Candidate Info

General Info

Fernand Bidal

Ward 6
Contact info:

Telephone: 706-662-3012
Email: fernbidal@gmail.com

Platform (pdf provided by candidate)

Biography:

Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Having appropriate and affordable transportation means for all our residents.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Making sure that when we are going to provide a new or upgrading an old route or road that we take into account everyones concern and preoccupations.
Introduce policy to better trails,better bus scheduling at and affordable price.
* 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 vote in favour
(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?
Around lakes and rivers we have to encourage the health unit to be more aggressive in inspecting field beds.Making sure are storm sewers are filtered properly before entering are waters.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
By intruducing policy that enforce these ideas.
More inspections by health unit inspecters of field bed around our water ways.Storm sewers water to be better filtered .I will introduce policy that support this.What ever resources are available.
* 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
Unsure
(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 am not sure for the Vermilion River Stewardship .I need more info on this matter.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Make sure that the developers respect the natural enviroments.

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 think that parks in ward 6 are above the norm of the city but we lack more trail development.By town hall meetings the community will help to give me direction to bring to council.


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
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
2(d)I will vote in favor if the proceeding are not already to advance.

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?
Introducing policy that will encourage farmers to produce more and keep on producing.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
By creating committees by each of these groups to inform us .
Introduce policy to encourage farmers to produce more.
* 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
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:
There are only about 40 percent of local farmers that participate in our farmers market .this has to be increased to a much larger magority.

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

“I will answer all your calls within 24 hours”

Campaign flyer.

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 activating town hall meetings and making sure that CAN committees keep up their great work.Their recommendations can be part of the decision through their councillor.The decision belongs to the councillor.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
To introduce policy that will direct all deparments to properly inform the citizens through town hall meetings of their proposed recommendations or CAN meetings.


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:

Encourage carpooling when possible and better bus schedualing.

Other


Platform Statement:


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