Candidate Info

General Info

Stefano Presenza

Ward 8
Contact info:

Telephone:  705-561-6095
Email: info@stefano-ward8.com
Website: www.stefano-ward8.com
Facebook:  Stefano Presenza for Ward 8
Twitter:  @StefWard8

Biography:

“I have grown up and lived in New Sudbury my entire life. …

I have always had a passion for community development, and connecting with people.  For the past decade I have worked across Northern Ontario in professional healthcare sales, and developed strong ties across the full-spectrum of medical professionals.

I have also recently gone back to school, completed my studies, and certified myself provincially as a Paramedic.  I also teach First-Aid and CPR, and in that role continue to instill the confidence in people, to act quickly to ensure the safety of those around them.

I also have a strong interest in both sports and the arts.  I’m an avid tennis player (having spent hours on end on the courts at Twin Forks), and enjoy kayaking with the Sudbury Canoe Club, having previously worked with the Board to promote the beautiful water activities right here within our own City.

I am also a professional entertainer, more specifically a Magician. In that role, I have partnered with various organizations and committees in Sudbury, and also volunteered my time with Lions Club Telethon, the March of Dimes, the Alzheimer’s Society, fundraising with the local radio stations, and most recently have supported Rick Bartolucci’s son Dan, with his dearest non-profit organization, the Canadian Youth Golf Alliance.  I have also assisted in the cultural development of surrounding communities all the way from Warren-Markstay to Elliot Lake.”

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/, last checked August 12, 2014.


Transportation


Platform Statement:

” My priorities for Ward 8 include:  a focus on planning improved safety for cyclists, avid walkers and the neighbourhood”

“My commitment is to:  improve the efficiency of our Transit system”

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, last checked August 12, 2014.


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Sustainable transportation means efficient service from the users’ perspective, working in a manner to still generate profit for the City.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Having already taken the Friends of the Sudbury Transit challenge, and being no stranger to bus service, I think what would be beneficial would be to have an open forum of Councillors/City Staff and Transit Users, in which the users can share their full ideas for improvement.

* 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:

“My commitment is to:  focus on the protection our Lakes, and development of the Northern Water Sports Centre”

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, last checked August 12, 2014.

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
The Northern Water Sports Centre is currently in the works on Ramsey, and it is a great idea to bring all aquatic clubs together to promote activities. It is crucial that we ensure that our lakes and drinking water remains sustainable.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Having been a past active member of the Sudbury Canoe Club, I would ensure developments would continue in a positive manner, while focus remains on maintaining the integrity of our Lakes.

* 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:

“New Sudbury has always been a clean, safe and healthy community filled with parks and organized sports, as well as a thriving business area.  My commitment is to keep this positive trend going, as efficiently as possible. ”

“My priorities for Ward 8 include:  improvements and developments to playgrounds, including outdoor rinks, tennis courts and potential skate parks”

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, last checked August 12, 2014.

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Professional consultation with environmental parties working together with outdoor physical fitness groups would be an ideal way to ensure both are developed in an efficient manner.

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 would work with the local Community Action Network to listen to their findings, the ideas of the residents, and ensure that meetings are effective at this level in terms of participation and sharing of ideas.


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?
This is absolutely crucial. There are many local farmers that can provide healthy options for residents, and City Council must work together with them to ensure they are able to reach people effectively.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
On of the challenges I have heard is that in Northern Ontario, vegetables are ready a little later in the year as compared with Southern Ontario. As a result, local farmers often miss out on spots at the local Farmers Market to their Southern counterparts. I would ensure that they have a reserved spot so as to ensure they have access to sharing their local agricultural products.

* 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:

“Priorities to Sudburians:
-the passion, care and energy in listening and addressing community needs”

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, last checked August 12, 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?
I think what would be beneficial is the idea of strong involvement of residents through Town Hall meetings, both physical and online, so that their voices are heard by City Council. Councillors must also actively reach out to constituents to listen to their ideas and bring them back to Council meetings.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Again, it is important to promote a culture of openness and positive feedback. As Councillors, we must tightly restrict the number Closed Session meetings, and be accountable to the decisions we make. Furthermore, we must give clear direction to City Staff so that they understand the full scope of project developments and can get the jobs done efficiently, in effective partnerships alongside City Council.


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:

From my perspective, solar energy seems to be one viable alternative. Across North America, solar panel energy is becoming more functional, and perhaps on a City level, partnerships can be made with the private sector to ensure this technology becomes a viable option; the challenge is to reduce pollution yet create more energy sources. This seems like the way to go.

Other


Platform Statement:

“New Sudbury has always been a clean, safe and healthy community filled with parks and organized sports, as well as a thriving business area.  My commitment is to keep this positive trend going, as efficiently as possible. ”

“My priorities for Ward 8 include:  improvements and developments to playgrounds, including outdoor rinks, tennis courts and potential skate parks”

“My priorities for Ward 8 include:  the development of Maley Drive through provincial funding, establishing local jobs and better road maintenance

My commitment is to:  ensure the continued development of arts and culture through local events, concerts and theatre (including talks with SummerFest Organizers to mend partnerships)

the integrity, accountability and transparency in Council activities

Priorities to Sudburians:
-the passion, care and energy in listening and addressing community needs
-the leadership ability needed to act on the voice of the community and implement ideas efficiently
-a team-player approach to effectively work with the new upcoming City Council to get things done
-a big picture, focusing on what’s needed for long-term growth in Sudbury”

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, last checked August 12, 2014.


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