September 22, 2009 Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
Page Content:
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Communication Items
5. Presentations
6. Reports
7. Other Business
8. Next Meeting
9. Adjournment

 

REGION OF PEEL

ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (AAC)


MINUTES


AAC-2009-7

 

The Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee met on September 22, 2009 at 1:03 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Region of Peel Administrative Headquarters, Suite A, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton.

Members Present: H. Bajwa; G. Barnes; W. Goursky; S. Hames; J. Hardman; N. Husain; R. Paterak; M. Tymkow
 
Members Absent: E. Kolb, due to personal matters; S. McFadden, due to personal matters; J. Spry
 
Also Present:

J. Payne, Deputy Clerk and Acting Director of Clerk's; J. Daly, Acting Manager, Regulatory Compliance; D. Allengame, Acting Manager, Peel Heritage Complex; M. Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist; H. West, Legislative Specialist; V. Montesdeoca, Committee Clerk

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*See text for arrivals
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William Goursky, Chair, presided.


1. CALL TO ORDER

William Goursky, Chair of the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m. and welcomed everyone present.

 

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

RECOMMENDATION AAC-18-2009:

That the minutes of the June 23, 2009 Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC-2009-6), be approved.

William Goursky reviewed the staff directions from the June 23, 2009 AAC meeting and requested updates.

Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist updated the Committee regarding staff direction AAC-06-2009-1. She advised that staff from the Human Services Division has yet to meet with the Peel Poverty Action Group regarding the Ontario Disability Support Program. Meenu Sikand will keep the Committee informed of any new developments.

John Daly, Acting Manager, Regulatory Compliance addressed staff direction AAC-06-2009-2. He informed the Committee that a meeting with the municipal counterparts took place in early September. Some topics of common interest include: the desire to meet more often as a joint municipal AAC and the need to expand the Committee membership to include participation from other Regional institutions such as hospitals, school boards and colleges.


3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

RECOMMENDATION AAC-19-2009:

That the agenda for the September 22, 2009 Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting be amended to include one additional item regarding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Consultation with Charles Beer, to be dealt with under Other Business - Item 7a;

And further, that the agenda for the September 22, 2009 Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting be approved, as amended.

See also Other Business - Item 7a


Items Related to Presentations - Items 5b, 5c and 5a were dealt with.

5. PRESENTATIONS

b. Robb Dods, Manager, and Melody Gonsalvez, Project Manager, Asset Preservation, Real Property Asset Management, Employee and Business Services, Presenting Peel's Position on the Proposed Built Environment Standard

Received

See also Items Related to Communications - Items 4b and 4d

Robb Dods, Manager, and Melody Gonsalvez, Project Manager, Asset Preservation participated on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) subcommittee to analyze and provide feedback to the Standards Development Committee (SDC) as the Accessible Built Environment (ABE) Standard is being developed. Robb Dods noted submissions from the public review period are due by October 16, 2009 and was seeking input from the AAC Committee.

Robb Dods explained that the purpose of the ABE Standard is to address access into buildings and outdoor spaces, and enhance accessible environments. Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), it is the goal of the Provincial government to make Ontario fully accessible by 2025.

Robb Dods informed the AAC Committee that he and Melody Gonsalvez attended the 5th public meeting session where participants from the private and public sector expressed their concerns. They discussed the fact that the proposed ABE Standard conflicts with other building codes currently in place. A proposed suggestion was to work with the existing standards to try to align and integrate the use of consistent wording.

Robb Dods further indicated that the new proposed ABE Standard would apply to new construction projects going forward and would not include retrofit or affordable housing projects. A proposal will be made to include retrofit projects in the wording of the ABE Standard.

Robb Dods explained that the ABE Standard is a very complex and involved standard due to the number of technical clauses. He proceeded to provide a high level overview targeting some of the concerns of the ABE Standard. Group discussion and analysis occurred regarding the various discrepant clauses in the proposed Standard which resulted in the following recommendation.

