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Council MemberFood Platform Statement

Brian Bigger
Mayor

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

“I am involved in the development of a new Fall Festival that highlights the historical roots of farming in Valley East. We hope to initiate a local farmers’ market and encourage residents to purchase produce that is harvested locally. When I am elected I intend to do whatever we can to set up a Valley East Farmers Market for the outlying areas.

While many think that Sudbury is a mining community, the truth is that much of our early success was due to the rich farmland that we have in this area. We can stimulate and develop our rural communities by purchasing their produce, their eggs, milk, meat, poultry, etc. This not only helps the farmer, but also provides good jobs for some of our residents. It is money that stays in the community and is reinvested in the Greater Sudbury Area, not funnelled to other cities.

The next four years will be a time for us to divert more resources to the local farming sector in order to help them thrive for the sake of our overall community health and wellness.”

from http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Issues/LocalFood.html, last checked July 31, 2014

René Lapierre
Ward 6

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

“Eating locally grown produce and meats benefits the City in many ways from the farmer who has better sales and can afford to increase their crops or herd, to the consumer who gets the freshest food possible, not food that has sat on a transport for a week before hitting the shelves, and anyone who does eat local will tell you that it simply tastes better!  Greater Sudbury has many farmers, some of whom supply area restaurants, some of whom supply area farmers markets and some of whom grow enough to feed them and their next door neighbours with enough cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini to last the summer.  Some of these farmers have even garnered the rare label of certified organic, like Ward 7 and Garson's own McGrow's Farms and Gardens down Goodwill Road.  Mike Jakubo supports our local farmers and encourages Greater Sudburians to do the same and will encourage more local community gardens like the one located on Ste. Anne Road.  Projects like these are low cost and promote a great community environment.

If you can't easily get out to a local farm, Farmer's markets are also a great means of supporting local farmers and the City provides much annual funding to one such market located down town while other local farmers flock to the Anderson Farm farmers market each Wednesday. Local farmers that do frequent these markets should be commended, but often, with the down town market, large trucks are brought up from Southern Ontario, and the food is not in fact local and some local farmers feel squeezed out of the market.  In addition, the publicly funded market's current location gives the impression of being "make shift" and such a cause deserves a better location whether it be finally in the old train station downtown or in a new arena complex such as that which is located in Kitchener.  Mike supports a real home for our farmers' market as it will bring local farmers and Greater Sudburians closer together and show that our City truly values eating local.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/sustainability.html, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

“-Support local food production - Greenhouse development incentive program.”

From http://www.landry-altmann.ca/results.html, last checked Sept. 5, 2014 

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