Linda Weichel, Vice President, Initiatives, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and Carol Kotacka, Director, Communications, Patient and Community Relations, Trillium Health Partners, provided an overview of CivicAction's "Your32" campaign that aims to seek public support for a better regional transportation system and the need for new sustainable ways to pay for it.
Members of Regional Council indicated their support for the Your32 campaign, and stressed the need for federal and provincial involvement for a regional transportation system that supports the movement of people throughout the entire Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
For more information about the Your32 campaign, please visit: your32.com
Jeff Casello, Associate Professor, School of Planning and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo and Margie Chung, Principal Transportation Planner, Region of Peel, presented the results of the Peel GPS Cycling Study which engaged cyclists to understand motivations for and obstacles to cycling and how cycling improves transportation choice. The data suggests there is great potential for increasing cycling in the Region of Peel and that cyclists represent a wide range of age groups and income categories.
For more information about cycling in Peel, please visit: walkandrollpeel.ca/
Sheridan College's Plan to become an Ontario Undergraduate Professional University
Regional Council endorsed Sheridan College's plan to become Sheridan University. Sheridan College is a world-class post-secondary institution with an important presence in the Region of Peel, educating thousands of Peel students from Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
Sheridan College is home to campuses in the Peel cities of Brampton and Mississauga, undertaking first-rate research and offering exceptional teaching experiences;
Regional Council received a presentation by Chris McCord, Deputy Chief, Peel Regional Police, on the Peel Community Safety Model. The Peel Community Safety Model is a violence reduction program introduced in other jurisdictions that has had significant success in reducing incidents of violent crime. The community safety model is an evidence-based approach that brings government, police, community-based organizations and other sector representatives together to find local solutions to crime and victimization by mobilizing resources in collective and flexible ways.
Peel Regional Police have struck a pilot community safety model in Peel Living's Colonial Terrace neighbourhood in Mississauga. Representatives from community organizations and managers from the Region's Health and Human Services departments will act as a planning group. Peel Police are also exploring expansion of the model into a neighbourhood in Brampton. Staff will report to a future meeting of Regional Council with the results of the pilots.
Evaluation of the First Collaborative Tuberculosis Clinic in Peel
Regional Council received a report informing of the results of an evaluation of the first collaborative Tuberculosis (TB) clinic in Peel. The TB incidence in Peel Region is 10.9/100,000 population, more than double the rate of Ontario. Since December 2010, Peel Public Health has worked in partnership with William Osler Health System to provide a multidisciplinary clinic for TB - the first clinic of this kind in Peel. The TB clinic has facilitated better quality care and better health outcomes for patients, and more efficient use of Peel Public Health staff time.
Regional Council was informed of a recent announcement by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to help municipalities affected by the December 2013 ice storm by working with the federal government to fund 100 per cent of their eligible recovery costs through a one-time Storm Assistance Program.