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Decisions Newsletter
The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

 Topics in this Issue:
- Community Water Fluoridation
- Sheridan Villa Special Behaviour Support Unit
- Refresh Program Pilot in Peel

Community Water Fluoridation


Regional Council received several delegations expressing concerns with respect to the fluoridation of municipal drinking water. Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health confirmed that it remains his advice to Regional Council that the existing practices of fluoridation of municipal drinking water remain safe, effective, equitable and an economical means of protecting the dental health of the population.

In response to concerns raised by delegates, Regional Council approved a motion to reassure the citizens of Peel that the use of fluorosilicates added to drinking water for the purpose of treating dental decay is safe.

The motion requests that Health Canada regulate, as drugs, the fluorosilicates hexafluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) and sodium silicofluoride (Na2SiF6), which are used as a treatment for dental cavities in drinking water. It also requests that all chemicals added to drinking water for the purpose of treating dental decay undergo new drug applications and be assigned drug numbers by Health Canada, and requests that studies and at least one clinical trial be conducted to determine health effects in humans.

For more information on Dental Health in the Region of Peel, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/dental-health/cavities-fluoride.htm

For more information about fluoridation in the Region of Peel, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/topics/commdisease/dental/fluoridation.htm

(2012-13 and 2012-14)
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Sheridan Villa Special Behaviour Support Unit


Regional Council received an update from Carolyn Clubine, Director, Long Term Care that included an overview of the client flow process for the Special Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) at Sheridan Villa.

The 19-bed transitional unit serves individuals who have a diagnosis of dementia and unpredictable behaviours. The purpose of the unit is to stabilize clients to the point where they can be managed in a normalized long-term care setting.

One of the goals of the SBSU is to prevent unnecessary and avoidable emergency room visits and potential hospital admissions of residents with unmanageable/unpredictable behaviours through access to psycho-geriatric resources on the unit.

The SBSU received its first resident on September 20, 2010 and achieved full occupancy on December 3, 2010. While the results of an evaluation conducted between June and August, 2011 are limited due to the short period of operation, all goals of the unit have been met.

For more information about Sheridan Villa and Long Term Care in Peel Region, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/ltc/sheridan/

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Human Services
Refresh Program Pilot in Peel


Regional Council received an overview of the Refresh Program Pilot held in October 2011, including plans to launch the initiative in Summer of 2012, from Pastor Bill Sunberg, Executive Director, Ephraim Place and Debbie Smith from the Boys and Girls Club.

The program brings residents and volunteers together to promote relationship building, partnerships and resident engagement through the painting of residents’ homes.

Salema Parkinson, participant in the program, stated that her apartment was painted through the Refresh Program Pilot, that the volunteer youths were friendly, outgoing and happy to be participating in the program and that it was a good experience for children and communities.

For more information on the Refresh Pilot Program please visit: http://www.mississauga.com/community/article/1230156--apartment-units-refreshed

For more information on the Refresh Pilot Program please view the report: http://www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas/pdf/rc-20120112/report-hs-a1.pdf


Meetings at a Glance

Next Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Liaison Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:00 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - Cancelled

Next Region of Peel Accessibility
Advisory Meeting

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 -1:00 p.m.

All meetings are held in the Region of Peel Council Chamber, Fifth Floor,
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, 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.

Decisions is published after each Regional Council meeting.
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Revised: Wednesday March 21 2012


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