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Candidate Name Jeff Huska
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Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Phone:
Email: campaign@HuskaforMayor.com
Website: HuskaforMayor.Com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huskaformayor2018/
Twitter: @ForHuska

Survey Responses

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

Transportation issues of all kinds are everyone’s concern. I want to see our roads built, replaced or repaired in a sustainable manner. I want a transit system that meets the needs of the diversity of Greater Sudbury and is accommodating to our seniors. I want bike paths designed in a safe manner stretching from Sudbury to places such as but not limited to the Valley, Garson and Coniston. I want to bring development back to this city by working with developers not against them. I want all of us to afford a home and afford to live in it especially the young first time buyers and the seniors.

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:
most 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:
most important
e) Transparency and citizen engagement:
most important
f) Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at a local level:
most important
g) Equity, and a life of dignity for all:
most 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?
10

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, cycling and public transit, offer car pooling parking lots in surrounding areas free of charge to entice group travel, promote recycling and re-using, promote local produce, promote families moving towards energy efficient appliance

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I'm all about collaborative leadership, I believe engaging the end user is paramount in moving ideas and concepts. Get it right the first time. I feel that citizens that have sound plans and deliverables towards community improvements should be supported. We have economic development we also need a team on community development where residents can submit improvement plans and if approved work with a team to see its completion.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
I will support the results of the Ramsey Subwatershed Study. As a current member of the City's Watershed Advisory Panel I hear alot of the good work by local lake stewardship committees. I'd insure the continued relationships with the Nickel District Conservation Authority and the Drinking Water Source Protection Plan. We'd work together to insure healthy water for everyone.

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 champion that
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 champion that
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.
Plastics are one of the single most harmful items affecting our habitat. The recycling depost in Greater Sudbury tackles many forms of plastics and honestly they do a pretty good job at it. I would however like to have the depost more accessible and I'd like to see the city promote recycling more and quite frankly fine those that refuse. I find it difficult to believe that there are homes in Greater Sudbury that have no need for a blue bin.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is a great city and if anyone loves the outdoors it's difficult not to fall in love with this place. There is always room for advancements in technology but not at the cost of losing our healthy clean environment. We have amazing parks, lakes and rivers in our municipality where so many others don't. We our a caring community and are always ready to help the needy and less fortunate. City Hall needs to take the lead on this and citizens will follow.


Platform Statements

Climate Change
No information provided or found.

Community Engagement

We must be good stewards of your tax dollars and be transparent when major decisions are made.”
From https://www.huskaformayor.com, checked August 21, 2018


Environment and Water

“We must protect Ramsey Lake as the City’s most important body of water.”
From https://www.huskaformayor.com, checked August 21, 2018


Food
No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation

“Within the first six months of being elected, Jeff Huska says he will revisit the south end bus route and have Kivi Park added as the last stop on Long Lake Road giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy what the park has to offer.”  “We must encourage healthier lifestyles through healthy living initiatives such as biking and walking trails.”
From https://www.huskaformayor.com, checked August 21, 2018


Other

Arts and culture: “We must support diverse ethnic communities by promoting the cultural festivities that make Sudbury so unique. We must nurture the arts.”

Downtown: “I’m a firm believer in following and adhering to the direction the City laid out in its Downtown Master Plan.” “Until all appeals are heard by the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal as your Mayor I will continue to advocate for a new or upgraded downtown arena.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena: “Until all appeals are heard by the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal as your Mayor I will continue to advocate for a new or upgraded downtown arena.” “With a casino in the Sault, one being built in North Bay, possibly Manitoulin Island and Parry Sound vying to add a casino to their landscape, what draw will there be to Sudbury’s? The truth is there won’t be any draw. There won’t be a large positive economic impact to our City if everyone around us has a casino to call their own…As your Mayor and as long as the opportunity is there I will continue to advocate Greater Sudbury to be Casino free.”

From https://www.huskaformayor.com, checked August 21, 2018