Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Jeanne Brohart

Mayor

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation needs to be an efficient, effective and environmentally friendly means of getting people with various needs to places they NEED to get to. The most efficient way to do this is obviously public transportation provided buses are not running empty or near empty

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I would seriously look at reducing fairs for certain groups (seniors, students, special needs) if it can be shown that this would increase ridership. Express bus services may also be an option for longer routes if ridership is there (i.e., bus to Valley, etc.).

* 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
I will vote against
(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
Unsure
Explanation:
A-Leaning toward this but need to see numbers. If tied to tourism, could be a great program. B-I will vote against that because to implement this as a policy on major roads could tremendously slow down traffic. Cities such as Calgary have cyclist lanes and many motorists absolutely hate them for this very reason. I think the better option is to put cycling paths on alternate routes that move cyclists more efficiently throughout the city. There are obviously many places paths for cyclists could be made where there is no room for motor vehicles. I’d like to see options and numbers and push for some work on this each year in order to move the city forward on this initiative D-I would not want to see a huge increase in bureaucracy for something that should be part of current administration. I would need greater detail as to what taxpayers actually want in this area and would like to see brainstorming sessions for what can be done at fairly low cost to help push needs of community forward in this area.

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?
Industrial pollution runoff is in my opinion the main issue facing this municipality when it comes to water quality. That said, I believe enforcement of the Clean Water Act of 2006 is key. Having experienced problems with city hall, I requested a copy of methods, procedures, policies at building services. These documents, I posted online at : http://www.majorstructuraldefect.com/scandal_085.htm On p. 209 (“methods and procedures”) clearly indicated that the Ministry of the Environment (MEO) had jurisdiction over anything built near bodies of water/shorelines. Note that trailer parks were often found near shorelines. Yet, as evidenced in an email dated September 2009, provided in the “policies” documentation for CGS Building Services, on p. 89, it appeared to be only in September of 2009 that CGS realized trailer parks fell under the jurisdiction of the MOE. Per an email I received from the MOE, this policy had been in place since 1998! Thus, it took CGS over 10 years to “figure it out”. Perhaps this was due to the fact that their “methods and procedures” were so totally outdated – and now – the environment had clearly been put at risk also due to what, in our opinion, was total negligence and flouting of the law by CGS when it came to the municipality understanding its role in matters pertaining to water quality! A complete analysis of methods, procedures, policies at City of Greater Sudbury building services was completed by me and provided to the the entire legislature of Ontario because what I saw was so horrendous when it came to enforcement of the law in even the most basic of issues. This complete analysis is provided at: http://www.majorstructuraldefect.com/scandal_085.htm under a link called: THE EYE OPENING (bottom left of screen). This is definitely worth a read for anyone with an interest in such issues as the city’s role in water quality issues. Algea blooms are clearly a current problem in the city even though such blooms have been documented in Canada for over 100 years. We need to make sure phosphates from detergents and fertilizers (known to contribute to such blooms) are not entering our waterways.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
We need to ensure laws are followed when it comes to the Clean Water Act. Not even knowing what falls within one’s jurisdiction for over 10 years is completely unacceptable. I have already spent well over 5,000 hours and thousands of dollars documenting my issues with the municipality with various levels and agencies at both the provincial and federal levels. If I am running for mayor now, it is to help expose some of these very issues which in my opinion have been hidden for too long from taxpayers and residents who become the ultimate victims of poor management in city hall.

