.

(2008-77)

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Environment, Transportation and Planning Services

Environmental Initiatives at Community Recycling Centres

 

The Waste Management Division is producing biodiesel fuel from waste cooking oils collected at the Community Recycling Centres. Biodiesel is a biodegradable fuel that can be made from vegetable and cooking oils, and is significantly cleaner in comparison to petrol diesel. The fuel has passed the American Society of Testing and Materials Specification, and has been successfully used in the Waste Operations Section’s fleet of VW Golfs, VW Jettas and Dodge pick-up trucks.

(2008-29)
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Salt Institute Storage “2007 Continuing Excellence” Award – Repeat Winner

 
The Environment, Transportation and Planning Services Department has received the 2007 Award for Continuing Excellence in Salt Storage, “Repeat Winner” designation from the Salt Institute. The program reinforces salt storage and application in an environmentally sound manner. The award recognizes high standards of environmental consciousness including effective management of winter materials storage. Improved salt storage ensures environmental protection against the potentially adverse impacts of roadway de-icers. The Region of Peel is one of only thirty-four agencies in North America to receive this distinction.
(2008-37)
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Health

Peel Long Term Care 2007 Resident Satisfaction Survey Results

 
In 2007, Peel Long Term Care conducted its annual resident satisfaction survey at its five long term care centres. These centres provide a home-like environment with on-site nursing care and personal support for people who are no longer able to live independently. Ninety per cent of respondents indicated they were satisfied overall with the centres as a place to live, and ninety six per cent would recommend the centre to family and friends.

For more information on long term care, please visit www.peelregion.ca/ltc

  (2008-60)
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By-laws

Amendments to the Waste Collection By-law

Regional Council approved staff recommendations to amend the Waste Collection By-law. The minimum size for plastic bags allowed at the curb was modified so that collection staff can readily identify waste for collection. The new criteria states that a bag must have a width no smaller than 30 centimetres (12 inches) and a height no smaller than 30 centimetres (12 inches). Small plastic grocery bags that do not meet this minimum size requirement will not be collected. To recycle empty plastic bags, residents should place all plastic bags in one tied plastic bag and place in recycling bins for collection.

For more information on waste management services, please visit www.peelregion.ca/waste
  (2008-16)
(2008-17)
(By-law 17-2008)
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Meetings at a Glance

Next Joint Peel-Caledon Accessibility Meeting
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 1:00 p.m.

Next Greenlands Securement Subcommittee
Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2008 – 8:30 a.m.

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 7, 2008 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Youth Violence Prevention Steering
Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 14, 2008 – 8:15 a.m.



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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