Candidate Info

General Info

Michael Cullen

Ward 8
Contact info:

Telephone:  705-929-9892
Email: cullenforward8@yahoo.ca
Facebook: Michael-Cullen

Position Statement (pdf provided by candidate)

Biography:

“Currently in his role as Executive Director of United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts oversees the Districts of Sudbury, Nipissing, Manitoulin and Parry Sound.  Michael also sits on the United Way/Centraide Canada Presidents Advisory Council and has been contributing to the work of the United Ways of Ontario Council representing 40 plus United Ways across the province.

Over the past 2 years Michael has been the Chair of the Healthy Community Advisory Panel, working with city staff and multiple community stake holders to advance the Healthy Community Strategy locally.

Michael has also been involved with the work of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Sudbury Tourism initiatives and has volunteered in many capacities over the past decade. Prior to his work with United Way Michael had spent 3 years promoting children’s Nutrition and recreational programs for underprivileged youth in the Greater Sudbury Area.

Michael is currently very active in a project known as Shared Space Sudbury.  He currently serves on the board of directors with the hopes of building a large scale social service driven model of collaboration. Michael currently sits on the board of the Sudbury Theatre Centre.

Since his career transition from International Hotels and his private sector business interests Michael has found that the United Way mission/vision and values is a perfect match for his personal and professional ambitions including lending his name to the 2014 ballot for candidate for Ward 8.

Michael is more than willing to share with any group in need. Also very passionate about the wellness of others Michael can be found presenting this message to health groups and private corporations in his spare time.

Michael hopes to present a very innovative agenda in keeping with the Ward 8 Community Action Network vision as the core of his work within the ward and in keeping with the Healthy Community Strategy the border platform will be based on the 4 pillars of a healthy community including but certainly not limited to;

Human Health & Well Being
Environmental Sustainability
Economic Vitality
Civic Engagement/Social Capital

For the most part Michael believes that his positions on the issues of the day ranging from water quality to the debate on deregulation of store hours must be decided by the collective voice of city council and the a Mayor’s vision for the city.”

Provided by the candidate via e-mail, Aug. 6, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“A few years back I was involved in the Ride Share program through my work with volunteers and the school nutrition programs. I fully understand through our Volunteer Income Tax program the importance of a collective program to aid the service of public transportation. I would like to see a proper long term plan that would include road signage, widening plan for walking and biking purposes. This must be a serious budget consideration.”

From Position Statement


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Equitable mobility for all regardless of circumstance

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Healthy Community Strategy - Master plan for Ward 8
Healthy Community Stategy Master plan
* 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 champion that
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“If we look at the previous spending of the Healthy Community Funds we have a very large discrepancy with spending on our local water. This must be reversed and set as a top priority. We actually have some real dollars for research and action.”

From Position Statement

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Awareness and tough policies inluding user fines...

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Healthy Community Strategy
Advocate and champion!
* 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:

“Over the next few weeks and months one of my top priorities if to take inventory of all green spaces within Ward 8, with the intention of promoting and hopefully enhancing each designated space for the greater good. (This will be a top priority during my term as elected councillor)”

From Position Statement

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Healthy Community Strategy

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)?
Master plan within the Ward 8 system and beyond -Private- Public partnerships


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 champion that
Explanation:


Local Food


Platform Statement:

“From the very beginning I have been involved with Eat Local Sudbury. I personally founded and funded a non profit Savour Sudbury in an effort to promote sustainable local food programs through the local foodservice scene. I also have very close personal ties to the farming community west of Sudbury and volunteer for the community garden project in Ward 8. The food industry was my background prior to my current role as Executive Director of United Way”

From Position 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?
Education, Healthy Community Strategy. prmomote a better market, Good Food Box, serious budget considerations for local land development etc... marked for micro agriculture...community gardens

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
For me this is very personal. My background was in the food industry and I have very close ties to the farming community.
Life long commitment and
* 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 champion that
(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
I will vote in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will champion that
Explanation:
I would len my skills to a better market sytem of food awareness and delviery

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

“I like to think that with my work of a very large organization including multiple commitments on ad hoc and standing committees I have a true appreciation and understanding for volunteerism. I most recently wrote an article on community engagement for the Sudbury Star. I also volunteer regularly throughout our community. This will also be a top priority during my term as councillor to promote and foster a broader volunteer effort in Ward 8 and beyond and to represent the interests of the non profit/charity sectors”

From Position 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?
Healthy Community Strategy, Public Participation Policy, Experience first hand with United Way and City staff

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Lead by example and first hand experience in collaboration!


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 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 vote in favour
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

Healthy Community Strategy

Other


Platform Statement:


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