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Candidate Name Deborah Swyer-Burke
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Ward Ward 7
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-665-2597
Email: deborahsbward7@hotmail.com
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborah.swyerburke.10
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Survey Responses

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

Population growth, welcoming new business to my ward and the City of Greater Sudbury. Infrastructure and healthy wetlands, community gardens and hiking trails.

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: very 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: important
g) Equity, and a life of dignity for all: very 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?
I think Sudbury needs to keep participating in the Green Projects of tree planting, Definitely community gardens, public transportation and bike paths, keep our water ways, lakes, rivers and streams healthy, more hiking and outdoor activities for the younger generations coming up behind us. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
Water Quality Monitoring and encourage community involvement, through volunteering and from help of the residents. Promote stewardship groups on some of the individual lakes. I think the people in the City of Greater Sudbury are proud to have so many water ways in our back yards and if given the opportunity would love to help with this.

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: I will vote in favour
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 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 vote in favour
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.
There is a few things we can do as a community to reduce the single use plastics. We could organize a Community event to bring awareness to the public on the impact they have on our environment. This is a big issue and I would certainly be open to discussion and getting involved in this area. We can as individuals use reusable grocery bags, water bottles, reusable food containers, straws and plastic cutlery can be reduced if not discouraged all together. Plan clean ups of the beaches and have the 3R's promoted in our area.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?



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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