Regional Council received a delegation from Janette Smith, Commissioner of Health Services, and Carolyn Clubine, Director, Long Term Care, who presented the Peel Manor Site Conceptual Design Plan and key service elements. They noted that in developing a conceptual plan for the Peel Manor site, staff reviewed the best available evidence, examined innovative care models, conducted a local needs assessment and incorporated the findings of the Aging Population Term of Council Priority Steering Committee (APSC).
The recommended option will ensure Peel Manor not only remains a LTC Centre but also becomes a care coordinated Seniors' Service Hub; where many diverse medical services are available in community settings and LTC options remain only for those higher need clients who cannot be served in the community. This would be consistent with the Regional Long Term Financial Plan and is not expected to increase net expenditures nor require additional debt to finance the redevelopment. Upon Regional Council's approval of the conceptual plan, a communications plan will be developed and the surrounding community will be engaged to determine the final detailed design of the new site, before coming back to Regional Council for final approval.
Term of Council Priority - Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Regional Council received an update on the progress of Term of Council Priority Number One - Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The 2010 corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory has been revised to include emissions from municipal solid waste. The Region of Peel's corporate GHG emissions are trending downward; 7 per cent below 1990 levels in 2012, and are projected to be 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Peel's short-term corporate GHG reduction target is 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. The combined efforts of departments across the Corporation have put the Region of Peel on a path toward achieving its GHG reduction goals; helping ensure that Peel is a sustainable community now and into the future.
Regional Council received and update on the progress of the Peel Goods Movement Task Force and Peel Goods Movement Strategic Plan. Goods Movement is a Term of Council Priority to improve the safe and efficient movement of goods through and within the Region of Peel. Regional Council approved the Peel Goods Movement Strategic Plan 2012-2016 in 2012 with 23 action items to be prioritized over five years. The Peel Goods Movement Task Force, comprising of public and private stakeholders, has been meeting on a regular basis to advance the action items. The tasks identified in 12 of the 23 action items have been substantially completed. Through continued collaboration, members of the Task Force are leading positive changes to the efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of Peel's goods movement transportation system.
Final Report and Recommendations from the Aging population Term of Council Priority Steering Committee
Regional Council approved the report of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Aging Population Term of Council Priority Steering Committee (APSC). The APSC was established by Regional Council in May 2013 to assess and determine the appropriate role(s) for the Region of Peel to support the aging population in Peel. Between June 2013 and February 2014, the APSC reviewed the latest research, heard from sector experts and engaged in discussions related to the issues and needs of the growing number of seniors in Peel.
The report signifies the completion of the APSC's mandate; the APSC will be dissolved and staff will begin to action the recommendations contained in the report. Follow-up reports and updates related to the APSC's recommendations will be brought back by the accountable Departments to Regional Council for further decision making. Staff will also bring forward information to Regional Council about any provincial policy changes, new demographic or financial data, and any other evidence that may impact the Region's role or the recommendations made by the APSC.
Update on the University of Waterloo and Peel Public Health School Food and Beverage Policy Research Project
Regional Council received and update on the University of Waterloo and Peel Public Health School Food and Beverage Policy research project. Peel Public Health works with schools to support the policy and create environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. The research conducted through Peel Public Health and University of Waterloo partnership has highlighted some early successes as well as challenges since the introduction of the policy. In order for schools to be a model organization and help students realize their full academic potential, Peel Public Health will continue to support schools to provide healthy food options.