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Compare what the candidates had to say about sustainable transportion, 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]

Climate Change action and resilience.

Candidate namequestion_2dWard
Chris Bentley very important Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand very important Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) very important Mayor
Jesse Brooks important Ward 6
Tay Butt very important Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti very important Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) very important Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin very important Mayor
Elizabeth De Luisa Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux very important Ward 5
Denis Ferron most important Ward 10
Rob Franceschini important Ward 8
Leo Frappier Ward 12
Gordon Harris Ward 1
Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9
Jeff Huska most important Mayor
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) important Ward 7
Bob Johnston Ward 1
Terry Kett very important Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) most important Ward 5
Eric Lachance important Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde very important Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) most important Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) important Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay very important Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall important Ward 8
Geoff McCausland most important Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) very important Ward 9
Dan Melanson important Mayor
Patricia Mills very important Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton very important Mayor
Simon Nickson very important Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet 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 very important Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy very important Ward 4
Bill Sanders 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 important Ward 7
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Derek Young important Ward 11

Greater Sudbury has some new policies in place or in progress that have the potential to make a huge difference for our community if they are implemented.  Indicate your level of support for implementing and resourcing these fundamental policies and plans:
[“I will champion that” “I will vote in favour”, “I will vote against”, “Unsure”]

Energy and emissions plan;  Climate change adaptation plan.  

Candidate namequestion_8aWard
Chris Bentley Unsure Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand Unsure Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will champion that Mayor
Jesse Brooks Unsure Ward 6
Tay Butt I will vote in favour Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti I will vote in favour Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin I will champion that Mayor
Elizabeth De Luisa Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux I will champion that Ward 5
Denis Ferron I will vote in favour Ward 10
Rob Franceschini I will vote in favour Ward 8
Leo Frappier 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 vote in favour Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 5
Eric Lachance I will vote in favour Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde I will vote in favour Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay I will vote in favour Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall I will vote in favour Ward 8
Geoff McCausland I will vote in favour Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 9
Dan Melanson I will vote in favour Mayor
Patricia Mills I will champion that Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton I will vote in favour Mayor
Simon Nickson Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet I will vote in favour Ward 12
Justin Pappano I will vote in favour Ward 1
Mike Petryna Ward 12
J. David Popescu Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Steve Ripley I will champion that Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy I will vote in favour Ward 4
Bill Sanders I will champion that Mayor
Sharon Scott I will vote in favour 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

The Paris Climate Agreement is a commitment to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels,”  to avoid unacceptable risks to humanity.  To reach this goal, carbon emissions must peak by the year by 2020 at the latest – during the next term of Council.

On a scale of 1 – 10, what is your level of concern about climate change, with 10 being the highest?

 


What will you do to reduce local carbon dioxide emissions and increase Greater Sudbury’s resilience to climate change in our natural and built environment?

