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Candidate nameWardCitizen Engagement
Matt Alexander Ward 1

"Ward 1 Newsletter
Delivered to your door or email, I’ll keep you informed about city business, neighbourhood events, my meeting schedule and voting record.

5-Day Notice of Agenda Items
Meeting agendas should be released on Wednesday so you have time to form an opinion and respond.

Development Notice boards
You need to know what’s proposed on your street before it goes to council so you can tell me what you think.

Lobbyist Registry
Lobbyist registries in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton help prevent backroom deals, something Sudbury has been concerned about for years.

A Meaningful Breakdown of Our Taxes
Broad categories like "Road construction and maintenance" and "Leisure, Libraries and Museums" don’t tell the whole story. We need an easy, interactive online tool to help explain the city budget.

Accountability isn’t a slogan to me, it’s the result of keeping the community involved in decisions.

Collaborative Planning and Development
New roads projects, subdivisions and city programs need to meet performance standards we set as a community.

Councillor Office Hours
You’ll know where to find me on a regular basis so we can talk about upcoming items at council, concerns about the neighbourhood or new initiatives you’d like to see.

Participatory Budgeting
I’ll hand over control of the Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to residents. An open process of proposals and community-wide voting will decide how money is spent. I’ll propose this system replace the “slush funds” city-wide at the first opportunity.

Review of Citizen Advisory Panels and Committees of Council
You’ve told me you’re unsatisfied with the input you have in decisions at city hall. I’ll push to make our Citizen Advisory Panels and Committees of Council more effective.

Turning NIMBY to YIMBY
We need development that can get enthusiastic support in established neighbourhoods so home-owners will say “Yes, In My Backyard”."

From, last checked Sept. 22, 2014.

Re HCI funds:  “Public funds should benefit the public and how that money is spent locally should be determined directly by the public. In cities across the globe residents are involved in setting the spending priorities for their neighbourhoods through the process of participatory budgeting. This is a practice I intend to bring to Ward 1 as councillor. …  As a result of participatory budgeting, residents are better informed about how their money is spent; they are involved in the decision-making process from the very beginning; and they have a direct influence on how their tax dollars are spent in their neighbourhoods..”

From, last checked August 12, 2014

John Antonioni Ward 10

“Open and transparent consultation with residents before major development”

“I pledge to personally return each and every taxpayer email or phone call"

From, last checked Aug. 30, 2014

Jean-Raymond Audet Mayor
Robin Auger Ward 7

"First and foremost we must ensure our city website is very user friendly and includes search functions so those who visit it can find what they are looking for easily. The website should also have all the steps needed to get any kind of permit or license needed on it and include printable documents to aid in things getting done in our city. Next a clearly transparent council who do not hide behind procedure or rhetoric will surely grow faith and interest in our council again. We must have an amalgamated council for an amalgamated city which means we must act as one to grow the city and when we demonstrate we can act together in a positive direction that positivity will spread to the people in the city. We should also open city services later at least once a week to meet the needs of those who use the services as well we should advertise the types of services we provide on our buses and at all of our city run buildings. Mostly as councillors we have to get out there, listen and ask questions. We should not be ashamed to admit we do not have all the answers and that we need to seek the advice of those who are experts to aid us in making informed decisions. We have to seek out new and improved relationships with businesses and educational institutions in the city to understand how we can help them to ensure their continued success within the city."

From, last checked Sept. 2, 2014

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent) Ward 2
Aaron Beaudry Ward 9
Matt Belanger Ward 3
Joseph Berthelot Ward 5
Fernand Bidal Ward 6

"I will answer all your calls within 24 hours"

Campaign flyer.

Brian Bigger Mayor

“ administration will act to adopt the principles of Open Data and Open Government. … It’s a major shift in the culture of the city, a shift that is overdue. It will result in real cost savings for the city, highly improved citizen service, better citizen engagement and is fast becoming a prerequisite for tech companies. Open Data and Open Government allow Citizens, Businesses, City Employees, Managers and Council to work together in ways previously not possible.
Open data is simply taking the information the city currently produces and making it freely available online in a way web and app developers can access”

From, last checked Sept. 18, 2014

“Vision 2025 – A Ten Year Look Ahead for Greater Sudbury. Vision 2025 will involve all citizens, interest groups, community organizations and businesses coming together to share their ideas about the future of our City. The Vision 2025, will be a conference focused on gathering information and input from the people of Sudbury.

The people of Sudbury will have a real and meaningful role in this process. It will include submissions and presentations from:
-The non-profit sector
-Volunteer groups
-Industrial, commercial and business sectors of this City
-Other interest groups

This initiative will be held in the first year of Brian Bigger becoming elected as Mayor”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release 

Mike Bleskie Ward 11

"Create civic engagement opportunities which allow for a marketplace of ideas and draw the best input from people in the community."

