Candidate Info

General Info

Gerry Perras

Ward 8
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-670-7791
Email: perras@personainternet.com
Website: gerryperras.com

Biography:

Businessman.
Built and runs a pallet recycling business.

From http://www.gerryperras.com/, last checked July 8, 2014.


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Having a public transportation service funded by the community that strives to support itself with new ideas on how to generate income wihtout increasing fares. The ultimate goal being self sufficient.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will support it by votting for an appropriate budget. I would also imlplement suggestion lotto on the busses to collect ideas on how our public transport can become self sufficient. The suggestions that are picked would be financially rewarded to the person that suggested it.
Where new construction is scheduled we should have wide enough areas cleared to accomodate bicycling lane. When it comes to existing roads the same applies when they are upgraded.
* 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
Unsure
(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 Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
We need to identify the poluters and set fines and restitution fees to for clean ups.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Test water and where pollutants are found identify polutant and trace it back to who uses these and where it came from.
We need to identify areas that have a big impact on the watershed and include them in our protected areas. The imformation is already there we just need to gather it and bring to light.
* 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
Unsure
(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
Unsure
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Sudbury needs to establish dedicated no development areas or green areas. These would be areas that impact greatly on watershed.

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)?
Taking inventory of areas that deeply affect wateshed that are owned by the city and dedicate some or all as green areas. Also take inventory of Provincial and Federal areas that could be established as green areas and start the process.


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
Unsure
(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?
The city should facilitate efforts in creating community gardens. Support the local farmers market and try and educate the citizens on the importance of growing and buying local.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
By dedicating areas in our existing parks to be used as community gardens. Having volunteers tend those gardens and sell the products at the farmers market.
Local farmers need to step up there game. The city should facilitate applications that would increase local production instead of putting up barriers. If permits are needed expedite them with little or no fee.
* 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 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:


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?
By having time set aside at each council meeting for public imput.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
By banning closed door meetings, practicing high ethics and not engaging in deceitfull behaviour. Most importantly reporting attempts of deceitfull activity.


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:

Make sure that all city fleet vehicles follow a no iddling policy and educate the community on the importance of using less fossil fuels.

Other


Platform Statement:

We need to bring back the auditor general to city council. .”

“the slush fund should be abolished.”

“a closer eye needs to be kept on all city contractors when it comes to proper material use and proportions.”

“putting in place a set list of rules and fines for deceitful behavior. Council needs to create a proposed list of deceitful behaviour and attach appropriate fines to it.”

“Creating and implementing a system that rewards city employees for finding ways to save money.”

From http://www.gerryperras.com/, last checked July 8, 2014.


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