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?
Encouraging young people to explore the world is important, but to have them return or consider Sudbury as a place to spend their lives, we need to create a positive economic environment so young people see that Sudbury cares for all its citizens and is heading in a positive economic direction. We need to attract greater investments in tech, science, and health and invest more in cultural experiences, such as music, art, culinary events, and more.
How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?
Listen to the outreach workers on the front lines - ask what’s needed, ask what more we can do. Providing the necessary support, and targeting the cause is key. As we know, homelessness is often due to mental illness, addiction, and history of abuse; educational programs and greater support structures are needed. Harm reduction, safe injection sites, free and subsidized meals, subsidized housing, shelter, and a 24-hour respite site, which is particularly important for our harsh winters.
If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?
Our transportation network requires a greater sense of human transit, this means safe roads, greater public transit services, paths, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes; making it work for everyone.
If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?
1. The main principle behind any public art policy should be this: Art is a public benefit to be enjoyed, interacted with, and experienced by residents and visitors.
2. A plan to include a variety of art (music, visual, conceptual, performance), history and culture.
3. Inclusive. Committee of volunteer representatives from a variety of ages, cultures, backgrounds, experiences to inform council.
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?
Sudbury's downtown core needs people. I want to see the re-zoning of properties made easier, cheaper, and faster. I would give tax advantages to entrepreneurs who would provide downtown housing.
If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.
I would like to see the ward system abolished. With our current system, too many councillors worry solely about their wards and not about what is best for the city as a whole.
Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?
Make goals. Continue to evaluate and improve plans. Keep Sudbury’s natural environment top of mind. I want to see more bike paths, regreening continued, build more parks and playgrounds.
Help residents become aware of and learn benefits of what the city currently offers to reduce our individual carbon footprint: carpooling network, green bin, community gardens, and more.
What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?
I’d work with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a sound economic policy that the chamber can agree to. I’d make sure that businesses really believed that, “Sudbury is open for business”.
If you had to choose 5 emojis to describe your platform what would they be?