VALLEY EAST
A PLACE TO GROW

There is absolutely no question that the community of Valley East is in the middle of a tremendous growth period. We see new subdivisions and homes being developed all over the place, but the real indicators are that new schools and new businesses are being built in the community    true signs that we are on the verge of a population explosion like we’ve never experienced before. It is now time to give Valley East an identity that will clearly demonstrate what our true nature is all about! When someone asks you to describe the community of Valley East , you want to be able to give them a short, quick answer that says it all and you need a simple but effective and identifiable logo that will be recognized as Valley East ’s own.

A number of years ago The City of Toronto unveiled its branding campaign – Toronto Unlimited! The goal was to create a single Toronto brand and to develop a fresh new way of communicating the city’s strong and dynamic identity to the rest of the world. The signature line Toronto Unlimited, is meant to celebrate the unlimited potential of the people and the endless opportunities they offer in the city.

We too need a starting point! So I am offering the suggestion above as the brand we should adopt for Valley East . VALLEY EAST – A PLACE TO GROW says it all. Growth implies progress and development, not only in a personal sense, but also with respect to business, community spirit, empowerment of our youth, etc. People are always saying that Valley East is a great place to raise a family; a great place to start a business; a great place for finding satisfaction in recreational, cultural or sports fields; in other words, it is a great place to grow and develop, regardless of your personal preferences or goals. Growth also means progress. If you are looking to improve yourself spiritually, intellectually, psychologically, socially, culturally, physically – or in any other way you can think of, Valley East will offer you that opportunity to achieve your goals and dreams.

               
We need something that says it all, and as a resident of this community since 1974, 
I would certainly feel comfortable telling everyone that I live in  
Valley East
 -  A Place To Grow!  

rkirwan@infocomcanada.com

THE OFFICIAL FLAG OF VALLEY EAST
When the official flag of the Town of Valley East was created by the Public Affairs office of the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, it was designed to demonstrate the natural beauties of the community. It was proudly flown at all public buildings and during special events. 

The white off-set 'V' separates the Town's official colours: blue on top depicting sky and water, and green below depicting the lush vegetation of the region. The 'V' obviously stands for Valley East and the white represents the Northern Snow. It is a simple design, which makes it all the more majestic.

PEACE - PLENTY - PROGRESS

OUR OFFICIAL CREST
The official crest of the Town of Valley East was included on the flag. It  consists of a shield between two banners with the name of the town on the top banner and our motto - Peace, Plenty, Progress on the bottom banner. All wording is in both English and French, reflecting the bilingual nature of the community.

The shield of the crest is divided into five sections. In the top left segment is a black plow on a green background representing the town's agricultural sector. The top right section contains three fleur-de-lis on a blue background indicative of the town's French Canadian origins. In the lower left corner, white, crossed surveyor's flags on a blue background recall the early development days and a black stylized ore car on a green background depicts the town's mining industry. At the bottom of the shield are three green maple leaves on a white background representing the Town's early forest industry.

 
 

CELEBRATING OUR COMMUNITY

Its Time For Everyone In Valley East To Pull Together and Build The Foundation For A Successful Future
by Robert Kirwan 
Publisher
Valley East Today!

As I stood beside the pond in my back yard admiring the new waterfall that my wife had recently constructed, I was reminded of a song released a long time ago by the famous singer, Harry Belafonte. 

The main feature of the pond was a bucket turned over on its side, allowing the water to flow freely out and down the hill in a stream.

The song by Belafonte, a banter between a husband and wife about fixing a hole in the bucket, suddenly hit me that the lyrics were symbolic of what is happening in the Greater Sudbury Area, and in particular in Valley East. 

The song begins with Lisa, the wife, asking her husband to go fetch some water from the well. It goes something like this:

"There’s a hole in the bucket, Dear Lisa, Dear Lisa. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa, a hole.

Well fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry. Well fix it, dear Henry. Fix it!

With what shall I fix it, dear Lisa, dear Lisa. With what shall I fix it, dear Lisa. With what?

With straw, dear Henry, dear Henry. With straw, dear Henry. With straw.

The straw is too long, dear Lisa, dear Lisa. The straw is too long, dear Lisa, too long."

And so the song goes on and on with Henry stating that the ax is too dull to cut the straw, and Lisa eventually telling him to wet the stone to sharpen the ax. Henry finally comes to the point where he asks with what he should carry the water to wet the stone and is told to fetch it with a bucket, to which he replies, "There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa, dear Lisa. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa. A Hole."

The song is a rather silly rendition, except that it says a lot about what is going on in our community today.

Our population is declining; our unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country; our children are moving away to find jobs; our small businesses are having a hard time surviving; restructuring of our municipality is not going the way it was planned; our hospital is in financial trouble; the list goes on and on.

The fact is: we have a hole in our bucket and until we fix it, we will have a great deal of difficulty generating any kind of economic stability in this area.

  

COMMUNITY BUILDING IS AN ON-GOING PROCESS
WE NEED THE SUPPORT OF EVERYONE

  

Having lived in Valley East since 1974, and all of my life in the Greater Sudbury Area, I realized that if I could make any difference at all in bringing the region out of the hole into which we were sinking, I had to make an effort. 

I have a saying that I remember whenever I am faced with a critical moment in my life:

"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."

I want people to remember me as a person who was not afraid of accepting the responsibility for making positive changes in this community.

There have always been those who say that Valley East has no real identity and that people living here have no real sense of community - nor do they want to develop a sense of community. They complain about everything and tend to give up easily.

These people remind me about a story about two frogs which fell into a deep bowl of cream. One was an optimistic soul, but the other took the gloomy view.

"I shall drown," cried the pessimist. "And so shall you."

So, with a last despairing cry, he closed his eyes and said "Good-bye" and sank into the cream and died.

The people who do not believe in the potential of Valley East declare that we will never amount to anything. They take on the gloomy view and say that it is useless to even try.

On the other hand, there are those who have devoted their lives to working for the good of the community. They are people like the volunteers who have worked so hard as part of a multitude of community groups. You will read about those people on this web site. Those people remind me of the other frog which fell into the deep bowl of cream. 

After its partner gave up and sank to the bottom, the other optimistic frog said, "I can't get out, but I won't give in! I'll swim around till my strength is spent. If I have to die, at least I will die content knowing that I didn't give up."

And the frog bravely swam around and around the bowl until his struggles began to churn the cream. Finally he came to rest on top of the hardened butter which had been made as a result of his continuous swimming. He then hopped out of the bowl to safety.

I admire the people who have decided to continue to try their best to build and develop a sense of community in this fine municipality of Valley East. At times, it must seem as if no one is listening and your struggles are for naught. But let the lesson of the struggling frog be an inspiration. One day the cream will turn to butter and Valley East will hop out of the bowl to the bright future which awaits us all.

We are proud to do what we can to make a difference with Valley East Today. By building this web site into one of the most comprehensive community web sites in the country, we will ensure that people all over the world have an opportunity to share in the celebration of our 100 plus years of existence. 

I invite all residents of Valley East to make a resolve to take the optimistic view and to support the people, who, year after year, put in hundreds of hours to provide us with opportunities to come together as a community. The best way that we can show our appreciation to these people is to take part in the events that they organize year after year. We live in one of the finest communities in Ontario. Let's show others, through our words and deeds, that we truly believe in the future of Valley East and that we are proud to call this community home.

  

WE ARE NOT ONLY LIVING HISTORY WE ARE CREATING HISTORY EVERY SINGLE DAY
MAKE SURE YOU ARE RECORDING THE RIGHT THINGS

Let Us All Do Our Part To Return To The Basics Of Life: People, Tolerance and Love
As the years go by we are all reminded of the harsh reality that our life is unfolding and that we can never change our past. This reality becomes clearer as you get older. 

I spent a great deal of time thinking about life in general as we celebrated 100 years of existence as a community during the year 2004, ten years ago. I know many of you will be reading this editorial after the final candle is blown out on the birthday cake, but nevertheless, now that we are in our 2nd Century, the points still apply.

How should we approach this living history of our community? What is it that we want to remember? Moreover, what is it that we want Valley East to stand for?

And then, the answer seemed to jump out at me as I was reading a little passage recently.

It was a selection from "The Hymnbook", written by Arthur Bowler. Every parent will understand why I was greatly moved by the story and I’m sure every parent could also recount a similar experience. It was then that I realized that each and every resident of Valley East is a parent of our future. Our values today will shape the future for our children. That is what this web site is all about. Recording details of our past which will shape our future. 

Suddenly, everything became clear to me as I read the following passage. I now know how to approach this web site. We will record our history, and we will focus on the things that really mean the world to us: people, tolerance and love.

Enjoy "The Hymnbook"
   

I watched intently as my little brother was caught in the act. He sat in the corner of the living room, a pen in one hand and my father’s hymnbook in the other. As father walked into the room, my brother cowered slightly. He sensed that he had done something wrong. From a distance, I saw that he had opened Dad/s brand-new book and scribbled across the length and breadth of the entire first page with a pen. Now, staring at my father fearfully, he and I both waited for his punishment.

My father picked up his prized hymnal, looked at it carefully, and then sat down without saying a word. Books were precious to him. He was a pastor and the holder of several degrees. For him, books were knowledge, and yet, he loved his children. What he did in the next few minutes was remarkable.

Instead of punishing my brother; instead of scolding or yelling or reprimanding, he sat down, took the pen from my brother’s hand and then wrote in the book himself, alongside the scribbles John had made.

