Mowat Centre Report: Region of Peel’s Success in Integrating Human Services in an Age of Fiscal Restraint
Regional Council received a delegation from representatives of the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, who presented findings from the “Mowat Centre’s Report on the Region of Peel’s Success in Integrating Human Services in an Age of Fiscal Constraint”. The report was undertaken to better understand the challenges governments face and strategies that may be taken to deliver high quality services in times of fiscal constraint and increased need. The report examines budget pressures and efficiency savings; complex social problems; and, evolving citizen expectations for the services they receive. The report, completed independently, shows the strong process undertaken by the Human Services department in accomplishing the difficult task of restructuring its service delivery. The results may be modelled by other municipalities and levels of government across Canada.
Garden Foods – Bolton Limited Application for Holiday Openings Under the Retail Business Holidays Act
Regional Council will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. to consider an application by Garden Foods – Bolton Limited, 501 Queen Street South in Bolton, Town of Caledon, for an exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act. If the application is approved, Garden Foods – Bolton Limited would be permitted to remain open, voluntarily, on certain holidays. 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.
Destination Peel 2012: Immigration and Ethnocultural Health
Regional Council received a presentation from Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Eileen De Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health providing the findings of the report “Destination Peel 2012: Immigrant and Ethnocultural Health”. The report aims to understand the relationships between immigrant status, ethnicity and health outcomes. Findings from the report indicate that immigrants tend to arrive in Canada healthier than the Canadian-born population, but the longer immigrants are in Canada, the more their health approaches that of the Canadian-born population. The report also indicates that immigrants have longer life expectancy and lower mortality rates than the Canadian-born population, however, the risk of developing certain chronic diseases is higher amongst some ethnic groups. Peel’s immigrant population is at higher risk than the Canadian-born population of acquiring certain infectious diseases (e.g. tuberculosis, hepatitis B, vaccine preventable diseases) due to exposure to these diseases before immigration and the risk of re-exposure during travel back to their country of origin.
The data will be used across all divisions of Public Health to help provide effective services to meet the needs of the immigrant and ethnocultural community in the Region of Peel.
Proposed Name for Creditview and Eglinton Housing Project
Regional Council approved naming the Creditview and Eglinton Housing Project (Capital Project 09-5032 ) currently being constructed at 1535-1555 South Parade Court, Mississauga, Ward 6, “Creditvale Mills”.
The affordable housing project is being funded through a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Region of Peel. The project includes 250 affordable rental housing units consisting of two buildings. One building, being 125 units, is designated for seniors and the other building, of 125 units, is for singles and families. The buildings are joined by 6,000 square feet of community amenity space. Construction of Creditvale Mills is expected to be completed by January 31, 2013.
The approval of the name “Creditvale Mills” well represents the history of the site and fulfils the Region’s commitment to recognize local history. The community was originally named “Barberton”, and was also known as “Creditvale” as it ran along the Credit River near Streetsville. It was home to a small community that began to develop around a saw and mill site, built by William and Robert Barber in 1844, known as “Toronto Woollen Mills”.
Appointments to the Humber Watershed Alliance and Etobicoke-Mimico Watersheds Coalition
In response to a request from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for Regional Council representation on the Humber Watershed Alliance and Etobicoke-Mimico Watersheds Coalition, Regional Council approved the appointment of Councillor Patti Foley to the Humber Watershed Alliance and Allan Thompson to the Etobicoke-Mimico Watersheds Coalition, for a term ending November 30, 2014.
Since 1992, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has established community-based committees to assist with the protection and restoration of its watersheds.
For more information about Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), please visit: http://trca.on.ca/