Candidate Info

General Info

Robin Auger

Ward 7
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-665-3457
Email: robin-the-bird-is-the-word@hotmail.com
Facebook:  Vote Robin Auger Ward 7
Twitter: @AugerRobin

Biography:

Transportation


Platform Statement:

“The first thing we need to do is take a long look at the transportation schedule to see what routes need to be adjusted to provide better service to all the areas of the city. Also we could like other cities provide a free service to the most underused parts of our routes to get more riders who will then see the advantages of using public Transit. Next we must do a better job plowing side walks and road ways to aid those who are “differently abled“ to get around as well as make it easier for public transit users to get to their stops. We must form a committee for the bike users in our city where they can bring to us a better plan to make bike travel more safe and efficient for them as well as how to attract new bike riders in our city. Moving people throughout our city so that they can easily and efficiently reach all areas should be a priority. The roadways, sidewalks and public transit are how money travels into our city, we have to make it as easy as possible for our citizens to reach our businesses or recreational facilities or they will just turn on their computers to spend their money.”

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Provide efficient public transportation with a schedule that attracts more users as well as ensuring plowing is at a level that allows foot traffic to easily manouver throughout the City. It also means when planning future development to include alternate modes of transportation beside motorized.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
The first thing we need to do is take a long look at the transportation schedule to see what routes need to be adjusted to provide better service to all the areas of the city. Also we could like other cities provide a free service to the most underused parts of our routes to get more riders who will then see the advantages of using public Transit. Next we must do a better job plowing side walks and road ways to aid those who are ``differently abled`` to get around as well as make it easier for public transit users to get to their stops. We must form a committee for the bike users in our city where they can bring to us a better plan to make bike travel more safe and efficient for them as well as how to attract new bike riders in our city. Moving people throughout our city so that they can easily and efficiently reach all areas should be a priority. The roadways, sidewalks and public transit are how money travels into our city, we have to make it as easy as possible for our citizens to reach our businesses or recreational facilities or they will just turn on their computers to spend their money.
See sustainable transportation number 2 above.
* 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 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:

“Something we should all be more conscious of but are not. It is my opinion that we should be limiting or regulating the motorized vehicles on Ramsey lake in the summer. Ramsey lake is the biggest source of drinking water in our city and it is very counterintuitive to allow several gas driven vehicles to run in the lake. No matter how efficient the motor is a gas powered water vehicle always leaves pollution in the water behind as well as emissions that go into the air. It is also my opinion that blue green algae will be one of the biggest problems to face our lakes as it has already shown how invasive and harmful it can be, we have to find a way to address this problem now before it becomes impossible to control.”

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Something we should all be more conscious of but are not. It is my opinion that we should limiting or regulating the motorized vehicles on Ramsey lake in the summer. Ramsey lake is the biggest source of drinking water in our city and it is very counterintuitive to allow several gas driven vehicles to run in the lake. No matter how efficient the motor is a gas powered water vehicle always leaves pollution in the water behind as well as emissions that go into the air. It is also my opinion that blue green algae will be one of the biggest problems to face our lakes as it has already shown how invasive and harmful it can be, we have to find a way to address this problem now before it becomes impossible to control.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I will bring to council the issue with motorized vehicles on Ramsay lake as well as bring up the need for our City to look into what can be done to address blue green algae. Blue green algae will be in my view one of the biggest threats to local lakes and drinking water in the future and we should proactively be searching for solutions now to stay ahead of the problem.
See water quality answer number 1 above.
* 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
Unsure
(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:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

“We here in Greater Sudbury have some of the nicest natural spaces, especially in the outlying areas. It is important in my mind to encourage our younger citizens and find ways to get them out to experience nature how its meant to be. As a council it can be a part of our mandate to help in findings ways to get children and young adults interested in our natural areas which can include developing interactive programs at some natural areas such as Ramsey Lake or Lake Laurentian.”

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 2014

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
We must listen to both sides of this issue when we look at development to ensure we are balancing environmental needs and developmental needs so in other words develop wisely. In my opinion many times when these areas clash there is a compromise that can be found if you truly look at the issues from a logical frame of mind.

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)?
We here in Greater Sudbury have some of the nicest natural spaces, especially in the outlying areas. It is important in my mind to encourage our younger citizens and find ways to get them out to experience nature how its meant to be. As a council it can be a part of our mandate to help in findings ways to get children and young adults interested in our natural areas which can include developing interactive programs at some at some natural areas such as Ramsey Lake or Lake Laurentian.


