Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Mila Wong

Ward 10

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
To me this means that the City can continue to afford providing this. In North America, only the transit system in California have revenues, majority operate in deficit seldom does it operate in break-even situations.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will support sustainability goals. Get the info details of the current state, what are the variables, revenues and expenditures, frequency of replacement staff from sick calls (this was a problem before in the past), hold the cost to encourage more ridership, accessible to all and any disabilities. Tie the accessibility issue with the government mandate on the Ontario Accessibility Act.

* 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 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
Explanation:
A - As a northern Ontario community, the use of dedicated bicycles route will be seasonal so I am unsure of this but I will champion safer pedestrian walkway, walking is good for life. B-I will support these in future developments C-I support this for these reasons: reduce pollution, a dedicated transportation for seniors and the disabled, there are best practices already being implemented in other municipalities and cities. We do not have to reinvent the wheel D-We cannot separate or versus: moving people effectively from motorized traffic that is nonsense both modalities use the same road. In peak time traffic, lanes can be designated as high density vehicles – meaning from 2 + passengers on any vehicle, with consequences for those who violate it. Again we can learn from other places who already researched these issues and implemented their best practice. We waste so much time, energy and resources in studies after studies on these are old issues.

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?
POLLUTION!!!

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
We need to address the “visible” pollutants via policies, restrictions and consequences. The bigger issue is the chemical/medical pollutants. It is a challenge to dissect these pollutants from the water supply. Currently we recycle water use with these chemical/medical invisible pollutants still in there.

* 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 champion that
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will champion that
(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-Amen to this! I will champion that, why are we building at water edge, even the Living with lakes building is right at the shoreline edge, the invasiveness of this will never be remedied. Was it for the view? B-I will champion that, we cannot take for granted what we have now. Just look at other countries. C-Absolutely, it is just like waiting, for when a disaster happens. Remedial work and insurance costs are also high. D-I support this and also critical to this matter is the condition of existing sewers (state of repair, leakages, etc. E-I do not know of this matter so I cannot comment on it.

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
These issues should be balanced by a prioritization model and aggressive grant seeking federally and provincially.

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)?
England started the concept of having parks for leisure and enjoyment of the “common man” meaning those who are not royalties and the like. I will champion opportunities not just for Ward 10 but for other wards in the Greater Sudbury. We can designate protected areas free from future developments.


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will champion that
(b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas
I will champion that
(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
Explanation:
A-I will champion that, put a hold on the frenzy for land acquisition by the City and divert this towards green space acquisition. C-I am not current on this matter but I do support a plan or option that considers the current situation of Ramsey Lake Road (I use this road everyday) that it does not have capacity to serve the current (and increasing) traffic associated with the University, Kirkwood Place, St. Joseph Villa, The Hospice and residents. It will not be able to handle a disaster.

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?
Sustainability, access to local food are definitely connected with good health, in general access to food (against hunger) is my priority.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Encourage these as projects for starters in land and aqua agriculture and assist for their success. Crops that can have second harvest for the Fall, example England can have 2 crops of the hardy broccoli plants for the growing season. Stocking our lakes with local species – fishing for food and relaxation are great for health. Again, best practice in other places.

* 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
Unsure
(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:
A-I have not read this Plan but I would support any Plan for access to affordable food. B-I have not read this. So I cannot comment but I would support the procurement plan that observes the provincial procurement guidelines. C-Yes! Community gardens, the city can afford to designate areas for these. E-Why did we have this Farmers Market where taxpayers spent a great amount of money? Was this to provide a venue for non-locals to sell their produce and goods? I will only support local vendors. Don’t forget we have many local grocery stores here also, why bring non-local vendors here? Let their communities do that for them using their community taxes.

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?
Mandatory community consultation for project and decisions = contentious and any decisions that will involve taxes paid. Progress reports on a monthly basis to Council. TRANSPARENCY! THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING TO HIDE. Anything hidden connotes wrong doing.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Tighten and demand accountability from department heads. Orientation, training and education for Council in City operations. Monthly reports to Council at council meetings. Handing out of contracts must have a set policy in the agreement that considers risk management terms for the City, Complacency, Arrogance and “Untouchable” attitudes by senior management must be dealt with by Council


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?
To look at new best practices available in North America and internationally.