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Candidate Name Jessica Bertrand
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Ward Ward 4
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Survey Responses

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

I would like to make the area safer for our children, with more sidewalks in high traffic areas, more areas for them to enjoy and feel safe. I would like to see the roadways fixed properly so everyone can enjoy them, whether walking, cycling or driving. I would like to see more businesses opening in the area, by working on making the process easier to get proper zoning permits. I want Greater Sudbury to be a place my children are happy to grow up and stay in.

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: very 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: very 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?
8

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?
By creating more sidewalks and cycling lanes this will allow more individuals to use alternate options then driving to get to and from the places they need to go. Reviewing the transit options in the city is a must, specifically looking at options of increased routes during winter months when other travel options are more limited.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I will listen to all feedback given to me by the constituents of the ward. I feel that everyone deserves a voice and believe that any major decisions that affect the ward and the city as a whole should be open to public involvement. Whether that is through me voicing opinions in Council Chambers or through Public Meetings.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
I would adhere to the suggestions of specialists in that area. Whether it is regarding the water/wastewater of the city or proposed developments along waterways, I would expect a full understanding of any impacts to our waterways be given to Council to be able to make informed decisions.

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: Unsure

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: Unsure
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: Unsure
c) Greater Sudbury Food Strategy: Unsure
d) Subwatershed studies and plans.; Water and Wastewater Master Plan: Unsure

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 use reusable straws, bottles, etc... personally. I would be willing to have conversations about alternate options within our city.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?



Platform Statements

Climate Change
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Community Engagement
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Environment and Water
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Food
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Sustainable Transportation
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