Robert Kirwan;
City Councillor for Ward 5

I have lived my entire life in the Greater Sudbury Area. I was born in Coniston in 1950, moved to Lively when I was five years old and remained there until my wife and I were married in 1972. I was the oldest child in the family and have four brothers and sisters all of whom still live in the Greater Sudbury Area. My parents, Tom and Audrey still live in the house in Lively where we were raised. My father worked  as a Superintendent at the Iron Ore Recovery Plant in Copper Cliff and I spent my summers during high school and university working at Inco.

I graduated in 1972 from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math and Economics and obtained my Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University in 1985. In 1973 I graduated from North Bay Teachers' College and began a career in Sudbury in the fall of 1973.

My wife, Valerie and I bought our first and only house in Val Therese in the spring of 1974 and still live in the same house where we raised our three sons, Ryan, Warren and Marty. During the 40 years we have been living in the Valley I taught elementary school at St. Anne School for 23 of those years, have operated several consulting businesses, owned a retail sporting goods store for a couple of years, managed the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre for five years, and was editor of the Vision Paper for almost ten years. I also taught at the former St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School for two years. This school was located in the Sudbury section of Ward 5.  

I currently operate a private practice as a Business Development Consultant, providing education-based marketing and training services to businesses, professionals and institutions that provide goods and services to the Towns of Valley East and Capreol. I publish the Valley East Today Community Web Site which is found at and has been developed to provide information to residents living in Wards 5 and 6.

The Valley East Facebook Community Group has been created to share stories and information about the community and local businesses with the residents of Valley East and to let people know what they can access through the Consumers' Guide. The Facebook Group has over 10,500 members and I have a direct distribution link to over 15,000 contacts through three other associated networks. I have a passion for communication, especially education-based communication designed to inform and inspire individuals of all ages and walks of life.

I was elected as Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board in 2010 and represent Area 3 which consistes of Wards 5 and 6. I made the decision to run for City Council in 2014 because I felt that I will be in a better position to make more of a difference to the people living in Ward 5 and the whole of Valley East as a member of Council. I was elected on October 27, 2014 and it is my intention to represent Ward 5 for as long as my constituents feel confident in my ability to represent them.

Besides teaching for 28 years as my full-time profession, my home-based marketing and business consulting company has allowed me to become very involved with the businesses and organizations that are in Ward 5. It enabled me to develop many rewarding relationships with the people who make a difference in this community and allowed me to get to know the real needs and priorities of local residents.

With all of my experience and background, I feel I have knowledge of the needs of the people in Ward 5; I am connected to the people of Ward 5; I have the ability to communicate with the people of Ward 5; and I have been known as a promoter of this part of the region for the past 40 years. I feel I have the qualifications, the experience and the passion to represent the people living in Ward 5 on City Council and I have the vision to bring a new perspective to the table. Furthermore, I have the ability to examine and analyse the reports and presentations, as well as the legislation and by-laws so that I have a better grasp of the fundamental issues that we are facing when making decisions at City Council.

That is why I decided to run for Council rather than remain with the school board. It is also why I chose to run for the position in Ward 5 which is at the heart of entire City of Greater Sudbury and is one of the most dynamic Wards in the region.

I was chosen to represent Ward 5 because I am flexibility and have the ability to weigh all options and possibilities. Residents felt that I am a problem solver who is capable of taking a practical approach to dealing with the challenges facing this City. People felt that I was capable of representing their voice at City Council and of advocating on behalf of the constituents of Ward 5.

They also expect me to develop a strategic plan which will act in the best interests of all of the constituents of Ward 5. My objective is to act as the "Mayor of Ward 5" and to make sure that each and every decision I make at City Council and each and every argument or debate I am resounds clearly what will be best for Ward 5. If all other Councillors do the same for their Ward, then at the end of each debate we are certain to come up with general policies and decisions that are best for the whole City of Greater Sudbury without any decision being detrimental to any one or two Wards.

