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?
Promote job creation throughout the city through the means of providing incentives to business and industry to develop further in Sudbury. This can be in the form of a new Development Charges fee schedule and structure, as well as streamlining interactions with the City.
How would you address homelessness and addictions in Greater Sudbury?
Services such as a needle exchange and a safe injection site are both viable options to aid with addiction in the community. Partnering with our community partners as a City to help provide better services to those in the most need in our community is a priority.
If you could start over with roads in Greater Sudbury, how would you develop the transportation network to improve quality of life?
A priority on fast and reliable public transit in the form of a community bus network would be preferable in terms of transportation. Moreover, in a perfect case scenario we could move some key infrastructure to better equip our roads and infrastructure in general, such as the rail yard downtown — although this is highly unrealistic in terms of the ability to actually be accomplished. We have to take into account the rails were here prior to the city.
If you were to create your own public art policy for Greater Sudbury, what are three things you would include?
An emphasis on local artists
A holistic approach to art incorporating Sudbury and its diverse culture throughout itself
Priority on indigenous art
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?
It is no secret that a lot of people hold a negative image of downtown in their mind. This contributes to the lack of private development, although I believe that our Downtown is beautiful, there is no doubt that it can still be improved further. If the City contributes to beautification of the area, as well as, fiscal incentives for large scale private development to increase the tax basin, promote jobs, growth, and economic stimulation we would see more investment in our downtown core.
If given the chance, would you renegotiate the ward system in Greater Sudbury? Elaborate why.
The ward system we currently have is adequate and should be kept as is. The only way to comfortably change the ward system would be large scale community consultations and ensuring that all community groups are consulted. Some wards could, over time, be re-drawn to be more respective of their electorate when populations shift.
Greater Sudbury’s environment is a work in progress. What would you do to keep our water clean, our trees healthy, and air fresh?
Ensure that there are long term plans to sustain our treasure trove of natural beauty we have, working with all levels of government as well as the mining industry to make sure we can keep what natural beauty we have and improve it more so. Fact driven environmental policies, such as a plastic bag ban could become the municipal direction to help reduce our environmental impact as a city and retain our natural beauty
What would you do to foster a healthy business sector throughout Greater Sudbury?
A renewed approach to development is badly needed in Sudbury. Foremost, a re-examination of development charges for commercial and industrial developments in particular, the current fees give less than zero incentive for a business to move to and develop in Sudbury. We should look to North Bay’s lack of industrial development charges as an example. Our city should give incentive for business to come to Sudbury, create good jobs, and increase the tax basin.
If you had to choose 5 emojis to describe your platform what would they be?