"John’s words in 1959, age two. How many times have I looked into your beautiful face and into your warm, alert eyes looking up at me and thanked God for the one who has now scribbled in my new hymnal? You have made the book sacred, as have your brothers and sister too so much of my life"

Wow, I thought. This is punishment?

From time to time I take a book down—not just a cheezy paperback, but a real book that I know I will have for many years to come—and I give it to one of my children to ‘write’ their names in. As I look at their artwork, I think of my father, and how he taught me about what really matters in life: people, not objects; tolerance, not judgement; and love, which is at the heart of a family.

I think about these things, smile, and I whisper, "Thank you, Dad."

People, tolerance and love—the things that really matter in life.

As I meet people in the years to come I will be asking for them to share the things that really matter in life. Provide the stories for us so that we can post them on this internet history book for others to read and become inspired as they in turn create history.

Perhaps all we need to be truly happy in this world is a return to the basics of life: people, tolerance and love. 

My long range plans for this web site are going to reflect the really important things. 

If I do that, I am sure all the rest will fall into place.

   

VALLEY EAST 1850 - 2014
100 Years : Then & Now

CELEBRATION 2004
MORE THAN JUST A BIRTHDAY PARTY

"A special invitation to all residents of Valley East to join together in celebrating a hundred years of history as we take a giant leap into a bright and exciting future!"

One day in March 2003 I decided to take part in the celebration of our 100th year of existence by creating this web site. It was to become a web site which would be a "Living History" for all people to share in years to come. I wasn't sure why I wanted to do this, but then I came across the following passage which I would like to share with you:

The air we breathe is so freely available that we take it for granted. Yet without it we could not survive more than a few minutes. For the most part, the same air is available to everyone, and everyone needs it. Some people use the air to sustain them while they sit around and feel sorry for themselves. Others breathe in the air and use the energy it provides to make a magnificent life for themselves.

Opportunity is the same way. It is everywhere. Opportunity is so freely available that we take it for granted. Yet opportunity alone is not enough to create success. Opportunity must be seized and acted upon in order to have value. So many people are so anxious to "get in" on a "ground floor opportunity," as if the opportunity will do all the work. That's impossible. Just as you need air to breathe, you need opportunity to succeed. It takes more than just breathing in the fresh air of opportunity, however. You must make use of that opportunity. That's not up to the opportunity. That's up to you. It doesn't matter what "floor" the opportunity is on. What matters is what you do with it.

After reading this passage I understood what I had to do. I realized that CELEBRATION 2004 is the ‘Opportunity" we had been waiting for in Valley East. It was our chance to come together as a community, to return to the spirit which once permeated all of our subdivisions many years ago. In recent times our ‘sense of community’ has disappeared. Valley East lost its identity with the amalgamation into the City of Greater Sudbury. Many feel that the City of Greater Sudbury itself has been searching unsuccessfully for a sense of identity. It is now clear to me that the people of Valley East have an opportunity of a lifetime to bring that community spirit to life and to take a leadership role in the entire region.

What is important is that everyone in Valley East take advantage of the opportunity. It is time for all organizations, religious groups, schools, sports associations, playgrounds, senior citizens and people who care about the future of this great community to come together and share in more than merely a 100th Birthday celebration - this is a CELEBRATION OF LIFE, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW - and it starts now!

Let the CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE - FOREVER!

A History of the first 100 years of development in Valley East is now available as a lasting souvenir book. Only 3000 copies were printed of this collector's edition.

Valley East 1850-2002 chronicles over 100 years of history in the Valley, with over 900 photographs and accounts of the people who carved their homes out of the raw land of the Nickel Basin. This book traces the events that shaped their lives, and the golden ages of lumbering, agriculture, railroading and mining. Many descendents of these early pioneers live in the Valley.  

LET'S MAKE SURE THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY WILL BE THE CHOICES WE CAN LIVE WITH TOMORROW   

We all  need to make some serious choices today that we can live with tomorrow. It is a time for business owners and community leaders to step forward and build a better future for our children by taking some action today.

To illustrate the point, let me share a little story that is a real favourite of mine. It is called, The Carpenter. I don’t know who the original author was, but it was obviously a very wise person.

THE CARPENTER

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career. When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said. "My gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently."

A GREAT STORY! A GREAT LESSON!

We all build our life one day at a time. Often we make poor decisions or do things that we regret and then realize that we have to suffer the consequences of those decisions. We know that if we had it to do all over again we would, but we can’t turn back the clock. We are forced to live with our decisions - good or bad. Each and every one of us is a carpenter, building our own house. The sooner we realize that it is our house and that we will have to live in it for the rest of our life, the sooner we will start weighing the consequences of our "construction". We will then put our best efforts into the building so that we will be able to enjoy the comforts and security of these good decisions and choices. Each day of your life you are hammering nails, placing boards or erecting walls in your personal "house".

IT’S TIME TO RENOVATE VALLEY EAST

Before amalgamation, people were generally proud to call Valley East home. Valley East meant something, especially since we could call ourselves the City of Valley East. And then we were asked to build another house. That house was called The City of Greater Sudbury. This was not something we wanted, and most of us were not really excited about constructing this new home.

We celebrated our 100th birthday in 2004. We are celebrating our 110th birthday in 2014.

It is now time for everyone in Valley East to get up, dust off our clothes, and get busy rebuilding our home. It is time to become truly aware of the good things that are going on in Valley East and to support our friends and neighbours in their efforts at improving the quality of life of those around us.

We don’t have to wait any longer for things to happen in the Greater Sudbury Area. It is time for Valley East to take the lead and rekindle the kind of community spirit for which we were once known throughout the province.

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!

We have two very effective communication tools at our disposal with which to create the level of awareness which is necessary to develop a strong community spirit.

This web site, www.valleyeasttoday.ca  contains a wealth of information about Valley East and should be used by all community leaders to let everyone know about their activities and projects. It is time for us to set the building blocks for a community in which we want to remain for the rest of our lives. Let’s build a proud and strong Valley East today that we can be proud of tomorrow!

Our Valley East Face Book Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday/ is approaching 1400 members and with each person on Face Book having an average of 130 Friends, this gives us the potential to reach out to over 150,000 people in a single day with a single post. An amazing statistic.

    

We're all in This Together
Let's Use The Community Circle of Support

There once was a slave named Androcles who escaped from his master and fled into the forest. 

As he was wandering about he came upon a lion lying down moaning and groaning. 

At first he turned to run away, but when he noticed that the lion did not chase him, he turned back and went up to the mighty beast. As Androcles came near, the lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding. When he looked at the paw he saw a huge thorn which was stuck in it causing all the pain. Androcles pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the lion who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog. The lion then took Androcles to his cave and every day brought him meat on which to survive. 

Shortly afterwards, both Androcles and the lion were captured and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the lion which had been kept without food for several days. The Emperor and his people came to see the spectacle. Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the lion was released from his den and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as the lion came near to Androcles, he recognized his friend and fawned upon him, licking his hands like a friendly dog. When the Emperor was told the whole story, Androcles was set free and the lion let loose to return to his native forest.

This story has a great deal of significance for us today. Even though there appears to be much prosperity and wealth in the world today, when we look closely at the situation, we see a completely different picture. There are hundreds of people living in Valley East who are living in poverty, and like the lion in the story, are reaching out for help of any kind to pull them out of this desolation. There are also many businesses in Valley East which are struggling to survive in these uncertain economic times. With a recession on the horizon and decreasing sales figures, a lot of local businesses have been forced to reduce staff and cut back drastically in all areas in order to keep their doors open in hope of a better future just around the corner. It is not certain how long they can hang on and they too are reaching out for help to pull them out of despair. Finally, the rest of us find ourselves in the enviable position of having good jobs and steady income, but yet, we too are finding that skyrocketing costs are eating up much of our money, forcing us to cut back on spending and search for cost-saving alternatives. We too are reaching out for help.

In the story, Androcles had just escaped and was wandering the forest without any food, knowing that his freedom could disappear at any time, meaning certain disaster. The lion was hurt and needed someone to help him take away his pain so that he could once again walk the forest with confidence. It was Androcles who made the first move to save the lion. Once the lion recovered, it was the lion’s turn to help out Androcles. And in the stadium, the bond between the lion and Androcles stood the ultimate test, resulting in both earning their freedom.

Valley East has a lot in common with the story about the lion and Androcles. Our community is all about businesses and consumers living in harmony in a circle of support. The businesses of Valley East are not looking for customers from Sudbury or the surrounding towns. They are here to provide goods and services to the residents who live in Valley East. 

Consumers who shop locally help keep the businesses viable and healthy by increasing their sales.  As businesses increase their sales, it enables them to expand and put more people to work. 

By reaching out to help each other - that is with residents who are willing to support local businesses and with businesses who are willing to provide local residents with good value for the goods and services purchases - we will all benefit from the power of this Community Circle of Support and move forward into a brighter future with the confidence that we are all in this together. 

VALLEYEASTTODAY.CA IS YOUR WINDOW TO VALLEY EAST 
OPEN THE BLINDS WHILE YOU CAN
"Residents of Valley East Are Indeed Fortunate When It Comes To Being Informed. However, This Good Fortune Should Not Be Taken For Granted."

