Candidate Info

General Info

Sidney Shapiro

Ward 1
Contact info:

Telephone:  705-586-3554
E-mail:  sidney.shapiro@gmail.com

Biography:

Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
I think its important to find methods of transportation that use renewable energy and help keep the costs down for patrons, and keep the environment clean. We have weak public infrastructure when it comes to mass transit (such as a train), and we should look at how best to help commuters get to work, perhaps through car pooling or other programs.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I think we should look into energy efficient and clean energy solutions for transportation, as well as improvements and alternatives to the current options available in Sudbury.

* 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 Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
I think the city (and public health) do a great job testing, cleaning, and monitoring water quality and safety. I think we can get citizens more involved, and made more aware of their environmental impact on our water.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I think a public campaign to keep our water clean would be a great place to start.

* 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
Unsure
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Platform Statement:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
I think that we need to have natural areas, and respect those boundaries when they are close to development. While I understand the need for the city to grow, we have to maintain a careful balance to preserve the beauty of the city.

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)?
Work with local groups and the city to keep the natural areas preserved and well maintained. Walking trail maintenance is a good example of this.


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
Unsure
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
Unsure
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?
I think its important to use locally grown food, and there is an amazing variety of food available locally. We often shop at the market and Eat Local Sudbury, and we are fortunate to have such amazing resources right here in our community. I think we can expand the use of local food in our institutions, and do so in a manner that is fiscally responsible and one that will result in better health benefits and nutrition.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
I believe working with local partners, such as the Veggie Box initiative, is a great way to get the community involved in supporting local produce businesses.

* 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:

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?
There have been many problems with this in the past, and I believe that open dialog is the most important way to achieve meaningful change.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
I would hope to bring this important value to the table, and endeavor that all city offices I work with do the same and have a policy in place to listen and respond.


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 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:

We have a lot of challenges in the north with the amount of energy we use to stay warm and get around. This challenge is greater than many other communities in the south of the province. I would hope to work with citizens and government alike to develop strategies that would work for us here, and have a meaningful impact on our environmental footprint.

Other


Platform Statement:


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