What's your name?
What area are you running in?
What is one thing you would do to encourage more young adults to live in Greater Sudbury?
I want to create a pedestrian area downtown, much like that of the By Ward Market in Ottawa. I would work with Council and downtown businesses to locate a shopping, restaurant, entertainment and socializing area. I would encourage pop-up retail on the street along with restaurant patios, small stages and night lighting that would capture the effects of the lighting at the Laughing Buddha patio. I also feel it is important to build a convention centre downtown and near the pedestrian mall.
How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?
There are several things that need to be done including, and most importantly, working with health addiction specialists and volunteers to establish safe injection sites. We also need to find a way to create jobs for people who live on the fringes of our society. I would work to find jobs that could be jointly sponsored by the City and local businesses. Additionally, I feel that the City must expand emergency shelter opportunities in all areas of the City and not just in the winter.
If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?
I would invest more in public transportation perhaps electric busses. I would work with Sudbury Transit to increase frequency of service and establish routes that by-pass downtown. Our geography, spread-out population and love affair with the automobile limit our options. One thing I would champion is Uber cabs. I would also insist that road construction or repair in the City be done according to MTO's standards complete with inspections and fines for violations.
If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?
First, I would expand the mural projects. I would employ a lottery to limit the space awarded to non-local artists. Secondly, I would implement a City sponsored mobile art gallery. Thirdly and very importantly, I would work with local art groups, visual, literature, music, etc., to establish a committee to create a way to identify and fund some projects and/or artists. Any such funding using public money would have to be approved by Council upon recommendation from the committee.
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?
I think relatively inexpensive land in the outskirts has drawn investment away from downtown. As Mayor, I will open discussions with CP Rail to have the rail yard moved from the downtown. This would provide us with prime real estate that could support a variety of housing options from low-cost rental to high end condos. It could also be used to house a multi-use convention centre, businesses, restaurants and serve as a dedicated bike path linking outlying areas to each other and downtown.
If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.
Yes. I feel the current system encourages fosters hard feelings between councillors and citizens of different wards. I would champion a system like Thunder Bay's with a Mayor, five at large and seven ward councillors. This would allow dovetailing local with city-wide concerns. I would also consider making councillor positions full-time. This would attract individuals who would might not otherwise consider running for public office might even encourage more females to run for office.
Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?
I would find an environmentally safe alternative for road salt perhaps employing wood chips in place of road salt as done in Quebec last year. By-law officers would spend more time monitoring and enforcing waterfront regulations. Violations would result in fines and corrective action. I would also work with staff and council to establish a municipal environmental review process that would require private land owners to obtain approval before clearing trees and changing drainage patterns.
What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?
I would ask new multi-national businesses for evidence based proof that no existing jobs would be lost. Current local businesses of all scales, have invested here and need to know that local clients and government will support them. Business people have asked me reduce red tape for various approvals. I would also champion the expansion of state of the art, very high-speed Internet connectivity. Industry and businesses that use or produce graphics need to move big data files quickly.
If you had to choose 5 emojis to describe your platform what would they be?