When it comes to being informed about community events and the accomplishments and achievements of local residents, Valley East surely must count its blessings. The Vision Paper was delivered to each home in Valley East and Capreol for over 10 years. Each week it contained a wealth of information about things that are most important to people living in this part of the City of Greater Sudbury. Each week it provided a venue through which businesses and individuals could communicate to more than 25,000 people. Pierre Charette, owner of The Vision Paper, along with Jean Guy Charette and the entire staff of the company are to be commended for their years of hard work while they operated this publication.

Unfortunately, The Vision Paper ceased publications at the end of 2009. Now we must take the next step and use technology in the form of www.valleyeasttoday.ca , our own community electronic publication and our Face Book Group which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday/ These have become our Window to the Community through which informatiion can be "seen and acknowledged".

Perhaps the best way to introduce the main message of this editorial is to use one of my favourite stories. I simply call it "The Little Red Hen".

One day a little red hen was scratching around in the barnyard when she discovered some grains of wheat. She had a great idea and called all of her barnyard neigbours together.

"If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?"

"Not I," said the cow. "Not I," said the duck. "Not I," said the pig.

"Not I," said the goose. "Then I will," said the little red hen. And she did.

The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. "Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen. "Not I," said the duck. "Out of my classification," said the pig. "I’d lose my seniority," said the cow. "I’d lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen, and she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake the bread?" asked the little red hen. "That would be overtime for me," said the cow. "I’d lose my welfare benefits," said the duck. "I’m a dropout and never learned how," said the pig. "If I’m the only helper, that’s discrimination," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for her neighbours to see. They all wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, "No, I can eat the five loaves myself."

"Excess profits," said the cow. "Capitalist leech," screamed the duck.

"I demand equal rights," yelled the goose. And the pig just grunted. And they painted "unfair" picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen, "You mustn’t be greedy."

"But I earned the bread," said the little red hen.

"Exactly," said the agent. "That’s the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide their product with the idle."

And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and chuckled. "I am grateful. I am grateful"

But her neighbours wondered why she never again baked any more bread.

IT’S TIME TO LOOK THROUGH THE WINDOWS

Valley East Today is the window to the community. But it takes the support and cooperation of individuals, organizations and businesses to keep the window clean. Businesses must use the publication to advertise and promote their goods and services so that the Vision has enough funds to provide space to report on all of the activities.

We encourage people in the community to send us information that can be posted on the web site at . Unless people take advantage of this opportunity, the window will be useless.

Let’s not be like the barnyard animals who were quick to run away when the little red hen needed help and were equally quick to criticize the success of the little red hen. We will all benefit from www.valleyeasttoday.ca and from our Face Book Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday/

It takes a lot of hard work to bring you publications like www.valleyeasttoday.ca  and https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday/ This hard work must be supported by local businesses and local organizations. Individuals must contribute stories and let us know about events that are going on so that they can be covered. Take pride in your community and make a sincere effort to "look through the windows"

Let’s all do our part and we can all share the bread!

  
We Need Not Be Afraid of Adversity. 
It Will Make Us Stronger!
As the community of Valley East continues to struggle in the face of a large economic slow-down, it is becoming clear that our entire future will depend on the courage and tenacity of young people who are willing to avoid the lure of greener pastures in the south. 

Many years ago I took part in a celebration which recognized close to one hundred young entrepreneurs who have set up business in the City of Greater Sudbury during the past ten years or so. Some of those businesses set up in Valley East. It was a very touching ceremony, especially in light of my background in marketing and advertising. I know that small businesses are struggling. I also know that many people who depended on those small businesses for part-time employment have lost their jobs and they too are struggling to make ends meet while attempting to remain in the Sudbury area.

A gentleman by the name of Neil Eskelin once said that the way to understand adversity is to take two identical acorns from the same oak tree and plant them in two different locations. Plant the first one in the middle of a dense forest, and the other one on a hill by itself. The oak standing on a hillside is exposed to every storm and gale. As a result, its roots plunge deep into the earth and spread in every direction, even wrapping themselves around giant boulders. At times it may seem the tree isn’t growing fast enough, but the growth is happening under ground. It’s as if the roots know they must protect the tree from the threatening elements. On the other hand, the acorn planted in the forest becomes a weak, frail sapling - having to compete with giant oaks for nutrients and space. And since it is protected by its neighbours, the little oak doesn’t sense the need to spread its roots for support.

A young person, or even an older person for that matter, who decides to set up business in Valley East is well aware of adversity and challenges. The business will face many “storms”, especially in the early going. The business owners will have to be very much aware of opportunities and be willing to change direction often in an effort to establish strong roots in the form of relationships and associations. The young entrepreneur will have to pay a great deal of attention to quality of work and be responsible for providing only the best of service to clients. At times, it may seem as if the business is doomed to failure, and the long, hard hours of dedication and work will be difficult to take. Growth will also be very slow as the business spreads its roots throughout the community in order to survive.

An immigrant who came to Sudbury from Europe many years ago, and lived his life as a successful businessman, compared life in this city to a cafeteria. When he first arrived in town, he sat down in a cafeteria-style restaurant and waited for someone to take his order. Of course, nobody did. Finally a woman with a tray of food sat down opposite him and informed how a cafeteria worked. She told him to start at one end and then go along the line picking out what he wanted. At the end of the line a person would tell him how much he had to pay. The immigrant explained, “I soon learned that’s how everything works in Sudbury. Life’s a cafeteria here. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can even get success, but you’ll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself.”

These are two very important lessons, not only for young entrepreneurs, but for anyone who has enough confidence in this region to remain in Sudbury, and in particular, Valley East, and build a life here. First of all, don’t be afraid of disappointments, frustration and adversity. It will make you stronger and help you develop a strong root system, which will enable you to survive all storms you will face over the years. Secondly, don’t wait for someone to bring you success. You have to get up and get it yourself.

Good luck to all young people who are ready to give Valley East a shot. Our future depends on you.

 
It is time for Valley East to take a lesson from geese and move to the front of the flock
Have you ever watched geese flying along in the sky in a “V” formation? They fly like that because as each bird in front flaps its wings it creates an updraft for the bird immediately following. By flying together in a “V” formation, it has been estimated that the whole flock adds over 70% to its flying range than if each bird flew on its own. This means that the flock can cover their journey much more quickly and with much less of an effort by working together.

Geese work together so that the entire flock achieves a higher degree of success. You would think that people would be able to discover this strategy as well. It is a known fact that the City of Greater Sudbury is in trouble. Unemployment is up! Businesses are closing! The hospital construction has stopped! We are losing our youth to the south! Many small businesses which are still operating are barely surviving! The jobs that we are losing are high paying jobs in big industry, but the jobs that we replace them with are low-paying entry-level jobs. There is no need to go on.

Yet, in spite of this, we all share a common direction. Everyone living in the City of Greater Sudbury really wants  to do something to improve the situation. We want to help stimulate the economy and create new jobs so that our children can establish a future in their home town. It is precisely this sense of community and common direction which we must harness and use if we have any chance of rising out of our current state and creating a brighter future for everyone in the area.

In order to see how we can do this, we must once again take a lesson from the geese. The situation in Sudbury is bleak, and we must take action soon in order to correct the situation. Since we are all moving in the same direction, we can travel on the thrust of one another and thrive on the encouragement and support. 

What the Greater Sudbury Area needs now is leadership. Valley East is more than capable of providing that leadership. Together, we can use Valley East Today to create the leverage we need to make our own community stronger and then move out to the front of the pack to help bring the rest of the flock - the other municipalities in the City of Greater Sudbury - in the right direction.

We ask that every resident of Valley East make a sincere effort to do their part to help make this community stronger. Valley East once held enviable position of being the fastest growing municipality in the region. We still are and we can still hold our heads up high. 

Amalgamation may have taken away our right to call ourselves the City of Valley East, but that was just a name. We haven't changed as a people. We haven't changed as a community. It is time to move forward, and take a lesson from the geese. It is our turn to move to the front of the formation and lead the flock. Let's prepare for the journey. It is going to take every bit of strength we can muster.

 
Welcome to my Election 2022 Web Site
 

Let me explain why I am running for re-election.
The next Municipal Election for City Council and School Boards will take place on October 24, 2022.
 
I have worked hard during the last 8 years to help position the City of Greater Sudbury for an amazing future. I have been an ardent supporter of the KED, but I have also been a strong supporter of the downtown library / art gallery, Place des Arts, and all of the other cultural developments in the downtown. My concern is for the City of Greater Sudbury as a whole, not just with one particular segment.

Unfortunately, there are some people who only think of promoting development in the downtown core. This coordinated media obsession with the downtown core has created a lot of negativity towards the downtown by people who live in the outlying areas. I want to be part of the next City Council so that I can help erase much of this negativity and so we can continue to develop the entire City, including the downtown.

The following section is a complete overview of why I feel confident that I have the experience and ability to continue to represent my constituents of Ward 5 as well as the residents in all parts of the entire City of Greater Sudbury.

 
Change is not always good !
Don't be fooled with that kind of rehetoric



As residents of the City of Greater Sudbury, you are going to have to decide who you want to represent your Ward and also who you want as your Mayor. Keep in mind that "change is not always good", so anyone who is asking for you to support them because it is time for a change should be examined carefully. You need to know why the candidate thinks that change is necessary and also ask what the candidate thinks that he/she can change.

I am sure that once you read all of the initiatives that I have been involved in during the past 8 years, and all of the activities that I am currently taking part in, you will see that change is definitely not in the best interests of the residents of Ward 5.

