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Ontario shocked by the cost of the dissolution of the Peel region

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The province is stunned by the costs associated with the dissolution of the Peel region, north of Toronto.

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The Ontario government and the transition committee charged with making recommendations regarding the dissolution of Peel Region are stunned of the costs associated with this demerger, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke to CBC.

The Toronto Star reported Tuesday that Premier Doug Ford was preparing to reverse the decision to dissolve the region.

Concerns expressed by the unions of the Peel Regional Police and ambulance services in the region are also taken seriously by the province, according to the CBC News source.

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The Regional Municipality of Peel is immediately west of Toronto.

On Tuesday, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown — a former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party — said the dissolution could jeopardize ambulance services in the region.

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The province plans to eliminate Peel Region, an upper-tier municipality that includes the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, by January 1, 2025.

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In such a system, the upper-tier municipality takes care of certain services for all the cities under its jurisdiction, such as police and public health.

The province announced this plan this summer and adopted legislation to this effect in June. The Hazel McCallion Peel Dissolution Act, 2023, named in honor of the former Mississauga mayor, also created the five-member transition committee.

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The office of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra did not confirmed the information Tuesday evening.

The office of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra did not confirm the information from the Toronto Star when contacted by CBC. The transition committee continues to work with the region and the three lower-tier municipalities, a spokesperson said.

Via email, Mississauga Mayor and new Ontario Liberal Party leader Bonnie Crombie said she was not aware of an official decision from the premier or the minister [of municipal affairs] regarding the 'cancellation.

The decision to split the region was not unanimous among the mayors of the three cities as soon as the province announced it. Two of them — Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Caledon Mayor Annette Groves — opposed demerger.

In recent days, the City of Brampton has also published a press release declaring that the dissolution would have catastrophic financial consequences on the taxpayers of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.

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Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown disagreed with the province's decision to dissolve Peel Region. (File photo)

On social media There is too much cost uncertainty to fully understand the impact on taxpayers, she said.

On the other hand, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie supports the province's measure. I don't always get along with the Prime Minister, but we agree that we must use taxpayers' money wisely, wrote Tuesday the woman who runs the third most populous city in the province.

Patrick Brown's outings, she continues, are only political maneuvers to derail the process.

The bill was introduced at the time by former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. The minister has since resigned from his post in the wake of the Greenbelt scandal.

With information from< em>CBCNews

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