RECOMMENDATION AAC-20-2009:

That the recommendations for the Built Environment Standard as outlined in the presentation of the Manager of Real Property Asset Management, Region of Peel at the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting held on September 22, 2009, be endorsed.

Due to time constraints, Jeff Payne, Deputy Clerk encouraged the Committee to review the handouts and to direct further comments to Robb Dods.

c. Edward Wong, Manager, Asset Renewal and Construction, Real Property Asset Management, Region of Peel, Presenting the Initial Design of the Peel Heritage Complex, City of Brampton, Ward 3

Received

Edward Wong, Manager, Asset Renewal and Construction provided an overview of the proposed renovation and expansion for the Peel Heritage Complex located in the City of Brampton, Ward 3. This redevelopment project was approved under the infrastructure funding stimulus program and therefore, construction will need to be completed by March 2011. The proposed transformation will result in an expansion to the art gallery, museum and archival facility, as well as improvements to the accessible provisions throughout the complex. Edward Wong pointed out that the facility is a heritage designated property and therefore, bound to certain rules and provisions.

Edward Wong introduced Gillian Haley, Architect, Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects who is the prime consultant for this project. A preliminary design of the various retrofits was presented by Gillian Haley, as well as, some of the key accessibility enhancements.

Sandra Hames, City of Brampton Councillor commended the presenters for undertaking this initiative as it will enhance our rich heritage.

Glenn Barnes, Committee member questioned the replacement of ramps with wheelchair lifts. He noted that ramps provide for an easier flow of traffic and can be used by all; lifts are more limiting and can be used by only one person at a time. He suggested that the location of the accessible parking spaces be relocated from the end of the parking lot so that they will not be inhibited by snow build up during the winter months.

Richard Paterak, Regional Councillor concurred with Glenn Barnes' concerns regarding chair lifts and raised other concerns such as operational training, maintenance and management of the equipment. Councillor Paterak also suggested moving the accessible parking spaces closer to the main entrances.

Gillian Haley responded that the relocation of ramps is a difficult undertaking due to the close proximity between the buildings but offered to review this proposal and report back on findings.

Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist inquired if the door openings could be made wider. Gillian Haley advised that the openings are made of framed stone, making widening difficult because of certain guidelines that need to be adhered to. She reiterated that the door openings comply with minimum width guidelines.

Due to time limitations the Committee agreed to approve the site plans, in principle, but requested that the delegation report back to the October AAC meeting with additional information and the proposed changes.

RECOMMENDATION AAC-21-2009:

That the site plan overview provided to the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) on September 22, 2009 regarding the Peel Heritage Complex, City of Brampton, Ward 3, be received.

And further, that the site plan for the afore-mentioned project be approved, in principle, subject to additional information and proposed changes to be provided at the October 20, 2009 Region or Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting.

a. Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist, Region of Peel, Presenting the Draft 2009 Region of Peel Annual Accessibility Plan

Received

Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist provided an overview of the 2009 Region of Peel Annual Accessibility Plan. She noted that the deadline for submission to the Province is September 30, 2009 and requested comments from the Committee.

Members of the Committee expressed satisfaction with the draft 2009 Accessibility Plan, however, noted that such a comprehensive document merits thorough review. A group discussion occurred on better ways to present the plan to the Committee. It was suggested that instead of performing an extensive review towards the end of the reporting period, that the plan be presented in intervals over a twelve month period to allow for a complete analysis and adequate time to receive feedback.

Maureen Tymkow, Committee member requested clarification regarding the statistics for Caledon contained in the emerging trends section of the plan. Meenu Sikand explained the graph and offered to send Maureen Tymkow the raw data compiled from the 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS).

A consensus was reached by the Committee to accept the plan with minor revisions and further changes will be referred to Meenu Sikand for inclusion in the 2010 Annual Accessibility Plan.