Each Councillor has only one vote

City Council consists of a Mayor and 12 Ward Councillors. We each have one vote and we are basically all "mayors" of our own Wards. So, what goes on at City Council and committee meetings is important, but that is not where your Ward Councillor is the most valuable to you, an individual citizen. Your Councillor needs the support of six other members of Council in order to put forward an item on the agenda. So, an individual Councillor doesn't have much impact. Anyone who is running because he/she thinks we need to change members of Council so that different policy decisions will be made really doesn't know much about how City Council functions.

Committed to a minimum of 12 years serving the public

When I was first elected to City Council in 2014, I made a commitment to serve my Ward for a minimum of 12 years, so I will definitely be running again in October 2022 and most likely again in October of 2026.

The importance of experience cannot be understated


From the beginning I understood the importance experience played in order to provide effective and efficient guidance and advocacy for constituents when they contact me with individual concerns. It took me the better part of two years to become knowledgeable and comfortable with the complex municipal organizational structure and to know who to contact to get things accomplished.

Now, after eight years of experience, it would not be fair to the residents of Ward 5 to abandon them and leave them with someone new and inexperienced who would have to learn all over again.  When and if I decide it is time for me to turn my responsibilities to another person, I will make sure my successor is well-prepared to take over. But for now, I am planning on staying for at least four more years. A new representative with no experience will not be able to effectively serve my constituents, and so I look forward to continuing in this role for the next four years.

Demonstrated competency and knowledge outweights promises

 


As I said above, City Council and committee meetings are different. You simply need the wisdom and career/life experiences to make objective, informed, evidence-based decisions that are in the best interests of your Ward and the City as a whole. So, anyone who is running for a position as a Ward Councillor should have demonstrated competency and a knowledge of the history of the community.  It is not enough to promise you will do things for the community. You must have demonstrated that you have been doing a lot for the community.

Full time commitment Is necessary to be most effective as Councillor

You need to have the time to study reports, do your own research, and talk to people who are experts in their field in order to be well-informed at the time that decisions are made at Council. It takes an enormous amount of time to be prepared, and you can definitely see the Councillors who do not do their homework.

I will continue to devote full time to this position

I am fortunate because being on Council is my full-time job. I knew the time commitment when I ran the first time. I also knew that I could never have done this job while I was working as a full-time teacher and my children were younger. Therefore, when it comes to choosing a Ward Councillor who will serve you well on Council and be better prepared when decisions are being made, you need to determine if that person has the time to devote to that part of the job. As mentioned above, you can rest assured that since I am devoting full-time to my job as Councillor of Ward 5, I am available every day at any time of day or night. If you have a concern you just need to email me or phone me.

I am available when you need me

To provide effective advice and direction to individual constituents and organizations, and to advocate for them so that they are treated fairly and consistently takes the kind of experience you only get from spending time in office. This is the second, and most important part of being a City Councillor. It is being available when called upon by your constituents.

Helping individual constituents immediately is my greatest strength

My greatest strength at this time is my ability to use the experience I have gained to be of greatest help to my individual constituents and organizations when they reach out to me. Once again, since I am devoting full-time to my position as Councillor, I am able to be available when they need me. They don't need to wait for answers. And since I now have over seven years of experience under my belt, I know where to turn for answers and am able to provide the kind of guidance and advocacy that they need. When they call their City Councillor, they want to speak to someone with experience who will be able to fight for them.

I will commit myself to at least another four years as Councillor for Ward 5

I will continue for at least another term if my constituents give me another vote of confidence on October 24, 2022. There is a lot of work that I would like to see completed in the next five years, but one of the main reasons I am running again is because I do not feel it would be fair for me to ignore the experience I have gained and abandon the residents of Ward 5. I promised to be at your service for at least 12 years and that is what I intend to do.

    
Let me provide you with a list of my experience on committees as Councillor of Ward 5 during the past eight years.
    
  
Who is Robert Kirwan?
Warren, Robert, Marty, Valerie, Ryan
   

Robert Kirwan is a lifelong resident of Greater Sudbury. He is the oldest child of Thomas and Audrey Kirwan, both deceased. Thomas enjoyed a career with INCO, mainly in management at the Iron Ore Recovery Plant in Copper Cliff. Robert’s four brothers and sisters (Frank, Carol, Wayne and Janet) all live in the Sudbury area. He spent the first five years of his life in Coniston before moving to Lively at the age of 5.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math and Economics from Laurentian University in 1972. He obtained an Elementary Teaching Diploma from North Bay Teachers’ College in 1973 and completed his post-secondary education with a Master’s Degree in Education in 1985 from Central Michigan University. He still carries the designation of an Ontario Certified Teacher.

Robert met his wife, Valerie (Starcevic) in 1968. She grew up in Creighton Mine. They were married in 1972, moved to Valley East in 1974, and have lived in the same house ever since. Bob and Val raised three sons who all graduated from Laurentian University with degrees from the School of Commerce.  Ryan is an independent mortgage broker in Sudbury; Warren is a school teacher in Barrie with the Simcoe District School Board; and Marty is a police officer with the Peel Regional Police Department.  The Kirwans have seven grandchildren.

Robert had a successful 28-year career as a teacher with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, including nine years as President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, Sudbury Elementary Unit. He has been an independent business consultant since 1985. He provides education-based business development services to the private and public sectors.  He completed a four-year term as an elected Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board from 2010 to 2014.

Robert has also hosted his own live talk radio show, The Learning Clinic, on CKLU 96.5FM from Laurentian University.

Robert Kirwan is serving his second term as City Councillor for Ward 5. He was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

One of his most important roles is to ensure that his constituents are well informed when it comes to municipal policies and services. He uses all forms of media to meet this responsibility, including main stream media venues as well as facebook, through the site that he and Valerie run at https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday

He also acts as an advocate for individual residents and business owners in order to help them in their dealings with the city. It is important for everyone to feel that they have received due consideration for their concerns and issues and that they have been treated fairly by the city.

As a representative on City Council he is responsible for representing the collective interests of the people living in Ward 5. In order to fulfill this responsibility, Kirwan states that it is important for him to continue to work with as wide a range of groups and organizations in Ward 5 as possible so that he has a better understanding of the needs of all residents in order to be their voice on City Council. He is committed to representing every man, woman and child living in Ward 5 and to advocate on their behalf.

At the same time, Kirwan believes that what is in the best interests of Ward 5 must also be consistent with what is in the best interests of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. Kirwan describes himself as a pragmatist who takes a practical approach to problem-solving and is primarily concerned with the success or failure of his actions. He feels that many of the challenges facing the City of Greater Sudbury can be resolved with a willingness of Councillors to incorporate new and innovative ideas to develop business plans that are designed to help the City of Greater Sudbury become a growing, world-class community bringing talent, technology and a great northern lifestyle to all residents.

 
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE
VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5
  
 
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Valley East portion of Ward 5. I will create another page with a focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
  

It has been my privilege to serve as City Councillor for Ward 5 since 2014.

At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community.

I am not here to make any promises. Rather, I want to highlight what I have done over the past eight years to earn your confidence and support. You have seen me establish that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have consistently demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I am now asking for your support in the Municipal Election on October 24, 2022, so I may continue in that role for the next four years in order to complete a number of initiatives that I have been involved with and to ensure that best interests of all residents of the City of Greater Sudbury are being met.

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

The City of Greater Sudbury is on the verge of some major changes as we prepare for the next four years. I am excited about our prospects, but change is not going to come easy. We are going to have to focus our energy and resources in some areas that will set the foundation for a future that will acknowledge the health and social needs of an aging population while addressing the employment and housing needs of our low income families. I am asking for your support to re-elect me as your Ward 5 Councillor so that I can continue to implement some of the initiatives that we have started during the past four years.

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

Ward 5 is one of the most diverse sections of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has been an honour to be able to represent constituents from the northwest portion of Sudbury as well as from the Valley because it gives me the opportunity to examine the major issues and concerns facing this city from all perspectives. I am now humbly asking you to give me your vote again so that I can be re-elected as Councillor of Ward 5. I feel that the past eight years have given me significant insight into the major concerns and needs of all of the residents living in the Valley portion of Ward 5 and I would like to continue to serve you during the next term of Council, which we all know is going to be an extremely challenging period for this city.

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

During the past eight years on Council I found that my previous career and political experiences have served me well in advocating for literally hundreds of constituents who have contacted me for personal assistance on a wide range of issues. Whether it is making an application for rezoning, problems with drainage, helping people with organizing a petition or taking part in a store opening, when anyone contacts me for help, I make every effort to be there for them on the same day. My primary role is to make sure that each constituent has someone to call or speak with if they have any municipal issues. The fact that I am available on a full time basis to serve my ward allows me to get back to constituents in a timely manner and to meet them at a time that is convenient to their schedules. This is an important part of the job of Councillor.

VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

The Valley East portion of the Ward includes everything south of Dominion Drive up to the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre which takes in Val Caron, Blezard Valley, Guilletville, and McCrea Heights. The Sudbury portion of the Ward extends from the Terry Fox fields to Ryan Heights, up along Notre Dame to the corner of Lasalle & Notre Dame and then east along Lasalle to Rideau and everything on both sides of Lasalle.

Your vote in the October 24, 2022 election will be much appreciated and I guarantee that you won’t regret giving me your support for another four years. I have had significant influence in launching a major transition period in our city and I would like to spend the next four years finishing what we started. My wife and I have lived in Valley East since 1974 and I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about the potential for growth and development in our community as I am now.