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
Unsure
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Local Food


Platform Statement:

“After visiting our farmers market on more than one occasion it is apparent the current location is not ideal to meet their needs nor is it ideal for patrons of the market. We have to rethink our farmers market and work with local growers to make it an integral part of our city and sustainable living strategy. Eat local has to be a focus as developing a strong local food producing industry will mean more affordable healthy food options for our citizens. After speaking with a local producer of wines and doing some research on my own, I think we should look into the “My Picks” certification by the Farmers Markets of Ontario as it is something that will aid the growth of our market. Here is a little piece of what “My Picks” is about and was taken from the www.farmersmarketsontario.com website. “MyPick® identifies the true heroes of Ontario’s farmers’ markets. The MyPick® verification program grew out of a real need. Shoppers at Ontario farmers’ markets often thought they were buying directly from local farmers when in fact they were buying from resellers. They had no way of knowing which vendors were which. Now they do, thanks to the MyPick® verification program from Farmers’ Markets Ontario®. Now, when you see a vendor displaying a MyPick® sign, you can be sure you’re getting just–picked freshness from the grower’s own farm, and are helping support local agriculture”.”

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 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?
This are very closely linked, buy local is an important strategy for a sustainable City. Having successful local growers who provide great local produce to our citizens will make healthy food more affordable and attainable for many. Healthy home grown foods are important to health and well being of the citizens as well as the farmers who provide the food.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
After visiting our farmers market on more than one occasion it is apparent the current location is not ideal to meet their needs nor is it ideal for patrons of the market. We have to rethink our farmers market and work with local growers to make it an integral part of our city and sustainable living strategy. Eat local has to be a focus as developing a strong local food producing industry will mean more affordable healthy food options for our citizens. After speaking with a local producer of wines and doing some research on my own, I think we should look into the "My Picks" certification by the Farmers Markets of Ontario as it is something that will aid the growth of our market. Here is a little piece of what "My Picks" is about and was taken from the www.farmersmarketsontario.com website. MyPick® identifies the true heroes of Ontario's farmers' markets. The MyPick® verification program grew out of a real need. Shoppers at Ontario farmers' markets often thought they were buying directly from local farmers when in fact they were buying from resellers. They had no way of knowing which vendors were which. Now they do, thanks to the MyPick® verification program from Farmers' Markets Ontario®. Now, when you see a vendor displaying a MyPick® sign, you can be sure you're getting just–picked freshness from the grower's own farm, and are helping support local agriculture.
See local food answer number 2 above.
* 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:


Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

“First and foremost we must ensure our city website is very user friendly and includes search functions so those who visit it can find what they are looking for easily. The website should also have all the steps needed to get any kind of permit or license needed on it and include printable documents to aid in things getting done in our city. Next a clearly transparent council who do not hide behind procedure or rhetoric will surely grow faith and interest in our council again. We must have an amalgamated council for an amalgamated city which means we must act as one to grow the city and when we demonstrate we can act together in a positive direction that positivity will spread to the people in the city. We should also open city services later at least once a week to meet the needs of those who use the services as well we should advertise the types of services we provide on our buses and at all of our city run buildings. Mostly as councillors we have to get out there, listen and ask questions. We should not be ashamed to admit we do not have all the answers and that we need to seek the advice of those who are experts to aid us in making informed decisions. We have to seek out new and improved relationships with businesses and educational institutions in the city to understand how we can help them to ensure their continued success within the city.”

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 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?
Holding more community meetings and advertising them better when we are making major decisions are starting a major project. We must communicate more often and "loudly" when we are doing things that will effect people (i.e the Lasalle-Notre Dame widening and traffic alerts for this). We also have to advertise on our buses or at our facilities regarding city services and even public consultation meetings.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
The first step is to update the City web site to allow for the public to submit ideas, comments, and after doing do we should have a set time limit to get back to the submitter. By auditing our City services to find areas we need to improve it will signal a change in how we will be serving the public, we will have to work hard to show we are ready to listen and to serve our citizens. Customer service should be our focus and we should train each person in every service in Customer Service techniques.


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 champion that
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

See answer to sustainable transportation number 2 because if we can encourage more citizens to use public transportation as well as plow our area better to allow for foot traffic to easily manouver throughout the City this will reduce emissions. We must also include in any future development non-motorize transportation lanes or accessibility.

Other


Platform Statement:


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