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Candidate nameWardWater Platform Statement
Matt Alexander Ward 1

"Ensure Responsible Shoreline Development
Adopt a Development Permit System to manage development of lakefront properties and direct new development to areas where environmental features won’t be impacted;

Reduce Run-off (and Landscaping Costs)
Install native-species rain gardens to reduce run-off into our stormwater system and reduce maintenance costs."

From http://electmattalexander.com/platform.html, last checked Sept. 22, 2014.

John Antonioni Ward 10

“Protect our fragile lakes and safeguard our drinking water supply”

From http://johnantonioni.ca/my-priorities/, last checked Aug. 30, 2014

Jean-Raymond Audet Mayor
Robin Auger Ward 7

"Something we should all be more conscious of but are not. It is my opinion that we should be limiting or regulating the motorized vehicles on Ramsey lake in the summer. Ramsey lake is the biggest source of drinking water in our city and it is very counterintuitive to allow several gas driven vehicles to run in the lake. No matter how efficient the motor is a gas powered water vehicle always leaves pollution in the water behind as well as emissions that go into the air. It is also my opinion that blue green algae will be one of the biggest problems to face our lakes as it has already shown how invasive and harmful it can be, we have to find a way to address this problem now before it becomes impossible to control."

From https://www.facebook.com/voterobinauger, last checked Sept. 2, 2014

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent) Ward 2
Aaron Beaudry Ward 9
Matt Belanger Ward 3
Joseph Berthelot Ward 5
Fernand Bidal Ward 6
Brian Bigger Mayor
Mike Bleskie Ward 11
Kevin Brault Ward 6
Jeanne Brohart Mayor
Tay Butt Ward 12
Fern Cormier Ward 10

“Fern believes that Ward 10 needs:
The protection of our lakes to be a top priority”

From http://www.voteferncormier.com/#!platform/c5ro, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

“it will be critical that protection of our watershed and the health of our lakes become a priority for the next edition of council

We need to fast-track the report on groundwater protection and put a system in place that will see all storm water treated before it enters our watershed and lakes.”

From http://www.voteferncormier.com/#!issue-statements/c2h5, last checked October 17, 2014

Francois Couture Ward 4
Michael Cullen Ward 8

"If we look at the previous spending of the Healthy Community Funds we have a very large discrepancy with spending on our local water. This must be reversed and set as a top priority. We actually have some real dollars for research and action."

From Position Statement

Gordon Drysdale Ward 7
Ron Dupuis Mayor
Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent) Ward 4
Denis Ferron Ward 1
Jesse Gaudet Ward 3

“Sudbury has so many majestic lakes and rivers.  That is why, if elected, I will strive to protect the numerous waterways and their ecosystems, the forests and ensuring that we are working to protect the environment we live in.

Completing watershed projects of our major lakes and rivers"

From http://www.jessegaudet.com/, last checked October 17, 2014.

Lin Gibson Ward 9

"Water is the cornerstone to life.  Ward 9 boasts over 50% of the lakes in our branded ‘City of Lakes’. Many residents depend on their lake or river water bodies for their drinking water which is NOT protected by the city.  However these same home owners pay hefty taxes to the City of Greater Sudbury.  As a committed water steward and Chair of the Greater Sudbury Drinking Water Source Protection Authority (mandated by the Ministry of Environment) my knowledge base on this important issue will strengthen the municipal need for better protection and practices to safeguard water intake for home owners dependent on private water sources in Ward 9 and other areas in our watersheds. "

From http://www.gibson4ward9.ca/#statement, last checked Sept. 3, 2014

"An involved citizen and constant volunteer with many groups across Sudbury, Gibson is a leading community advocate and has been a responsible guardian relating to our valued watershed."

from http://gibson4ward9.ca/, last checked July 3, 2014

Jeff Huska Mayor

"Protect Ramsey Lake as the City’s most important body of water.  Development around this is paramount"

from http://www.huskaformayor.com/index.php/vision-priorities, last checked July 14, 2014

"As Mayor, Jeff Huska will work in collaboration with the Sudbury and District Health Unit and our Vale Living with Lakes Center to further understand some of the main causes of Blue-Green Algae and more specifically what we can do to prevent it from destroying all of our lakes. Huska would be willing to institute bylaws that would prolong the longevity of our lakes if protecting our water systems means that there needs to be stronger municipal intervention."

from http://huskaformayor.com/index.php/mediacontent/press-releases/23-press-release/50-blue-green-algae-response-media-release-for-huska-for-mayor-campaign, last checked July 26, 2014

