Mayor

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Compare what the candidates had to say about sustainable transportion, water and natural environment, local food, citizen engagement, climate change.


Survey responses


When deciding how to vote, or where to dedicate your time on Council, how important to you is:
 [most important; very important; important; not important; don’t know]

Protecting and improving water quality and the natural environment.

Candidate namequestion_2b
Brian Bigger (incumbent) very important
Cody Cacciotti most important
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin very important
Jeff Huska most important
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson most important
Patricia Mills very important
Rodney Newton most important
J. David Popescu important
Bill Sanders most important

Here are some of our specific priorities that require leadership to implement. Indicate your level of support for:
[“I will champion that” “I will vote in favour”, “I will vote against”, “Unsure”]

Educating private contractors and the public on the harmful effects of sodium and chloride on the environment and human health and finding alternatives .

Candidate namequestion_7d
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will champion that
Cody Cacciotti I will champion that
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin I will champion that
Jeff Huska I will champion that
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson I will champion that
Patricia Mills I will champion that
Rodney Newton I will champion that
J. David Popescu
Bill Sanders I will champion that

Greater Sudbury has some new policies in place or in progress that have the potential to make a huge difference for our community if they are implemented.  Indicate your level of support for implementing and resourcing these fundamental policies and plans:
[“I will champion that” “I will vote in favour”, “I will vote against”, “Unsure”]

Subwatershed studies and plans;  Water and Wastewater Master Plan. 

Candidate namequestion_8d
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will champion that
Cody Cacciotti I will champion that
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin I will champion that
Jeff Huska I will champion that
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson I will champion that
Patricia Mills I will champion that
Rodney Newton I will vote in favour
J. David Popescu
Bill Sanders I will champion that

What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?

Candidate namequestion_6
Brian Bigger (incumbent) As your mayor, I advocated successfully for provincial funding to allow the city to proceed on watershed and subwatershed studies that had been on the shelf since 2006. These studies will allow us to effectively prioritize the work to be done in our community. I have already started the same conversation with the current government, and I can proudly say that The City of Greater Sudbury’s is viewed as a leader in these efforts across the province. We also need to watch what’s currently going on the roads, on the grass to make sure that doesn’t find its way to water. We also need to keep working with experts at the Living With Lakes Centre regarding the causes of blue green algae and how we all need to work together to minimize the danger of those blooms. Protecting our water is an important part of every consideration when planning, developing and building in Greater Sudbury. I am also very aware that there are often a number of ways to achieve desired results.
Cody Cacciotti I believe that the City of Greater Sudbury has a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to environmental stewardship. I am confident that expanding on existing partnerships working collectively with our post-secondary institutions and groups such as VETAC and Junction Creek Stewardship committee
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin I happen to be very concerned about the amount of salt that is accumulating in Ramsey Lake. I mention in my platform that I would seek out environmentally safer substitutions for road salt. It is important in assessing any alternatives to build into the cost-benefit analysis the potential costs of losing Ramsey Lake as one of our sources of drinking water. We cannot simply pass this potential cost to our children or grandchildren. As in my answer to question 5, I would involve the various lake and creek stewardship committees in discussions regarding development along or nearby our lakes, rivers and creeks. I also happen to have strong working relationships with many researchers at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre and I would reach out to them as often as possible to assist with generating and testing ideas.
Jeff Huska I will support the results of the Ramsey Subwatershed Study. As a current member of the City's Watershed Advisory Panel I hear alot of the good work by local lake stewardship committees. I'd insure the continued relationships with the Nickel District Conservation Authority and the Drinking Water Source Protection Plan. We'd work together to insure healthy water for everyone.
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson The Health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks is very important. In addition to the salt abatement program as described in my platform I believe that it is necessary to create a municipal water board, similar to that of Greater Sudbury Hydro, that will protect our watersheds and our city’s water management systems. Water issues affect us all and warrant a portfolio of its own. The water board would encompass organizations such as the Conservation Sudbury, Nickel District Conservation Authority, Earth Care Sudbury individual lake stewardship committees including Living with Lakes Centre and all other groups that would like to be included.
Patricia Mills Sudbury is known as the City of Lakes. I plan to fiercely protect that brand, and the watersheds which make it possible. Combining further study, following from the intensive Ramsey Lake Subwatershed study, with real action through reduction of salt infiltration, and better management of stormwater. This is particularly important as Sudbury's climate will deliver more precipitation and larger storms in the future. I am particularly concerned when I hear about our beautiful public beaches closed for swimming as a result of blue-green algae. Our city needs to do a better job of controlling run-off and preventing fertilizer and other chemicals from ruining our beautiful lakes. We've seen the amazing work of groups like Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, and as Mayor I look forward to supporting them, and our many active lake stewardship committees in their work.
Rodney Newton remove the motorized vehicles from our local and intercity lakes...for one
J. David Popescu Promoting bible study produces godliness in our citizens and nature responds to godliness: contrary-wise nature declines or closes its womb: e.g. holding boat races and festivals on lake Ramsey in the name of the dragon (satan) brings a curse on our water supply and sport: so do ungodly rock concerts and pagan festivals.
Bill Sanders Education. Pure and simple. Common-sense. The lakes of our region are our greatest assets. It starts with education and is followed with vigilant monitoring. I have a cottage on a lake which we as a family have been the caretakers of for the last fifty years. Again ownership and common-sense.

Platform statements

Candidate nameEnvironment and Water
Brian Bigger (incumbent)
Cody Cacciotti
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin

“Improve water protection-Monitor and apply regulations along and near source water; Invite lake and river stewardship organizations and Vale Living With Lakes to assist in improving water quality; Seek safe and affordable substitutes for winter salt.” “Use when possible use semi-permeable surfaces and natural elements; Implement bio-engineering to reduce urban heat island impacts.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca, checked September 7, 2018

Jeff Huska

“We must protect Ramsey Lake as the City’s most important body of water.”
From https://www.huskaformayor.com, checked August 21, 2018

Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson

“I would suggest to you that if we took that same determination and make-it-happen attitude (as for Sudbury land reclamation started in 1978), and applied it to the problem of road salt, we could develop some practical and cost-effective ways to deal with this issue.” “What’s required is, the same healthy dose of determination and leadership that was put forth during the creation of the re-greening initiative, and I will bring both to this issue and the City of Greater Sudbury when elected as Mayor.”
From www.danmelanson.ca,  checked September 3, 2018

Patricia Mills
Rodney Newton
J. David Popescu
Bill Sanders

“While recognizing dramatic shifts in climate change : We need protect our watershed and develop land in a responsible and sustainable manner”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.