Derek Young

What's your name?

Derek Young

What area are you running in?

Ward 11

What is one thing you would do to encourage more young adults to live in Greater Sudbury?

Work with Mayor and Council to create opportunities for Greater Sudbury to be a creative, attractive and welcoming city for young adults to live, work and play.

How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?

I will champion the health and wellness of our community. This is a cause that is important to me. Earlier this summer I attended a Downtown Safety Forum and recently was the only candidate in the election to attend the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day on September 11 in Bell Park. Homelessness and addictions are interconnected. We must work together with social agencies, the business community, concerned citizens, police services, etc to develop solutions and build on the work being done.

If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?

There is over 3000KM of roads in Greater Sudbury. A number of transportation studies and master plans have been developed. We must be smarter and more efficient in how we design our roads and be prepared for new technologies such as electric and driverless cars. We need to continue to improve transit and continue to encourage alternatives such as cycling and walking infrastructure. The complete streets program and smart cities will play a key role in how we develop future transportation networks

If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?

Greater Sudbury is currently working on a public art policy. My own public art policy would include creating a sense of place, promote community identity, include grafitti safe walls and support for local artist.

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?

Vista Hospitality invested well over $25 million in exterior improvements to the Rainbow Centre. Younger entrepreneurs have brought new life to LaFromagerie, Hour Glass, The Grand, Alibi Room, Peppi Panni, Nichols, Stitch and Stone, The Refinery, Frubar, Studio 123 etc . There is a mix of new and experienced retailers. The School of Architecture and Places Des Arts are the most recent significant developments. There are a lot of smaller investments by the private sector which add up.

If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.

The ward system in Greater Sudbury will need to be reviewed. Under the current ward structure, the wards are very diverse. One example would be ward 4 which includes the Donovan, Elm West and Azilda. The needs and demographics of the Donovan and far different from Azilda as an example. Under the current system as well its very ward centric with not enough focus for the greater good of Greater Sudbury.

Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?

Sudbury is celebrating 40 years of land reclamation. We are an environmental leader. We must continue to build on our best practices and look at new green technology. I was invited to learn more about Greater Sudbury Utilities and was very impressed with the work being done by their companies such as ConverGen, Agilis, Hydro and their Workplace Innovation to advance the environment. We must continue to support EarthCare, ReThink Green, Water Source Protection, Vale, GSU, Living with Lakes etc

What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?

We need to take a good hard look at the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and their operation. Post secondary institutions and industry partners need to work with the City to create the environment that creates jobs. We should be engaging young people like yourselves who give a sh*t so that they have opportunities to live, work and play in their own community. Tech jobs, green jobs, and creative industries are the future for Greater Sudbury.

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