Candidate Info

General Info

Deb McIntosh

Ward 9
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-929-2517
Email: deb.mcintosh@greatersudbury.ca
Website: debmcintosh.ca
Facebook: debmcintosh.ca
Twitter: @SudburyDeb

Biography:

“Accountant and community volunteer.”

“Deb has been the Executive Director of Rainbow Routes Association, a local not-for- profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting non-motorized routes, for the last 10 years. Under her leadership, Rainbow Routes has invested more than $3.7 million dollars in trail development and the promotion of active living throughout Greater Sudbury.”

from http://debmcintosh.ca/, last checked July 2, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

  • “Roadways: The community is asking the municipality to “fix the roads.” We will re-think our road investments, and do a better job of maintaining the existing infrastructure
  • Public Transit: We will build an effective transit system which will improve access to employment opportunities, community resources, recreational activities and medical care
  • Walking and Cycling: More children will be able to walk or cycle to school or a playground; more older adults will be able to walk to shopping or a bus stop”

from http://debmcintosh.ca/, last checked July 2, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
It is a very important issue for the future of Greater Sudbury. We need to invest in other (less expensive) modes of transportation beyond the single occupant vehicle. Continuing to widen and build new roads is not sustainable, we already have an 80 year infrastructure deficit; every time we widen or create new road (that will need maintenance in 10 to 15 years) we extend that infrastructure deficit.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will support it by working with council to re-think how we move in Greater Sudbury and re-think how we invest in transportation.

* 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 champion that
Explanation:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Water is one of our greatest resources; we will be proactive in protecting our lakes and rivers, and work with Laurentian’s Living with Lakes Centre, the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and its associated groups as well as the people who live near our waterways”

from http://debmcintosh.ca/, 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?
Mandate regular septic bed pumping Mandate vegetative buffers along the shores of all water bodies.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Working with council to present and pass a bylaw mandating regular septic bed pumping for all properties abuting a waterway. Mandate and enforce vegetative buffers in all new developments abutting waterways. I would also like to look at providing incentives to existing developed properties to introduce vegetative buffers along all water bodies.

* 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 vote in favour
(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
Unsure
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
Unsure
Explanation:
C-Every situation needs to be evaluated separately. D-I am uncertain as to the current standards for storm water management. E-I am not completely familiar with the details of this issue. Water, with out a doubt, is our most important resource. Without clean water nothing else matters.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
By working with the developers and the community to ensure we make the best use of our land resource while protecting our natural resource.

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)?
As a former member of the Green Space Advisory Panel, I work to incorporate the recommendations of the Green Space Plan into the Official Plan.


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 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 champion that
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?
While I very much support access to and promotion of local food (my family consumes a great deal of local produce), I am uncertain as to how large a role that the city might play.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I am not an expert in this area so I have no answer other than to find ways to encourage and support local food producers.

* 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
Unsure
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
I will champion that
(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
Unsure
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
A-not fully informed as to what the food action plan is for the city D-not aware of how much is already preserved

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?
I will work with council to develop a new framework/requirements for community consultation on municipal projects and decisions. First step is to review the recommendations made by the recent Citizen Engagement report prepared by City Staff.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Working with my council colleagues: Introduce a bylaw for an Open Data policy for Greater Sudbury. Recommend the release of council meeting agendas one to two weeks prior to the meeting taking place. Work to make the City website more accessible. Set standards for uploading data so that it is searchable by the public. Change/upgrade the requirements for public consultation and input on projects of a set dollar amount and/or impact. Upgrade the 311 system to cover all municipal issues/concerns/complaints and to have report numbers assigned to all calls. Educate the public to ask for a report number when they call.


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 champion that
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will champion that
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

Transportation is the biggest producer of greenhouse gases. The municipality needs to get behind sustainable transportation options. We need investment in pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Ward 9 Healthy Community Initiative funds (aka “Slush Funds”) will be spent using objective criteria that remove ward councillor influence.”

“We will have an Auditor General office that keeps the municipality accountable and fiscally transparent.”

from http://debmcintosh.ca/, last checked July 2, 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.