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Compare what the candidates had to say about sustainable transportation, water and natural environment, local food, citizen engagement, climate change.

Survey responses

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]

Transparency and citizen engagement.

Candidate namequestion_2eWard
Brian Bigger (incumbent) very important Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland most important Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) most important Ward 5
René Lapierre (incumbent) most important Ward 6
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) most important Ward 7
Al Sizer (incumbent) most important Ward 8
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) very important Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) most important Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) most important Ward 12

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”]

Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting.

Candidate namequestion_7cWard
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will vote in favour Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland Unsure Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) Unsure Ward 5
René Lapierre (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 6
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 7
Al Sizer (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 8
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) I will vote in favour Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 12

What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?

Candidate namequestion_5Ward
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I’m out there listening to people at every event I attend. And that’s a lot. We already have a lot of sessions and official opportunities for dialogue already. But I also urge citizens to call their local representative, contact my office, show up and be heard at public meetings - engagement is a two way street. Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland I will work with citizens who are making community improvements to facilitate their work in whatever way I can. I will also work to ensure that communication from council about policies and decisions is clear and concise, and try to maintain an open dialogue with citizens where engagement and questioning is encouraged. Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) 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. Ward 5
René Lapierre (incumbent) 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. Ward 6
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Continue to release public agenda material a week in advance of meetings. Continue to support citizen-led initiatives as I have for the last 4 years both by gaining support from all of council in budget motions or through ensuring that funds continue to be available for neighbourhood capital projects. Ward 7
Al Sizer (incumbent) Firstly, in Ward 8 I have inherited a very active Community Action Network and I will continue to support initiatives and dialogue from this forum. I continue to push for a better method of communicating with our residents what plans Council are contemplating. Although not quite there yet, I do support more use or more options for Public Information Sessions regarding planned projects. Included in that is a robust complaint response system which clearly provides residents with the status of their request made to the various city departments. I am also of the strong opinion that voicing suggestions to your elected representatives should provide an avenue for further discussion. Ward 8
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will continue to work with the multiple citizen led organizations working in and for Greater Sudbury: Community Action Networks, Lake Advisory Panels, Active Transportation advocacy groups, playground associations, community centres and legions along with the individual resident who calls or writes with a concern or an idea. Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) It is worth reviewing our citizen engagement methods. I would like to see city administration tap into the expertise that exists within our community in order to improve the engagement process. It is important that people be heard but just as important is that they see their suggestions and ideas reflected in the decisions that are recommended to Council. Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I am a great believer in community consultation and have implemented community discussion whenever and wherever possible, consistently in the past 12 years.It has been my guide for better decision making.I have found that the most successful meaningful citizen engagement has been when staff and the community get together.Residents have the opportunity to voice their concerns and staff get the opportunity to familiarize and understand these concerns first hand..It has makes for a better outcome. Over the years,I have helped 3 CANs(Uptown,Flour Mill and New Sudbury)get started in the Ward-through volunteer participation of course, with the purpose of community consultaion and engagement in mind.Together we have acoomplished many good projects and addressed local concerns. Lately,the Primeauvillle designation project is a good example of a community coming together,We first got together in August of 2017.The resident expressed their concerns to staff and support agencies. We formulated a plan ,and got things done resulting in a neighborhood that is stronger,friendlier and saferand a lovely historic mural Primeauville to commemorate the work done. .Save our Mountain is another example .as is Junction Creek study:public meetings with staff in areas most affected . Another good example is when I initiated a motion to have the transportation master plan come back for further public consultation post first draft.(2016) and it did.Recommendations were improved. I will continue consulting with the residents as I always have. Ward 12

Platform statements

Candidate nameWardCommunity Engagement
Brian Bigger (incumbent) Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) Ward 5

“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

René Lapierre (incumbent) Ward 6

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

Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Ward 7

Communicate and work with the Ward’s community groups and not-for-profits to tackle important issues & accomplish meaningful projects for Ward 7.” “Continue to be the most accessible and open Councillor I can be being able to be reached by phone or e-mail, or on Facebook and Twitter.” “Work towards establishing a Youth Advisory Panel which can take a closer look at the ever evolving issues impacting our young population including youth out-migration, engagement & volunteerism, and risks & support.”

From http://www.mikejakubo.ca/priorities.htmlchecked September 7, 2018

Al Sizer (incumbent) Ward 8

Take responsibility for decisions made at the Council table and ensure that “Best Practice” processes are integral to all City projects.” “Ensure all decision- making is open, transparent, accessible to review by all taxpayers.”
From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018

Deb McIntosh (incumbent) Ward 9

“Maintain an Auditor General office and an Integrity Commissioner that keep the municipality and Council accountable and fiscally transparent.” “As part of the City’s Open Public Data policy we will continue to make data sets and information available to support citizens and community groups and to enhance economic opportunities.”
From http://debmcintosh.ca, checked September 9, 2018.

Fern Cormier (incumbent) Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) Ward 12