Upgrades Planned for the Badlands Site and Request for Funds for a Parking Lot at Cheltenham Badlands
Regional Council received a delegation from Kendrick Doll, Natural Heritage Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust (OTC), Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director, The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) and Sally Rook, Project Manager, Region of Peel, who provided an overview of a conceptual design to address safety issues on Olde Base Line Road (Regional Road 12), in the Town of Caledon where the Cheltenham Badlands are located. The Badlands are owned by the OTC and are managed by the BTC who worked in partnership with the Region of Peel to develop a pedestrian and vehicle traffic strategy. Regional Council approved funding for Phase 2 of the strategy which will build on the work completed to date and complete the detailed design and construction. The improvement project will provide parking for 33 vehicles and two school buses.
Annual Reports of the Medical Directors of the Region of Peel's Long Term Care Centres
Regional Council received a delegation from Dr. Harry Earle, Senior Medical Director, Long Term Care Division, presenting the Annual Reports of the Medical Directors of the Region of Peel's Long Term Care Centres. The Medical Directors at the Region of Peel's Long Term Care (LTC) Centres provide Regional Council, as the governing board, with an annual report on the medical status of the residents and the supporting medical programs. Medical Directors and senior management staff at each of the Region's five LTC Centres monitor trends in healthcare risk factors and present an overview of the changing profile of the Region of Peel's long term care residents, as well as achievements for 2013.
Regional Council received a presentation from Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), advising that the CVC would be celebrating its 60th Anniversary on May 13, 2014 and provided an overview of its history of conserving the Credit Watershed.
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) Update
Regional Council received a report providing an update on the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). PAMA has successfully re-opened its doors to the community, getting a new facility running while also delivering a significant number of successful exhibitions. As it enters its second year of operations and enhances marketing efforts, PAMA will further advance its business plan objectives and move towards achieving its mandate of building a cohesive community. For the 2013 calendar year, over 22,700 individuals accessed PAMA's on-site programs, facilities, and services. PAMA's outreach programs and exhibits reached a further 37,950 individuals and membership has increased since re-opening. PAMA visitors have indicated high satisfaction scores, with an overall satisfaction rating of 8.7 out of 10.
Regional Council received a report outlining the local initiatives and investments in youth violence prevention efforts, as well as provincial initiatives and the associated implications for Peel. Regional staff and community partners continue to foster positive outcomes for youth by working across the continuum of youth violence prevention, from foundational preventative measures to intervention measures.
Partners from the United Way of Peel, Peel Children's Aid and the Region of Peel (Health Services and Human Services) hosted a forum with input from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Regional Council received information about Contraband Tobacco Use in the Region of Peel. Peel Public Health has developed many strategies to support the remaining smokers in the Region, including collaboration with primary care physicians to enhance their smoking cessation efforts and the recent Outdoor Smoking By-law.
Regional staff are currently focusing efforts to address smoking rates in the Region of Peel. The estimated proportion of contraband cigarettes in the Region is 5.3 per cent. The proportion of contraband cigarettes for the Region estimated in this study is well below that of other studies. Given the low proportion of contraband cigarettes, programming to reduce contraband tobacco use is not a main area of focus.
Regional Council received a report on the Parent Experience Study, which has been successful in helping Peel Public Health staff better understand the needs of Peel parents with young children. The study findings highlight the important role that social and community connections have in fostering family wellbeing. Results will be shared with community partners and will inform future programs.