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York Regional Council Highlights - January 26, 2017



Chris Raynor named York Region’s new Regional Clerk

York Regional Council endorsed Chris Raynor as York Region’s new Regional Clerk.

Mr. Raynor has almost 13 years of municipal experience, including serving as York Region’s Deputy Clerk since 2009.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Raynor has a Bachelor Degree in Business Law from the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom and an Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate from the University of Alberta. In 2015, he also completed a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership.

York Region’s Office of the Clerk acts as corporate secretary to York Regional Council and its committees, leads the management of the Region’s information assets and heads access to information and privacy programs.

Mr. Raynor will assume his new role on January 27, 2017.

York Region Public Health receives Excellence Canada silver recognition

Excellence Canada has awarded York Region Public Health Healthy Living, Health Protection and Child and Family Health divisions with Silver certification in the Canada Awards for Excellence Program under the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard.

The Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard is Canada’s international benchmark for organizational excellence. To qualify for recognition, organizations are assessed on their leadership, governance, planning, processes, social responsibility, partners, suppliers, customers, employees and results.

York Region asks Ontario government to provide more support for collection of unpaid fines

In submissions summarized for Council, York Region is asking the Ontario government to help improve the effectiveness of York Region’s policy on collection of fines under the Provincial Offenses Act (POA). The submission asks the government to remove exemptions to license plate denials under the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, 2015 to allow full collection of outstanding fines.

With historic provincial offence default fines in York Region approaching $48.5 million, expansion of license plate denial would help send a message to fine defaulters that the Province is serious about helping municipalities collect the large number of unpaid fines for traffic offenses.

York Region’s approach to collecting unpaid fines includes:

  • Use of collection agencies
  • Partnering with local municipalities to collect fines through property tax bills
  • Enforcing payment through civil enforcement mechanisms such as property liens or garnishment of wages
  • Adding additional administration charges to default fines for full collection cost recovery

Action Plan targets housing, employment to improve quality of life for York Region residents

The Human Services Planning Board (HSPB) of York Region’s 2016 to 2018 Action Plan focuses on improving health and well-being for low and moderate income residents by encouraging affordable housing and secure, fulfilling employment opportunities

Activities within the plan include championing and participating in the ventureLAB communityBUILD Blueprint: Affordable Housing Challenge to increase the supply of legal long-term second suite units in the Region, hosting an Employment Learning Forum in 2017, working with Regional partners to grow the Career Navigator program and working with local municipalities on strategies to increase the supply of rental housing.

The 2016 to 2018 Action Plan builds on the direction set in Making Ends Meet in York Region: A Road Map for 2015 to 2018. The Making Ends Meet in York Region strategy is focused on helping low and moderate income residents who find it hard to bridge the growing gap between income and the high costs of living.

Hospital transfer and paramedic response times being reduced in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York in collaboration with local hospital partners is bringing better health care to residents with faster Paramedic Services response times and shorter transfer of care times at hospital.

York Region approved more than $1.3 million in January 2015 to fund initiatives to reduce off-load delays at local hospitals. Staff from York Region Paramedic Services, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Mackenzie Health and Southlake Regional Health Centre participated in a four-day event in January 2016 to create new patient transfer efficiencies. Some of the new initiatives underway include:

  • Connecting hospitals to the Paramedic Services electronic patient record system to prepare for arrivals
  • New escalation processes to streamline patient flow
  • Reviewing of transfer of care performance on a weekly and monthly basis

Ongoing investment and collaboration has resulted in the reduction of hospital transfer of care times of up to 90 minutes, down to 30 minutes. Shorter transfer of care times have allowed Paramedic Services to improve response times from 13 minutes and four seconds to 11 minutes and 20 seconds region-wide between 2010 and 2015. Continued focus on efficiencies could reduce these times even further.

York Region prepared for emergencies

York Regional Council received the Emergency Management Program Annual Compliance Review and Bylaw Revision – 2016, a report on the activities undertaken in 2016 to ensure annual compliance regulations are met and that Regional staff are prepared in times of emergency.

Emergencies that can occur in York Region include:

  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Severe weather
  • Power outage
  • Health emergencies
  • Floods

Residents are encouraged to download a copy of York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide for more information on how to prepare and stay safe.

