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?

Matt Alexander

Sudbury is lucky to have as much agricultural land as we have. We should work harder to preserve our farmland, support our farmers and attract new farmers. I’ll support new community gardens and produce swaps in Ward 1’s urban neighbourhoods to support food education, community-building and place-making.

John Antonioni

The City must encourage local private development of agricultural activity throughout the whole process… from farm to market. Furthermore, I think the city must pay a role in the protection of agricultural lands and the attraction of agricultural enhancement activities Eg. Registered field tiling companies. A diet higher in local foods conveys the win-win of health, wellness and economic development.

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!

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.

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

Continue to promote through the farmer’s market, Eat local and education.

Aaron Beaudry

Matt Belanger

Joseph Berthelot

I have no problem with the meat, vegetables and fruits produced in our region. The city has to make a point on saving our farms from development, encouraging our producers to excel in their work.

Fernand Bidal

Introducing policy that will encourage farmers to produce more and keep on producing.

Brian Bigger

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

Mike Bleskie

Our city plays an immense role at the planning level, by enabling growers to build the space they need, and allow for the type of agricultural operation they depend on to grow. The city also plays an important role in promoting that food and making sure there is access to that food.

Kevin Brault

Public awareness. Farmers need to pay their bills too and as long as the public opt out of buying local its not viable. I buy local whenever I can, then go province wide, and so on, as close to home as possible is the way forward. Less fossil fuels in transportation and in the food (imported tomatoes ripened chemically for example) but we need to support it ourselves as individuals. Local food systems are safer, more environmentally friendly and usually healthier.

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.

Tay Butt

By supporting local farmers to be at par at national level and promoting food.

Fern Cormier

Francois Couture

Michael Cullen

Education, Healthy Community Strategy. prmomote a better market, Good Food Box, serious budget considerations for local land development etc... marked for micro agriculture...community gardens

Gordon Drysdale

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.

Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent)

Denis Ferron

The city must protect the rich areas of agriculture, a weekend farmer’s market with local product available. Close the downtown every weekend in the summer like we do at ribfest and have a huge market, fresh local produce tastes much better and encourages all to eat healthier.

Jesse Gaudet

Lin Gibson

A very good start over these few years. The lobbying though is huge and directed at transportation consortiums who prefer shipping produce and food from drought ridden California at great costs to Ontarians

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.

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.

Terry Kett (Incumbent)

We need to meld the goals of the Farmers Market with the goal of supporting local agriculture

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.

Robert Kirwan

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.

Mathieu Labonté

Vincent Lacroix

Very important role.Economic development.

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent)

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.

René Lapierre

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.

Richard Larcher

Kerry Latham

The city would be supportive of the concept recognize the social / economic health benefits. City could provide support through reduced user fees for vendors.

Paul Lefebvre

Les Lisk

Improve farmers market following a city like Ottawa that makes it work.Look at downtown streets dedicated to the market.

John Lundrigan

We must be a community partner and protect our current farming lands. We must monitor growth on farmlands carefully and make educated decisions.

Wyman MacKinnon

Kent MacNeill

We have an amazing farming community in the area. The city should promote and champion local farmers markets and “Buy local” strategies.

Richard Majkot

Robert McCarthy

Deb McIntosh

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.

Dan Melanson

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

Gerry Germain Montpellier

Marcel Montpellier

Chris Nerpin

The city's role is to ensure that is supports initiatives that promote local agriculture, and provides public education on the benefits to health, and the local economy.

Chad Odnokon

Shawn Ouimet

Joseph Palmateer

Give tax incentives for local operational farms, and be involved in the decision of the protection of agricultural lands within the city limits to ensure all proposals have been made and equally considered, when the issue pertains to the effects of big industry and government on operational city agricultural lands.

Gerry Perras

The city should facilitate efforts in creating community gardens. Support the local farmers market and try and educate the citizens on the importance of growing and buying local.

Hannu Piironen

One of Sudbury’s greatest assets is the amount of good agricultural land located within the City limits. The City can do more to promote agricultural products grown or produced here. We should encourage local food policies in all of our area institutions to use more local ingredients in their food preparation. There are already the beginnings of this trend which is very promising. I would like to see the Farmers Market sell more local products and organic produce.
I would promote the establishment of more community gardens. I applaud the efforts of many apartment buildings in Ward 10 and co-ops that have made space available for community plots. I would like to see more.
I would promote and encourage projects such as “Share your Fruit” which would make use of all of the bounty around us which often goes to waste.

