Roy Wiseman, Chief Information Officer, Received the 2008 Peter Bennett Award from the Municipal Information Systems Association of Canada (MISA/ASIM Canada)
Regional Council congratulated Roy Wiseman, Chief Information Officer for receiving the 2008 Peter Bennett Award from the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA). The Peter Bennett Award is the highest award in the Canadian municipal IT community.
Garry Bezruki, Director of Information Systems, City of Waterloo presented the award to Roy, on behalf of MISA, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Canadian Municipal Information Technology Community and the MISA/ASIM Canada Mission and Objectives, and for exemplifying the spirit of Peter Bennett through demonstrated leadership and working “beyond the call” with humour and humanity.
Increased Penalties for Red Light Running - Police Apprehended and Red Light Camera Program
Regional Council endorsed the City of Toronto’s request to the Minister of Transportation for amendments to the Highway Traffic Act to increase the fines for red light running offences and apply further penalties for convicted red light runners.
The requested amendments would increase penalties related to Driver Liability Offences – Police Apprehended as well as penalties related to Owner Liability Offences – Red Light Camera and the application of demerit points and/or other penalties to the driver who is operating the vehicle that that is captured by the red light camera. Under the current program, the drivers of vehicles captured by red light cameras are issued a violation notice.
Regional staff will continue to work with partnering municipalities to review the feasibility of applying penalties to the vehicle driver as opposed to the vehicle owner, under the Highway Traffic Act.
Regional Staff Authorized to Enter into Memorandum of Understanding with the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga to Commence the Design and Construction of Co-located Fire and Paramedic Station
Regional Council authorized staff to enter into Memorandums of Understanding with the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga to commence the design and construction of co-located Fire and Paramedic stations. This is a fiscally responsible approach to avoid the need to purchase and build separate lands and buildings.
Co-located facilities will provide cost savings in both construction and operation/maintenance.
The Mississauga site, located at the intersection of Tomken Road and Pacific Gate, is expected to be ready for occupancy by the summer of 2010. The Brampton site, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Kimbark Drive is also expected to be ready for occupancy by summer, 2010.
Accelerated Immunization Risk Mitigation Strategy Approved by Regional Council
Regional Council approved an accelerated immunization risk mitigation strategy to complete the review and update of immunization records in the Peel Public and Dufferin-Peel Catholic School boards by June, 2009. The accelerated strategy will ensure a high degree of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases and avoid the necessity for disruption to educational programs.
Through the strategy, Peel Public Health will work closely with the two major school boards to complete the screening of all student immunization records within the 2008/2009 school year. The outcome will be immunization coverage rates and up-to-date immunization records for the student population at 95 per cent or higher, by June, 2009.
The strategy will help ensure that Peel residents are protected, to the greatest extent possible, from outbreaks of communicable disease and that Peel Public Health is able to meet its obligations under the Health Promotion and Protection Act and the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
Ontario Works and ODSP Social Assistance Caseload Update
Regional Council directed the Regional Chair to request a meeting with Premier McGuinty to request that Ontario Works social assistance costs be uploaded to the Province.
The Peel Ontario Works (OW) monthly caseload growth due to population and economic factors is outpacing larger Greater Toronto Area municipalities such as Toronto and York, with an anticipated monthly caseload in 2009 of 10,200. The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) has seen an increase in monthly caseload from 6,465 in 2000 to 11,759 in 2009. Both the OW and ODSP caseloads are projected to continue to increase, as are benefit rates, resulting in significant budget impacts.