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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, June 3, 2010.

 Topics in this Issue:
- Fairer Funding for Peel District School Board Students
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel Annual Agency Report and the Bowl for Kids Sake Trophies
- Affordable Access to Recreation in Peel
- Volunteer Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon
- Mississauga Job Summit: Summer Job Challenge
- Bequest to Peel Heritage Complex, Estate of Hugh Manning
- Property Tax Relief to Charities

Delegations
Fairer Funding for Peel District School Board Students
 

Regional Council received a presentation from Janet McDougald, Chair, Peel District School Board (PDSB), who reported that the Board is the fourth lowest funded school board in Ontario on a per pupil basis.  In 2002-2003, the gap between Peel District School Board per pupil funding and the provincial average was $459. The gap has grown to $839 for the 2009-2010 school year.  The Toronto District School Board receives $1,100 more per pupil than the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic Board receives $141 more per pupil than the Peel District School Board.  A motion calling on the provincial government to close the funding gap will be considered by Regional Council at the June 17, 2010 General Committee meeting.

(2010-506)
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel Annual Agency Report and the Bowl for Kids Sake Trophies
 

Deirdre Morrison-Mohamed, Fund Development Manager, presented to Regional Council that Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel faced a number of challenges in 2009.  The economic recession resulted in a decline in fundraising for the organization and there was a 17 per cent decline in the number of volunteers.  Despite the challenges, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel was able to maintain their levels of service to the community as well as expand the Host Conversation Club program and pilot the Ambassadors program. Deidre Morrison-Mohamed shared with Regional Council the success of the Tim Horton’s Bowl for Kids Sake event which raised over $161,000. Members of Regional Council recognized the participation of emergency services personnel in Big Brothers, Big Sisters fundraising events, noting that they are excellent role models for youth.

For more information on Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel please visit www.bbbs peel.com.

(2010-507)
 
Human Services
Affordable Access to Recreation in Peel
 

Regional Council endorsed the Affordable Access to Recreation for Ontarians Policy Framework, as prepared by the Ontario Task Group on Access to Recreation for Low-Income Families, supported by Parks and Recreation Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion. Affordable recreation has been identified by the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee as an important component of poverty reduction and social inclusion. Recently the City of Mississauga launched ActiveAssist, an affordable access to recreation program that provides low-income families with access to recreation.

For more information on ActiveAssist please visit www.mississauga.ca/rec&parks.

(2010-526)
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Volunteer Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon
 

Regional Council received information on Volunteer Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon (Volunteer MBC), which is a program that started in 2008 in partnership with the Region of Peel, the United Way, the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. To date, the joint project has 80 member agencies which target youth, newcomers, seniors, employee groups and families.

For more information on Volunteer MBC please visit www.volunteermbc.org.

(2010-531)
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Mississauga Job Summit: Summer Job Challenge
 

Regional Council approved the participation of the Region in the Summer Job Challenge by hiring 60 youths during the summer of 2010. The youth unemployment rate has risen to 21 per cent, up from 19.6 per cent in 2009 and 13.2 in 2008. On May 17, 2010, Mayor McCallion issued a challenge to employers in Mississauga, Peel and the Greater Toronto Area to invest in youth, the future of the community by hiring more youth during the summer of 2010.

For more information please visit www.mississaugasummit.ca.

(2010-586)
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Management
Bequest to Peel Heritage Complex, Estate of Hugh Manning
 

Regional Council, on behalf of the Peel Heritage Complex Program, received a bequest from the Estate of Hugh Manning. The late Mr. Manning, known as Streetsville’s historian, had genealogical roots in Peel. During the period from 1972 to 2007, Mr. Manning and his wife, Mary Switzer Manning, donated over 282 items to the Peel Heritage Complex Museum. The funds will be used for program elements that will be required once the current renovations to the Peel Heritage Complex are complete.

(2010-548)

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Notice of Motion
Property Tax Relief to Charities
 

Regional Council approved a motion from Councillor Paterak regarding property tax relief to charities or similar organizations that provide “hospice” services to the community and are currently not eligible for the tax rebate. At present, the Region of Peel property tax rebate program for eligible charities provides a 40 per cent rebate only to eligible charities in the commercial and industrial property classes and does not apply to properties in the residential property class. At a future meeting, Regional Council will consider a proposal to provide relief from property taxes to charities or similar organizations, like Bethell House, Heart House and Wellspring Chinguacousy, that provide services to the community and that are currently not eligible for the tax rebate.

(2010-589)

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Meetings at a Glance


Peel Advisory Working Group on
Older Adults Housing

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Youth Violence
Prevention Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 10, 2010 – Cancelled

Next Arterial Roads Review
Ad hoc Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 10, 2010 – Cancelled

Next Intergovernmental Relations
Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 10, 2010 – 11:00 a.m.

Next Waste Management Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 10, 2010 – 1:00 p.m.

Next Greenlands Securement
Subcommittee Meeting

Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 8:00 a.m.

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Audit Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 24, 2010 – 9:00 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, June 24, 2010 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Region of Peel Accessibility
Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 28, 2010 – 1:00 p.m.

For a complete listing of the 2010 Council and Committee meeting schedule, please follow the link below:

2010 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 June 10 2010

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