Regional Council approved the Bolton Transportation Master Plan, which was a joint project between the Region of Peel and the Town of Caledon.
In the past 10 years, Bolton's population and employment has grown by 50 per cent, and vehicle trips are growing at the same pace. Future growth is anticipated to continue which will add stress to the road network in Bolton including the newly-built Emil Kolb Parkway and the planned roads and highways in the surrounding areas.
Future Regional Roads, Town roads, highways and transit network improvements have been recommended to serve the growing travel demand in the future. Additionally, a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy has been developed to enhance walkability and bicycle-friendliness in Bolton which in turn help rejuvenate local businesses and cultural heritage presence.
The Bolton Transportation Master Plan capitalizes opportunities from Emil Kolb Parkway, planned growth, future highways and transit services. It also articulates a Bolton core transportation vision with respect to safety, heritage preservation and businesses/economy vitality.
A periodic review of the Bolton Transportation Master Plan will be conducted to ensure that the recommendations are up-to-date, and that the implementable quick-win solutions are being measured to confirm effectiveness.
The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada Awards Baby-Friendly Re-Designation to Peel Public Health
Regional Council was informed of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada Awards Baby-Friendly Re-Designation to Peel Public Health.
Nurturing the Next Generation is one of Peel Public Health's strategic priorities. Its goal is to optimize early child development as it is well known that the first 1000 days of life are significant for lasting health, learning and wellbeing. Peel Public Health received Baby-Friendly Designation in June, 2009 and in May 2015 received notice of re-designation for a further five years.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 1991, is a global strategy that aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The Baby Friendly Initiative has been proven to be an effective tool to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity.
Peel Public Health offers many programs and services, such as: Breastfeeding clinics; support from a Public Health Nurse by telephone; an in home visit for those that cannot access the clinics; and Breastfeeding Companions who provide telephone support or assist new parents during their hospital stay.
Parents have 24 hour access to Peel Health through the BreastfeedinginPeel.ca website which contains a wealth of helpful information for parents and caregivers. Clinic locations and hours of operation are found on this site as well as instructional videos on how to breastfeed.
Regional Council received an update of information gathered from the Peel community regarding the Regional Strategic Plan and provided further input regarding a Vision Statement, Mission Statement and areas of focus and outcomes
The Strategic Plan will guide the priorities and investments of the Region for over a 20 year horizon - from 2015 to 2035. Regional Council has been engaged throughout the process through a series of workshops and reports.
Extensive community engagement has been the foundation of the strategic planning process. Engagement with the Peel community began in April and concluded in August 2015. As well, staff from area municipalities provided support in identifying opportunities to engage the Peel community. The engagement sessions provided an opportunity for community input as well as education on regional and area municipal services.
Staff will incorporate Regional Council's insights into the Draft Strategic Plan, which will be presented at the October 22, 2015 Regional Council meeting.
2016 Regional Council and Committee Meeting Schedule
Regional Council approved the 2016 Regional Council and Committee Meeting Schedule. All Thursdays (with some exceptions during regular "holiday" periods) are reserved for Regional business until 3:30 p.m.
Regional Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, and Committee meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month between September and June.
All meetings of Regional Council and its Committees are open to the public. Meetings are held at Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton, ON L6T 4B9, unless otherwise noted.