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Compare what the candidates had to say about sustainable transportation, water and natural environment, local food, citizen engagement, climate change.


Survey responses


When deciding how to vote, or where to dedicate your time on Council, how important to you is:
 [most important; very important; important; not important; don’t know]

Transparency and citizen engagement.

Candidate Name
Chris Bentley most important Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand most important Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) very important Mayor
Jesse Brooks most important Ward 6
Tay Butt most important Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti most important Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) most important Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin most important Mayor
Elizabeth De Luisa most important Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux most important Ward 5
Denis Ferron most important Ward 10
Rob Franceschini very important Ward 8
Leo Frappier - withdrawn Ward 12
Gordon Harris Ward 1
Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9
Jeff Huska most important Mayor
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) most important Ward 7
Bob Johnston Ward 1
Terry Kett very important Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) most important Ward 5
Eric Lachance most important Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde most important Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) most important Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) most important Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay most important Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall most important Ward 8
Geoff McCausland most important Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) very important Ward 9
Dan Melanson most important Mayor
Patricia Mills most important Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton very important Mayor
Simon Nickson very important Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet most important Ward 12
Justin Pappano very important Ward 1
Mike Petryna Ward 12
J. David Popescu very important Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Steve Ripley most important Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy very important Ward 4
Bill Sanders most important Mayor
Sharon Scott very important Ward 4
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Al Sizer (incumbent) most important Ward 8
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Deborah Swyer-Burke most important Ward 7
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Derek Young most important Ward 11

Here are some of our specific priorities that require leadership to implement. Indicate your level of support for:
[“I will champion that” “I will vote in favour”, “I will vote against”, “Unsure”]

Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting.

Candidate Name
Chris Bentley I will champion that Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand I will vote in favour Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will vote in favour Mayor
Jesse Brooks Unsure Ward 6
Tay Butt I will champion that Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti I will champion that Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin I will champion that Mayor
Elizabeth De Luisa I will vote against Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux I will champion that Ward 5
Denis Ferron I will vote in favour Ward 10
Rob Franceschini Ward 8
Leo Frappier - withdrawn Ward 12
Gordon Harris Ward 1
Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9
Jeff Huska I will champion that Mayor
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 7
Bob Johnston Ward 1
Terry Kett I will champion that Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) Unsure Ward 5
Eric Lachance I will vote in favour Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde I will champion that Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay I will champion that Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall I will vote in favour Ward 8
Geoff McCausland Unsure Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 9
Dan Melanson I will vote in favour Mayor
Patricia Mills I will vote in favour Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton I will champion that Mayor
Simon Nickson Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet Unsure Ward 12
Justin Pappano I will champion that Ward 1
Mike Petryna Ward 12
J. David Popescu I will vote in favour Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Steve Ripley I will vote in favour Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy I will vote in favour Ward 4
Bill Sanders I will vote in favour Mayor
Sharon Scott I will champion that Ward 4
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Al Sizer (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 8
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Deborah Swyer-Burke I will vote in favour Ward 7
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Derek Young I will vote in favour Ward 11

What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?

