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 hear from young people that Sudbury needs a strong local economy; great quality of life amenities; and a reasonable cost of living. I will build opportunities for new graduates by working with our educational, business and government partners to find meaningful employment. We need to develop public spaces; build cultural capital; improve active transportation; support vibrancy across Greater Sudbury.
How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?
Homelessness and addictions cannot be solved in 500 words, it will take a community effort, and I am willing to lead that effort. It includes all levels of government, working towards a goal of supporting people through to recovery. A strong economy with jobs at all levels and abilities. Social services, mental health and addiction services, working together. We will also turn our attention to programs that help us get upstream and offer assistance sooner for our vulnerable populations.
If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?
Our roads, bike lanes and sidewalks are the circulation system of our city. It connects our communities and keeps our city flowing and vibrant. I would start with a complete streets policy that provides space for pedestrians, bikes, transit and cars. It’s vital to have streets that encourage active transportation -- active cities are healthy cities. From there I would ensure our road network would be designed to connect our neighbourhoods to our main streets.
If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?
Public art policies are community documents, and before I would think of creating a public art policy, I would bring together a vibrant cross-section of our community. Public art represents the soul of a city, no one person should develop it alone. Three major goals of that policy for me would be: That our public art tells our unique Sudbury story; it be inclusive of our aboriginal communities; and it be accessible across all of our neighbourhoods.
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 situation is not just in the downtown core, all of our cores are struggling. It’s cheaper for developers to build on undeveloped land, but it’s more efficient for the city to have land upgraded. The city needs to follow through on commitments it makes. We need CIP’s and achievable master plans for all of our neighbourhoods and main streets. We need CIP’s that encourage private sector build up in areas that benefit the city as a whole.
If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.
The next council has a duty to review the existing ward structure which was put in place over 10 years ago. As Mayor I would welcome this process and encourage the council to gather feedback broadly and openly to inform its decisions. I would embrace a new structure which better reflects the current and future needs of our city.
Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?
Greater Sudbury’s land reclamation efforts and reputation as the City of Lakes makes me proud. We need build on that by supporting efforts like the City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). We need to champion local businesses and citizens doing their part to improve our environment. We need to focus on making Sudbury the City of Clean Lakes. I will work with the Living with Lakes Centre to make us a global leader.
What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?
We have multiple programs in place to help new businesses: Regional Business Centre, Norcat, The Innovation Mill. We need to promote them inside and outside of our community. We need to be an attractive place to invest. What’s good for existing businesses is good for new ones, for growing entrepreneurs, and for Greater Sudbury’s economic development.
If you had to choose 5 emojis to describe your platform what would they be?
🏋️ 🍺 🍓 ☝️ 👯 (free high five and a button to the first person that guesses my emoji riddle!)