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Candidate Name Don Roy
Ward Ward 4
Candidate Info

Phone:  705-690-7734
Email: roydonald@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Don-Roy-for-Ward-4Quartier-4-639140423132627/
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Survey Responses

1. If you are elected, what do you most want to accomplish during this term of Council?

The road infrastructure is in desperate need for improvement and it seems to be the most important citizen’s concern that I am hearing as I go door to door. This issue is what I would most want to accomplish and also realize that it may not be solved in a 4 year term, however together as a council, we must develop a plan that would address this situation going forward. Some of the roads in Ward 4, have not been upgraded since the early ‘70s.

2. 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]
a) Supporting a sustainable local food system:
very important
b) Protecting and improving water quality and the natural environment:
most important
c) Making it safer and more convenient to get around the City on foot or with a mobility device, by bike, or on the bus:
very important
d) Climate Change action and resilience:
very important
e) Transparency and citizen engagement:
very important
f) Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at a local level:
very important
g) Equity, and a life of dignity for all:
very important
h) Economic development:
very important

3. The Paris Climate Agreement is a commitment to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels,” to avoid unacceptable risks to humanity. To reach this goal, carbon emissions must peak by the year by 2020 at the latest – during the next term of Council.

On a scale of 1 – 10, what is your level of concern about climate change, with 10 being the highest?

4. What will you do to reduce local carbon dioxide emissions and increase Greater Sudbury’s resilience to climate change in our natural and built environment?
Energy and emissions planning incorporates many dimensions of municipal planning, and requires the involvement of multiple city government departments, stakeholders and communities, with particular attention to marginalized groups, in all phases of planning and implementation. Successful low carbon community transition requires grassroots citizen involvement and financial investment (municipality + private sector). Active citizen, household, business and investor engagement is the best route to successful energy and emissions action implementation. My climate action planning is to look further into our community engagement strategies and processes such as the Energy Utilities, Transit Authorities, Engineering Infrastructure, Economic Development, Land-use Planning and Equity and how we as a community can adapt and participate so that we may live in a better local and worldwide environment.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
Once elected, it will be my full time obligation, as counselor of Ward 4, to ensure that all decisions are based in the best interest of my citizens as well as the entire municipality of the City of Greater Sudbury. Citizen engagement will provide municipality a mean of incorporating citizen values, interests and needs. Involving citizens in policy or program development, from agenda setting and planning to decision-making implementation and review will require two-way communication among citizens, with city officials as myself, and among community groups where together we can aim and share the power and responsibility for those decisions by generating innovative ideas and active community participation. I will work diligently to stay involved directly with the Citizen Action Network program and ensure that the community concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and voiced at City Hall.

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

7. 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]
a) Creating a minimum grid of safe connected cycling routes across the city during this term of Council:
I will vote in favour
b) Providing staff to support food initiatives such as community gardens:
I will vote in favour
c) Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting:
I will vote in favour
d) Educating private contractors and the public on the harmful effects of sodium and chloride on the environment and human health and finding alternatives:
I will vote in favour

8. 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]
a) Energy and emissions plan; Climate change adaptation plan:
I will vote in favour
b) Transit action plan; Transit Master Plan; Transportation Demand Management Plan; Complete Streets Policy; Road Safety Audit; Sidewalk Priority Index; sustainable transportation elements of the Transportation Master Plan:
I will vote in favour
c) Greater Sudbury Food Strategy:
I will vote in favour
d) Subwatershed studies and plans.; Water and Wastewater Master Plan:
I will vote in favour

9. What (if any) steps are you going to take to tackle the use of disposable single-use plastics within our city? Are you willing to lead the way by having a conversation about it?
This question was chosen by the public using a ranked ballot process, from among the list of questions submitted by citizens.
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. These toxic chemicals are now being found in our bloodstream. And the latest research has linked them to cancer, infertility, birth defects, impaired immunity and many other ailments. We produce hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year, most of which cannot be recycled. It’s obvious that we need to use less plastic, move towards sustainable products and services and come up with technology that recycles plastic more efficiently. An estimated 480 billion plastic water bottles are purchased around the world each year and as many as one trillion plastic bags. Fewer than one-tenth of them are recycled. Four Canadian municipalities have individually taken action, including the small town of Leaf Rapids, Man., which in 2007 became the first city or town in North America to ban plastic bags. This could be the beginning of our contribution as a community, in making a difference and engaging towards this serious matter of the use of disposable single-use plastic. I would like to introduce a CHECKOUT BAG REGULATION Bylaw within the City of Greater Sudbury. This would regulate the business use of single use checkout bags in order to reduce the creation of waste and associated municipal costs, to better steward municipal property, including sewers, streets and parks, and to promote responsible and sustainable business practices that are consistent with the values of the community. This new bylaw would reduce plastic bag litter and waste in our community and our landfill. Businesses could provide paper checkout bags and reusable checkout bags for a minimum charge accordingly. I would definitely be willing to lead the way by having a conversation about this.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Platform Statements

Climate Change
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Community Engagement
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Environment and Water
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Sustainable Transportation
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