Peel Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee and Members of the Youth Violence Prevention Network
Regional Council heard from Councillor Gael Miles, Chair, Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Steering Committee who provided an overview of the group’s accomplishments since it was created two years ago. Included in the highlights was the development of a Youth Charter and endorsements from local organizations.
The committee recommends that all schools become centres, open to the community evenings and weekends, to provide a seamless support network for children. Regional Councillors were invited to attend the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Workshop to be held on June 17, 2008.
Launch of the 211 Information and Referral Services
Regional Council was updated on the 211 Information and Referral Service initiative. Events are planned throughout the month of May in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to promote the launch of the service.
A small percentage of Caledon residents will be unable to access the 211 service without dialling the full 10 digit phone number.
Regional Council was advised of how the Region of Peel is recognizing Asian Heritage Month in May 2008. In 2002, the Government of Canada officially recognized May as Asian Heritage Month to acknowledge and celebrate the history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. In 2006, 50 percent of Peel Region’s population was comprised of visible minorities. Two out of the three largest groups of visible minorities were of Asian heritage
Alternative Curbside Recycling Container Pilot Project
Andrew Pollock, Director, Waste Management presented three samples of alternative curbside recycling containers that Regional staff are proposing to use in a pilot project, in an effort to minimize litter on garbage collection days in residential neighbourhoods.
The samples included a blue tinted plastic recycling bag, a mesh cover to fit over current blue boxes and a 240 litre wheeled recycling cart. The Region of Peel would supply the receptacles which would be tested in 1,200 households. The pilot project is targeted to start in September 2008 for an eight month period.
The mesh covers have been used in other municipalities and have been very well received with a 97 percent positive response.
Regional Council was advised of the Region’s participation in the 2008 Smog Summit; the Region’s 2008 actions to improve air quality and received an update on the Region’s 2007 actions to improve air quality.
Improving air quality is a priority for the Region of Peel and is outlined in the Region’s Strategic Plan, as it is a significant issue which negatively affects human health, the environment and the economy.
The 2008 Smog Summit will be held on June 4, 2008 at Toronto City Hall. The agenda will include the signing of the “Toronto and Region 2008 Intergovernmental Declaration on Clean Air”. The declaration outlines actions to be taken to improve air quality and is signed by participating municipal and regional governments, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
Regional Council proclaimed the month of June “Seniors’ Month” in the Region of Peel. June has been Seniors’ Month in the Province of Ontario for more than 20 years. A number of activities will be taking place at Peel’s Long Term Care Centres and in the community to celebrate and recognize the important contributions seniors continue to make in our communities.
Regional Council received information regarding the implementation of the “Raising the Bar in Peel” program. The program is a community accreditation used to monitor and ensure that high quality early learning child care services are provided in Peel Region. The initiative is committed to maintaining provincial regulatory standards and local community standards. Ratings are based on Quality Assurance, Best Practices and Professional Development.