Candidate Info

General Info

Lin Gibson

Ward 9
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-690-0615
Email: lin@Gibson4Ward9.ca
Website: gibson4ward9.ca
Facebook: Gibson4Ward9
Twitter: @Gibson4Ward9

Biography:

Retired senior operations manager at IBM,
Chair of Conservation Sudbury,
Vice-Chair Conservation Ontario,
Lakes Advisory Panel, Vice-Chair

“Mrs. Gibson held many director positions with non-profit organizations including Warmhearts (formally Sudbury Regional Palliative Care Assoc.); the Business & Professional Women of Canada and BPW Sudbury; Science North Foundation and is a founding member of the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance.”

from http://gibson4ward9.ca/, last checked July 3, 2014

-Richard Lake, McFarlane Lake & Long Lake Stewardship /Founding resource person, supporter & member
-GSWA Founding Director & Member (Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance)
-Chair/Nickel District Conservation Authority (MNR) 2011-2014 term
-CGS Water Source Protection Authority(MOE) 2011-2014 term
-Vice Chair/Conservation Ontario – the collective voice for the 36 Cons.Authorities in Ontario
-Business & Professional Women of Canada & Greater Sudbury – National Director & Long Standing Active Member & Mentor
-Warmhearts Palliative Care (formerly Sudbury Palliative Care Assoc.) – Board of Directors
-Science North Foundation – Board of Directors
-City of Greater Sudbury (2006-2010) Committee of Adjustment – Vice Chair
-City of Greater Sudbury (2009-2010, 2010-2014) Lakes Advisory Panel – Chair & Vice Chair

From http://gibson4ward9.ca/, last checked Sept. 13, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“Is free public transit at peak times an impossible dream in our community?  Not at all!  If this concept is achievable in other Canadian cities why not Greater Sudbury? We could drive an increased awareness and usage of Greater Sudbury Transit services with more creative concepts such as this one. A focus on better city bus schedules for many residents throughout the city and in particular Ward 9  need to be prioritized right away. (Coniston, Wahnapitea, Wanup and areas of the South End with mediocre trans cab services). Incentive approaches such as free Wi-Fi on our city buses would certainly increase user volumes.

Proper bicycle path planning should be a top priority so that safe and smooth bicycle corridors throughout the city encourage this mode of transportation over three seasons (spring/summer/autumn).”

From http://www.gibson4ward9.ca/#statement, last checked Sept. 3, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Getting around our vast city greener than ever before! Whether it's improved schedules, affordable (maybe even free at peak times) public transit; safe bicycle paths or pedestrian sidewalks new and improved

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
We must adjust the way we work and use engery in daily operations. How better than starting with a viable Trasp Plan with input from our users. Call it a summit of minds. Work towards the top three priorities and measure the results.
Encourage and support the movers and shakers advocating these positive steps.
* 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 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 vote in favour
Explanation:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Water is the cornerstone to life.  Ward 9 boasts over 50% of the lakes in our branded ‘City of Lakes’. Many residents depend on their lake or river water bodies for their drinking water which is NOT protected by the city.  However these same home owners pay hefty taxes to the City of Greater Sudbury.  As a committed water steward and Chair of the Greater Sudbury Drinking Water Source Protection Authority (mandated by the Ministry of Environment) my knowledge base on this important issue will strengthen the municipal need for better protection and practices to safeguard water intake for home owners dependent on private water sources in Ward 9 and other areas in our watersheds. ”

From http://www.gibson4ward9.ca/#statement, last checked Sept. 3, 2014

“An involved citizen and constant volunteer with many groups across Sudbury, Gibson is a leading community advocate and has been a responsible guardian relating to our valued watershed.”

from http://gibson4ward9.ca/, 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?
Municipal water sources are protected by the Policies under the Clean Water Act and the City will be taking over the regulations to protect our municipal drinking water. However, there is no protection for the 17-20% of households on their own private systems for drinking & household water. Serious times are ahead if we do not enforce a City Bylaw addressing threats like old or not properly maintained septic systems. I would bring to City Council a formal Motion to protect not only the health of our residents but the health of our watersheds.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Serious times are ahead if we do not enforce a City Bylaw addressing threats like old especially on non properly maintained septic systems. I would bring to City Council a formal Motion to protect not only the health of our residents but the health of our watersheds. Mandatory septic bump outs every 5 years is what will be required.
As a starting point I would introduce a Motion at City Council to require mandatory septic inspections every 5 years. Payment for inspection roughly $150 is up for discussion.
* 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 vote in favour
(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:

“Born and raised in Sudbury, I have witnessed from childhood the phenomenal influence of land reclamation and a positive shift in the attitudes of many residents towards our often misused landscape.  Having been a founding member of many lake and watershed stewardship groups and as Chair of Conservation Sudbury, I continue to provide a positive influence on making Greater Sudbury the environmental success story that it deserves and strives to improve upon.  I persist in promoting the protection of our precious environment today so that generations to follow will speak positively of those accomplishments.”

From http://www.gibson4ward9.ca/#statement, last checked Sept. 3, 2014

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
By working very closely with all parties making educated and well informed decisions together. We must sit at the same table to understand the priorities each party brings forward but everyone agreeing on common goals for success.

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)?
Ward 9 has two Community Action Network groups (city groups funded). Each is very unique with their areas needs. A new Richard Lake McFarlane Lake Valley CAN should be established with a mandate to address and action a protection program for green space while maintaining their watershed stewardship status and historical successes.


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
Unsure
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?
A very good start over these few years. The lobbying though is huge and directed at transportation consortiums who prefer shipping produce and food from drought ridden California at great costs to Ontarians

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Initiate the cooperative phylosophy . This practise works around the world quite successfully.
Willing to review studies and recommendation on this forward thinking idea!
* 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
Unsure
(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:

“I have consistently been a proactive advocate and successful lobbyist for many beneficial causes.  Whether representing working women through the Business & Professional Women of Canada & Greater Sudbury dealing with issues from affordable day care to pay equity; campaigning for a strong voice for the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance or supporting parent groups over school closures, I have a strong voice that is respectfully heard and can make a difference.

One of my campaign priorities is promoting easier and more readily available city funding for citizen groups with a project need. This program would replace the controversial Healthy Community Initiative Fund (ie Councillor ‘Slush Fund’). This new funding for active citizen groups will allow those with healthy community projects, expedient access to proper funding supported by their Councillor. The budget for HCIF monies currently exists – the streamlined process to get the funds would however be greatly improved for citizen groups.”

From http://www.gibson4ward9.ca/#statement, last checked Sept. 3, 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 am a strong proponent of citizen engagement through the various panel, committees and cabinets (23 I believe). I have already voiced my support at presentations to City Council and staff recently in support of these valued consultation groups.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I would ask the residents appointed to these various groups to brief me (as their councillor) periodically to determine productive progress is being made. Additionally I would as Councillor request either an annual or biannual public presentations to the Council.


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:

Revise and revitalize public transit for increase in client use. Thus reductions in auto emissions. Secondly police enforcement of cars not adhering to emission tests on their older vehicles.

Other


Platform Statement:

“- Strong Proponent for a Healthy Community (water, land use, active healthy citizens)

– One of my campaign priorities is promoting easier and more readily available city funding for citizen groups with a project need. This program would replace the controversial Healthy Community Initiative Fund (ie Councillor ‘Slush Fund’).

– Support the Greater Sudbury office of the Auditor General

– Support the Ontario Ombudsman Office ”

From http://www.gibson4ward9.ca/#statement, last checked Sept. 3, 2014


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