I am pleased  to provide you with my positions and opinions on a wide range of issues that I feel need to be addressed by City Council during this term. I am leaving these links up so that at any time during the four years, constituents may return to this site to "check up on me" and see if I am following through on my commitments.
I have also provided you with short video explanations that go along with the written submissions. If you have any other topics you wish me to address or if you have any questions, please
contact me at 705-969-7215 or email me at:   
This web site is
The Referendum Questions H.C.I. Fund Downtown Sudbury
Recreation Facilities Barrydowne Extension Day Care Services
Community Action Networks Leadership Style Senior Housing
Ward Boundaries Public Transit Taxes
Speed Limit Along Hwy 69N Use of Tasers Dog Parks
Tendering Process Security at Town Hall Communication
HARC Rate Increases Development Charges Leisure Master Plan
Honest Government Youth Participation Maley Drive Extension
Mayor's Staff 24 Hour Construction    Choosing the top Priorities
CBC Radio Survey Sustainable Transportation Water Quality
Natural Environment Local Food Producers Coalition for a Livable Sudbury
Online Voting Valley East Industrial Park  Multi-Use Covention Centre 
Use of Technology Grace Hartman Amphitheatre   
Introductory Flyer
Mailed to All Areas
of Ward 5
Valley East Flyer
Open Letter #1
Valley East Flyer
Open Letter #2
Sudbury Ward 5 Flyer
Open Letter #1
Sudbury Ward 5 Flyer
Open Letter #2
Platform Position Statements
September 18, 2014
How to determine the best candidate in your particular Ward.
September 19, 2014
One of the First Councillors To Support The Municipal Bond Issue
September 20, 2014
The Results of the Referendum Should Count No Matter What The Voter Turnout
September 20, 2014
The Junior Citizen Day Care Centre Should Remain Open
September 22, 2014
Kirwan Calls For Review of Child Services Day Care Subsidy Program
September 24, 2014
Kill the Development Charges Says Kirwan
September 26, 2014
Kirwan Calls For Elimination of Residential Tipping Fee
September 30, 2014
Kirwan Supports The Use of Municipal Bonds to Fund Infrastructure Deficit
October 1, 2014
Kirwan Says More Must Be Done For Those In Need
October 3, 2014
Kirwan Proposes to Expand Long-Term Care Facilities by the end of 2016
October 7, 2014
Kirwan Proposes Using HCI Fund for $6 million Upgrade To City Playground Facilities
October 10, 2014
Kirwan Proposes Increased Police Services In Outlying Areas
October 12, 2014
Kirwan Advises Residents To Do Their Homework Before They Vote
October 14, 2014
Kirwan Vows to Restore Public Confidence in City Council
October 16, 2014
Kirwan Commits to Eliminating Red Tape for His Individual Ward Residents
October 18, 2014
Kirwan Proposes the Elimination of Many of our Current User Fees
October 20, 2014
Kirwan Vows To Open Handi-Transit Services to both Physically and Mentally Challenged Clients
October 22, 2014
Kirwan Speaks About a Councillor’s Most Important Role
The Greater Sudbury Taxpayers Association will be holding a series of Meet the Candidates Debates in each of the twelve wards of the city.
The web site along with the dates and locations of all of the debates can be found at the following link:
Debate Schedule (Wards 5, 6 and 7):
All debates begin at 7 p.m.
All debates will be video recorded.
Thurs Sept 25,  Ward 6, Golden Age Club, 26 Cote Hanmer

Tues Sept 30,    Ward 5, Jean Paul II - Val Caron, 1795 Main St.

Thurs Oct 9,     Ward 7, Capreol Legion, 16 Young Street

All candidates will be given two minutes to give a brief introductory statement.

The following Questions will be asked and candidates will be asked to respond in two minutes.

Questions being asked during the debate:
1)   What would you do to attract business and development to the City of Greater Sudbury?
2)   Based on the services that are currently provided, what are the strategies that you would implement to increase the value of our tax dollar?
3)   What is the most important issue you see in your Ward?
4)   Given the proposed budget of a 4.9% increase in taxes for the coming year, what actions would you suggest be taken?
5)   Why should citizens of your ward elect you?

Questions from the floor:
Some questions will allowed from people in attendance.

Candidates will then be allowed two minutes for closing statements.

From left to right: Randy Pascal, Moderator; Richard Larcher; Robert Kirwan; Joseph Berthelot; John Lundrigan; and Kent MacNeill.


Candidates explain why they feel that the constituents should be voting for them.

What would you do to attract business and development to the City of Greater Sudbury?

What would you do to increase the value of the tax dollar?

What actions would you take to deal with the 4.9% tax increase facing City Council after the election in December?

What is the most important issue in your Ward?

How would you reduce the red tape faced by business developers in Sudbury?


