Regional Council recognized Peel Regional Police Chief Michael Metcalf upon his announcement to retire after 40 years of service in the Region of Peel.
Chief Metcalf commenced his career with the Mississauga Police Department in 1971. He attained a series of promotions, culminating in being appointed the fifth Chief of Police for the Peel Regional Police on January 1, 2006.
Regional Chair Kolb advised that a classroom will be built in the Peel Children’s Safety Village and named in honour of Chief Metcalf and will be used to teach children about bullying and drug use.
Members of Regional Council commended the Chief for his service, leadership and dedication to the residents of the Region of Peel.
Regional Chair Emil Kolb; David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; Chief Michael Metcalf, Peel Regional Police; and United Way Campaign Leads presented a cheque in the amount of $519,748 to Shelley White, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel Region (UWPR), representing funds raised in the 2011 Region of Peel / Peel Regional Police Employee Campaign.
The Region of Peel has supported the efforts of the UWPR for more than 35 years. At the start of the employees’ campaign in September 2011, the Region set an ambitious fundraising goal of $350,000. Not only were last years efforts surpassed, but employees exceeded this goal by $27,777 totalling $377,777. The Peel Regional Police also exceeded their campaign goal, raising $141,971 for a combined total of $519 748.
The Region of Peel was honoured in February with the 2011 Outstanding Public Sector Joint Union-Management Campaign Award. This award recognizes workplace campaigns run jointly by union members and management that exemplify teamwork, leadership and community giving in the pubic sector.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Regional Council proclaimed March 21, 2012 “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” In 1966, the United Nations General Assembly honoured the victims of the Sharpeville massacre by designating March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Efforts to address racial discrimination are essential to the future harmony of our community.
Regional Council proclaimed May 1 to 7, 2012 “National Youth Week” in the Regional Municipality of Peel. This week is dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation in the community. For more information please visit: http://youthinrecreation.org/national-youth-week
Regional Council proclaimed September 2012 “Literacy Month” in the Regional Municipality of Peel. The United Nations International Literacy Day has been celebrated annually in September for over 40 years. The objective of this celebration is to emphasize the importance of literacy and to applaud the efforts made by literacy practitioners and volunteers.
Regional Council proclaimed October 2012 “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in the Regional Municipality of Peel. The Peel Children’s Aid is a partner in the Peel community in providing leadership on issues that affect vulnerable children. Peel Children’s Aid joins Children’s Aid Societies across the province in building awareness of the issue of Child Abuse.
Trans Fat and Sodium in Commercially Prepared Foods in Canada
Regional Council directed Regional Chair Kolb to write to the Federal Minister of Health to request that Health Canada fulfill its promise to ensure that established trans fat targets for all food categories are met by the food industry.
Regional Council is also requesting that a renewed comprehensive trans fat and sodium reduction strategy with non-voluntary targets be developed, and transparent monitoring and reporting of food industry progress be provided.
A copy of the joint report from the Commissioner of Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health, titled “Trans Fat and Sodium in Commercially Prepared Foods in Canada”, will be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Peel-area MPs, for endorsement of the subject resolution and report.
The Early Learning and Child Care in Peel Task Force
Regional Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Early Learning and Child Care in Peel Council Task Force, as outlined in Appendix I to the report titled “The Early Learning and Child Care in Peel Task Force”.
Regional Chair Kolb (ex-officio) and Councillors Crombie, Hames, Miles, Moore, Palleschi, Paterak, Sanderson, Saito and Sprovieri were appointed to the Task Force as well as Councillor Thompson as an alternate member for Councillor Paterak.
The Task Force will explore options for the role of the Region of Peel in the delivery of child care and early learning and will make recommendations to Regional Council in September 2012.