Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Kevin Brault

Ward 6

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Public Transportation network that is economically and environmentally viable for future generations.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Encourage the use of Transit and advocate at council for better transit coverage for our area. More transit riders help traffic congestion and lessen the burden on infrastructure. This coupled with sensible investment in bike lanes and other infrastructure for those who can cycle and or walk long distance is low cost transportation in both environmental and economical terms.

* 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:
A policy that sees bike lanes on busy streets, proactively determining where the future hubs will be (ei when developing a new subdivision you know which rd will be the main thoroughfare) and updating the current infrastructure will ensure people can use alternate means of transportation. I do not support every quiet side street getting a sidewalk and bike lane. We need to make wise investment in heavier traffic areas. I am very much in support of looking into the cost of packed gravel bike lanes to help cyclist safely access some of our roads such as MR 80 (69N) safely.

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?
Ensuring our treatment centres methods of operation are up to date. Examining what we add to the water, fluoride comes to mind and seeing if we really need to be adding these things. Water from the treatment plant must be at acceptable modern levels. Secondly we need to ensure or rivers and streams aren't contaminated, by faulty septic systems that leak into the soil and down to the water table.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Treatment plants should receive a full in house review of their practices. As for septic tanks the big thing there is public awareness and perhaps a reporting system for neighbours who can smell that someone on their street has a malfunctioning system

* 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
Unsure
(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
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
C: Floodplains can be used for developments, provided drainage ditches and landscaping are done correctly. We need to be very cautious but I do not support a blanket ban. E: reserve comment until I learn more.

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Calgary is a great example of green planing right now and we should be looking at that. Keeping industries out of sensitive areas (ei: no chemical plants built on rivers), promote green building and living.

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)?
Community engagement is key, as well as restructuring the HCI to provide funds to parks and trail systems for upgrade and expansion.


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
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?
Public awareness. Farmers need to pay their bills too and as long as the public opt out of buying local its not viable. I buy local whenever I can, then go province wide, and so on, as close to home as possible is the way forward. Less fossil fuels in transportation and in the food (imported tomatoes ripened chemically for example) but we need to support it ourselves as individuals. Local food systems are safer, more environmentally friendly and usually healthier.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Protection of agricultural land, and not allowing it to be developed into business or residential space. We need to re-think the Farmer's Market to help our local growers have a market. As for fresh water protection and forest foods I can not comment as I need more information.

* 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 champion that
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
As long as the farmer's designation wouldn't prevent local growers who would be excluded for some reason. If the food is grown here and or made here (jam for instance) we should allow it to be sold at the local market.

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?
Town hall/public information sessions are absolutely necessary. I would also use social media to have a conversation there as well. Times and technology are changing and we need to change with it and use it's advances to our benefit. Not everyone has time to attend a meeting but if you can find 5 minutes to write an email even it is 3am.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
A clear policy for responding residents complaints needs to be implemented across the board that would include that when an issue reaches a certain level of complaints Council be informed directly. If 100 people have already called or emailed about the same problem council should be contacted by the department.


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 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 vote against
(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:
C) It is unreasonable to have everything out 2 weeks early. Once the motion is on the table its usually delayed 1 month before it can be discussed. I am in favour of all the info coming out for people to view ASAP, but adding 2 weeks to the month delayed process would only further slow progress. I also feel sometimes things need to be changed quickly so its reasonable for last minute items to be introduced. Our city needs to provide more information to the public an faster, to ensure a better informed public can speak out, but an additional 2 week delay is an answer I support.

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?
Better transit (including bike and pedestrian infrastructure), but also city purchasing. The city does a better job than the province already, very few of our vehicles intended for one occupant use (supervisor vehicles etc.) are SUVs. Small, efficient vehicles as well as using transit when possible is more than sufficient for a supervisor carrying nothing bigger than a clipboard or briefcase and we need to expand on this. Looking for more fuel efficient large vehicles is important too; that would safe money as well as carbon. The City should provide development fee reductions for large scale green building projects as a building's construction is as, if not more, important than the heating and cooling equipment. Think green, act green.