Gael Miles, Regional Councillor and Representative of Wellspring Chinguacousy, Regarding “Take the Pink Hair Dare” During the Month of October
Regional Councillor Gael Miles invited Members of Regional Council and staff to “Take the Pink Hair Dare” during the month of October in support of Wellspring Chinguacousy, a cancer support centre serving Brampton, Caledon and surrounding communities. She stated that over 25,000 people have visited Wellspring, receiving love, care, support and access to 27 programs, free of charge, as they go through the cancer experience. Taking the Pink Hair Dare will show you care about someone with cancer and help to provide cancer support programs to hundreds of people in the community, each year.
Regional Council endorsed the 2012 Water Efficiency Strategy, to encourage the efficient use of water by residents and businesses of Peel. The Water Efficiency Plan was introduced in 2005 and has since conserved approximately 24 million litres of water per day, through education and water conservation. The Water Efficiency Strategy updates the 2005 Plan to reflect current strategic goals, industry best practices and puts a greater focus on education and outreach to build capacity for change within the industry.
Restricting the Use of Commercial Indoor Tanning Equipment by Minors
Regional Council passed a by-law restricting minors under the age of 18 from using commercial tanning equipment as of January 1, 2013. The Region of Peel joins the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and the Town of Oakville which already prohibit the use of tanning equipment by minors.
Young people may have a greater susceptibility to the carcinogenic effects of ultraviolet radiation. The risk of melanoma was 75 per cent greater for those who first used a tanning bed before age 35 compared to those who had never tanned. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. In Ontario, an estimated 35,000 new cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in 2011, accounting for approximately one-third of all cancer diagnoses.
Regional Council received a report regarding Health in Peel: Communicable Disease from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, chlamydia, gonnorrhea, campylobateriosis, salmonellosis and hepatitis C were the most commonly reported communicable diseases in Peel. Rates of tuberculosis, typhoid and paratyphoid fever and malaria in Peel are higher than the provincial averages, largely due to Peel’s diverse community and frequent travel to endemic areas.
The death and disability caused in the past by childhood diseases such as measles, mumps, and polio have been largely eliminated through ongoing efforts to maintain high vaccine coverage rates, including enforcement of immunization requirements.
Peel Public Health continues to work to reduce the burden of communicable diseases through the promotion of effective measures such as vaccination, hand hygiene and safer sex.
2011 Census Data Release: Population, Dwelling Counts, Age and Sex
Regional Council received information about the 2011 Census regarding population, dwelling counts, age and sex. Peel’s population increased 11.8 per cent to 1,296,814 people between 2006 and 2011. Mississauga grew 6.7 per cent to 713,443, Brampton grew 20.8 per cent to 523,911, and Caledon grew 4.2 per cent to 59,460.
The number of occupied private dwellings in Peel increased by 12.2 per cent (43,897 dwellings) to 402,939 between 2006 and 2011. Peel had the second highest total population in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the second highest absolute population increase from 2006 to 2011. Peel also has the lowest median age of residents at 36.9 years old.
2013 Regional Council and Committee Meeting Schedule
Regional Council approved the 2013 Regional Council and Committee schedule. The schedule reflects the two-week meeting cycle in which Regional Council meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and Committee meetings are scheduled for the first and third Thursdays of the month. Where applicable, the fifth Thursday is reserved for Regional business for committees or special meetings of Regional Council.