Regional Council received multiple delegations regarding Community Water Fluoridation. Regional Council thanked the delegates, both in favour and opposed to the fluoridation of community water, for their time and requested that the Province of Ontario, in cooperation with the Federal Government, undertake the necessary research to determine the advantages and disadvantages of the fluoridation of drinking water systems and provide the necessary direction to the Municipal Water Systems regarding this issue.
Also Regional Council reaffirmed its position to provide community water fluoridation in the Region of and also requested that a future meeting, the Medical Officer of Health bring forward a report on the feasibility of reducing fluoride in the water to .2 or the least possible amount.
Regional Council proclaimed May 1 to 7, 2011, “Emergency Preparedness Week”. The goal of Emergency Preparedness Week is to raise public awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness and subsequent practices. The Region of Peel is just one of the various levels of government that support the campaign in an effort to further the Region as a Disaster Resilient Community.
Regional Council proclaimed May 1 to 7, 2011, “Privacy Awareness Week,” as promoted by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA). Peel’s Freedom of Information program staff will use the week to teach fellow staff about protecting client’s privacy while maintaining ease of access to public information.
National Access Awareness Week - May 29 to June 4, 2011
Regional Council proclaimed May 29 to June 4, 2011, “National Access Awareness Week,” (NAAW). NAAW is intended to recognize those, with or without a disability, that have made a contribution to furthering community accessibility. The week will also encourage further access for those with disabilities that encounter obstacles in their day-to-day lives. The week will raise staff awareness about their responsibilities under international and domestic accessibility legislation. The week will be commemorated by the Region’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Regional Council proclaimed May 12, 2011, “Canada Health Day,” recognizing Canadian health care workers. The Region of Peel celebrates the achievements of the many professional and support staff workers in the healthcare field, including staff from Peel Public Health, Long Term Care and Paramedics.
Regional Council proclaimed May 9 to 15, 2011, “National Nursing Week,” as sponsored by the Canadian Nurses Association. This year’s theme is “Nursing - The Health of Our Nation,” and will celebrate the many contributions made by nurses to the Canadian healthcare system each year.
Regional Council proclaimed May 15 to 21, 2011, “Paramedic Week” celebrating the integral role that thousands of paramedics play in their communities every day. More than 400 Peel Regional Paramedics serve the community and promote safety within the Region. Activities and events for the week will include: community CPR training, informative displays and meet and greets with Peel Regional Paramedics
Regional Council received information on the 2010 Annual Report of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee. In 2009, the Province created a poverty reduction strategy that commits to reducing child poverty by 25 per cent in five years and annual reporting on its progress. The provincial strategy uses eight indicators to measure progress. The eight indicators include school readiness, high school graduation rates, educational progress, birth weights, low income measure (LIM), depth of poverty, standard of living and Ontario housing measures. The Peel Poverty Reduction Committee will work with other collaboratives and stakeholders to advocate for increased investments by the federal and provincial governments.
Home in Peel: Affordable Home Ownership Program - Phase Two Update
Regional Council approved the continuation of the Affordable Home Ownership Program. Currently the Region has provided funding to over 80 families. Phase two of the Affordable Home Ownership Program will be launched with $400,000 from the February 2011 approved Regional Council budget. The remainder of the program funding is anticipated from the Federal and Provincial governments expected.