Candidate Info

General Info

Mike Jakubo

Ward 7
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-923-9252
Email: mike.jakubo@greatersudbury.ca
Website: www.mikejakubo.ca
Facebook:  Mike Jakubo for Ward 7
Twitter: @mikejakubo

 

Biography:

“Above all else, Mike is a husband and father to two amazing children who depend on a bright, positive and sustainable future for Greater Sudbury.

Mike is a Chartered Accountant who works with individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations every day so he understands the demands and needs of all members of the community.

Mike has also been a director of local curling club Boards of Directors and organizing committee member and volunteer for many provincial and national championships which have come to Greater Sudbury.  He also continues to curl competitively, golf regularly and coach Timbit Soccer for the Nickel Centre Soccer Club.”

Provided by the candidate via e-mail, Aug. 6, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:

“Greater Sudbury has a vast circuit of public transit which a resident can use to get from one end of the city to the other.  This is not ideal for everyone all the time, but for most, public transit should be a viable option, if not every day, then at least a few days each week.  Biking is also a big part of sustainable transportation and the City has made bike paths a part of many road projects. This being said, the City must do better on all fronts.  Public transit must remain affordable and available to all residents and can be better promoted through rewarding frequent riders with better discounts and by having more free ride occasions to show residents how efficient transit can be in getting someone from point A to point B.  Bike paths need to be constructed properly and not as an afterthought where part of an existing lane is marked off for portions of a road making bikes weave in and out of marked lanes.  This is not safe for the cyclist or drivers. Where a new road project has had bike paths approved, they need to be full, continuous lanes for the safety of all involved. This will promote cycling as means of safe transportation.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/sustainability.html, last checked Sept. 13, 2014


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation are means of navigating the City that are cost effective and environmentally friendly including public transit, cycling, walking and car pooling.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Transit must be more frequent and available and we must make it worth rider's while by offering better user discounts like day passes and family passes. These initiatives would boost ridership which needs to be the ultimate goal. Much can be done to improve our walking path system while bringing residents closer to our City's natural environment. We can work to complete the Junction Creek path system so we can walk from one end of the City to the other. Many residents commute via bicycle, but most areas lack sufficient and safe bike paths. It will be hard to change existing subdivisions, but where new ones are being out in proper bike lanes should be installed and when we are pursuing traffic calming, the City should ensure bike lanes are not secondary as this is not safe for drivers or cyclists.
More walking trails, proper bike lanes when road projects are being completed which are safer for all on the road and more availability and frequency of transit service across the City, especially in the amalgamated communities, ward & containing 4 in Garson, Falconbridge, Capreol and Skead.
* 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 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:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Water is our most precious environmental resource and we must work as a entire City to protect it.  Ward 7 is home to our City’s largest lake in Lake Wanapitei; a lake that also serves as the start of one of our two critical watersheds in the Wahnapitae River, leading to one of two water treatment plants.  Mike strongly believes that conservation of water must be respected in City planning and growth decisions. We are fortunate that our two main watersheds have not been compromised like Ramsay Lake has with its blue-green algae issues and only more education of residents will ensure the full success of any conservation strategy.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/sustainability.html, 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 ensure that contaminated run off into our lakes and rivers, particularly those we draw drinking water from, is minimized.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
For existing developments within lake and river catch basins, we must ensure that proper educational materials and information is passed along to residents and businesses. For new developments, we can ensure that an environmental assessment by the Nickel District Conservation Authority is maintained as part of the planning process to ensure that all potential situations are considered and clearance is given before building starts.
We must limit the run-off and unnatural contaminants that enter our lakes and rivers. Existing areas have to be better educated as to the impact of run-off and new developments can have proper buffer zones implemented to ensure run-off is mitigated. Dollars are already allocated to this process through transfers to the Nickel District Conservation Authority which provides monitoring and education as well as the Health Unit which provides water testing.
* 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
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:
(c)Definitely vote in favour of banning development in flood plains (e) I frequent a camp on the Wahnapitae River (from which the City draws drinking water), a river that has a series of hydro dams which have not compromised the quality of water, the supply of fish or the quality of life for residents or campers. If the Vermilion project was similar I cannot see an issue, however, not being familiar with the specific characteristics of the Vermilion I cannot make a firm decision.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

“Our ward’s playgrounds, arenas, walking trails, outdoor rinks, soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, skate parks and other like venues should be bright, well kept areas where all ages of children, parents and seniors can go to remain healthy and active and spend time with friends and family.   Unfortunately, these facilities are old and in need of proper maintenance or renewal…. Mike will also work to ensure that these facilities are accessible to all residents so that children don’t have to cross busy roads to access an outdoor rink, that we use our ward’s natural settings for walking trails and that playgrounds offer children of all ages and abilities an equal opportunity for fun and enjoyment.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/parks-rec.html, last checked August 30, 2014

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
More development is badly needed in our City, but not at the expense of the environment. There are endless areas for development that do not have a negative impact on the environment. Develop in those areas and ensure that planning department and committee uses an environmental checklist with industrial developments to make sure that harmful run-off is properly diverted and managed.