York Region, municipalities and partners prepared for emergency response

The Regional Municipality of York is updating the emergency social services program with local municipalities and the Canadian Red Cross to ensure rapid and coordinated delivery of emergency social services in the event of a local crisis.

York Region will be moving forward to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding with local cities and towns to streamline deployment of essential social services to individuals who are evacuated during an emergency. A new three-year agreement will also be signed with the Canadian Red Cross to support disaster relief services including staffing, registration, lodging, food, clothing and management of reception centres.

To further prepare for emergencies, York Region completed a number of emergency management planning and preparedness activities in 2016, including:

  • Conducting an annual emergency practice exercise
  • Coordinating an all-day, inter-municipal emergency training and education conference
  • Training more than 225 staff and community partners
  • Delivering a public education and awareness program highlighting risks to public safety and personal preparedness for emergencies

York Region will invest $103,252 annually to secure ongoing support, training and resources from the Canadian Red Cross. Local municipalities will reimburse the Canadian Red Cross for the additional cost of services provided during an emergency.

York Region, Markham Stouffville Hospital continue partnership for speech and language services

York Regional Council approved an agreement between York Region and Markham Stouffville Hospital to continue delivery of speech and language services for families and preschool children with special needs through December 31, 2020.

This partnership will provide children and families in York Region with continued access to both the Region’s Early Intervention Services programs and the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program provided by Markham Stouffville Hospital.

More than 3,000 York Region families benefit annually from speech and language services provided by the Region and Markham Stouffville Hospital. For more information on special needs services in York Region, visit york.ca/specialneeds

Work continues on Diversity and Inclusion Charter

York Region and the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group are making progress on the Draft Diversity and Inclusion Charter to meet the needs of our diverse and growing population in York Region.

The charter will provide a common vision and commitment to promoting an inclusive community welcoming of all cultures, races, ethnicity, languages, religions, abilities, ages and sexual orientations. The Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group, co-chaired by York Region and York Regional Police, will continue to develop the charter with members from local municipalities, hospitals, school boards, non-profit agencies, conservation authorities and United Way of Toronto and York Region.

A series of Diversity Dialogues has taken place since 2015 to engage community stakeholders in discussion and development of the charter. Following additional consultation planned for spring 2017, the draft charter will be refined and brought to Council later this year for final review and approval.

2016 Source Water Annual Report

The Regional Municipality of York released its 2016 Source Water Implementation Annual Report which summarizes work the Region is leading to identify and manage potential impacts to drinking water. The Region also works with municipal partners and businesses to pinpoint vulnerable areas where proposed development requires careful planning to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply.

Among its achievements in 2016, York Region provided more than $46,000 to businesses to implement required risk management measures as part of its incentive programs, inspected more than half the sites with risk management plans in place and received international recognition for its Source Protection program by the American Water Works Association.

Source protection is one component of the multi-barrier approach to ensure clean and safe drinking water. The program also includes operator training, water treatment, extensive monitoring and testing, as well as emergency preparedness.

The Upper York Water Reclamation Centre adopts a first for Canada

The Regional Municipality of York will purchase a Membrane Filtration System for the Upper York Water Reclamation Centre from GE Water and Process Technologies Canada. It is a key piece of equipment to provide sustainable sewage service to accommodate planned growth of approximately 150,000 residents and employees in the Towns of Aurora, East Gwillimbury and Newmarket.

The filtration system will be used in advance of a Reverse Osmosis System, a process in which dissolved inorganic solids (such as phosphorus) are removed from a solution (such as water) to ensure consistent high quality effluent to York Region’s receiving streams.

This combination of a Membrane Filtration System and Reverse Osmosis System is the first of its kind in Canada for municipal wastewater treatment. The system will provide unprecedented clean water to protect the Region’s resources.


Next regular meeting of York Regional Council

York Regional Council will meet on Thursday, February 16 at 9 a.m. in the York Region Administrative Centre Council Chambers, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 580,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices
 

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Compiled by:      
Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Communications Specialist
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77272, Cell: 905-251-6416
Email: masrine.guthrie-peart@york.ca


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