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

My record as your Councillor for Ward 5 for the past eight years is what I am hoping will convince you to give me a chance to continue in this role for another four years. I have tried my best to be an effective voice for the Valley portion of Ward 5 while debating the issues and policies at Council meetings.

I have discovered that each neighbourhood in this part of the ward is faced with different challenges and a wide variety of unique needs. With each successive year, my experience base becomes broader and I am able to navigate the complex world of municipal services more efficiently and effectively.

I trust I have met your expectations as a Councillor. If so, I would be honoured to continue in this role for the next four years. If you give me your vote on October 24, 2022 I feel confident that I can do an even better job on your behalf as a result of the experience I have gained during this past term.

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

The Kingsway Entertainment District and the Downtown Arts and Culture District: I am proud of the role that I played in putting in motion the transformational projects that will solidify the future of the City of Greater Sudbury. As you know, I was one of the strongest supporters of the Kingsway Entertainment District, but the real reason for putting my support behind the development of the new arena, the new Gateway Casino and the new Genesis Hospitality hotel on the Kingsway was so that we would be able to approve the downtown developments that will include a new library, a new art gallery, a new convention and performance centre, Place des Arts, a new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, and a new Tom Davies Square Courtyard. I would like to be re-elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 so that I can help move all of those projects forward. Even though Place des Arts is open and the Kingsway Entertainment District is close to receiving the final budget and approval, there are still many challenges and decisions yet to be made with the rest of the big projects and I know that I have the ability to be influential in the successful competition of our plans.

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

The Transit Action Plan: I spent a great deal of time working with the Transit Department in the development of a new Transit Action plan that has laid the groundwork for the future. The Transit Action Plan continues to improve our routes and times. The Affordable Transit Fare Structure will make it less expensive to use public transit. I would also like to continue to work with the Transit Safety Task Force to make sure that everyone who uses public transit or who works for public transit is safe and comfortable in all environments. I know that a lot of my Valley constituents would like to use public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward into the future.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

Keeping tax increases as low as possible: We have been doing everything we can to keep municipal tax increases to a minimum. With so many services being provided to the different sectors of the community, we have obligations to maintain the level of service, but the cost of doing so is rising much faster than inflation. I want to continue to be the Voice of Ward 5 residents because for the past eight years I have gained knowledge and insight into the budget process that will help me ensure that taxes are minimized in the coming term. It is going to be very challenging to deal with our aging infrastructure as well as the needs of our older adults and low income residents who are in need of affordable housing, but I believe I can be influential in helping guide Council in making wise investments that will stimulate growth of our economy. The best way to keep taxes low is to make sure that we are attracting new commercial and residential development. That is my goal for the next four years.

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Infrastructure: We are governed by provincial legislation when it comes to providing quality Water / Wastewater services to our residents. We cannot use money from the general tax levy to cover any of our expenses, and so the only revenue we can generate is through water bills. Because of our aging infrastructure, we are going to be forced to implement higher water rate increases than we would like to, but it is going to be necessary to cover the costs of the service. I have worked as Chair of the Operations Committee for the first four years and continued to serve on this committee during the past four years. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years in order to make sure that we are making the right choices when it comes to water / wastewater services and rates. The infrastructure in many parts of Ward 5 is very old and we are starting to experience more and more water main breaks. I want to make sure we can deal with these emergencies.

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

Playground Revitalization: I am proud of my involvement in helping create the playground revitalization strategy. We were able to revitalize Pinecrest and Macmillan Playgrounds under this program and we are continuing to add smaller improvements to some of the others. Playgrounds and their parks are becoming so important as we ensure that there is suitable opportunity for children and their families to enjoy wholesome recreation within walking distance of their homes. Older adults are also using the parks with their grandchildren and even just to enjoy a bit of fresh air and socialization. I am also working with the Valley East Community Action Network and several other playground associations to help them upgrade and improve their parks and playgrounds in addition to the revitalization program. This is going to be a high priority for me in the next term.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

I have been involved in the following committees and boards during my eight years as a member of City Council:

Planning Committee; Chair (2 years); Vice-Chair (2 years)

Population Health Safety & Well-Being Panel; Co-Chair (4 years)

Seniors’ Advisory Panel; Co-Chair (8 years)

Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair (4 years)

Committee of Management for Pioneer Manor; Chair (4 years)

Public Health Sudbury & Districts; Board member (8 years)

Operations Committee; Chair (4 years); Member (8 years)

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

I have been Chair of the Planning Committee for the final two years of this term, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for the next four years. This is a committee that can have a significant impact on new development across the city and it has been so satisfying working with the private sector to help them achieve their goals, whether for new subdivision development or new commercial interests. We are working on some exciting changes that will help us expand some of our industrial park land in order to allow new development in more appropriate locations in the city. In addition, we are making some changes to the Zoning By-Law and the Official Plan that will make it easier for developers to get the necessary approvals for new development that is much needed for the future.

CO-CHAIR OF THE POPULATION HEALTH SAFETY & WELL-BEING PANEL

The PHSWB Panel is a group of very influential leaders from many sectors of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our goal is to develop a collaborative approach to removing the barriers to ensuring the safety and well being of all residents of our city. This is a group that began meeting in 2022 and will address some of the major issues that our residents are dealing with in areas such as mental health and addictions and housing. We have just begun examining a comprehensive COVID recovery plan that addresses mental health and resilience as one of our top, underlying priorities. We meet monthly in order to maintain the momentum that is needed to move forward with our priorities and collaborate with other organizations, including the GSPS, PHSD, and HSN.

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

As Chair of the Operations Committee during my first four years, and as a committee member for the past four years, we established a number of new policies and protocols to deal with our aging infrastructure. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years to help implement a number of changes we are putting in place to improve winter maintenance of our roads and sidewalks, a strategic approach to road maintenance and repair of our main arterial road network, some safety enhancements we are making to our intersections and high risk roads, and programs that will make our streets more pedestrian and biker friendly. We are embarking on safety initiatives such as photo radar and red light camera installations at intersections that demonstrate the greatest risk of accidents.

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

As Chair of the Committee of Management of Pioneer Manor for the first four years we did a great deal to move a number of projects and initiatives forward. For the past four years we have included Pioneer Manor under the Community Services Committee. I am also a member of that committee so I am able to continue to be involved with Pioneer Manor. I would like the opportunity to work on the completion of our $63 million bed redevelopment project so that we can repurpose the six wings which include 94 rooms that will be available to meet the needs of the community. We are considering a number of possibilities including using some of the rooms for alternative level of care patients from the hospital; using the rooms as temporary residential settings for clients who are homeless or in need of transitional shelter; using one or two wings as a student residence for students who are training to become a health care worker of some sort and who would be able to earn their practicum credits at Pioneer Manor. We have come so far in the past several years and I would like the chance to help bring some of the projects forward. We are also at the point where the Province is placing a lot of emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of our long term care residents, and it is going to be an exciting time during the next several years. I am prepared to use the experience I have gained during the past eight years to continue to advance the improvements in our long term care homes.

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

As Co-Chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the past eight years we have done so much to bring awareness to the community of the needs of our older adults. I would like to be able to continue to help implement the many Age Friendly Strategy initiatives that we have put in place. Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council. I was extremely proud to be the facilitator and organizer of the Seniors’ Summit 2019 which produced the framework for a Seniors’ Strategy that I hope to work on during the next four years. We are going to be using our influence to recommend the development of more housing options for seniors, including shared housing initiatives. We are also going to be promoting the expansion of home care to address the health and wellness, as well as the general day to day maintenance requirements that older adults need in order to age in place.

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

As Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation for my first four years I helped improve the quality of life for many of our rent-geared-to-income residents. For the past four years the responsibility for the GSHC has been taken over by City Council, which means that the entire Council is the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overseeing future development and operation of the 1848 units owned by the GSHC. I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness. We have made a lot of progress on a revitalization plan for our housing portfolio. I want to help implement the changes. In addition, we need to address the safety concerns that have surfaced in recent years. Too many of our residents are being inconvenienced by tenants who are not abiding by the general rules and are causing distress among other tenants. We need to deal with this in the coming years and I know that my previous experience will be helpful in focusing on the policies that must be implemented.

WORKERS MEMORIAL YOUTH PARK

The Pandemic has put a hold on the development of the Workers Memorial Youth Park, but hopefully we will be able to initiate a community wide campaign to raise individual and corporate donations for the million dollar Valley East Workers Memorial Youth Park that will eventually be constructed on the southeast section of Confederation Secondary School property. This project was started by Ecole Jean Paul II School and it is my dream to see it open before the end of the next term with a skate park, a spash pad, a tot lot playground, a shaded sitting area, washrooms and change rooms, a new tennis court, and an outdoor rink that will turn into pickle ball courts in the summer. I have already been in discussions with the Valley East Community Action Network to see if they will take the lead in this development.

DEVELOPMENT OF HARC TOWN CENTRE

Development of our Town Centre: I am going to continue to work with Leisure Services on plans to complete the 28 acre undeveloped portion of the Howard Armstrong Regional Park that was always intended to be the Town Centre for the community of Valley East. Now that City Council has approved the Valley East Multi-Purpose Twin Pad Sports Complex I will continue to work towards finding funding sources so that this facility plus the improvements to the remaining 20 acre park can be officially opened before the end of the next term. We have come so far with this project and I would like to come back to help continue with the development during the next four years.

EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL PARK

The expansion and development of the Valley East Industrial Park; This will be one of my top priorities in the coming term. I have been working with the Planning Department to put in place a plan to expand the park with additional land to the east and will be making sure that we market and promote this as an attractive location for commercial and industrial growth. We are currently in the process of developing an Employment Land Review and Strategy which will examine our existing industrial park lands and look as how to make them more attractive to future investment.

COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT

Community Hub Development: I have been a strong proponent of the use of surplus schools as community hubs and we now have a community hub strategy in place for the city. My goal is to eventually see surplus schools turned into a community hub, serving the neighbourhoods in their catchment areas. I will champion the development of all future surplus schools into community hubs along with the building of affordable senior residences on the school property. There is even the potential of using single detached houses in certain neighbourhoods to create neighbourhood hubs for older adults living nearby. These are initiatives that we must explore over the next four years. I have become somewhat of a community hub champion and expert on City Council for the past eight years and would like to continue to work towards making this happen.

REVITALIZATION OF KALMO BEACH

The revitalization of the Kalmo Beach is high on the priority list for the next term of council. This is going to be a collaborative approach with contributions from the City, community organizations and individual donations. This park could be one of the most attractive sites in the Valley with a little bit of help. We are ready to present a 10 year plan to City Council that will eventually turn this into a four season recreation centre. Now that the Paquette-Whitson drainage project is complete, there is the possibility of having a walking / cycling trail going all the way from the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre to Kalmo Beach. That is my vision and it is what I would like to continue working on.

SUPER ASSOCIATION OF PLAYGROUNDS

One of my priorities during the next term will be to continue to revitalize local playgrounds through neighbourhood associations. There are some parks that are in close proximity and could benefit from combining their resources to form a “super association”. For example, Pinecrest, Carol Richard Park, and Macmillan playgrounds are located in a distinct part of Ward 5. A super association of neighbourhoods would allow residents to leverage the strengths of each playground and get more community involvement in activities and initiatives.

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

We have seen in recent years that whenever a developer establishes a new residential complex, the new units are rented even before they are built. There are many older adults in Ward 5 who find that they are having more and more difficulty being able to maintain the house that they have lived in for decades. They want to downsize, but they just don’t want to leave the community. I am going to work with developers who want to use the vast amount of land that we have in the Valley to build the kind of living accommodations that older adults are looking for. We want our older adults to be able to enjoy a quality of life that they deserve in the community that they have called home for so many years.

WHITSON LAKE WATER LEVEL

The water level in Whitson Lake has been difficult to maintain during the past several years. I will continue to work with residents of the lake to find solutions that will keep the water levels high enough so that people can use their boats in the summer and enjoy the use of Kalmo Beach. The dam that is owned by Vale needs to be adjusted to keep the water at a higher level while still adhering to the requirements of the Ministry. I have been working with some of the waterfront residents on this matter for several years. We are inching forward and are close to arriving at a solution.

FIRE SERVICES IN VALLEY EAST

We now have a full-time fire service at Station 16 in Val Therese. This means that we always have four full time firefighters on duty at all times. But we also have the additional services of some of the finest volunteer firefighters in the entire City. I am going to do everything I can to improve the recruitment and retention strategies that are in place in order to make sure that we have full complements of volunteers at Stations 15, 16 and 17 to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our residents. This combination of volunteer and career firefighters will give residents of Valley East the greatest level of protection in the entire City.

HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYGROUND

Now that the playground at Hidden Valley has finally been installed, I intend to work with the residents of that part of Val Caron to do whatever is needed to add to the facilities and develop a strong and viable neighbourhood association to get the most benefit from the playground. It has been a long, hard fought journey to this point, and now that it is up, it is time to make this become a focal point moving forward.

ARTERIAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

So much has been done over the past eight years to improve the conditions of our arterial road network in the Valley. We have used large area patching along MR 80 and have all but replaced the worse stretches of road surface. I am so pleased to have been able to get the road done in Blezard Valley and the resurfacing of the stretch from McCrea Heights to Sudbury. However, there are still some other connecting roads in the Valley that I want to bring up to higher standards over the next four years. Valleyview Road, Dominion Drive West and Martin Road, Main Street East and Kalmo / Bodson Drive, are some of the areas that I would like to see improved over the next few years.

PAQUETTE – WHITSON DRAINAGE PROJECT

The $13 million Paquette – Whitson drainage project is pretty well completed and we should be seeing some impact of this project over the next couple of years. One of the most exciting things about this project is that it will allow for a wonderful walking/cycling trail from Dominion Drive right over to Main Street East. This will be a spectacular recreational area that will be worked on over the next couple of years. The project has also removed a great deal of land from the flood plain. This will not enable developers to move forward with their plans of subdivision. I will work with developers in the next several years to see what we need to do to get them to begin their construction projects.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

I am excited to work with the Valley East Community Action Network, Carefour Senator Rheal Belisle, Valleyview Community Church, and the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre  to ensure that our community celebrations get back to normal after the end of the pandemic. We have some annual celebrations including Family Day in February at Centennial Arena, Canada Day on July 1 in Blezard Valley, Valley East Days in September, Family Fun Day in Blezard Valley in July, and the Friday Night Drive In Movies at the Valleyview Community Church. I intend to continue to provide whatever support we can through the city to make sure that these events can pick up where they left off before the pandemic.

WASTE COLLECTION AND VALLEY EAST LANDFILL SITE

I am extremely happy with how residents of Valley East have worked hard to improve the use of green bins and blue boxes in response to our every second week garbage pick-up. As I drive around the Valley I notice that there are more and more properties with a single bag/container of garbage every second week. But the number of blue boxes and green bins has continuously expanded. City staff and contractors have been very courteous and I am receiving fewer complaints from residents. I am also pleased with how the Waste Management Managers have done everything they can to satisfy our residents. Whenever there is a problem or issue, they are quick to send someone out to resolve the missed pickup or other problem.

RV DUMP IN VAL CARON

I was disappointed when City Council approved the closure of the RV Dump at the Valley East Wastewater Station, but I will continue to do what I can to open this site up again. This may take time but hopefully I will be able to convince Council that this RV Dump station is needed.

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

I have spent a lot of time during the past eight years putting the groundwork in place that can see a number of other enhancements in our community. There is so much more that I would like to share with you about what I plan to accomplish over the next four years. I hope that I have shown you and all of my constituents that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I come to you today to ask for your vote on October 24, 2022 so that I may have the honour of serving you for the next four years as Councillor of Ward 5. Thank you for your support!

   
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE
SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5
  
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
 
  
  At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community and has set the stage for the next four years if I am successful in getting re-elected on October 24, 2022.

I am not here to make any promises. After you have served as a City Councillor for a few years you learn that it is important to avoid raising false and misleading expectations among your constituents. There are some things that are impossible to achieve, and so it does no good to promise the moon and then fail to deliver. Our expectations as a City Council are more realistic and we make sure to include the right strategies which will make it possible for us to achieve our objectives. A good Councillor does not make outrageous promises.

So, instead of making promises, I want to highlight what I have done over the past eight years to earn your confidence and support. You have seen me establish that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests of residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury as a whole. I think I have consistently demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate no matter what your issue. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

The City of Greater Sudbury is on the verge of some major changes as we prepare for the next four years. I am excited about our prospects, but change is not going to come easy. We are going to have to focus our energy and resources in some areas that will set the foundation for a future that will acknowledge the health and social needs of an aging population while addressing the employment and housing needs of our low income families. I am asking for your support so that I can continue to implement some of the initiatives that we have started during the past four years.

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

Ward 5 is one of the most diverse sections of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has been an honour to be able to represent constituents from the northwest portion of Sudbury as well as from the Valley because it gives me the opportunity to examine the major issues and concerns facing this city from all perspectives. I feel that the past eight years have given me significant insight into the major concerns and needs of all of the residents living in the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 and I would like to continue to serve you during the next term of Council, which we all know is going to be an extremely challenging period for this city.

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

During the past eight years on Council I found that my previous career and political experiences have served me well in advocating for literally hundreds of constituents who have contacted me for personal assistance on a wide range of issues. Whether it is making an application for rezoning, problems with drainage, helping people with organizing a petition or taking part in a store opening, when anyone contacts me for help, I make every effort to be there for them on the same day. My primary role is to make sure that each constituent has someone to call or speak with if they have any municipal issues. The fact that I am available on a full time basis to serve my ward allows me to get back to constituents in a timely manner and to meet them when it is convenient to their schedules. This is an important part of the job of Councillor.

SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

The Sudbury portion of the Ward 5 extends from the Terry Fox fields to Ryan Heights, up along Notre Dame to the corner of Lasalle & Notre Dame and then east along Lasalle to Rideau and everything on both sides of Lasalle. The Valley East portion of the Ward includes everything south of Dominion Drive up to the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre which takes in Val Caron, Blezard Valley, Guilletville, and McCrea Heights.

I have had significant influence in navigating a major transition period in our city and I would like to spend the next four years finishing what we started. My wife and I have lived our entire lives in the City of Greater Sudbury and have lived in Valley East since 1974. I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about the potential for growth and development in our community as I am now.

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

I have tried my best to be an effective voice for the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 while debating the issues and policies at Council meetings. My record speaks for itself. I have discovered that each neighbourhood in this part of the ward is faced with different challenges and a wide variety of unique needs. With each successive year, my experience base becomes broader and I am able to navigate the complex world of municipal services more efficiently and effectively.