"Create tools to properly and transparently display where spending is made, and who is accountable for which funds. In addition, adopt Open North’s “Citizen Budget” interactive budget simulator to educate and encourage input on the budget."

"Create a clear, objective prioritization of municipal projects based on value to citizens and ratepayers."

"Proactive measures are needed to engage youths in the ward, particularly those with home difficulties and those living in youth homes in the community. A community group should be set up to build dialogue and support for these young citizens, and build a positive presence in their lives, rather than be combative against antisocial behaviour."

from, last checked July 26, 2014

Kevin Brault Ward 6
Jeanne Brohart Mayor
Tay Butt Ward 12

“He wants to make sure your voice is heard. He takes it as his responsibility to advocate people he represents.”

“Motivating more community groups to be part of Community Action Networks (CANs).”

from; last checked June 30, 2014

Fern Cormier Ward 10

"Fern believes that Ward 10 needs...

Transparent, open government where any and all information that can be made available should be easily accessible by the public.

Clear, accountable and transparent decision-making when it comes to spending your hard earned tax dollars."

From!platform/c5ro, last checked July 10, 2014

“would like to improve our community engagement and planning process

we need to involve the neighborhood, the stakeholders, end users and the broader community at the very earliest stages of the plans.”

By building the process with an open dialogue approach we can address the needs of the community at the earliest stages. By doing this things like cycle and pedestrian friendly components can be included and designed with the end user in mind from the beginning. We would also be able to properly address and include environmental protection components, which should be standard to begin with”

From!issue-statements/c2h5, last checked October 17, 2014

Francois Couture Ward 4
Michael Cullen Ward 8

"I like to think that with my work of a very large organization including multiple commitments on ad hoc and standing committees I have a true appreciation and understanding for volunteerism. I most recently wrote an article on community engagement for the Sudbury Star. I also volunteer regularly throughout our community. This will also be a top priority during my term as councillor to promote and foster a broader volunteer effort in Ward 8 and beyond and to represent the interests of the non profit/charity sectors"

From Position Statement

Gordon Drysdale Ward 7
Ron Dupuis Mayor

"A City Hall more responsive to its citizens
A Mayor and council more accessible to residents
A strategic plan developed through community consultations
Open the doors to City Hall!"

from, last checked July 10, 2014

Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent) Ward 4
Denis Ferron Ward 1
Jesse Gaudet Ward 3

“- Ensure that, as your councillor, I can always be reached to hear your thoughts and concerns.  Whether it be by phone, e-mail or social media, I will ensure that your concerns are represented at city council.”

“Create a public forum for citizens to voice their concerns regarding infrastructure projects, and future projects to be prioritized accordingly.”

From, last checked Sept. 18, 2014.

Lin Gibson Ward 9

"I have consistently been a proactive advocate and successful lobbyist for many beneficial causes.  Whether representing working women through the Business & Professional Women of Canada & Greater Sudbury dealing with issues from affordable day care to pay equity; campaigning for a strong voice for the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance or supporting parent groups over school closures, I have a strong voice that is respectfully heard and can make a difference.

One of my campaign priorities is promoting easier and more readily available city funding for citizen groups with a project need. This program would replace the controversial Healthy Community Initiative Fund (ie Councillor ‘Slush Fund’). This new funding for active citizen groups will allow those with healthy community projects, expedient access to proper funding supported by their Councillor. The budget for HCIF monies currently exists – the streamlined process to get the funds would however be greatly improved for citizen groups."

From, last checked Sept. 3, 2014

Jeff Huska Mayor

"The City of Greater Sudbury needs to implement municipal politics into the school system. As your Mayor I would create a Junior City Council made up of high school students throughout the city. It's imperative that we initiate a program that will teach students about municipal politics and why it's important to have a voice in your local community."

from, last checked July 8, 2014

"As your Mayor, I will establish and attend open community forums, held regularly throughout each ward, with residents and their Councillors. This will enable me to become more effective; addressing unique challenges from each ward. By working alongside Councillors, we will be a stronger team, meeting the needs of each ward – leading to the success and growth of our City through:

  • Attending Community Action Network meetings throughout our City
  • Re-establishing business hours at City Hall; enabling you the taxpayer better access to departments and programs."

from, last checked July 10, 2014


Mike Jakubo Ward 7
Terry Kett (Incumbent) Ward 11
Dave Kilgour (Incumbent) Ward 7
Robert Kirwan Ward 5

"One of the best ways for a Councillor to remain connected with the community is through the promotion and development of one or two strong Community Action Network committees. Ward 5 should have one for the Valley East part of the Ward and another for the Sudbury portion. Both should be active and must count on the support and assistance of their Councillor. One of my first priorities if I am elected is to meet with the existing CANS and find out what I can do to help them become stronger than ever.

