Local Food Survey Questions Summary

Council Member 1. How do you see the city’s role in food system sustainability, access to local food, and the connection to health?

Brian Bigger
Mayor

Our City should actively support these elements of our food system.

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I feel that the City has a very important role in the food system and we should be making sure that we have access to local food and maintain the connection to health.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

I can’t see how anyone would find anything against the position that we need to ensure that our local farmers are able to continue to grow food and provide their products to people living in Greater Sudbury. Our City Council cannot ignore the fact that some of our policies will have a direct impact on sustaining our food system and we must give consideration to the impact in all of our decisions regarding land use.

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I want to see a bigger and better place for the farmers market to be to help them promote local food economy. Also I would support a greater selection of new "Sudbury only" restaurants or café's. As a councillor I will ensure that the red tape these businesses must go through to receipt permits would be minimised.

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

The closer your food is grown to home the more nutritious, fresh and healthy it is for you. Greater Sudbury and Ward 7 have many local farmers and the City needs to better promote them to residents.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

While I very much support access to and promotion of local food (my family consumes a great deal of local produce), I am uncertain as to how large a role that the city might play.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Not a core service

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

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.

Council Member 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?

Brian Bigger
Mayor

Through communication and education.

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I would continue to promote this through education and make sure that we continue to find ways to assist farms to see that this continues to happen.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

I think it is important for us to make sure that local residents are aware of the sources and benefits of our local agricultural sector. To that end, I am part of the organizing committee for the first annual “Spudsbury Potato Festival” which is being held in Blezard Valley on September 13, 2014. One of our objectives with the festival was to highlight the heritage of the potato industry in the Sudbury area and promote the use of local potatoes by restaurants and grocery stores. Another area that we must examine is providing more opportunity for local farmers to attend food markets, perhaps not just centrally located in Sudbury proper, but also in the outlying areas. We must also make sure that we provide incentives for local farmers to use their land to grow crops rather than to sell off and build houses. Good farmland should be protected and developments should be directed to land that is not suitable for growing crops. I also have given my commitment to helping promote community gardens such as the one at Balmoral Place on Bruce Avenue. I think the community gardens not only can add a lot to the growth of local food, but can do wonders for community spirit and bringing people together in a given neighbourhood or subdivision.

René Lapierre
Ward 6

This is not my area of expertise therefore when elected I would request the help of those who are experts in this area and discuss their ideas and suggestion. As a team we could bring positive change for everyone involved

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

Local agriculture can grow from better exposure as demand will increase supply and the more people know about it the more they will make it part of their routines. Fresh water is a precious resource that is so abundant in Greater Sudbury and it must be properly conserved. Forest foods are a means which many residents use as a food source. Proper conservation and education about such foods will be key to its development.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

I am not an expert in this area so I have no answer other than to find ways to encourage and support local food producers.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

n/a

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

Supporting eat local action plan -see answers below.

Multiple choice questions:

Council Member (a) A food action plan for the city (b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions (c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives (d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use (e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market

Brian Bigger
Mayor

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will champion that Unsure

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

I will champion that I will champion that I will vote in favour I will champion that I will champion that

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote in favour

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

Unsure I will champion that I will champion that Unsure I will vote in favour

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

I will vote in favour Unsure I will champion that Unsure I will champion that

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Unsure Unsure I will champion that Unsure Unsure

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour
Explanations:

Council Member Explanations

Brian Bigger
Mayor

E-I need to understand the number of potential local farmers who could attend and if this
would adversely impact the viability of a farmers market and getting fresh product to
Sudburians..

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

René Lapierre
Ward 6

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

(b) Where prudent to do (c) Ward 7 has great opportunities for community gardens which bring food and nature enthusiasts together. They are low cost and produce great local food. (d) So long as the land is being used (e) At times in the year the downtown market is primarily filled with big vans and trucks from southern Ontario, squeezing out local farmers. We should be investing more into our local farmers rather than subsidizing those from down south. Cudos goes out to those local farmers who do compete with those from southern Ontario at the market.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

A-not fully informed as to what the food action plan is for the city
D-not aware of how much is already preserved

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

n/a

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

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 ).


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