Candidate Info

General Info

John Rodriguez

Mayor
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-885-1647
Email: info@johnrodriguez.ca
Website: johnrodriguez.ca
Facebook: Rodriguez4Mayor
Twitter:  @Rodriguez4Mayor

Biography:

“Mayor of Greater Sudbury from 2006-2010.

Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt from 1972-1980 and 1984-1993.

Town Councillor in Coniston from 1971-1972.”

From http://www.johnrodriguez.ca/about, last checked August 30, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“The establishment of “park and go” sites outside the city core to enable commuters to park their vehicles and have easy access to public transit.

A review of all transit routes in Greater Sudbury to ensure people are being moved as quickly as possible.

Ensuring that future road projects address storm sewer bypass, pedestrian safety, and bike lanes.”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
It means ensuring that various forms of transportation are available to all of our citizens such as bicycle paths, sidewalks, walking trails, Handi Transit, buses with bicycle racks and adjustable ramps, as well as automated visual and verbal stop announcements.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
As Mayor, i will use budget allocations, P3 initiatives, as well as community interventions.
By ensuring that all city buses are equipped with bicycle racks and by continuing to expand Sudbury Transit where ridership warrants. Also, by supporting the efforts of the Rainbow Routes, Rotary, and other community-based organizations.
* 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:

“long-term vision that will protect our parks, lakes, and rivers, including Wolf Lake.”

“Mitigate discharge from raw sewer and storm sewer overflows into lakes and rivers”

“ committed to supporting the work of local environmental groups such as the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Eat Local, and the many lake stewardship committees”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

“Ensure the protection of our lakes and rivers.”

From http://www.johnrodriguez.ca/plan, last checked October 16, 2014

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
a) Where septic tanks are near water bodies, ensure regular inspections to make sure no leaching occurs. b) An education program that emphasizes non-usage of pesticides or other products containing chemicals conducive to the growth of blue green algae.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
a) By education; b) By regular water testing by the Health Unit; and c) By regulation and consequential action.
When building new roads or repairing existing ones, we install catchment basins to collect and treat runoff water from them. The cost to do this work will be incorporated into the capital cost of the project.
* 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
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
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

“long-term vision that will protect our parks, lakes, and rivers, including Wolf Lake.”

“Review of the City’s Official Plan to ensure protection of green spaces”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
a) By adopting official plan which emphasizes proper drainage measures, establishing an agriculture reserve. b) By supporting community groups which are dedicated to the establishment of hiking or biking trails. c) By lobbying provincial and federal governments to ensure strict standards of industrial and auto emissions, as well as updating the Act governing Fisheries and Oceans.

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 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:


Local Food


Platform Statement:

“Protection of agricultural lands and promotion of local food production”

“ committed to supporting the work of local environmental groups such as the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Eat Local, and the many lake stewardship committees”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

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's role is a proactive one. It can provide community garden space in all public housing properties. Also, the city can, by regulation, ensure that locally grown produce has market space in our local Market. As well, through public education, inform citizens of healthy food growth (ie organically grown produce).

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
By ensuring market space to local farmers and fisherpersons to sell their produce and by promoting local festivals (ie: Garlic Fesitval, Blueberry Festival, Spudsbury Fesitval) and fishing derbys that emphasize stocking our local lakes and rivers.
a) It is an important pillar of my economic development plan, so please see JohnRodriguez.ca/plan for more details. b) By ensuring, through The Official Plan, the existence of an agriculture reserve. c) By supporting the existence of the Farmers' Market and actively supporting Eat Local Sudbury.
* 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:


Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

“committed to supporting the work of local environmental groups such as the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Eat Local, and the many lake stewardship committees”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

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?
a) By strengthening the structure of the Community Action Networks (CANs); b) By holding townhall meetings and forums in the various communities comprising Greater Sudbury; c) By encouraging and supporting councillors to engage with their citizens and to provide feedback to the Mayor and Council.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Direction from Mayor and Council to all departments that the culture of openness regarding public projects and major decisions will be the order of the day.


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 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:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

a) Enact an anti-idling bylaw; b) Replace its public gasoline vehicles with hybrid and electric; c) By incorporating climate change policies into The Official Plan (ie: tree planting, green buildings, and energy efficiency incentives; d) Encourage infilling of existing properties and buildings.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Cities produce 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Canada…It is a shared responsibility to reduce this.”

“Encourage green building construction;

Encourage infill construction”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

“Address the concerns regarding the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) funds allotted to councillors.

Help seniors stay in their homes by improving home care and protecting the seniors property tax rebate

Work with the private sector to make strategic investments in our arts and culture.

Work with our colleges and the private sector to create apprenticeships for youth.Ensure that we have the recreational infrastructure to support healthy lifestyles for everyone.”

From http://www.johnrodriguez.ca/plan, last checked October 16, 2014


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