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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

 Topics in this Issue:
- Annual Medical Reports to Regional Council
- Highlights of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Profile of Agricultural and Agri-Business Attributes in the GTA
- Giant Hogweed
- Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Family Support Telephone Service
- Early Learning Services in Peel
  Literacy Month in Peel 2010 – September 2010

Delegations
Annual Medical Reports to Regional Council
 

Regional Council received a presentation from Dr. Harry Earle, Senior Medical Director; Dr. Peter Bolland and Dr. Joseph Niedoba, Medical Directors at the Region of Peel Long Term Care Centres.

Dr. Harry Earle, Senior Medical Officer, Peel Manor and Tall Pines Long Term Care Centres, stated that a growing number of residents in long-term care suffer from chronic diseases that require a higher level of treatment and care. He further stated that wait times for long-term care placement continue to increase as a result of an aging demographic and continued growth in the Region of Peel.

Dr. Peter Bollard, Medical Director, Sheridan Villa Long Term Care Centre, reported that on August 7, 2010 Sheridan Villa will open a 19 bed unit that will treat residents on a transitional basis suffing from behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Dr. Joseph Niedoba, Medical Director, Malton Village and Davis Centre, suggested that the Region of Peel consider conducting a clinical study to study probiotics like Florastar, after an outbreak of Norwalk Virus at the Davis Centre. The findings of the study will be presented at a future Regional Council meeting.

For more information on the Region of Peel Long Term Care Facilities please visit www.peelregion.ca/ltc/.

(2010-611)
Highlights of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Profile of Agricultural and Agri-Business Attributes in the GTA
 

Margaret Walton, Partner, Senior Planner, Planscape and representing the Greater Toronto Agriculture Action Committee (GTA-AAC), provided an overview of the status of agriculture in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to Regional Council. She identified that agri-business is the second largest economic cluster in Canada after manufacturing. Using 2006 census data GTA-AAC found that the production profile of agriculture is extensive and diverse across the GTA as well as in the Region of Peel, delivering hundreds of commodities and supporting a sophisticated agri-business sector.

For more information on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Profile of Agricultural please visit http://planscape.ca/agriculture.html.

(2010-675)
 
Health
Giant Hogweed
 

Regional Council received information about the giant hogweed, which is an invasive plant that may be hazardous, and has been found in various locations throughout the Region of Peel. Exposure to the plant’s sap can cause skin to blister, burn and scar. Sap in the eyes can cause temporary or permanent blindness. The giant hogweed looks similar to cow parsnip. The plant can reach a height of 15 to 20 feet and has hollow stems with dark reddish-purple splotches and coarse white hair.

For more information on the giant hogweed please visit www.peelregion.ca/health/topics/injury/giant-hogweed.htm.

(2010-616)
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Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Family Support Telephone Service
 

Regional Council received information about the telephone support service for postpartum mood disorder. Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD) is a group of mental disorders that may occur anytime during pregnancy through the postpartum period. It is estimated the PMD affect 3,000 woman and families annually. PMD is a major health concern that places children and families at risk and as a result Peel Public Health has been collaborating with Success by 6 Peel to address the continuum of mental health needs for pregnant and postpartum families.

The Peel Postpartum Family Support Service was launched on June 1, 2010 and provides information and support for families who are either at risk for or experiencing PMD. A community based Peer Education Strategy provides credible information about PMD to Peel’s diverse community.

For more information on Postpartum Mood Disorder please visit www.peelregion.ca/health/family-health/during-pregnancy/taking-care/emotional.htm.

(2010-617)
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Human Services
Early Learning Services in Peel
 

Regional Council received information on Ontario Early Years Centres. Ontario Early Years centres provide free services in local commutates for families and caregivers with children up to the age of six. Ontario Early Years Centres promote healthy pregnancy, birth and infancy; improve parenting and family supports; strengthen early childhood development, learning and care; and, strengthen community support. There are 35 Ontario Early Years Centres in Peel operated by seven non-profit community agencies.

For more information on Early Learning Services please visit www.ontarioearlyyears.ca.

(2010-624)

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Proclamation
Literacy Month in Peel 2010 – September 2010
 

Regional Council proclaimed September 2010 “Literacy Month”. Regional Councillors were requested to demonstrate their support for Literacy Month by participating in reading activities and events throughout Peel during the month of September. The United Nations International Literacy Day has been celebrated annually in September for over 40 years. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy and recognizes the work of volunteers and literacy practitioners. Literacy Month will be celebrated throughout the Region of Peel in coordination with Area Municipal Literacy Committee.

For more information on literacy in the Region of Peel please visit www.peelregion.ca/childcar/literacy/.

(2010-623)

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Meetings at a Glance


Next Region of Peel Accessibility
Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – 1:00 p.m.

Next Audit Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 8, 2010 – 8:30 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, July 8, 2010 – 9:30 a.m.

Special Meeting of the Shareholders of
the Peel Housing Corporation

Thursday, July 8, 2010 – 11:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, July 8, 2010 – 12:00 p.m.

Next Intergovernmental Relations
Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 8, 2010 – 2:00 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: Friday July 16 2010

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