Candidate Name
Chris Bentley Citizens want to know they are being heard when they have concerns. They expect their Councillor to listen, investigate and provide answers to their questions. They want to feel like part of the process. That is fair, considering it is their hard-earned tax dollars that we are putting to work. Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand I will listen to all feedback given to me by the constituents of the ward. I feel that everyone deserves a voice and believe that any major decisions that affect the ward and the city as a whole should be open to public involvement. Whether that is through me voicing opinions in Council Chambers or through Public Meetings. Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I’m out there listening to people at every event I attend. And that’s a lot. We already have a lot of sessions and official opportunities for dialogue already. But I also urge citizens to call their local representative, contact my office, show up and be heard at public meetings - engagement is a two way street. Mayor
Jesse Brooks Working with VECAN is an excellent way to support citizen led engagement. I am already working with others in our community trying to improve our local beaches, increase anti-poverty initiatives, grow our volunteer base and a whole bunch more. The more involved we are in the community the better our kids will fare in the future. Ward 6
Tay Butt Will support more inclusive committees and panels involving citizens. Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti I believe that the role of mayor and council is to work for their constituents and the best way to serve them is to listen. I believe that improving communication channels through groups such as the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and the Community Action Networks are imperative to uncovering what the priorities are in neighborhoods all across the city. I would like to see the next mayor invest time and energy visiting all areas of our city on a regular basis. Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) It is worth reviewing our citizen engagement methods. I would like to see city administration tap into the expertise that exists within our community in order to improve the engagement process. It is important that people be heard but just as important is that they see their suggestions and ideas reflected in the decisions that are recommended to Council. Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin One thing that I will do as Mayor is move some Council meetings to hold them in our outlying communities. I see this as bringing government to citizens and feel that this might encourage meaningful participation in decisions. I would also insist that major decisions and policy changes involve all stakeholders, including residents that could be affected by such decisions and relevant citizen led groups, from the very beginning. While this might slow final decisions down, I feel it is imperative in developing consensus. I think we learned much as a City along this line watching the political, economic and social fallout associated with the ferro-chrome smelter issue. Mayor
Elizabeth De Luisa The planning process ensures public and stakeholder engagement; the council chambers are open to all. Citizens must have easy access to the information regarding decisions– a transparent and accountable municipality/council is the foundation on which community groups can properly inform themselves. Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux Work with the community listen to their needs and concerns and address all issues. Ward 5
Denis Ferron Have an open forum for comments and suggestions so we all have a say. Ward 10
Rob Franceschini As a councilor that is what we are there for to support the citizens of Sudbury Ward 8
Leo Frappier - withdrawn Ward 12
Gordon Harris Ward 1
Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9
Jeff Huska I'm all about collaborative leadership, I believe engaging the end user is paramount in moving ideas and concepts. Get it right the first time. I feel that citizens that have sound plans and deliverables towards community improvements should be supported. We have economic development we also need a team on community development where residents can submit improvement plans and if approved work with a team to see its completion. Mayor
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Continue to release public agenda material a week in advance of meetings. Continue to support citizen-led initiatives as I have for the last 4 years both by gaining support from all of council in budget motions or through ensuring that funds continue to be available for neighbourhood capital projects. Ward 7
Bob Johnston Ward 1
Terry Kett I will: Have more neighbourhood meetings to hear concerns. Have lots of information & conversations on my website Make certain citizen groups are heard at the committee level & council Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) I will continue to support strategies that are requested by staff for citizen engagement. Our staff are very committed to encouraging public input for all initiatives. As a council, we are encouraging citizen-led proposals for community improvements and opportunities to work in partnership with the general public. Ward 5
Eric Lachance I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Community Action Networks across the City of Greater Sudbury. They are key contact people between the community, the City of Greater Sudbury and the Ward Councillor(s) in their area and aid in supporting citizen-led improvements. I would support and further promote these CAN`s. The City of Greater Sudbury has done great strides in providing information through social media, on the city website, the 311 service as well as at the library services. I think we also need to establish a responsibility system that lays out a hierarchy through which people’s concerns get addressed by the various levels of municipal government that clearly establishes at which point unresolved concerns get escaladed. We also need to increase information sessions across our communities and announce ahead of time council meetings that involve important decisions. Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde My campaign is about talking to residents, and hearing their ideas about the issues in our community. We need to continue to utilize our City resources (ei. Facebook Page, Website, flyers to households, public consultation meetings, etc.) to reach out to our community and to ensure that they are well informed in all municipal policies and decisions. I would also encourage a new approach in more town hall style meetings with my constituents to give them an overview of projects currently in play (these could be on a monthly or bi-monthly basis at a location accessible to all residents of Ward 5, or in multiple locations which would include on site presentations and live streaming on Facebook). As a potential Councillor, I think it is wise to inform citizens of groups that exist within our City who's goal are to lead community improvements, such as the Community Action Networks (or CANs), and whom are in desperate need of volunteers, and do very important work to see projects move forward (ei. The Valley East CAN is currently working on a community garden, and finding an appropriate site for a dog park). Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I am a great believer in community consultation and have implemented community discussion whenever and wherever possible, consistently in the past 12 years.It has been my guide for better decision making.I have found that the most successful meaningful citizen engagement has been when staff and the community get together.Residents have the opportunity to voice their concerns and staff get the opportunity to familiarize and understand these concerns first hand..It has makes for a better outcome. Over the years,I have helped 3 CANs(Uptown,Flour Mill and New Sudbury)get started in the Ward-through volunteer participation of course, with the purpose of community consultaion and engagement in mind.Together we have acoomplished many good projects and addressed local concerns. Lately,the Primeauvillle designation project is a good example of a community coming together,We first got together in August of 2017.The resident expressed their concerns to staff and support agencies. We formulated a plan ,and got things done resulting in a neighborhood that is stronger,friendlier and saferand a lovely historic mural Primeauville to commemorate the work done. .Save our Mountain is another example .as is Junction Creek study:public meetings with staff in areas most affected . Another good example is when I initiated a motion to have the transportation master plan come back for further public consultation post first draft.