Link to Home Page:

The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury has created an excellent web site with a wealth of information on all candidates for this year’s municipal election. From this link you should be able to find out anything about individual candidates for your ward, links to their web site, debate schedules, maps, etc. You will also find a comparison of the answers given by individual candidates to questions to a survey put out by the Coalition for Liveable Sudbury.

The Candidates were asked to provide information on the following main areas:

Sustainable Transportation

Water Quality

Natural Environment

Local Food

If you intend to vote in the municipal election, then this is a site that you definitely must visit.

This is the link to their home page:

This is the link to the Ward 5 Candidates:

This is the link to the Ward 6 Candidates:

This is the link to the Ward 7 Candidates:


Northern Life has provided an excellent resource for voters that can be found located on their main web site. This is a resource that should be viewed by everyone who intends to vote in the municipal election on October 27, 2014.

At the top of the page you will see an Elections button with a drop down menu that will take you to one of four different sites. 


The following link takes you to the photos and candidate profiles for all Mayor and Councillor candidates. Beside each candidate you will be able to find the contact information including phone number, email address, web site link and any press releases that Northern Life has printed.

The following link will take you to the Trustee Profiles:

Complete profiles of all five candidates running for council in Ward 5 are featured in the Sudbury Star.

Joseph Berthelot

Robert Kirwan

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

Kent MacNeill



1)      At the end of 2012 the Liberal Government eliminated the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB), a mandatory benefit available for people on social assistance to access funds in order to pay for moving costs, furniture, and other things associated with maintaining a residence, or to escape violence and in emergency situations. As councilor while you call for the province to reinstate this vital provincial program? The replacement program is called the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, (CHPI) a program that the municipalities are in charge of running with a more limited amount of money from the province. Some municipalities are defining the criteria of CHPI very narrowly, while others are topping up the amount of money available for CHPI so that they can provide the same level of assistance as used to be provided under the CSUMB. In Sudbury there have been problems with people on OW and ODSP accessing adequate funds for household necessities that would have been covered under the CSUMB. As councilor, will you commit to seeing that the city of Sudbury puts in the funds necessary so that CHPI policies and funding are at least the same as what used to be met under the CSUMB?

Answer: The short answer to this is, Yes. I believe that the City of Greater Sudbury has an obligation to the people who require this kind of assistance and if the province is going to download the cost to the City, then that is just something we are going to have to accept. I believe that we must still lobby he province for a return to the level of assistance that was provided in the past, but if it is not forthcoming, it is up to us to find the funds. We cannot disadvantage the people who need us the most.

2)      The homeless or near homeless population of Sudbury is estimated in studies to be at least 600 people. Many people are unwilling or unable to stay at the Salvation Army run shelter, because of addiction problems, because they are uncomfortable with the religious aspect of the institution or because they have had bad experiences there in the past. In 2014 the city tried a six-week pilot project: Out of the Cold, an emergency shelter where people were not required to show any identification and where those who had consumed alcohol were not automatically rejected. The project will be continued into next winter but is only one step in helping to reduce the number of homeless living and dying on the streets. This shelter still needs to be made fully accessible and to have staff who are not associated with the Salvation Army. Will you commit to learning about the shelters, to listening to the experiences of those on the street and providing options that provide dignity for them?

Answer: Once again the answer is a resounding Yes. I will certainly champion this endeavour.

3)      Homeless people living on the streets in Sudbury continue to die but they are quickly forgotten and are not remembered in dignity. Will you as councilor support the establishment of a Homeless Memorial for all those who have died on the streets through which homeless people who die will be remembered in dignity? For indigenous homeless people this Memorial must respect the traditions of indigenous peoples.

Answer: This would be a great project that I would certainly get behind.

4)      Much of the existing housing stock available for people living in poverty in Sudbury is unsafe and unhealthy and there is often a long wait for public housing. What would you do to increase the amount of quality affordable housing available in Sudbury? Would you consider putting forward motions such as use-it-or-lose-it bylaw allowing the city to reclaim and put to use buildings that have been abandoned or are being left unused for speculative purposes? Would you support zoning rules that require low income housing be made available within new subdivisions?

Answer: One of my platforms is that the City must develop a plan specifically aimed at increasing the number of public housing units in the region. And if we cannot provide enough incentive for the private sector to take care of our situation, then we should look at the possibility of the city building the apartments needed to fulfill our needs. As for supporting zoning rules that require low income housing to be made available within new subdivisions, this is not something that I feel would be accepted by many developers and would need to deal with on a case by case basis. Mixing low-income housing within new subdivisions where most of the houses are in the $400,000 plus range would only be asking for the people in the low-income houses to feel out of place and centred out by comparison. They wouldn’t feel as if they belonged

5)      As councilor would you ensure that services such as the Handi-Transit are available and easily accessible? This entails ending the current review process which has led to people who require Handi-Transit being denied their right to public transportation. All people using Handi-Trans already have medical authorization for this service and it does not need to be reviewed again. Paperwork and assessments are a barrier for many with emotional or intellectual disabilities.

