Business Update on the Toronto Pearson International Airport
Regional Council received a presentation from Stephen Griggs, Member of the Board of Directors, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) providing an overview of new programs that will be, or are currently offered at Pearson International Airport (PIA) including a volunteer program to assist arriving passengers, free baggage carts, improved retail, food and beverage service, a fitness centre, and technology advancements.
Lorrie McKee, Acting Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications, GTAA, highlighted the economic impact of PIA on the greater Region, as well as plans to develop PIA as a Regional Mobility Hub.
CARF Accreditation Certification for Region of Peel Long Term Care and Adult Day Services
Regional Council received a presentation from Dawn Pickering, Business Development Executive, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Canada; and Nancy Polsinelli, Manager, Long Term Care, regarding the CARF Accreditation Certification for Region of Peel Long Term Care and Adult Day Services noting that three-year accreditation is CARF’s maximum award.
Dawn Pickering outlined the accreditation process and noted areas of strength including innovative programs; commitment to resident and client dignity and safety and staff safety; a culture of compassion, team empowerment and strong, supportive work environment; and, well maintained, organized and exceptionally clean facilities. It was also noted that there is a strong and committed group of volunteers at all sites, and hardworking staff are committed to improving the quality of life for persons served.
For more information about Long Term Care and Adult Day Services in the Region of Peel, please visit: www.peelregion.ca/ltc/.
Update on Community Paramedicine in Peel and Ontario
Regional Council received an update on Community Paramedinice in Peel and Ontario. Peel Paramedics Services have been working to form partnerships and strategies to reduce the number of non-essential transports to area hospitals. Paramedic Services have been working with local health system partners to implement evidence-based community paramedicine initiatives since October 2013. The Region of Peel will continue to advocate both locally and provincially about the important role that paramedics play in the health system.
Public Disclosure of Personal Service Settings Inspection Results
Regional Council enacted a by-law to disclose personal service settings inspection results. Personal service settings are businesses where services such as tattooing, body piercing, manicures, pedicures, facials, hairdressing, barbering, and various aesthetic services are provided. Personal service settings can pose a risk to the public for infections and blood-borne diseases if services are delivered using improper infection control practises. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, under the Ontario Public Health Standards, mandates public health inspection of personal health care settings. Public consultation data suggests very strong support for an inspection disclosure program similar to that used for inspections of food premises. The new by-law will improve accountability and transparency related to inspection results in personal service settings. Following an information period for personal service setting businesses, inspection disclosure signs will be posted at business entrances during routine inspections effective January 1, 2015.
Regional Council received information on the 2014 Vector-Borne Disease Plan, which addresses three diseases of concern: West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Lyme Disease. Vector-borne diseases are transmitted to humans or other animals by an insect or other arthropod.
Peel Public Health will continue to conduct mosquito surveillance for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Six Peel residents were confirmed as having acquired Lyme disease in 2013; however none of the cases were acquired locally. Climate change is projected to increase the potential for transmission of vector-borne diseases in the Region of Peel. Peel Public Health will continue vector-borne surveillance and public education programs.