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Candidate Name Bill Crumplin
Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-674-1785
Email: bill.crumplin@gmail.com
Website: https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Crumplin-for-Mayor-2119928871612263/
Twitter: @BillCrumplin

Survey Responses

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

Aside from improving roads and keeping taxes as low as possible, I want to retain our youth and attract other energic and educated young adults to our City. I will work with Council, City staff and other informed citizens to enhance the services and infrastructure needed to support the continued development of career 21st Century jobs in high tech, education, health and industry. I will honour our seniors. I will work with Council to implement a deferred municipal tax plan so that qualified senior and ODSP home owners can be assured that their taxes will not increase while they remain in their homes. Lastly, I want to make municipal government and its decisions open and transparent. It is critical to me that major decisions must be made based on evidence, full and open costing and seriously consult all stakeholders especially those who will likely be the most impacted by decisions.

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:
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?
Personally, this summer I installed a 4.8 KW photovoltaic Solar System on my home. I also take Sudbury Transit to work at least 90% of the time. As Mayor, I will ask staff to complete a cost-benefit analysis for installing alternative energy generation on new municipal buildings or anytime a major renovation is considered for an existing one. I would work with City employees to encourage their use of alternative means to commute. I would like to develop a way to estimate the amount of Green House Gas (GHGs) emissions that the City generates on a regular basis. I would seek data from Sudbury Hydro and fossil fuel distributors that could be used to estimate the GHGs. This could assist in target setting and GHGs reduction. It could be encouraging for residents to see reductions reported in the media the way some currently watch the TSX and Nasdaq indices.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
One thing that I will do as Mayor is move some Council meetings to hold them in our outlying communities. I see this as bringing government to citizens and feel that this might encourage meaningful participation in decisions. I would also insist that major decisions and policy changes involve all stakeholders, including residents that could be affected by such decisions and relevant citizen led groups, from the very beginning. While this might slow final decisions down, I feel it is imperative in developing consensus. I think we learned much as a City along this line watching the political, economic and social fallout associated with the ferro-chrome smelter issue.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
I happen to be very concerned about the amount of salt that is accumulating in Ramsey Lake. I mention in my platform that I would seek out environmentally safer substitutions for road salt. It is important in assessing any alternatives to build into the cost-benefit analysis the potential costs of losing Ramsey Lake as one of our sources of drinking water. We cannot simply pass this potential cost to our children or grandchildren. As in my answer to question 5, I would involve the various lake and creek stewardship committees in discussions regarding development along or nearby our lakes, rivers and creeks. I also happen to have strong working relationships with many researchers at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre and I would reach out to them as often as possible to assist with generating and testing ideas.

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 champion that
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 vote in favour
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.
As Mayor, I would champion the elimination of single use plastic in our City. For example, I would ask staff to investigate the bans on plastic bags that other cities have implemented with the goal of having Council support such a ban here. I would also work with schools and students at all levels to identify and implement ways to seriously reduce or eliminate plastic from everyday life and to publicly acknowledge schools and businesses that meet such targets. I would also insist that Council lead by example and ban the use of all single use plastic from all Council and Committee meetings. I would work with City staff to identify ways to eliminate the use of single use plastic everywhere at City Hall.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have lived in several cities in 3 different provinces and feel that Sudbury has been very good to me. I have found it to be a very friendly place, one that rivals the friendliness of Newfoundland where I also lived. I love it here and would like the opportunity to help it thrive. I feel I have many strengths to offer, such as my knowledge of urban development and design, my abilities to listen and communicate well and the passion I have for life, fun and friendship. I am a relationship builder and I know that it takes time to develop trust and I am prepared to dedicate time to build trust and consensus. I also happen to be an ice-hockey goaltender. I have learned much from this that transfers well to life outside the rink. To me, this means I know what it is to be part of a team while also being the last line of defense.

Platform Statements

Climate Change

Storm Sewer Improvements – Implement and dovetail bio-engineering with traditional methods to assist with handling storm water; Plan for climate change impacts.” “Work with Sudbury Hydro to explore energy generation options – Investigate using heat from below surface mines to produce geo-thermal electricity; Investigate installing solar panels on municipal buildings.” “Re-new existing infrastructure with the needs of citizens and our changing environment over the next 50+ years in mind.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018

Community Engagement

“Instil Open and Transparent Government Processes – Move toward finding solutions in a positive consensual manner; Demand respectful interactions within and between Council, Management, Staff and Citizens; Follow advice of senior staff and professional consultants when it is in the best interest of the greater good of the City; Investigate and implement when and where possible holding Council Meetings in other communities of Greater Sudbury; Implement a publicly available Lobbyist Registry for firms or individuals that meet with members of Council; Champion a ranked ballot system for the 2022 municipal election; Implement and/or redesign Codes of Conduct regarding Conflict of Interest and use of social media; Establish and monitor Official City electronic platforms that allow citizen input on matters of interest.” “Communicate a participatory macro budget process – Illustrate links between different levels of service, new road construction, road repair and improvement and potential tax increases,”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018

Environment and Water

“Improve water protection-Monitor and apply regulations along and near source water; Invite lake and river stewardship organizations and Vale Living With Lakes to assist in improving water quality; Seek safe and affordable substitutes for winter salt.” “Use when possible use semi-permeable surfaces and natural elements; Implement bio-engineering to reduce urban heat island impacts.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018

No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation

“Increase Alternative Active Transportation Opportunities – Expand safe infrastructure for cycling and walking.” “Encourage the use of Transit.” “Make core areas more accessible for cycling and walking.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018


Quality of Life: “Invest in and promote Community Centres in the outlying communities”

Social Equity:  “Address Housing Issues – Investigate ways to allow low income seniors to deal with tax increases to remain in their homes; Negotiate Transfer Development Rights with developers to encourage low-income, rental housing and entry level housing to be built in areas of need; Work with the Planning Department to identify areas for tiny homes; Work with Council and the Planning Department to permit in-law suites and small in-home businesses.”

Downtown: “Open discussions with CP Rail to move rail yard from downtown.” “Improve Downtowns – Work with social services, the Health Unit and police to assist homeless and drug addicts improve their lives; Work with or without senior levels of government to sponsor a safe injection site; Expedite the Elgin Greenway development; Make core areas attractive for shopping, entertainment and socializing; Implement a pedestrian market downtown (along the lines of the ByWard Market in Ottawa), perhaps along Durham Street, and allow cafes, patios, and sidewalk sales; Make core areas more accessible for cycling and walking.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena: “I oppose the KED and casino development for urban design reasons.”

From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018