CBC Sudbury's ward-by-ward series of interviews with Greater Sudbury municipal election candidates.


Mike Bleskie

Mike Bleskie (provided)

Mike Bleskie

Age: 22

Occupation: Student (Laurentian University, Communication studies), marketing assistant 

Community involvement: I'm most proud of my few years as part of the Cambrian Students' Administrative Council (SAC), starting as the Director of Student and Academic Affairs, and finishing as Vice-President. In addition, I have been very proud to contribute to local and wider organizations such as the Sudbury Trail Plan, TEDxYouth@NickelCity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Sudbury Food Bank, Action Sudbury, and the United Way. Right now, I am a volunteer contributor to CIVIX Canada's Student Vote program in an effort to promote youth civic engagement, while at work, my job is to build and promote the Jazz Sudbury Festival for this year.

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Look at the everyday operations of Tom Davies Square, and streamline how we deliver services and make decisions that affect Greater Sudburians.
  • Taking on our infrastructure deficit... and take the initiative to do something about it.
  • Creation of positive growth in our communities.

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • My number one priority for Ward 11 is infrastructure and core services. 
  • Give the residents of Ward 11 [a way] to make their own priorities known when funding important neighbourhood projects.
  • Building community ventures that cross generations and cultures.

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close? 

Yes.

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

No.

(from Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward? 

No. (Communities deserve these funds, but the system is broken. Options include participatory budgeting, staff desicions, or inclusion of projects at budget time)

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014? 

No.

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase? 

No. (Inflation from 2013 to 2014 was 2.36%)


Website: bleskie.ca


Terry Kett

Terry Kett

Terry Kett

Age: 68

Occupation: Retired- Full Time City Councillor

Community involvement: Sudbury District Health Unit Board, Winterfest committee, Community Centre planning group, Minnow Lake Community Action Network Ave. Community Garden funder and volunteer

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Financing the $250,000,000 Infrastructure Gap for Greater Sudbury. 
  • Council needs to work together.
  • We need to better focus on our belief in a healthy sustainable community.

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • I want council and staff to 'Recognize and React" to the need for more infrastructure improvement in Ward 11 due to the continuing growth in the ward.
  • We need to upgrade our recreation facilities at a faster pace-for example we need a water park in the ward.
  • We need a community centre in the ward. The former Barrydowne Arena is a prime site for this centre.

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close? 

No

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

yes

(From Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward? 

yes

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014? 

no

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase? 

yes


Vincent Lacroix

Age: 65 

Occupation: retired from Inco Maintenance Electrical Dept.

Community involvement: Board member Sudbury Manitoulin Childrenl`s Aid Society, Board member Cooperative Funeral Home, Board member Alzheimer Society Sudbury Manitoulin, Board member ACFO Sudbury, Club Richelieu Sudbury

Top 3 city issues

  • Roads, summer and winter maintenance, 5-year Road Plan
  • Transparency, accountabilty and openness
  • Taxes

Top 3 Ward 11 issues

  • Second Ave. resolution
  • Road repairs
  • Senior affordable housing

How did you vote on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close? 

No

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel?

yes

(From Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward? 

yes, but with modifications

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014? 

no

(from Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase? 

no


Chris Nerpin

Chris Nerpin (provided)

Chris Nerpin

Age: 37

Occupation: Self Employed - Taxation and Bookkeeping Services

Community involvement: Board Member/Spokesperson  - Sudbury Summerfest 2010 - 2014; Jubilee Heritage Family Resources - Board Member, Treasurer, Vice Chair 2009 - 2014;  United Way - Leadership Development Services (financial and governance), Citizen Advisory Panel, past Chair - GenNext - 2009 - 2014; Sudbury Symphony Orchestra - Volunteer - 2012 - 2013.  

Top 3 issues for whole city

  • Better Government - Efficiency/Transparency/Publicly Engaged
  • Roads & Infrastructure planning and debt   
  • Improved Arts, Culture, Sports and social supports.

Top 3 issues for your ward

  • Sustainable transportation (roads/bike lanes/nature trails)
  • Balancing development with the natural environment and protecting waterways and green space.  
  • Building on the existing recreation resources and working effectively with the various community initiatives within the ward.    

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close? 

It is a referendum question that the voters will decide. 

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

NO

(From Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each Councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward?

NO

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014?

NO

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase?

YES

Website: www.chrisnerpin.ca


Lynne Reynolds

Ward 11 councillor Lynne Reynolds says barriers preventing women from entering politics are gender stigma, cultural attitudes and work life balance. (Lynne Reynolds)

Lynne Elizabeth Reynolds

Age: did not answer

Occupation: Self-Employed

Community involvement: As a Councillor, Lynne served on many city committees, plus member of Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce, Success by Six - United Way - Board of Directors, Influential Women of Northern Ontario - Judge, Friendly to Seniors Sudbury - Board of Directors

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Accountability
  • Core services - top-quality maintenance and construction of our infrastructure and divesting ourselves of non-core services.
  • A hold on taxes until we get our house in order, determine real savings, re-allocate resources from low-value to high-value priorities.

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • Smart development and infilling to ensure that Ward 11 is a green, clean, livable community
  • Second Avenue - the right roadway that will serve us into the future
  • Lake Ramsey protection - treatment of raw effluent into the lake from the Frobisher watershed

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close?    

YES

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel?   

NO

(from Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward?  

NO

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014?   

YES

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase?  

NO

Website: www.lynnereynolds.ca