Presidents of Peel Region’s Long Term Care Centre Residents Councils
Regional Council was introduced to the Presidents of the Region of Peel’s Long Term Care Centre Residents Councils. The Long Term Care Councils act as an important and respected voice for all residents in Peel’s Long Term Care Centres, providing guidance on the organization of services that are provided at the home. Residents' Councils encourage a culture of participation and help empower residents to be involved in the daily affairs in their homes.
The Presidents spoke to items such as the superior quality of care received and the availability of activation programs within Peel’s Long Term Care Centres. Recommendations were made to reduce food waste in the cafeterias. The Residents Councils provide the Region of Peel the opportunity to adjust programs and services to meet the changing needs and requirements of our residents.
Regional Council received a presentation detailing the results of the Nurturing the Next Generation research, which examined interventions that public health can implement to support optimal child well-being. These strategies focus on the earliest period of a child’s life, from preconception through to the end of the first year.
The Region of Peel will utilize the evidence found in this study to help provide the best care available to the citizens of Peel.
Regional Council proclaimed the week of November 4-10, 2012, “English as a Second Language Week” in the Region of Peel. English as a Second Language Week celebrates helping new Canadians to learn English so they can communicate, feel valuable, be employable and productive citizens and feel a part of our country's social fabric.
Regional Council received the report of the Waste Management Committee meeting of June 7, 2012.
An overview was provided of Peel’s new Waste Education Framework, designed to enhance future waste and recycling education in area schools. This initiative will also focus on high schools in order to ensure that recycling concepts continue into adult years.
The Region of Peel will enter into negotiations to provide citizens with new curbside and interior organics bins from Sure-Close Inc. These organics bins feature easy to clean rims and lids, multiple carrying options, and are well suited for placement and ease of use anywhere in the home.
Overview of the Progress of the Environmental Assessment for the Greater Toronto Area
Regional Council received a presentation from staff from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. The focus of the presentation was to advise Council of the Ministry’s long term plans for the Greater Toronto Area West Corridor, specifically regarding Highway 401.
In order to address the growing population of the area and its transportation needs through to 2031, the Ministry recommends that Highway 401 be widened to 12 lanes through from Highway 400 to the Highway 407 on-ramp in Halton Region. All comments received on the plans prior to July 31, 2012 will be considered in the final decision. Phase 2 of the Environmental Assessment is due to begin shortly.
For more information, please go to http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/, or request a copy of the presentation from the Clerk’s Office.
Adoption of the Regional Official Plan Amendment 26 (ROPA 26)
Regional Council approved the adoption of Regional Official Plan Amendment 26. The By-law to adopt ROPA 26 was also brought forward for enactment and approved.
The Long Range Transportation Plan Update was also approved as the Transportation Master Plan for the Region of Peel.
Comments were received and considered in the creation of this amendment from many sources, including the Province of Ontario, area municipalities, and Regional staff. This amendment will bring the Region of Peel into conformity with Provincial policies, plans and legislation.