Update on the Activities of the Social Housing Services Corporation
Roger Maloney, Chair, Social Housing Services Corporation (SHSC) provided a presentation to Regional Council regarding Social Housing: Issues and Solutions. The Social Housing Services Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation, established in 2002 by the provincial government to assist social housing landlords and municipalities in managing housing programs.
Roger Maloney stated that social housing is best delivered by local government but that property taxes cannot support all the costs. He emphasized the importance of the provincial and federal levels of government to increase their financial support for social housing.
Update on the Initiatives Underway in the International Research Study, Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC)
Regional Council received a presentation by Dr. Cheskes, Medical Director, Peel Region Paramedic Services, Sunnybrook Osler Centre for Pre-Hospital Care on the Resuscitation Outcome Consortium (ROC). The ROC is made up of an international group of researchers studying cardiac arrest and major trauma cases with the goal of increasing survival rates.
In the Region of Peel more than 600 pre-hospital resuscitation cases have been recorded. Dr. Cheskes reported that for the years 2007 and 2008, the survival rate of people suffering cardiac arrests was 8.4 per cent. Prior to the program, survival rates for cardiac arrest were between three and four per cent. Dr. Cheskes noted that participation in this research project not only increased exposure to the excellence of the Peel Region emergency system, it also saved lives.
The Regional Municipality of Peel Accessibility Plan – 2008
The sixth annual Region of Peel Accessibility Plan was approved by Regional Council, and was prepared in consultation with the Accessibility Planning Steering Committee and the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), using information submitted by Regional departments and the Region of Peel Accessibility Planning Program.
2008 Update on Peel Children’s Water Festival and EcoFair
Regional Council received information on the 2008 Peel Children’s Water Festival and EcoFair. Approximately 11,000 people participated at the 2008 Peel Children’s Water Festival. This year the festival theme was “Source Water Protection” The festival includes more than 50 interactive activities that focus on environmental conservation and stewardship messages. The Peel EcoFair showcased eight environmental action projects undertaken by 151 students and eight teachers.
Regional Council approved the expansion of Adult Day Services (ADS) at the Davis Centre and Peel Manor Long Term Care Centre, which will be funded by the Ontario Government’s Aging at Home program. Adult Day Services at the Region of Peel’s Long Term Care Centres offer care, assistance, social and therapeutic activities, exercise programs, nutritious meals and snacks for older adults in the community.
We Are Neighbours: The Impact of Supportive Housing on Community, Social, Economic and Attitude Changes
Regional Council received information on the “We Are Neighbours: The Impact of Supportive Housing on Community, Social, Economic and Attitude Changes”. Regional Council also received a presentation from Laurie Ridler, Chief Executive Officer, Supportive Housing in Peel and Robert Ditchburn, a client of the program.
Robert Ditchburn provided a personal history of his experience with Supportive Housing in Peel. He stated his first contact with supportive housing programs was becoming a member of the Destination Café staff. He is now the Manager of the Destination Café and through the Supportive Housing in Peel program was provided with an apartment. Robert Ditchburn reported he has friends, a career and hope for his future thanks to the program.
Regional Council proclaimed September 2008 “Literacy Month” in the Region of Peel. Each September, the Region of Peel, the Brampton Literacy Committee, the Caledon Parent Child Centre and the Mississauga Literacy Committee host events to celebrate literacy and showcase the resources and programs available to adults, children and families in Peel.