Candidate Info

General Info

Les Lisk

Ward 9
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-562-0702
Email: lisk.lesj@gmail.com
Website: leslisk.com
Facebook: les.lisk
Twitter: @LesLisk1

Biography:

“Honours Degree in Chemistry at Laurentian University, Les began a great teaching career in chemistry, math and science at Nickel District Secondary School. University professor at Laurentian University, a Vice Principal at Lockerby Composite High School, Principal of Lively High School and then on to Cambrian College.

Les is the Vice Chair Finance of the Renewable Resource Recovery Corporation and the Chair of Finance for Sustainable Building and Energy Consultants.”

from http://leslisk.com/about-les/, last checked July 2, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
There should be smaller busses available to pick up seniors or handicap citizens in all areas of Greater Sudbury.This would allow seniors to stay in their homes.Sidewalks need to be smooth,not interlock bricks which make it difficult for wheelchairs .Do roads correct the first time with proper infrastructure for cycling and pedestrians.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Less Large busses and more vans etc. to cover a wider area of the City including outlying areas.GIS system to locate potholes in same area to expediate repairs .
Design a plan that will incorporate ideas such as improve transit busses on a smaller scale to reach more people.Make sure all walking areas are accessible to the disabled and elderly.
* 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:
Transportation demand management could be achieved with a group of vans etc. to cover the whole of the City.

Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Protect Wahnapitae River,Richard,McFarlane and Long Lake watersheds.”

from http://leslisk.com/, last checked July 2, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Reduce the use of fertilizers that increase phosphates and nitrogen.Simple filtration using sand/gravel to contain runoff in order to prevent debris running into lakes etc. Review flow of runoff and catch basins in order to implement simple filtration methods as outlined.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Set up a review process to go over existing procedures used to prevent runoff.A committee of interested citizens would be formed to implement simple ideas used in other areas of the world.
Review runoff from roads.Support lake source protection committee's recommendations.
* 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:
With input in from the community to form a plan with complete transparency.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Make sure green park areas accessible to all citizens.

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)?
Work with groups in each area to provide a long range plan to protect the green park concept in the Official Plan.Smaller green walkways connecting city streets are essential in the City.More parks needed in all areas of City including outlying areas.


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 in favour
(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?
Improve farmers market following a city like Ottawa that makes it work.Look at downtown streets dedicated to the market.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
People would go to an easily accessible market.
Have an improved farmers market.Local institutions encouraged to use local food which is prepared here.
* 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:
Make sure that all community funded facilities like Hospitals etc. use local foods which are prepared here.

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

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?
Make sure that every committee submits reports to be reviewed by council.People need to know what is going on.Involve more citizens.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
More volunteer committees set up to assist with planning and implementation of ideas developed.Council has to review and make public.


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:
Names of people in charge of each area along with a detail of their responsibilities be placed on website for city.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

Create a citizens climate change committee reporting to council.Then this should be implemented ASAP.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Eliminate $200,000 Ward Fund, Healthy Communities Initiatives Funding.

Permanent office of the Auditor-General.

Bring back the Ontario Ombudsman.

Enhance community services and facilities

Affordable housing.”

from leslisk.com, last checked July 2, 2014


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