Candidate Info

General Info

Dan Melanson

Mayor
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-669-7779
Email: 
dan@danmelanson.ca
Website: danmelanson.ca
Facebook: Dan Melanson for Mayor
Twitter: @DanMelanson1

Biography:

Certified Aircraft Appraiser

Founding President of the Greater Sudbury Taxpayers Association (GSTA)
As President, Dan advocated for keeping tax increases at or below the rate of inflation, ensuring the focus of City Council is on core services and promoting transparency of Municipal Governance.”

from http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/about-dan/background, last checked July 10, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“through his infrastructure renewal strategy, he proposes that any new construction or reconstruction of roads include a standardized plan for cycling lanes.”

From http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/mediacontent/media-releases/41-sudbury-can-t-wait-another-50-years-to-ensure-its-watersheds-are-clean, last checked Sept. 11, 2014

it is the city’s responsibility to provide proper transportation infrastructure which includes all modes of transportation such as cycling, pedestrian and vehicle.”

From http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/component/content/article?id=25&Itemid=176#investing-in-our-infrastructure-for-a-healthier-green-community, last checked October 16, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
It is the city's responsibility to provide infrastructure and services to all citizens regardless of their choice of mode of transportation.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
As part of my infrastructure renewal program, I will address infrastructure needs such a strategy to build consistent, dedicated bike lanes per provincial standards throughout the city.
As part of my infrastructure renewal plan, we will have a standard for building bike lanes as part of road reconstruction. Continue working with Rainbow routes to enhance our trail system.
* 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
(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:
As part of the infrastructure renewal plan, we will have a standard for building bike lanes as part of road reconstruction, so the need for annual funding would not be necessary.

Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“As Mayor, Melanson will propose that immediate protective measures and continued research into future measures that protect Ramsey Lake and the watershed be fully funded”
“As part of the Melanson infrastructure renewal and municipal bond strategy, funding will be available to tackle these pressing infrastructure needs.”

“Those citizens who live in the suburban and rural areas of Greater Sudbury who are not serviced by the sanitary sewer system have the added responsibility of ensuring the proper operation of their septic systems. It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure these septic systems are functioning properly and not leaking into our waterways. To this end Melanson proposes mandatory, periodic inspection and recertification of residential septic systems.”

From http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/mediacontent/media-releases/41-sudbury-can-t-wait-another-50-years-to-ensure-its-watersheds-are-clean, last checked Sept. 11, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Implement the same storm water and surface run off water catchment, retention and treatment on Lake Ramsay watershed as has already been completed on Lake Nepahwin.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
As part of my infrastructure renew program - see my platform for more details
Implement the same storm water and surface run off water catchment, retention and treatment on Lake Ramsay watershed as has already been completed on Lake Nepahwin. The funding would come from my infrastructure renewal plan by issuing bonds to provide capital for new infrastructure for growth.
* 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
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:
A) Depends on the specific watershed involved and the size of the shoreline buffer being proposed. C) Depends on the size of the development and location of the floodplain. E) I would prefer to do more research before commenting.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
I would consult with all affected residents and advisory committees or panel BEFORE any decisions are made.

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)?
Work with the Ward Councillors to ensure proper decisions are made.


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 against
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
Unsure
Explanation:
D) It would depend on the details and facts.

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 be encouraging all of the above. We should promote sustainable food system through our local farmers market.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Encourage and support community garden development.
I would encourage and promote creating more community gardens. I would also support and promote a sustainable food system through our local farmers market.
* 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 against
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
A) Community gardens are an important method to promote local food production. I support more community gardens.

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

I want to implement a committee which a citizen or corporation with issues regarding city services can formally express their complaints. The committee would be made up of volunteer citizens appointed by the Mayor for the term of the sitting Council. 

The commission would review the complaint and make an initial determination if the complaint has merit or not, and if it does have merit, initiate a preliminary investigation. If the complaint is without merit the committee will provide to the complaintant a letter outlining the reasons for not proceeding to a formal investigation. If the complaint is investigated, the committee will have 30 days to complete the investigation and report to Council the facts of the complaint and the findings with recommendations for Council to consider. Council will decide if the recommendations of the committee are to be implemented or not, and if the decision is too implement, then direction will be given to the CAO who will instruct the appropriate manager. The manager will have 30 days to implement the council’s decision.”

from http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/why-dan#mayor-s-action-committee-on-red-tape, last checked July 10, 2014

As Mayor, I will be committed to open, ethical, accountable and transparent local government.”
“Within the first few months of my mandate, I will present the idea of a whistle blower policy”

from http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/why-dan#whistle-blower-protection-policy, last checked July 10, 2014

“As Mayor, Melanson will engage citizens to share their experience on how City Hall can do a better job to ensure that Greater Sudbury remains clean and green.”

From http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/mediacontent/media-releases/41-sudbury-can-t-wait-another-50-years-to-ensure-its-watersheds-are-clean, last checked Sept. 11, 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 vote for a standard protocol that identifies and considers all sectors of the community.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
By voting for a city standard protocol.


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:

I suggest the building of traffic round-a-bouts when and where space and planning exists. This has proven to be an effective means to reduce carbon emissions.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Greater Sudbury designated as an Age-Friendly City.”

“The Age-Friendly City project will be a locally-driven approach, working with local organizations which focus on the lived experience of older people and what can be done to improve our community.

Melanson is committed to fulfilling this initiative to ensure that Greater Sudbury is a place for all citizens to feel safe, included and respected.”

From Oct. 2 Press Release

It is my position that until the Corporation of the City of Greater Sudbury has exhausted all possible means of increasing efficiencies and is receiving the maximum value for the current tax dollars being spent there should be no increases in taxes to property owners. “

“…fund the current and future infrastructure requirements…issue a publicly traded municipal bond. “

“…refocused on services that are primary to municipal governance.  Divestment of Pioneer Manor”

from http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/why-dan, last checked July 10, 2014

We need a plan to renew the roads that is comprehensive, affordable and properly financed with sufficient independent oversight to ensure we are getting a quality finished product.”

from http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/why-dan#moving-in-the-right-direction-with-our-roads, last checked July 10, 2014

the arts have a major role to play in the overall quality of life in our community and our city has a responsibility to promote and support the ongoing efforts of our artistic residents.”

From http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/component/content/article?id=25&Itemid=176#making-spaces-for-art-and-culture-in-the-21st-century, last checked October 16, 2014


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