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Candidate Name Deb McIntosh (incumbent)
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Ward Ward 9
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-929-2517
Email: deb@debmcintosh.ca
Website: debmcintosh.ca
Facebook: https://facebook.com/debmcintosh.ca
Twitter: @SudburyDeb
Read survey response and relevant platform statements.

Survey Responses

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

• Walking and Cycling: Building on the successes of the last four years, I will advocate for an annual dedicated capital sidewalk budget line item so more children will be able to walk or cycle to school or a playground; more older adults will be able to walk to shopping or a bus stop
• Finalize and initiate the implementation of the Depot Master Plan, especially the salt and sand storage facilities, to protect our water
• Repair or replace aging roads, pipes, buildings. This will require serious investments of time, energy and dollars
• Continue to conduct watershed studies
• Continue to protect our drinking water by making investments in our water/waste water treatment systems and replacing old water mains and sewers
• Municipal governance structure review: It’s been 18 years since amalgamation and it is time to review what is working and what isn’t
• Please visit my website debmcintosh.ca for further details

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: 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: 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: 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?
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?
• Advocate for the completion of and implementation of the Transit Action Plan • Continue to expand our cycling and sidewalk infrastructure • Ride my bike more

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I will continue to work with the multiple citizen led organizations working in and for Greater Sudbury: Community Action Networks, Lake Advisory Panels, Active Transportation advocacy groups, playground associations, community centres and legions along with the individual resident who calls or writes with a concern or an idea.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
• Finalize and initiate the implementation of the Depot Master Plan, especially the salt and sand storage facilities, to protect our water • Continue to conduct watershed studies • Continue to protect our drinking water by making investments in our water/waste water treatment systems and replacing old water mains and sewers • Advocate in the investment in better road sand and salt storage/usage • Identify ways to further protect our waterways through planning applications

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 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 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.
I am always open to conversations around protecting our environment, that’s why I met recently with and support the work of Plastic Free Sudbury. I am looking to them to help us find ways to reduce our use of single use plastics and have been sharing their ideas with the City’s Waste Management Team.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for the work that the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury does for our community. You are a hard working group that asks good questions that lead to thoughtful decision making. You are a credit to our community.



Platform Statements

Climate Change
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Community Engagement

“Maintain an Auditor General office and an Integrity Commissioner that keep the municipality and Council accountable and fiscally transparent.” “As part of the City’s Open Public Data policy we will continue to make data sets and information available to support citizens and community groups and to enhance economic opportunities.”
From http://debmcintosh.ca, checked September 9, 2018.


Environment and Water

“Water is one of our greatest resources; we will continue to be proactive in protecting our lakes and rivers, working with Conservation Sudbury, Laurentian University’s Living with Lakes Centre, the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and its associated groups as well as the people who live near our waterways.”Finalize and initiate the implementation of the Depot Master Plan, especially the salt and sand storage facilities, to protect our water.” “Continue to conduct watershed studies.” “Continue to protect our drinking water by making investments in our water/waste water treatment systems and replacing old water mains and sewers.”
From http://debmcintosh.ca, checked September 9, 2018.


Food
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Sustainable Transportation

“Roadways: The community is asking the municipality to “fix the roads.” We will continue our road investments while balancing the needs of all road users.” “Public Transit: We will act on our Transit Action Plan and roll out an effective transit system which will improve access to employment opportunities, community resources, recreational activities and medical care.” “Walking and Cycling: Building on the successes of the last four years, more children will be able to walk or cycle to school or a playground; more older adults will be able to walk to shopping or a bus stop.”

From http://debmcintosh.ca, checked September 9, 2018.


Other
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