Regional Chair Emil Kolb Honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
Susan Fennell, Mayor, City of Brampton, on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Peel Police Services Board (PPSB), presented Regional Chair Kolb with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication and long service to the community. Regional Councillor Frank Dale, Member, PPSB, stated that Regional Chair Kolb was most deserving of the Award. Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans joined in the presentation.
Regional Chair Kolb stated that he was honoured to serve the residents of the Region of Peel and acknowledged his wife and granddaughter who were present in the audience.
Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Award
Peel Paramedics Martin Wood, Steven Wheelans and Russ Power were recognized by Peter Dundas, Chief and Director, Peel Paramedic Services, for receiving the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service medals. The medal is awarded to those who have completed a minimum 20 years of exemplary service where at least 10 of those years involved the potential for risk to their lives while on duty.
On behalf of Regional Council and residents, Councillor Paul Palleschi thanked the recipients for their pre-hospital medical expertise and care they provide to the residents of the Region of Peel.
Members of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee presented the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy which was developed through collaborative networks comprised of staff and municipally elected officials, people with lived experiences and poverty advocates. The Strategy addresses issues such as economic opportunities, income security, affordable and accessible transportation, food security and safe and affordable housing. The Strategy will be implemented through neighbourhood dialogue and a speaker’s series, advocating through updates to elected officials and collaborating with other poverty reduction initiatives.
Regional Council received an update on the Region of Peel’s Strategic Plan Initiatives and Term of Council Priorities (ToCPs) from David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The Strategic Plan charts the long-term vision for the communities in Peel and the Region’s role in achieving that vision. The ToCP approach is new to this term of Council and was introduced to allow Council to focus on specific priorities that will advance the Strategic Plan. The CAO also highlighted the results of the Spring 2012 Focus GTA Survey which show that 15 of the 24 ToCPs align with the issues identified as important by the residents in that survey, and validate the approved ToCPs. The CAO advised that the current ToCPs would be completed in 2014, noting that some have multi-year implications.
Bramalea City Centre Application for Family Day Openings Under the Retail Business Holidays Act
Regional Council will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. to consider an application by Bramalea City Centre Equities Inc. and Morguard Corporation to add Family Day to the existing exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act. If the application is approved, retail businesses within and adjacent to Bramalea City Centre would be permitted to remain open voluntarily between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Family Day. Any comments received related to the application will be considered by Regional Council at the Public Meeting and the outcomes of the Public Meeting will be presented to Council at a subsequent meeting.
Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Living in Peel
Regional Council received a presentation from Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health and Gayle Bursey, Director, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, titled “Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Living in Peel”. The presentation highlighted the dramatic increase in Canadian obesity rates over the past 30 years and the need for the environment we live, work and play in to support behaviour changes. Through policy changes to create supportive environments for health, we need to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
A related report titled “New York City’s Success in Creating Supportive Environments for Health” was also received by Regional Council and highlighted the City’s comprehensive set of cross-government, evidence-informed interventions to increase citizens’ daily activity and the availability of healthy food choices.
Regional Council established a consultation committee to provide advice on initiatives, such as those implemented by New York City, to decrease childhood
obesity. Regional Council further passed a resolution directing Peel Public Health staff to work with Peel school boards and Regional and area municipal planning staff to investigate the feasibility of a test project to promote activity and health eating and implement initiatives to increase the number of children who are active in school and who walk or bike to school.