Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Dan Xilon

Ward 2

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
It means more convenient public transportation for ward 2 and the other outlying areas of the city generally. The taxes of many citizens are currently being spent on a transportation service that they cannot fully utilize do to inconvenience. A more attractive and usable public transportation service would be used more. The more such services are used the more other kinds of transportation would see benefits as well. For example more people riding buses means less traffic congestion which leads to better conditions for people who use their own vehicle, cyclists, and pedestrians. It is also possible a convenient public transportation system could become a new revenue stream for the city.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I would like to explore with city and transit officials how such things as new or alternate routes and schedules could increase the usability of the system. For example, I wonder why we could not have more locally dedicated short routes which do not necessarily travel from outlying areas to the downtown area, but which focus on local neighborhoods, much as things are down in some larger cities.
Though I am interested to see how bicycling and walking can be improved throughout the city I feel that as the councilor for Ward 2 I would have to focus my personal efforts on improving transit services. The citizens of Ward 2 pay taxes for the transit service, but don't see a good return on that investment in their areas.
* 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
Unsure
(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 champion that
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
Unsure
Explanation:
a) I’m generally in favor of dedicated funding for bikes and pedestrians, I think it would be good for the city as a whole. However, any such policy in Sudbury needs to consider the different of the more rural outlying wards of our city. For example, the percentage of funds dedicated to ward 2’s roads should be more focused on the needs of motorized vehicles more than that of, Ward 1, 10, 11, or 12. In other words, if dedicated funding included such considerations, I would be in favor of it. b) I would be in favor of a complete streets policy in regards to any new city roads, but I think we have to accept that the costs and difficulties involved in changing some current roads to such a philosophy may be more than the worth they would bring.

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?
Better enforcement of the protective polices already in place and proper monitoring of conditions.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I would review present policy and bring any issues I had with it or its results before the council.

* 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
Unsure
(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:
a) Whether or not I would vote in favor of expanded shoreline buffers would depend entirely on how large of an expansion was being discussed. And it’s effect on the people of the city and specifically ward 2

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
I would strive to ensure that any development was meeting its greenspace requirements and consider expanding such requirements as necessary

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 would review all present plans and work closely with the Advisory Panel and Parks department to see how best these areas may be protected.


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
Unsure
(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
Unsure
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will vote in favour
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?
The city should be working to ensure local farmers products are available in areas where local residents can buy them, should give strong support to Eat Local Sudbury and should strongly explore an “eat local” co-operative.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I would like to explore what options are available through the city (other than direct funding) which would encourage local farmers to produce and increase production of food products for the local community. For example, providing a guaranteed local food retail area accessible to city residents, such as a co-operative.
As should be unsurprising given my "other" job I am completely committed to doing anything I can to help grow our local food economy.
* 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 champion that
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
I will champion that
(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
I will vote in favour
(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?
As I speak with more and more constituents in WARD 2, I have found that many constituents have ideas about what would be good for our Ward and our City as a whole. I am prepared to hear what these ideas are and hope to present ideas that have a majority of constituents’ support behind them, on your behalf at the council table. I am also learning that issues I thought were very clear may not be the views or challenges of WARD 2 or might not be considered important issues to the Ward. For this reason, and to the best of my ability, I intend to hold monthly “Ward Hall” meetings at rotating venues around the ward. These informal meetings will offer an opportunity for concerned members of the Ward 2 community to come together and share their views and concerns. Locations could include community halls/centers, such as the ones in Beaver Lake, Worthington, Naughton, and Whitefish or local business such as restaurants. It has come to my attention that many people feel their councillors are difficult to get access to. I hope our “Ward Halls” will be a good step toward fixing that. Also, once elected, I will convert my website into a place for you, the people of Ward 2, to voice your views about the specific issues and council votes which will arise throughout the next term.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I would work hard to try and eliminate the perceived of city hall as being as a collection of “silos” inaccessible to the outside. I would also strive to bring my philosophy of consensus, cooperation, and compromise among all stakeholders of the city of Sudbury to the culture of City Hall. I would also explore the creation of a special events committee which would incorporate representation from all necessary departments for those looking to put on in events in our city. I would look to have a similar development committee created. These committees could serve as one stop shops for those involved in bringing growth opportunities to our city.


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:
c) In addition, after the election I will be using my website www.danxilon.ca to post this very sort of information whenever possible and provide other methods of transparency and lines of communication for the people of ward 2.

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?
I am unsure, however I believe that for budgetary reasons if nothing else the Greater City of Sudbury should strive to be as “green” and energy efficient as possible and should look into ways to improve our standing in those areas.