Candidate namequestion_4Ward
Chris Bentley My family has already downsized to from 2 vehicles to one smaller one. I sometimes make use of our transit system to get to and from work. Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand By creating more sidewalks and cycling lanes this will allow more individuals to use alternate options then driving to get to and from the places they need to go. Reviewing the transit options in the city is a must, specifically looking at options of increased routes during winter months when other travel options are more limited. Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) We’re already seeing less pollution and more energy efficient vehicles in transit and the City’s fleet. I’d like to see the City explore and implement more solar options for buildings, LED street lighting and consider zero pollution vehicles where it works. I will continue to promote long term resiliency through investment in municipal drain systems, flood control systems and stormwater management system priorities. Mayor
Jesse Brooks Exploring new building techniques that deal with green architecture will both save residents money on their energy bills and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Through VTAC we can also continue to plant trees. A reduction in plastics can also occur through the introduction of plastic straws and similar initiatives. Use of renewable energy is to be encouraged wherever possible (I am also an independent solar operator). Ward 6
Tay Butt More electric cars and buses in Sudbury, and support for emission test for automobiles. Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti I believe Greater Sudbury must continue its quest to be a green city. I have been an advocate during my time at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre for implementing additional green space and improving urban forestry throughout downtown cores. We must continue to work on our public transit system to maximize ridership and ensure that the service is meeting the needs and requirements of our citizens. We must continue to invest in proper infrastructure to encourage the use of non-motorised forms of transportation. Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) Increased use of public transit and continued improvements & investments in alternate transportation methods has been and will remain a priority for me. Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin Personally, this summer I installed a 4.8 KW photovoltaic Solar System on my home. I also take Sudbury Transit to work at least 90% of the time. As Mayor, I will ask staff to complete a cost-benefit analysis for installing alternative energy generation on new municipal buildings or anytime a major renovation is considered for an existing one. I would work with City employees to encourage their use of alternative means to commute. I would like to develop a way to estimate the amount of Green House Gas (GHGs) emissions that the City generates on a regular basis. I would seek data from Sudbury Hydro and fossil fuel distributors that could be used to estimate the GHGs. This could assist in target setting and GHGs reduction. It could be encouraging for residents to see reductions reported in the media the way some currently watch the TSX and Nasdaq indices. Mayor
Elizabeth De Luisa Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux Less idle times for vechiles Ward 5
Denis Ferron The traffic lights need to be better synchronized to allow a steadier flow of traffic. Night time lights to be kept on short change. Drive thru restaurants and long line ups need to be adressed to reduce wait time. Ward 10
Rob Franceschini Work with my fellow councilors to find ways to reduce carbon Dioxide emissions working with industry helping them identify ways to reduce there imissions Ward 8
Leo Frappier Ward 12
Gordon Harris Ward 1
Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9
Jeff Huska Promote walking, cycling and public transit, offer car pooling parking lots in surrounding areas free of charge to entice group travel, promote recycling and re-using, promote local produce, promote families moving towards energy efficient appliance Mayor
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Only be working together will we be able to realize true change. The City can continue to invest in public transit and active transportation, even supporting the use of public transit by employees, but needs the continued buy-in from the business community as well. Ward 7
Bob Johnston Ward 1
Terry Kett Encourage everyone to use public transit and much more cycling through diligently following the Complete Street Policy Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) I will look for ways of reducing my use of vehicles and will advocate for initiatives that look towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the coming years. Ward 5
Eric Lachance First off Greater Sudbury’s award winning re-greening efforts need to continue to ensure trees help offset the carbon dioxide balance. We need to support alternative energy and heating choices in our by-laws and look at potential credits for businesses and individuals willing to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. We could also explore, as the technology evolves, converting our city fleet to electric vehicles. Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde As a City, providing alternatives to single motor vehicle transport will help achieve lower emissions rates. However, we must ensure that the alternatives methods used (ei. public transit) are practical and cost effective for the residents of Ward 5, and the entire City of Greater Sudbury. From 1978 to 2017, over 3,400 hectares of land were limed and grassed and over 9.7 million trees have been planted. Exploring new efforts/ideas, and continuing with current initiatives of the Regreening Program will also benefit it's residents. I also believe that the City of Greater Sudbury could continue working with existing businesses, as well as the Provincial and Federal government, in finding ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on a local level, and implementing initiatives already in place. Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) In the past terms I have advocated for the LIDs (low impact development )concept integration in our site plans -better development .both municipally and privately.Responsible stormwater management .Protect our lakes and implement an asset management policy for our lakes..and initiated the hiring of an energy manager at TDS. -Promote transit use,safer and accessible pedestrian sidewalks and trails. Have advocated for better winter maintenance on our sidewalks-2106 budget increase,cleared bus stops..continue to advocate for transit hubs(express buses ) transit masterplan is underway .. safer cycling lanes ,Ensure that the Junction Creek study's recommendations are implemented for better drainage and flood control mitigation in the Flour Mill area. -Initiated the preventative plumbing subsidy -now called the RIISP-which helps homeowners control flooding/back ups in their homes,but also disconnects eaves from stormwater sewers. -Initiated a motion/ammendment to OP, in which outdoor hydronic heaters are restricted in urban and high population density zones,therefore improving the air quality in densely populated areas. Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) As the City is 100% shareholder of Sudbury Hydro I would like to support working with them to install charging stations for electric cars. The more charging station we have the more people may purchase these types of vehicles. The other is to solicit a bicycle sharing company that provides a pick up/drop off bicycle rental system across CGS. These are being used in many other municipalities and is working well. The more we encourage the use of other methods of transportation the less cars are on the road. Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay Encourage green initiatives Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall Encourage more active modes of transportation reducing our need to for frequent trips by car, and ensuring local businesses and homeowners are aware of incentive programs and other initiatives available to them to reduce their carbon footprints. Ward 8
