Michel Lalonde

What's your name?

Michel Lalonde

What area are you running in?

Ward 5

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

The key to encourage more young adults to live in the City of Greater Sudbury lies with encouraging a growth in employment (full time permanent positions with benefits and a pension), affordable housing, and an investment in the entertainment and arts scene. I have talked to many residents of Ward 5, and of the City of Greater Sudbury, who wish to leave the area after the competition of their education due to a lack of the three key areas underlined above.

How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?

A further investment in programs and support systems already in place (ei. The Homelessness Network's Housing First strategy, Canadian Mental Health Association, RΓ©seau ACCESS Network, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY), etc.) would be an asset to help tackle this growing issue in our City. I am currently researching and meeting with advocate groups for a safe injection site, which may also be a solution to our current addiction crisis.

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

I would of invested in technologies, such as the A.M.I.R. compactor, that increase the life and quality of our roads, as well as encourage multi-use development (ei. such as bike lanes, multi-use pathways, paved shoulders). I would of created sub-stations for our City Transit in key points of our City (to help to increase ridership), encourage ride-sharing programs, and encourage transportation technology companies who want to further mobility solutions in our community.

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

Firstly, it is important to have active community involvement in the process. Secondly, I would advocate that all corners of the City of Greater Sudbury benefit of this policy, as there are plenty of appropriate sites that could be enhanced by art (whether murals, statues, or monuments). Thirdly, we should adopt a Public Art Advisory Committee, who would be tasked with the implementation of the policies/regulations set in place.

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 believe the Downtown (in the old City of Sudbury) 64 heritage sites within it's limits, and the restrictions and high costs of site alterations, have played a part. High development fees, unexpected costs (ei. wet land), and business tax rates may also be a contributing factor. We need to evaluate our business tax rates and our development fees, in order to give us a competitive edge. We must also promote existing development spaces in the downtown core, and open up space for future builds.

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

With our current ward layout, Councillors have the opportunity to focus into more than one area of the City, thus having a better understanding of the needs of the residents of the City as a whole. As someone who strongly believes in working as a team, I think that renegotiating the current ward system into "pre-amalgamation" boundries (which I can assume would be the case) would only fuel the "de-amalgamation" debate, and create a bigger rift between the City core and the outlining areas.

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

The Source Water Protection Plan needs to be enforced by our local authorities. We must invest in alternatives methods of transport (ei. public transit), but they must be practical and cost effective. Exploring new efforts/ideas, and continuing with current initiatives of the Regreening Program will also benefit our City. We need to continue working with existing businesses in finding ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on a local level, and implementing initiatives already in place.

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

The City of Greater Sudbury needs to be a community where people, businesses and the public sector are united in their efforts to create employment. We need to be a community that is continuously focused on culture, sense of place and the environment as drivers of lifestyle quality', and be a community that embraces diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship as key values that will create new economic opportunity.

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