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Candidate Name René Lapierre (incumbent)
Ward Ward 6
Candidate Info

Phone: 705-923-5669
Email: rene.lapierre@greatersudbury.ca
Website: https://renelapierre.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rene.lapierre.52
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 would like to continue working with the pace that the current council has taken on. The accomplishments we together as a group have been able to move forward have been excellent. I want to continue making Greater Sudbury a better place to live work and play for everyone

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:
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:
most 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?
As the City is 100% shareholder of Sudbury Hydro I would like to support working with them to install charging stations for electric cars. The more charging station we have the more people may purchase these types of vehicles. The other is to solicit a bicycle sharing company that provides a pick up/drop off bicycle rental system across CGS. These are being used in many other municipalities and is working well. The more we encourage the use of other methods of transportation the less cars are on the road.

5. What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?
I believe the improvement that have been made in the last four years have been excellent. I think there is always room for improvements. Better us of technology would be one area, that could maximize community involvement. Encourage and promote the advisory panels to council with presentations of their roles, and whenever possible have an increased presence at large public event to share information and updates face to face with residents who attend these events.

6. What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?
We must ensure that our drinking water is protected as well as better understand how the watershed systems affect the city as a whole. Promote the update of our planning and construction policies to include a watershed analysis lens, as well as assess the use of salt on our roads during the winter months.

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 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:
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.
I would be happy to lead this conversation. Much must be done to controle the use of this type of plastic especially considering many of them are not recyclable. The provincial government is implimenting many changes to recyclable and I think this is a great opportunity to start the conversation to ensure these types of plastics are at the forefront.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide feedback and answer your questions. I look forward to the great work the City and it`s partners can do to improve the lives of the residents.

Platform Statements

Climate Change
No information provided or found.

Community Engagement

“Improve customer service through the 311 system at Tom Davis square.“
From https://renelapierre.ca/platform, checked October 12, 2018

Environment and Water

“Develop the Centennial arena lands into a “Terry Fox” style baseball complex.” “Continue to increase, water main preventative maintenance repairs.” “I will ensure to enhance the walking trails at Howard Armstrong. Ensure to adopt the non-official section of trail into official trails, make the enitre trail fully accessible ( AODA accessibility standards) so everyone can use them, and integrate this work simultaneously as the City proceeds with the development of a twin pad arena facility.”
From https://renelapierre.ca/platform, checked October 12, 2018

No information provided or found.

Sustainable Transportation

“Continue to work toward a speed reduction solution for Elmview drive”
From https://renelapierre.ca/platform, checked October 12, 2018


Equity: “Work with various stakeholders to increase the amount of affordable housing for seniors”

From https://renelapierre.ca/platform, checked October 12, 2018