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Candidate Name Steve Ripley
Ward Ward 10
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-665-8157
Email: steve.ripley@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steve.ripley.940
Twitter: @votesteveripley
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Survey Responses

1. If you are elected, what do you most want to accomplish during this term of Council?

I am determined to find better ways to repair and replace roadway asphalt and make improvements as well as repairs to infrastructure so they last longer and have less impact on the ecosystem and runoff water.

2. When deciding how to vote, or where to dedicate your time on Council, how important to you is:
[most important; very important; important; not important; don’t know]
a) Supporting a sustainable local food system: very important
b) Protecting and improving water quality and the natural environment: most important
c) Making it safer and more convenient to get around the City on foot or with a mobility device, by bike, or on the bus: very important
d) Climate Change action and resilience: very important
e) Transparency and citizen engagement: most important
f) Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at a local level: very important
g) Equity, and a life of dignity for all: most important
h) Economic development: most important

3. The Paris Climate Agreement is a commitment to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels,” to avoid unacceptable risks to humanity. To reach this goal, carbon emissions must peak by the year by 2020 at the latest – during the next term of Council.

On a scale of 1 – 10, what is your level of concern about climate change, with 10 being the highest?

4. What will you do to reduce local carbon dioxide emissions and increase Greater Sudbury’s resilience to climate change in our natural and built environment?
I have addressed asphalt replacement using recycled plastics to extend it's life expectancy but I want to ensure ALL new road repairs and updates encourage and make it more desireable to walk or cycle within Sudbury and begin a move away from our city's autocentric frame of mind. I would also look at introducing smaller busses on routes with less ridership so we can have higher rotations on those routes

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I would hold monthly CAN meetings that would have agendas addressing the concerns of the ward that month.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
I would work with local groups as well as seek out ideas to upgrade and improve infrastructure and sewer systems as they are being repaired and look for ways to mitigate or eliminate toxic road salts etc. that are used on our roadways during the winter months. I would also enact and enforce a bylaw requiring field beds,gas stations or any other form of sub terrainian waste management to be anually inspected so that the possibility of contamination is greatly reduced or eliminated.

7. Here are some of our specific priorities that require leadership to implement. Indicate your level of support for:
[I will champion that, I will vote in favour, I will vote against, Unsure]
a) Creating a minimum grid of safe connected cycling routes across the city during this term of Council: I will champion that
b) Providing staff to support food initiatives such as community gardens: I will vote in favour
c) Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting: I will vote in favour
d) Educating private contractors and the public on the harmful effects of sodium and chloride on the environment and human health and finding alternatives: I will champion that

8. Greater Sudbury has some new policies in place or in progress that have the potential to make a huge difference for our community if they are implemented. Indicate your level of support for implementing and resourcing these fundamental policies and plans:

[I will champion that, I will vote in favour, I will vote against, Unsure]
a) Energy and emissions plan; Climate change adaptation plan: I will champion that
b) Transit action plan; Transit Master Plan; Transportation Demand Management Plan; Complete Streets Policy; Road Safety Audit; Sidewalk Priority Index; sustainable transportation elements of the Transportation Master Plan: I will champion that
c) Greater Sudbury Food Strategy: I will champion that
d) Subwatershed studies and plans.; Water and Wastewater Master Plan: I will champion that

9. What (if any) steps are you going to take to tackle the use of disposable single-use plastics within our city? Are you willing to lead the way by having a conversation about it?
This question was chosen by the public using a ranked ballot process, from among the list of questions submitted by citizens.
I would be willing to bring forward a motion to ban plastic grocery bags and the like in Greater Sudbury.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
As a lifelong resident of Sudbury that grew up on Ramsey lake and fished, camped around and hiked many of the other wonderful waterways in our region. I feel it is paramount to protect these valuable resources from pollution and overpopulation. We risk losing too much by not doing enough to ensure a sustainable future of healthy lakes and forests for our future generations.

Platform Statements

Climate Change
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Community Engagement
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Environment and Water
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Sustainable Transportation
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