Candidate Survey Results

General Info

John Antonioni

Ward 10

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
For me, this is the sum total of a collection of community cultural and governmental initiatives, services and infrastructure that assist in delivering the effective and efficient movement of people (not just traffic) while mitigating and reducing all negative impacts. This effort must take into account efforts to be convenient and global in its appeal, maintain environmental neutrality, improve safety and provide long term fiscal benefits

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will deliver support to all efforts helping to reduce vehicular traffic and long term efforts to reduce Sudbury’s car dependency (and negative effects thereof.) I will promote enhanced transit functionality, incorporating improved cycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Transit: We must begin by having the discussions about placement of multiple transit transfer stations and enhancing transit schedules to make them more effective and usable. Furthermore, we may be able to enhance customer service delivery with respect to driver assistance in the movement and seating of those with assistive and mobility devices if necessary. Cycling: All road development and re-development should incorporate cycle lanes…not only as a primary cycle route but also for its traffic modification effects. An associated benefit of even the simplest roadway cycle path is that it may provide similar traffic modification to physical elements such as speed bumps and abutments for much less cost. I say that’s a win-win. Pedestrians: Since moving back to Sudbury, I’ve noticed a general disregard to for the law which gives then pedestrian a right of way at cross walks. I would see more controlled, lighted and defined crossways as well as increased enforcement of traffic in these areas. In Ward 10 – especially downtown and in and around Health Sciences North. Furthermore, better pedestrian traffic control is required around places of road construction and renovation. I have seen that it is very difficult for citizens (especially seniors and those with assistive devices) to negotiate road construction area. Improved pedestrian control and access during construction must be made a significant term of all construction works and contracts. Transportation Demand Management: I would promote the incorporation of TDM strategies into the Greater Sudbury area… Examples of these include car pool parks, ride matching programs, preferential parking… etc. The possibilities are endless.

* 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?
Ramsey Lake is in my Ward and therefore, I’ll focus on issues of Ramsey Lake. The greatest threat to Ramsey in the increasing phosphorous injection into the lake. Much of this is untreated road runoff, particularly through Frobisher Creek. Furthermore, septic beds and tanks of those living on the lake may require further upgrades.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Significant environmental impact studies in road development around lake areas must be undertaken. Ways to mitigate the number of lanes in development must be undertaken and diversionary and runoff treatment options must be priced and discussed in open Council. Those with field beds operating in close proximity to lakes must have them inspected and operating properly.

* 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 vote in favour
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will vote in favour
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
I will vote in favour
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will vote in favour
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
Explanation:
B– this may already exist today in some capacity with the monies transpired from the City to the NDCA. $620K C-- City already does this through the NDCA

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Sudbury’s citizens have a connection to then natural environment that remains a source of pride and individualization. Development, however, is required as this city takes its rightful place as then central hub in Northern Ontario. Developmental issues typically are associated with impacts on watershed but are not necessarily limited there. I will employ all input from the community, environmental champions and development sponsors in order to source proactive, mutually beneficial solutions. I sense that too often, the relationship between community, government and the municipality have been coloured by a culture that is less complimentary but has become confrontational, if not conspirational. I would develop and encourage relationships that are more partnership oriented. Furthermore. I would hold development accountable for implementing agreed upon ‘green’ solution sets within an appropriate timeline.

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 will promote then acquisition of green and open spaces, particularly those of high ecological and recreational potential - especially in waterfront areas for the benefit of public enjoyment. Furthermore, development occurring where green-space is required – development partners should be mandated to build-in adequate green space and recreational areas for community use and benefit. I would love to see further acquisition of Ramsey Lake islands as potential opportunities for seasonal parklands and natural areas.


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 vote in favour
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
I will vote against
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
While I understand that the Laurentian Link Road is a controversial element in Sudbury’s growth, and I fully understand and use the natural trails and green-space in this area, we must find agreed upon solutions that develop transportation conduits that connect all residents throughout Sudbury and ensure that everyone has more than adequate and failsafe access to emergency services and transportation elemants.

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?
The City must encourage local private development of agricultural activity throughout the whole process… from farm to market. Furthermore, I think the city must pay a role in the protection of agricultural lands and the attraction of agricultural enhancement activities Eg. Registered field tiling companies. A diet higher in local foods conveys the win-win of health, wellness and economic development.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Further development of a local food hub / distribution leader is a required to deliver collective benefits to a number of local producers. We must also attract and encourage agricultural opportunities through development of partnerships of existing operations. For instance, a local beer producer, may find it beneficial (from marketing dproduct perspective) to source a local barley or hops provider. We must welcome private agricultural and aquacultural concerns. The city may also have an impact in the de-industrialization of food production by re-defining certain by-laws around local animal raising (bee keeping etc.)

* 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
I will vote in favour
(c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives
I will vote in favour
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
I will vote in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote against
Explanation:
Designation of the local market as a “Farmer’s Market” at this point may be counter productive. Sudbury’s agricultural production is quite harvest time oriented and producer turnout in the summer months is perhaps inadequate. I certainly understand the sentiment but I would rather give local producers (farmers) incentives to participate. Market redesignation may, indeed, occur at a later date.

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?
This entire election is an election about ownership. Council cannot run this city. Staff cannot run this city. We need to afford the electorate the opportunity to take ownership and control of the direction of this city.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I look to making community consultation a primary method of governance and guidance. I would encourage town hall sessions in all wards at the beginning of this term of Council in order to validate and/or update Sudbury’s strategic plan and to map out, not only economic development but also governance issues. Furthermore, municipal and Council meetings would benefit from being held at remote locations in and around the wards. Meeting and information sessions can be held at more appropriate times and in more convenient locations and results and agendas for meeting should be posted in a timely manner. Furthermore, the municipal government must begin utilization of internet based communication technologies in this, the digital age. This promotes digital inclusion and fosters better communications.


Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
I will vote in favour
(b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects
I will vote in favour
(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 vote in favour
(d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community
I will vote in favour
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will vote in favour
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?
There are a host of strategies to undertake here from adopting policies to be less car dependent, the renovation and promotion of Transit initiatives. I would introduce campaigns to lower energy usage at all municipal buildings and promote the development and installation of green energy technologies. Then biggest impact, however, may come from public awareness campaigns associated with partnership engagement with the city’s primary resource based industries and global movements. Furthermore, an engagement with developers and planning to incorporate ‘green’ concepts on all new development – as in European cities. Let’s not miss these opportunities.