Ed Pokonzie

It is fast becoming necessary.

David Popescu

Stefano Presenza

This is absolutely crucial. There are many local farmers that can provide healthy options for residents, and City Council must work together with them to ensure they are able to reach people effectively.

Walter Prus

Lynne Reynolds

Not a core service

Steve Ripley

Continued growth and promotion of the downtown farmers market.

André Rivest (Incumbent)

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).

Sidney Shapiro

I think its important to use locally grown food, and there is an amazing variety of food available locally. We often shop at the market and Eat Local Sudbury, and we are fortunate to have such amazing resources right here in our community. I think we can expand the use of local food in our institutions, and do so in a manner that is fiscally responsible and one that will result in better health benefits and nutrition.

Mark Signoretti

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.

Al Sizer

Paul Soucie

By encouraging local food producers with incentives.BY publicizing the benefits .

Chris Spry

The city can play a key role in promotion of healthy eating and making local healthy food available. The Farmer’s Market is not open long enough or on dates convenient for most residents.

Paul Stopciati

I would like to see the agricultural land that we have in Azilda, Chelmsford, and Val Caron Hanmer area remain the same.

Will Thomson

Thomas Trainor

Michael Vagnini

Mila Wong

Sustainability, access to local food are definitely connected with good health, in general access to food (against hunger) is my priority.

Dan Xilon

The city should be working to ensure local farmers products are available in areas where local residents can buy them, should give strong support to Eat Local Sudbury and should strongly explore an “eat local” co-operative.

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

Matt Alexander

The Sudbury Market should explore the feasibility of waiving vendor fees for farmers within the municipality. Lost revenue might be recovered by opening the market retail units during the week for sale of prepared food and non-food items.

John Antonioni

Further development of a local food hub / distribution leader is a required to deliver collective benefits to a number of local producers. We must also attract and encourage agricultural opportunities through development of partnerships of existing operations. For instance, a local beer producer, may find it beneficial (from marketing dproduct perspective) to source a local barley or hops provider. We must welcome private agricultural and aquacultural concerns.

The city may also have an impact in the de-industrialization of food production by re-defining certain by-laws around local animal raising (bee keeping etc.)

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!

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.

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

Aaron Beaudry

Matt Belanger

Joseph Berthelot

After soil samples have been taken and analysed, encourage our farmers thru strategy planning, to grow what is best suited from their land. Forest contractors, to return the land to produce from replanting sustainable cover for wild life and forestry for our future.

Fernand Bidal

By creating committees by each of these groups to inform us .

Brian Bigger

Through communication and education.

Mike Bleskie

If the city is able to provide policies that create easier ways to create, promote and commercialize small-scale agriculture, we as individuals will be able to build our own 100-mile meals at home.

Kevin Brault

Protection of agricultural land, and not allowing it to be developed into business or residential space. We need to re-think the Farmer's Market to help our local growers have a market. As for fresh water protection and forest foods I can not comment as I need more information.

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.

Tay Butt

By giving more incentives to local agricultural stake holders to showcase their produce.

Fern Cormier

Francois Couture

Michael Cullen

For me this is very personal. My background was in the food industry and I have very close ties to the farming community.

Gordon Drysdale

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.

Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent)

Denis Ferron

I would give farmers incentive to grow and sell there produce by giving them the space in town every weekend and promote this market. Fresh water may come from new wells.

Jesse Gaudet

Lin Gibson

Initiate the cooperative phylosophy . This practise works around the world quite successfully.

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.

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.

Terry Kett (Incumbent)

We need to show support for local agriculture by providing as much local food at every city function. The GSDC should provide small grants to local farmers who are trying to expand.

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.

Robert Kirwan

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.

Mathieu Labonté

Vincent Lacroix

Encourage local farmers with funding for grant applications at provincial and federal levels.

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent)

Supporting eat local action plan -see answers below.

René Lapierre

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

Richard Larcher

Kerry Latham

For the most part this should be a private sector initiative. If the demand / market (public support)is there the private sector will develop this initiative as there is a profit to be made.

Paul Lefebvre

Les Lisk

People would go to an easily accessible market.

John Lundrigan

I will work to support and expand the Good Food Basket Initiative. I will work to create a community website which promotes local farms and agricultural business and in season local foods.

Wyman MacKinnon

Kent MacNeill

This would be an area for the Economic Development department to analyze and make recommendations.

