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Candidate Name Robert Kirwan (incumbent)
Ward Ward 5
Candidate Info

Phone:  705-929-2778
Email: robert.kirwan@greatersudbury.ca
Website: http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Kirwan%20Robert.htm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobertKirwanWard5/
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?

I want to continue to develop and implement many of the policies and master plans that we were able to prepare during the past term. We have laid the groundwork for the future and it is important that we now have a chance to complete what we started.

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:
most important
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?
I will look for ways of reducing my use of vehicles and will advocate for initiatives that look towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the coming years.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I will continue to support strategies that are requested by staff for citizen engagement. Our staff are very committed to encouraging public input for all initiatives. As a council, we are encouraging citizen-led proposals for community improvements and opportunities to work in partnership with the general public.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
I will continue to support recommendations from staff that are needed to protect our lakes, rivers and creeks. Staff are well aware of the latest strategies and it is important for Council to give them the support to do what they feel is most effective.

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 champion that
c) Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting:
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 champion that
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.
I am always willing to take part in any conversation that members of the public would like to have with this issue.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for taking on this initiative.

Platform Statements

Climate Change
No information provided or found.

Community Engagement

“We need to be doing more to empower neighbourhood associations so that they can help bring back that good old spirit that existed in the 50’s and 60’s where neighbours knew each other and were more engaged in activities that improved the quality of life for everyone in the area.”
From http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Kirwan%20Robert.htm and https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobertKirwanWard5/permalink/466220417191695/, checked September 7, 2018

Environment and Water

I am in full support of using the 28 acre parcel of undeveloped land at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre for a new twin-pad multi-purpose facility and a 20 acre waling/hiking/nature trail network that will be accessible for all of our residents.” “I intend to continue to make this (a 3rd ball field to the Centennial Park Complex) a part of the total package that includes the twin – pad multi use arena at the HARC so that when we close Centennial, we repurpose the entire park and make it like another Terry Fox complex for the northern sector of Greater Sudbury.”

From http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Kirwan%20Robert.htm and https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobertKirwanWard5/permalink/466220417191695/, checked September 7, 2018

No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation

“I know that a lot of my Sudbury constituents use public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward. We need a better service that is even more affordable.”
From http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Kirwan%20Robert.htm checked October 12, 2018


Quality of life: “Ryan Heights now has one of the nicest playgrounds in the city and I want to help upgrade the rest of the playgrounds in Sudbury’s Ward 5.”

Equity: “Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council.” “I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness.”

Arts and Culture/Downtown: “Place des Arts is not a luxury. We have such an opportunity to transform the downtown with the arts and culture facilities that we have approved for development over the next five years. I think arts and culture are part of this city’s heritage and we need to continue to invest in their future as much as we invest in sports and recreation.” “I am still very much in support of Place des Arts. I am also very much in support of continuing to develop the library, the art gallery, the convention & performance centre, the new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, the Brady Green Stairs project, the Tom Davies courtyard renewal, and the Sudbury Theatre Centre. All of this, including the Laurentian School of Architecture will give the downtown the kind of character and image that it deserves.”

Kingsway Entertainment District and Arena/Downtown:I have supported the Kingsway Entertainment District from the beginning because it became obvious to me that we would be able to use the arena / event centre to generate enough new commercial taxes and an increased share of revenue from Gateway Casinos to cover the cost of the new arena / event centre. In fact, as the 120 acres surrounding the KED develops, the City will end up earning far more in new revenue that it is going to cost to put up the arena. This is a great return on investment for the Corporation of the City of Greater Sudbury.” “Gateway Casinos is an integral part of the Kingsway Entertainment District.”

From http://www.valleyeasttoday.ca/Election%202014/Kirwan%20Robert.htm checked October 12 and https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobertKirwanWard5/permalink/466220417191695/, checked September 7, 2018