Mike Jakubo Ward 7

“Water is our most precious environmental resource and we must work as a entire City to protect it.  Ward 7 is home to our City's largest lake in Lake Wanapitei; a lake that also serves as the start of one of our two critical watersheds in the Wahnapitae River, leading to one of two water treatment plants.  Mike strongly believes that conservation of water must be respected in City planning and growth decisions. We are fortunate that our two main watersheds have not been compromised like Ramsay Lake has with its blue-green algae issues and only more education of residents will ensure the full success of any conservation strategy.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/sustainability.html, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

Terry Kett (Incumbent) Ward 11

"Improve stormwater collection for Minnow Lake"

Campaign flyer

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent) Ward 7
Robert Kirwan Ward 5

“We have a lot to be proud of in the “City of Lakes” and it bothers me when I see the blue-green algae springing up, and I hear about the increased pollution in our lakes and rivers. I am hopeful that during the next four years we can provide more support for the work being done by the Nickel District Conservation Authority. They have such a tremendous responsibility that goes much further than simply warning us about spring flooding.  The Conservation Authority must be given more funding and help to become much more significant in the development and establishment of policies with respect to our natural environment. I also want to provide support to the many small organizations that already exist in the twelve wards, such as the Valley East Trailsmen  and some of the local groups that work directly with the environment. These men and women have so much to provide us when it comes to improving the water quality in the area.

I also want to work with the schools to develop effective education programs for our students, and bring them to places like the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area where we can shape positive attitudes in the area of protecting our natural environment in order to sustain our quality of water and our quality of life in the Greater Sudbury Area.”

from http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Issues/WaterQuality.html, last checked July 31, 2014

Mathieu Labonté Ward 1
Vincent Lacroix Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent) Ward 12


“- Advocate for a sustainable site plan policy for construction/development best practices, responsible storm-water mgt. LIDS - low impact development and local energy efficiency programs.

-Support initiatives to protect our lakes , drinking water and natural greenspaces/natural heritage-mountaintops.”

From http://www.landry-altmann.ca/results.html, last checked Sept. 5, 2014

“- Prioritizing Junction Creek Study timeline, funding and implementation.”

From  http://www.landry-altmann.ca/action.html last checked Sept. 5, 2014


René Lapierre Ward 6
Richard Larcher Ward 5
Kerry Latham Ward 8
Paul Lefebvre Ward 4
Les Lisk Ward 9

"Protect Wahnapitae River,Richard,McFarlane and Long Lake watersheds."

from http://leslisk.com/, last checked July 2, 2014

John Lundrigan Ward 5

Water Quality
"When it comes to our drinking water I believe we must exceed the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality prepared by Health Canada. Meeting and going above these standard guidelines reduces the risk of illnesses that may be attributed to public water supplies. Understanding our fragile water ecosystem will allow us to make smarter and more resilient decisions on how to protect them for the enjoyment and use of future generations.

I will commit to following the recommendations found in the Nickel District Conservation Authority’s source protection plan. This will better protect sensitive ground waters including the deep wells which provide drinking water to Valley East residents.

I will commit to help develop a watershed plan for the city’s most sensitive lakes, including Ramsey Lake and Whitewater Lake.

I will commit to working with community partners like the Junction Creek stewardship committee and others to keep our lakeshores and waterways clean and free of urban debris."

from http://johnlundrigan.ca/hot-topic-issues/ Aug. 5, 2014

Wyman MacKinnon Ward 9
Kent MacNeill Ward 5
Richard Majkot Mayor
Robert McCarthy Ward 12
Deb McIntosh Ward 9

"Water is one of our greatest resources; we will be proactive in protecting our lakes and rivers, and work with Laurentian’s Living with Lakes Centre, the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and its associated groups as well as the people who live near our waterways"

from http://debmcintosh.ca/, last checked July 2, 2014

Dan Melanson Mayor

“As Mayor, Melanson will propose that immediate protective measures and continued research into future measures that protect Ramsey Lake and the watershed be fully funded”
“As part of the Melanson infrastructure renewal and municipal bond strategy, funding will be available to tackle these pressing infrastructure needs.”

“Those citizens who live in the suburban and rural areas of Greater Sudbury who are not serviced by the sanitary sewer system have the added responsibility of ensuring the proper operation of their septic systems. It is in everyone's best interest to ensure these septic systems are functioning properly and not leaking into our waterways. To this end Melanson proposes mandatory, periodic inspection and recertification of residential septic systems.”

