Candidate Info

General Info

Jeff Huska

Mayor
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-698-6449
Email: campaign@HuskaforMayor.com
Website: HuskaforMayor.Com
Facebook: HuskaforMayor
Twitter: @HuskaForMayor

Biography:

“He is currently employed as a Biomedical Engineering Technologist at Health Sciences North and has been there since 1991.

Jeff has been a Board Member at the United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts and sits on many of its subcommittees. From Jan 2012 to May of 2012, he was an elected member of the Market Square Renewal Advisory Panel for the City of Greater Sudbury.”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/about-jeff, last checked July 6, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“Encourage healthier lifestyles through healthy living initiatives such as biking and walking trails”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities, last checked July 10, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
walk, run or bike. I include buses as it allows for many people utilizing one mode of transport decreasing the effects of pollution.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I believe in bike paths (automatically included in new development), walking trails and a streamline transit system.
Proper biking trails included in all new residential developments, Support Rainbow Routes, redevelop a transit system including all stakeholders and all areas of the city
* 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 vote in favour
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
I believe in giving people safe options in transportation especially when they include healthy choices.

Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Protect Ramsey Lake as the City’s most important body of water.  Development around this is paramount”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities, last checked July 14, 2014

As Mayor, Jeff Huska will work in collaboration with the Sudbury and District Health Unit and our Vale Living with Lakes Center to further understand some of the main causes of Blue-Green Algae and more specifically what we can do to prevent it from destroying all of our lakes. Huska would be willing to institute bylaws that would prolong the longevity of our lakes if protecting our water systems means that there needs to be stronger municipal intervention.”

from http://huskaformayor.com/index.php/mediacontent/press-releases/23-press-release/50-blue-green-algae-response-media-release-for-huska-for-mayor-campaign, 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?
Watershed studies in Ramsey and surrounding lakes are implemented and more importantly acted upon. I believe this is an ongoing process.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Insure annual funding, implement educational tools for the public, marine vehicle wash stations.
Protect Ramsey Lake as the City’s most important body of water. Insure watershed and sub-watershed studies are continually funded...dedicate $240,000 a year to this as outlined in my platform. Introduce Marine vehicle water stations throughout the city. Utilize the experts at Vale Living with lakes and others in our community.
* 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 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 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:
First press conference held was about the quality of water in our lakes and how we as a city must preserve what we have.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
I believe in green spaces and their benefits. I believe we need to look at redeveloping instead of developing new areas. Reducing the loss of our natural environment.

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)?
Speak out about issues that endanger green spaces and lobby for increases in parks


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 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?
I sat on the Market Square Relocation Committee because I believe in what the market stands fro and offers in locally grown food.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I would support the development of local food by supporting venues like the downtown market, community gardens and fresh water. I'm not an expert in developing these things and solicit advice from those in the field on how to move forward.
Continually fund, and develop our local market.
* 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:

“The City of Greater Sudbury needs to implement municipal politics into the school system. As your Mayor I would create a Junior City Council made up of high school students throughout the city. It’s imperative that we initiate a program that will teach students about municipal politics and why it’s important to have a voice in your local community.”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities#our-youth, last checked July 8, 2014

As your Mayor, I will establish and attend open community forums, held regularly throughout each ward, with residents and their Councillors. This will enable me to become more effective; addressing unique challenges from each ward. By working alongside Councillors, we will be a stronger team, meeting the needs of each ward – leading to the success and growth of our City through:

  • Attending Community Action Network meetings throughout our City
  • Re-establishing business hours at City Hall; enabling you the taxpayer better access to departments and programs.”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities#communication, 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?
I believe in collaborative leadership and that is by inviting and listening to all stakeholders on projects and decisions.Town hall meetings, radio shows and the media are excellent venues for providing information.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Bring back the Ombudsman, full time City Auditor, implement 311 fully allowing for the tracking of calls and outcomes. Put markers in place to insure goals are met and instill pride of ownership back in the city.


Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
I will champion that
(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
I will champion that
(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 believe in a weekly or bi-weekly radio show with call ins

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

Work with companies to insure targets are being met on a timely manner. Push for the completion of Vale's Clean Air Project.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Reinstating the provincially funded Ombudsman, removing an unnecessary financial burden on our community

Redefining the Healthy Community Initiatives Fund (a.k.a.Slush Fund) to make the process more equitable and accountable for all Wards. Removing the Councillor from the decision making process to ensure objectivity and transparency”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities#accountability, last checked July 10, 2014

“Nurture the arts by endorsing a new Art Gallery for the City of Greater Sudbury”

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities, last checked July 10, 2014


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