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Candidate Name Bill Sanders
Ward Mayor
Candidate Info

Email: billsandersformayor@gmail.com
Platform: click here
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bill.formayor.35
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?

Fiscal Stability Stable Infrastructure The top place to live in Ontario

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:
d) Climate Change action and resilience:
e) Transparency and citizen engagement:
most important
f) Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations at a local level:
most important
g) Equity, and a life of dignity for all:
most important
h) Economic development:
most 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?
Work with all the communities in Northern Ontario to establish our own emission protocol. It has to be done together.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
Engagement begins with the councillors. They are the direct link to the people. I will work with the council to facilitate citizen engagement. I support citizen-led community improvements. I believe strongly in everyone taking ownership. Its something that always guided how I approach projects and it is very successful.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
Education. Pure and simple. Common-sense. The lakes of our region are our greatest assets. It starts with education and is followed with vigilant monitoring. I have a cottage on a lake which we as a family have been the caretakers of for the last fifty years. Again ownership and common-sense.

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 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 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 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 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.
The time to change is now. I don't get it. We discover harmful things all the time and implement change. Step 1 EDUCATION Step 2 EDUCTION Step 3 EDUCATION The next step is elementary. Yes I would love to have a conversation about it.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I was on Manitoulin this summer. I had not been on the Island for a few years. I saw the titan windmills and I was immediately struck as to why we are not a leader in these renewable energies. Are we not the sunniest city in Canada? Why are we not providing incentives to citizens to solar or wind up . Are we not the windy city of Northern Ontario. More needs to be done. We need to attract that technology and those companies to our city. We need to be the power house (pardon the pun) that every other community relies on.

Platform Statements

Climate Change

“While recognizing dramatic shifts in climate change : We need protect our watershed and develop land in a responsible and sustainable manner; We need to grow and adapt to a new green economy; We need to explore and support sustainable renewable energy alternatives; We need everyone involved in this process. The entire community has to come together for the sake of our future.”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.  

Community Engagement

“The key to a successful city is its transparency and its ability to include everyone in its decision-making. To that end : We need to listen to the people, the experts the consultants and act on that advice; We need to create a culture that sees information not as the power to control, but as an invitation to get involved.”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.  

Environment and Water

“While recognizing dramatic shifts in climate change : We need protect our watershed and develop land in a responsible and sustainable manner”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.

No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation
No information provided or found.


Arts and culture:We need to invest in the film industry in paving the way for large film studios to build in Sudbury. The old arena just can’t do the job.” “In order to maintain and nurture this (Sudbury’s) cultural diversity : We need to focus on downtown Sudbury as the Entertainment District of the North; Continue to support our great sporting teams and events; Celebrate the diversity of our culture, heritage and character.”

Downtown: “Projects of this magnitude (performing arts center and art gallery) can be realized with corporate sponsorship and alternative streams of revenue. Truthfully its ridiculous to even consider an arts complex without alternative streams of revenue.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena: “If an arena is built its built with private money and the city will support that project 100 per cent.”

Indigeneous Issues : “Consult with the elders and experts in our First Nations and metis communities and explore ways and ideas and projects that would be mutually beneficial and not exploitive.”

From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.