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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]

Protecting and improving water quality and the natural environment.

Candidate namequestion_2bWard
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) most important Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) very 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”]

Educating private contractors and the public on the harmful effects of sodium and chloride on the environment and human health and finding alternatives .

Candidate namequestion_7dWard
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will champion that Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland I will vote in favour Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) I will champion that 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 champion that Ward 8
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 12

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”]

Subwatershed studies and plans;  Water and Wastewater Master Plan. 

Candidate namequestion_8dWard
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will champion that Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland I will vote in favour Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) I will champion that 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 champion that Ward 8
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) I will champion that Ward 12

What will you do ensure that the health of Greater Sudbury’s lakes, rivers and creeks are protected and enhanced?

Candidate namequestion_6Ward
Brian Bigger (incumbent) As your mayor, I advocated successfully for provincial funding to allow the city to proceed on watershed and subwatershed studies that had been on the shelf since 2006. These studies will allow us to effectively prioritize the work to be done in our community. I have already started the same conversation with the current government, and I can proudly say that The City of Greater Sudbury’s is viewed as a leader in these efforts across the province. We also need to watch what’s currently going on the roads, on the grass to make sure that doesn’t find its way to water. We also need to keep working with experts at the Living With Lakes Centre regarding the causes of blue green algae and how we all need to work together to minimize the danger of those blooms. Protecting our water is an important part of every consideration when planning, developing and building in Greater Sudbury. I am also very aware that there are often a number of ways to achieve desired results. Mayor
Mark Signoretti (incumbent) Ward 1
Michael Vagnini (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 2
Gerry Germain Montpellier (incumbent - acclaimed) Ward 3
Geoff McCausland I will work to make sure that regulations made to protect our lakes, rivers and creeks are enforced, and that city staff are keeping our standards up-to-date with other progressive communities. Ward 4
Robert Kirwan (incumbent) 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. Ward 5
René Lapierre (incumbent) 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. Ward 6
Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Uphold the enhanced waterfront development provisions and requirements in our updated Official Plan. Ward 7
Al Sizer (incumbent) While not an expert in what is totally required, I would support watershed studies, the work of the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee the Nickel District Conservation Authority and other bodies such as the Ramsay Lake Stewardship Committee. As stated previously, planning must consider the impact on what future development will have on our environment. Just as somewhat of an aside, I would like to see the prohibition of ice huts, cars and trucks on Lake Ramsay during the winter ice fishing season. Ward 8
Deb McIntosh (incumbent) • Finalize and initiate the implementation of the Depot Master Plan, especially the salt and sand storage facilities, to protect our water • Continue to conduct watershed studies • Continue to protect our drinking water by making investments in our water/waste water treatment systems and replacing old water mains and sewers • Advocate in the investment in better road sand and salt storage/usage • Identify ways to further protect our waterways through planning applications Ward 9
Fern Cormier (incumbent) It will be important to "hit the ground running" with the results of the watershed study. There will be recommendations that will have to be financed and implemented in order to protect our waterways. Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) 1-Ward specific:East Junction Creek study-ensure that the funding remains in place in order to implement the recommendations of the study when completed. Explore the possibility of an asset management policy for our lakes. Continue supporting LIDS (low impact development )development policies Continue supporting the 500K being put aside for watershed studies annually.and their recommendations Continue supporting disconnecting eaves from our stormsewers,and supporting the use of rainbarrels. Ward 12

Platform statements

Candidate nameWardEnvironment and Water
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

“I am committed to protecting and celebrating our lakes and green spaces, and we are lucky to have a wonderful network of parks and trails across our city. However, some of these areas are lacking a plan for continued investment, improvements, and upkeep. I will work with community groups including Rainbow Routes, the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, and our Community Action Networks to ensure we wisely invest in our parks and trails.”
From https://geoffmccausland.com/platform, checked October 12, 2018

Robert Kirwan (incumbent) Ward 5

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

René Lapierre (incumbent) Ward 6

“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

Mike Jakubo (incumbent) Ward 7
Al Sizer (incumbent) Ward 8

“Perform an active role in protecting and improving our green space in Ward 8.”
From http://www.alsizerward8.ca/platform.html, checked August 14, 2018

Deb McIntosh (incumbent) Ward 9

“Water is one of our greatest resources; we will continue to be proactive in protecting our lakes and rivers, working with Conservation Sudbury, Laurentian University’s Living with Lakes Centre, the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and its associated groups as well as the people who live near our waterways.”Finalize and initiate the implementation of the Depot Master Plan, especially the salt and sand storage facilities, to protect our water.” “Continue to conduct watershed studies.” “Continue to protect our drinking water by making investments in our water/waste water treatment systems and replacing old water mains and sewers.”
From http://debmcintosh.ca, checked September 9, 2018.

Fern Cormier (incumbent) Ward 10
Bill Leduc Ward 11

“Beautify our neighborhood by cleaning up Junction Creek.”

From http://www.billleduc.ca/, checked October 12, 2018.

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (incumbent) Ward 12