Ward 4

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Compare what the candidates had to say about sustainable transportation, 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 Name
Jessica Bertrand very important
Eric Lachance most important
Geoff McCausland most important
Don Roy most important
Sharon Scott 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 Name
Jessica Bertrand Unsure
Eric Lachance Unsure
Geoff McCausland I will vote in favour
Don Roy I will vote in favour
Sharon Scott I will vote in favour

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 Name
Jessica Bertrand Unsure
Eric Lachance I will champion that
Geoff McCausland I will vote in favour
Don Roy I will vote in favour
Sharon Scott I will vote in favour

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

Candidate Name
Jessica Bertrand I would adhere to the suggestions of specialists in that area. Whether it is regarding the water/wastewater of the city or proposed developments along waterways, I would expect a full understanding of any impacts to our waterways be given to Council to be able to make informed decisions.
Eric Lachance Being the city of lakes we should explore how we can be more environmentally responsible when it comes to our effluents and run off going into our watersheds. Maintaining and improving when required, our sewer and storm water systems, general drainage as well as protected buffer zones. There are many initiatives by local organizations that are restocking fish, plant life and cleaning up our watersheds. The City needs to keep assisting, maintaining supporting and creating awareness for the work these organizations do for our bodies of water.
Geoff McCausland I will work to make sure that regulations made to protect our lakes, rivers and creeks are enforced, and that city staff are keeping our standards up-to-date with other progressive communities.
Don Roy With 330 lakes within our municipal boundaries, I strongly believe, we as a community need to show leadership in lake stewardship. The residents of Greater Sudbury take pride in our “City of Lakes” and enjoy the benefits of having convenient access to clean lakes for recreational purposes, as well as their visual appeal. Our water resources, however, are increasingly subject to the negative impacts of urbanization in the form of agricultural, industrial and urban runoff, pesticide use, faulty septic systems, site alteration and other activities. In both rural and urban areas, improved lake stewardship practices are required. My goal is to improve and protect the quality of the community's surface water through lake water quality monitoring and support community engagement through lake stewardship groups and the volunteer help of residents. My mandate on the subject is: • To monitor various water and shoreline quality parameters of local lakes and work collaboratively with other City divisions, government agencies, lake stewardship groups, and individual residents to address problems as they arise. • To promote the creation of stewardship groups on our individual lakes. Many citizens and lake stewardship groups are involved already in lake monitoring programs. Working as a team with programs such as • Lake Partner Program • Canadian Lakes Loon Survey • Nature Watch • The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup • Invading Species Detection Program will give us the tools to collect valuable information that contributes to the understanding and enhancement of our lakes, rivers and creeks in gaining a better and healthy ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. Everyone has a role to play in protecting the water quality of our lakes, rivers and creeks.
Sharon Scott Cleaning up the pollution in our lakes and rivers. This may include reducing the amount of material entering the water courses from our roads and putting in place measures to reduce or relocate goose populations. Stop filling in the marshlands which are our natural water filtering systems.

Platform statements

Jessica Bertrand

Eric Lachance

Geoff McCausland

“I am committed to protecting and celebrating our lakes and green spaces, and we are lucky to have a wonderful network of parks and trails across our city. However, some of these areas are lacking a plan for continued investment, improvements, and upkeep. I will work with community groups including Rainbow Routes, the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, and our Community Action Networks to ensure we wisely invest in our parks and trails.”
From https://geoffmccausland.com/platform, checked October 12, 2018



Don Roy

Sharon Scott