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Candidate Name Patricia Mills
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Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Phone:
Email: patricia@patriciamills.ca
Website: https://patriciamills.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patriciamillsformayor
Twitter: @MillsForMayor

Survey Responses

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

As Mayor I will lead our city council with respect, openness and integrity to grow our economy, build health and vibrant neighborhoods, invest in infrastructure and strength the North.

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:
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?
The City of Greater Sudbury is currently preparing a full Community Energy and Emissions Plan, supported by key stakeholders and experts. The CEEP will set out real baselines, key goals and recommendations for action. I will ensure this plan isn't allowed to sit on a shelf as previous plans have, and will work with council to make changes throughout the city administration, in our fleet, in our facilities, in our day-to-day operations to reduce energy use and emissions. Under my leadership, the city will engage and support residents and businesses for seeking the same goals. Moving quickly to make change is only way to have impact and avoid catastrophic climate change. Adapting to the impacts of climate change will challenge us through my terms in office and beyond. Ensuring our economy, our natural environment, and our quality life is protected through this period of change will require planning, and a long term commitment.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I started my campaign with a commitment to listen, learn and lead. I will take those values with me into the mayor's office, and out into the community. Hosting regular town halls in each ward, I will take our council out of city hall and into your neighborhood. Convening a youth council to foster meaningful engagement with students and young professionals is another strategy I will employ. As much as possible, I will ensure information is provided openly without pushing constituents to depend on the frustrating Freedom of Information process. I will enforce the Council Code of Ethics to ensure that citizens will be respected by their city government when they present their perspectives. Most importantly, I will act with Respect, Openness, and Integrity - making it easy for you to hold me accountable by setting measurable benchmarks for success - your ROI on a vote for Patricia Mills.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
Sudbury is known as the City of Lakes. I plan to fiercely protect that brand, and the watersheds which make it possible. Combining further study, following from the intensive Ramsey Lake Subwatershed study, with real action through reduction of salt infiltration, and better management of stormwater. This is particularly important as Sudbury's climate will deliver more precipitation and larger storms in the future. I am particularly concerned when I hear about our beautiful public beaches closed for swimming as a result of blue-green algae. Our city needs to do a better job of controlling run-off and preventing fertilizer and other chemicals from ruining our beautiful lakes. We've seen the amazing work of groups like Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, and as Mayor I look forward to supporting them, and our many active lake stewardship committees in their work.

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:
Unsure
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.
The City of Greater Sudbury is one our community's largest employers. I will work with council to make our city a leader by example on the reduction of single use plastics in our own workplaces, and will challenge and champion other employers who do the same.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
On the topic of tasking city staff to support community gardens, I am not opposed on principle however I recognize the excellent work being done across the city by groups of citizens and organizations like the Social Planning Council of Sudbury, to support our local food movement. I believe the involvement of city staff in delivering those goals would need careful planning and co-ordination before it moved forward.


Platform Statements

Climate Change

Greater Sudbury is world renowned for its successful re-greening efforts. We need to leverage this knowledge so we are prepared for the new environmental challenges ahead. We should embrace green technologies as an economic driver while protecting our natural assets.” “I also think we need to keep our young people here…They want the environment to be protected.”
From https://patriciamills.ca, checked September 3, 2018


Community Engagement

“City hall exists to serve the citizens of Greater Sudbury. Somehow, we’ve lost that along the way. We need an open, transparent government that reports regularly on its performance and its decisions.”
From https://patriciamills.ca, checked September 3, 2018


Environment and Water
No information provided or found.

Food
No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation
No information provided or found.

Other

Social Equity: “I also think we need to keep our young people here…they care deeply about social issues such as poverty, mental health and addiction.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena: “That decision has already been made by Council. There is an appeal process underway and we’ll have to pay close attention to how that unfolds and what it will mean for all of us who want to see a new arena get built in our city.” “I believe poor leadership and the lack of good clear information about the project have led to a lot of the dissention. I’m still waiting to see a business plan for the project. With $100 million of taxpayer money on the line, and maybe even more when the final bill comes in, it’d be important for all of us to know what we’re getting for that kind of investment.”

From https://patriciamills.ca, checked September 3, 2018