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Candidate Name Eric Lachance
Ward Ward 4
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-690-5894
Email: e.f.lachance@gmail.com
Website: http://ericlachance.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ericlachance.ca
Twitter: @ericlachance984

Survey Responses

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

What I most want to accomplish during this term in council is to work with the Mayor and Council to ensure the safety of our citizens. We need a safe means of connecting our various communities together through our network of roads, bike paths, sidewalks, trails and public transportation. We need to have a transportation network were we shouldn’t be afraid or hesitant on taking a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative. People need to feel safe when getting around. We have to do better to ensure our citizens aren’t dodging potholes, wondering where pavement markings are, jumping over poorly maintained sidewalk sections or avoiding hypodermic needles. We should look at expanding the Eye in the Sky program to include areas of Donovan and Elm West to have more video camera coverage.

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:
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:
most important
d) Climate Change action and resilience:
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:
very 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?

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?
First off Greater Sudbury’s award winning re-greening efforts need to continue to ensure trees help offset the carbon dioxide balance. We need to support alternative energy and heating choices in our by-laws and look at potential credits for businesses and individuals willing to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. We could also explore, as the technology evolves, converting our city fleet to electric vehicles.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Community Action Networks across the City of Greater Sudbury. They are key contact people between the community, the City of Greater Sudbury and the Ward Councillor(s) in their area and aid in supporting citizen-led improvements. I would support and further promote these CAN`s. The City of Greater Sudbury has done great strides in providing information through social media, on the city website, the 311 service as well as at the library services. I think we also need to establish a responsibility system that lays out a hierarchy through which people’s concerns get addressed by the various levels of municipal government that clearly establishes at which point unresolved concerns get escaladed. We also need to increase information sessions across our communities and announce ahead of time council meetings that involve important decisions.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
Being the city of lakes we should explore how we can be more environmentally responsible when it comes to our effluents and run off going into our watersheds. Maintaining and improving when required, our sewer and storm water systems, general drainage as well as protected buffer zones. There are many initiatives by local organizations that are restocking fish, plant life and cleaning up our watersheds. The City needs to keep assisting, maintaining supporting and creating awareness for the work these organizations do for our bodies of water.

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:

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 vote in favour
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:
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.
People need to understand the long term effects of using single use plastics. The problem is that they are viewed to be more sanitary, are convenient and affordable. We already see some local businesses eliminating the use of plastic straws and encouraging the use of re-usable bags. We do need to have a conversation about their use and as a Councillor I would propose and engage with EarthCare Sudbury to champion the cause. The premise of EarthCare Sudbury was created as a unique partnership between the City of Greater Sudbury and over 100 local organizations and businesses who have formally committed to helping Greater Sudbury become cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Being a trained geoscientist and health and safety activist I believe gives me a distinct knowledge and background that I will bring to Council. Many questions and or topics covered in this survey fall within my campaign which is about a safe, healthy and engaged community. To me these are the fundamentals from which a community can prosper and thrive. As Councilor for Ward 4 I would keep the focus on a safe, healthy and engaged community when tackling various issues, formulating budgets, plans and strategies.

Platform Statements

Climate Change
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Community Engagement

“I want to live in a municipality that respects and fosters public consultation and participation. And while doing so, we need to respect people’s different opinions while working to an acceptable consensus.”
From http://ericlachance.ca/why%3F-pourquoi%3F, checked August 9, 2018


Environment and Water
No information provided or found.

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Sustainable Transportation

“I understand the importance of building and maintaining sidewalks so our children and seniors can have a safe place to walk. I would like to see more programs for our young adolescents and seniors to keep them active and in our ward.”
We need a safe means of connecting our various communities together may it be thru bike paths, trails and/or roads. People need to feel safe when getting around and they shouldn’t be afraid of taking a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative.”
From http://ericlachance.ca/why%3F-pourquoi%3F, checked August 9, 2018


Quality of Life: “Her (Evelyn Dutrisac) ideas for building a therapeutic/leisure pool in Azilda and making the Donavan and Elm West area a greener community will continue as we share the same vision.”
From http://ericlachance.ca/why%3F-pourquoi%3F, checked August 9, 2018