Regional Council recognized the recipients of the 2008 Paul Schram Memorial Award for the Emergency Communicator of the Year. This year’s recipients are Cathy Ash, Peel Regional Police Communicator, Peel Regional Police; Sue King, Communications Operator, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga Fire Services and Rebecca Napier-Andrews, Ambulance Communications Officer, Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC).
The Paul Schram Memorial Award is named in memory of the late Paul Schram, who was instrumental in developing the 9-1-1 service in Peel. Regional Chair Kolb thanked the award winners and all emergency communicators for the exemplary service they provide to the residents of Peel.
One-Year Extension of the Ontario Clean Water Agency Contract
Regional Council approved the extension of the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) contract for the operations and maintenance of the South Peel Water and Wastewater System and the commencement of negotiations for a new long-term contract with the OCWA. The contract was extended for one year at a price of $33,551,927.
Children’s Health and Environment Community Survey
Regional Council received information on the children’s health and environment community survey. Exposure to environmental health hazards can pose a health threat across the population, but children are more vulnerable. The survey assessed parent and caregiver knowledge, attitudes and behaviours regarding children’s health and environmental exposures.
Ongoing public education is required to encourage behaviour to reduce potentially harmful childhood exposures, including reducing indoor dust, hand washing and awareness of potential risks associated with consumer products. Peel Public Health will continue to advocate to the federal and provincial governments for proactive legislation that will prevent and minimize child exposure to environmental hazards.
Regional Council received information on the plan to implement full day learning for four and five year olds in the Region of Peel. In November 2007, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced plans to invest in full day learning for four and five year olds. Dr. Charles Pascal was appointed Ontario’s Early Learning Advisor to advise how best to implement full day learning for this age group. Implementation of full day learning will begin September 2010. Adoption of full day learning is an opportunity to bring Ontario in line with other developed countries that have a strong commitment to the education and development of young children.
Regional Council approved the Affordable Housing Program Delivery Plan update. In August 2006 Regional Council approved the Affordable Housing Delivery Plan. To date 324 housing units have received funding, however, 141 units still need to be allocated by the program deadline in order to receive the remaining funding. Council approved, in principal, 141 units at the 185 Central Park Drive development.
Regional Council proclaimed December 8-12, 2008
“9-1-1 Awareness Week.” The Regional 9-1-1 emergency number service represents a partnership among the Region of Peel, the City of Mississauga, the City of Brampton, the Town of Caledon, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in providing emergency communications service to Peel residents. In 2007, 281,520 calls received assistance through the 9-1-1 emergency number service.
9-1-1 Awareness Week activities are planned to educate the public about the appropriate use of the 9-1-1 emergency system.