April 23, 2015 Special Regional Council Minutes
Page Content:
1. Roll Call
2. Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Staff Presentations
6. Background Information for the Strategic Plan Renewal
7. Other Business
8. Notices of Motion
9. By-laws
10. In Camera Matters
11. By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of Council
12 Adjournment


THE COUNCIL OF
THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL
SPECIAL MEETING
April 23, 2015

PURPOSE: To Deliberate the Region of Peel Strategic Plan

Regional Chair Kolb called the special meeting of Regional Council to order at 9:36 a.m. in the Council Chamber, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton.

1. ROLL CALL

Members Present:
G. Carlson
B. Crombie
F. Dale
J. Downey
C. Fonseca
G. Gibson
A. Groves
N. Iannicca*
J. Innis
L. Jeffrey
M. Mahoney
M. Medeiros
G. Miles*
E. Moore
M. Palleschi
C. Parrish*
K. Ras
B. Shaughnessy
J. Sprovieri
A. Thompson
J. Tovey
   
Members Absent:
S. McFadden
P. Saito
R. Starr
(vacation)
(personal matter)
(personal matter)
 
Also Present
D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; G. Sabat, Commissioner of Service Innovation, Information and Technology; L. Graham-Watson, Commissioner of Corporate Services; S. VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; J. Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; P. Caza, Acting Regional Solicitor and Director of Legal Services; Dr. E. deVilla, Acting Medical Officer of Health; K. Lockyer, Regional Clerk and Director of Clerk's; H. West, Legislative Specialist; S. Singh, Legislative Technical Coordinator; H. Gill, Acting Legislative Technical Coordinator

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* See text for arrivals
¨See text for departures


2. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST - Nil


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES


3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Moved by Councillor Groves,
Seconded by Councillor Downey;

That the agenda for the April 23, 2015 Special Regional Council meeting, be approved.

Carried 2015-282


5. STAFF PRESENTATIONS

  5.1.

Welcoming Remarks by Frank Dale, Regional Chair

Received 2015-283

Regional Chair Dale provided welcoming remarks stating that the purpose of the Special Regional Council meeting is to obtain information as Council embarks upon the renewal of the Strategic Plan. The new Strategic Plan will provide clear direction, clarity of purpose and a focus to Regional Council and staff to the year 2035. The Strategic Plan will have measurable outcomes derived from community input that will be monitored and reported on.

Councillor Miles arrived at 9:37a.m.

  5.2. Strategic Planning Process Overview
      Presentation by David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer

Received 2015-284

David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer provided the objectives to be achieved during the strategic planning process. He highlighted timelines noting that a final report on the strategic plan will be brought to Regional Council in September, 2015. David Szwarc stated that community engagement has been initiated and that an online tool will be the primary method used to obtain feedback, as well as, meetings with ratepayers groups.

  5.3. Demographics Outlook
      Presentation by Ron Jaros, Manager, Peel Data Centre

Received 2015-285

Councillor Parrish arrived at 9:47 a.m.
Councillor Iannica arrived at 9:48 a.m.

Ron Jaros, Manager, Peel Data Centre, provided a demographics comparison over 40 years to 2011 and the predictions if there is a continuation of current trends to 2035. He highlighted population and employment growth in Peel. Ron Jaros provided statistics of growth of Pee's seniors population; working age population; immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); people living with low incomes; and workforce commuting. He summarized that the demographic trends will have implications on the many different services provided by the Region of Peel.

In response to a question raised by Councillor Medeiros, Ron Jaros confirmed that there is a lack of current information provided nationally through the National Household Survey noting that Regional staff is recommending, through the FCM Quality of Life Reporting System, to have the federal government review the requirement for the Long Form Census.


  5.4.
Peel's Economy
        Presentation by Judith McWhinney, Economist, Information Management

Received 2015-286

Judith McWhinney, Economist, Information Management, provided an overview on the Region of Pee's economy, noting that it remains strong due to its strategic location within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and that the number of jobs has increased but not at the projected provincial rate. In future years, the employment rate will decrease due to broad-based economic changes such as: global external influences; decrease in the manufacturing landscape; changes in business landscape with an increase in small and indeterminate businesses; and, a changing assessment base. Judith McWhinney highlighted the impact of the past recession on the labour market noting that the unemployment rate remains elevated and that less youth are participating in the Pee's labour market; more people 65 years and over remain in the labour market. She stated that there will be both economic challenges and opportunities for the future and that planning growth will require a different approach.

