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Candidate Name Dan Melanson
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Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-521-3536
Email: campaign@danmelanson.ca
Website: www.danmelanson.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danmelansonformayor/
Twitter: @DanMelanson1

Survey Responses

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

I believe in financial balance and accountability in all departments of the city. One of my primary goals is to revitalize and refocus the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation to diversify and attract new, nontraditional investment into our city. Please see my platform plank on how I intend to accomplish this http://danmelanson.ca/my-platform/a-new-direction-for-economic-development I fully believe that we need to protect the water resources that we currently have and it makes good financial sense to do so. I am concerned about the effect of road salt on our water sources and have outlined this in my platform – http://danmelanson.ca/my-platform/environmental-issues. With research provided to me by Bob Tate, an advocate at Earth Care Sudbury for many years, I believe there are many ways that we can reduce the $1.3 billion cost as indicated in the City’s Water and Wastewater Master Plan by adopting water conservation incentives, stopping the waste of water that is leaking from our pipes and developing a Water Management Board comprised of people and groups involved in all facets of our water resources from the health of our watersheds to the treated water coming out of our taps. Please see my full plan here – http://danmelanson.ca/mediacontent/media-releases/managing-our-water-systems-environmentally-and-financially

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:
very 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?
6

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 will ensure that, as a city, we will actively participate in any provincial and federal programs that address carbon dioxide emissions.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I encourage meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and community improvements. I will commit to an open door policy in the mayor’s office, ensure public consultation and invite and listen to the opinions of individual citizens and groups.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
The Health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks is very important. In addition to the salt abatement program as described in my platform I believe that it is necessary to create a municipal water board, similar to that of Greater Sudbury Hydro, that will protect our watersheds and our city’s water management systems. Water issues affect us all and warrant a portfolio of its own. The water board would encompass organizations such as the Conservation Sudbury, Nickel District Conservation Authority, Earth Care Sudbury individual lake stewardship committees including Living with Lakes Centre and all other groups that would like to be included.

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 vote in favour
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 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 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 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.
I would happy to lead a conversation about the use of plastics and to work to see how we can work together as a community to reduce their use.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I appreciate the invitation to the 3rd Good Green Town Hall and am happy to have had the opportunity to participate in this survey. I will be unable to attend the debate as I have a previous commitment. My sister and her husband have been volunteers at L’Arche Sudbury for many years, as our parents before that. I have always supported their efforts and will be attending the fund raising dinner which, unfortunately, is the same evening as the Green Town Hall for Mayoral Candidates. I would like to provide you with a statement on my positions that could be read at the Green Town Hall or give you answers to questions you may be asking of candidates at the Town Hall. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


Platform Statements

Climate Change
No information provided or found.

Community Engagement
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Environment and Water

“I would suggest to you that if we took that same determination and make-it-happen attitude (as for Sudbury land reclamation started in 1978), and applied it to the problem of road salt, we could develop some practical and cost-effective ways to deal with this issue.” “What’s required is, the same healthy dose of determination and leadership that was put forth during the creation of the re-greening initiative, and I will bring both to this issue and the City of Greater Sudbury when elected as Mayor.”
From www.danmelanson.ca,  checked September 3, 2018


Food
No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation
No information provided or found.

Other

Arts and culture: “What I propose is that the grants provided to these arts groups should be increased to a level that is at least comparable with other northern municipalities, thereby providing a reasonable and stable level of funding. These groups can then make long term financial planning decisions that work for their specific needs.  A condition of this stable funding will be that no requests for additional funding will be considered by the council, regardless of the circumstances or repercussions.”  “Additional sustainable funding of the arts is something that needs to be put in place, but in order for it to be effective it has to be directed at initiatives that will provide long-term benefits to the arts community as a whole. One size does not fit all and I believe we need to have a broad based approach to funding the arts community’s initiatives in order to have a diverse and vibrant arts community that will ultimately be the strong economic and quality of life engine that it has the potential to be.”

 

Downtown:  “I think that there is a very good case to be made that an area of downtown could be utilized to create our own Artscape Sudbury (comparable to Artscape’ West Queen West in Toronto) and that it could be the genesis of a vibrant arts community based in the downtown core.” “Until there is clarity and a final disposition of the KED proposal any discussion on the Junction would be nothing more than speculation based on assumptions that may or may not become reality. As such I will reserve taking a position on this proposal until such time as a reasonable degree of clarity can be assured.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena:  “I have no objections to the KED moving forward and including a casino as part of the project. My only concerns focus on the ownership and funding by taxpayers.

From www.danmelanson.ca,  checked September 3, 2018