Candidate Info

General Info

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

Ward 7
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-858-1832
Email: dakilgour@gmail.com
Twitter: @dakilgour

Biography:

Incumbent

“Association, Board and Committee Appointments:

  • Planning Committee, Chair
  • Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation Board
  • Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Board
  • Healthy Community Cabinet Advisory Panel
  • Development Liaison Advisory Panel
  • Greater Sudbury Community Archives Advisory Panel
  • Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT)
  • Market Square Renewal Advisory Panel
  • Greater Sudbury Utilities Inc. & Subsidiary Boards”

from http://davekilgour.com/index.php/about-dave (N.B.  this website no longer on-line)


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation refers to encouraging the move to modes of transportation which rely less on fossil fuels and motorized vehicles. Sustainability can be achieved by encouraging the use of public transit, biking and walking paths, car pooling etc. Further moves towards making public transit more friendly accessible and affordable through expanding routes and making the use of transit more convenient and welcoming. Other items such as the espousal of Complete Streets such as those planned for the new development around Silver Hills and the expansion of destination trails would also promote a move towards Sustainable Transportation becoming a reality.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I currently sit as the council rep on the Sustainable Mobility Advisory Panel. I continue to encourage members and others to take an active role in the planning process by making presentations whenever possible and by attending planning meetings as speak in favour of poor developments and positively of good planning items.

* 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
Unsure
Explanation:
D Unsure how this would be managed. Not familiar with the term.

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?
The city must priorize the completion of the StormWater Management Study and analyze the effects of all developments against the maintenance or improvement of lake water quality. There are currently several hundred thousand dollars dedicated to the completion of these studies but we need to clearly define when, and where these studies will be available and whether further funding should be dedicated this year. It is essential that we have the ability to measure the effects of any further developments and be completely sure that all future developments be evaluated for storm water control and the overall effect of the development.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
This must be moved forward by questioning the timetable for the studies and also by being more critical when it comes to planning decisions on related water shed.

* 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 champion that
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
I will champion that
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Development is important for the increase in assessment it brings and the ultimate ability of the related taxes to maintain reasonable tax increases. The overall value of development has to be assessed for environmental effects before we consider the value of the increase in assessment. Dollars can be far more easily replaced that can the 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)?
I have had difficulty in finding local champions to promote and move this forward. I have begun to approach businesses with the idea of asking them to become more involved in their community and promote a more attractive, safer, healthier 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
Unsure
(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:
A-Would depend on where it is found. Some areas of our city have far more green space than found elsewhere and there are areas that lack green space D-Would have to see which roads are being discussed.

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 can and should be involved and promote the growth and future of local food in Sudbury and area. I have been interested to the point that I am the sole member of council who has taken part in both of the committees that have dealt with the Market. The council has given Management responsibilities to the current committee and it has worked extremely diligently in trying to move towards a strong Farmers Market model.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
A good start would be to encourage the idea of local, home grown and hand made for the market. We must encourage and educate the public to embrace the purpose and value to the market and the entire importance of local growers being sustainable.

* 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
Unsure
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will champion that
Explanation:
D-Not convinced that we will ever get back to large farms. Ma be more value in making 2 to 5 acre plots available to encourage hobby farmers and small crop, on demand, farmers who will farm as a second income and provide surplus to the market

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?
Thanks for the question. I have worked for three years trying to encourage the use of an “open date” model and other progressive apps for use by the city. I have presented on a least two occasions various digital apps such as Calgary’s 311 app and Kitchener’s Pingstreet app. Several communities such as Edmonton, Calgary Barrie, Ottawa have made extensive use of apps to encourage a public exchange with citizens. Our planning department is in its second year of developing a entirely new permitting, building control and bylaw software that will allow a much faster and more efficient turn around of permits and at the same time ensure a more consistent product.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I will continue to champion these positive directions. By soliciting greater support and demand from the public we can move forward more quickly. We cannot change the past but we can learn from it as we move forward.


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
Unsure
(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:
C-I do not believe that using our current processes we have the ability to turn things around that quickly. A move to more digital approvals could assist a quicker turn around.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

I am currently sitting on a new committee which is tasked to develop a Community Energy Plan. This plan is very ambitious and is working with several agencies, ministries and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to work towards Sudbury having a goal of Net Zero need for energy from outside our boundaries and extensive moves towards Net metering for our households. The efficiencies resulting from heading in this direction could bring Sudbury accolades similar to those we have achieve through our regreening program.

Other


Platform Statement:


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