Richard Majkot

Robert McCarthy

Deb McIntosh

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.

Dan Melanson

Encourage and support community garden development.

Gerry Germain Montpellier

Marcel Montpellier

Chris Nerpin

Working with the next council, I would develop an action plan to encourage development of local agriculture and forest foods. Developing and protecting fresh water is a priority to protecting the natural environment and waterways in Greater Sudbury.

Chad Odnokon

Shawn Ouimet

Joseph Palmateer

That's a good question... and my answer to it is... I have absolutely no idea.

Gerry Perras

By dedicating areas in our existing parks to be used as community gardens. Having volunteers tend those gardens and sell the products at the farmers market.

Hannu Piironen

Agriculture land in Sudbury is a vital resource. Unfortunately for the producer it often does not pay to keep land in production. We have to “brand” our local produce in such a way that people are willing to pay a premium. I, for one, would be willing to pay a little bit more for a local potato, chicken or dairy product. Many others, of course, cannot afford to, or are unaware of beneficial aspects of buying local. One is freshness and resulting better taste and nutritional values and second is the lessening of the carbon footprint of one’s food. Eat local and save the planet at the same time!

Ed Pokonzie

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

David Popescu

Stefano Presenza

On of the challenges I have heard is that in Northern Ontario, vegetables are ready a little later in the year as compared with Southern Ontario. As a result, local farmers often miss out on spots at the local Farmers Market to their Southern counterparts. I would ensure that they have a reserved spot so as to ensure they have access to sharing their local agricultural products.

Walter Prus

Lynne Reynolds

n/a

Steve Ripley

André Rivest (Incumbent)

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.

Sidney Shapiro

I believe working with local partners, such as the Veggie Box initiative, is a great way to get the community involved in supporting local produce businesses.

Mark Signoretti

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.

Al Sizer

Paul Soucie

with the use of incentives to the local producers

Chris Spry

Promotion and education.

Paul Stopciati

Will Thomson

Thomas Trainor

Michael Vagnini

Mila Wong

Encourage these as projects for starters in land and aqua agriculture and assist for their success. Crops that can have second harvest for the Fall, example England can have 2 crops of the hardy broccoli plants for the growing season. Stocking our lakes with local species – fishing for food and relaxation are great for health. Again, best practice in other places.

Dan Xilon

I would like to explore what options are available through the city (other than direct funding) which would encourage local farmers to produce and increase production of food products for the local community. For example, providing a guaranteed local food retail area accessible to city residents, such as a co-operative.

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

Matt Alexander

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

John Antonioni

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

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

Robin Auger

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

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

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

Aaron Beaudry

Matt Belanger

Joseph Berthelot

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

Fernand Bidal

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

Mike Bleskie

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

Kevin Brault

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

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

Tay Butt

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

Fern Cormier

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

Francois Couture

Michael Cullen

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

Gordon Drysdale

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

Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent)

Denis Ferron

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

Jesse Gaudet

Lin Gibson

I will vote in favour Unsure 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

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

Terry Kett (Incumbent)

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

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

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

Robert Kirwan

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

Mathieu Labonté

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

Vincent Lacroix

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

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent)

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

René Lapierre

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

Richard Larcher

Kerry Latham

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

Paul Lefebvre

Les Lisk

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

John Lundrigan

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

Wyman MacKinnon

Kent MacNeill

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

Richard Majkot

Robert McCarthy

Deb McIntosh

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

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

Gerry Germain Montpellier

Marcel Montpellier

Chris Nerpin

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

Chad Odnokon

Shawn Ouimet

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

Joseph Palmateer

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

Gerry Perras

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

Hannu Piironen

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

Ed Pokonzie

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that

David Popescu

Stefano Presenza

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

Walter Prus

Lynne Reynolds

Unsure Unsure I will champion that Unsure Unsure

Steve Ripley

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

André Rivest (Incumbent)

John Rodriguez

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that

Sidney Shapiro

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

Mark Signoretti

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

Al Sizer

Paul Soucie

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

Chris Spry

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

Paul Stopciati

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

Will Thomson

Thomas Trainor

Michael Vagnini

Mila Wong

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

Dan Xilon

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will vote in favour I will champion that
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Matt Alexander

A – Any food action plan must have achievable targets and a strategy for implementation
B – I would support giving a priority to local food suppliers in procurement policies, however I would like to know the feasibility of targets considering the relatively limited selection of local food options in the area.
C – Food brings communities together. I intend to host community dinners, outdoor pizza nights and other events to bring people together over food. I’ll support new community gardens and food sharing initiatives.
D – Development in our rural areas has devalued established neighbourhoods in Ward 1 and other parts of the city. I’ll support match-maker programs to find purchasers for farmland so our farmers can retire without turning their land over to suburban sprawl.
E – My concern is that our market may be too small to survive on local food alone. I support this as an ultimate goal, but at this point I don’t want to have to turn away vendor who may attract new patrons.

