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What is one thing you would do to encourage more young adults to live in Greater Sudbury?
I would work with post-secondary institutions and local businesses to ensure that opportunities are available for students entering the workforce. We have a ready supply of bright young minds graduating from three institutions and we need to work more effectively to keep them in our community. I firmly believe that we need leadership that will also work pro-actively to foster new business partnerships and attract new opportunities to our community.
How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?
By advocating for the necessary support to address these issues locally. The opioid crisis, for example, is affecting communities all across the province and by working with mayors from other municipalities, we can collectively lobby upper levels of government for the financial resources required to set up a monitors consumption site.
If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?
Unfortunately starting over is not a realistic option. Moving forward, I would advocate that we ensure we are planning for future growth and catering to all modes of community transportation being utilized by our citizens.
If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?
I would much rather see a public art policy created by a panel of citizens with varying backgrounds, and representation from all parts of our community. I would however encourage themes that shed light on our unique heritage, multicultural make up and accomplishments.
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 would argue that there are a number of areas around the city which have not experienced significant private sector investment. I believe the city has not fulfilled its mandate to attract new investment to all parts of the community and has been reactive rather than pro-active in engaging in these types of conversations. Consultations with communities all across the city could lead to new opportunities and new ideas for investment.
If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.
I would agree that the renegotiation of the ward system warrants a conversation. It is important to ensure that the ward system is efficiently serving citizens in all areas of our city. Much has changed in our community since the current ward system was instituted.
Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?
Encourage the ongoing efforts of environmental groups working tirelessly to advocate for environmental stewardship in our community. Empower communities to participate in programs such as Communities in Bloom to educate neighbors and implement best practices with regards to re-creating urban forestry and beautification projects. Investigate new alternatives to winter road maintenance programs with lesser effects on natural habitats around the city.
What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?
Review all policy to economic development to ensure that Greater Sudbury is the place of choice for new and existing businesses. We must ensure that Greater Sudbury is ready for new opportunity and is competitive with regard to location, cost, sector supports and trained workforce.
If you had to choose 5 emojis to describe your platform what would they be?