From http://www.danmelanson.ca/index.php/mediacontent/media-releases/41-sudbury-can-t-wait-another-50-years-to-ensure-its-watersheds-are-clean, last checked Sept. 11, 2014

Gerry Germain Montpellier Ward 3

"Gerry pledges to:
- Work with the Fish & Game Associations to help preserve our lakes and wilderness"

from http://www.votegerrymontpellier.ca/election.php, last checked August 14, 2014

Marcel Montpellier Ward 3
Chris Nerpin Ward 11
Chad Odnokon Ward 2

"It is well known that Sudbury is home to many lakes and wetlands. I believe that we must protect our lake. Since this, I fully support the Long Lake Stewardship Committee, that works hard to protect our lakes."

From http://chadodnokon.com, last checked July 8, 2014

Shawn Ouimet Ward 12

“Finding cost effective ways of cleaning our waterways and revitalizing our parks.”

From http://www.shawnouimet.ca/taking_action2.html, last checked Sept. 18, 2014.

Joseph Palmateer Ward 2
Gerry Perras Ward 8
Hannu Piironen Ward 10

"The protection of our lakes, rivers and streams is not only important for our recreation and the beauty of our City, but is of extreme importance to the preservation of our drinking water. There are some specific things that the City can control with regard to source water protection, including looking at efficient ways of managing storm sewer drainage. We also need to develop an effective way of monitoring the phosphorous in our lakes as we move toward the densification of the city core."

From http://hannu.ca/campaign-statement/, last checked July 10, 2014

"Include storm water run-off in all planning. Increase the use of natural filtration systems. Frequently inspect septic systems. Demand full disclosure regarding the toxins being transported through the community, especially by train along Ramsey Lake, and develop a plan to deal with potential environmental catastrophes.  "

From flyer (pdf provided by candidate)

Ed Pokonzie Mayor

A clean and or/protected environment is necessary to protect our water quality

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

David Popescu Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8

"My commitment is to:  focus on the protection our Lakes, and development of the Northern Water Sports Centre"

From http://www.stefano-ward8.com/priorities.html, last checked August 12, 2014.

Walter Prus Ward 7
Lynne Reynolds Ward 11

"Here is my record of accomplishments as your former Councillor when it comes to being ‘good and green’:

Ensured that proper storm water management was included in any new developments

In favour of watershed scrubbing feasibility study for our city’s lakes

Key role in installation of Minnow Lake Fountain to oxygenate lake"

From http://lynnereynolds.ca/2014/10/02/yes-its-easy-being-green/, last checked October 16, 2014

Steve Ripley Ward 10

"Reintroduce more native fish species to Ramsey Lake,that have been lost to past overfishing and pollution to help improve the lakes health and attract more sportsmen to the city."

"Introduction of a bylaw restricting 2 stroke outboards from Ramsey Lake to eliminate a prime pollution source from one of Sudbury's major sources of drinking water and recreation."

from http://www.steveripley.ca/detailed-platform.html, last checked July 26, 2014

André Rivest (Incumbent) Ward 6
John Rodriguez Mayor

“long-term vision that will protect our parks, lakes, and rivers, including Wolf Lake.”

“Mitigate discharge from raw sewer and storm sewer overflows into lakes and rivers"

“ committed to supporting the work of local environmental groups such as the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Eat Local, and the many lake stewardship committees”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

"Ensure the protection of our lakes and rivers."

From http://www.johnrodriguez.ca/plan, last checked October 16, 2014

Sidney Shapiro Ward 1
Mark Signoretti Ward 1
Al Sizer Ward 8
Paul Soucie Ward 1

“ensure that our lakes and waterways are protected”

From http://www.votepaulsoucieward1.com/#!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014 

Chris Spry Ward 1
Paul Stopciati Ward 9

"Working closely with the Long Lake and McFarlane Lake stewardship committees to protect the environment in our ward and our city"

from http://www.electpaulstopciati.com/platform.html, last checked July 3, 2014

Will Thomson Ward 9

"Future economic growth is critical to Greater Sudbury’s success and environmental factors must always be given equal consideration in this development. The wise use of our forests, the protection of our many lakes, wildlife management, and the continued re-greening of our city are critical initiatives for all of us."

from http://www.will4ward9.com/#!platform/c1ca7, last checked July 26, 2014

Thomas Trainor Ward 1
Michael Vagnini Ward 2
Mila Wong Ward 10
Dan Xilon Ward 2
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