Answer: There is not much more that can be said about this. I do believe that the Handi-Transit system seems to be flawed and in need of change. I am looking forward to examining some of the issues you have raised and asking some hard questions to get to the bottom of this matter. We should not be disadvantaging anyone in our community, especially those who have a need for handi-transit.

6)      Currently tickets are being issued by Sudbury police to people panhandling in Sudbury. Will you speak out against this and defend panhandling as a basic survival strategy for some people living in poverty? Would you help to reverse the stigmatizing of those who have no feasible options but to ask others for assistance? Would you work against stigmatizing people living in poverty?

Answer: I do believe the whole issue of panhandling needs to be put under review. We need to champion any effort that reduces the stigmatizing of people living in poverty, but panhandling is something that is not socially accepted by the majority of people in society today.  I can see it being something a person might need to resort to in an emergency, but from my understanding, some people make this a career.

7)      Would you ensure that decisions regarding programs and services directed towards those living in poverty are done with the full consultation and participation of those who live in poverty? Consultation cannot just be with social agencies that work with those in poverty, but must be with those in poverty themselves, in ways that are fully accessible and understandable for the participants.

Answer: There is no question about this one. Of course these decisions must be done in consultation and participation of those who live in poverty.

8)      There are also many low-wage workers in Sudbury who are living in poverty. As councilor will you call on the province to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour and index it to the costs of inflation? This is what low-income workers in this city need.

Answer: I don’ t thing our energy would be wisely spent trying to lobby the government to increase minimum wage rates, but I am all in favour of doing what we can as a city to reduce the cost of living for those in the minimum wage bracket. These initiatives include providing low-income workers with free transit passes; subsidized day care; free access to municipal recreational facilities; and free admission to municipal sponsored special events. At least this way they may be able to do more with the income they have and it will be just like receiving more for their hourly wages.

The following calendar is one of the most accurate and up-to-date calendars we have come across for candidate debates and debates involving the mayors.
This a facebook group that contains some interaction and discussion between voters and candidates running for council in Wards 5 6 and 7. It is a good site to ask a question and encourage candidates or other members to engage in meaningful discussion.
This is the official web site for the Municipal Election 2014. The following link will take you to the main home page of the Election Section:

The official list of candidates can be found from the following link. If you want to see everyone, just press SUBMIT. If you want to see only your ward, then use the drop down menu to select the ward you would like to focus on:
This is where you can go to find out if you are on the voters' list:
This is where you will find information about online voting:
The following is information about proxy voting:
This is your 2014 Voter's Guide that contains all of the information you would ever need to know about your rights and responsibilities during the 2014 municipal election:
These are links to maps that will give you a better idea of your ward boundaries for both the City Council and for the school boards:
This link will take you to the site where you can find your nearest voting locations. You just need to put in your postal code and the screen will show you all of the nearest voting stations nearby.
Here are the rules regarding election signs:
These links will take you to the election results from previous years:

The Older Adult/Senior Citizen Mayoral Candidates Meeting Thursday Oct. 9th – Parkside Centre
Hosted by CARP Sudbury Chapter and Friendly to Seniors – Sudbury in co-operation with the Older
Adult (Parkside) Centre – 144 Durham Street – 1:30 to 3.00 p.m…refreshments will be available.

