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What is one thing you would do to encourage more young adults to live in Greater Sudbury?
Grow the economy, specifically in fields related to technology. The mining industry is undergoing a huge shift, and adopting technologies at a rapid pace. The jobs being created are high-tech, high-skilled, knowledge based, and pay well. Mining in Sudbury is more than just getting ore out of the ground. We also have a flourishing health science sector, and creative industry. We need to do a better job of communicating these opportunities to the rest of the province/country/world.
How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?
With empathy and compassion. I am in favour of a supervised injection site, but only as a platform for additional programs. It is not THE solution, but can be part of a broader initiative to address the epidemic related to opioid addiction. We also need to ensure that there are opportunities for those that are disenfranchised to become reintegrated into society. By creating jobs and opportunities, coupled with compassionate programs, we can combat both homelessness and addictions.
If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?
Establish express routes for busses that travel from key node to key node, and provide them spaces to turn into at stops to allow traffic to continue to flow past (and provided shelters at stops!). Bike infrastructure would also be included on main arteries and throughways. These would be separate from pedestrian walk ways and the road. A big part of this is also encouraging densification and development in and around main streets to reduce travel times to places of business and work.
If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?
Must be respectful/tasteful, fully understanding that art can also be provocative and challenging
Enhances the community, and adds to our collective art culture
Permission from the land/building owner required and obtained
Nothing too limiting, because we are talking about art after-all.
There’s been no major private sector investment in the downtown core for years. Why do you think that is and how would you change it?
This has happened because the City itself has avoided any large investments for the better part of 30 years, with multiple regime's being elected on a 'no tax increase' platform. The result is an ever increasing infrastructure deficit, and stagnation. We need to reinvest in our downtown and do what we can to change the hearts and minds of Sudburians to understand that cities today are dependent on their downtowns more than ever. To compete for talent, and investment, we need a vibrant downtown.
If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.
Yes. However finding a solution that works will be more complicated. One look at the Ward map today should be enough to encourage a rethink of how we organize ourselves. That they are based on pre-amalgamation community outlines also reinforces old territorial thinking and does little to help us come together as a Greater Sudbury. Instead, we should have a system to contributes to collaboration amongst communities, and enhances the new reality of being a single entity. This will take time.
Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?
To start, we need to invest in watershed studies so we have a baseline to monitor our water systems moving forward. New developments around Ramsey should be kept to a minimum, and the use of fertilizers and pesticides curtailed. Proponents of new developments around town should have to offset any green space that is destroyed by planting new areas close by, or contributing to a park revitalization fund (note, I am not advocating for increased development fees, those need to be reduced).
What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?
Sudbury is fortunate to already have an active business community. Listening more intently to their frustrations and solutions should be a key part of any business/red-tape/by-law reform initiatives taken by the City. Supporting events, and encouraging more networking/collaboration opportunities should also be top of mind. Finally, investing in an incubator for startup businesses and corresponding amenities will help grow new businesses locally and create more opportunities for youth.