Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Denis Ferron

Ward 1

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation is essential in any larger city to assure everyone has a means of affordable transportation to work, school , events and personal outings, we have a widespread region and need to keep servicing and improving transportation and encourage it’s use .

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Encourage input from the end user and see if there are areas the city should look at improving routes or schedules.
Promote these areas that exist, unknown too many we do have great trails and paths and the more we utilise them the easier it is too expand on these. Promote the transit and get the publics input on ideas for what is needed to improve routes and usage.
* 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
Unsure
(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?
The city needs to protect our water quality through management programs and source protection and also provide policies procedures and controls.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Proposing a water quality and management board with experts in this field that report to council with reccomendations for policies and procedures.
I would consult the experts and listen to public input as well as get informed on the ministry of the environment regulations,I deal with the ministry on various issues regarding water quality and disposal of dangerous products and aware of the importance on these issues.
* 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
Unsure
Explanation:
I am a certified small water treatment plant operator and understand the importance of water treatment and the quality of our drinking water sources around our region, the province of Ontario has some of the best training and highest standards for water treatment in the world, it is important to educate the citizens on the simple basics of water protection and fully appreciate and protect this valuable resource for future generations.

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
The development in Sudbury is essential as well as protection of the environment, we are fortunate to have solid rock in a majority of the boundaries in our city, I would encourage the development in those areas and leave the fragile ecosystem alone and protected. A foundation on rock is always a better foundation so we should encourage those areas for development.

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)?
Our parks and natural areas are for our use and therefore we must have community involvement and have a committee of local citizens to help in creating a sustainable plan for the needs of the citizens and help service and protect these areas, once destroyed they are gone forever.


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:
I am a canadian certified playground inspector CPSI and have helped in developing play spaces for children, i know the importance and need for these spaces to help the children get outdoors and keep physically fit and appreciate the outdoors and nature. i love the idea of new splash pads around our community, the children love these and it keeps them active. I will champion a such project immediately.

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 protect the rich areas of agriculture, a weekend farmer’s market with local product available. Close the downtown every weekend in the summer like we do at ribfest and have a huge market, fresh local produce tastes much better and encourages all to eat healthier.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I would give farmers incentive to grow and sell there produce by giving them the space in town every weekend and promote this market. Fresh water may come from new wells.
always buy local and support local, not only in food but all other goods and services.
* 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 in favour
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?
Community involvement is needed to solidify a relationship with council and restore faith in our municipal government, elected by the community as their voice on issues. A community action network CAN that can meet and discuss the issues will definitely improve this, great ideas need to be heard, a good leader can always put these ideas and suggestions to good use.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Meeting with department heads to voice the issues and concerns of the citizens.


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
(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?
We should encourage citizens to shut off their vehicles and not idle, look at drive-thru restaurants and see if there is a way to reduce wait times, reprogram stop lights at night in non-busy traffic areas to be 4 way stops to keep traffic flowing when volume is down. Consultation with experts in this field and to educate the public on good environmental practices.