The following list of submitted questions for Mayoralty candidates are presented below and have been made
available to all participants and the media. Other questions may be addressed to the candidates at the meeting
by those in attendance and recognized by the moderator. Ward candidates have been invited to attend the
meeting as observers as well as citizens of all ages. Candidates are welcome to reply in writing to the written
questions and these replies will be made available on the friendly to seniors – Sudbury website and a link also provided on the CARP website
Concerns and questions:
1. Sudbury’s population is aging significantly with the 55 plus age group growing by close to 25 percent,
according to the last census, with a disproportionately large population of older persons than the provincial
average. The City Master Plan review has apparently recognized this and has indicated (Action Plan #69) to:
“Undertake an Older Adult Strategy and pursue “age‐friendly” community status for the City of Greater
Sudbury. This will require an action plan for ensuring that leisure policies, services, and infrastructure enable
people of all ages – particularly older adults – to be active in the community.” Specifically, as a candidate
what do you think this “action plan” should involve? As Mayor would you work to achieve these goals?
2. The City conducted a public consultation process “Community Engagement Report” this year which
indicated a significant level of dissatisfaction with respect to city services and involvement with regards to staff
and elected officials. In another earlier survey of citizen satisfaction of local councils in Northern Ontario
communities Greater Sudbury rated the lowest. Virtually all older adult residents “love” their city they are not
“proud” of our elected officials or staff. As a candidate how do you respond to these findings and how
would you address these concerns as Mayor?
3. For Older Adult homeowners and particular those Seniors over 65 would you consider a municipal tax relief
program to take access home equity for tax increases or a portion of tax payable yearly, as in certain other
municipalizes, to allow citizens to afford to remain in their homes longer – These amounts to be recovered with
interest on eventual home sale? As a candidate what is your opinion and as Mayor would you support such
a plan?
4. According to CHMC seniors are leaving our community, in some instances, for more affordable housing and
lower taxes elsewhere. As Mayor how would you encourage developers to create reasonably priced
retirement housing and lower taxes?
5. Older Adults are generally debt adverse and believe in “living within their means” As a candidate what is
your position with respect to creation of municipal debt for any purpose such as infrastructure repairs and/or
upgrades or new facilities such as a new Library, Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery, Arena and/or
Multipurpose Centre?
6. Most seniors, raised to be respectful and courteous, were embarrassed by the manner in which council treated
the ombudsman Mr. Marin and by the harassment of Auditor General Brian Bigger. Would you as Mayor
reinstate the free services of the Ontario Ombudsman and permit the Auditor General to exercise his
duties without duress?
7. Seniors are risk adverse particularly of falling in the winter. Would you as Mayor require better sidewalk
cleaning and sanding in heavy senior usage areas. In the downtown would you move parking meters
away from the curb so snowbanks could be removed from downtown streets?
8. Seniors believe in accountability. As Mayor would you find a better way to allocate the Healthy
Initiatives $50,000 a year “Slush Funds” now in the hands of individual councilors?
9. We are a very large city. Many seniors remember how it seemed that they were better served under the
system of Regional Govt. As a candidate what is your opinion and as Mayor how would you work to bring
services closer to the people regardless of where they live in Greater Sudbury?
10. This generation of seniors does not want to be seen as being responsible for ruining our city lakes for future
generations. As Mayor how would you work to see that any development takes into consideration
environmental protection for our valued water bodies?
11. Almost all older adults use private transportation (less than 5 percent use public transportation). As Mayor
would you encourage more bus usage by providing free use during off peak hours, better routes, easier
access etc?
12. Many seniors who drive feel that present roads be improved before any major new construction take place
such as Maley Drive. As a candidate what is your position? As Mayor would you review the Maley drive
and other major new road construction projects?
13. Pedestrian and bicycle safety is a particular concern of the older adult population. Instead of expensive
and unsafe traffic calming measures such as took place on Atlee Street in New Sudbury would you as
Mayor consider more inexpensive bike lanes like in Thunder Bay that has reduced both bike and vehicle
accidents while providing more cycling opportunities?
14. Seniors respect authority but feel that the balance of power in the city may have shifted too much in favour
of staff as evidenced by the fact that advisory panels now report to management rather than council directly. As
Mayor would you work to rectify this situation and provide more effective mechanism to insure council is
better and more directly informed in a timely manner to insure good decision making is possible?
15. Older Adults are particularly vulnerable to gambling (District Health Unit report). As a candidate what is
your position with respect to the establishment of a full service Casino anywhere in Greater Sudbury?
16. Many Older Adults feel disconnected from city information. As Mayor would you support the
publication, print and on-line, of a Community Directory (enhanced Leisure Guide) to be published twice
yearly to include information on civic services, contacts etc., tourist attractions, Arts and Culture Events
Details: The meeting will be moderated by Gerry Labelle.
Candidates will be provided three minutes for opening remarks and two minutes for closing comments.
Candidates are welcome to reply in writing to the written questions and these replies will be made available on the friendly to seniors – Sudbury website
and with a link on

