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Candidate Name Bill Crumplin
Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-674-1785
Email: bill.crumplin@gmail.com
Website: https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Crumplin-for-Mayor-2119928871612263/
Twitter: @BillCrumplin
Read survey response and relevant platform statements.

Survey Responses

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

Aside from improving roads and keeping taxes as low as possible, I want to retain our youth and attract other energic and educated young adults to our City. I will work with Council, City staff and other informed citizens to enhance the services and infrastructure needed to support the continued development of career 21st Century jobs in high tech, education, health and industry. I will honour our seniors. I will work with Council to implement a deferred municipal tax plan so that qualified senior and ODSP home owners can be assured that their taxes will not increase while they remain in their homes. Lastly, I want to make municipal government and its decisions open and transparent. It is critical to me that major decisions must be made based on evidence, full and open costing and seriously consult all stakeholders especially those who will likely be the most impacted by decisions.

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:
very 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:
most 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?
Personally, this summer I installed a 4.8 KW photovoltaic Solar System on my home. I also take Sudbury Transit to work at least 90% of the time. As Mayor, I will ask staff to complete a cost-benefit analysis for installing alternative energy generation on new municipal buildings or anytime a major renovation is considered for an existing one. I would work with City employees to encourage their use of alternative means to commute. I would like to develop a way to estimate the amount of Green House Gas (GHGs) emissions that the City generates on a regular basis. I would seek data from Sudbury Hydro and fossil fuel distributors that could be used to estimate the GHGs. This could assist in target setting and GHGs reduction. It could be encouraging for residents to see reductions reported in the media the way some currently watch the TSX and Nasdaq indices.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
One thing that I will do as Mayor is move some Council meetings to hold them in our outlying communities. I see this as bringing government to citizens and feel that this might encourage meaningful participation in decisions. I would also insist that major decisions and policy changes involve all stakeholders, including residents that could be affected by such decisions and relevant citizen led groups, from the very beginning. While this might slow final decisions down, I feel it is imperative in developing consensus. I think we learned much as a City along this line watching the political, economic and social fallout associated with the ferro-chrome smelter issue.

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

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 champion that
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 champion that
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 champion that

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 champion that
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 champion that
c) Greater Sudbury Food Strategy:
I will vote in favour
d) Subwatershed studies and plans.; Water and Wastewater Master Plan:
I will champion that

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.
As Mayor, I would champion the elimination of single use plastic in our City. For example, I would ask staff to investigate the bans on plastic bags that other cities have implemented with the goal of having Council support such a ban here. I would also work with schools and students at all levels to identify and implement ways to seriously reduce or eliminate plastic from everyday life and to publicly acknowledge schools and businesses that meet such targets. I would also insist that Council lead by example and ban the use of all single use plastic from all Council and Committee meetings. I would work with City staff to identify ways to eliminate the use of single use plastic everywhere at City Hall.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have lived in several cities in 3 different provinces and feel that Sudbury has been very good to me. I have found it to be a very friendly place, one that rivals the friendliness of Newfoundland where I also lived. I love it here and would like the opportunity to help it thrive. I feel I have many strengths to offer, such as my knowledge of urban development and design, my abilities to listen and communicate well and the passion I have for life, fun and friendship. I am a relationship builder and I know that it takes time to develop trust and I am prepared to dedicate time to build trust and consensus. I also happen to be an ice-hockey goaltender. I have learned much from this that transfers well to life outside the rink. To me, this means I know what it is to be part of a team while also being the last line of defense.

Platform Statements

Climate Change

“In light of our changing weather patterns and climate change impacts, I will champion merging bio-engineering with traditional methods to handle storm water”
“We must prioritise renewing our existing infrastructure with the needs of citizens and our changing environment over the next 50+ years in mind.”
“I will champion partnerships with Greater Sudbury Utilities and industry to explore energy generation options, like using heat from below surface mines to produce geo-thermal electricity and other alternative forms of energy.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/mayoral-platform/, checked October 12, 2018

Community Engagement

“I will hold myself and Council responsible for having respectful interactions within and between Council, Management, Staff and Citizens. I will ensure that our Charter and a Code of Ethics is followed.”
“Investigate and implement when and where possible, holding Council Meetings in various communities of Greater Sudbury. This will allow me and Council to better understand the city-wide implications of our decisions.
To create trust and true openness I will implement a publicly available Lobbyist Registry for firms or individuals that meet with myself or members of Council.  This will allow for more transparency and accountability for citizens and Councillors alike.
In addition to modifying the 311 service to link point of contact staff to callers and allow staff to call back if need be, I will work with senior management to establish one Official City electronic platform that allows citizen input on matters of interest. Citizens will know that there exists an official and open form of communicating with Council.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/mayoral-platform/, checked October 12, 2018

Environment and Water

“I will insist on improving water protection and include lake and river stewardship organizations and Vale Living With Lakes to assist in improving water quality.  This will also include pursuing safe and affordable substitutes for winter salt.” “In light of our changing weather patterns and climate change impacts, I will champion merging bio-engineering with traditional methods to handle storm water”
“I will personally promote our lifestyle: our nature, lakes, arts and culture, diversity and, of course, our sports facilities that are all easily assessible.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/mayoral-platform/, checked October 12, 2018

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Sustainable Transportation

“As a regular user of transit, I know first-hand that we must seek innovative ways to increase its use while addressing transit operator safety. “
“I will insist that we repair and maintain our existing roads before considering major new ones.”
From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/mayoral-platform/, checked October 12, 2018


Equity:  “I will work with or without senior levels of government to sponsor safe injection sites.”
“I will, with the Planning Department, explore using Transferable Development Rights to encourage developers to supply low-income, rental and entry level housing to be built in areas of need and to identify areas for “tiny homes”, a housing solution that has become very popular in other communities. In addition, I will work with Council and the Planning Department to permit in-law suites and small in-home businesses, along with allowing for neighbourhood convenience stores and services where infrastructure is in place.”

Downtown: “I will champion the Elgin Greenway development and a unique area within our urban core that will be attractive for shopping, entertainment, socializing, walking and biking. I will work with businesses to pursue the creation of a pedestrian market downtown (along the lines of the By Ward Market in Ottawa), perhaps along Durham Street, and allow cafes, patios, and sidewalk sales. Similar investments need to be made in all of our community downtowns and main streets where desirable. “
“I would open discussions with CP Rail to move the rail yard from downtown”
“As Mayor I will insist on an enhanced presence of our social services, the Health Unit and police to assist homeless and drug addicts improve their lives while making our downtown a safe and welcoming environment for all.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena: “I oppose the KED and casino development for economic and urban design reasons.”

Other: “I will listen to the advice of senior staff and professional consultants and follow it when such advice be in the best interest of the greater good of our City.”

From https://billcrumplinformayor.ca/mayoral-platform/, checked October 12, 2018