Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent)

Ward 12

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Equal opportunity for safe,efficient transportation for all . Meeting the mobility needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs’.(WIKI)

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
1. I co authored Sudbury becoming the most pedestrian friendly city in Ontario by 2015.. 2. By continuing to advocate for better sidewalk clearing in the winter,safer pedestrian intersections-pedestrians first principle /transit efficient schedules and signage, express service ,kiss and rides,safe cycling lanes.
Apply principles of transportation sustainability:transit -better service,signage,express and kiss and rides.walking:co-authored(2007) making Sudbury the most pedestrian city in Ontario by 2015-sidewalk winter maintenance,safe intersections,trail planning,safer bike lanes ,continue supporting cycling/complete streets/ infrastructure budget line item.
* 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 champion that
(b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users
I will champion that
(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 champion that
Explanation:
Since 2006 I have advocated for bus shelters,benches,sidewalk winter maintenance enhancements,have supported 100%accessible bus purchase and services.Subdivision site plans need to be revised in a more timely fashion to reflect the philosophy of current lifestyles and demographics.meaning bicyle lanes inclusion,traffic calming and sustainable site plan policy.

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?
By developing and adopting long term policies-By adopting the concept of existing natural capital valuation .Simply ,by understanding that one policy directly impacts another ,that ecological valuation and benefits must be factored in with the industrial benefits equation when deciding on future projects,policies etc.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
By continuing to support an all encompassing natural credit approach to environmental studies: including Ramsey Lake ,Junction Creek study,Ponderosa,trail plans,park development ..etc..and from there adopting policies that make sense and creates balance both from an industrial and ecological perspective.Everything from reducing the amount of salt we use on roads ,upstream development policies,-phosphorous use bylaw was implemented in this term... This concept applies to all facets of this survey. transportation,water quality,natural environment ,climate change ,citizen engagement. Decisons cannot responsibly be made in isolation –ecological benefits lens must be applied to a major projects.
By developing and adopting long term policies-By adopting the concept of existing natural capital valuation .Simply ,by understanding that one policy directly impacts another ,that ecological valuation and benefits must form part of the industrial benefits equation when deciding on future projects,policies etc..policies that look a t impacts/ie. salt use on roads,stormwater mgt. ,vegetation retention in developments...prioritize watershed and lake studies with natural capital value concept integration. Without nature, humans could not survive. Nature provides the raw materials for every product we consume. More importantly, it constantly supplies services that sustain life, such as fresh drinking water, food and clean air. Nature directly affects human wellbeing through its ability to meet a wide variety of human needs, whether from tangible ecological services or from more abstract, psychological connections to nature. Unfortunately, current accounting systems rarely, if ever, account for nature. In fact, we often assume nature provides unlimited resources, such as fisheries, forests and clean drinking water. We act as if the bank of nature has unlimited assets, and we keep making withdrawals as if there is no tomorrow. By accounting for natural capital we can start to align our economic ambitions with our ethical environmental responsibility—to provide future generations with at least the same benefits from nature we enjoy. This is the foundation of sustainability .-taken from the Natural credit article –CVC/Pembina Institute By continuing to support an all encompassing natural credit approach to environmental studies: including Ramsey Lake ,Junction Creek study,Ponderosa,trail plans,park development ..etc..and from there adopting policies that make sense and creates balance both from an industrial and ecological perspective. This applies to all facets of this survey. transportation,water quality,natural environment ,climate change ,citizen engage ment .Decisons cannot responsibly be made in isolation –ecological benefits lens applied to amajor projects.
* 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 champion that
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will champion that
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
I will champion that
Explanation:
I have added notes of this very interesting concept which is all inclusive really and which applies in one way or another to all questions that you have brought forward in this survey.” Without nature, humans could not survive. Nature provides the raw materials for every product we consume. More importantly, it constantly supplies services that sustain life, such as fresh drinking water, food and clean air. Nature directly affects human wellbeing through its ability to meet a wide variety of human needs, whether from tangible ecological services or from more abstract, psychological connections to nature. Unfortunately, current accounting systems rarely, if ever, account for nature. In fact, we often assume nature provides unlimited resources, such as fisheries, forests and clean drinking water. We act as if the bank of nature has unlimited assets, and we keep making withdrawals as if there is no tomorrow. By accounting for natural capital we can start to align our economic ambitions with our ethical environmental responsibility—to provide future generations with at least the same benefits from nature we enjoy. This is the foundation of sustainability” .-taken from the Natural credit article –CVC/Pembina Institute

Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Advocate for a sustainable plan policy for construction(green streets concept)/continue to support and advocate for responsible stormwater mgt-LIDS (low impact development-permeable pavers for one-)best practices,persue developper accountablity through mitigation timeline policy(ongoing) ..please refer to natural credit valuation concept.above. By keeping our OP in tune with evolving philosophies-ie Loach rd, Maley and Montrose connector.

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 by looking a the whole picture(which I have done since 2007) of what we have,what we need , where can it go and what the impact will be.Balancing ecological,quality of life and financial implications and community engagement.


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
I will champion that
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will champion that
Explanation:
Queston (c) is area specific and limiting.There is also the Montrose /Maley drive connector which is driven by the OP and dates back to 1965-.It has been recognized(EA) to have a negative impact on the neighborhood ,plans forge ahead however.The OP(TS) needs to be reevalauted with today's view of the city ..We(residents of New Sudbury-Ward 12)would appreciate having this road connector included in your survey as a question –as Loach<s rd.and certainly as part of the Good Green Towne Hall meeting..We continue to battle this outdated model and would appreciate your support.

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?
Promoting the new Market-more local produce by local farmers.By promoting local food production,and protection.Advocating for incentives to build greenhouses(solar)-extending the growing season and ensuring a better nutritious quality.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Supporting eat local action plan -see answers below.
Food action plan implementation.Exploring greenhouse incentives for one.extending the growing season increasing local food production at the market, sooner.
* 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
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
I support in theory however questons (d) is unclear- .Are you talking about reverting rural land to agricultural,changing the zoning? We need a plan to extend our growing season (including greenhouses-even solar opportunities ).

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 have been an advocate of public consulation since 2006.this applies to major projects-arts center,park face lifts,subdivision plans,green stairs art walk ,residents concerns brought forward at Planning,surveys,etc...by advocating for towne hall meetings concept where presentations are made and questions are derived form that , as opposed to PICS(public input sessions as we know them today where staff stand around and wait for questions to be asked. .

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
1-By continuing to advocate for meetings being video recorded(especially Planning)-in order to accurately document comments.2-maintaining my accessibility to the public.3-by continuing to request public input/public service announcements,local project timeline communication etc.. at every opportunity.-establishing consistency ensuring better service.


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 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 champion that
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will champion that
Explanation:
Communication is key to success. I have consistently advocated for better communication in all departments and for all projects undertaken since 2006.

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?
This is a very broad question-brings us back to natural capital valuation.see above.queston1. small steps:In 2011 we adopted the no idling bylaw.- Improve public transit/schedules/ to get cars off the road.Improve our winter sidewalk,bus stop maintenance .LIDS building concepts,responsible stormwater mgt etc.please refer to www.landry-altmann.ca...