Candidate Info

General Info

Joseph Palmateer

Ward 2
Contact info:

E-mail: joeypalmateer@hotmail.com

Biography:

Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
First and Foremost, What "sustainable transportation" means to me is typically a form of transportation that involves less maintenance and therefore less down time and better reliability. This automatically involves the wear and tear on vehicles themselves, and being aware of that, Road maintenance becomes the first objective. With better roads fixed properly, there is less congested traffic due to continuous and expensive repetitive road repair reducing wait times and fuel consumption. With better maintained road infrastructure there is also less damaging wear on vehicles such as missing hubcaps which have to be replaced because they detached off of the wheel rim or shocks which have been damaged and have to be replaced, due to the rough surface of many of the roads. Road surface conditions affect everyone, even those who do not own vehicles pay the price by higher bus fares to help pay for increasing cost for bus repairs.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Working to wards getting it done and done right.
My priority would be to fight to get better roads and then to upgrade our preexisting bike and walking trails before expanding the 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
Unsure
(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:
Concerning Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that "details how to implement streets," at the forefront it sounds great, however, behind the facade we could be stepping into an area of dictating one persons rights over another, thus taking away privileges which some citizens previously had to expand those of other. This brings into question the understanding of fairness. Its different if a whole street community comes together and agrees on such a matter and then puts it before city council to finalize such a decision made by the streets residence and put it into permanent effect, or it is implemented before a New Street or Subdivision is occupied by New Residence." But an older Street or Subdivision should have all its residence agree on such action or it is not implemented.

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?
Replace old decaying water mains / pipes in prior sequence to street resurfacing. Also promote water and shoreline cleanup through voluteer activities and back to work programs, while increasing stiffer penalties for persons caught throwing trash anywhere else, other than a waste basket.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Help promote it with other environmental groups and encourage city council to take part a lot more in it as well.
First... there should be certain designated zones on each lake that is connected to public grounds, where these zones are off limits to the public, and are put aside solely for wildlife out of and within the water. places which give fish, foul, animals and insects as space to feel unthreatened. I would bring a proposal forward, which would designate certain areas on many lakes be classified as a protected zone which is off limits to fishing, hunting, boating and even visiting without a given permit.
* 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
Unsure
(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:
For all the unsure given answers... it all depends on what type of development is proposed. If it has little effect on public water sheds, and is mostly environment friendly, and is on private property, then there very well may be a long debate on the issue, because no one likes other people telling them what they can or cannot do on their own property and Impose restrictions on them concerning issues that will never affect the other person to begin with. How would you like if some other person came into your house and started wailing at what you could or couldn't do in it, or what you could or couldn't have in it. I sorry, but its one thing to have your neighbor respect your rights and another when you go over to their place and dictate to them and try taking theirs away.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
By doing the best we can, to support a re-greening initiative, where privious greenery is replaced with equal or greater amounts, within a specified time period. Also to have natural water ways be protected as much as possible without infringing too much on other peoples rights.

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)?
Natural areas which fall under public property such as wetlands, continue or start to have designated areas off limits to heavy public intrusion and set aside solely for wildlife alone with limited access to the public . Work with Park officials to see how services can be improved within the park system.


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
Unsure
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
Unsure
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
Again I keep coming back to the rights of private land owners... The University would directly have to be involved in such a decision if it involves their property. Usually common ground can be forged by working with the University and the community, as to find a way which can benefit all, but in the end.. private property is private property. Only when something directly physically affects your property do to what happens on theirs, creating a health issue, should the city get involved.

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?
Give tax incentives for local operational farms, and be involved in the decision of the protection of agricultural lands within the city limits to ensure all proposals have been made and equally considered, when the issue pertains to the effects of big industry and government on operational city agricultural lands.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
That's a good question... and my answer to it is... I have absolutely no idea.
Try to bring locally grown food into the menu of city hosted meetings and events. Reduce if possible the land tax of operational farms in our local area.
* 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 champion that
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will champion that
Explanation:


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?
By having scheduled open discussions for the public at specified locations. An having it clearly explained to the public in simplified language so it is easy to understand, with limitation being in only availability of the languages in which one can speak. Thus (English)

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Again, a very good question, one which I honestly can't give an answer to, let alone a good answer.


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
Unsure
(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
Unsure
Explanation:
Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website is the job of the cities IT personnel. Councilors can inquire about it and give suggestions / complaints to those responsible, but it is up to those that manage it directly, to go and fix it. As for 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. Agendas and background material may change periodically before a meeting takes place, so its posting which can be possible, may also be completely incorrect by the time a meeting starts its session, yet if possible it should be done. as for minutes may be posted months after meetings... they may be stretching it a little. Yet it depends upon the amount of topics being discussed within the minutes.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

I know that humanity has played a part in affecting climate change, and that it is very real. It is also important to know that the earth has gone through countless numbers of climate change cycles as the fossil records clearly show. I don't believe humanity can "STOP" climate change, though I do believe they can start it. I also believe Humanity can stop doing things which can contribute to it. Which is the excessive polluting of the environment. To this I say again... fix the roads right, to cut down on road construction and therefore limit idling vehicle emissions.

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