Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) and Peel Children’s Charter of Rights
Regional Council received a presentation from Paul Zarnke, Co-Chair, and Graham Clyne, Executive Director, PCYI, on the Peel Children and Youth Initiative. PCYI is a collaborative of up to 100 community partners who will develop a comprehensive approach to planning and capacity building through practice, systems and public policy changes that produce positive outcomes for children and youth living in Peel. The roles PCYI plays in the community include community capacity building and collaboration; research and planning; youth engagement, and; knowledge transfer and government relations. PCYI has developed a Strategic Plan which focuses on three priorities related to: opportunities for children and youth in Peel; a recreation and after school initiative, and; integrating organizations and activities that support parents and children age zero to six.
The 2011 Census and Its Implications for the Region of Peel
Regional Council received a report regarding the 2011 Census and its impact on the Region of Peel. Regional Council directed staff to encourage residents to respond to the 2011 Census and National Household Survey which is being conducted in May 2011. The Federal Government has replaced the 35-year old census long-form with a voluntary survey (National Household Survey). The change is expected to have a significant impact on communities, businesses and quality. This may affect the Region of Peel’s ability to plan for new and/or overhaul existing services to meet changing issues and challenges. Census data will be released throughout 2012.
Regional Council proclaimed May 2011 “Census Month” to promote the Census and encourage participation in the National Household Survey.
Regional Council received a presentation from Bryan Hill, Manager, Integrated Planning Business, providing an overview of the Peel Climate Change Strategy. He advised that a Climate Change Workshop with Regional Councillors and Conservation Authority Board Members is scheduled for March 31, 2011 at the Holiday Inn, Brampton. The workshop will inform participants of the draft Climate Change Strategy and obtain their input on components of the Strategy. The Strategy will be revised based on feedback received at the Workshop and the final Strategy will be presented to Regional Council for approval in the summer, 2011.
Regional Council received a report regarding the Region’s participation in Earth Hour 2011. Earth Hour 2011 is an international initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where participants will switch off their lights for a dedicated hour on Saturday, March 26 th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Approved Regional facilities will turn off all non-essential lighting during Earth Hour.
Transforming the Early Learning and Child Care System: Ensuring Success
Regional Council supported the continuing changes as outlined in the report Transforming the Early Learning and Child Care System: Ensuring Success. As the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten continues the Region of Peel’s early learning and child care centres and programs will need to change to support the transition of four and five year olds into the education system and re-engineer the existing system to accommodate infants and toddlers.
Regional Council received information on food distribution in Peel. Council previously directed staff to work with the food Distribution Network, comprised of the major food organizations in Peel, to determine a collective solution to increasing access to food, as well as provide more fresh culturally diverse food in the charitable food system. In June 2010 the Network requested continued support from the Region as members of the Network had yet to reach a consensus.
Building Foundations: Building Futures – Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
Regional Council received information on the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. The Province of Ontario has introduced a Strategy and proposed legislation that will fundamentally change the affordable housing system. The recommended changes increase local policy options and aim to reduce the administrative burden associated with social housing. The Housing Services Act will replace the current legislation, the Social Housing Reform Act. Some of the key features of the proposed legislation will consolidate some of the 20 provincially funded housing and homelessness programs that exist, allowing increased access and flexibility to applicants. Improving the waiting list system, helping victims of domestic violence and protecting non-profit and co-op housing are also major components.
Tuberculosis Program Innovations: The Collaborative Tuberculosis Clinic and Video Directly Observed Therapy
Regional Council received information on Tuberculosis (TB) Program Innovations. The TB Program includes a Collaborative Tuberculosis Clinic and Video Directly Observed Therapy, which is the first in Canada to pilot the use of video technology. TB is higher in the Greater Toronto Area than other parts of the Province due to high immigration rates from places where TB is common. Peel Public Health has a good TB program, part of which is the immigration surveillance program where anyone with a history of TB will be identified and treated as needed. Dr. Megan Ward, Associate Medical Officer of Health, noted that Peel offers an innovative clinic with Brampton Civic Hospital, where Public Health staff work with clients in the clinic who receive full services and appropriate follow up.