Avaya Awarded Contract to Replace Region of Peel Telephone System
The Region of Peel’s existing telephone system will be replaced with new Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) telephone technology in late 2008. The VoIP technology will be supplied by Avaya, a global leader in communications systems, applications and services.
311 Telephone Service for Municipal Non-Emergency Services
Regional Council was informed of the implementation of the 311 telephone number for access to non-emergency municipal services. Use of the 311 number was approved by the CRTC in November 2004 for non-emergency government services at the Regional and municipal level. Detailed planning is underway to incorporate the City of Brampton, Town of Caledon and the City of Mississauga within this service.
The Region of Peel will be replacing approximately 1,000 computers in June 2008 as a part of its existing technology refresh cycle. The surplus computers will be donated to Computers For Schools – Ontario, a registered charity that collects donated surplus computers from government and private sector sources and distributes them to schools, public libraries and not-for-profit learning organizations in Ontario and throughout Canada.
Executive Director Selected to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners
Regional Council was informed of the selection of Mr. Nick Tunnacliffe, Executive Director, Environment, Transportation and Planning Services to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners. A Fellow is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a professional planner in Canada and is only given to those members who exhibit the highest professional attainment and a wide breadth of experience. With over 35 years in the planning industry, Mr. Tunnacliffe has been described as a visionary and having high standards of professionalism in his leadership roles.
The current Ministry of the Environment Air Quality Index does not take into account the impact on human health. A new Air Quality Index uses a simple scale to indicate the level of health risk associated with local air quality. The new scale was piloted in Toronto last year and will be expanded to the Greater Toronto Area in June 2008.
Each Public Health Unit will implement the plan and air quality readings will be reported through the media or can be found at: http://www.airqualityontario.com
Region of Peel's Dental Program for Seniors' and Low-Income Families
Regional Council authorized Peel Public Health to administer the low-income and senior’s dental program. The Provincial Government will invest $135 Million over three years in a dental care plan for low-income families, particularly children, starting in 2008-09. Peel Public Health is planning to launch the model in July 2008 which will utilize a community dentist fee reimbursement model.
Additional funding was approved for the development of the final phase of the Peel Manor Apartment project for individuals dealing with homelessness. Supportive Housing in Peel along with the Region of Peel will be responsible for developing and operating the program to support client needs at the new facility. Development will commence on regionally owned property at Peel Manor.
Regional Employee Ruth Renwick Receives International Award
Ruth Renwick, Caseworker, Ontario Works was one of two Canadians to receive the 2007 Harlequin More Than Words Award for improving the quality of life in her community. In 2003 Ruth established a program that provides young women and men with formal attire and accessories for their graduation night. This year, the organization helped more than 240 students find their perfect party attire for graduation night through community donations.
Keith Ward, Commissioner of Human Services congratulated Ruth for achieving the award and thanked her for being an inspiration to others. Several members of Regional Council noted that they have heard excellent feedback from their communities with respect to Ruth’s efforts and dedication.