John Antonioni

Designation of the local market as a “Farmer’s Market” at this point may be counter productive. Sudbury’s agricultural production is quite harvest time oriented and producer turnout in the summer months is perhaps inadequate. I certainly understand the sentiment but I would rather give local producers (farmers) incentives to participate. Market redesignation may, indeed, occur at a later date.

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!

Robin Auger

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent)

D-to some degree

Aaron Beaudry

Matt Belanger

Joseph Berthelot

Fernand Bidal

There are only about 40 percent of local farmers that participate in our farmers market .this has to be increased to a much larger magority.

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..

Mike Bleskie

Kevin Brault

As long as the farmer's designation wouldn't prevent local growers who would be excluded for some reason. If the food is grown here and or made here (jam for instance) we should allow it to be sold at the local market.

Jeanne Brohart

Tay Butt

Fern Cormier

Francois Couture

Michael Cullen

I would len my skills to a better market sytem of food awareness and delviery

Gordon Drysdale

Ron Dupuis

Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent)

Denis Ferron

Jesse Gaudet

Lin Gibson

Jeff Huska

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.

Terry Kett (Incumbent)

I strongly feel that our Farmers Market must be run by an independent board of knowledgeable volunteers, free from city control. Let the board determine what days and hours the market should be open and the amount of local produce offered

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

Robert Kirwan

Mathieu Labonté

Vincent Lacroix

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent)

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 ).

René Lapierre

Richard Larcher

Kerry Latham

Citizens need choices, depending on their available food budget. Local growers need to be competitive and their is no reason why they can't, given they are close to their markets and would not have the associated transportation cost.

Paul Lefebvre

Les Lisk

Make sure that all community funded facilities like Hospitals etc. use local foods which are prepared here.

John Lundrigan

I will work to educate citizens as to the benefits of buying local, however nothing should ever be forced. When preserving land we must also look at long term growth and development for all business activity, including farms.

Wyman MacKinnon

Kent MacNeill

Richard Majkot

Robert McCarthy

Deb McIntosh

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

Dan Melanson

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

Gerry Germain Montpellier

Marcel Montpellier

Chris Nerpin

Chad Odnokon

Shawn Ouimet

Joseph Palmateer

Gerry Perras

Hannu Piironen

A-Unsure as I haven’t read the plan
D-The City should also consider a policy of setting aside monies for agricultural land banking. We need agricultural reserve land which is in the long run a benefit to all. The costs should not solely be borne by individuals who happen to be sitting on lands designated an Agricultural reserve. The City should be able to buy agricultural land from willing landowners who wish to sell their property. These lands could be banked for future generations of agriculturists or leased to people who want to farm the land now.
E-I do not know what the minimum percentage would be. I would like to see more local vendors but I would be concerned of the viability of the Market if there is not a sufficient number of local vendors and with a sufficient variety of items and produce available for sale.

Ed Pokonzie

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

David Popescu

Stefano Presenza

Walter Prus

Lynne Reynolds

n/a

Steve Ripley

André Rivest (Incumbent)

John Rodriguez

Sidney Shapiro

Mark Signoretti

Al Sizer

Paul Soucie

Chris Spry

B-would need to see the plan first, but do like the idea.
D– would need to see the plan first, but do like the idea.

Paul Stopciati

Will Thomson

Thomas Trainor

Michael Vagnini

Mila Wong

A-I have not read this Plan but I would support any Plan for access to affordable food.
B-I have not read this. So I cannot comment but I would support the procurement plan that observes the provincial procurement guidelines.
C-Yes! Community gardens, the city can afford to designate areas for these.
E-Why did we have this Farmers Market where taxpayers spent a great amount of money?
Was this to provide a venue for non-locals to sell their produce and goods?
I will only support local vendors. Don’t forget we have many local grocery stores here also, why bring non-local vendors here? Let their communities do that for them using their community taxes.

Dan Xilon


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