Candidate Info

General Info

Paul Stopciati

Ward 9
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-805-9134
Email: pstopciati@gmail.com
Website: electpaulstopciati.com
Facebook: pstopciati
Twitter: @pstopciati

Biography:

“A long-time resident of the City of Greater Sudbury… He presently owns and operates a local fire prevention business, PES Commercial Cleaning.
Paul was instrumental in the success of two fundraising events for local causes while serving on the Board of Directors of the Northern Cancer Research Foundation. He was a founder of the Strokes for Hope Golf Classic, a charity tournament that raised over $300,000 for cancer research over five years under his chairmanship. He also served as chair of the NHL Oldtimers’ Hockey Game for four years. He has also served with other community organizations, including the Sudbury-Manitoulin Alzheimer Society and the Sunrisers Rotary Club.
Paul has been heavily involved in public safety work; in 1996 he was appointed by the provincial government to the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board for a three year term. He is a former member of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Auxiliary Unit (Auxiliary Constable) as well as Rainbow District Crime Stoppers.
In 2011, Paul was appointed to the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board. As a member of the Board, he has overseen the successful construction of the new South End Branch, which opened in July 2012, and the feasibility study of a new main branch downtown.
…he is currently an active member of the Marchigiana Association of Sudbury as well as a 35-year member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11522.””

from http://www.electpaulstopciati.com/paul.html, last checked July 31, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation to me means that we keep our existing transportation and find ways to improve it.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will review our transportation policy and with the help of staff and other council members try and find efficiencies.
We as a council should encourage our citizens by advertising walking, bicycling and using transit and reinforce the benefits for our environment in future years.
* 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 vote in favour
(b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users
I will vote in favour
(c) Improvements in transit service and fares to meet the needs of citizens
I will vote in favour
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Working closely with the Long Lake and McFarlane Lake stewardship committees to protect the environment in our ward and our city”

from http://www.electpaulstopciati.com/platform.html, last checked July 3, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
We must continue to protect our water quality by working with staff and reviewing recommendations put forward. Road drainage is a key concern.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
We as a city should work with the specialist on water quality and find ways to improve our lakes.
We must take a look at roadways that are close to lakes and be sure we have proper drainage.
* 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 vote in favour
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will vote in favour
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
I will vote in favour
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will vote in favour
(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:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
We have to follow the proper procedures with our Developers to make sure our natural environment is protected.

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)?



Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will vote in favour
(b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas
I will vote in favour
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
I will vote against
(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?
I would like to see the agricultural land that we have in Azilda, Chelmsford, and Val Caron Hanmer area remain the same.

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

I would like to see our farm land stay as agricultural.
* 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 vote in favour
(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:

“Attending meetings of existing Community Action Networks (CANs) in Ward 9 and encouraging the development of new ones”

from http://www.electpaulstopciati.com/platform.html, last checked July 10, 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?
A Citizen Panel should be formed and report to council.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?



Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
I will vote in favour
(b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects
I will vote in favour
(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
I will vote in favour
(d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community
I will vote in favour
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:


Other


Platform Statement:

“Securing a permanent contract for the City of Greater Sudbury’s Auditor General

Reforming the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) funds to allow citizens, not councillors, to control their use”

from http://www.electpaulstopciati.com/platform.html, last checked July 3, 2014


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