RECOMMENDATION AAC-22-2009:

That the 7th Annual Region of Peel Accessibility Plan dated September 2009, as amended, with the endorsement of the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), be forwarded to Regional Council attached to a report from the Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services, for approval.

 

4. COMMUNICATION ITEMS

a. Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), Press Release dated June 18, 2009, titled "Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Opposes Bill C-384"

Received

b. Member Communication - Alert: Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), dated July 15, 2009, Advising that the Draft Built Environment Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has been Released for Public Review

Received

See also Item - 4d and Items Related to Presentations - Item 5b

c. AODA Alliance, E-mail dated July 21, 2009, Advising of a Letter sent to Three Cabinet Ministers regarding the 2007 Election Pledge made by the Premier on Teaching School Students and Professional Trainees about Disability Accessibility

Received

d. Christine Norris, President, Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), Letter dated July 29, 2009, Addressed to Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services, Regarding the Accessible Built Environment Standard - Consultation Period

Received

See also Item - 4b and Items Related to Presentations - Item 5b

e. Business Takes Action, July 2009 Newsletter

Received

f. Enermodal Engineering, Article titled "Green Social Housing: Good for People, Good for the Environment"

Received

g. Toronto Star, Article dated August 10, 2009, titled "Renovating for the Needs of the Disabled"

Received

h. Toronto Star, Article dated August 19, 2009, titled "Discrimination in Rental Housing Focus of Human Rights Report"

Received


5. PRESENTATIONS

a. Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist, Region of Peel, Presenting the Draft 2009 Region of Peel Annual Accessibility Plan

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting

b. Robb Dods, Manager, Asset Preservation, Employee and Business Services, Region of Peel, Presenting Peel's Position on the Proposed Built Environment Standard This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting

c. Edward Wong, Manager, Real Property Asset Management, Region of Peel, Presenting the Initial Design of the Peel Heritage Complex, City of Brampton, Ward 3

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting


6. REPORTS

a. Monthly Activity Report - July/August/September 2009 (Oral)
Update by Meenu Sikand, Accessibility Planning Specialist, Region of Peel

Deferred to the October 20, 2009 AAC meeting

b. Employment Accessibility Standards Development Committee Update (Oral)
Update by Naz Husain, Vice-Chair, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)

Deferred to the October 20, 2009 AAC meeting

c. Accessible Transportation Standards Development Committee (Oral)
Update by Glenn Barnes, Member, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee

Deferred to the October 20, 2009 AAC meeting


7. OTHER BUSINESS

Additional Item - Item 7a:

a. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Consultation with Charles Beer

Received

See also Approval of Agenda

Glenn Barnes informed members that Charles Beer, the person appointed to conduct an independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), is receiving requests for personal appearances and suggested he appear before a Joint Municipal AAC meeting.

John Daly, Acting Manager, Regulatory Compliance, responded that a Joint Municipal AAC meeting had taken place in early September. He noted that members of the local area AAC's are actively involved in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Committee as well as with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and are providing recommendations through these channels.

Councillor Sandra Hames commented that AMO also represents small municipalities and reminded Committee members to be congnicant of the needs of these municipalities. She noted that the standards may not be as easily acceptable to the smaller rural municipalities where their composition differs greatly from that of a large municipality. She also noted that small municipalities have a smaller tax base and financing priorities are different.

William Goursky encouraged members to participate in the on-line public consultation session with Charles Beer sheduled for October 22, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Glenn Barnes noted that a similar consultation with Charles Beer will take place in Toronto on October 14, 2009. Interested members were asked to contact Glenn Barnes to coordinate transportation to the event.

 

8. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., Council Chamber, 5th floor, Regional Administrative Headquarters, Suite A, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, Ontario.

Please forward regrets to Veronica Montesdeoca, Legislative Technical Coordinator, (905) 791-7800, ext. 4384 or at veronica.montesdeoca@peelregion.ca.


9. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.