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Candidate Name Geoff McCausland
Ward Ward 4
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-626-6022
Email: geoff@geoffmccausland.com
Website: www.geoffmccausland.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mccauslandward4/
Twitter: @MccauslandGeoff

Survey Responses

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

I want to work towards building our roads better while implementing the “Complete Streets” initiative, protecting our lakes and waterways, investing in the beauty and functionality of our trails and parks, and introducing a safe consumption site in the Donovan area.

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:
most important
d) Climate Change action and resilience:
most important
e) Transparency and citizen engagement:
most important
f) Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at a local level:
most 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 would like to see Greater Sudbury gradually turn over our fleet of buses to electric buses, and true to our history as a centre of innovation in environmental science and mining technology, host an annual competition for new green mining developments.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I will work with citizens who are making community improvements to facilitate their work in whatever way I can. I will also work to ensure that communication from council about policies and decisions is clear and concise, and try to maintain an open dialogue with citizens where engagement and questioning is encouraged.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
I will work to make sure that regulations made to protect our lakes, rivers and creeks are enforced, and that city staff are keeping our standards up-to-date with other progressive communities.

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 vote in favour
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:
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 vote in favour

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:
I will vote in favour
d) Subwatershed studies and plans.; Water and Wastewater Master Plan:
I will vote in favour

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 explore the possibility of taxing single-use plastics so that their convenience is off-set by their real cost. The money collected could be spent on street clean-ups and also on public education initiatives about the damage caused by single-use plastics.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would like to help us work toward becoming a Greener Greater Sudbury that looks to the future.

Platform Statements

Climate Change
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Community Engagement
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Environment and Water
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Sustainable Transportation

“I will advocate for smarter transit.”
From https://geoffmccausland.com/platform, checked August 9, 2018


Quality of Life: “I will work to ensure we properly maintain our trails and parks, support recreational programs and facilities, and strive for active living to be within reach of every Sudburian.”

Social equity: “As councillor I will advocate affordable housing.” “I will advocate for independent living developments for seniors, and policies and programs that increase health equity across the city’s wards.”

Arts and Culture: “I want for us to embrace, respect, and celebrate our many and distinct voices by supporting our libraries, museums, talent, festivals, and our local cultural organizations.” “The City of Greater Sudbury has already committed to investing millions of dollars into arts and culture facilities in the coming years, and my experience will be crucial in making sure that your money is wisely spent.”

From https://geoffmccausland.com/platform, checked August 9, 2018