Candidate Info

General Info

Terry Kett (Incumbent)

Ward 11
Contact info:

Telephone: 705-566-3755
Email:  terryjkett@gmail.com
Facebook:  Terry Kett

Platform (jpg provided by candidate)

Biography:

– Education: BA (LU) and MA Central Michigan
– Retired secondary teacher-History, Economics, World Politics
– Retired Principal Panache Group-economic development consultants
– 19 years local government including 6 years as Walden Mayor
– Served on Ont. municipal and federal municipal boards-( National Chair of Transportation)
– Co-chair Golf For a Cure, raised $360,000 for cancer research
– Founded present independent Greater Sudbury Airport Board-successfully grew airport business from red to black ink
– Member- Mental Health Advocates, successfully lobbying province re local mental health programs relocation and enhancement
– Presently Chair of Finance Committee

provided via e-mail by the candidate August 29, 2014


Transportation


Platform Statement:


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
. I believe that people of all ages and abilities whether walking, cycling or using public transit deserve consideration in the transportation system and in the Official Plan so that roads under the city’s jurisdiction will be planned as ‘complete streets’, enabling users of all ages and abilities – pedestrians, bicycles, transit riders and motorists – to interact and move more safely along and across city streets.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I am promoting a “Complete Street Policy” I intend to work with the public, my fellow councillors and staff to implement this policy.The 2ns Ave project is the fitst step I led in this direction
My Complete Street Policy will enabe users of all ages and abilities – pedestrians, bicycles, transit riders and motorists – to interact and move more safely along and across city streets. This policy would apply to all projects including new projects, and retrofit/reconstruction projects, and repair/maintenance wherever possible. It’s important also to create a continuous network that supports all modes of transportation.
* 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 champion that
(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:


Water Quality


Platform Statement:

“Improve stormwater collection for Minnow Lake”

Campaign flyer

Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
The key is to implement a watershed-based management program so as enable us to reform water governance. My motion to complete a watershed study of Lake Ramsey was only the first step.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
we need to continue funding new watershed studies as each study is completed
Complete the Lake Ramsey Watershed study, then continue with more such studies. I put this motion forward and will push for funding to continue these key studies
* 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 champion that
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
I will champion that
(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:

Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
We need to work on solid waste diversion with a five year plan to reach 67% waste diversion from our landfills with combination of policies and a public education program which will include increasing the green box usage as close to 100% as possible and reducing the bag limit.

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)?
The panel's work was so very well done! Council must allocate annual funds to ensure the recommendations are met


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will champion that
(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?
We need to meld the goals of the Farmers Market with the goal of supporting local agriculture

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
We need to show support for local agriculture by providing as much local food at every city function. The GSDC should provide small grants to local farmers who are trying to expand.
I support grants through our GSDC to local agriculture expansion and studies.
* 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 champion that
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will champion that
Explanation:
I strongly feel that our Farmers Market must be run by an independent board of knowledgeable volunteers, free from city control. Let the board determine what days and hours the market should be open and the amount of local produce offered

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?
I intend to pressure council and staff to have more and earlier open houses on proposed projects. More community forums on subjects such as "How to plan a road" or "Infilling vs Expansion" as examples where people can learn and share

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Council has to set the tone of openness and support for public input. Council will set the policy and staff will follow our lead


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 champion that
(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
I will champion that
Explanation:
I'm unsure about agendas being available two weeks before each meeting. There's often changes or updates to agenda and reports even in the week before any meeting. It's a good idea to attempt the two week goal but I'm not certain it is practical.

Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

CGS can join the FCM's Partners for Climate Change and can work with Ontario's Municipal Energy Program which supports municipalities' efforts to better understand their local energy needs, identify opportunities for energy efficiency and clean energy, and develop plans to meet their goals.

Other


Platform Statement:

“Aquatic park in Minnow Lake”

“Junction Creek improvements to prevent Ponderosa/Adanac area flooding”

“National chain supermarket in Minnow Lake”

Campaign flyer


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