Brampton, ON. (Dec. 9, 2010) – The Region of Peel’s 24-member Council has elected Emil Kolb as Regional Chair for a seventh term. In his Inaugural address, Mr. Kolb welcomed the new Council and spoke about the challenges and opportunities facing the Region over the next four years.
“I thank our past councillors and am looking forward to working with this new Council, our staff, and our many partners including Peel Regional Police, to ensure Peel remains a vibrant, safe and sustainable community in which businesses thrive and residents can enjoy a high quality of life,” said Mr. Kolb.
Over the next four years, Council will need to grapple with a number of issues ranging from a desperate need for additional subsidized housing to managing the Region’s recovery after the recent economic downturn which saw a significant increase in social service caseloads in Peel.
Mr. Kolb especially highlighted the issue of child poverty.
“Child poverty should be our number one focus,” urged Mr. Kolb. “It has never been more important for this Council to pay closer attention to the needs of those who are more vulnerable in our community and to work together with other local agencies in finding solutions to this pivotal issue.”
Peel Region has seen a pattern of growing poverty over the past number of years, in particular with child poverty rates that are higher than the provincial average. This increase is driven largely by immigrant families where poverty rates for children under six are well over 40 per cent in Peel Region.
Given the influx of newcomers to the Region who have arrived in the past 10 to 15 years, Mr. Kolb said that “it is incumbent upon us as leaders to ensure that immigrants have access to appropriate support services, enabling our community and our children to benefit from their skills and knowledge.”
As Chair, Mr. Kolb is Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Municipality of Peel and ex-officio member of all committees of Council. He lives in the Town of Caledon with his family and has been serving the Region of Peel for over 20 years. The election of the Chair was held this evening at the 2010 Inaugural Meeting held at the Royal Ambassador Banquet Hall in the Town of Caledon.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.