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Candidate Name Al Sizer (incumbent)
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Ward Ward 8
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-592-2029
Email: asizer@eastlink.ca
Website:  alsizerward8.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alsizerward8
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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?

If I am elected I would build and continue initiatives started during this term. While active transportation initiatives will be a major component of my platform, providing more affordable housing with the emphasis on Seniors housing. Also, I am advocating for a method that would provide reduced transit fares for those who are need of assistance as well as reducing costs for Leisure Service programming for access to the programs to be accessible to all in our community. In order we as a city can attain such goals, we must encourage development to help increase our tax base and providing good paying jobs to our residents. To that notion, there are endless opportunities. While requiring more investment/development, it must be done in a manner that will have the least amount of impact on the environment and attributes such as the 330 lakes we have in our community. Infrastructure is important. Yes our roads need work but I’m more concerned about water and sewer infrastructure and this is where we should be concentrating our rehabilitation projects.

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: 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: 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?
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?
I am committed to continuing the initiative of a complete street philosophy with an emphasis on public transit and alternative means of transportation. Incentives that were just recently canceled by the Provincial government providing subsidies to retro-fit homes reducing their use of fossil fuels; we must lobby the provincial government to restore those grants and subsidies. As a member of the Planning Committee, I will continue to work within the guidelines prescribed by the Provincial Policy Statement and the City's Official Plan to encourage development with the measures to encourage development with the least impact on the environment.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
Firstly, in Ward 8 I have inherited a very active Community Action Network and I will continue to support initiatives and dialogue from this forum. I continue to push for a better method of communicating with our residents what plans Council are contemplating. Although not quite there yet, I do support more use or more options for Public Information Sessions regarding planned projects. Included in that is a robust complaint response system which clearly provides residents with the status of their request made to the various city departments. I am also of the strong opinion that voicing suggestions to your elected representatives should provide an avenue for further discussion.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
While not an expert in what is totally required, I would support watershed studies, the work of the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee the Nickel District Conservation Authority and other bodies such as the Ramsay Lake Stewardship Committee. As stated previously, planning must consider the impact on what future development will have on our environment. Just as somewhat of an aside, I would like to see the prohibition of ice huts, cars and trucks on Lake Ramsay during the winter ice fishing season.

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 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 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.
Absolutely. I am thrilled to see we do now have a group of citizens dedicated to promoting the removal of single use plastics. One only watch the video of a large sea turtle having a plastic straw surgically removed for its nose to reinforce the need to eliminate plastic that does have alternative types of material that can provide the same service. My eleven year old granddaughter and I speak often about this initiative. She certainly understands the repercussions of doing nothing.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am looking forward to another term at the Council Table. I really do believe that policy and initiatives by this current council are realizing the maturing of our community. Greater Sudbury is the capital of the North - we will continue to lead both locally and regionally. Times are changing - we must continue to make decisions that address that change.



Platform Statements

Climate Change
No information provided or found.

Community Engagement

Take responsibility for decisions made at the Council table and ensure that “Best Practice” processes are integral to all City projects.” “Ensure all decision- making is open, transparent, accessible to review by all taxpayers.”
From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018


Environment and Water

“Perform an active role in protecting and improving our green space in Ward 8.”
From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018


Food
No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation

“Continue plans for work on a “complete street” model providing for all types of transportation – walking, cycling and vehicles.”

From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018


Other

Quality of Life: “Ensure that a splash pad be installed at Twin Forks Playground for use in summer of 2019.”

Social equity: “Continue to work on a plan to provide affordable housing with an emphasis on increasing senior’s housing units.” “Continue to plan for a method of reducing transit costs for seniors and families on fixed income.” “Provide a method of reducing costs of Leisure Programs in order to allow for total inclusion of all residents who wish to use City programs.”

From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018