Metrolinx Bolton Commuter Rail Service Feasibility Study
Daniel Haufschild, Director, Policy and Planning, and Trevor Anderson, Transportation Planner, Policy and Planning, Metrolinx, provided an overview of the completed Bolton Commuter Rail Feasibility Study, which will provide significant input to the Region of Peel Transportation Planning initiatives.
The feasibility study concluded that Commuter service is technically feasible in Bolton; significant infrastructure is required and an estimated 4,400 riders during morning peak hours is anticipated by 2031. The study identified Site Number S6-2 ( Humber Station Road) as the preferred location for the Bolton Commuter Rail project. The project will be part of GO Transit’s long-term plan but will depend on timing and funding availability to move forward.
Regional Council received a presentation from Safra Farouque, Participant, Summer Job Challenge 2010, who outlined her experience coming from a family of immigrant parents and the difficulties experienced by new immigrants in finding a good job and fully integrating into the workplace.
Safra Farouque stated that Peel’s Summer Job Challenge is an excellent bridge program between education and gaining practical experience as part of the workforce. Safra Farouque commented how her experience working as an Administrative Assistant in the Human Services department was invaluable to her plans for a future career, and greatly improved her practical skills; specifically related to interaction with citizens seeking service and working as part of a team.
Regional Council proclaimed May 19, 2011 “Internal Audit Awareness Day”. Recognized at the Region of Peel since 2004, Internal Audit Awareness Day recognizes the Internal Audit Division who provide assurance to Regional Council through the Audit Committee that the Region’s risks are managed and that programs and processes are effective and efficient.
International Year of the Volunteer – 2011 and National Volunteer Week – April 10 to 16, 2011
Regional Council proclaimed 2011 “The International Year of the Volunteer (IYV+10)”, honouring the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Volunteer, which is aimed at reinvigorating volunteerism internationally. Regional Council also proclaimed April 10 to 16, 2011 “National Volunteer Week”. The theme this event is Volunteers: Passion, Action, Impact. The Region of Peel’s workforce is complimented by the contributions of approximately 3,000 volunteers who act as community developers, coaches, mentors, advocates, activists, champions, peer educators, committee and board members.
Bramalea City Centre Application for Holiday Openings Under the Retail Business Holidays Act by Morguard Corporation
Regional Council approved the hosting of a Public Meeting to consider an application for exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act by Morguard Corporation for the Bramalea City Centre in the City of Brampton. The exemption would permit retail and food type businesses to remain open voluntarily on New Years Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day.
The public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at Region of Peel Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, 5 th floor, in the Council Chamber.
Regional Council received information regarding the 18 Month Well Baby Visit Initiative. The Enhanced 18 Month Well Baby Visit will allow doctors the opportunity to spend more time with young children and their families and provide a more in-depth physical and developmental assessment. Eighteen months is a time when children should have met key developmental milestones and also a time when some children begin to demonstrate challenging behaviours. The 18 Month Well Baby Visit will use a standardized assessment tool to identify if the child is meeting developmental milestones and a consistent process that supports time for meaningful discussions with parents to determine the best way to meet the child’s needs.
Follow Up on the Comprehensive Health Status Report: Low Birth Weight and Stillbirth in Peel
Regional Council received a presentation from Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, regarding a follow up on the Comprehensive Health Status Report: Low Birth Weight and Stillbirth in Peel. Peel Public Health worked in collaboration with a researcher from the University of Manitoba to understand why low birth weight and stillbirth rates appear higher in Peel compared to the rest of Ontario. A project was established to investigate the matter, and found that Peel has a higher proportion of mothers born in South Asia; Infants of South Asian-born mothers tend to weigh less than infants of Canadian-born mothers; the higher rate of stillbirth in Peel is the result of more stillbirths at the lowest birth weight being registered.