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Candidate Name Simon Nickson
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Ward Ward 9
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Survey Responses

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

Ensure that the community voice is heard by Council and particularly represent the residents of Ward 9. There are both smaller Ward specific issues that need attention (traffic infrastructure, roads, pedestrian/cyclist pathways, etc.) and Ward 9 input needs also to be considered as some of the larger City-wide initiatives move forward.

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:
most important
d) Climate Change action and resilience:
very important
e) Transparency and citizen engagement:
very 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?
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?
Promote walking, running and cycling network development. Enabling residents to participate in these activities will help to minimize the use of motorized vehicles.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
Ensure that community input is heard. Listen to area concerns and identify solutions that might apply.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
Support efforts to protect, clean and sustain our environment.

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:
b) Providing staff to support food initiatives such as community gardens:
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:

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:
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:
c) Greater Sudbury Food Strategy:
d) Subwatershed studies and plans.; Water and Wastewater Master Plan:

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.
Continue to move away from using these myself as a start. We already try to minimize this usage and making use of recycling options also minimizes the impact. Using tap water and reusable bottles is common practice in our home and encouraging this type of action is worthwhile.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
First, I felt that I could not answer parts of Questions 9 and 10 as some of the choices were associated with how I might vote on a particular issue. I think this type of answer is premature in my case and I did not feel comfortable deciding how one might vote on an issue without the specifics of what is involved. I think that the voting process is important and requires review of associated material and consideration of the related issues. I do want to note that all the issues identified in Questions 9 and 10 are important and deserve due consideration by the incoming Council. Secondly, one of the things that I think is underused in this community is the residential organic green cart program that the City of Greater Sudbury offers. This program can reduce the quantity of waste that goes as garbage to a Landfill Station. Encouraging residents to use this program is one thing that I would like to promote, especially since the City is moving to reduce the number of household garbage units picked up on a weekly basis.


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
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Other
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