Regional Council received a delegation presenting Mayor McCallion and Mayor Fennell with their team jerseys for the Road Hockey to End Cancer Event, being held on September 29 at Ontario Place. Council for a Cure is a Team of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Mayors participating in the Road Hockey to End Cancer event raising money for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Early Learning and Child Care Task Force Recommendations
Regional Council supported the recommendations of the Early Learning and Child Care in Peel Council Task Force that will strengthen Peel’s early learning and child care system.
The Region has a mandate – through the Province – to manage the early learning and child care system in Peel. This includes provisions for distributing child care subsidy, early learning programs and some quality assurance measures.
The Task Force proposed 21 child care system-related enhancements in the areas of service delivery, planning, special needs, quality, advocacy and funding. To support these enhancements, the phased withdrawal of direct delivery of child care through the Region of Peel’s Learn.Play.Care. Centres will be implemented by September 2014. This approach will allow most children to naturally age out from the Region’s centres into school-based programs, including full-day kindergarten.
Regional Council approved the 2012 Development Charges rates effective October 4, 2012. Development charges assist in financing capital projects required to meet the increased need for services resulting from growth and development. Development Charge funds may only be used for the purpose for which they are collected.
Review of Existing Flashing Speed limit Zones and a Revision to the Times of Operation on Regional Road 8
Regional Council approved changes to the speed limit restrictions on Regional Road 8 (The Gore Road) to 40 kilometres per hour during school days between the times of 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; 10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.; 1:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.; and 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Regional Council received a report regarding the home life and experiences of Senior Kindergarten students in Peel, in order to understand early childhood experiences and how these experiences influence school readiness. The report findings highlight a number of areas of strength for Peel Senior Kindergarten students as well as a number of areas of concern. The report highlights the variability that exists between Peel children in terms of their early learning experiences, based on the characteristics examined, namely income, maternal education, maternal immigrant status and household structure.
For more information about the Senior Kindergarten Census in the Region of Peel, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/resources/skc-report.htm
Resolution Regarding the October 11, 2012 Council Meeting to be Held at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA)
Regional Council approved that the October 11, 2012 meeting of Regional Council be held at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in the Peel County Council Chamber in the upper floor of the historic Peel County Court House at 9 Wellington Street East, Brampton. The meeting location will allow Regional Council an opportunity to tour the PA MA campus and receive presentations related to the renewed PA MA program.
The renovation and expansion of the PAMA, within the historic Peel County heritage buildings, has been completed. PAMA will be opening in stages, with the Art Gallery being first on Sunday, Sept. 30. The grand re-opening of Phase One, which includes the Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, will take place over the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18. The full site will be completely operational on Feb. 18, 2013, in time for Family Day. Each of the three openings will feature free programs and events for everyone to enjoy.
PAMA will be one of only three places in Canada that combines an art gallery, museum and archive facility under one roof. This unified space will provide an opportunity to showcase Peel’s history in a connected and integrated way.