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The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, January 23, 2014.


 Topics in this Issue:
- Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee Update
- Peel Active Design and Healthy Food Environment Projects
- Update Regarding Sheridan Villa Special Behaviour Support Unit
- Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network Charter

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Delegations
Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee Update
 

Regional Council received a delegation from Anita Stellinga, Vice President, Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region; Rosemary Keenan, Peel Poverty Action Group; and, Motilall Sarjoo, President, Brampton-Mississauga and District Labour Council, who provided an update on the progress of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee (PPRSC), which was created in response to the 2008 announcement by the Province of Ontario that they would develop a provincial poverty reduction strategy.

The Region of Peel's three-year Poverty Reduction Strategy focuses on five issues: economic opportunities; income security; affordable and accessible transportation; food security; and, safe and affordable housing. Year one of the Strategy's implementation focused on raising awareness about poverty in Peel, the PPRSC and opportunities for involvement, engaging senior leaders in the public and private sectors and prioritizing the actions identified.

Some of the actions and activities that will be the focus of year 2 include identifying public policies that can be addressed collectively; advocating for continued investments through the new five-year Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy; developing the concept of a living wage for Peel Region; developing a local Food Charter; and, supporting the implementation of Peel's Housing and Homelessness Plan.

Through partnerships, activities aimed at creating awareness and engaging residents, advocating for changes to specific public policies and implementation of the actions identified in the Strategy, the PPRSC will continue to have a positive impact on a growing and complex issue in the Region of Peel.

For more information about Poverty Reduction in Peel, please visit: http://www.povertyinpeel.ca/index.asp

(2014-42 and 2014-43)

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Health
Peel Active Design and Healthy Food Environment Projects

 

Regional Council passed a resolution authorizing the Medical Officer of Health to accept and allocate funds from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) Diabetes Prevention Program - Healthy Communities Fund Grant.

Subject to final approval, the MOHLTC will fund a minimum of $200,000 to a maximum of $800,00 annually from 2014 to 2016 for the continuation of active design and healthy food environment projects for the Region, municipalities and institutional sites throughout the Region of Peel.

Region of Peel staff will continue to work with municipalities and community partners in implementing building design guidelines aimed at increasing physical activity and healthy eating in Region of Peel buildings and throughout Peel, to meet the Term of Council Priority for Creating Supportive Environments for Healthy Living.

The Commissioner of Health Services will report back to Regional Council once the provincial funding has been confirmed.

For more information about Healthy Peel by Design, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/resources/healthbydesign/presentations.htm

(2014-53)
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Update Regarding Sheridan Villa Special Behaviour Support Unit
 

Regional Council received an update on the Special Behaviour Support Unit at Sheridan Villa Long Term Care Centre and actions taken by staff to address challenges in transferring residents ready for discharge to normal long term care settings.

The Special Behaviour Support Unit is a 19-bed transitional unit that stabilizes clients with a diagnosis of dementia and unpredictable, responsive behaviours to the point where they can be managed in a normal long term care setting. Long Term Care Home Act regulations had been delaying the timely discharge of residents from the unit; however, changes to the regulations, advocated by Regional Council and the Mississauga - Halton Local Health Integration Network, now enable residents in specialized units to receive higher priority for transfer to a regular long term care bed.

Staff are cautiously optimistic that recent changes to the regulations and ongoing collaboration with our health care partners will result in a more timely discharge of clients, enabling the Special Behaviour Support Unit to continue delivering this much needed service to the community.

For more information about Long Term Care, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/ltc

(2014-55)
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Management
Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network Charter

 

Regional Council passed a resolution authorizing the Chief Administrative Officer to sign the Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network Charter on behalf of the Region of Peel.

The Region of Peel has been participating in meetings with the Regions of Halton, Niagara and Waterloo and the City of Hamilton, known as the Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network (WGHMN). The group has developed a Charter that describes its vision for a Western Golden Horseshoe integrated multi-modal goods movement network that will function as an economic growth initiative.

The Region of Peel will continue to actively participate in the WGHMN and Regional Council will be kept informed as the initiative progresses.

For more information about the Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network Charter, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas/pdf/rc-20140123/report-ma-c1.pdf

(2014-45 & 2014-63)
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Meetings at a Glance


Next Peel Regional Council Code of Conduct
Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Next Audit Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:30 a.m.

Next Intergovenmental Relations Advisory
Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.

Next Waste Management Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Cancelled

Next Greater Toronto Airports Authority Liaison
Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.

Next Peel Living Financial Viability and Governance
Review Task Team Meeting

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Next Regional Council Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.


All meetings are held in the Region of Peel Council Chamber, Fifth Floor, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, Brampton, unless otherwise noted.

For additional information on any of the items in Decisions, please contact the Region of Peel, Clerk's at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.

Decisions is published after each Regional Council meeting.
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Revised: Monday February 10 2014

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