(2016) and it did.Recommendations were improved. I will continue consulting with the residents as I always have. Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) I believe the improvement that have been made in the last four years have been excellent. I think there is always room for improvements. Better us of technology would be one area, that could maximize community involvement. Encourage and promote the advisory panels to council with presentations of their roles, and whenever possible have an increased presence at large public event to share information and updates face to face with residents who attend these events. Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay Public consultation before decisions are made Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall Ensure that public consultation opportunities are communicated clearly and often by city staff, with enough time given for residents to plan to attend. Attend more events, and work closely with the grass roots groups working on improving our community. As the current chair, and long standing board member of reThinkg Green I am already well connected to these organizations and the work they do around our city. Ward 8
Geoff McCausland I will work with citizens who are making community improvements to facilitate their work in whatever way I can. I will also work to ensure that communication from council about policies and decisions is clear and concise, and try to maintain an open dialogue with citizens where engagement and questioning is encouraged. Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will continue to work with the multiple citizen led organizations working in and for Greater Sudbury: Community Action Networks, Lake Advisory Panels, Active Transportation advocacy groups, playground associations, community centres and legions along with the individual resident who calls or writes with a concern or an idea. Ward 9
Dan Melanson I encourage meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and community improvements. I will commit to an open door policy in the mayor’s office, ensure public consultation and invite and listen to the opinions of individual citizens and groups. Mayor
Patricia Mills I started my campaign with a commitment to listen, learn and lead. I will take those values with me into the mayor's office, and out into the community. Hosting regular town halls in each ward, I will take our council out of city hall and into your neighborhood. Convening a youth council to foster meaningful engagement with students and young professionals is another strategy I will employ. As much as possible, I will ensure information is provided openly without pushing constituents to depend on the frustrating Freedom of Information process. I will enforce the Council Code of Ethics to ensure that citizens will be respected by their city government when they present their perspectives. Most importantly, I will act with Respect, Openness, and Integrity - making it easy for you to hold me accountable by setting measurable benchmarks for success - your ROI on a vote for Patricia Mills. Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton Mayor
Simon Nickson Ensure that community input is heard. Listen to area concerns and identify solutions that might apply. Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet I have an open door policy, there are numerous ways to be in or stay in contact with all city staff and council. When I am making any decision or voting one way or another I would like to say I spoke with many citizens in my ward and outside, that I am not voting for a specific group or association to help only that group, my decisions will be unbiased. For that I will be able to sleep at night and will have no problem going out alone or with my family to work with community organizations to improve our city. Ward 12
Justin Pappano I will strive to hear out all of the citizens of my ward through constant communication, not just at election time. This means reaching out to the community, as well as, listening to those who reach out to me. I will do this through door-to-door, social, and other types of media. In addition to 'town hall/roundtable' style meetings for issues the community has input to give. Ward 1
Mike Petryna Ward 12
J. David Popescu The study of God's Word, the bible promoted privately and publicly at all levels of society is the only thing that enables citizens to make godly decisions for wholesome lasting improvements. Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Steve Ripley I would hold monthly CAN meetings that would have agendas addressing the concerns of the ward that month. Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy Once elected, it will be my full time obligation, as counselor of Ward 4, to ensure that all decisions are based in the best interest of my citizens as well as the entire municipality of the City of Greater Sudbury. Citizen engagement will provide municipality a mean of incorporating citizen values, interests and needs. Involving citizens in policy or program development, from agenda setting and planning to decision-making implementation and review will require two-way communication among citizens, with city officials as myself, and among community groups where together we can aim and share the power and responsibility for those decisions by generating innovative ideas and active community participation. I will work diligently to stay involved directly with the Citizen Action Network program and ensure that the community concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and voiced at City Hall. Ward 4
Bill Sanders Engagement begins with the councillors. They are the direct link to the people. I will work with the council to facilitate citizen engagement. I support citizen-led community improvements. I believe strongly in everyone taking ownership. Its something that always guided how I approach projects and it is very successful. Mayor
Sharon Scott Since the majority of the voters have elected the Councillors it is the Councillors responsibility to meet with the people in their community on a regular basis in order to get their input on what is important to them. Ward 4
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Al Sizer (incumbent) Firstly, in Ward 8 I have inherited a very active Community Action Network and I will continue to support initiatives and dialogue from this forum. I continue to push for a better method of communicating with our residents what plans Council are contemplating. Although not quite there yet, I do support more use or more options for Public Information Sessions regarding planned projects. Included in that is a robust complaint response system which clearly provides residents with the status of their request made to the various city departments. I am also of the strong opinion that voicing suggestions to your elected representatives should provide an avenue for further discussion. Ward 8
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Deborah Swyer-Burke Ward 7
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Derek Young The Community Action Networks is a great place to start. We also need to improve communication amoung our residents and have very clear policy statements as well as clear and consistent messaging to help engage citizens to understand the issues. As councillor it is my responsiblity to support grassroots and community organizations and to engage our behalf. There also seems to be an education component that is lacking in our communications. We must work together as a council and function with one voice once a decision has been made so we can take great pride our community while respecting its citizens and the will of council. Ward 11

