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Decisions Newsletter
The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

 Topics in this Issue:
- 2010 Peel Regional Medical Directors’ Update
- Presentation of the Long Term Care Division Accreditation Award
- Changes to the Grants Ad Hoc Committee
- 2011 Actions to Improve Air Quality
- Progress Report in Reducing Risk of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
- Annual Performance Review of the Agreement with the Ontario Clean Water Agency

2010 Peel Regional Medical Directors’ Update

Regional Council received an update from Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, regarding the acute myocardial infarction (STEMI by-pass) protocol. The protocol allows for STEMI patients to be identified by paramedics and taken directly to Trillium Hospital’s Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) lab where they can be treated within 90 minutes. Since implementation of the protocol, the number of patients who received pre-hospital STEMI by-pass within the 90 minute timeframe increased from 28 per cent to 91 per cent. Dr. Cheskes noted that one of the key components to improving patient outcomes is a higher rate of bystanders trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

For more information regarding Peel Paramedic’s resources aimed at improving patient outcomes, please visit:

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Presentation of the Long Term Care Division Accreditation Award

Regional Council received a presentation regarding the accreditation of the Region of Peel’s Long Term Care (LTC) Centres and Adult Day Services. The accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International includes a survey and consultation with staff, residents, families and community partners.

Peel Long Term Care division was successful in achieving a three year Accreditation with commendation for the Sheridan Villa Special Behavioural Support Unit.

To find out more about the Region of Peel’s Long Term Care Centres please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/ltc/

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Human Services
Changes to the Grants Ad Hoc Committee

Regional Council approved a recommendation from the Grants Ad Hoc Committee to re-name the Committee to be known as the Community Investment Committee. The Grants Ad hoc Committee was originally anticipated to be in place for a limited duration however, it is expected that the Region will continue the funding program. The Community Investment Committee will guide the Community Investment Fund program, managed through the Human Services department.

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2011 Actions to Improve Air Quality

Regional Council received an update on the Region’s actions to improve air quality. Poor air quality is a significant issue which negatively affects human health, the environment and the economy. Highlights of the Region’s air quality achievements over the past ten years include the establishment of the Regional Air Quality Working Group; the introduction of a Regional Smog Response Strategy; the construction of the Britannia Landfill Gas Utilization Project, and; the purchase of 58 hybrid vehicles for its fleet, to name a few.

New activities planned for 2011 – 2012 include optimizing pumping operations at the South Peel Water Distribution Plant; installing rooftop solar photovoltaic panels at four Peel Living sites, and; developing a long-range Active Transportation Plan.

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Progress Report in Reducing Risk of Vaccine Preventable Diseases


Regional Council received an update on Peel Public Health’s initiative to reduce the risk of transmission of communicable diseases in Peel. As a result of a measles outbreak in Ontario in 2008, Peel Public Health proposed the Accelerated Immunization Risk Mitigation Strategy in order to decrease further risk. The Strategy was implemented to update the immunization records of all students in the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board by June 30, 2009. The project successfully met the accelerated timeline and was completed within budget with the result of dramatically increased immunization coverage rates for vaccine preventable diseases.

In 2011, the second annual screening and updating in the Peel District School Board was completed and resulted in 95 per cent of the screened students’ immunization being up to date for measles, mumps and rubella and 92 per cent for diphtheria, tetanus and polio. These coverage rates are sufficient to achieve herd immunity; the “tipping point” whereby outbreaks are prevented and the community is protected.

For information on immunization programs for students and residents visit:
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Public Works
Annual Performance Review of the Agreement with the Ontario Clean Water Agency

Regional Council approved entering into a joint initiative with the City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to undertake a Lake Fill Feasibility Study, in conjunction with Inspiration Lakeview, to evaluate the potential of using excavated fill from Capital Infrastructure projects in the Region of Peel, City of Mississauga.

While the disposal of fill has become a major financial burden for infrastructure projects, this material can potentially represent a valuable resource to the community. One of the most viable alternatives is lake fill disposal near the G.E. Booth (Lakeview) Wastewater Treatment Facility and the adjacent Ontario Power

Generation (OPG) lands. This could create approximately 200 acres of wetlands and park space between Marie Curtis Park in Toronto and the eastern pier of the OPG site, and between Lakefront Promenade Park and Port Credit in Mississauga. The new lands created from lake filling will result in additional waterfront access, connections to park systems and the creation of coastal habitats.

Through the Feasibility Study, the costs will be refined but it is anticipated that the cost will be neutral with the savings on future Capital Projects, while enhancing the environment and creating beneficial green space for the City of Mississauga and residents. Staff will report back to Regional Council with the findings from the Study.

To find out more about South Peel Facility improvements please go to:

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Meetings at a Glance

Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee

Thursday, June 21, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.

Public Meeting of Regional Council
Exemption to the Retail Business Holidays Act

Thursday, June 23, 2011 – 9:30 a.m.

Regional Council
Thursday, June 23, 2011 – Immediately Following the Public Meeting

Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, June 23, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.

Peel Living Annual General Meeting
Thursday, June 23, 2011 – 12:00 p.m.

Greenlands Securement Subcommittee Meeting
Thursday, June 30, 2011 – 8:30 a.m.

All meetings are held in the Region of Peel Council Chamber, Fifth Floor,
10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, unless otherwise noted.

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 June 17 2011


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