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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, February 12, 2009

 Topics in this Issue:
- Doda/Dode Narcotic Use in Peel
- Funding For Diabetes Projects
- Brampton/Bramalea Healthy Sexuality Drop-In Clinic Pilot Project
- Poverty Reduction in Ontario
- Rogers Broadcast of Peel Regional Council Meetings
- By-law 7-2009

Doda/Dode Narcotic Use in Peel

Regional Council received a presentation by Inspector Weare, Peel Regional Police – Morality Bureau, on Doda/Dode narcotic use in Peel.

Doda/Dode is produced from the opium poppy flower and its devivatives, including opium, codeine and morphine are a controlled substance under Section 1 of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act. Dode/Doda can become addictive and people who stop using the product may suffer severe withdrawal symptoms.

Inspector Weare reported that a recent police investigation concluded with trafficking in Doda/Dode charges being laid. It is the first case in Canada dealing with trafficking in Doda/Dode, and is likely to establish case law.

Peel Regional Police have incorporated information within drug awareness programs for area schools.

For more information on Doda/Dode please visit the Peel Police website at www.peelpolice.ca.

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Funding For Diabetes Projects

The Region of Peel will enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Health Promotion for fully funded Peel Public Health run projects on diabetes focusing on the workplace and the South Asian Community.

The first project is a social marketing and community-based localized diabetes program to address risk factors for diabetes for the South Asian communities in Peel. Another project is intended to create sustainable environments and innovative policies in Peel workplaces and also build skills and confidence in staff, promoting health and decreasing disease risk.

For more information about Diabetes and the Risk of Diabetes please visit www.peelregion.ca/health/workplace/news/2009/jan09.htm

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Brampton/Bramalea Healthy Sexuality Drop-In Clinic Pilot Project

Regional Council received information on the pilot project conducted at the Brampton/Bramalea Healthy Sexuality Clinic which changed from an appointment-based system to providing drop-in opportunities for clients.

The pilot project found that the drop-in clinic attracted a higher percentage of new clients; enabled an additional client visit per hour; served more male clients; attracted a higher percentage of clients aged 15-19, and continued to provide high client satisfaction.

The clinic at 150 Central Park Drive will continue to officer the drop-in option and the plan will be implemented at all other clinic locations.

For more information on the locations of the Peel Public Health clinics please visit www.peelregion.ca/health/clinics/

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Human Services

Poverty Reduction in Ontario


Regional Council endorsed the Draft Joint Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and Ontario Municipal Social Services Association Paper on Poverty Reduction titled “Government Makes a Difference: Working Together Towards Poverty Reduction”. The joint paper is in support of the Province’s poverty reduction strategy that will invest $1.4 billion over five years.

The Government Makes a Difference: Working Together Towards Poverty Reduction paper is consistent with the Peel Poverty Reduction Committee, a joint initiative co-chaired by the Region of Peel and the United Way Peel Region. Since 2001, the poverty rate in Peel has climbed to 15 per cent or 167,000 people; the Peel committee will set a target for reducing this rate by one-quarter in five years.

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Rogers Broadcast of Peel Regional Council Meetings

Regional Council authorized staff to enter into an agreement with Rogers Television for the broadcasting of Regional Council meetings on Rogers Community Television (Cable 10). There are no ongoing costs to the Region for Rogers Television to create and broadcast the production on the Rogers Local Television Station.

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By-law 7-2009

Regional Council passed By-law 7-2009:A by-law to amend By-law 43-2002 titled the “Fees By-law” and to repeal By-law 1-2008, By-law 27-2008 and By-law 33-2008. The Regional Fees By-law is available at http://www.peelregion.ca/council/bylaws/2000s/2009/by7-2009.htm.

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Meetings at a Glance

Next Older Adults' Housing Working Group
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – 1:00 p.m.

 Next Audit Subcommittee Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 2009 – 8:30 a.m.

Public Meeting – Proposed Amendment to the Regional Official Plan
Thursday, February 26, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 2009 – Immediately following the Public Meeting

Next Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) Liaison Committee
Thursday, March 5, 2009 – 8:00 a.m.

 Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2009 – 11:30 a.m.

 Next Peel Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee
Monday, March 9, 2009 – 8:15 a.m.

For a complete listing of the 2009 Council and Committee meeting schedule, please follow the link below:

2009 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held in the Region of Peel Council Chamber, Fifth Floor,
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, Brampton, unless other wise noted.

*Peel Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee meeting will be held in the 5th Floor Boardroom, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton.

For additional information on any of the items in Decisions,
please contact the Region of Peel, Clerk's at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.

Decisions is published after each Regional Council meeting.
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Internet Address: www.peelregion.ca

Revised: Thursday April 16 2009


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