Lionel Norman, Project Manager, and Meaghan Eastwood, Terrestrial Ecologist, Research and Development Section of the Ecology Division, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Presenting the Peel Region Urban Forest Strategy
Regional Council received a presentation by Lionel Norman, Project Manager and Meaghan Eastwood, Terrestrial Ecologist, (TRCA). They provided an overview of the strategic vision of the Peel Region Urban Forest Strategy, which recognizes that a sustainable urban forest promotes quality of life for residents. They highlighted the urban forest distribution as it stands today and presented their vision for tomorrow. Strategy goals include the facilitation of partnerships and coordination of action across Peel Region, development of urban forest targets, and gaining formal support from upper levels of government for sustainable management of the urban forest as natural infrastructure.
Regional Council received a presentation by Liz Weaver, Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Communities, Tamarack; and Anita Stellinga, Vice President, Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region, regarding Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty.
Vibrant Communities is a national initiative through which 13 communities including Calgary, Abbotsford, Hamilton, Windsor, Saint John’s, Medicine Hat, Montreal, Saskatoon and Peel experimented with new and innovative approaches to poverty reduction.
Vibrant Communities is a community-driven effort to reduce poverty in Canada by creating partnerships that make use of our most valuable assets – people, organizations, businesses and governments.
Taking a collective approach to poverty reduction in Canada will help to find ways to help individuals and families build resilience and thrive in their communities.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - November 25, 2011 and December 6, 2011
Regional Council proclaimed November 25, 2011 as “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”. It is hoped this day will raise awareness about violence against women and highlight measures being taken to prevent all forms of women abuse.
Regional Council also proclaimed December 6, 2011 as a “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women”. In 1991, the Canadian Parliament established December 6 as a day to remember the 14 young women from l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and all women who have lost their lives in an act of gender-based violence.
Community agencies and collaboratives in Peel are actively working together towards prevention of violence against women. The Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse (PCAWA) is a collaborative of over 35 organizations including departments within the Region of Peel, that are directly involved, or concerned with, the issue of women abuse. The agencies work together to promote a more effective and coordinated response to women abuse in the Region of Peel.
Basic Needs Increase for Families on Social Assistance
Regional Council received a report entitled “Basic Needs Increase For Families On Social Assistance”. The report highlights that social assistance rates have not kept pace with the rising cost of living.
According to the annual Nutritious Food Basket Survey, the average weekly cost of basic healthy eating for a family of four in Peel Region has risen by 10.6 per cent between 2009 and 2011.
Since a review of poverty in Peel in 2005, the Region of Peel, along with community stakeholders, has been working to create awareness and develop strategies to address the growing issue of poverty in Peel.
Regional Council passed a resolution calling on the Provincial Government to support an increase to social assistance that reflects the true cost of living and also recommended the establishment of a clear and transparent process to set social assistance rates.
Consulting Services for the Risk Assessment of the Lake-Based Water Supply System
The Region of Peel awarded a contract for consulting engineering services for the Risk Assessment of the Lake-Based Water Supply System to GHD Inc. under Capital Project 09-1502, in the estimated amount of $579,281 in accordance with Purchasing By-law 63-2008.
The Region of Peel is responsible for supplying safe, reliable potable water to approximately 2 million customers (residential and employment). The risk management plan to be developed after the risk assessment, will provide recommendations on how the current high level of service can be maintained as the existing infrastructure ages and the lake-based water supply system expands.
Professional Engineering Services for a Schedule “C” Class Environmental Assessment for East Brampton Transmission Main Twinning and Zone 5 Sub-Transmission Main
Regional Council awarded the contract for professional engineering services for a Schedule “C” Class Environmental Assessment for East Brampton Transmission Main Twinning and Zone 5 Sub-Transmission Main to AECOM Canada Ltd. under Capital Project 11-1540, in the estimated amount of $1,111,342 in accordance with Purchasing By-law 63-2008.