Regional Council received an update from Daniel Reidy, Chair; Lory Walter, Jane Van Berkel, Sharma Khan and Jane Grey, Members, the Learning In Our Neighbourhood (LION), regarding the LION program.
The mobile LION program was developed to fill a void in early learning and family services resulting from tremendous population growth in some areas of the Region of Peel. Funding for the program would provide the opportunity to continue to service neighbourhoods in the Region of Peel deemed to be underserved.
Daniel Reidy, advised that funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) supported the start up of the LION program but due to financial pressures, CIC has determined that its core services will be focused on supporting adult settlement services.
Regional Council approved a one-time withdrawal of $270,000 from Best Start Reserves, to fund the Learning In Our Neighbourhoods (LION) program from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
Professional Engineering Services for the Twinning of Etobicoke Creek Sanitary Trunk Sewer underneath Runway 23 at Toronto Pearson International Airport
Regional Council approved awarding of a contract for professional engineering services for the twinning of Etobicoke Creek Sanitary Trunk Sewer to Hatch Mott MacDonald in the estimated amount of $879,731.62.
The Regional Municipality of Peel operates and maintains a major sanitary sewer system. There are two major sanitary trunk sewers servicing Peel, Credit Valley Trunk Sewer (West Trunk) and Etobicoke Creek Sanitary Trunk Sewer (East Trunk).
The Region has been twinning the Etobicoke Creek Sanitary Trunk Sewer from Dundas Street to Highway 407 over the past ten years. The section under the runway is the final phase of this work.
Regional Council received a report regarding the Region of Peel activities to reduce bed bugs.
In April, 2011 the Region of Peel received $439,989 in one-time funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to address bed bugs.
Bed bugs are not regarded as a public health hazard under the Health Protection and Promotion Act as they are not associated with the transmission of disease. However, bed bugs do impact the most vulnerable in our society disproportionately. The Region incurs costs related to bed bugs in Regionally-owned buildings.
Region of Peel staff from Health Services and Human Services staff are working collaboratively to increase awareness of the issue and to enhance community capacity to deal with bed bugs, particularly in vulnerable populations.
As of February 16, 2012, approximately $117,000 had been spent, with another $251,000 allocated for services or goods anticipated to be received by March 31, 2012. Efforts will be made to utilize the remaining $72,000 to offset the cost of bed bug pest control services for providers that house vulnerable populations.
Provincial Funding for the Panorama Information System
Regional Council received a report regarding the new Panorama health information management system.
Currently, Peel Public Health's immunization records, vaccine management, and communicable disease cases and outbreak information are managed by three data systems, IRIS, BlOS and iPHIS, respectively. These systems will be replaced by the Panorama health information system.
Peel Public Health has been granted additional funding to participate in the Builder Role to prepare for Panorama implementation and share lessons learned with other public health units.
Anticipated benefits of Panorama include improved integration and management of communicable disease,immunization tracking, inventory management and cost savings through increased efficiencies.