I trust I have met your expectations as a Councillor and would be honoured to continue in this role for the next four years. I feel confident that I can do an even better job on your behalf as a result of the experience I have gained during these past eight years.

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

The Kingsway Entertainment District and the Downtown Arts and Culture District: I am proud of the role that I played in putting in motion the transformational projects that will solidify the future of the City of Greater Sudbury. As you know, I was one of the strongest supporters of the Kingsway Entertainment District, but the real reason for putting my support behind the development of the new arena, the new Gateway Casino and the Genesis Hospitality hotel on the Kingsway was so that we would be able to approve the downtown developments that will include a new library, a new art gallery, a new convention and performance centre, Place des Arts, a new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, and a new Tom Davies Square Courtyard. I would like to be re-elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 so that I can help move all of those projects forward. Even though Place des Arts is open and the Kingsway Entertainment District is close to receiving the final budget and approval, there are still many challenges and decisions yet to be made with the rest of the big projects and I know that I have the ability to be influential in the successful completion of our plans.

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

The Transit Action Plan: I spent a great deal of time working with the Transit Department in the development of a new Transit Action plan that has laid the groundwork for the future. The Transit Action Plan continues to improve our routes and times. The Affordable Transit Fare Structure will make it less expensive to use public transit. I would also like to continue to work with the Transit Safety Task Force to make sure that everyone who uses public transit or who works for public transit is safe and comfortable in all environments. I know that a lot of my Sudbury constituents rely upon public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward into the future.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

Keeping tax increases as low as possible: We have been doing everything we can to keep municipal tax increases to a minimum. With so many services being provided to the different sectors of the community, we have obligations to maintain the level of service, but the cost of doing so is rising much faster than inflation. I want to continue to be the Voice of Ward 5 residents because for the past eight years I have gained knowledge and insight into the budget process that will help me ensure that taxes are minimized in the coming term. It is going to be very challenging to deal with our aging infrastructure as well as the needs of our older adults and low income residents who are in need of affordable housing, but I believe I can be influential in helping guide Council in making wise investments that will stimulate growth of our economy. The best way to keep taxes low is to make sure that we are attracting new commercial and residential development. That is my goal for the next four years.

COMPLETION OF MALEY DRIVE PROJECT

I played a significant role in the final decision to go ahead with the Maley Drive Project. This new road has greatly reduced the amount of traffic on Lasalle Blvd. and has virtually taken all of the large industrial trucks off that road. This has benefited residents of Ward 5 living along Lasalle, but it has also provided a more direct route to the east end of the City and to Barrydowne Road for residents of the Valley. The Maley Drive extension also moves the Barrydowne Extension a bit closer to a possibility. That may be the next major roadway worked on next.

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Infrastructure: We are governed by provincial legislation when it comes to providing quality Water / Wastewater services to our residents. We cannot use money from the general tax levy to cover any of our expenses, and so the only revenue we can generate is through water bills. Because of our aging infrastructure, we are going to be forced to implement higher water rate increases than we would like to, but it is going to be necessary to cover the costs of the service. I have worked as Chair of the Operations Committee for the first four years and continued to serve on this committee during the past four years. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years in order to make sure that we are making the right choices when it comes to water / wastewater services and rates. The infrastructure in many parts of Ward 5 is very old and we are starting to experience more and more water main breaks. I want to make sure we can deal with these emergencies.

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CAPITAL PRIORITY POLICY

I have enjoyed working with City Council and staff in developing and implementing a new strategy for determining capital priorities which will be a shift from the pay-as-you-go philosophy which has been used in the past to a debt-financing approach to capital projects where borrowing makes sense. This will allow us to be able to take full advantage of leveraging outside funding opportunities when they come up and will encourage us to put our decisions into action effectively and efficiently. This policy is working well and needs to be refined over the next four years as we focus on some of our major infrastructure deficit needs. But at least we are in a place now where we can take advantage of opportunities to secure debt financing when it is beneficial and cost-effective.

ENCOURAGING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS

We have adopted a new plan for encouraging and approving unsolicited proposals from the private and not-for-profit sectors. This will provide parties to approach the city, in confidence, with proposals for collaborative partnerships on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. If City Council feels that the proposal is beneficial to the citizens of the city, then we can enter into agreements and proceed as partners. This will demonstrate that we are open for business in the coming years.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY

We have a new Affordable Housing Strategy which has included the city taking over the management and operations of the 1848 units that belong to the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation. We will be looking at how we can incorporate the Affordable Housing Strategy along with the GSHC units to raise the standards for all 4500 social housing units throughout the city. A lot of work has been done during the past 8 years, and we will be making housing a much higher priority in the coming four years. We need to increase our inventory of affordable housing units and renovate some of our aging stock.

POPULATION HEALTH STRATEGY

A Population Health Strategy will change the way we look at our neighbourhoods. We will be looking to proactively address the social determinants of health from an upstream approach designed to give residents more opportunity to experience a positive quality of life that was once elusive to many of our deprived neighbourhoods. Much has been done in this regard during the past several year, and as we move into the post-pandemic period, we will be addressing the social determinants of health that have been barriers for so many people as they strive for a better quality of life. We have some very effective plans in place and will be prioritizing this in the coming years.

COMMUNITY HUB STRATEGY

We now have a Community Hub Strategy which recognizes the need to provide services in a cluster, or hub, environment in order to better utilize surplus schools and other public buildings. These community hubs may lead to the growth of affordable housing complexes in some of our most spacious property in the outlying areas. I have been recognized on Council as being a champion for community hubs and I am sure that our experiences during the pandemic have made everyone realize that we need well positioned community hubs throughout our entire city. I am hoping to make great strides in this area during the next four years.

AGE FRIENDLY STRATEGY

We have approved a new Age Friendly Strategy which will inform all decisions that are made by City Council moving forward. We will examine how all of our decisions are recognizing the needs of older adults by looking at everything through an Age Friendly lens. The Age Friendly Strategy Committee works under the Seniors’ Advisory Panel. I have been a member of the Age Friendly Strategy Committee and can assure everyone that we will continue to review and evaluate ways that we can make the city much more age friendly in the coming years.

GETTING RID OF RED TAPE IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

We have been continuously looking for ways to streamline our development approvals process. Developers can now take part in a new SPART (Sudbury Planning Application Review Team) meeting procedure whereby they meet with all of the city departments in advance of submitting an application in order to make the planning and approval process more of a collaborative exercise. This is a remarkable change in approach that has been well received by developers and staff alike.

SHIFTING FROM RISK AVOIDANCE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

Perhaps the most important change that I have been proud to be part of is that we are seeing the management and staff at Tom Davies Square as well as City Council, shifting from a culture that was best described as “risk avoidance” to one that is moving towards a “risk management style”. Instead of examining proposals and projects to see “why they won’t work”, we are now looking at proposals and projects to find out “what we can do to make it work”. This is the one change that underlies all other changes during the past four years. We are looking for ways of making good ideas work and we are operating at the “speed of business”. This will allow us to take advantage of some tremendous opportunities in the coming years.

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

Playground Revitalization: I am proud of my involvement in helping create the playground revitalization strategy. We were able to revitalize the Ryan Heights, Pinecrest, MacMillan and Hidden Valley playgrounds and we are continuing to add smaller improvements to some of the others. Playgrounds and their parks are becoming so important as we ensure that there is suitable opportunity for children and their families to enjoy wholesome recreation within walking distance of their homes. Older adults are also using the parks with their grandchildren and even just to enjoy a bit of fresh air and socialization. I am going to work even more closely with the neighbourhood associations to help them upgrade and improve their parks and playgrounds in addition to the revitalization program. This is going to be a high priority for me in the next term.

LED LIGHTING PROJECT

Our LED lighting project has allowed us to replace all of our street lights, greatly benefiting residents of Ward 5. The enhanced lighting makes the area much safer for everyone.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

I have been involved in a number of committees and boards during my eight years.

Planning Committee; Chair (2 years); Vice-Chair (2 years)

Population Health Safety & Well-Being Panel; Co-Chair (4 years)

Seniors’ Advisory Panel; Co-Chair (8 years)

Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair (4 years)

Committee of Management for Pioneer Manor; Chair (4 years)

Public Health Sudbury & Districts; Board member (8 years)

Operations Committee; Chair (4 years); Member (8 years)

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

I have been Chair of the Planning Committee for the final two years of this term, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for the next four years. This is a committee that can have a significant impact on new development across the city and it has been so satisfying working with the private sector to help them achieve their goals, whether for new subdivision development or new commercial interests. We are working on some exciting changes that will help us expand some of our industrial park land in order to allow new development in more appropriate locations in the city. In addition, we are making some changes to the Zoning By-Law and the Official Plan that will make it easier for developers to get the necessary approvals for new development that is much needed for the future.

CO-CHAIR OF THE POPULATION HEALTH COMMUNITY SAFETY & WELL-BEING PANEL

The PHCSWB Panel is a group of very influential leaders from many sectors of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our goal is to develop a collaborative approach to removing the barriers to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents of our city. This group began meeting in 2022 and will address some of the major issues that our residents are dealing with in areas such as mental health and addictions and housing. We have just begun examining a comprehensive COVID recovery plan that addresses mental health and resilience as one of our top, underlying priorities. We meet monthly in order to maintain the momentum that is needed to move forward with our priorities and collaborate with other organizations, including the GSPS, PHSD, and HSN.

