Candidate Info

General Info

John Lundrigan

Ward 5
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-929-0138
Email: lundriganjohn@hotmail.com
Website: johnlundrigan.ca
Facebook: john.lundrigan.37
Twitter: @JohnLundrigan1

Biography:

Development/production Miner at Glencore
Studied journalism and photography


Transportation


Platform Statement:

Sustainable Transportation
“As a city we need to offer a variety of transportation options to get you where you need to go. First and foremost we must stress the importance of having well-built and well maintained roadways in our city. We need to put more emphasis on public transportation as the cleaner and smarter way of the future. We should look at options for trial routes and additional busses on current routes to see where we can fill the gaps for citizens in the outlying areas. Also the option of free Wi-Fi on public transit will help students and business professionals on the go. Once a bus gets to its destination, citizens will also need well maintained sidewalks to get to and from their final destination.”

Public Transit
The outlying areas reach far, and this makes for longer wait times at bus stops and much longer times to reach final destinations within the city, using the transfer system.”
“Over the coming months my son and I will be riding the bus to different areas of the city and talking to people so see where we can improve this service. Please stay tuned, as I will report back to you.”
“Handi- Transit:
We must also have a positive mandate to provide persons with disabilities and those who are unable to access conventional transit equal access to a transportation system so as to enhance their participation in all aspects of community life. Our goal must be to ensure that accessible, affordable transportation is provided in a dignified and respectful manner.”

Cycling lanes
“I also envision a city-wide cycling network which could provide a safe and convenient system of transportation for recreation and utilitarian purposes, including opportunities for family outings, exercise, commuting to work and personal needs. As a group we could explore the idea of the “8/80”. This where we create a safe cycling infrastructure to those in the age range from 8 and 80.”

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
It is a system which aims to reduce emissions and fuel consumption for a smarter tomorrow.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will be a champion for public transit causes, and make an effort to use public transit more often in my daily life.
We need to put more emphasis on public transportation as the cleaner and smarter way of the future. As a group we could explore the idea of “8/80”. We could create a safe cycling infrastructure for those in the age group of 8 to 80. I will be a champion for the betterment of Public Transit service for all.
* 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 champion that
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

Water Quality
“When it comes to our drinking water I believe we must exceed the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality prepared by Health Canada. Meeting and going above these standard guidelines reduces the risk of illnesses that may be attributed to public water supplies. Understanding our fragile water ecosystem will allow us to make smarter and more resilient decisions on how to protect them for the enjoyment and use of future generations.

I will commit to following the recommendations found in the Nickel District Conservation Authority’s source protection plan. This will better protect sensitive ground waters including the deep wells which provide drinking water to Valley East residents.

I will commit to help develop a watershed plan for the city’s most sensitive lakes, including Ramsey Lake and Whitewater Lake.

I will commit to working with community partners like the Junction Creek stewardship committee and others to keep our lakeshores and waterways clean and free of urban debris.”

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Education and commitment. We must learn to understand our fragile water eco-systems and by doing so we will make smarter and more resilient decisions on Water Quality.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will commit to following the recommendations of the Nickel District Conservation Authority Source Protection Plan.
I will commit to following the recommendations of the Nickel District Conservation Authority Source Protection Plan. I will commit my time and educate myself and support those who do the same.
* 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
Unsure
Explanation:
I haven’t had any exposure to the Vermilion River Stewardships Plan. Once I have been educated to the matter I can make a smarter decision then.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment
“As a city we need to practice conservation and good wild life management. We need to protect our lakes, rivers and wetlands for future generations. We must also continue to work with local mining firms and business on the re-greening effort.

We must be cautious of future city growth in these areas. A wetland view might be good for new development, however the bigger picture must be looked at. It might not be good for the environment or the future long term health of the area.

I will commit to the development of a natural heritage system approach for the city’s wild areas through the city’s Official Plan, in order to better protect natural areas and wildlife habitat.

I will lobby the provincial government to extent the Chiniguchi Waterway provincial park to encompass the old growth red pine forests around Wolf Lake.

I will commit to ending the costly practice of allowing development in floodplains.

We should encourage natural buffers between development and water frontages.”

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Its rather hard to strike this balance, however I will work with developers and community to try and find a common ground.

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)?
I will bring together local Ward 5 community groups and school. We will engage in education and awareness with respect to the changing needs of the community.


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
Unsure
(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:
Once again there are a few issues I will need more education on. I will not pretend to have an answer if I am not aware of the issue. I am not saying I am for or against these issues, I just need to me informed as to them.