* 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
Unsure
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
I will vote against
Explanation:
A-I would vote in favor of that if not excessive. Need a number here with a little more “meat” as to what is needed from a scientific viewpoint. B-In my opinion, many laws are on the books and simply not followed as discussed above. We need to ensure laws are followed, and right now, based on what I have experienced, I’m not confident at all that this is the case! I’m not sure allocating a ton of funding to watershed studies would give us as much bang for the buck as simply enforcing laws that are already on the books. C-This is another issue addressed in my analysis of methods, procedures, policies at CGS building services. The information which I was provided by building services as far as “floor maps” dates back to 1979 (see p. 135) on link provided above for methods/procedures/policies documentation. In my opinion, maps that are 35 years old probably need to be updated. I suspect it is issues such as these which are contributing to many, many, many of the problems we are experiencing as a municipality when it comes to water, flooding, etc. issues. D-In my opinion, we need to do a great deal more when it comes to flooding issues and poor water quality resulting from runoff. I would propose to take slush funds and allocate them to this issue. E-I would vote against this. Unfortunately, businesses need electricity. Hydro-electric facilities are one of the best ways to provide that much needed electricity. Hydro-electric power is usually considered a pretty “green alternative” to the burning of say fossil fuels. A hydro-electric dam itself may not be as big an issue as pollution from industrial waste sites. Perhaps better containment of industrial toxins would be the key here. As we are all aware, discussions in matters pertaining to the Ring of Fire also involved a great deal of concern over the cost of electricity. We cannot grow as a community without cost effective sources of electricity and as such, we need to work toward a win-win for everyone here.

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
If there is one thing missing in the Sudbury area, it is certainly areas for trash disposal such as those we see in Alberta along highways, trails, etc. Education is also key. Children and adults need to continue to be educated in the many costs of polluting. Many do not realize what they can already bring to the dump for free. Educating the public may help alleviate problems with illegal dumping too!

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)?
Again, I think enforcement is a key issue. We already have trails that are supposed to be “non-motorized”. My daughter is an avid musher. When we decided to build in the Sudbury area, she was thrilled to discover we had so many trails… until the very persons in charge told her they could not be policed and so motorized vehicles were often on them and as such, it was felt she would not be safe on these trails. If we have the trails but allow motorized vehicles on trails that are supposed to be nature trails for non-motorized use, then, how can we begin to discuss more and more “nature trails” if we are not even doing a good job with those we have for the public to enjoy them safely?


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
Unsure
Explanation:
A-Without more info, I would lean toward voting against this. I cannot answer this question properly without knowing how much we are talking about here. We live in a pretty green area compared to most of the world and I don’t know that we need to actually purchase “green space”. Certainly, we can consider a “hands off” for certain areas, but I would not be in favor of having to purchase land for this. I think we can accomplish a great deal without a dedicated acquisition policy like this. Again… I would need numbers here. B-I would vote in favor. Written policies are in great need in many areas in my opinion and I think that is an excellent place to start. I would vote in favor of starting to establish such policies. Without policies in place, it is very hard to move forward on any initiative. We have to first determine what we want as a community. In talking to people, clearly this is not a priority for many and funds/resources are limited. C-I realize ski, hiking and running trails are important to students as they need to de-stress. At this time, I am leaning more toward voting in favor of this. D-My focus has really been with other areas (i.e., problems in building services) and I do not feel I can speak on this issue at this time. Development obviously requires roads and so I would want more info on this one before making a decision. As a new candidate, I am certainly open to hearing both sides of the issue.

