Candidate Info

General Info

Tay Butt

Ward 12
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-586-3033
Email: tay@kingsoft.ca
Website: votefortay.ca
Facebook: votefortay
Twitter: @tayyabbutt

Biography:

“Tay Butt is an educator, philanthropist and technology consultant who is living and working in Sudbury. He teaches at Cambrian College and works for Kingsoft Canada. He has been on many committees and boards including Diversity Advisory Panel, Race Relations Committee of Greater Sudbury Police and Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Art Association.“

from www.votefortay.ca; last checked June 30, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“Better pedestrian access to main roads.”
“Well planned road development and maintenance”
“Sudbury Transit system to fix certain issues including route duplications and timings on weekend.”

from www.votefortay.ca; last checked June 30, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Study of transportation that is sustainable in the senses of social, environmental and climate impacts and the ability to, in the global scope, supply the source energy indefinitely. (Web Definition)

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
By creating awareness of this among public and by proper planning.
Although weather is an important factor but still by more awareness and incentives.
* 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:


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?
City is doing a good job so far in this concern, so City should keep up the good work and invest more into water testing and public awareness not to pollute out water bodies.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
By supporting more funding for water quality testing.
Protecting our lakes should be our number priority and City should not hesitate in investing public tax dollars to this cause. Many actions are possible. I will go back and see what we have done in pass which resulted in success and will adopt that instead of coming up with something absolutely new and trying.
* 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:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

“More parks and playgrounds and maintenance of existing”

from www.votefortay.ca; last checked June 30, 2014

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
I will work closely with developer and study their plans to make sure if enough precautions have been taken care of to preserve natural 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 will study both and come up with a balance not to disturb either.


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:

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?
By supporting local farmers to be at par at national level and promoting food.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
By giving more incentives to local agricultural stake holders to showcase their produce.
Again by giving more incentive to local agricultural producers.
* 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
Unsure
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
I will vote in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

“He wants to make sure your voice is heard. He takes it as his responsibility to advocate people he represents.”

“Motivating more community groups to be part of Community Action Networks (CANs).”

from www.votefortay.ca; last checked June 30, 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?
By more Community Action Networks and more public input where people can free express themselves about City's projects.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
It can be done by an e-government concept in which Portal is brought in which connects all City's departments with public and public can leave feedback after service is delivered by a specific individual of a department and in order to get a better rating or not to get a negative feedback, everybody works diligently as public can see this open concept all the time via their computers.


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:
Since I am an IT Consultant and Technologist, I will work closely with City's IT team and encourage other councilors to support me in bring in an open system.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

For carbon emission we can follow Toronto by introducing a mandatory emission test for all vehicles yearly along with regular checkup of City's buses not to omit carbon monoxide via smoke and similar precautions.

Other


Platform Statement:

“The social, economic, environmental, and cultural needs of the citizens must be met and it’s time for their voice to be heard.”

“In support to reinstate Ombudsman Andre Marin.”
“Healthy Community Initiative (HCI ) funds to be handled by City Staff and Community Action Networks.”

“His vision for the future of Sudbury is one of a booming and vibrant community. It is where people from all over Northern Ontario want to come to live, shop, work, invest, do business and entertain themselves. It is where students from all over the world will come to further their education. “
“Our people want to live in a city where they feel safe and secure. They want their quality of life enhanced. The social, economic, environmental, and cultural needs of the citizens must be met and it’s time for their voice to be heard.”
“More housing developments to be made for young families.”

from www.votefortay.ca; last checked June 30, 2014


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