Platform statements

Chris Bentley Ward 6

Jessica Bertrand Ward 4

Brian Bigger (incumbent) Mayor

Jesse Brooks Ward 6

Tay Butt Ward 12

Cody Cacciotti Mayor

“Citizens must elect a mayor that will work collaboratively with council and staff to encourage further participation from all communities across the city. Having an active presence in neighbourhoods and with community groups in all areas of the city must be a priority moving forward. Ongoing dialogue and open discussion through regularly scheduled community forums is imperative if we are to work collectively to improve the quality of life for all of Greater Sudbury’s citizens. »

From https://www.gettingontrack.ca/platform/, checked September 18, 2028.



Fern Cormier (incumbent) Ward 10

Troy Crowder Mayor

Bill Crumplin Mayor

“I will hold myself and Council responsible for having respectful interactions within and between Council, Management, Staff and Citizens. I will ensure that our Charter and a Code of Ethics is followed.”
“Investigate and implement when and where possible, holding Council Meetings in various communities of Greater Sudbury. This will allow me and Council to better understand the city-wide implications of our decisions.
To create trust and true openness I will implement a publicly available Lobbyist Registry for firms or individuals that meet with myself or members of Council.  This will allow for more transparency and accountability for citizens and Councillors alike.
In addition to modifying the 311 service to link point of contact staff to callers and allow staff to call back if need be, I will work with senior management to establish one Official City electronic platform that allows citizen input on matters of interest. Citizens will know that there exists an official and open form of communicating with Council.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/mayoral-platform/, checked October 12, 2018



Elizabeth De Luisa Ward 11

Jerry Desormeaux Ward 5

“More accountability and transparency in City Hall.”
From http://business.sudbury.com/jerry-desormeaux/ , checked September 7, 2018



Denis Ferron Ward 10

Rob Franceschini Ward 8

Leo Frappier - withdrawn Ward 12

Gordon Harris Ward 1

Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9

Jeff Huska Mayor

We must be good stewards of your tax dollars and be transparent when major decisions are made.”
From https://www.huskaformayor.com, checked August 21, 2018



Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Ward 7

Communicate and work with the Ward’s community groups and not-for-profits to tackle important issues & accomplish meaningful projects for Ward 7.” “Continue to be the most accessible and open Councillor I can be being able to be reached by phone or e-mail, or on Facebook and Twitter.” “Work towards establishing a Youth Advisory Panel which can take a closer look at the ever evolving issues impacting our young population including youth out-migration, engagement & volunteerism, and risks & support.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/priorities.htmlchecked September 7, 2018



Bob Johnston Ward 1

Terry Kett Ward 11

Robert Kirwan (incumbent) Ward 5

“We need to be doing more to empower neighbourhood associations so that they can help bring back that good old spirit that existed in the 50’s and 60’s where neighbours knew each other and were more engaged in activities that improved the quality of life for everyone in the area.”
From http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Kirwan%20Robert.htm and https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobertKirwanWard5/permalink/466220417191695/, checked September 7, 2018



