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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]

Climate Change action and resilience.

Candidate namequestion_2d
Brian Bigger (incumbent) very important
Cody Cacciotti very important
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin very important
Jeff Huska most important
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson important
Patricia Mills very important
Rodney Newton very important
J. David Popescu very important
Bill Sanders important

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”]

Energy and emissions plan;  Climate change adaptation plan.  

Candidate namequestion_8a
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will champion that
Cody Cacciotti I will vote in favour
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin I will champion that
Jeff Huska I will champion that
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson I will vote in favour
Patricia Mills I will champion that
Rodney Newton I will vote in favour
J. David Popescu I will vote in favour
Bill Sanders I will champion that

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?


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?

Candidate namequestion_4
Brian Bigger (incumbent) We’re already seeing less pollution and more energy efficient vehicles in transit and the City’s fleet. I’d like to see the City explore and implement more solar options for buildings, LED street lighting and consider zero pollution vehicles where it works. I will continue to promote long term resiliency through investment in municipal drain systems, flood control systems and stormwater management system priorities.
Cody Cacciotti I believe Greater Sudbury must continue its quest to be a green city. I have been an advocate during my time at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre for implementing additional green space and improving urban forestry throughout downtown cores. We must continue to work on our public transit system to maximize ridership and ensure that the service is meeting the needs and requirements of our citizens. We must continue to invest in proper infrastructure to encourage the use of non-motorised forms of transportation.
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin 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.
Jeff Huska Promote walking, cycling and public transit, offer car pooling parking lots in surrounding areas free of charge to entice group travel, promote recycling and re-using, promote local produce, promote families moving towards energy efficient appliance
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson I will ensure that, as a city, we will actively participate in any provincial and federal programs that address carbon dioxide emissions.
Patricia Mills The City of Greater Sudbury is currently preparing a full Community Energy and Emissions Plan, supported by key stakeholders and experts. The CEEP will set out real baselines, key goals and recommendations for action. I will ensure this plan isn't allowed to sit on a shelf as previous plans have, and will work with council to make changes throughout the city administration, in our fleet, in our facilities, in our day-to-day operations to reduce energy use and emissions. Under my leadership, the city will engage and support residents and businesses for seeking the same goals. Moving quickly to make change is only way to have impact and avoid catastrophic climate change. Adapting to the impacts of climate change will challenge us through my terms in office and beyond. Ensuring our economy, our natural environment, and our quality life is protected through this period of change will require planning, and a long term commitment.
Rodney Newton trying to encourage multi car families to carpool together and encourage public transportation
J. David Popescu Carbon dioxide is a red herring, extra carbon dioxide helped South American jungle forests grow better when adjoining jungle was slashed and burnt. Concerning Sudbury's climate change: as our sin increases God makes more havoc of our climate.
Bill Sanders Work with all the communities in Northern Ontario to establish our own emission protocol. It has to be done together.

Platform statements

Candidate nameClimate Change
Brian Bigger (incumbent)
Cody Cacciotti
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin

“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, checked October 12, 2018

Jeff Huska
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson
Patricia Mills

We will explore the use of green technology and extend our environmental leadership footprint.
From, checked October 12, 2018.

Rodney Newton
J. David Popescu
Bill Sanders

“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.