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


Joseph Berthelot

Joseph Berthelot (provided)

Joseph Berthelot

Age: 68

Occupation: Retired Mine Planning Technologist

Community involvement: Knight of Columbus, VP of Club Amical Nouveau Sudbury

Top 3 issues for the whole city:

  • Bring back the Ombudsman as closed door meeting investigator
  • Make the Auditor General position permanent
  • Convince OLG to locate their casino beyond city limits. Out of town means  people have to drive to get there. I picture a casino in town, prostitutes bothering  the gamblers, drug dealers and thieves having a hay day, attracting street people to beg or hassle the gamblers.

Top 3 issues for Ward 5:

  • I find that the councillors should occasionally listen to the people in their wards, and find out what they want for their city and how their taxes should be spent.
  • The stretch of road between Val Caron and Blezard Valley needs 4 lanes starting at Flake St. - replacing the 2 lane with a 4 lane bridge. This would prevent traffic jams at peak periods.
  • How long are we going to talk and do nothing in regard with the Maley Drive extension, it's been more than ten years and the heavy trucks are still damaging Lasalle Blvd. overloading the traffic on a busy artery. Let's get it done!

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?

NO

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

YES


ROBERT KIRWAN

Robert Kirwan

Robert Kirwan (provided)

Age: 64

Occupation: Licensed Mortgage Agent, Business Development Consultant

Community Involvement: Trustee - Area 3 of the Rainbow District School Board, Publisher of the Valley East Today Community Web Site at www.valleyeasttoday.ca

Top 3 issues for the whole city:

See answer below.

Top 3 issues for Ward 5:

There are general issues such as improving transparency, accountability, honesty, integrity, communication with constituents, cooperation among Councillors, etc. that are inherent in all decisions that we will be facing during the next four years. Controlling taxes is all about efficiency, setting priorities and managing expenditures.

There are just too many interdependent issues that will each have a huge impact on the future of the City and which will obviously spill over into each of the Wards in order to select any particular issue as one of the top 3. The other problem is that each Ward is so diverse that the priorities in one part of the Ward will be different from those in another part of the Ward.

The people living in the Cambrian Heights and Kent Court Apartment area of Ward 5 have a completely different set of needs from the people living south of Lasalle between the Taxation Centre and Madeleine Street, and they both have a different set of needs from the people living north of Lasalle in that same part of the City. Then you have the people living in

Blezard Valley, Val Caron, Guilletteville, and McCrea Heights. Each is a different community within a single Ward and they all have different priorities compared with the four areas in the Sudbury section of Ward 5. My job as a Councillor is to treat each issue as the top issue for my Ward and for the City.

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?

My decision on the question above would have been the same then as it is now. I would have spent a lot of time finding out the preference of the majority of my ward constituents and then would have argued for that position on their behalf. I am going to wait for the results of the referendum and if the majority of the constituents in my ward vote yes, then I will bring a motion to the Council and argue on their behalf. If they vote "NO" then I will do nothing since they will have endorsed status quo. As the Councillor of Ward 5 it does not matter what my personal preference is. I am required to speak for the majority of the constituents in my Ward.

(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?

I am fine with retaining the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman as our closed meeting investigator. We do need an ombudsman and I don't see anything wrong with the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman. But I would request that a different investigator be assigned for each complaint on a rotating basis so as to remove any apprehension of bias.

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

The Healthy Communities Initiative Fund is something that can be extremely beneficial to the residents of each Ward. I will be proposing that this fund be retained in some format and that funds be provided to "new initiatives" that are less than three years old or that are started during the first three years of a term of office. This will allow groups the seed money they need to begin new projects that will benefit the community. I will also be proposing that the Ward Councillor still be the one who brings these requests to Council for approval.

(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?

The issue of building an arena is not simply a Yes or No decision. The City needs private sector investment before we can get into building an arena and we can't begin to "fast-track" the project without that funding in place. To commit to an expenditure of up to $100 million or more without knowing that we can secure the proper funding would be irresponsible.

We also need to ensure that the terms and conditions of the partnership will not negatively impact the rest of the City.

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

I would need more information before I can say what I would have said at that time. The budget was approved with a 2.9% property tax increase, but there are also a lot of other "hidden" user fee increases that need to be factored in as well. In addition there is the issue of assessment increases of the homes in the area. Therefore, I would need to determine if the actual increase was well in excess of 2.9% when all of the hidden taxes are factored into the equation. We would also need to look at the expenditure side to see if this increase was justified.


Richard Larcher

Richard Larcher (provided)

Richard Larcher

Age: 58

Occupation: Retired Probation and Parole Officer

Community involvement: OPSEU Retiree committee, activist for persons with disabilities, volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul organization

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Review and Implement positive recommendation savings from Auditors report
  • Maintain affordable tax increases,i.e. property, water and sewer
  • Improve highway and road maintenance, i.e. potholes, paving and snow removal by lobbying other levels of government for infrastructure funding.

Top 3 issues for Ward 5:

  • Fair or minimal property tax increases
  • Improve road and sidewalk snow removal and repairs
  • Public transportation improvements i.e. frequency, increase routes, direct  bus transit from bus depot to common places of employments and education centers  

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. The referendum vote results will decide the outcome of the bylaw.

(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, as there are established spending guidelines and as long the funds are spent in consultation with Community Action Networks(CAN) and residents.

(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


John Lundrigan

John Lundrigan (provided)

John Lundrigan

Age: 38

Occupation: Production Miner with Glencore

Community involvement: Member of the Sudbury Arts Council and writer of cheques to local charities. I am working on becoming more involved.

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Taxes, we need to find ways to reduce the burden being put on home owners and business. Tax increases north of 2.5% is unacceptable.
  • City Growth, we need to break down the barriers at city hall and open our arms to new investment and growth. We must find ways to make Sudbury lucrative for business to come here and set up shop.
  • Infrastructure, we need to repair our city's failing roads, sewers and water lines. We need a plan which looks past councils 4 year term.

Top 3 issues for Ward 5:

  • Leadership and Accountability, we must work together positively for the betterment of our city as a whole. Also we must be honest and forth     coming with the people about all issues.
  • Bridging the Amalgamation gap, many people in Ward 5 feel left out or cheated since amalgamation, we must find ways to make the outlying areas feel more involved. We are the Greater City of Sudbury, however many people in the ward do not feel this way.
  • Public Transit, As Ward 5 is one of the fastest growing areas in our city, we must look at adding increased bus services. New family's and post secondary school students live here. Without a decent bus systems Valley seniors have a good chance of being isolated, we need to look at positive options.

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?

NO

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

NO


Kent MacNeill

Kent MacNeill (provided)

Graham Kent MacNeill

Age: 41

Occupation: Teacher - currently in 10th year as OECTA Sudbury Elementary Unit President.

Community involvement: Knights of Columbus, Council 7368; St. Kevin Parish Leadership Team; former member of Laurentian University Teacher Liaison Committee

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • a Council that is able to work together.
  • Improvement to infrastructure
  • Improvement to staffing and equipping of our Firefighters

Top 3 issues for Ward 5:

  • better road maintenance and improved service delivery
  • limiting taxes to no more than rate of inflation
  • adequate firefighting personnel staffing.

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?

I will follow the will of the majority on the upcoming referendum whether it is seemed legally binding or not.

(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?

Reinstate Ontario Ombudsman

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

There is a better manner to disperse such tax dollars than from the elected Councillor in each ward.

(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. Repair and maintenance costs will only increase in such an old building.

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

No more than rate of inflation at a max.