When candidates say that they intend to keep in touch with their constituents, it is necessary to identify a particular strategy. For me there are a number of very specific initiatives that I intend to pursue.

  1. I will make sure that we have two strong Community Action Networks in operation. One for Valley East and the other for the Sudbury section of Ward 5.
  2. I will make every attempt to revise the Neighbourhood Playground Associations in Ward 5. That means I will help organize public meetings in each playground catchment area in order to see if we can find volunteers willing to act as the driving force behind these associations. I will also utilize the Playground Associations to obtain feedback about what is needed in order to improve the local neighbourhoods.
  3. I will hold regular Town Hall meetings at local schools or the public library and invite residents to come out to discuss specific topics of concern. My plan is to hold at least one of these town hall meetings every three months.
  4. I will continue communicate with the residents of Ward 5 through Facebook and the internet. People will always be able to get hold of me.
  5. I will continue to host a weekly radio show at Laurentian University and invite people to call in with their concerns and opinions. These Radio Shows will include special guests who will be able ot shed light on some of the underlying principles behind the issues facing City Council. The Radio Shows will be video taped and archived so that people can access them on demand.
  6. I will use You Tube to produce short informational video explanations for my constituents similar to what I have done with the issues on this web site"

from, last checked July 10, 2014

Mathieu Labonté Ward 1
Vincent Lacroix Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent) Ward 12

“-Has established 3 Citizen Committees, CANS -Community Action Networks in Ward 12 addressing neighborhood concerns, initiating projects like the Daffodils of Hope Campaign, and attending meetings

- Enabling community consultation and dialogue - Giving residents a voice in their neighborhood's future development through community consultations”

From, last checked Sept. 5, 2014

René Lapierre Ward 6
Richard Larcher Ward 5
Kerry Latham Ward 8
Paul Lefebvre Ward 4
Les Lisk Ward 9
John Lundrigan Ward 5

Citizen Engagement
"As a councillor I must be accountable to the citizen. People need to know their councillor is listening to them, and will report back to them. For decisions where public input should be noted I will hold a Town Hall meeting. My door will always be open and my mind will always be open to positive change. If elected I’m not going to Toronto or Ottawa, I will always be easily accessible, and I will welcome any and all input.

I will work to encourage respectful discourse between municipal staff and citizens.

I will work to better and more timely public consultation for development projects.

I will work towards better the advance posting of council and committee agendas online.

I commit to the use of social media for citizen engagement and issues of local importance.

I commit to work with Valley East citizen groups and associations towards a more livable city."

from Aug. 5, 2014

"When there are major issues at city hall, I will request your input, whether by calling people or holding a ward meeting. I will make myself available to you."

From ,last checked July 9, 2014

Wyman MacKinnon Ward 9
Kent MacNeill Ward 5
Richard Majkot Mayor

"I will create a "Customer Service Standard" for all employees to ensure that City Hall is accountable and transparent to taxpayers."

"Greater Sudbury has a body of people who are successful in business and in creative fields.  I intend to utilize their knowledge and skills to build a Greater Sudbury that is prosperous and productive.  City Hall can do some of it, but it can do much more by engaging the experience of private sector and non-governmental leaders in a conversation regarding change for good"

from, last checked July 26, 2014



Robert McCarthy Ward 12
Deb McIntosh Ward 9
Dan Melanson Mayor

"I want to implement a committee which a citizen or corporation with issues regarding city services can formally express their complaints. The committee would be made up of volunteer citizens appointed by the Mayor for the term of the sitting Council. 

The commission would review the complaint and make an initial determination if the complaint has merit or not, and if it does have merit, initiate a preliminary investigation. If the complaint is without merit the committee will provide to the complaintant a letter outlining the reasons for not proceeding to a formal investigation. If the complaint is investigated, the committee will have 30 days to complete the investigation and report to Council the facts of the complaint and the findings with recommendations for Council to consider. Council will decide if the recommendations of the committee are to be implemented or not, and if the decision is too implement, then direction will be given to the CAO who will instruct the appropriate manager. The manager will have 30 days to implement the council's decision."

from, last checked July 10, 2014

"As Mayor, I will be committed to open, ethical, accountable and transparent local government."
"Within the first few months of my mandate, I will present the idea of a whistle blower policy"

from, last checked July 10, 2014

“As Mayor, Melanson will engage citizens to share their experience on how City Hall can do a better job to ensure that Greater Sudbury remains clean and green.”

From, last checked Sept. 11, 2014

Gerry Germain Montpellier Ward 3

"Gerry pledges to:
- Help Support and Promote Community Events"

from, last checked August 14, 2014

Marcel Montpellier Ward 3
Chris Nerpin Ward 11
Chad Odnokon Ward 2

"My campaign is dedicated to bringing growth and prosperity to Sudbury. Through community involvement and creative collaboration, I am looking to pursue a future for Sudbury that delivers change, builds culture, and pushes progress for our city."

