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


Aaron Beaudry

Aaron Beaudry (provided)

Aaron Beaudry

Age: 35

Occupation: Mining at Vale since 2001, Real Estate Sales Representative since 2010

Community involvement: Conservation Authority Board Member 2004-2006, Uptown CAN 2009-2011

Top 3 issues for whole city:‎

  • taxes
  • roads
  • accountability 

Top 3 issues for your ward: 

  • taxes 
  • roads
  • accountability 

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 (it should be done through Private-Public Partnership)

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

NO

Website: www.aaronbeaudry2014.com


Lin Gibson

Lin Gibson (supplied)

Lin Gibson

Occupation:  IBM Retiree & Community Volunteer

Top 3 Issues for Whole City:

  •          Balanced Budgets with Minimum Tax Impact to Residents
  •          Drinking Water Protection - Municipal & Private Sources
  •          Affordable Housing (Seniors & Disadvantaged)

Top 3 Issues for Ward 9:

  •          Drinking Water Protection - Municipal & Private Sources
  •          Improved Public Transit
  •          Enhanced Roadwork Strategy in Outlying Areas

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

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

YES

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

NO

(Oct 2013)Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 HCIFund to spend in their ward?

NO (restructured program required)

(Dec 2013)Should council approved the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase?

YES (it was originally much higher)

Website: www.gibson4ward9.ca


Les Lisk

Les Lisk (provided)

Les Lisk

Age: 63

Occupation: Businessman

Community involvement: President of Coniston Seniors Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Member of Coniston CAN, Property Committee Volunteer at St. Andrew's Church

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Controlled Spending-Spending must address the growing list of the city's expenses and recognize the fact that we do not have a bottomless bucket of money. Some residents are at the tipping point of what they can afford in property taxes,especially our seniors on fixed income. I will consult with residents before,during and after decisions are made to get their opinion and participation-many citizens have great ideas about issues in our city.
  • Sustainable Roads and Infrastructure-We have to upgrade the quality of the pavement on our roads(and it is do able i.e. Kingston has a solution) to withstand the very heavy truck traffic-much of it relating to the mining industry. Also the re-construction of Maley Drive would remove some of this heavy traffic from Lasalle Blvd. When sewer and water mains are replaced the quality of the products used in the new construction is very important to ensure that the new pipes have a long life span and are not creating the same problem in a short time frame. New pipes should last for at least fifty years or we will never keep up with the repairs.
  • Jobs and Economic Development:-We are currently not working hard enough to develop and establish Industrial Parks to attract businesses with the many skilled jobs that these companies bring with them. We have to assist local businesses with their concerns-ie water and sewer,adequate roads and hydro power at existing industrial parks. Does anyone realize what a city like North Bay provides for their industrial parks and businesses? We should follow their example and learn from North Bay's success in this area.

Top 3 issues for your ward:                                                                                                                    

  • Improve Water and Sewer Infrastructure:-Water pressure needs to be increased in many areas of the ward and the replacement of some local sewers will allow for an increase in capacity and therefore help to raise the number of new housing developments i.e. affordable multi unit projects.
  • Flood Control:-Certain areas in the ward are susceptible to flooding,especially in the spring and with the climate change that we are now experiencing we often have extreme rain storms.The "berm" in the Coniston watershed has helped but all creeks,ditches and waterways must be monitored carefully to prevent flooding which is a major concern to residents living in these problem areas. On the Wanup road at Jumbo creek,the road(Hwy 537)that often has to be closed due to flooding, should have a permanent solution to fix the problem.
  • Affordable Housing:-In Ward 9, especially in the east end of the city,more affordable housing is required.As our citizens get older, many are interested in moving to apartments and condos.If we are able to build these projects,the homes that our seniors would sell could be purchased by young families with children who would rejuvenate our communities providing a stable tax base in the area.

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 with input from citizens.

(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.Input from citizens would be essential.

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

No


Wyman MacKinnon

Has not yet returned CBC's candidate questionnaire


Deb McIntosh

Sudbury councillor Deb McIntosh (Deb McIntosh)

Deb McIntosh

Age: 56

Occupation: Executive Director of Rainbow Routes Association and accountant

Community involvement: Current St. Andrew's Place Board of Directors: Treasurer, Sudbury Community Foundation Board of Director, Camp Manitou Board of Directors: Vice President, Northern Water Sport Centre Campaign Committee

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Fostering Growth in Greater Sudbury's Economy. We will be a community that attracts businesses and families looking for a good place to get established and grow, focuses on what we are good at to grow our economy and create new jobs and gets behind great ideas that spur economic activity
  • Smarter Transportation Connects our Community. We will be a community that re-thinks our road investments, and does a better job of maintaining the existing infrastructure, builds an effective transit system that will be better at getting people to employment opportunities, community resources, recreational activities and medical care and builds cycling and pedestrian routes so more children can walk or cycle to school or a playground, and more older adults can walk to shopping or a bus stop.
  • Water Quality: Yes, We are Living with Our Lakes. We will be a community that is proactive in protecting our lakes and rivers - one of our greatest resources -- and works with Laurentian's Living with Lakes Centre, the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and its associated groups, as well as the people who live near our waterways.

Top 3 issues for Ward 9:

  • Protecting lake water quality
  • Electing a city council that ward residents can rely on to make informed decisions that are in the best interests of both the City and the ward
  • Using objective criteria to allocate Healthy Community Initiative Funds ("Slush Funds") that will remove ward councillor influence

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

Did not answer, but provided the following response:

"Those of us who have not been on council for the last 4 years have not been privy to the same information as those who voted for the motions below. Furthermore, the questions/motions might have been different or not even tabled had I been at the council table. Thus I cannot provide you with yes/no answers but would be happy to discuss each issue with you in a broader way."

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

(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? 

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

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

Website: www.debmcintosh.ca


Paul Stopciati

Paul Stopciati (provided)

Paul Stopciati

Age: 57

Occupation: Self Employed (fire prevention business)

Community Involvement: Greater Sudbury library board member, Knights of Columbus Council 11522 member, Marchigiana Association of Sudbury member, NFPA fire association member, former member Greater Sudbury police services board.

Top 3 issues for city:    

  • High property taxes
  • Roads
  • Store Hours

Top 3 for Ward 9:         

  • High property Taxes
  • Roads
  • Development charges

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. We as councillors should not dictate when to open or close Stores. These businesses are tax payers

(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. The funds must be managed properly and financial statements available for the public.

(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. We should be seeking private partnerships and not place the cost on the tax payer.

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

No. There are ways to reduce spending. Every department must find cost efficencies.

Websitewww.electpaulstopciati.com


Will Thomson

Will Thomson (provided)

Will Thomson

Age: did not answer

Occupation: Mining Inspector (Ministry of Labour)

Community involvement: Minor Hockey Coach, facilitated building of a community access road on Manitoulin, blood donor, hands-on parent of three active children involved in cadets, youth group, dance, hockey and school

Top 3 issues for whole city:  

  • Taxes
  • Roads
  • Fix City Council (Enhanced accountability and transparency)

Top 3 issues for your ward:   

  • Fix City Council
  • Roads
  • Taxes

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

Website: will4ward9.com