International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Regional Council proclaimed November 25, 2013, “The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” and December 6, 2013, “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women” in the Region of Peel. Violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights and a major public health and societal problem.
This Proclamation will help to raise awareness about woman abuse and acknowledges the continued commitment of the Region of Peel to support a vast range of interventions to address the issue.
Regional Council approved entering into a joint initiative with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with the City of Mississauga, to undertake the implementation of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection (LWC).
Representatives from the CVC, TRCA and Region of Peel Water Division provided an update to Regional Council on the LWC which includes the use of fill to create new land that will recreate coastal and terrestrial habitats and improve public and ecological connectivity to and along the waterfront. Ecological benefits of the project include 26 hectares of high quality habitat and habitat features that will enhance the quality and function of the shoreline for a variety of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. The creation of a new land base in front of the G.E. Booth Wastewater Treatment Facility will bring the waterfront trail back to the waterfront, as well as provide public access to the waterfront.
Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Medical Director for Peel and Halton Region, Sunnybrook Centre for Pre-Hospital Medicine, provided his annual Medical Director’s report to Regional Council and highlighted the need to improve the rate of bystander CPR. Current initiatives in this regard include training young people to teach their families and younger children and the development of an i-phone application that allows for home CPR training and also guides the rescuer in the performance of CPR during an emergency.
Dr. Cheskes also noted the success of initiatives to reduce hospital offload delays and stated that the pre-hospital medicine system is functioning at a very high level to the benefit of all citizens of the Region of Peel.
Peel Children and Youth Initiative Progress Update
Graham Clyne, Executive Director, Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI), provided Regional Council with an update on the progress of PCYI’s efforts in strengthening supports and services for children and youth. Established in 2010, the PCYI is a child and youth collaborative focused on joint planning, community capacity building and collaboration to create efficiencies and strengthen support for children and youth.
PCYI undertook an aggressive public awareness campaign to encourage low income families to participate in the Enrol by Six Registered Education Savings Plan which has resulted in 38 per cent of all low income families in the Region of Peel registering for the program. This represents approximately $22 million in funding for post secondary education for low income families.
Graham Clyne also highlighted a recent research study called the “Recreation and After School Report” which has resulted in a partnership between the Peel Children’s Aid Society (CAS) and the three area municipal recreation departments to enable children in the care of the CAS to participate in activities of their choice and also provides them with volunteer and employment opportunities.