Partnering with the Private Sector to Develop Affordable Housing
Regional Council received a presentation by Christine Pacini, from SHS Consulting and Janet Menard, Executive Director, Transition and Integration, Human Services, on the progress made with meetings held with Regional Chair Kolb and private sector developers and home builders in the Region of Peel to determine what incentives are required for the private sector to build social housing.
Christine Pacini highlighted the following two action items that were identified by Region of Peel staff, and representatives of the building industry: the development of a long term sustainable solution to building affordable housing; and that, staff from the Region of Peel work in collaboration with the building industry to determine what can be done now with existing tools to build affordable housing through a pilot project.
Update on Two Selected Projects by the 2008 FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Awards
The Region of Peel received two awards at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Award which recognize and celebrate municipal leadership in sustainable community development. The Water Efficiency Plan contributed to approximately 1,616 ML of water and 1,439 ML of wastewater saved and the Smart Commute Initiative reduced more than 17,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas.
Regional Council received information about the needs of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy in response to a Regional Council request for a report outlining the resources required to fulfill the work plan of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network (PYVPN).
In May 2008 the PYVPN established a three year goal and action plan aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of youth violence prevention in the community and developing closer collaborations with community initiatives such as Success by Six, the Peel Committee Against Women Abuse, local neighbourhood development activities as well as local Parks and Recreation Departments.
Child Abuse Prevention Month – Peel Children’s Aid
Regional Council proclaimed October 2008 “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in partnership with the Peel Children’s Aid Society. Peel Children’s Aid joins children’s aid societies across the province in educating the public and building awareness of the problem of child abuse in our community through the Use Your Voice campaign.
In October, community leaders, organizations, schools and the public are asked to help prevent child abuse and wear a purple ribbon, button or wristband to demonstrate their support to end child abuse in our community.
For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Peel Children’s Aid Society please visit www.peelcas.org/
Regional Council proclaimed October 11 to 19, 2008 as “Week of the Child”. Week of the Child is celebrated at the 12 Region of Peel operated Learn.Play.Care Child Care Centres which offer children an inclusive learning environment where they develop intellectually by receiving early learning opportunities in all aspects of the program. Learn.Play.Care Child Care Centres have 761 licensed spaces throughout Brampton and Mississauga, and provide financial assistance so that families can access high quality licensed early learning and child care, and support programs throughout Peel.
For more information on the Region’s Child and Learn.Play.Care Child Care Centres please visit www.peelregion.ca/childcar/
Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
Regional Council proclaimed October 22, 2008 as “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in recognition of the influence, dedication and commitment of child care workers and early childhood educators to children, their families and the quality of life of the community. Recent studies clearly show trained and knowledgeable child care workers are the most important element in quality child care, and further that good wages and working conditions are associated with higher job satisfaction and morale, lower staff turnover, all of which predict higher quality child care.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day – November 19, 2008
Regional Council proclaimed November 19, 2008 as “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day”. GIS is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping and analysis of geographic data. GIS Day is held during Geography Awareness Week and is celebrated in more than 80 countries through hands-on workshops, open houses and community expos. In the Region of Peel, GIS day will be celebrated with the Peel District School Board to help promote geographic literacy in childhood education.
For more information on the GIS tool please visit www.peelregion.ca/pw/waterstory/tutorials-gis.htm