Peel Children’s Charter of Rights Committee, Success By 6 Peel, Teacher Barry Van Dompseler, and Students from Lancaster Public School, Peel District School Board
Regional Council received a presentation by students from Lancaster Public School regarding the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights statement titled “The Right to Make Friends and Freely Meet in Groups”.
Regional Chair Kolb commended staff and students of Lancaster Public School noting that their stories about the importance of making friends will help to teach others about the value of friendships.
Regional Council received a presentation by Dean Kemper, Senior Project Engineer, Ministry of Transportation Ontario and Michael Chiu, Deputy Manager, Planning and Transportation, McCormick Rankin Corporation briefing on the status of the 427 Transportation Corridor Environmental Assessment.
Regional Council endorsed the technically preferred route for the Highway 427 Extension (from Highway 7 to Rutherford Road). Regional Council also supported the westerly alignment for the route north of Rutherford Road (to Major Mackenzie Drive).
Regional Council received information on the 211 Information and Referral service that was implemented with Community Agencies in December 2007. Since its inception 1,900 calls have been received. Three public launches to assist Peel Region residents gain awareness of the service will be held throughout May in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.
Regional Road Construction from Regional Road 9 (King Street) to Regional Road 50 (Highway 50/Queen Street) - Town of Caledon, Wards 4 and 5
Regional Council approved proceeding with the detailed design, construction, contract administration, and future maintenance of the proposed connecting arterial link road (by-pass), to be built in northwest Bolton, connecting Regional Road 9 (King Street) and Regional Road 50 (Highway 50/Queen Street), in the Town of Caledon. The proposed connecting arterial link will be known as Regional Road 150. Significant growth in residential communities north of Bolton, including Alliston and Kleinburg have contributed to escalating traffic demands for Highway 50. The proposed by-pass road will alleviate Bolton downtown traffic congestion on Regional Road 50.
Recognizing Canada Health Day, Nursing Week and Paramedic Week in the Region of Peel
Regional Council proclaimed the following events on behalf of the Health Services Department:
May 12, 2008 was proclaimed “Canada Health Day”. Canada Health Day is dedicated to celebrating those individuals who work in the health field including 2,200 staff at the Region of Peel who provide services that benefit every resident of Peel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
May 12 to 18 was proclaimed “National Nursing Week”. National Nursing week is celebrated every year to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses are the largest group of health-care providers in Canada, representing more than one-third of the health-care workforce. At the Region of Peel, there are nurses working in long term care centres providing direct client care daily; in public health preventing illness and promoting health for residents of all ages; and in human resources contributing to a healthy work environment.
May 19 to 23, 2008 was proclaimed "Paramedic Week". Peel Regional Paramedic Services responds to over 75,000 emergency calls for assistance annually. Paramedics provide a vital, valuable pre-hospital emergency medical service to the residents of Peel. Access to quality pre-hospital emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.
Regional Council was informed of the St. John Fisher Neighbourhood Learning Place which brings together service providers to deliver neighbourhood based programs in hopes of promoting school readiness for children aged 0 to 6. The program is provided free of charge for parents/caregivers and is supported by the Region of Peel through Best Start and Peel Public Health.
2008 Eva's Initiatives Award for Innovation - Peel Youth Village
Regional Council was advised that Peel Youth Village was awarded the 2008 Eva’s Award for Innovation. The award is presented to organizations that demonstrate innovation in delivering services to homeless or at risk youth. The Region was one of three nationwide recipients.