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Candidate Name Brian Bigger (incumbent)
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Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-662-3225
Email: brian@biggersudbury.ca
Website: http://biggersudbury.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggersudbury2018/
Twitter:  @BiggerSudbury
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Survey Responses

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

I want to continue the path we went down four years ago as a Council dedicated to working together to make our City strong, vibrant and efficient. We’re finally working as one, and even though we may disagree on some issues, we are a group dedicated to better Greater Sudbury and my goal is to maintain that momentum our City was lacking in previous administrations.

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: very 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: very important
e) Transparency and citizen engagement: very important
f) Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at a local level: 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?
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?
We’re already seeing less pollution and more energy efficient vehicles in transit and the City’s fleet. I’d like to see the City explore and implement more solar options for buildings, LED street lighting and consider zero pollution vehicles where it works. I will continue to promote long term resiliency through investment in municipal drain systems, flood control systems and stormwater management system priorities.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I’m out there listening to people at every event I attend. And that’s a lot. We already have a lot of sessions and official opportunities for dialogue already. But I also urge citizens to call their local representative, contact my office, show up and be heard at public meetings - engagement is a two way street.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
As your mayor, I advocated successfully for provincial funding to allow the city to proceed on watershed and subwatershed studies that had been on the shelf since 2006. These studies will allow us to effectively prioritize the work to be done in our community. I have already started the same conversation with the current government, and I can proudly say that The City of Greater Sudbury’s is viewed as a leader in these efforts across the province. We also need to watch what’s currently going on the roads, on the grass to make sure that doesn’t find its way to water. We also need to keep working with experts at the Living With Lakes Centre regarding the causes of blue green algae and how we all need to work together to minimize the danger of those blooms. Protecting our water is an important part of every consideration when planning, developing and building in Greater Sudbury. I am also very aware that there are often a number of ways to achieve desired results.

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 against
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 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 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 was lucky enough to meet Sophia Mathur and here about her great initiative to ban straws. I even tabled a motion supporting it. I’m willing to look at all options to reduce plastics and the pollution plastics cause. But I also know that’s not an easy option. We have to talk, collaborate and work together - it’ll take leaders from the City, from business and advocats like yourselves to find a solution that’s fair and acceptable.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
As a mayor, I dedicate every day to bettering Greater Sudbury. We all need to work together at that and to see it through for the next generation. I also know there are no easy answers or out of the box solutions for a lot of the questions presented in this survey. I’m here to listen, to engage and to act on any idea that I believe can make Greater Sudbury a better city for us all.



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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Other
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