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Candidate nameWardFood Platform Statement
Matt Alexander Ward 1

"Grow Your Own
Food brings people together. Support new community gardens, produce-sharing, and neighbourhood kitchens."

From http://electmattalexander.com/platform.html, last checked Sept. 22, 2014.

John Antonioni Ward 10
Jean-Raymond Audet Mayor
Robin Auger Ward 7

"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"."

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 2014

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent) Ward 2
Aaron Beaudry Ward 9
Matt Belanger Ward 3
Joseph Berthelot Ward 5
Fernand Bidal Ward 6
Brian Bigger Mayor
Mike Bleskie Ward 11
Kevin Brault Ward 6
Jeanne Brohart Mayor
Tay Butt Ward 12
Fern Cormier Ward 10
Francois Couture Ward 4
Michael Cullen Ward 8

"From the very beginning I have been involved with Eat Local Sudbury. I personally founded and funded a non profit Savour Sudbury in an effort to promote sustainable local food programs through the local foodservice scene. I also have very close personal ties to the farming community west of Sudbury and volunteer for the community garden project in Ward 8. The food industry was my background prior to my current role as Executive Director of United Way"

From Position Statement

Gordon Drysdale Ward 7
Ron Dupuis Mayor
Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent) Ward 4
Denis Ferron Ward 1
Jesse Gaudet Ward 3
Lin Gibson Ward 9
Jeff Huska Mayor
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

Terry Kett (Incumbent) Ward 11
Dave Kilgour (Incumbent) Ward 7
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

Mathieu Labonté Ward 1
Vincent Lacroix Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent) Ward 12

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

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

René Lapierre Ward 6
Richard Larcher Ward 5
Kerry Latham Ward 8
Paul Lefebvre Ward 4
Les Lisk Ward 9
John Lundrigan Ward 5

Local Food
"Using local farmers markets and supporting local grower’s helps us re-connect to where out food comes from. Local food is not necessarily convenient however it is environmentally friendly and safe. Buying fresh local food helps employ our neighbours and friends and supports Valley East agriculture. I believe encouraging people to buy local will take time, but with a good advertising campaign and public consultation with growers and market goers we can increase local sales. Good things may grow in Ontario, but great things grow in Sudbury.

As a city we can support and expand the Good Food Basket initiative.

We can work to protect our food-producing agricultural lands.

We could develop a website to promote local business and restaurants which provide in season and local food products."

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014

Wyman MacKinnon Ward 9
Kent MacNeill Ward 5
Richard Majkot Mayor
Robert McCarthy Ward 12
Deb McIntosh Ward 9
Dan Melanson Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier Ward 3
Marcel Montpellier Ward 3
Chris Nerpin Ward 11
Chad Odnokon Ward 2

"I believe in promoting healthy, active lifestyles for the whole community. As your city councillor for ward 2, I would focus on the creation of green spaces, investments in cycling infrastructure, pedestrian walkways, nature trails, and investments in local food production in order to help make Sudbury a healthier community."

"What may not be as well known is the fact that Sudbury is home to many local food producers as well. We have the potential to become a strong local food provider for the community. We need to encourage the development of farmlands and green houses around the city so that we can increase local food production. Locally grown produce is the most sustainable and the healthiest for everyone."

From http://chadodnokon.com, last checked July 8, 2014

Shawn Ouimet Ward 12
Joseph Palmateer Ward 2
Gerry Perras Ward 8
Hannu Piironen Ward 10

"Promote local food policies in our public institutions (hospital, seniors’ residences, etc.) and support the development of more community gardens. Protect agricultural land from incompatible use. Encourage programs such as “Share Your Fruit” to make use of our urban food production."

From flyer (pdf provided by candidate)

Ed Pokonzie Mayor

I fully support the need for local agriculture and local livestock production

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

David Popescu Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8
Walter Prus Ward 7
Lynne Reynolds Ward 11
Steve Ripley Ward 10
André Rivest (Incumbent) Ward 6
John Rodriguez Mayor

“Protection of agricultural lands and promotion of local food production”

“ committed to supporting the work of local environmental groups such as the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Eat Local, and the many lake stewardship committees”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

Sidney Shapiro Ward 1
Mark Signoretti Ward 1
Al Sizer Ward 8
Paul Soucie Ward 1
Chris Spry Ward 1
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Will Thomson Ward 9
Thomas Trainor Ward 1
Michael Vagnini Ward 2
Mila Wong Ward 10
Dan Xilon Ward 2
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