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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, October 29, 2009.

 Topics in this Issue:
- Peel Newcomer Strategy Consultation
- The Peel Immigration Web Portal
- Provincial Funding Cuts to the Children’s Aid Society
- Organizational Changes – Environment, Transportation and Planning Services (ETPS) Resident
- Satisfaction Survey Results for 2008
- Early Learning and Care in Ontario World Town Planning Day – November 8, 2009

Delegations/Presentations
Peel Newcomer Strategy Consultation
 

Shelly White, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel, and Evelyn Myrie, Executive Director, Peel Newcomer Strategy, provided an update to Regional Council regarding the Peel Newcomer Strategy. The goal of the strategy was to create a model that would assist newcomers integrate into the community, as well as, to identify gaps in existing services. Over 100 stakeholder groups were brought together in order to develop the Peel Newcomer Strategy. A major focus of the strategy is to develop programs to reduce child poverty and assist newcomers with finding employment.

(2009-1080)
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The Peel Immigration Web Portal
 

Giancarlo Cristiano, Social Policy Analyst, and Rekha Lakhani, Project Leader, provided demonstration of the information available on the Peel Immigration Web Portal. The Peel Immigration Web Portal was launched in November, 2008 and is the Region of Peel is one of 21 municipal immigration sites in Ontario. The Region of Peel received $400,000 from the Provincial government to set up this website.

For more information on the Peel Immigration Web Portal please visit www.immigrationpeel.ca.

(2009-1082)
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Provincial Funding Cuts to the Children’s Aid Society
 

Dan Labrecque, President, and Paul Zarnke, Executive Director, Peel Children’s Aid (CAS) provided an overview of the circumstances which have resulted in insufficient funding for child protection services and an inequitable, complex funding model. They advised that for the 2009/2010 fiscal year, Peel Children’s Aid is expected to deliver the same level of service as in previous years, with $1.4 million less funding than last year and an overall funding shortfall of $2.1 million. To address the shortfall, Peel Children’s Aid will need to cut its workforce by 14 per cent (24 staff positions, annualized). The funding shortfall will also seriously impede the ability of the CAS to fulfill the legal duties under the Child and Family Services Act.

Paul Zarnke stated that the support of the Region of Peel is very much appreciated and requested that, to maintain services to children and families, Regional Council endorse the Sustainability Commission in conducting a review; reforming the current funding model to reflect the changes in how CASs are protecting children, and for addressing the funding and service inequities for Peel citizens.

(2009-1083)
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Environment, Transportation and Planning
Organizational Changes – Environment, Transportation and Planning Services (ETPS)
 

Regional Council received information on the organizational changes to the Environment, Transportation and Planning Services Department. As a result of the organizational changes the Department will be renamed the Public Works Department. In addition, the Planning, Policy and Research Division responsible for the Regional Official Plan and Regional Strategic Plan will transfer to the Corporate Services Department, and reports regarding the both the Regional Official Plan and Regional Strategic Plan will now be found under the Management section on the General Committee agenda.

For more information on the Public Works Department please visit www.peelregion.ca/pw/.

(2009-1171)

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Health
Resident Satisfaction Survey Results for 2008
 

Regional Council received information on the 2008 Long Term Care Resident and Adult Day Services Satisfaction Surveys. Resident Satisfaction Surveys are conducted annually at Peel’s Long Term Care Centres and for Adult Day Service clients to obtain feedback on services. The findings indicated that residents are very satisfied with the service provided by the centres with a satisfaction score of 92 per cent. The Adult Day Service respondents, with a satisfaction score of 98 per cent, were also very satisfied with the overall quality of service delivery.

For more information about Long Term Care and Adult Day Services please visit www.peelregion.ca/ltc/.

(2009-1196)

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Human Services
Early Learning and Care in Ontario
 

Regional Council received information regarding the report by Special Advisor on Early Learning Dr. Charles Pascal titled “With Our Best Future in Mind; Implementing Early Learning in Ontario.” The report outlines an implementation program for full day learning for children aged four to five years of age. In Peel, Jim Grieve, Director, Peel District School Board, has been appointed Assistant Deputy Minister with responsibility for planning and implementing full-day learning for four and five year olds.

(2009-1151)
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Proclamations
World Town Planning Day – November 8, 2009
 

Regional Council proclaimed November 8 “World Town Planning Day.” November 8 of each year has been celebrated as World Town Planning Day since its inception in 1949 and is currently celebrated in over 30 countries on four continents. The celebration of World Town Planning Day allows for an opportunity to publicly recognize the participation and dedication of citizens who have contributed time and effort to the improvement of the community.

(2009-1172)
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Meetings at a Glance

Next Intergovernmental Relations
Advisory Committee

Thursday, November 5, 2009 – 11:00 a.m.

Next Waste Management Committee
Thursday, November 5, 2009 – 1:00 p.m.

Next Peel Youth Violence Prevention
Network Steering Committee

Thursday, November 12, 2009 – 8:15 a.m.

Next Audit Subcommittee
Thursday, November 12, 2009 – 8:30 a.m.

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

General Committee Budget Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2009 – Cancelled

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2009 – 11:30 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 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.
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: Wednesday November 11 2009

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