Geoff McCausland I would like to see Greater Sudbury gradually turn over our fleet of buses to electric buses, and true to our history as a centre of innovation in environmental science and mining technology, host an annual competition for new green mining developments. Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) • Advocate for the completion of and implementation of the Transit Action Plan • Continue to expand our cycling and sidewalk infrastructure • Ride my bike more Ward 9
Dan Melanson I will ensure that, as a city, we will actively participate in any provincial and federal programs that address carbon dioxide emissions. Mayor
Patricia Mills The City of Greater Sudbury is currently preparing a full Community Energy and Emissions Plan, supported by key stakeholders and experts. The CEEP will set out real baselines, key goals and recommendations for action. I will ensure this plan isn't allowed to sit on a shelf as previous plans have, and will work with council to make changes throughout the city administration, in our fleet, in our facilities, in our day-to-day operations to reduce energy use and emissions. Under my leadership, the city will engage and support residents and businesses for seeking the same goals. Moving quickly to make change is only way to have impact and avoid catastrophic climate change. Adapting to the impacts of climate change will challenge us through my terms in office and beyond. Ensuring our economy, our natural environment, and our quality life is protected through this period of change will require planning, and a long term commitment. Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton trying to encourage multi car families to carpool together and encourage public transportation Mayor
Simon Nickson Promote walking, running and cycling network development. Enabling residents to participate in these activities will help to minimize the use of motorized vehicles. Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet I would like to see our city add more bike routes as well a redesigned bus route along with changing the toe of transit we have currently, I have noticed other city test and or implement transit using different fuel sources and/ or electric buses which will reduce the city's carbon foot print. I believe we should be testing - using the best fuel sources that will work in our northern climates. Ward 12
Justin Pappano First, I think a good start would be to conduct an environmental efficiency audit of our municipal resources and prioritize a city-wide plan to reduce emissions and at the same time reduce costs spent on heating/lighting etc. This will allow us to reduce out carbon footprint and in the long term save money too. Ward 1
Mike Petryna Ward 12
J. David Popescu Carbon dioxide is a red herring, extra carbon dioxide helped South American jungle forests grow better when adjoining jungle was slashed and burnt. Concerning Sudbury's climate change: as our sin increases God makes more havoc of our climate. Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Steve Ripley I have addressed asphalt replacement using recycled plastics to extend it's life expectancy but I want to ensure ALL new road repairs and updates encourage and make it more desireable to walk or cycle within Sudbury and begin a move away from our city's autocentric frame of mind. I would also look at introducing smaller busses on routes with less ridership so we can have higher rotations on those routes Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy Energy and emissions planning incorporates many dimensions of municipal planning, and requires the involvement of multiple city government departments, stakeholders and communities, with particular attention to marginalized groups, in all phases of planning and implementation. Successful low carbon community transition requires grassroots citizen involvement and financial investment (municipality + private sector). Active citizen, household, business and investor engagement is the best route to successful energy and emissions action implementation. My climate action planning is to look further into our community engagement strategies and processes such as the Energy Utilities, Transit Authorities, Engineering Infrastructure, Economic Development, Land-use Planning and Equity and how we as a community can adapt and participate so that we may live in a better local and worldwide environment. Ward 4
Bill Sanders Work with all the communities in Northern Ontario to establish our own emission protocol. It has to be done together. Mayor
Sharon Scott I’d love to see trolley cars back in Sudbury and use smaller transit buses for night-time use and smaller runs. Encourage the expanded use of solar panels and storage of off-peak electricity. Ward 4
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Al Sizer (incumbent) I am committed to continuing the initiative of a complete street philosophy with an emphasis on public transit and alternative means of transportation. Incentives that were just recently canceled by the Provincial government providing subsidies to retro-fit homes reducing their use of fossil fuels; we must lobby the provincial government to restore those grants and subsidies. As a member of the Planning Committee, I will continue to work within the guidelines prescribed by the Provincial Policy Statement and the City's Official Plan to encourage development with the measures to encourage development with the least impact on the environment. Ward 8
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Deborah Swyer-Burke I think Sudbury needs to keep participating in the Green Projects of tree planting, Definitely community gardens, public transportation and bike paths, keep our water ways, lakes, rivers and streams healthy, more hiking and outdoor activities for the younger generations coming up behind us. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Ward 7
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Derek Young Through environmental stewardship with orgnizations like Earthcare Sudbury and Rethink Green, Greater Sudbury is an enviromental leader. As councillor I will work with these organizations as well as our industry partners in the environment and in innovation to continue to support and advance their work while developing and building on best practices and knowledge. Ward 11

