Local Food Survey Questions Summary

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

Jean-Raymond Audet

City Role should be to provide to its most needy and poor! A collaboration between the Farmers Market, Food Stores and the Humanitarian Center would be a Start!

Brian Bigger

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

Jeanne Brohart

Local food is extremely important for the economy and the health of
residents. Councils have a duty to be well informed of pesticides
(i.e. Roundup issues, systemic pesticides that contribute to the
devastation of the bee population, etc.) and need to help support
local farmers as much as possible. Bees are responsible for over 3/4
of pollination of food crops and their drastic disappearance is
especially troubling. I think all municipalities need to play an
active role in this issue.

We need to protect farmland and make farming a priority. Too many farms are disappearing. The dairy industry has all but vanished from the Sudbury area. More troubling to me, however, is the fact that bees are also vanishing. Bees are said to account for up to ¾ of pollination functions. It is believed that systemic pesticides may play a huge role in this massive decline in the bee population. I believe all communities need to get involved in this issue because without bees, farming will suffer tremendously… and without farming… food availability and cost become even greater issues. All persons should have access to affordable food and local farms play a huge role in that.

Ron Dupuis

? I personally buy local produce, I enjoy being able to purchase corn the same day it was picked and I want to make sure citizens of Sudbury have access to all the nutritious foods grown right in our city.

Jeff Huska

I sat on the Market Square Relocation Committee because I believe in what the market stands fro and offers in locally grown food.

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

The city should be encouraging all of the above. We should promote sustainable food system through our local farmers market.

Ed Pokonzie

It is fast becoming necessary.

David Popescu

John Rodriguez

The city's role is a proactive one. It can provide community garden space in all public housing properties. Also, the city can, by regulation, ensure that locally grown produce has market space in our local Market. As well, through public education, inform citizens of healthy food growth (ie organically grown produce).

Candidate name 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?

Jean-Raymond Audet

Yes for the Needy! Also to help out our Farmers, also to put a stop to land expropriation for land development for Commercial, Industrial and Business Use!

Brian Bigger

Through communication and education.

Jeanne Brohart

We need to protect agricultural land and encourage young people to get
into farming as a career. The dairy industry seems to have almost
vanished from northern Ontario with fewer and fewer producers.
Farming has become big business and small family farms are too often
pushed out of the market. We need to make farming attractive again and
find partnering opportunities to make farming a viable way of life.
We may need to consider the feasibility of alternative crops (i.e.,
canola, etc.) as options for the area. There should be greater
education opportunities in this field.

Northern Ontario is known for its blueberries. Perhaps this is
another industry we could further encourage with greenhouses, etc.

We need to look at our options here. If dairy farming is no longer feasible, perhaps canola crops are something we could consider. Recently, crops such as okra (farmed in lower US) made the news because guar gum is now becoming too expensive as a food stabilizer since the oil industry is now using it – driving up the price of guar gum to the point that it is becoming cost prohibitive to use it as a food additive. If okra is proving a good substitute in early studies, then we should look into such crops as potential alternatives for the north in greenhouse environments. We need to have a council that will be visionary enough to see opportunities and be on the cutting edge to capitalize on them. Emerging markets such as this can bring great opportunities for those who are among the first few to enter the market. We have a thriving potato industry and the recent Spudsbury festival was an excellent example of how farming can and should be promoted in the community. Those who organized this festival are to be commended for showing not only the public what farming has to offer but for also informing politicians who need to understand the issues, the challenges and the opportunities that farming can provide. I am an avid eater of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and with so many of these available in the north - an environment in which these thrive – clearly we need to make sure we protect areas in which these wild crops also are found in abundance.

Ron Dupuis

I think there is room to grow our local farmers market and support our local food producers. I enjoy the celebrations held around the city each fall and would continue to support the development of local food awareness projects. The community garden projects across the city have seen great success and I would like to support the expansion of these initiatives.

Jeff Huska

I would support the development of local food by supporting venues like the downtown market, community gardens and fresh water. I'm not an expert in developing these things and solicit advice from those in the field on how to move forward.

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

Encourage and support community garden development.

Ed Pokonzie

The mayor cannot develop anything, but, I support the above.

David Popescu

John Rodriguez

By ensuring market space to local farmers and fisherpersons to sell their produce and by promoting local festivals (ie: Garlic Fesitval, Blueberry Festival, Spudsbury Fesitval) and fishing derbys that emphasize stocking our local lakes and rivers.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (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

Jean-Raymond Audet

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

Brian Bigger

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

Jeanne Brohart

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

Ron Dupuis

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

Jeff Huska

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

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

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

Ed Pokonzie

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David Popescu

John Rodriguez

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Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Jean-Raymond Audet

We must return to our Roots and become more self-sufficient, egalitarian, and humanitarian. City of Sudbury must become a Community not a Selfish Conservative Redneck Town that only cares for a Few at the Expense of the Many!

Brian Bigger

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..

Jeanne Brohart

Ron Dupuis

Jeff Huska

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

A) Community gardens are an important method to promote local food production. I support more community gardens.

Ed Pokonzie

I was raised around my family’s farm; i.e. aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. I understand the processes and challenges.

David Popescu

John Rodriguez


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