"I believe in community and collaboration. Together, we can make Ward 2 and the City of Greater Sudbury a strong, vibrant, and progressive community. I want to see Sudbury thrive and flourish. I want to work towards building a future for Sudbury that will benefit us all."

From, last checked July 8, 2014

Shawn Ouimet Ward 12
Joseph Palmateer Ward 2
Gerry Perras Ward 8
Hannu Piironen Ward 10

"Establish a Ward 10 Community Action Network. Collaborate with community groups and environmental experts to develop policies and practices to enhance our environmental protection and sustainable development."

From flyer (pdf provided by candidate)

Ed Pokonzie Mayor

With an enhanced public transit system each community from Levack to Wanup and Wanipitae to Worthington should have a transit station where each could be expanded to include
-a municipal walk-in clinic
-a library branch
-community office of city services etc.

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

David Popescu Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8

"Priorities to Sudburians:
-the passion, care and energy in listening and addressing community needs"

From, last checked August 12, 2014.

Walter Prus Ward 7
Lynne Reynolds Ward 11

- issued statement opposing new security measures at City Hall. An excerpt: “Why does he want to create “barriers between citizens and staff”? Shouldn’t we be doing the exact opposite? Isn’t this one of the big problems we already have at City Hall?”

from, last checked July 10, 2014
- “Immediate elimination of the Councillors’ slush funds”
- “A permanent Auditor- General office to spot waste and inefficiencies” “Bring back the free services of the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office”
- ““no-excuse” accountability by everyone at City Hall, including me!” “no more behind-the-doors decision-making”

from, last checked July 10, 2014
- “SERVICE STANDARDS: standards for excellence in all we do”
- COMMUNITY BUILDING for children, seniors, the homeless and the disenfranchised"

from, last checked July 10, 2014

"Here is my record of accomplishments as your former Councillor when it comes to being ‘good and green’:

Held many citizen consultation meetings for new developments, infrastructure projects.

From, last checked October 16, 2014

Steve Ripley Ward 10

"My aspiration is to be a councillor that speaks on behalf of the constituents through public consultations and not on behalf of special interest groups or political parties. "

"Implement a public advisory panel to improve interactions and relations between the public and city staff by streamlining processes and services at city hall. "

"Assemble a committee to review all city bylaws and policies to dispense with those which are out-dated, obsolete, and redundant. Also to further bring forward clear and concise language of these bylaws for councillors and staff. This will assist in the introduction of new policy to assist city staff in expediting public complaint resolution and interaction."

from, last checked July 26, 2014

André Rivest (Incumbent) Ward 6
John Rodriguez Mayor

“committed to supporting the work of local environmental groups such as the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Eat Local, and the many lake stewardship committees”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

Sidney Shapiro Ward 1
Mark Signoretti Ward 1
Al Sizer Ward 8

“promote more community engagement and rapport through Community Action Networks and Town Hall Meetings”

“ensure all decisions are arrived at in an open and transparent process for all taxpayers to review”

From, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

Paul Soucie Ward 1

“create a two-way constructive dialogue between Ward One constituents and City Hall

respond to constituents needs in a timely manner”

From!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014 

Chris Spry Ward 1
Paul Stopciati Ward 9

"Attending meetings of existing Community Action Networks (CANs) in Ward 9 and encouraging the development of new ones"

from, last checked July 10, 2014

Will Thomson Ward 9
Thomas Trainor Ward 1
Michael Vagnini Ward 2
Mila Wong Ward 10
Dan Xilon Ward 2

“I believe that “my personal opinion” should not enter the equation on any vote in Council, by any Councillor. It is the duty of Councillors to represent the wants and needs of their constituents and give them a voice at City Hall. Councillors must be prepared to work with all parties involved to achieve as many of these items as possible.”
“I am prepared to hear what these ideas are and hope to present ideas that have a majority of constituents’ support behind them, on your behalf at the council table.”
“I intend to hold monthly “Ward Hall” meetings at rotating venues around the ward. These informal meetings will offer an opportunity for concerned members of the Ward 2 community to come together and share their views and concerns.”
“Also, once elected, I will convert this website into a place for you, the people of Ward 2, to voice your views about the specific issues and council votes which will arise throughout the next term.”
“The citizens of the Greater of Sudbury, regardless of Ward location, need to be heard to ensure the proper questions, plans and programs can be put into place that represent the needs of all citizens, rather than a few special interests.”

From, last checked Sept. 11, 2014

“One idea that I can promise I will implement for our Ward is a new management system for the Healthy Community Initiatives (HCI) Fund. When elected, I will bring in a participatory budgeting system for the HCI of Ward 2. In short, participatory budgeting means that you the people of Ward 2 will put forth and vote on your own proposals for projects that HCI funds could be used to support.”

From, last checked October 16, 2014

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