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September 21, 2016
YouthForce recognized by Council
Youth who live in and near housing communities owned by the Region of Waterloo had the opportunity to work in their neighourhoods and contribute to their communities this summer while building skills to help with their future careers. Through a new program called YouthForce, a group of 25 people between the ages of 14 and 25 were hired in to do various jobs, including community clean ups, beautification of the grounds, cleaning, flyer drops, and unit inspections. They also attended weekly workshops on career development. It is part of the Regional strategy to help break the cycle of poverty and create healthy and vibrant communities.
Region passes new taxi by-law
Regional Council passed the final by-law for taxi and taxi type services. The Region has been reviewing its Taxi by-law since August 2015 and included various forms of public input. The review is now complete. The new Vehicle for Hire by-law now covers services like Uber and RideCo, and establishes vehicle and driver requirements including insurance. These services must comply with the new by-law to operate in Waterloo Region. The new by-law will come into effect December 2016.
Region provides input to the province of Ontario's "Conserving our Future" document
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry recently released a document titled "Conserving our Future: Proposed Priorities for Renewal." This document makes recommendations to improve the functioning of conservation authorities. The Region has a long-standing and excellent working relationship with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Regional staff have endorsed the five priority areas outlined in the document. Staff have given the Province suggestions in the areas of draft legislation, regulation and policy and programs. These suggestions could potentially help the GRCA and other conservation authorities better fulfill their important roles in our communities. The Region's input will be forwarded to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for consideration.
Region expands Ontario Renovates program
Council approved expanding the Ontario Renovates program to include funding for the creation of secondary suites and repairs to eligible Regionally-funded supportive housing units. A secondary suite could be a basement apartment, in-law flat or garden suite. They provide homeowners the opportunity to earn additional income, accommodate multi-generational families or live-in caregivers. Since 2012, low income residents in the Region have benefited greatly from this program. It has assisted 168 households make repairs and accessibility modifications to enable them to stay in their home.
Region responds to housing regulation
The province is asking housing service managers, including the Region, to create a process for community housing providers to appeal certain decisions. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and other housing service managers across Ontario oppose this regulation because it is neither appropriate nor necessary; a system is already in place to address these issues. The Region is supporting AMO's position.
Children's Services staff person to work with service providers
Children's Services staff person to work with service providers Council approved a full-time staff position in Children's Services. This person will work with early years service providers to implement a plan to coordinate services for parents, caregivers and young children. This move is part of a Ministry funded approach to have all child and family programs combined into one program model. The Region's staff position will be fully funded by provincial grants.
Curatorial Centre expansion approved
Curatorial granted pre-budget approval for up to $11.15 million for an expansion to the artifact storage area of the Region of Waterloo Curatorial Centre, to support a grant application to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The Region's museums care for more than 53,000 objects, plus an estimated one million objects excavated from archaeological sites in Waterloo Region. The Curatorial Centre is at about 90 per cent capacity. This is subject to the awarded grant being satisfactory to Regional Council.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
$5,872,400 plus applicable taxes to 19 trade contractors - rotational roster - for Waterloo Regional housing for a two year period.
$2,976,545 plus applicable taxes to 947465 Ontario Ltd. o/a Voyageur Transportation Services for transportation feeder service (busPLUS) for a five year period.
$655,350 plus applicable taxes to 410754 Ontario Ltd. o/a Sousa Concrete for Water Street watermain replacement, City of Cambridge.
$340,523 plus applicable taxes to Xterra Construction Inc. For zone 6/5 PRV chamber installation and watermain connections, City of Waterloo.
$229,162 plus applicable taxes to Flow Kleen Technology Ltd. for a catch basin cleaning program.
$193,912 plus applicable taxes to Badger Daylighting Ltd. for Wellesley and Ayr sanitary sewer hydraulic cleaning, CCTV inspection and CCTV assessment.
$118,135 plus applicable taxes to Jacques Daoust Coatings Management Inc. for Main Street bridge coating, City of Cambridge.
For your information:
Citizens encouraged to participate in "Moving Forward" Public Consultations
"Moving Forward" is the Region's Transportation Master Plan that defines how the Region's transportation system will grow and change in the coming decades. Public consultation is a critical part of "Moving Forward." The first Public Consultation Centre will take place in September and will familiarize the public with the project and get input on a Regional vision and goals for transportation in the future. This input will then inform the development of "Moving Forward" throughout the rest of the project. The first Public Consultation Centre will be hosted on the following dates:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cambridge Centre Mall (Outside of The Bay)
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Drop in anytime between 5 - 8 p.m.
Lions Arena 20 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Drop in anytime between 5 - 8 p.m.
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre, 2nd Floor, Hauser Haus
101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo
Citizens unable to attend but wanting to give their input can join the conversation online at http://engageregionofwaterloo.ca/
Next Council meeting
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
For more information, contact:
Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420