Candidate Info

General Info

Paul Soucie

Ward 1
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-675-5709
Email: paul.soucie@hotmail.com
Website:  votepaulsoucieward1.com

Biography:

“- over 60 years of involvement in family businesses in Ward One
– 40 years of Sales and Marketing in the Sudbury area as well as all of Northern Ontario
– excellent working knowledge of Ward One
– time commitment for the job required
– proven ability to successfully work with others to get results
– experience to know importance in responding to constituents in a timely manner
– commitment to serve Ward One with integrity and leadership”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!about-paul/ctvq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

“- 10 Years on the Sudbury Memorial Hospital Board of Directors
– Chairman of the Sudbury Memorial Hospital Foundation
– Chairman of the Lockerby Composite Parents’ Association
–  Director of the Sudbury and District V.O.N.
–  Director of the Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce
–  Director of the Copper Cliff Minor Hockey Association
– Founding Member of the Sudbury and District United Way Board
–  President of the Sudbury Secondary School Alumni Association
– Chairman  of the 75th and 100th Sudbury Secondary School Reunions
– Director of the 2010 Ontario summer Games
–  Volunteer  with the Sudbury Jazz Festival”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!community-involvement/c1g0l, , last checked Sept. 13, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
There must be a convenient and affordable means for people to be able to move about the area at their convenience.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
By insuring that we have govenience systems in place to serve the publics needs
Develop a program to upgrade and improve our walking and bicicle routes and overhauling and improvingour entire transit 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
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 champion that
Explanation:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“ensure that our lakes and waterways are protected”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014 

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
We must monitor our current water supply on a regular basis to insure its quality and safety.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
By insuring that city staff follow a regulated plan of maintenance and upgrading
We must use all protection posible to protect our lakes and waterways by the use of city staff to protect and monitor this area
* 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 champion that
(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:

“ensure the ongoing upgrade of parks and playgrounds in Ward One”

“take a responsible approach to ongoing development that respects everyone involved”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014 

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
By making sure that current and any future development does not infringe upon our natural enviroment

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)?
By expanding our current parks services were possible and not allowing new development in our existing natural areas


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 encouraging local food producers with incentives.BY publicizing the benefits .

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
with the use of incentives to the local producers
To establish ideas along with incentives to encourage development of our local food economy
* 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 in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

“create a two-way constructive dialogue between Ward One constituents and City Hall

respond to constituents needs in a timely manner”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 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 ensuring that the public is made aware of the issues and have been given adequate time to participate in the discussions

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
By making sure that it becomes a condition of employment and then ensuring that it is carried out.


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:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

We should be insuring that we take all possible action to insure the reduction of carbon emissions

Other


Platform Statement:

“take a responsible approach to ongoing development that respects everyone involved”

“- plan preventative maintenance on our roads, water and sewer infrastructure

– elimination of council slush fund
– return of the Ontario Ombudsman
– support the creation of a permanent Auditor-General’s Office
– work towards transparancy and accountability at city hall”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014 


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