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Candidate Name Jesse Brooks
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Ward Ward 6
Candidate Info

Phone: 249-878-2905
Email: brooks2018ward6@gmail.com
Website: https://www.jessebrooksforward6.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brooks2018ward6/
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Read survey response and relevant platform statements.

Survey Responses

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

I am most interested in bolstering local initiatives and a sense of community. Increasing local initiatives such as working in concert with schools to increase breakfast club, snack club are important to me. In other words I am most interested in initiatives that really get to the heart of the matter and help people in their homes. Affordable housing and the return of transportation breaks for seniors would be right up near the top in the list of priorities.

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: most important
d) Climate Change action and resilience: 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?
7

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?
Exploring new building techniques that deal with green architecture will both save residents money on their energy bills and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Through VTAC we can also continue to plant trees. A reduction in plastics can also occur through the introduction of plastic straws and similar initiatives. Use of renewable energy is to be encouraged wherever possible (I am also an independent solar operator).

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
Working with VECAN is an excellent way to support citizen led engagement. I am already working with others in our community trying to improve our local beaches, increase anti-poverty initiatives, grow our volunteer base and a whole bunch more. The more involved we are in the community the better our kids will fare in the future.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
Green storm water systems and architecture can help catch rainwater where it falls reducing the amount of harmful runoff in our lakes and streams. Nets to catch garbage in runoff can also help remove plastics from our lakes.

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: Unsure
b) Providing staff to support food initiatives such as community gardens: Unsure
c) Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting: Unsure
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: I will vote in favour
c) Greater Sudbury Food Strategy: I will champion that
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 believe local companies are developing a paper straw. I think it would be a good idea to start eliminating plastics for use in one item at a time. As we discover alternatives we can have new ones implemented. I am more than open to this conversation as it will also lead to prolonged life in our landfills and better water quality.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Anytime anyone wants to have a conversation about conversation please call. I'm more than happy to do so but intricate subjects require a great deal of attention.



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

“Safe streets and efficient traffic flow are essential to a functional community. I will work to slow traffic on side streets.” “Free bus services.” (for seniors)

From https://www.jessebrooksforward6.com/platform, checked August 14, 2018


Other

Quality of Life: “Increasing activities aimed at senior citizens.”

Social equity: “ By expanding initiatives such as the “Students Against Poverty Drive”, we can significantly assist those in need. These programs will bring much needed necessities such as food, clothing, laundry services and self-care items into the schools for students to access in a safe, judgment free environment.” “The establishment of a graduated housing development within the Valley.” “Utilizing local schools as community hubs and inviting health unit nurses to provide clinics surrounding key matters such as mental health, sexuality and dental health will provide much needed community education.” “Accessibility is a fundamental issue and avenues such as beach wheelchairs, user-friendly splash pads and accessible playgrounds with wheelchair available swing sets will ensure that all members of our community can share the benefits of active living.”

From https://www.jessebrooksforward6.com/platform, checked August 14, 2018