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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

 Topics in this Issue:
- Region of Peel Accessibility Plan
- Square One Application for Tourism Exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act
- Long Combination Vehicles - Ministry of Transportation Pilot Program Region of Peel Participation – All Wards
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day - November 18, 2009
- Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario - Peel Children’s Aid
- Week of the Child – October 17 to 25, 2009, Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day – October 21, 2009

Delegations/Presentations
Region of Peel Accessibility Plan
 

Regional Council approved the seventh annual Region of Peel Accessibility Plan, prepared in consultation with the Accessibility Planning Steering Committee and the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).

William Goursky, Chair, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee and Meenu Sikand, Specialist, Accessibility Planning Program, provided an overview of the 2009 Region of Peel Accessibility Plan and highlighted improvements in accessibility.

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

(2009-1000 and 2009-1058)
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Square One Application for Tourism Exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act
 

Nance J. MacDonald, General Manager, Square One Shopping Centre, OMERS Realty Management Corporation and OPGI Management GP Inc., and Peter Thoma, Partner, urbanMetrics Inc., presented to Regional Council regarding the Square One Application for Tourism Exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act.

Regional Council passed By-law 105-2009, a by-law under the Retail Business Holidays Act to permit retail business establishments in and in the vicinity of the Square One Shopping Centre in the City of Mississauga to be open on holidays for the maintenance or development of tourism.

(2009-1005 and 2009-1006)
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Environment, Transportation and Planning
Long Combination Vehicles - Ministry of Transportation Pilot Program Region of Peel Participation – All Wards
 

Regional Council received a presentation by Damian Albanese, Director, Transportation Division, Region of Peel and Ron Madill, Co-ordinator Vehicle Weights Dimensions, Ontario Ministry of Transportation regarding the Long Combination Vehicles – Ministry of Transportation Pilot Program. The Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) pilot program is an industry/government partnership involving the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

Ron Madill advised that the MTO undertook extensive research of LCV operations throughout North America and adopted best practices from other jurisdictions where they operate. The MTO consulted extensively with industry, municipalities, police and other interested stakeholders resulting in a program that is regarded as the highest standard in North America.

He stated that LCVs offer twice as much cubic space but are no heavier than existing trucks and are suited to light, bulky freight that would normally move on two tractor-trailers thus LCVs will have less impact on infrastructure versus the two tractor-trailers they replace.

Ron Madill noted that the pilot program commenced in August, 2009 and will operate for one year. All LCVs operate under MTO-issued special permits and the pilot is limited to 50 carriers with two permits each. LCVs operate on an approved network of 400 series freeways supported by a network of identified rest/emergency stop locations.

For more information on the LCV pilot please visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/lcv/lcv-pilot-prog.shtml.

(2009-1072, 2009-1073 and 2009-1075)

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Proclamations
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day - November 18, 2009
 

Regional Council proclaimed November 18, 2009 “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. GIS day will educate students and promote jobs in the public sector.

For more information on the GIS tool please visit www.peelregion.ca/pw/waterstory/tutorials-gis.htm.

(2009-1008)

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Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario - Peel Children’s Aid
 

Regional Council proclaimed October “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in partnership with the Peel Children’s Aid Society. This month is a time to focus on building awareness for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in our community and across Canada.

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/.

(2009-1032)
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Week of the Child – October 17 to 25, 2009, Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day – October 21, 2009
 

Regional Council proclaimed October 17 to 25, 2009 “Week of the Child”. The week provides a time for communities to celebrate and focus on the young children of Ontario and to educate the public about the values of quality Early Childhood Education.

Regional Council also proclaimed October 21, 2009 “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.

For more information on the Region’s Learn.Play.Care Centres please visit www.peelregion.ca/childcar/

(2009-1034 and 2009-1035)
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Meetings at a Glance

Next Grants Ad hoc Committee
Thursday, October 15, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Waste Management Subcommittee
Thursday, October 15, 2009 – 1:00 p.m.

Next Region of Peel Accessibility
Advisory Committee

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 – 1:00 p.m.

Next Peel Youth Violence Prevention
Network Steering Committee

Thursday, October 22, 2009 – 8:15 a.m.

General Committee Budget Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2009 – Cancelled

Next Greenlands Securement Subcommittee
Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 8:30 a.m.

Public Meeting – Regarding Regional
Official Plan Amendment 25

Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 2009 – Immediately following the Public Meeting

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.
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please contact the Region of Peel, Clerk's at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.

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