The Sudbury Young Professionals Association (YPA) will be hosting a mayoral town hall on Thursday, October 9 starting at 7:00pm. Our moderator is the host of CBC's Up North, Jason Turnbull, and the Days Inn at 117 Elm is our host. We'd love it if you joined us!
The YPA's mandate is to provide social, political, volunteer, and training opportunities for young professionals (20-40ish) in the Sudbury area. We have a brand new board of directors, and we're looking to get involved in our community.
This town hall will focus on issues relating to youth, students, young professionals and those with young families. Each candidate will have the opportunity to respond to between 4 and 6 questions from the YPA itself, and then its the crowd's turn to take control. We're taking questions ahead of time at, or you can call me at 705-507-1237. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions during the event as well! Questions can be on any issue that matters to you, not just on those specifically targeted to youth.
We're extending a challenge to each of the ward candidates to come up with one question to ask the mayoral candidates, and extending a special challenge to candidates 40 and under to join us and show that the youth vote matters! Candidates will not be given the name of the person who asks the question.
RSVP's make planning the event a bit easier, but are not required. Find the event on Facebook here:
Thank you all for getting involved in the Sudbury political scene, and like all of you, we look forward to October 27th and the next four years!
Robert Kirwan on The Learning Clinic Radio Show
Discussing His Positions on a Variety of Issues
For a Video Version
of the Show

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A significant portion of Ward 5 is located in the area around the intersection of Lasalle Blvd and Notre Dame Avenue. The portion is outlined above. I have provided a special section focussing on some of the major issues that are being faced in the distinct regions of Ward 5 in the Sudbury portion.
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Robert Kirwan was born on May 28, 1950 to Tom and Audrey Kirwan. He was the oldest of five children with two brothers, Frank and Wayne, as well as two sisters, Carol and Janet.

For the first five years of his life, he lived in Coniston where his father was employed with INCO.

Then, at the age of five, the family moved to Lively to be closer to where his father worked at the Iron Ore Recovery Plant in Copper Cliff.

Robert went to Lively Public School #1 and then went on to graduate from Grade 13 at Lively High School in June of 1969.

He attended Waterloo University for one year and then returned to Laurentian University where he completed his three-year B.A. in Math and Economics. Upon graduating in the spring of 1972, Robert married Valerie (Starcevic) whom he had met while they were both in high school in 1968. 

Robert and Valerie moved to North Bay immediately after their marriage where they lived from July 1972 until June 1973 while Robert attended Teachers' College at the Canadore College site. That was the first year the new school was opened.

After graduating from Teachers' College, Robert accepted a position with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board in September 1973 and remained with the board until his retirement, 28 years later in June 2001.

Robert and Valerie purchased a house in the spring of 1974 on Noel Crescent in Val Therese and have lived in that same house ever since.

They raised three sons, shown in the photo from the left:   Warren (1977), Ryan (1975), and Marty (1979). All three went to St. Anne School in Hanmer, St. Charles College in Sudbury, and then graduated from the School of Business and Commerce Program at Laurentian University. Ryan, currently lives in Val Caron where he works as an independent Mortgage Broker; Warren is an elementary school teacher in the Simcoe District School Board near Barrie; and Marty is a police officer in the canine division with the Peel Regional Police Department.

Robert has operated a private practice as a marketing consultant and publisher since 1985. He currently publishes the Valley East Today Community Web Site which was founded in 2003; is the administrator for the Valley East Facebook Group which has over 1300 members; and is the host of a weekly live talk radio show, The Learning Clinic, which is broadcast every Monday afternoon at 12 noon from Laurentian University’s CKLU 96.7 FM. He operates a private practice as a Business Development Manager, working mainly on education-based marketing & training programs as well as strategic planning for small businesses and organizations.

Robert and Valerie have seven grand children: Hailee (9), Hannah (7), and Cade (5) who live with their parents, Ryan and Angele (Rochette) in McCrea Heights; Brittney (18) and Austin (15), living with Warren and Cindi (Meyer) in Barrie; and Keelan (5 ) and Aislin (2) living with Marty and Julie (Auger) in Brantford. Rockford.

The following is the family photo which was taken at Christmas 2013.

Robert Kirwan Declares Candidacy For Councillor of Ward 5

January 2, 2014 (Val Therese):
Robert Kirwan official registered today as a candidate for the position of City Councillor for Ward 5 which consists of Val Caron, Blezard Valley, McCrea Heights and the Northwest section of Sudbury

Kirwan currently represents Wards 5 & 6 as a Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board and is completing his first term.