Eric Lachance Ward 4

“We need to establish a process by which citizen inquiries to the City get addressed by the required department, measures the response time and reports on items that are still outstanding.  Also, we have to be open and transparent to all our communities by showing how everyone is getting a fair share of services and attention.”
I want to live in a municipality that respects and fosters public consultation and participation. And while doing so, we need to respect people’s different opinions while working to an acceptable consensus. “
From https://ericlachance.ca/platform-plateforme, checked Oct. 12, 2018

 



Kevin Lalonde Ward 11

Michel Lalonde Ward 5

This campaign is about talking to residents, and hearing your ideas about the issues in our community.” “I strongly believe in standing up for the best interests of our community, by working in cooperation with others on Council, with our staff & our community, and in educating myself on every matter presented to me to ensure the right decision is being made for our City.”

From https://www.lalondeward5.com, checked August 14, 2018



Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) Ward 12

René Lapierre (incumbent) Ward 6

“Improve customer service through the 311 system at Tom Davis square.“
From https://renelapierre.ca/platform, checked October 12, 2018



Ron Leclair Mayor

Bill Leduc Ward 11

John Lindsay Ward 11

“Transparency is important and council should be more involved with citizens in dealing with important issues.”
From http://www.friendlysudbury.ca, checked August 16, 2018



Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7

Kyle McCall Ward 8

Geoff McCausland Ward 4

Deb McIntosh (incumbent) Ward 9

“Maintain an Auditor General office and an Integrity Commissioner that keep the municipality and Council accountable and fiscally transparent.” “As part of the City’s Open Public Data policy we will continue to make data sets and information available to support citizens and community groups and to enhance economic opportunities.”
From http://debmcintosh.ca, checked September 9, 2018.



Dan Melanson Mayor

Patricia Mills Mayor

“I want to create a city hall that gives citizens a voice and is accountable to them. You will be able to measure me over the next four years on the results I achieve, and where I may fall short of my goals. I will make it easy for you to hold me accountable.”
“I will hold town hall meetings in each ward in my first year as mayor.”
“I will run a respectful council. We have a Greater Sudbury Council Code of Ethics – it will be enforced.”
“We will set targets for the services you care about and we will publicly post our performance on the city’s website.”
“I will ensure responses to the Integrity Commissioner are delivered within the 15-day allotted time limit every time. We will publish the official results of the Wrongdoing Hotline. We will publish the number of Code of Conduct complaints on a year by year basis, and work towards reducing them. We will also work to reduce the number of Freedom of Information appeals. If one is denied, we’ll hold a news conference to explain why. If the media wants publicly available information, we will work to provide it, without making them go through the FOI process.”
From https://patriciamills.ca/patricias-platform/, checked October 12, 2018.



Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3

Rodney Newton Mayor

Simon Nickson Ward 9

Shawn Ouimet Ward 12

We need to stop having staff going out to do surveys and as a councillor we should meet residence to get input on how and what they want our city to become and be more accessible.”
From https://shawnouimet.ca, checked October 12, 2018.



Justin Pappano Ward 1

Mike Petryna Ward 12

J. David Popescu Mayor

Stefano Presenza Ward 8

“The integrity, accountability and transparency in Council activities”
From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, checked August 14, 2018



Steve Ripley Ward 10

André Rivest Ward 6

Don Roy Ward 4

Bill Sanders Mayor

“The key to a successful city is its transparency and its ability to include everyone in its decision-making. To that end : We need to listen to the people, the experts the consultants and act on that advice; We need to create a culture that sees information not as the power to control, but as an invitation to get involved.”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.  



Sharon Scott Ward 4

Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1

Al Sizer (incumbent) Ward 8

Take responsibility for decisions made at the Council table and ensure that “Best Practice” processes are integral to all City projects.” “Ensure all decision- making is open, transparent, accessible to review by all taxpayers.”
From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018



Paul Stopciati Ward 9

Deborah Swyer-Burke Ward 7

Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2

Derek Young Ward 11

“Empowering city departments, citizen panels, and grassroots organizations”

From http://derekyoungward11.wixsite.com/website/platform, checked October 12, 2018