Candidate Info

General Info

Ed Pokonzie

Mayor
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-677-8892

Biography:

Transportation


Platform Statement:

With an enhanced public transit system each community from Levack to Wanup and Wanipitae to Worthington  should have a transit station where each could be expanded to include
-a municipal walk-in clinic
-a library branch
-community office of city services etc.

Hand written platform provided by candidate.


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Public transportation is a growing necessity.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
At every opportunity, I will use public transit.
My disability limits my ability to walk, bicycling is out of the question, but, I thoroughly enjoy using the transit system even though it needs to be improved.
* 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
I will champion that
Explanation:
I have an ACM driver’s license and as such, I am authorized to drive a bus!

Water Quality


Platform Statement:

A clean and or/protected environment is necessary to protect our water quality

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Keep them clean.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Technology is available locally that would remove algae from our water sources.
There is no short answer, but, if I am given a forum to speak, I can give a long list of my plans.
* 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 champion that
(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 champion that
(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:
Technology is now available locally that makes local runoff and sewage into reusable and safe sources of water. Technology is used in other jurisdictions to reclaim clean water and possibly a reusable energy source.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

I will pursue a protected which does not allow human influence then lead to areas of -parkland
-Rural area (farmland)
-And inter-city development

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
The Second Avenue event highlights the mandate to consider environmental protection.

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)?



Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will champion that
(b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas
I will champion that
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
I will champion that
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will champion that
Explanation:
The above needs no explanation. The need for Green Space is self evident.

Local Food


Platform Statement:

I fully support the need for local agriculture and local livestock production

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

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?
It is fast becoming necessary.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
The mayor cannot develop anything, but, I support the above.
Fully committed!
* 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 champion that
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
I will champion that
(c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives
I will champion that
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
I will champion that
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will champion that
Explanation:
I was raised around my family’s farm; i.e. aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. I understand the processes and challenges.

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

With an enhanced public transit system each community from Levack to Wanup and Wanipitae to Worthington should have a transit station where each could be expanded to include
-a municipal walk-in clinic
-a library branch
-community office of city services etc.

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

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?
Openness!

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
By regularly informing the residents of Greater Sudbury.


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
I will champion that
(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:
I have campaigned for more than 20 years publicly for transparency and accountability in municipal affairs.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

There cannot be a short answer. It took centuries to arrive where we are in human development; but, we are compelled to start the process.

Other


Platform Statement:

I fully support 100% city ownership of the GSU but I think they should divest interest in West Nipissing Hydro in trade to Hydro One for the latter’s interests within the boundaries of Greater Sudbury


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