Climate Change Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name What actions should the municipality take to reduce carbon emissions and improve community resilience in the face of climate change?

Matt Alexander

Implement a transit ridership growth strategy; protect wetlands and floodplains from development that will likely be affected by increased major storm events; support 30-year infrastructure planning and neighbourhood emergency preparedness plans for areas most susceptible to climate-related disasters.

John Antonioni

There are a host of strategies to undertake here from adopting policies to be less car dependent, the renovation and promotion of Transit initiatives. I would introduce campaigns to lower energy usage at all municipal buildings and promote the development and installation of green energy technologies. Then biggest impact, however, may come from public awareness campaigns associated with partnership engagement with the city’s primary resource based industries and global movements. Furthermore, an engagement with developers and planning to incorporate ‘green’ concepts on all new development – as in European cities. Let’s not miss these opportunities.

Jean-Raymond Audet

Try to convert our Bus Transit System to Natural Gas or Hydro, also to see if the Community of Sudbury could take an Active Stance Against Harper " ALL IN ON THE TAR SANDS"

Robin Auger

See answer to sustainable transportation number 2 because if we can encourage more citizens to use public transportation as well as plow our area better to allow for foot traffic to easily manouver throughout the City this will reduce emissions. We must also include in any future development non-motorize transportation lanes or accessibility.

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

The city and council and have been very active in these efforts. The support of the many environmental groups including Lake Advisory panel, Lake Stewardships , Anti idling bylaws etc are proof of this commitment.

Aaron Beaudry

Matt Belanger

Joseph Berthelot

I want change but I need more info on how to proceed, I don't want to spend enormous amount of taxpayers money if we start running without a positive direction.

Fernand Bidal

Encourage carpooling when possible and better bus schedualing.

Brian Bigger

Mike Bleskie

If we can make our transit system and bike network more efficient, re-commit to our programs and partnerships on regreening, and work harder on our waste management system to drive even more conversion of organic and recyclable waste, we as a city can continue to build on programs that we were early leaders on, and take on new leadership roles in climate change prevention.

Kevin Brault

Better transit (including bike and pedestrian infrastructure), but also city purchasing. The city does a better job than the province already, very few of our vehicles intended for one occupant use (supervisor vehicles etc.) are SUVs. Small, efficient vehicles as well as using transit when possible is more than sufficient for a supervisor carrying nothing bigger than a clipboard or briefcase and we need to expand on this. Looking for more fuel efficient large vehicles is important too; that would safe money as well as carbon. The City should provide development fee reductions for large scale green building projects as a building's construction is as, if not more, important than the heating and cooling equipment. Think green, act green.

Jeanne Brohart

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)

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”.

Tay Butt

For carbon emission we can follow Toronto by introducing a mandatory emission test for all vehicles yearly along with regular checkup of City's buses not to omit carbon monoxide via smoke and similar precautions.

Fern Cormier

City fleet can be reduced and city vehicles should be changed over to hybrids at a faster rate than is currently happening. City should reduce energy use wherever possible in city buildings.

Francois Couture

Michael Cullen

Healthy Community Strategy

Gordon Drysdale

Ron Dupuis

I would consult with our community experts to establish policies and guidelines in regards to climate change. This is a very large issue to discuss and as a city we have been internationally recognized environmental leaders for land reclamation for decades and we need to continue this momentum moving forward with our environmental policies.

Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent)

Denis Ferron

We should encourage citizens to shut off their vehicles and not idle, look at drive-thru restaurants and see if there is a way to reduce wait times, reprogram stop lights at night in non-busy traffic areas to be 4 way stops to keep traffic flowing when volume is down. Consultation with experts in this field and to educate the public on good environmental practices.

Jesse Gaudet

Lin Gibson

Revise and revitalize public transit for increase in client use. Thus reductions in auto emissions. Secondly police enforcement of cars not adhering to emission tests on their older vehicles.

Jeff Huska

Work with companies to insure targets are being met on a timely manner. Push for the completion of Vale's Clean Air Project.

Mike Jakubo

Unfortunately the bulk of responsibility lies with higher levels of governments but what the City must do is work to educate our residents of the harms and causes of climate change and start this education at the school level. Our youth is our future and if we arm them with the recognized knowledge that is the best way to secure our future.

Terry Kett (Incumbent)

CGS can join the FCM's Partners for Climate Change and can work with Ontario's Municipal Energy Program which supports municipalities' efforts to better understand their local energy needs, identify opportunities for energy efficiency and clean energy, and develop plans to meet their goals.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

I am currently sitting on a new committee which is tasked to develop a Community Energy Plan. This plan is very ambitious and is working with several agencies, ministries and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to work towards Sudbury having a goal of Net Zero need for energy from outside our boundaries and extensive moves towards Net metering for our households. The efficiencies resulting from heading in this direction could bring Sudbury accolades similar to those we have achieve through our regreening program.

Robert Kirwan

I feel that we need to listen to the advice that we receive from the science experts who have the experience and knowledge to guide us in our deliberations. We should be putting in place policies and initiatives that will address the long-term goals and requirements with respect to climate change.