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)?
Ward 7 has a great opportunity to add to the Junction Creek walking path system from the beginning of the creek in Garson to connect with the paths on the south side of Maley Drive. This would build our parks system bringing it closer to nature. The whole ward also has a wonderful series of green spaces that need more attention and maintenance whether they are parks, playgrounds or paths. If we build something we need to make sure we take care of it.


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:
(a)Only on a capital project basis as this strategy should already be employed by the planning department (d) If there is no way to safely ensure the protection of the natural environment.

Local Food


Platform Statement:

“Eating locally grown produce and meats benefits the City in many ways from the farmer who has better sales and can afford to increase their crops or herd, to the consumer who gets the freshest food possible, not food that has sat on a transport for a week before hitting the shelves, and anyone who does eat local will tell you that it simply tastes better!  Greater Sudbury has many farmers, some of whom supply area restaurants, some of whom supply area farmers markets and some of whom grow enough to feed them and their next door neighbours with enough cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini to last the summer.  Some of these farmers have even garnered the rare label of certified organic, like Ward 7 and Garson’s own McGrow’s Farms and Gardens down Goodwill Road.  Mike Jakubo supports our local farmers and encourages Greater Sudburians to do the same and will encourage more local community gardens like the one located on Ste. Anne Road.  Projects like these are low cost and promote a great community environment.

If you can’t easily get out to a local farm, Farmer’s markets are also a great means of supporting local farmers and the City provides much annual funding to one such market located down town while other local farmers flock to the Anderson Farm farmers market each Wednesday. Local farmers that do frequent these markets should be commended, but often, with the down town market, large trucks are brought up from Southern Ontario, and the food is not in fact local and some local farmers feel squeezed out of the market.  In addition, the publicly funded market’s current location gives the impression of being “make shift” and such a cause deserves a better location whether it be finally in the old train station downtown or in a new arena complex such as that which is located in Kitchener.  Mike supports a real home for our farmers’ market as it will bring local farmers and Greater Sudburians closer together and show that our City truly values eating local.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/sustainability.html, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

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 closer your food is grown to home the more nutritious, fresh and healthy it is for you. Greater Sudbury and Ward 7 have many local farmers and the City needs to better promote them to residents.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Local agriculture can grow from better exposure as demand will increase supply and the more people know about it the more they will make it part of their routines. Fresh water is a precious resource that is so abundant in Greater Sudbury and it must be properly conserved. Forest foods are a means which many residents use as a food source. Proper conservation and education about such foods will be key to its development.
Better promotion of our local farmers, a real home for our downtown market whether it be closing the deal to move into the old train station or having the market be part of a new arena development and designating the market a farmers market to ensure a certain percentage of local farmers. Boosting our local farmers creates more supply of fresh foods that make it easier for local restaurants to depend on them as suppliers.
* 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 champion that
(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:
(b) Where prudent to do (c) Ward 7 has great opportunities for community gardens which bring food and nature enthusiasts together. They are low cost and produce great local food. (d) So long as the land is being used (e) At times in the year the downtown market is primarily filled with big vans and trucks from southern Ontario, squeezing out local farmers. We should be investing more into our local farmers rather than subsidizing those from down south. Cudos goes out to those local farmers who do compete with those from southern Ontario at the market.

Citizen Engagement


Platform Statement:

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?
This is a key step in the process because a project without the support of surrounding residents will be doomed to fail. I will ensure that a community consultation takes place on any project or major decision in my ward.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
3-1-1 has the potential to be a very valuable service in terms of openness and public input. But too often there are stories of how 3-1-1 calls are not followed up on and a call or e-mail to a councillor is also not followed up on. By being accountable to residents and looking into all concerns the City can find better ways of operating all departments. 3-1-1 is great for this because it assigns a case number to each call. This case number will allow follow up by the resident and by me as a councillor directly with the department involved.


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:

Unfortunately the bulk of responsibility lies with higher levels of governments but what the City must do is work to educate our residents of the harms and causes of climate change and start this education at the school level. Our youth is our future and if we arm them with the recognized knowledge that is the best way to secure our future.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Mike Jakubo will move to put the administration of HCI funds in the hands of City Parks and Leisure staff to ensure that there is no direct association to a Council. The City will have a current list of parks and recreation needs across each ward in order of priority and will ensure that projects are funded in that order and equitably across each ward so one community cannot benefit from them more than another over the course of a four year election cycle.  Let’s make these funds they truly should be and help promote the health of our communities and Greater Sudbury as a whole.

Bring Back the Ombudsman

Establish a Permanent Office of the Auditor General

Establish the Office of the Integrity Commissioner”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/accountability.html, last checked August 30, 2014

“a vote for Mike Jakubo for Ward 7 Councillor will be a vote for renewing our existing parks and recreation facilities and making the new investments necessary to make parks and recreation facilities accessible to all residents of Ward 7.

A vote for Mike will also see to it that current spending on arts and culture is maintained but not drastically increased.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/parks-rec.html, last checked August 30, 2014

“Promote local events, concerts and theatrical productions”

from http://www.mikejakubo.ca/priorities.html, last checked July 26, 2014

 


All information is directly taken from candidates’ public platforms and official statements, most often candidate websites. The source and date are provided. Blank areas indicate that the candidate has not yet provided any official statements on this topic.