Local Food


Platform Statement:

Local Food
“Using local farmers markets and supporting local grower’s helps us re-connect to where out food comes from. Local food is not necessarily convenient however it is environmentally friendly and safe. Buying fresh local food helps employ our neighbours and friends and supports Valley East agriculture. I believe encouraging people to buy local will take time, but with a good advertising campaign and public consultation with growers and market goers we can increase local sales. Good things may grow in Ontario, but great things grow in Sudbury.

As a city we can support and expand the Good Food Basket initiative.

We can work to protect our food-producing agricultural lands.

We could develop a website to promote local business and restaurants which provide in season and local food products.”

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014

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?
We must be a community partner and protect our current farming lands. We must monitor growth on farmlands carefully and make educated decisions.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I will work to support and expand the Good Food Basket Initiative. I will work to create a community website which promotes local farms and agricultural business and in season local foods.
I will work to create a community website which promotes local farms and agricultural business and in season local foods.
* 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
Unsure
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
I will work to educate citizens as to the benefits of buying local, however nothing should ever be forced. When preserving land we must also look at long term growth and development for all business activity, including farms.

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

Citizen Engagement
“As a councillor I must be accountable to the citizen. People need to know their councillor is listening to them, and will report back to them. For decisions where public input should be noted I will hold a Town Hall meeting. My door will always be open and my mind will always be open to positive change. If elected I’m not going to Toronto or Ottawa, I will always be easily accessible, and I will welcome any and all input.

I will work to encourage respectful discourse between municipal staff and citizens.

I will work to better and more timely public consultation for development projects.

I will work towards better the advance posting of council and committee agendas online.

I commit to the use of social media for citizen engagement and issues of local importance.

I commit to work with Valley East citizen groups and associations towards a more livable city.”

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014

“When there are major issues at city hall, I will request your input, whether by calling people or holding a ward meeting. I will make myself available to you.”

From http://johnlundrigan.ca/ ,last checked July 9, 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 will commit to becoming a more citizen friendly city by updating the city’s website in a more timely fashion. I will hold periodic town hall meetings with the citizens of Ward 5 to explain where we are and where we are planning on going. I will also commit to engaging the citizens by using social media.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
By working to increase Accountability, Transparency and Re-Building Trust in municipal politicians.


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
Unsure
(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:
I am not aware of the work load city staff has or does not have on my unsure responses. I would like to vote in favor to these once I am educated and understand the constraints and requirements of this job.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

I am committed to the plan of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as possible. I will work to promote energy efficiency and conservation in all municipal buildings and infrastructure.

Other


Platform Statement:

 

Adapting to Climate Change
“It is now a scientific fact that the world’s climate is changing, and we must do our part locally to help in any way we can. As elected officials we must make evidence based decisions when it comes to climate change. The decisions we make at City Hall can directly affect the community’s ability to adapt to change. We must work with our local partners at Laurentian University, and the Greater Sudbury Climate Change Consortium, and industry leaders, to work towards developing an effective mitigation and adaptation strategy for the Greater City of Sudbury.

We must commit to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can.

We must promote energy efficiency and conservation on municipal buildings and other municipal infrastructure.”

Healthy Community Initiative Funds
“I have publicly said I would like to see these funds re-built back to what they were originally intended for. And if re-built, I would also like to see them taken out of councillors hands. Use of these funds if kept this way should be used by city staff in co-operation with local Community Action Networks or CANS. This co-operation would see funds used for wholesome ideas put forth by the community. By doing it this way HCI funds would no longer be “election money” and It would be one less thing for a councillor to worry about.

On the other side of this topic if elected to represent Ward 5, I will vote with council to get rid of these funds if it is what the majority wants.”

Ombudsman
““The Ombudsman is an independent officer of the Legislature who investigates complaints from the public about Ontario government services. André Marin has been the Ombudsman since 2005 and his investigations have sparked numerous government reforms.” I am more than willing to work with Mr. Marin and welcome him back with open arms for the betterment of our city.”

Downtown:
“Truly the Downtown core and the outlying areas are one even if they seem miles apart. Respect must be given to downtown Sudbury as the city’s historical, cultural and spiritual centre. As a hub for city, provincial and federal government offices, many people who live outside the city work in the core of the city. I for one believe the core of the city should act like the heart of a body, feeding services to the outlying areas. However in retrospect the downtown must give back to the outlying communities so they can continue to grow as well. One hand must hold the other.”

Seniors housing
“I believe we must work with local developers to find ways to build senior style apartments and residences within all areas of the city. This way our local seniors who have given so much to us, can now relax and take the time to do what is important to them.”

From http://johnlundrigan.ca/ ,last checked July 9, 2014


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