“The next four years are going to be the most important transition period for the City of Greater Sudbury since amalgamation,” Kirwan declared when explaining his decision to run for City Council. “Our future as a community is going to depend on how well we adapt to the 21st Century needs of each and every one of our citizens, but especially our youth and our seniors. We must also find more effective ways of ensuring that there are enough rewarding, long-term career opportunities for our young adults in order to guarantee economic development in the region and make this a much more desired place for people to raise their family. With my background and experience I feel I can contribute positively to the future of the Greater Sudbury Area as a member of City Council where I will be able to provide the kind of intuition that may help us make better decisions in the best interests of our current and future citizens.”

Kirwan stated that he intends to continue to place a great deal of emphasis on education and training if he is elected to City Council. “I have gained incredible insight into the current state of education during the past four years as a Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board. That being said,  I feel that my influence on the education sector can be much more effective as a member of City Council where I can help implement policies that will enhance the learning opportunities and experiences for children from all school boards from elementary to post-secondary levels.”

Robert Kirwan and his wife Valerie, are life-long residents of the City of Greater Sudbury. They moved to Valley East in 1974 and raised three sons, Ryan, Warren and Marty. During the past 40 years he has been heavily involved in all aspects of the community, including positions of leadership in sports and recreational organizations; editor of the Valley Vision, a community newspaper; and he was an elementary school teacher in the Valley for 23 of his 28 years with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. He also taught for two years at the former St. Jerome Separate School behind the Co-operative Funeral Home in Ward 5.

Kirwan currently owns and operates Valley East Advertising & Marketing Services, and is responsible for publishing the Valley East Today Consumers' Guide & Business Directory; is the administrator for the Valley East Facebook Group which has over 1700 members; and is the host of a weekly live talk radio show, The Learning Clinic, which is broadcast every Monday afternoon at 12 noon from Laurentian University’s CKLU 96.7 FM. He operates a private practice as a, Education-Based Marketing & Training Specialist, working mainly on education-based marketing & training programs as well as strategic planning for small businesses and organizations.

Kirwan feels that next City Council will be all about leadership and finding creative solutions to the many challenges facing our community. “As a member of City Council my job will be to aggressively advocate for the residents of Ward 5 while at the same time being considerate of the needs of the City of Greater Sudbury as a whole. Ward 5 is going to experience tremendous growth during the next four years because of the new developments that have been approved, the available space in the industrial park and our proximity to the amenities in the Sudbury core. Council will also need to get control of municipal taxes by eliminating waste of both human and physical resources through increased productivity at all organizational levels.”

“We need Council members who are able to apply creative solutions to the issues that are put in front of us week after week.” Kirwan went on to explain, “We need people elected to Council who are able to debate passionately and aggressively and then make a decision to get the job done. The 21st Century is all about making decisions and moving forward. I am known as a person who gets the job done and I am looking forward to working with like-minded Councillors."

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Why did you run for Council instead of trying for a second term as a Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board?


The main reason I decided to run for Council in Ward 5 instead of for a second term as a Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board is because I feel I can make a much more significant contribution to “all” of the people living in the City of Greater Sudbury in a role as Councillor, specifically in Ward 5, which is arguably going to become the growth centre of the City during the next four years.

My background and experience has provided me with a unique perspective on how we might be able to coodinate and integrate the resources we have in the community with those in the schools in order to allow teachers and parents an opportunity to provide their children and youth with rewarding learning opportunities that are outside of the traditional classroom setting.

I was born, raised and worked my entire life in the City of Greater Sudbury. I went to school in the public school system. I taught for 28 years in the separate school system. And my grandchildren attend a French language school. The past four years as a Trustee have convinced me that most of the major decisions about education are taken care of by the Ministry of Education, so local Trustees have very little influence on local policies. But what I have found, is that the priorities, needs and challenges facing parents and children are the same in all school systems.

I truly believe that the two most important influences on education today are “home” and “community”. If I can help improve the community resources we have available for families and if those resources help schools become more involved with their community, then I believe I will have made a huge contribution to the education of all children and youth and I will have made it much easier for parents to fulfil their responsibilities.

I also think that it is important for residents of Ward 5 and Ward 6 to see their Councillors working together for the benefit of both wards. I live in Val Therese, which is right in the middle of Valley East. This allows me to honestly declare that I consider myself to be a resident of “Valley East”, so I want to assure residents that regardless of where people live, they can count on both of us to look out for their interests. We need to communicate and we need to work together.