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

As Chair of the Operations Committee during my first four years, and as a committee member for the past four years, we established a number of new policies and protocols to deal with our aging infrastructure. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years to help implement a number of changes we are putting in place to improve winter maintenance of our roads and sidewalks, a strategic approach to road maintenance and repair of our main arterial road network, some safety enhancements we are making to our intersections and high risk roads, and programs that will make our streets more pedestrian and biker friendly. We are embarking on safety initiatives such as photo radar and red light camera installations at intersections that demonstrate the greatest risk of accidents.

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

As Chair of the Committee of Management of Pioneer Manor for the first four years we did a great deal to move a number of projects and initiatives forward. For the past four years we have included Pioneer Manor under the Community Development Committee, and I am also a member of that committee so I am able to continue to be involved with Pioneer Manor. I would like the opportunity to work on the completion of our bed redevelopment program so that we can repurpose the six wings that include 94 rooms that will be available to meet the needs of the community. We are considering a number of possibilities including using some of the rooms for alternative level of care patients from the hospital; using the rooms as temporary residential settings for clients who are homeless or in need of transitional shelter; using one or two wings as a student residence for students who are training to become a health care worker of some sort and who would be able to earn their practicum credits at Pioneer Manor. We have come so far in the past several years and I would like the chance to help bring some of the projects forward. We are also at the point where the Province is placing a lot of emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of our long term care residents, and it is going to be an exciting time during the next several years. I am prepared to use the experience I have gained during the past eight years to continue to advance the improvements in our long term care homes.

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

As Co-Chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the past eight years we have done so much to bring awareness to the community of the needs of our older adults. I would like to be able to continue to help implement the many Age Friendly Strategy initiatives that we have put in place. Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council. I was extremely proud to be the facilitator and organizer of the Seniors’ Summit 2019 which produced the framework for a Seniors’ Strategy that I hope to work on during the next four years. We are going to be using our influence to recommend the development of more housing options for seniors, including shared housing initiatives. We are also going to be promoting the expansion of home care to address the health and wellness, as well as the general day to day maintenance requirements that older adults need in order to age in place.

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

As Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation for my first four years I helped improve the quality of life for many of our rent-geared-to-income residents. For the past four years the responsibility for the GSHC has been taken over by City Council, which means that the entire Council is the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overseeing future development and operation of the 1848 units owned by the GSHC. I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness. We have made a lot of progress on a revitalization plan for our housing portfolio. I want to help implement the changes. In addition, we need to address the safety concerns that have surfaced in recent years. Too many of our residents are being inconvenienced by tenants who are not abiding by the general rules and are causing distress among other tenants. We need to deal with this in the coming years and I know that my previous experience will be helpful in focusing on the policies that must be implemented.

OTHER MAJOR INITIATIVES IMPACTING RESIDENTS OF WARD 5

There are a number of major initiatives that I have been directly involved in over the past eight years that have helped to improve the general quality of life for residents in this part of the city.

SITE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES IN SUDBURY PORTION OF WAR 5

There have also been a number of site specific initiatives that I have been actively involved in during the past eight years. Some of these activities have been one time endeavours, while others have resulted in long term, ongoing benefits to the residents:

LASALLE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR PLAN AND STRATEGY

I have been actively supporting staff in developing the Lasalle Boulevard Corridor Plan and Strategy which will end up creating a new land use framework for Lasalle Blvd. This will result in integrating high-quality intensification that will support public transit and encourage improvements in the area of active transportation. The improvements will benefit the residents of Ward 5 as Lasalle becomes more conducive to active transportation and generally looks and feels much better.

NOTRE DAME AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

Notre Dame Avenue has seen some tremendous improvements to the road conditions and now with the new bike lanes and sidewalk replacements, residents will more easily be able to walk or bike downtown or along Lasalle. This is part of the Lasalle – Regent Street route. We have also worked hard to put the road in better condition in the last several years.

JUNCTION CREEK FLOOD MITIGATION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

I have been a strong supporter of the $9 million Junction Creek flood mitigation control and improvements project which will extend the life of the Maley dam and support important repairs to the Junction Creek culvert, the reconstruction and improvement of a segment of Junction Creek and a new storm water management facility. This project will protect the residents of Nickeldale subdivision as well as the businesses along Notre Dame Avenue from future flooding disasters.

TERRY FOX FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF

I was directly involved with another member of the community in securing the artificial turf from Rogers Field in Toronto that was used in the establishment of the artificial turfed infield at Field #1 at Terry Fox Field. This has allowed minor baseball associations to extend their playing seasons and has been home to the Laurentian Voyageurs Baseball Club.

RYAN HEIGHTS PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

I was instrumental in revitalizing the Ryan Heights Playground and in clearing out the underbrush that has greatly enhanced the Ryan Heights Park. During the pandemic this underbrush has grown back, but I am going to continue to advocate for this to be cleared again and be maintained every summer.

FLOUR MILL COMMUNITY FARM

The Flour Mill Community Farm, which has operated at the Ryan Heights Park for the past six years, was something that I worked with the Social Planning Council of Sudbury to establish over six years ago. We are working on some ambitious plans for the next several years.

PRISM CO-OP

I have been working for several years with the Prism Co-op residents to help them with special events designed to build the community spirit of the Cambrian Heights Area. They have always had my support.

CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS ENHANCEMENTS

I have met with several other representatives from various social housing organizations to discuss their needs and concerns. We need to continue to work together and collaboratively in order to promote the quality of life improvements to the Cambrian Heights Area over the next several years. This includes road and sidewalk improvements since Cambrian Drive and Bruce Avenue are two of the worse local streets in the entire City.

NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

I have worked with residents of the Nickeldale Subdivision on numerous individual concerns with respect to their residential drainage and road maintenance issues. We have also been working to ensure that city staff takes a proactive approach to maintenance of ditches, especially along the southern houses which border on the Ponderosa flood plain.

MCLEAN PARK PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

I have been an advocate for funding improvements to the McLean Park Playground and park. We will work with the neighbourhood association to install a number of new equipment pieces specifically for older adults in order to make this a true community hub for the residents. The pandemic has put a lot of these improvements on hold, but the next four years will be a time to move many of the initiatives forward.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ALONG NOTRE DAME

I have worked with several businesses along Notre Dame Ave., helping them with expansion and development plans in order to ensure that they have been able to comply with all policies and conditions established by the city.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – LAVOIE STREET

I have worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Association on Lavoie Street on a couple of their initiatives and community events. They have my full support for what they are doing for the less fortunate in our community and we have had to deal with a couple of issues over the years.

RETAINING WALL ISSUES

I have assisted residents on Drummond Ave. and Rideau Street with retaining wall issues over the years. Staff are aware of the problems that are now presenting themselves with retaining walls that were built without permits decades ago and we will have to deal with these challenges in the coming years. I expect that more of these issues will arise during the next several years as some of the aging retaining walls continue to deteriorate.

LASALLE CEMETERY REVITALIZATION

I am working with staff to do what we can to revitalize the Lasalle Cemetery and ensure that the conditions reflect the dignity that our ancestors deserve. The budget is low, but I am going to continue to work with the staff to try to improve conditions. This is a high priority over the next term of Council. We need to upgrade the image for the home of approximately 30,000 former residents of our city.

PIONEER MANOR BED REDEVELOPMENT

The completion of the redevelopment of 149 beds at Pioneer Manor remains a very high priority. We expect this to be completed by the end of 2024 or early in 2025 and once the rooms are vacated, I am going to do what I can to have those vacant spaces filled with services that will be available to the entire community.

SPECIAL WARD 5 NEWSLETTERS MAILED TO RESIDENTS

I try to maintain communication with the residents of Ward 5 with newsletters that are sent out by mail. Because of the pandemic, I was able to direct funds to produce 4 newsletters in 2021 and two in 2022. For many residents of the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 who may not be on the internet much, this is one of the only ways they get to find out about what is going on in the municipality.

OGRADY STREET DRAINAGE ISSUES

I have worked with several residents on O’Grady Street with respect to the water and snow run off during the spring melt. Staff have tried to address the drainage issues to the satisfaction of the concerned residents and we will be monitoring the situation every spring. We may need to so some major restorative work in the near future.

PARKING ISSUES IN NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

There have been some issues with parking on the street along Gordon Avenue and Somers/Main Streets in the Nickeldale subdivision. We have been working with by-law to resolve those matters.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON LORRAINE STREET

I will continue to oppose the proposed transitional housing project on Lorraine Street. It is definitely not the right location for something like this. Once the 40 unit apartment is completed, I will be asking the new City Council to designate the building for older adults.

RYAN HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

I am going to continue to work with the Ryan Heights Neighbourhood Association to initiate activities that will enhance the quality of life of local residents. There are funding sources that we can tap into and there is also the possibility of new grants and fundraising in the community. We want this to be a true community hub for the area.

INCREASED SECURITY AT 720 BRUCE AND RYAN HEIGHTS

During the next several years I am going to be more aggressive in demanding increases security and police protection in the area around Ryan Heights and 720 Bruce Avenue. There have been far too many people who have been causing problems for residents in this area. We need to make this a safer place to live for everyone.

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

I have spent a lot of time during the past eight years putting the groundwork in place that can see a number of other enhancements in our community.

There is so much more that I would like to share with you about what I plan to accomplish over the next four years. I hope that I have shown you and all of my constituents that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I am truly looking forward to serving you for the next four years as Councillor of Ward 5. Thank you for all the support you have given me during the past eight years.

 

 

 
 
 

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