Candidate Info

General Info

Steve Ripley

Ward 10
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-665-8157
Email: voteforsteveripley@gmail.com
Website: steveripley.ca
Facebook: SteveRipleyForWard10
Twitter: @votesteveripley

Biography:

“Born, raised and educated in Sudbury”

From http://www.steveripley.ca/about-steve.html, last checked July 26, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“Investigate the introduction of flashing overhead crosswalk signs at high traffic, unregulated pedestrian crossings within the ward.”

from http://www.steveripley.ca/detailed-platform.html, last checked July 10, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation means a lessening of greenhouse gasses, less local pollution, better health and quality of life for our cities citizens.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Every means available to me.
All infrastructure projects will need to include alternate transportation accessibility such as bike lanes and footpaths.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 3. What are you going to do to enhance walking, bicycling and transit usage in Greater Sudbury over the next 4 years?


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
I will champion that
(b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users
I will champion that
(c) Improvements in transit service and fares to meet the needs of citizens
I will champion that
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will champion that
Explanation:
Less heavy traffic means less infrastructure repairs to roadways compared to heavy traffic roadways.

Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Reintroduce more native fish species to Ramsey Lake,that have been lost to past overfishing and pollution to help improve the lakes health and attract more sportsmen to the city.”

Introduction of a bylaw restricting 2 stroke outboards from Ramsey Lake to eliminate a prime pollution source from one of Sudbury’s major sources of drinking water and recreation.”

from http://www.steveripley.ca/detailed-platform.html, last checked July 26, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Identify causes of pollution and natural issues caused by the affecting contributors(runoff, over-fertilization and field bed leeching) and eliminate them

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will start by introducing a bylaw restricting 2 stroke outboards from Ramsey lake to remove a major polluter from the lake.
I will start by introducing a bylaw restricting 2 stroke outboards from Ramsey lake to remove a major polluter from the lake.Identify causes of pollution and natural issues caused by the affecting contributors(runoff, over-fertilization and field bed leeching) and eliminate them.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 1. What plan do you have to protect and sustain our many lakes? What actions will you take to support your plan? What resources will you devote?


Level of support for:

(a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers
I will champion that
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will champion that
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
I will champion that
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will champion that
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

“By maintaining involvement with the city and community groups, that are committed to improving and protecting our Bell Park, I will ensure its beauty and sustainability for many years to come.”

Encourage economic growth with the promotion of Eco-tourism in Greater Sudbury, especially in and around our Ramsey lake wild areas.

Ensure an increased re-greening effort by local mining companies to include increased summer student job creation and continued beautification and health of our local Eco-systems.

from http://www.steveripley.ca/detailed-platform.html, last checked July 26, 2014

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

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

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


Level of support for:

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


Local Food


Platform Statement:

Local Food Survey Responses:

1. How do you see the city’s role in food system sustainability, access to local food, and the connection to health?
Continued growth and promotion of the downtown farmers market.

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

Continued growth and promotion of the downtown farmers market. Education.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 2. What is your commitment to encourage a local food economy?


Level of support for:

(a) A food action plan for the city
I will vote in favour
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
I will vote in favour
(c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives
I will champion that
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
I will vote in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

My aspiration is to be a councillor that speaks on behalf of the constituents through public consultations and not on behalf of special interest groups or political parties. “

Implement a public advisory panel to improve interactions and relations between the public and city staff by streamlining processes and services at city hall. “

Assemble a committee to review all city bylaws and policies to dispense with those which are out-dated, obsolete, and redundant. Also to further bring forward clear and concise language of these bylaws for councillors and staff. This will assist in the introduction of new policy to assist city staff in expediting public complaint resolution and interaction.”

from http://www.steveripley.ca/detailed-platform.html, last checked July 26, 2014

Citizen Engagement Survey Responses:

1. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly, with productive dialogue from start to finish for municipal projects and decisions?
I will hold an unprecedented number of ward open houses to discuss subjects that affect ward 10.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I support Open government, Open information with the public.


Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
Unsure
(b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects
I will champion that
(c) Requiring agendas and background material to be publicly posted two weeks in advance, and minutes to be posted one week after meetings of Council and Committees of Council
Unsure
(d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community
I will champion that
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will champion that
Explanation:
I support Open government, Open information with the public.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

Adopting an eco-friendly system using Sault Ste. Marie as an example of green energy production and sustainability.

Other


Platform Statement:

Sudbury can readily become an eco-friendly, cost efficient, fiscally responsible hometown, worthy of international renown.”

Institute an oversight system for the transparent fulfillment of the Healthy Community Initiative.”

Bring back Ontario Ombudsman as council watchdog immediately”

Bring forward a better protection policy for local heritage buildings and landmarks.”

Initiate a long term program for cold weather shelters for the indigent and find cost effective ways to aid involved services year round. “

“Further investigate ways to expand resources for local food banks and assistance programs within our community.”

Propose the induction of weekly downtown festivals to celebrate the diversity of our arts and cultural communities within Greater Sudbury and surrounding districts to bring a larger audience to experience the colour and contrast of our cities essence.”

“Work closely with local native groups through increased public and government partnerships to bring forward improved education and employment opportunities and cultural development as well as better living conditions within our community.”

from http://www.steveripley.ca/detailed-platform.html, last checked July 26, 2014

It is also time to act on proposals put forward for improvements to our downtown”

from http://www.steveripley.ca/about-steve.html, last checked July 26, 2014


All information is directly taken from candidates’ public platforms and official statements, most often candidate websites. The source and date are provided. Blank areas indicate that the candidate has not yet provided any official statements on this topic.