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?

Robin Auger

This are very closely linked, buy local is an important strategy for a sustainable City. Having successful local growers who provide great local produce to our citizens will make healthy food more affordable and attainable for many. Healthy home grown foods are important to health and well being of the citizens as well as the farmers who provide the food.

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

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.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

The city can and should be involved and promote the growth and future of local food in Sudbury and area. I have been interested to the point that I am the sole member of council who has taken part in both of the committees that have dealt with the Market. The council has given Management responsibilities to the current committee and it has worked extremely diligently in trying to move towards a strong Farmers Market model.

Walter Prus

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

Robin Auger

After visiting our farmers market on more than one occasion it is apparent the current location is not ideal to meet their needs nor is it ideal for patrons of the market. We have to rethink our farmers market and work with local growers to make it an integral part of our city and sustainable living strategy. Eat local has to be a focus as developing a strong local food producing industry will mean more affordable healthy food options for our citizens. After speaking with a local producer of wines and doing some research on my own, I think we should look into the "My Picks" certification by the Farmers Markets of Ontario as it is something that will aid the growth of our market. Here is a little piece of what "My Picks" is about and was taken from the www.farmersmarketsontario.com website. MyPick® identifies the true heroes of Ontario's farmers' markets. The MyPick® verification program grew out of a real need. Shoppers at Ontario farmers' markets often thought they were buying directly from local farmers when in fact they were buying from resellers. They had no way of knowing which vendors were which. Now they do, thanks to the MyPick® verification program from Farmers' Markets Ontario®. Now, when you see a vendor displaying a MyPick® sign, you can be sure you're getting just–picked freshness from the grower's own farm, and are helping support local agriculture.

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

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.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

A good start would be to encourage the idea of local, home grown and hand made for the market. We must encourage and educate the public to embrace the purpose and value to the market and the entire importance of local growers being sustainable.

Walter Prus

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

Robin Auger

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

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

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

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

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

Walter Prus

Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Robin Auger

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

(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.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

D-Not convinced that we will ever get back to large farms. Ma be more value in making 2 to 5 acre plots available to encourage hobby farmers and small crop, on demand, farmers who will farm as a second income and provide surplus to the market

Walter Prus


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