Water Quality Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?

Jean-Raymond Audet

Move the CPR Rail Yard and Line that run along Ramsey Lake out of Town!

Brian Bigger

Watershed Studies must be conducted and properly funded. There must be better
management of storm water, which is critical and must be looked at immediately. This
would have huge impact to our water bodies.

Jeanne Brohart

Industrial pollution runoff is in my opinion the main issue facing this municipality when it comes to water quality. That said, I believe enforcement of the Clean Water Act of 2006 is key.

Having experienced problems with city hall, I requested a copy of methods, procedures, policies at building services. These documents, I posted online at : http://www.majorstructuraldefect.com/scandal_085.htm

On p. 209 (“methods and procedures”) clearly indicated that the Ministry of the Environment (MEO) had jurisdiction over anything built near bodies of water/shorelines. Note that trailer parks were often found near shorelines. Yet, as evidenced in an email dated September 2009, provided in the “policies” documentation for CGS Building Services, on p. 89, it appeared to be only in September of 2009 that CGS realized trailer parks fell under the jurisdiction of the MOE. Per an email I received from the MOE, this policy had been in place since 1998! Thus, it took CGS over 10 years to “figure it out”. Perhaps this was due to the fact that their “methods and procedures” were so totally outdated – and now – the environment had clearly been put at risk also due to what, in our opinion, was total negligence and flouting of the law by CGS when it came to the municipality understanding its role in matters pertaining to water quality! A complete analysis of methods, procedures, policies at City of Greater Sudbury building services was completed by me and provided to the the entire legislature of Ontario because what I saw was so horrendous when it came to enforcement of the law in even the most basic of issues. This complete analysis is provided at: http://www.majorstructuraldefect.com/scandal_085.htm under a link called: THE EYE OPENING (bottom left of screen). This is definitely worth a read for anyone with an interest in such issues as the city’s role in water quality issues.

Algea blooms are clearly a current problem in the city even though such blooms have been documented in Canada for over 100 years. We need to make sure phosphates from detergents and fertilizers (known to contribute to such blooms) are not entering our waterways.

Ron Dupuis

Ice fishing is one area that leaves a lot of human waste and we need to protect our lakes. We need to make sure that we have boat wash stations at our lakes to keep the blue green algae from being spread between lakes.

Jeff Huska

Watershed studies in Ramsey and surrounding lakes are implemented and more importantly acted upon. I believe this is an ongoing process.

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

Implement the same storm water and surface run off water catchment, retention and treatment on Lake Ramsay watershed as has already been completed on Lake Nepahwin.

Ed Pokonzie

Keep them clean.

David Popescu

John Rodriguez

a) Where septic tanks are near water bodies, ensure regular inspections to make sure no leaching occurs.

b) An education program that emphasizes non-usage of pesticides or other products containing chemicals conducive to the growth of blue green algae.

Candidate name 2. How will you move these forward?

Jean-Raymond Audet

Ask the CPR, Ask the Federal Government, Petition Them and if this does not work, Protest and to see if the Municipality with the Provincial Help might take legal action?

Brian Bigger

These topics will be brought forward for debate and discussion as a priority when I am
Mayor

Jeanne Brohart

We need to ensure laws are followed when it comes to the Clean Water Act. Not even knowing what falls within one’s jurisdiction for over 10 years is completely unacceptable. I have already spent well over 5,000 hours and thousands of dollars documenting my issues with the municipality with various levels and agencies at both the provincial and federal levels. If I am running for mayor now, it is to help expose some of these very issues which in my opinion have been hidden for too long from taxpayers and residents who become the ultimate victims of poor management in city hall.

Ron Dupuis

As Mayor I will bring this forward to council and look at banning ice fishing on Ramsey Lake as well as installation of the boat washing stations.

Jeff Huska

Insure annual funding, implement educational tools for the public, marine vehicle wash stations.

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

As part of my infrastructure renew program - see my platform for more details

Ed Pokonzie

Technology is available locally that would remove algae from our water sources.

David Popescu

John Rodriguez

a) By education;
b) By regular water testing by the Health Unit; and
c) By regulation and consequential action.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers (b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies (c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands (d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas (e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River

Jean-Raymond Audet

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Brian Bigger

I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour

Jeanne Brohart

I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote against

Ron Dupuis

I will champion that I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Jeff Huska

I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

Unsure I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote in favour Unsure

Ed Pokonzie

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that

David Popescu

John Rodriguez

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Jean-Raymond Audet

The Problem with Sudbury and other Municipalities, is the Lobby of Builders, Realtors and all Industrial Developers, who put their profits in-front of the Viability of The Cities!

Brian Bigger

b) We must understand what and where our exposures are and provide the mechanism to
manage these exposures to reduce their ef ect on our environment.
c) Our terrain requires us to manage storm water in a more environmentally ef ective
manner.

Jeanne Brohart

A-I would vote in favor of that if not excessive. Need a number here with a little more “meat” as to what is needed from a scientific viewpoint.
B-In my opinion, many laws are on the books and simply not followed as discussed above. We need to ensure laws are followed, and right now, based on what I have experienced, I’m not confident at all that this is the case! I’m not sure allocating a ton of funding to watershed studies would give us as much bang for the buck as simply enforcing laws that are already on the books.
C-This is another issue addressed in my analysis of methods, procedures, policies at CGS building services. The information which I was provided by building services as far as “floor maps” dates back to 1979 (see p. 135) on link provided above for methods/procedures/policies documentation. In my opinion, maps that are 35 years old probably need to be updated. I suspect it is issues such as these which are contributing to many, many, many of the problems we are experiencing as a municipality when it comes to water, flooding, etc. issues.
D-In my opinion, we need to do a great deal more when it comes to flooding issues and poor water quality resulting from runoff. I would propose to take slush funds and allocate them to this issue.
E-I would vote against this. Unfortunately, businesses need electricity. Hydro-electric facilities are one of the best ways to provide that much needed electricity. Hydro-electric power is usually considered a pretty “green alternative” to the burning of say fossil fuels. A hydro-electric dam itself may not be as big an issue as pollution from industrial waste sites. Perhaps better containment of industrial toxins would be the key here. As we are all aware, discussions in matters pertaining to the Ring of Fire also involved a great deal of concern over the cost of electricity. We cannot grow as a community without cost effective sources of electricity and as such, we need to work toward a win-win for everyone here.

Ron Dupuis

Jeff Huska

First press conference held was about the quality of water in our lakes and how we as a city must preserve what we have.

Richard Majkot

Dan Melanson

A) Depends on the specific watershed involved and the size of the shoreline buffer being proposed.
C) Depends on the size of the development and location of the floodplain.
E) I would prefer to do more research before commenting.

Ed Pokonzie

Technology is now available locally that makes local runoff and sewage into reusable and safe sources of water. Technology is used in other jurisdictions to reclaim clean water and possibly a reusable energy source.

David Popescu

John Rodriguez


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