Platform statements

Candidate nameWardClimate Change
Chris Bentley Ward 6
Jessica Bertrand Ward 4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) Mayor
Jesse Brooks Ward 6
Tay Butt Ward 12
Cody Cacciotti Mayor
Fern Cormier (incumbent) Ward 10
Troy Crowder Mayor
Bill Crumplin Mayor

Storm Sewer Improvements – Implement and dovetail bio-engineering with traditional methods to assist with handling storm water; Plan for climate change impacts.” “Work with Sudbury Hydro to explore energy generation options – Investigate using heat from below surface mines to produce geo-thermal electricity; Investigate installing solar panels on municipal buildings.” “Re-new existing infrastructure with the needs of citizens and our changing environment over the next 50+ years in mind.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018

Elizabeth De Luisa Ward 11
Jerry Desormeaux Ward 5
Denis Ferron Ward 10
Rob Franceschini Ward 8
Leo Frappier Ward 12
Gordon Harris Ward 1
Trinity Mary Hollis Ward 9
Jeff Huska Mayor
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Ward 7
Bob Johnston Ward 1
Terry Kett Ward 11
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) Ward 5
Eric Lachance Ward 4
Kevin Lalonde Ward 11
Michel Lalonde Ward 5
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) Ward 12
René Lapierre (incumbent) Ward 6
Ron Leclair Mayor
Bill Leduc Ward 11
John Lindsay Ward 11
Frank Mazzuca Jr. Ward 7
Kyle McCall Ward 8
Geoff McCausland Ward 4
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) Ward 9
Dan Melanson Mayor
Patricia Mills Mayor

Greater Sudbury is world renowned for its successful re-greening efforts. We need to leverage this knowledge so we are prepared for the new environmental challenges ahead. We should embrace green technologies as an economic driver while protecting our natural assets.” “I also think we need to keep our young people here…They want the environment to be protected.”
From https://patriciamills.ca, checked September 3, 2018

Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Rodney Newton Mayor
Simon Nickson Ward 9
Shawn Ouimet Ward 12
Justin Pappano Ward 1
Mike Petryna Ward 12
J. David Popescu Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Steve Ripley Ward 10
André Rivest Ward 6
Don Roy Ward 4
Bill Sanders Mayor

“While recognizing dramatic shifts in climate change : We need protect our watershed and develop land in a responsible and sustainable manner; We need to grow and adapt to a new green economy; We need to explore and support sustainable renewable energy alternatives; We need everyone involved in this process. The entire community has to come together for the sake of our future.”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.  

Sharon Scott Ward 4
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Al Sizer (incumbent) Ward 8
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Deborah Swyer-Burke Ward 7
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Derek Young Ward 11