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?
Local food is extremely important for the economy and the health of residents. Councils have a duty to be well informed of pesticides (i.e. Roundup issues, systemic pesticides that contribute to the devastation of the bee population, etc.) and need to help support local farmers as much as possible. Bees are responsible for over 3/4 of pollination of food crops and their drastic disappearance is especially troubling. I think all municipalities need to play an active role in this issue. We need to protect farmland and make farming a priority. Too many farms are disappearing. The dairy industry has all but vanished from the Sudbury area. More troubling to me, however, is the fact that bees are also vanishing. Bees are said to account for up to ¾ of pollination functions. It is believed that systemic pesticides may play a huge role in this massive decline in the bee population. I believe all communities need to get involved in this issue because without bees, farming will suffer tremendously… and without farming… food availability and cost become even greater issues. All persons should have access to affordable food and local farms play a huge role in that.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
We need to protect agricultural land and encourage young people to get into farming as a career. The dairy industry seems to have almost vanished from northern Ontario with fewer and fewer producers. Farming has become big business and small family farms are too often pushed out of the market. We need to make farming attractive again and find partnering opportunities to make farming a viable way of life. We may need to consider the feasibility of alternative crops (i.e., canola, etc.) as options for the area. There should be greater education opportunities in this field. Northern Ontario is known for its blueberries. Perhaps this is another industry we could further encourage with greenhouses, etc. We need to look at our options here. If dairy farming is no longer feasible, perhaps canola crops are something we could consider. Recently, crops such as okra (farmed in lower US) made the news because guar gum is now becoming too expensive as a food stabilizer since the oil industry is now using it – driving up the price of guar gum to the point that it is becoming cost prohibitive to use it as a food additive. If okra is proving a good substitute in early studies, then we should look into such crops as potential alternatives for the north in greenhouse environments. We need to have a council that will be visionary enough to see opportunities and be on the cutting edge to capitalize on them. Emerging markets such as this can bring great opportunities for those who are among the first few to enter the market. We have a thriving potato industry and the recent Spudsbury festival was an excellent example of how farming can and should be promoted in the community. Those who organized this festival are to be commended for showing not only the public what farming has to offer but for also informing politicians who need to understand the issues, the challenges and the opportunities that farming can provide. I am an avid eater of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and with so many of these available in the north - an environment in which these thrive – clearly we need to make sure we protect areas in which these wild crops also are found in abundance.

* 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?
I’d like to see public input on key initiatives at all city council meetings with a mic there for input/issues the public would like council to consider which may not have been raised properly. Of course, there would have to be a set time allocated but I think this would be a huge step in the right direction when it comes to representing the public at city hall.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Same as above. I think such an approach would allow staff to better gauge public input via “reactions” provided by the audience when key issues are raised for council’s consideration. I do not like to see council meetings that provide for virtually no time for such public input as I think it is extremely important for the council to represent the people and that means hearing the people.


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
Unsure
(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
Unsure
Explanation:
C-Unsure. I’ve worked in a Global 100 company and posting agendas two weeks in advance is almost impossible… they are simply too subject to change. Something I would work on but the public has to be realistic on what is doable here. Posting minutes after meetings would of course be more doable. E-I’ve worked with programmers… this can be extremely expensive… not sure what the city has for I/T resources… but this is a big unsure at this time only because I know what is involved here and I don’t think budgets have approved any big overhaul of city systems and that might be what you need for this.

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 would challenge you to view the following three links on this one. There was a conference in New Mexico in April 2014… called “EU2014” and what was disclosed there has the potential to COMPLETELY change how we view “climate change issues” given the fact that Kirchoff’s Law appears to be invalid… would change how we view matters of “thermal physics” in many, many, many issues… including climate change. If I am aware of this conference, it is because my brother was one of the key presenters at this very critical information session which included many top scientists from around the world. My brother is a world renowned EXPERT in imaging and the analysis of images (i.e., thermal physics behind the images we see and the assumptions, methods used to provide the “final” image to the public) So… here you go… the cutting edge information now being discussed worldwide in the scientific community in matters of “global warming”, etc. This stuff has the potential to change astrophysics as we have known it for the past 150 years… I would encourage you to pay special attention to the presentation in which he discusses “scrubbed images” that are produced for the public… I think it will leave you speechless! :o) He also touches VERY briefly on the CO2 chart… EXTREMELY briefly… but… look at that chart… and then ask yourself if CO2 can be the true reason behind global warming… :o) :o) https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/04/05/dr-pierre-marie-robitaille-on-the-validity-of-kirchhoffs-law-eu2014/ https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/04/25/pierre-marie-robitaille-the-cosmic-microwave-background-eu2014/ https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/06/03/dr-pierre-marie-robitaille-sun-on-trial-eu2014/ It is a known fact in the scientific community that the earth goes through hot/cold cycles… though perhaps not well published???? I think all of this will help you understand why so many in science are so divided on the whole issue of “global warming”.