Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Fern Cormier

Ward 10

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Transportation that is economically, environmentally and socially responsible and responsive to the needs of the citizens.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Promote cycling infrastructure, fight for maintenance of sidewalks (esp. in winter) promote transit use through reduced fees - seniors should be able to ride free for example (at least at off peak use times and weekends if not at all times) I would like to attempt a "park n ride" option for people travelling from the valley to locals such as the Data Centre and the Hospital. Users could be offered drastic discounts on bus passes and we could do express runs from places like Valley East through to the Data Centre, the Hospital and L.U. (Hwy 69N - Notre Dame/Paris St. corridor) It is my opinion that bus passes are to expensive. I would like to explore options to reduce the cost.
I will insist that cycling infrastructure be reviewed for all road projects and that it be a component of all road projects. Maintenance of sidewalks (esp. in winter) needs to be improved and sidewalks need to be accessible to those with limited mobility. Promote transit use through reduced fees - seniors should be able to ride free for example (at least at off peak use times and weekends if not at all times) I would like to attempt a "park n ride" option for people travelling from the valley to locals such as the Data Centre and the Hospital. Users could be offered drastic discounts on bus passes and we could do express runs from places like Valley East through to the Data Centre, the Hospital and L.U. (Hwy 69N - Notre Dame/Paris St. corridor) It is my opinion that bus passes are to expensive. I would like to explore options to reduce the cost.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 3. What are you going to do to enhance walking, bicycling and transit usage in Greater Sudbury over the next 4 years?


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
I will vote in favour
(b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users
I will vote in favour
(c) Improvements in transit service and fares to meet the needs of citizens
I will vote in favour
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Water Quality


Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Implement the treatment of storm sewer water and incorporate that into all new development. Try to implement mandatory maintenance of septic systems.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Fight for/support funding requests for these and other measures as needed.
I believe that all storm sewer water needs to be treated before being released into our lakes and watershed. Explore the option of Septic system maintenance of those living on lakes needing to be mandatory. I will push for this at the council table and explore funding options aggressively.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 1. What plan do you have to protect and sustain our many lakes? What actions will you take to support your plan? What resources will you devote?


Level of support for:

(a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers
I will champion that
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will champion that
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
Unsure
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will champion that
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
Unsure
Explanation:
For c I would want more information from the NDCA and the role they play in reviewing proposed developments in floodplains. For e I would want more information from both the proponent of the hydro electric dams & the Vermilion River Stewardship Committee.

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Stronger by-laws and building codes (where applicable)

2. How will you champion opportunities in your ward to fill gaps in parks service and to protect unique natural areas (identified by the Green Space Advisory Panel)?
I want to promote more community gardens in Ward 10. They have been well received where they exist and there are opportunities here to expand on this.


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will vote in favour
(b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas
I will champion that
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
I will champion that
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will champion that
Explanation:


Local Food


Local Food Survey Responses:

1. How do you see the city’s role in food system sustainability, access to local food, and the connection to health?


* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?

I will do what I can to promote it as a Councillor
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 2. What is your commitment to encourage a local food economy?


Level of support for:

(a) A food action plan for the city
I will vote in favour
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
Unsure
(c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives
I will champion that
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
Unsure
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will champion that
Explanation:


Citizen Engagement


Citizen Engagement Survey Responses:

1. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly, with productive dialogue from start to finish for municipal projects and decisions?
I want all stake-holders and interested partied brought to the table at the beginning of a project. Not half way through or when staff says it's ok. I believe we can accomplish more by working together at the front end of project planning.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I believe that all information should be made available in real time. I believe we should have a standing policy that any and all information be made available to the public from all city departments. Unless the law specifically prevents it, information needs to be shared in an open and transparent way.


Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
I will champion that
(b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects
I will champion that
(c) Requiring agendas and background material to be publicly posted two weeks in advance, and minutes to be posted one week after meetings of Council and Committees of Council
I will champion that
(d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community
I will champion that
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will champion that
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

What actions should the municipality take to reduce carbon emissions and improve community resilience in the face of climate change?
City fleet can be reduced and city vehicles should be changed over to hybrids at a faster rate than is currently happening. City should reduce energy use wherever possible in city buildings.