  5.5.
Health Status
      Presentation by Dr. Eileen de Villa, Acting Medical Officer of Health

Received 2015-287

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Acting Medical Officer of Health, provided an update on the health status of Peel residents noting that the mortality rates have decreased and that life expectancy is increasing. She stated that, Peel's birth rate is still higher than Ontario but the difference is narrowing as our number of live births is levelling off. Dr. de Villa identified health risk factors and outcomes related to: tobacco use; excessive alcohol use; physical inactivity; overweight/obesity; and, other issues such as communicable diseases. Dr. deVilla summarized the determinants of health beyond biological factors which include income, education, health services, physical and social environments.

  5.6.
Federal and Provincial Environment
      Presentation by David Arbuckle, Manager, Strategic Public Policy and External Relations

Received 2015-288

David Arbuckle, Manager, Strategic Public Policy and External Relations, provided an overview of the Federal and Provincial environment, policies and mandates that will impact municipalities. He identified key service alignments with senior levels of government and the existing challenges for the Region of Peel. David Arbuckle stated that the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) provide a collective municipal voice to provincial and federal issues. He noted that AMO will be releasing a document titled "What’s Next Ontario" which will address the completion of the provincial uploading agreement in 2018.

Councillor Groves asked how much has the Province invested in the aging population and affordable housing for seniors. David Arbuckle responded that the Province is reviewing a strategy and he undertook to provide further information to Councillor Groves.

Councillor Jeffrey complimented staff in their preparation of issues presented to the Ministers noting that the Region of Peel is well respected and has a positive working relationship at the provincial level. She encouraged Council and staff to align the Region's agenda with the Provincial agenda (Ministerial Letters) and cautioned using AMO as a sole voice as it represents only half of the municipalities in the Province.

Councillor Parrish concurred with Councillor Jeffrey and provided an example of the provincially mandated basement apartments as a way to enhance affordable housing. The process to legalize apartments has become very cumbersome. Councillor Parrish suggested that Region of Peel and the area municipalities work collaboratively to provide a simple process to legalize secondary suites.

  5.7.
Key Issues Discussion

Received 2015-289

Regional Council recessed at 11:46 a.m.

Regional Council reconvened at 2:45 p.m.

Members:

F. Dale
J. Downey
C. Fonseca
G. Gibson
A. Groves
N. Iannicca
J. Innis

M. Mahoney
E. Moore
M. Palleschi
K. Ras
B. Shaughnessy
J. Sprovieri

   
Members Absent:

G. Carlson
B. Crombie
L. Jeffrey
S. McFadden
M. Medeiros
G. Miles
C. Parrish
P. Saito
R. Starr
A. Thompson
J. Tovey


(Other municipal business)
(vacation)



(personal matter)
(personal matter)


   

Also Present:

D. Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer; G. Sabat, Commissioner of Service Innovation, Information and Technology; L. Graham-Watson, Commissioner of Corporate Services; S. VanOfwegen, Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer; D. Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; J. Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; J. Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; P. Caza, Acting Regional Solicitor and Director of Legal Services; Dr. E. deVilla, Acting Medical Officer of Health; K. Lockyer, Regional Clerk and Director of Clerk's; H. West, Legislative Specialist; S. Singh, Legislative Technical Coordinator; H. Gill, Acting Legislative Technical Coordinator



  5.8.
Plenary and Wrap-up
      Presentation by Janette Smith, Commissioner of Health Services; Janet Menard, Commissioner of Human Services; Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works; Gilbert Sabat, Commissioner of Service Innovation, Information and Technology

Received 2015-290

David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer introduced Tanya Gerber who is a graphic recorder and provided illustrations of the meeting's key discussions.

David Szwarc stated the next steps will involve community engagement. Staff will report to Regional Council on June 18, 2015 and a final report will be presented to Regional Council on September 18, 2015.


6. BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THE STRATEGIC PLAN RENEWAL


7. OTHER BUSINESS
- Nil


8. NOTICES OF MOTION
- Nil


9. BY-LAWS
- Nil


10. IN CAMERA MATTERS
- Nil


11. BY-LAW TO CONFIRM THE PROCEEDINGS OF COUNCIL

Moved by Councillor Innis,
Seconded by Councillor Shaughnessy;

That By-law 26-2015 to confirm the proceedings of Regional Council at its special meeting held on April 23, 2015 and to authorize the execution of documents in accordance with the Region of Peel by-laws relating thereto, be given the required number of readings, taken as read, signed by the Region Chair and the Regional Clerk, and the corporate seal be affixed thereto.

Carried 2015-291


12. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 3:06 p.m.

 

K. Lockyer
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Regional Clerk

F. Dale
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Regional Chair