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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, April 23, 2009

 Topics in this Issue:
- Internal Audit Awareness Day – May 7, 2009
- Recognizing Canada Health Day, Nursing Week and Paramedic Week in the Region of Peel
- Emergency Preparedness Week – May 3-9, 2009
- Universal Accessibility Standards
- Provincial Ban on Cosmetic Pesticide Use
- Municipally Treated Water Versus Bottled Water
- Peel Children’s Water Festival 2009
- Provincial Roots of Youth Violence Report


Internal Audit Awareness Day – May 7, 2009


Regional Council proclaimed May 7, 2009 “Internal Audit Awareness Day”.  The key role of Internal Audit is to provide assurance to Regional Council through the Audit Subcommittee that Regional programs are working effectively and are being delivered efficiently. 

For more information on the Audit Subcommittee and for a listing of Council and Committee meetings, please visit www.peelregion.ca/council.

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Recognizing Canada Health Day, Nursing Week and Paramedic Week in the Region of Peel

 Regional Council proclaimed the following events on behalf of the Health Services Department:

May 12, 2009 was proclaimed “Canada Health Day”.  Canada Health Day is dedicated to celebrating those individuals who work in the health field including 2,200 staff at the Region of Peel who provide services that benefit every resident of Peel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

May 11 to 17, 2009 was proclaimed “Nursing Week”.  Nursing Week is celebrated every year to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses are the largest group of health-care providers in Canada, representing more than one-third of the health-care workforce. At the Region of Peel, there are nurses working in long term care centres providing direct client care daily; in public health preventing illness and promoting health for residents of all ages; and in human resources contributing to a healthy work environment.

May 17 to 23, 2009 was proclaimed “Paramedic Week”.  Peel Regional Paramedic Services responds to over 75,000 emergency calls for assistance annually. Paramedics provide a vital, valuable pre-hospital emergency medical service to the residents of Peel. Access to quality pre-hospital emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

For more information on Health Services at the Region of Peel please visit www.peelregion.ca/health/.

(2009-450 to 2009-452, inclusive)
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Emergency Preparedness Week – May 3-9, 2009

Regional Council proclaimed May 3 to 9, 2009 “Emergency Preparedness Week”.   The Region of Peel will be hosting a series of events to assist staff in developing personal and family emergency preparedness plans as well as vehicle emergency kits. 

For more information on Emergency Preparedness please visit www.peelregion.ca/prep.

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Universal Accessibility Standards

Regional Council received information regarding the Universal Accessibility Standards (UAS) from William Goursky, Chair, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee.  The UAS will be incorporated into Peel’s Affordable Housing Design Guidelines as a preferred development standard for inclusion in the design and development of future Region of Peel affordable housing projects.

UAS is best defined as the creation of products, services and environments that can be used by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

The incorporation of Peel’s UAS will provide a greater degree of accessibility, creating a more social, economic and inclusive environment which makes for a more vibrant and healthy community.

For more information on Accessibility and the Region of Peel please visit www.peelregion.ca/corpserv/makingway.

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Environment, Transportation and Planning Services

Provincial Ban on Cosmetic Pesticide Use


Regional Council received information about the Provincial ban on cosmetic pesticide use.  Since 2005, the Region of Peel has had a policy in place for the use of pesticides.  Effective April 22, 2009 the Province has updated the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act, which the Region of Peel proactively added to the policy in anticipation of the new legislation. 

For more information on pesticides please visit www.reducepesticidespeel.ca.

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Municipally Treated Water Versus Bottled Water

Regional Council directed Regional staff to promote drinking municipally treated tap water as a healthy alternative to other beverages in the market place.  The Region of Peel supplies safe water throughout the Region. Water is a healthy alternative to many other beverages.  Municipally treated water is preferable to bottled water in most circumstances, and its consumption should be promoted. 

 For more information on Region of Peel water please visit www.peelregion.ca/pw/water.

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Peel Children’s Water Festival 2009


 Regional Council received information about the 2009 Peel Children’s Water Festival (PCWF).   The PCWF is a six-day, annual environmental education event, which helps students in grades two through five from across Peel learn about the importance of water.  The PCWF will be held at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton from May 21-27, 2009 (excluding Sunday).  The Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, May 23 and is free for the public.  The theme for the festival this year is “When it Rains, it Pours”, and focuses on global climate change.   

 For more information on the PCWF please visit www.peelregion.ca/news/events/waterfestival/index.htm.

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Provincial Roots of Youth Violence Report

Regional Council endorsed the Provincial Report of the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence. The report presented 30 major recommendations to address youth violence as a societal issue.  The recommendations fall under four objectives: Social Opportunity and Anti-Racism; A Youth Policy Framework; A Neighbourhood Capacity and Empowerment Focus, and; Integrated Governance.

 The Provincial report supports the four recommendations presented by the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network to the provincial Roots of Youth Violence Prevention Committee for specific action in the Region of Peel; those being: keeping our public buildings and schools open after hours; sustainable funding for youth programs and community groups; development of a seamless support for children of all, ages and; shared advocacy for youth safety.

 For more information on violence prevention initiative please visit connect2ENDviolence.ca.

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Meetings at a Glance

Next Audit Subcommittee Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – 8:30 a.m.

Public Meeting – Proposed Amendment to
the Peel Region Official Plan

Thursday, May 7, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – Immediately following the Public Meeting

Next Inter-Municipal Planning
Subcommittee Meeting

Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 8:00 a.m.

Next Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 8:15 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 11:30 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.

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Revised: Thursday April 30 2009


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