Mathieu Labonté

The city should make every effort to include more energy efficient means into its day to day operations, as well as municipal infrastructure. As someone who worked with his dad to install a solar water heater on our roof, and maintain our rain water sprinkler system, I know that being less wasteful isn't just possible, but it saves money, and implementing more energy saving and water saving measures into city operations would pay big dividends.

Vincent Lacroix

Lobby Federal and Provincial Government.

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent)

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

René Lapierre

I believe that better enforcement of the anti-idle policy would be a great start, especially with city owned vehicles. They city could purchase more hybrid style vehicle to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel economy. As a major employer the City should attempt to accommodate personnel scheduling to encourage carpooling to and from work. 2 to 4 people taking 1 vehicle would make a big difference.

Richard Larcher

Kerry Latham

Expand the idling by-law to include all of Sudbury and have the ability to enforce the bylaw.

Paul Lefebvre

Les Lisk

Create a citizens climate change committee reporting to council.Then this should be implemented ASAP.

John Lundrigan

I am committed to the plan of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as possible. I will work to promote energy efficiency and conservation in all municipal buildings and infrastructure.

Wyman MacKinnon

Kent MacNeill

Education is key here. The city should consult the experts, such as local university faculty and researchers, and develop a policy for educating the public and lead by example.

Richard Majkot

Robert McCarthy

Deb McIntosh

Transportation is the biggest producer of greenhouse gases. The municipality needs to get behind sustainable transportation options. We need investment in pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure.

Dan Melanson

I suggest the building of traffic round-a-bouts when and where space and planning exists. This has proven to be an effective means to reduce carbon emissions.

Gerry Germain Montpellier

Marcel Montpellier

Chris Nerpin

Pro-active education and by-laws that encourage citizens to make greener choices and help protect the local environment, in their day to day lives, as well as in recreation. Developing an efficient public transit system and walking/cycling routes - as part of a sustainable transportation plan - and working with industry to address and reduce the carbon footprint in our communities.

Chad Odnokon

Shawn Ouimet

Joseph Palmateer

I know that humanity has played a part in affecting climate change, and that it is very real. It is also important to know that the earth has gone through countless numbers of climate change cycles as the fossil records clearly show. I don't believe humanity can "STOP" climate change, though I do believe they can start it. I also believe Humanity can stop doing things which can contribute to it. Which is the excessive polluting of the environment.
To this I say again... fix the roads right, to cut down on road construction and therefore limit idling vehicle emissions.

Gerry Perras

Make sure that all city fleet vehicles follow a no iddling policy and educate the community on the importance of using less fossil fuels.

Hannu Piironen

A lot of the initiatives as I have outlined in the above survey will reduce our collective carbon foot print in Sudbury and ultimately do our part in reducing green house gases. Planning for smart growth by using existing infrastructure and encouraging infilling as much as possible will result in densification. We could then have a more sustainable transportation system with more people walking, cycling, using public transport and resulting in shorter automobile trips.
Promoting local foods, community gardens, and fruit sharing is a healthy way of reducing our carbon foot print. The less we have to transport from far afield the better it is for all of us.
The city already has a fleet of hybrid vehicles .We should expand this program and look at hybrid or fuel-celled buses for our transit system.
We need programs that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels for home heating.

Ed Pokonzie

There cannot be a short answer. It took centuries to arrive where we are in human development; but, we are compelled to start the process.

David Popescu

Stefano Presenza

From my perspective, solar energy seems to be one viable alternative. Across North America, solar panel energy is becoming more functional, and perhaps on a City level, partnerships can be made with the private sector to ensure this technology becomes a viable option; the challenge is to reduce pollution yet create more energy sources. This seems like the way to go.

Walter Prus

Lynne Reynolds

National issue. Municipalities cannot take on the challenge of reducing global greenhouse emissions.

Steve Ripley

Adopting an eco-friendly system using Sault Ste. Marie as an example of green energy production and sustainability.

André Rivest (Incumbent)

John Rodriguez

a) Enact an anti-idling bylaw;
b) Replace its public gasoline vehicles with hybrid and electric;
c) By incorporating climate change policies into The Official Plan (ie: tree planting, green buildings, and energy efficiency incentives;

d) Encourage infilling of existing properties and buildings.

Sidney Shapiro

We have a lot of challenges in the north with the amount of energy we use to stay warm and get around. This challenge is greater than many other communities in the south of the province. I would hope to work with citizens and government alike to develop strategies that would work for us here, and have a meaningful impact on our environmental footprint.

Mark Signoretti

I feel that the municipality should provide more education so the community is aware of the impact and adopt measures internally to set as examples to the community.

Al Sizer

Paul Soucie

We should be insuring that we take all possible action to insure the reduction of carbon emissions

Chris Spry

Encourage and enhance public transportation. More bike lanes – make the city walkable, rideable and possible to enjoy without having to drive. Why no solar projects or programs at municipal properties? Where is the innovation? We need more ideas and need to champion more unique types of energy saving techniques.

Paul Stopciati

Will Thomson

Thomas Trainor

Michael Vagnini

Mila Wong

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

Dan Xilon

I am unsure, however I believe that for budgetary reasons if nothing else the Greater City of Sudbury should strive to be as “green” and energy efficient as possible and should look into ways to improve our standing in those areas.

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