Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Dan Melanson

Mayor

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
It is the city's responsibility to provide infrastructure and services to all citizens regardless of their choice of mode of transportation.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
As part of my infrastructure renewal program, I will address infrastructure needs such a strategy to build consistent, dedicated bike lanes per provincial standards throughout the city.
As part of my infrastructure renewal plan, we will have a standard for building bike lanes as part of road reconstruction. Continue working with Rainbow routes to enhance our trail system.
* 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
(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:
As part of the infrastructure renewal plan, we will have a standard for building bike lanes as part of road reconstruction, so the need for annual funding would not be necessary.

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 same storm water and surface run off water catchment, retention and treatment on Lake Ramsay watershed as has already been completed on Lake Nepahwin.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
As part of my infrastructure renew program - see my platform for more details
Implement the same storm water and surface run off water catchment, retention and treatment on Lake Ramsay watershed as has already been completed on Lake Nepahwin. The funding would come from my infrastructure renewal plan by issuing bonds to provide capital for new infrastructure for growth.
* 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
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
Unsure
Explanation:
A) Depends on the specific watershed involved and the size of the shoreline buffer being proposed. C) Depends on the size of the development and location of the floodplain. E) I would prefer to do more research before commenting.

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
I would consult with all affected residents and advisory committees or panel BEFORE any decisions are made.

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)?
Work with the Ward Councillors to ensure proper decisions are made.


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
Unsure
Explanation:
D) It would depend on the details and facts.

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 encouraging all of the above. We should promote sustainable food system through our local farmers market.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Encourage and support community garden development.
I would encourage and promote creating more community gardens. I would also support and promote a sustainable food system through our local farmers market.
* 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 against
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
A) Community gardens are an important method to promote local food production. I support more community gardens.

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 will vote for a standard protocol that identifies and considers all sectors of the community.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
By voting for a city standard protocol.


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?
I suggest the building of traffic round-a-bouts when and where space and planning exists. This has proven to be an effective means to reduce carbon emissions.