Dr. D. Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, introduced Linda Bui, Tasia Folkes, and Karanbir Brar, Youth Volunteers, Peel Action Team for Health (PATH) Committee, who provided information regarding the Peel Student Food Expo held at the Mississauga Convention Centre on October 17, 2013. They described how the event was a success, attracting the interest and participation of youth, food service providers, and public officials in experiencing the changing trends in youth food preferences. The PATH Committee recognizes great potential for locally grown, healthy food to be available in schools and cafeterias in the Region of Peel.
The goal of the Peel Student Food Expo was to change the way that students think about and experience healthy food in their schools. Many of the food options highlighted at the expo will become regular food items available in secondary schools throughout the Region of Peel.
Update on Credit Ratings for Region of Peel – 2013
Regional Council received a report from the Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services, advising that the Region of Peel’s Triple A credit rating, with a stable outlook, has been reconfirmed by both Standard and Poor’s Rating Service and Moody’s Investors Services.
A high credit rating is the goal of the Council-adopted Long Term Financial Planning Strategy, and also provides access to lower long-term borrowing costs for the Region of Peel and area municipalities. The credit rating agencies have acknowledged the Region of Peel’s high level of cash and secure investments (liquidity), the well diversified Peel economy, and its effective financial management, including prudent fiscal planning and policies, as major attributes.
Region of Peel staff will work with Council to continue with the implementation of the Long Term Financial Planning Strategy and bring forward supporting financial strategies and actions to manage challenges.
Regional Council received a report from the Commissioner of Public Works advising that the Region of Peel has been ranked number one in Ontario by Ecojustice, in an ecosystem-based survey and analysis of municipal sewage treatment and sewage discharges into the Great Lakes Basin.
Ecojustice is a non-profit organization of lawyers and scientists devoted to protecting the environment. Ecojustice conducted a survey that measured, among other things, compliance with federal regulation, final effluent quality, current and future sewage management plans, green infrastructure and renewable energy.
The Ecojustice Great Lakes Sewage Report Card demonstrates the Region of Peel’s dedication to continuous improvement in the areas of wastewater management and treatment, with a focus on providing quality service in an effective manner, while respecting the environment.
Regional Council received a presentation from Dr. D Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, who provided an overview of proposed provincial legislation that would require large chain restaurants to include calories and other potential nutritional information on their menus. He stated that Peel Public Health supports the proposed menu labelling legislation and would be advocating for criteria in the legislation, such as the inclusion of calories and sodium. While the proposed provincial legislation proceeds, Peel Public Health will work in partnership with public health units in Toronto, York and Halton on a recommended approach for implementation and enforcement in the Region of Peel.
Regional Council passed a resolution confirming Peel Public Health’s support of the proposed legislation.