Natural Environment Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?

John Antonioni

Sudbury’s citizens have a connection to then natural environment that remains a source of pride and individualization. Development, however, is required as this city takes its rightful place as then central hub in Northern Ontario. Developmental issues typically are associated with impacts on watershed but are not necessarily limited there. I will employ all input from the community, environmental champions and development sponsors in order to source proactive, mutually beneficial solutions. I sense that too often, the relationship between community, government and the municipality have been coloured by a culture that is less complimentary but has become confrontational, if not conspirational. I would develop and encourage relationships that are more partnership oriented. Furthermore. I would hold development accountable for implementing agreed upon ‘green’ solution sets within an appropriate timeline.

Fern Cormier

Stronger by-laws and building codes (where applicable)

Hannu Piironen

Most development will impact the natural environment. One way to protect the existing undeveloped areas is to focus on using existing road, sewer and water infrastructure as much as possible. We should encourage infilling and densification. This will result in the most efficient use of our resources both financial and environmental. Our transportation system would benefit. We could encourage more walking, more cycling and using of public transit.

Steve Ripley

Eco-tourism,introducing other cultures in heavily polluted countries to our aspiration to re-green our local ecosystem.Bring forward money saving green energy to reduce carbon footprint starting with Tom Davies Square.

Mila Wong

These issues should be balanced by a prioritization model and aggressive grant seeking federally and provincially.

Candidate name 2. How will you champion opportunities in your ward to fill gaps in parks service and to protect unique natural areas (identified by the Green Space Advisory Panel)?

John Antonioni

I will promote then acquisition of green and open spaces, particularly those of high ecological and recreational potential - especially in waterfront areas for the benefit of public enjoyment. Furthermore, development occurring where green-space is required – development partners should be mandated to build-in adequate green space and recreational areas for community use and benefit. I would love to see further acquisition of Ramsey Lake islands as potential opportunities for seasonal parklands and natural areas.

Fern Cormier

I want to promote more community gardens in Ward 10. They have been well received where they exist and there are opportunities here to expand on this.

Hannu Piironen

Ward 10 is blessed with a lot green space and parkland both publically and privately owned. There are policies in place to acquire green space when it becomes available adjacent to existing parkland and in conjunction with certain developments. I would be very supportive of acquiring more land for public use especially around the creeks running through the Ward and where there are trails and bicycle paths passing over private property.

Steve Ripley

Our parks are our jewels and must be protected and improved by encouraging natural beautification.

Mila Wong

England started the concept of having parks for leisure and enjoyment of the “common man” meaning those who are not royalties and the like.
I will champion opportunities not just for Ward 10 but for other wards in the Greater Sudbury.
We can designate protected areas free from future developments.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy (b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas (c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule (d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas

John Antonioni

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

Fern Cormier

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

Hannu Piironen

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

Steve Ripley

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

Mila Wong

I will champion that I will champion that Unsure
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

John Antonioni

While I understand that the Laurentian Link Road is a controversial element in Sudbury’s growth, and I fully understand and use the natural trails and green-space in this area, we must find agreed upon solutions that develop transportation conduits that connect all residents throughout Sudbury and ensure that everyone has more than adequate and failsafe access to emergency services and transportation elemants.

Fern Cormier

Hannu Piironen

C-Any new road that would pass through this area would only be done so with the consultation of stakeholders which would include the people who live in the area, users of the land, environmental groups. There is currently only one access road to Laurentian University and beyond. There may be valid safety and planning factors that would necessitate an alternate access route. I do not believe that any road is an immediate concern since it is in the 20 year plan and is not under active consideration at this time.
D-I would suppose most new roads would impact on natural areas. There should be l review of environmental impact before new road is built, especially if some large span of time has passed since the initial assessment.

Steve Ripley

Mila Wong

A-I will champion that, put a hold on the frenzy for land acquisition by the City and divert this towards green space acquisition.
C-I am not current on this matter but I do support a plan or option that considers the current situation of Ramsey Lake Road (I use this road everyday) that it does not have capacity to serve the current (and increasing) traffic associated with the University, Kirkwood Place, St. Joseph Villa, The Hospice and residents. It will not be able to handle a disaster.


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