Regional Council received a presentation by Glenn Barnes, Chair, Accessible Transportation Advisory Committee, regarding the 2010 Annual Report, who advised that several new technologies have been implemented at TransHelp over the past year including Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) technology and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and that the system is operating well. Accessible Transportation continues to see a huge increase in demand for services with the total number of registered users expected to reach 9,000 by the end of the year, representing approximately 1,700 new users added over 2010. Trip demand is forecasted to grow an additional 8% in 2012.
Regional Council proclaimed October 3 to 7, 2011 “Customer Service Week”. The first week of October is recognized as Customer Service Week by the International Customer Service Association. Excellence in customer service is an important goal of staff in all Regional programs and services and is supported by the Region’s Strategic Plan. Staff will participate in activities that recognize achievements in customer service. The 2011 Customer Service Week marks the sixth anniversary of Customer Service Week in Peel.
Regional Council received a communication from Peter Hume, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), regarding AMO’s Provincial Election Check List of Top 12 Asks.
The upcoming provincial election is an important time for Ontario municipalities and AMO. AMO will launch 2011 Ontario Provincial Election pages on their website which will present AMO’s Top 12 Asks against the commitments that each provincial party makes, along with analysis of party platforms from a municipal government lens. Municipal policy backgrounders, links to relevant election sites, and other election updates will also be posted.
For more information on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) please visit www.amo.on.ca
Regional Council received an update on the outcomes from the 2011 Peel Children’s Water Festival (PCWF). The 2011 PCWF marked the sixteenth anniversary of the annual festival with more than 75,000 Peel students visiting since its inception in 1996. The PCWF is an annual, six day environmental education event, which boasts more than 50 interactive activity centres designed to fulfil Ontario Curriculum learning expectations and focus messaging around environmental conservation and stewardship.
More than 7,522 people (4,990 elementary students; 918 teachers and parent chaperones; 583 secondary school volunteers; 38 Region of Peel volunteers and approximately 993 Family Fun Day residents participated in the 2011 Water Festival, including seven secondary schools. By adopting a peer-mentorship format of delivering the festivals’ messages, student volunteers are also able to develop valuable interpersonal and leadership skills.
The PCWF Organizing Committee will continue to build on the accomplishments of past festivals with valuable feedback gained from all stakeholders.
Expansion of the Provincially-Funded Ontario Immunization Schedule
Regional Council received information regarding new publically funded vaccines and enhancements to the immunization schedule.
On August 1, 2011 the Government of Ontario implemented several changes to the immunization program. These changes included a new rotavirus vaccine for infants, which in Peel Region could nearly half the annual hospitalizations for vomiting and diarrhea in children under 5 years, from about 4200 to 2200 admissions. Funding was expanded to allow for two doses of chickenpox vaccine, instead of one. The second dose would be provided in combination with the mealsles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine. Adults can now receive a single dose of whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine. This will reduce the likelihood of transmission to infants, in whom pertussis can cause severe and even fatal complications. Adults should continue to receive the booster for tetanus and diphtheria (Td) every ten years.
Regional Council approved the Snelgrove Housing Project (Capital Project 07-5050) currently being constructed at 12065 Hurontario Street, Brampton, Ward 2, to be named “Snelgrove Place”.
This affordable housing project is being funded through a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) and the Region of Peel – with the Coptic Church providing the land for residential use. It will be owned by the Region of Peel and operated by the Peel Housing Corporation. The project is being constructed specifically for seniors and will include eight units for victims of domestic violence.
The approval of the name “Snelgrove Place” reflects the community and fulfils the Region’s commitment to recognize local history. In 1877 the population of Snelgrove was approximately 200 people. At that time, Snelgrove also served as home to the Chinguacousy Township Hall, as well as five churches, a brick school house, a Temperance Hall, two general stores, a carriage factory and several shops and taverns. Construction of Snelgrove Place is expected to be completed by mid-2012.