Candidate Info

General Info

Kerry Latham

Ward 8
Contact info:

Telephone:  705-560-8296
E-mail:  lathamforward8@gmail.com

Platform (pdf provided by candidate)

Biography:

Work experience in federal government, banking, and mining.


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
Affordable transportation that is available to everyone depending on the options they choose.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
An education program is required for motorist in Sudbury. As it now stands I don't believe motorist are willing to share the road and they show little regard for pedestrians walking and any other modes of transportation.
Increase ridership on transit systems through the identification of car polling lots to encourage people that travel into the city from outlying areas to car pool. Support the expansion of walking and biking trails.
* 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 vote in favour
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:
a) Need to determine if monies are available for such initiatives. b) Require more information before a decision can be made.

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?
Polluter pays for damages caused through negligence to our waterways. Water treatment plants are in compliance with Ontario drinking water standards.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Public information on the importance of protecting our water ways for future generations.
Public Education, polluter pays, seek support from the Ministry of Natural Recourses and possibly Oceans and Fisheries.
* 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
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
Unsure
Explanation:
e- Require more information in order to make an informed decision.

Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
Through the identification of green belts

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)?
Gather support from residents, private sector, Provincial Federal Government and their agencies.


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?
The city would be supportive of the concept recognize the social / economic health benefits. City could provide support through reduced user fees for vendors.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
For the most part this should be a private sector initiative. If the demand / market (public support)is there the private sector will develop this initiative as there is a profit to be made.
It is a great idea and provides choices to the public and helps individuals to make healthy choices.
* 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
Unsure
(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:
Citizens need choices, depending on their available food budget. Local growers need to be competitive and their is no reason why they can't, given they are close to their markets and would not have the associated transportation cost.

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?
Provide notification to the public through the media and having open information sessions for those issue that have a significant impact on residents and the future of Sudbury.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Implementation of Service Standards for Council and city departments.


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:
City Council is elected by the majority of its citizens to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of its current and future residents.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

Expand the idling by-law to include all of Sudbury and have the ability to enforce the bylaw.

Other


Platform Statement:


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