Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Demonstration
Regional Council received a delegation from Peter Dundas, Chief and Director of Paramedic Services, and Paul Snobelen, Specialist, Community Safety Programs, Paramedic Services, who provided a demonstration on the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as part of the official launch of the Region's Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program.
The Regional PAD program will place up to 80 new AEDs in Regional facilities; enhancing access to lifesaving AED devices in public places, where one in five cardiac arrests occur. The program will improve public access to AEDs similar to water rescue devices in community swimming pools and fire extinguishers in homes and businesses.
Peel Paramedics respond to more than 1,100 cardiac arrests each year and the chance for survival depends on the time it takes for individuals to receive CPR and have an AED applied. With each passing minute after a cardiac arrest, the probability of survival declines by 7%. More access to AEDs at Regional facilities builds upon programs already in place in the local municipalities and among Peel businesses. Members of Council were provided a brief training session using CPR mannequins and participated in a demonstration on the use of an AED.
Regional Council's Proposed Strategic Plan, Term of Council Priorities and New Corporate Brand
Regional Council approved the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan and Term of Council Priorities, and endorsed the new corporate brand for Peel.
Regional Council embarked on the renewal of the 20-year Strategic Plan earlier this year and have led the development of the Strategic Plan content by participating in facilitated discussions and community engagement activities as well as providing feedback through the process. Extensive community engagement was conducted between April to August, 2015 and included input from stakeholders, residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
The identified Term of Council Priorities are grouped under the three areas of focus: living, focusing on poverty, affordable housing and stable employment; thriving, which includes climate change, goods movement and regional growth; and leading, aiming to modernize our workplace while bringing in top talent and reforming service delivery.
A new corporate brand was also introduced: "Region of Peel - Working With You". Working with you sees a shift in how we view our stakeholders. Our new brand envisions stakeholders, residents and partners as active participants in a journey to a vision that has been imagined with the people who live, work and thrive in this community. Working with you helps to properly position Peel today for the future of government.
Regional Council approved a report recommending that the Medical Officer of Health report back to Regional Council, following consultation with stakeholders, on measures to address the health risks of indoor waterpipe use in public places, including possible prohibition, for the consideration of Regional Council.
The increasing popularity of waterpipe smoking (also known as hookah or narghile) in public places in Peel poses a health risk to both the user and to those exposed to the second-hand smoke. There are negative effects on health and indoor air quality associated with smoking both tobacco and non-tobacco waterpipes.
Provincial tobacco regulations do not adequately address waterpipe smoking and five Ontario municipalities have already passed by-laws that prohibit the smoking of waterpipes in enclosed public places. Stakeholder consultations are proposed to inform measures to address the health risks of indoor waterpipe use in public places in the Region of Peel.
Misconceptions about the health risks, combined with the relative ease with which youth can obtain waterpipe products, threatens to undermine two decades of tobacco control policies designed to protect people from the addictive nature of smoking and the effects of second-hand smoke.
Supporting Early Literacy Across Peel - Program Update
Regional Council received an update on efforts to promote and support early literacy across Peel.
Literacy (reading and writing) is an essential foundational skill for education and lifelong learning, employment and income, civic engagement, and accessing health information and services. In Ontario, 47% of adults do not have the literacy skills they need for home, work and life. Many recent and established newcomers in Ontario have low levels of literacy in English or French.
The Region of Peel receives provincial funding for Early Literacy Specialists (ELS) who work primarily with professionals and organizations serving children aged 0-6 years. The ELS promote the importance of literacy, provide training, and offer input to community networks and planning tables to ensure appropriate linkages between programs. In 2014, the ELS provided training to 1,503 professionals in the community.
The Region of Peel also funds staff to support a Family Literacy Program. The Program utilizes trained volunteers to deliver workshops that support caregivers to promote early language development with their families through stories, rhymes, and interactive activities. The workshops also involve parents in a discussion focused on promoting literacy at home, school and in the community.