Also, as Councillor for Ward 5, I would have an opportunity to encourage the interaction and engagement of the residents who live in the Sudbury portion of the ward with those who live in the Valley East portion of the ward. Ward 5 is the most centrally located Ward in the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has one of the most diverse business communities; it has hundreds of building lots already approved for housing developments; it has an industrial park that has plenty of room for expansion; and it contains one of the busiest intersections in the City, making this a crossroads for so many other Wards and sections of the City of Greater Sudbury. I want to encourage people living in Sudbury to become involved in the activities and events that are going on in Valley East and I want to encourage people living in Valley East to support the activities and businesses along the Notre Dame and Lasalle Blvd. corridors that lay within Ward 5.

Someday there may be a Ward boundary review and it is possible that the boundaries may shift to exclude the Sudbury section of Ward 5. That means that where I live right now will most likely be included in Ward 5 because it is right on the border of the two Wards. In the meantime, I am absolutely committed to making the current system work and I think the best way is to do what I can to encourage the integration of all sections of Ward 5, both in the Sudbury segment and the Valley East segment. This is a remarkable Ward and I can see so much being accomplished as a member of City Council for all age groups, especially for our children, youth and families.


I was born in Sudbury; went to school in Sudbury; had a career in Sudbury; raised my family in Sudbury; and want to spend my retirement in Sudbury. So I feel it is time for me to make a significant contribution to the future of the City of Greater Sudbury by using my experience and perspectives to help City Council plot a course for the future which will allow others to enjoy the quality of life that I was blessed with over the years. I am running for City Councillor of Ward 5 because I think it is the right thing to do and because I think I can help make life in this region a whole lot more satisfying for people of all ages.


Shouldn't a Candidate live in the Ward in which he is running?

I've always viewed Valley East as one community, so living in Val Therese for the past 40 years I have never really considered myself as either a Ward 5 or Ward 6 person and I have always considered Ron Dupuis and Andre Rivest to be my dual representatives when it comes to Municipal Affairs.

As a matter of fact, there have been so many debates during the years as to where Val Therese belonged that at some times we were considered to be part of Val Caron because that would have split the population of Valley East communities in half. If a large portion of Val Therese was designated to Val Caron we would have a perfect split of our population.

When amalgamation came there was a deliberate effort to attach the outlying communities to a "section" of Sudbury in order to establish some sort of connection. That is why you see Valley East and Rayside Balfour as well as Walden divided into two Wards each. One of the Wards is completely in the old community and one has an attachment to Sudbury. They could have kept 12 Wards with 6 in the City and 6 in the outlying areas, but that would have been exactly the way it existed pre-amalgamation just with fewer councillors.

I feel as much a part of Val Caron as I do Hanmer since I live in Val Therese which is right in the middle. Therefore, at some point when they do another census and when the population figures for the entire region are recalculated, I do expect that the boundaries for Wards 5 and 6 will change in order to reflect the population distribution. The boundary line in Valley East is going to fluctuate in Val Therese because that is where the middle is.

For example, there were 10,000 registered voters in Ward 6 in 2010, all from Hanmer and Val Therese. There were 6400 registered voters in the Val Caron section of Ward 5 and another 2500 registered voters from the Sudbury section. The difference of over 1000 voters between the existing boundaries for Wards 5 and 6, coupled with the fact that it is possible that the population has increased considerably with the completion of the Dominion Parc development, means that if the boundaries do change for the Wards, or if the adjustments are made in the City portion to reflect the decline in population in the City coupled with the increase of population in the outlying areas, then it is likely that I will end up becoming part of Ward 5 anyway because I live right on the boundary where the division would be made.

I also expect that we may see a redistribution of Ward boundaries which will include the 2700 registered voters from Capreol as part of Ward 6. It makes more sense than lumping them with the rest of Garson. If that happens, then Val Therese will certainly be moved to Ward 5 and the Sudbury Section will be divided up between two of the Wards in Sudbury.

So I agree with you that a person should be part of the community he represents, but I do feel that in the case of Wards 5 and 6, both Councillors should work as a team representing the Valley and our section of Sudbury. I do expect to receive calls from residents of Hanmer dealing with services that are being provided to the entire community. Also, as indicated above, the Ward boundaries are sure to change during the next term which will move me to Ward 5.

All I can do at this point is guarantee that I will be a dedicated representative for Ward 5, but I will always at the same time be speaking on behalf of the entire Valley.
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