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


Robin Auger

Robin Auger (provided)

Robin Auger

Age: 43

Occupation: Auditor (OLG Slots Sudbury)

Community involvement: I have been a lifelong resident of Capreol and have in the past both volunteered in the community doing taxes for seniors as well as serving as Bar Chairman for 2 years at the Capreol Curling club. I have played in many sports leagues as well as being a goalie coach for a couple of years previously and for the last couple of years I have helped at a family owned business here in Capreol.

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Councillors who act as one rather than worrying about their own little kingdoms within the city. We need an amalgamated council to truly have an amalgamated city which means a change in the way council interacts.
  • Our city services including permits, licenses, etc need a total Audit of the processes in order to make them much more efficient and user friendly. The Summerfest story along with other personal experiences in this area highlight the necessity to over haul our services. We must have complete how to guides online with printable documents in a language that makes it easy for everyone to use and understand. A person or business should only need one ride in to City Hall to get business done and we also have to understand we need business they don' t need us.
  • Business, business, business, in other words we must eliminate barriers to businesses and build better relationships with our business community. Business is what drives our City, they not only create jobs in the city but those jobs lead to more people with jobs who can then afford property. More people with their own property equals more property taxes, the link between excellent relationships with business and more money for the city seems to be missing greatly in the City. We need business, we need to drive more business in our city and go to whatever length to do this.

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • Road conditions, the lower standard we use in our city for pavement shows greatly in the outlying areas like Skead, Garson, Falconbridge and Capreol. If for instance we have 20 roads in our summer construction phase to be done with the current standard, it would be much better if we used the most current pavement technology with a higher standard and say do 10 roads but that last longer.
  • Plowing of roads and sidewalks. The plowing standard is laughable especially on sidewalks, considering those sidewalks are heavily relied upon by the "differently-abled" and people who do not have vehicles. We can not think for a moment the plowing job last year was in any way acceptable even though it was a heavier snow year. Imagine you were an older person with a walker, power chair, or scooter, getting to the grocery store was an impossible chore most days last winter. Sidewalks and roads are what take our citizen to either City transit stops or businesses themselves, therefore; they are the highway that money travel on.
  • Transit services, city transit has come a long way but there are still issues with people moving through our City from the outlying areas. We need new ideas on how to serve the outlying communities so that they can travel via transit to work, shop or play without long waits and slow service. City transit for most cities is vital as the price of gas for many is quickly becoming too expensive so more and more people will be turning to transit to help them get to where they need to. Transit must continue to evolve so we must keep thinking of new innovative ways to deliver this service.

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


Gordon Drysdale

​Has not yet answered the CBC candidate questionnaire


Mike Jakubo

Mike Jakubo (provided)

Mike Jakubo

Age: 31

Occupation: Chartered Accountant

Community involvement:  Timbit Soccer Coach with Nickel Centre Soccer, Garson Splash Pad Planning Team, Board Member - Copper Cliff Curling Club (2001 to 2013)

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Roads and Infrastructure Deficit
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Tourism and Retention

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • Parks and Recreation Facilities
  • Healthy Community Initiative Fund Policy
  • Value for Tax Dollars

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 - (not in its current form, policy needs to be changed to ensure fairness and use for community development) The motion was worded with emphasis to give the councillors discretion over the distribution of the funds.  To that I will still answer NO but wish my answer to read as follows:

NO, control should be taken out of a councillor's hands, but the funds should still be allocated to each ward under the control of the City's Community Development Department (the budget area the funds came from).  Our parks, playgrounds and green spaces are in desperate need of rejuvenation and projects should be ranked according to priority through community consultations and then fairly distributed over a four year cycle.

(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 (tax increases cannot exceed inflation especially when services are being cut)


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Sudbury city councillor David Kilgour (CGS)

Dave Kilgour

Age: a young 67

Occupation: Retired Elementary school teacher

Top 3 Priorities for Whole City:

  • Every citizen should feel assured that they are being given the best value for their tax dollar.  If we cannot lower taxes we should be working hard to prove that they are getting good value for the dollars spent.
  • All taxpayers should feel that when they contact the city with a concern that is legitimate they will be listened to, and will receive a response to their query in a reasonable length of time.
  • Every operation performed by the CGS management and staff be examined to ensure that it is being offered at the highest level of quality in the most efficient manner possible.

Ward 7 Priorities:

  • We must continue to upgrade all infrastructure to ensure that we match the consistent levels through all Wards within the city. Safety must be the prime consideration. Priority must be given to completing Maley Drive.
  • We must continue to upgrade, enhance, and develop our parks and green space to make our communities more livable and inviting (welcoming) for people of all ages and levels of ability.
  • We must improve level of service regarding snow removal and ensure consistent level of service.

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?

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 ANSWER

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

YES


Walter Prus

Walter Prus (provided)

Walter Prus

Age: did not answer

Occupation: did not answer

Community Involvement: did not answer

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • roads and repairs
  • accountability and openness
  • snow removal

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • snow removal
  • road repairs
  • parks and playgrounds maintenance

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?

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?